January 24, 2013

Really Natural Books: Lose Weight, Stop Stress and Make Better Love: 5 Easy Steps by Training Your Brain

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My first reaction to Lose Weight, Stop Stress and Make Better Love: 5 Easy Steps by Training Your Brain by Dr. Sommer is the title. It's a whammy! Is this what most people want from life?

If you want to

  • lose weight and are tired of diets
  • feel relaxed (without pills) and reduce stress, with mindfulness
  • have better control of your life, to take charge in more effective ways, and even improve your love life
This life changing short, easily understood book will tell you how, using brain science.

Lose Weight, Stop Stress & Make Better Love in 5 Easy Steps by Training Your Brain provides you with a brief, very effective guide to help you conquer stress and overeating, and thus successfully, once and for all, fight weight-gain and obesity.

Lose Weight, Stop Stress & Make Better Love in 5 Easy Steps takes a very different approach to the problem of weight control. Using your brain power and nervous system you can modify, if not eliminate, a major cause of unhealthy eating: STRESS. Did you know that our brain can convert stress feelings into hunger signals?

Moreover, using modern brain science you will be able to apply the techniques learned here to enhance the pleasure in your love life, and can even help you to sleep better.

In this innovative book he shares his therapeutic breakthroughs in the service of helping with weight, stress and love life problems affecting the lives of increasing millions of people, worldwide.

The wallet card with the 5 Steps in the book is a free bonus that can be with you at all times as a constant companion, strengthening your ability to deal with food/drink, hunger, and stress. It is key to a more fulfilled, happier life. In addition, information on how to acquire the 5 Step Mobile Apps is also in the book.


This little book includes things like "Personal Daily Weight Control Logs" and information on how to control your weight without dieting. On the section for stress relief, the two principles of "Present Centered" and "Process Absorbed" are explained. As for making love, it relates to stress. 

Personally, I find more value in the Dalai Lama's How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships for self-help advice. I think it is more about giving and receiving love that helps us deal with stress that leads to the problems Dr. Sommer is addressing in his simple book.  We can't ignore our spiritual side, just as much as we can't ignore the physical side. 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 23, 2013

R.W. Knudsen Lemon Lime Spritzer: Great for Cocktails!

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Are you looking for an all natural sparkling beverage? R.W. Knudsen Spritzer, Lemon Lime is a great cocktail ingredient or soda alternative. It contains 60% juice. Unfortunately, it is not organic, but R.W. Knudsen's manufactures organic sparkling essences, as described on Naturally Savvy. We weren't sent any of those to try.

Very few companies have been as deeply dedicated to organic practices for as long as R.W. Knudsen Family. Long before the average consumer even knew what "organic" meant, the company was using organic ingredients out of their enduring commitment to reducing the amount of synthetic pesticides and herbicides used in agricultural practices. In fact, in 1997, R.W. Knudsen Family was the first processor in the country to volunteer to become a certified organic processing facility. They have stayed true to that standard in their creation of new products--including Sparkling Essence.

If a company is as dedicated to organic practices as described above, I would expect all of their products to be organic. R.W. Knudsen does make organic juices too.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


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January 22, 2013

Control Hunger and Overeating with Re-Body Hunger Chews

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Are you trying to lose weight naturally or simply maintain a healthy weight? Sometimes we need help staving off cravings and hunger that can turn into unhealthy, high calorie munch fests! Even those individuals who do not need to lose weight sometimes need a little help controlling hunger, especially if it is emotionally charged.


ReBody - Hunger Chews Mandarin Orange with Satiereal Saffron Extract have only 30 calories, and they are sweetened with evaporated cane juice and saffron.  They are designed to help you control hunger and overeating.

Naturally Savvy explains:

So many of us eat when we are anxious, tired or bored. Re-Body Hunger Chews™ and Re-Body Hunger Caps™ can help you curb cravings that can derail your diet. They're made with clinically researched Satiereal, a proprietary extract of saffron that's been shown to help reduce overeating and snack cravings between meals. In a study of Satiereal, researchers followed 60 healthy, mildly overweight young women in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study that lasted weeks. Compared to a placebo group, the women who took Satiereal experienced a reduction in their desire to snack.

When I want to stave off hunger between meals, I usually drink tea or eat fruit or seaweed. This doesn't always work.  These Re-Body Hunger Chews would be great to keep in the car for those times when fattening choices may be made on the go.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 21, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Let's Remember the Children's March!

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January 18, 2013

Relieve Flu Symptoms Homeopathically with Oscillococcinum

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It's a nasty flu year, and although there are many natural methods to prevent the flu, sometimes we simply succumb despite the best prevention attempts. I work at a school, which I think is one of the most dangerous places to work in terms of germs. Just yesterday, over half of the class was out with the flu. Monday, a little girl sneezed all over me. It is inevitable I will get sick.

I rely on homeopathy to treat my body. I trust it and find it more effective than over-the-counter medications full of chemicals and artificial dyes. For the flu, I turn to Oscillococcinum. According to the manufacturer Boiron:
Flu-Like Symptoms

USES: Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever DIRECTIONS:
  • Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day.
  • Children younger than 2 years of age: Ask a doctor.
I like using homeopathy with my children, as my son is very reticent about taking any medication, but these little pills do not bother him.
 

Naturally Savvy also recommends Oscillococcinum:

As a general rule, homeopathic medicines should be taken at the onset of symptoms. They offer safe, natural solutions without a doping effect or risk of drug interactions, so there is no need to wait to take action at the crucial early stages.

For instance, Oscillococcinum® works best when you first start feeling achy or run down. Clinical studies show that Oscillo® reduces the severity and duration of flu symptoms when taken at the onset and it's supported by more than 75 years of use throughout the world. Its sweet-tasting, kid-friendly, melt-away pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue. No water, chewing or swallowing is required. There are no side effects or interactions with other medications and it's safe for children 2 years of age and older.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 17, 2013

Save Money: Budget Savvy Diva's Guide to Slashing Your Grocery Bill

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One of my friend's is always quick to remind that the more money you spend, the more money you need to make. In this time of economic recession, saving money is even more important or urgent than before when jobs were more plentiful.

Budget Savvy Diva's Guide to Slashing Your Grocery Bill by 50% or More: Secret Tricks and Clever Tips for Eating Great and Saving Money by Sara Lundberg is a handy little book. From coupons to sale cycles, Lundberg offers tips that are easy to implement.

Do you want to score the hottest bargains and best deals? It's easier than you think! In this helpful pocket guide, Sara Lundberg, author of the super-saver website BudgetSavvyDiva.com, reveals her cleverest, most effective and down-right sneakiest strategies for saving money while filling the cart with all your favorite foods. Thanks to the advice in this book, you'll quickly be navigating the grocery aisles like a pro:

•Tips for maximizing coupons
•Tricks for finding hidden bargains
•Delicious recipes that stretch every dollar
•Techniques for smart, stress-free shopping


These tips work for shopping at health food stores and coops too! Our coop has a great coupon book that if you hit at the right time saves a bundle.

Lundberg also talks about creating a stockpile in the kitchen of staples that last and figuring out how much food you really need to prevent food waste.


disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 16, 2013

Natural Skin Care: Juice Beauty Organic Be Bright Green Apple Collection

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There are a few natural beauty companies I adore and fully trust, like Dr. Hauschka and Naturopathica. Juice Beauty is another one of those brands.

We were recently sent Juice Beauty's Organic Be Bright Green Apple Collection. It contains:

Brighten, lighten, tighten with the Be Bright Green Apple Collection. An age defy wonder kit with bestselling products that contain our powerful antioxidant cocktail of DMAE, Alpha lipoic acid, Peptides, and Co-Q10 are combined with vitamin antioxidants to hydrate, smooth fine lines and leave your skin glowing for the holidays!

WHO SHOULD USE IT?

Juice Beauty's Be Bright kit is designed for all skin types (except sensitive skin), 20's and up and is effective for dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone and texture...

Juice Beauty is constantly updating our ingredients to bring you results using the safest, local, organic and natural ingredients possible.


I absolutely love these products! They make my skin feel so good, and the case is reusable and made from recycled material.

Juice Beauty really is the "organic solution". The Environmental Working Group has given the company an overall hazard score of zero to three. That's pretty low!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 15, 2013

Porlandia Snarks Natural Deodorant [video]

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January 14, 2013

Natural, Holistic Cat Treats and Dog Food from Humboldt Pet Supply

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What you feed you pet is just as important as what you feed your family. Even though pets live shorter lives than humans, they still deserve quality food made from quality ingredients.

We recently discovered from a good friend a "groovy" pet store called Humboldt Pet Supply, which has a local and online presence:

Humboldt Pet Supply is dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and your planet green. Our goal is to provide pet owners with better options for pets and the environment by featuring products that are organic, sustainably made and whenever possible, LOCAL.
We are a proud member of 1% for the planet which helps support Humboldt Wildlife Care Center and the Environmental Protection Information Center.

We were sent the following awesome, natural and holistic products available from Humboldt Pet Supply:

Dr. Harvey's Power Patties for Cats:
Dr. Harvey's Power Patties are a natural treat for cats. Made from easily digested tripe, this treat delivers vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, and essential fatty acids to keep your cat strong, healthy, and happy.

Pure Vita Pure and Natural Holistic Grain Free Dog Food-Salmon Formula:
PureVita Salmon & Potato is made with Delicious Salmon & Potato. It is a true single source protein which is rich in Antioxidants with Pomegranate and blueberries. It has Complete and Balanced Nutrition for all of life's stages. This Pure and Holistic Pet Food is appropriate for all life stages of your dog's life.

My pets love these treats and dog food, and I feel good about my children handling them since they are all natural. Treats and food that contain artificial ingredients inevitably end up not only in the pet's mouth, but in other places where they could contaminate your family. It only makes sense to chose organic, natural products for your pets as it does for your human family. Thankfully, Humboldt Pet Supply offers many choices!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


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January 11, 2013

New Ology Products by Walgreens Endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World

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We were sent a gift card from Walgreens in order that we could go to the store and pick out which of the new Ology line of products we wanted to try. I have to say, the experience was a bit overwhelming. I am not familiar with drugstore shopping, and I had envisioned all of the Ology products would be on display together somewhere as a featured new product. Instead, they were interspersed with other more mainstream products of the same nature, which makes sense for the average shopper, but it didn't help them stand out.

"Walgreens is proud to be leading the charge by providing 'Ology,' the first nationally accessible and affordable line of household liquid products free of harmful chemicals available in our stores," said Joe Magnacca, president of daily living products and solutions for Walgreens. "Ology reflects our dedication to innovation, our constant drive to improve our customers' quality of life, and our ongoing commitment to help people get, stay and live well."

"Increasing evidence shows that the chemicals included in everyday products could be contributing to children's diseases and behavioral disorders, including asthma, autism and cancer," says Gigi Lee Chang, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, one of the nation's leading independent non-profit organizations dedicated to the empowerment of consumers and the protection of children from harmful chemicals. "Until the U.S. adopts better regulations around product safety--like we do in other countries--parents are left to bear the burden of protecting their children's health by educating themselves and making conscious purchases. With the help of Walgreens Ology products, concerned consumers now have easier access to affordable and safer solutions."


The fact these products are endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World is huge! This is an organization I trust wholeheartedly, unlike the Sierra Club's endorsement of Clorox Greenworks.

With our gift card, we purchased the following Ology products to try:

All of the bottles are made from 100% post-consumer materials.

There are a lot of Ology products, and I think it is great that consumers have a choice now in mainstream stores like Walgreens. It seems like there is a Walgreens on every corner in cities and suburbs (but there isn't even one in my rural county).

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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