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Why Fruit Based Makeup from 100 Percent Pure is the Real Deal

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I was relatively new to 100 Percent Pure and I wanted to check it out to see what it was really about. It’s an online cosmetic shop, I knew that much, but I wanted to see if it was really as natural as what I’d heard. In particular, I wanted to know more about the fruit based makeup. It just seemed like such a great idea; I wondered what it would be like. I was very pleasantly surprised! This stuff is wonderful.

Their line of cosmetics, beauty products, and skincare really is pure; it’s organic and all natural. The use of all of the really great natural ingredients is designed to give your skin the maximum benefits, and of course the natural quality means that it’s non-irritating which is something that I really value. Chemicals and fragrances that aren’t natural are full of all sorts of gunk that your skin ends up absorbing. No thanks.

I love the ingredients that they use. In particular, all of the naturally occurring vitamins… and essential oils! And there is no animal testing or animal ingredients. It’s all vegan.

On to the fruit makeup. Where can you find makeup with an ingredient list like this?

Rice, Rosehip, Avocado Butter, Cocoa, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Apricot, Peach, Cabernet Grapes, Chamomile, Goji Berry, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and mica for natural shimmer.

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That is literally the ingredient list that makes up the Fruit Pigmented Pink Champagne Luminescent Powder. You could eat this stuff! It’s a wonderful product, particularly for summer. It’s a summer blush, very light and refreshing.

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Then there’s the Lip Creamstick: Vitamint in Dragon Fruit. There are other colors to choose from as well, but I love the exotic and refreshing nature of the dragon fruit. If you’ve ever eaten one, the flavour is mild but delicious. It seems like the perfect ingredient for summer. This is a moisturizing, minty lip tint color that also softens the lips. It’s made of Pomegranate, Jojoba, Candelilla, Carnauba, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Pomegranate, Peach, Cherry, Raspberry, Tomato, Cocoa, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lavender, Goldenseal, Rice, Peppermint, Zinc, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract, and Honeysuckle. The products are made in a shared facility that produces other brands of makeup so any disclaimer of “may contain” something or other is there kind of like when something is made in a facility that makes other products with peanuts.

There are some great coupons available for 100 Percent Pure as well. For example:

Free Shipping On $50+ Orders

Spend at least $50 on all-natural body washes, shower gels, and more at 100% Pure and get free shipping.

I’m really happy with these products and I think it’s absolutely terrific that makeup like this is becoming available, not only in specialized little shops, but on a widespread basis thanks to the internet and great shipping availability. Check out their products and if you find something you like, let me know about it! I’d love to hear from you.

 

Full Disclosure: This post was brought to you in part by Groupon – all opinions are my own.

You Grill, Girl! Applegate Summer Giveaway!

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Hello friends! I feel like it’s time for a fun summer giveaway! What could be more perfect for July than a grilling giveaway sponsored by Applegate! It’s a fun giveaway too – one that will be perfect for a fun summer day with your family. The cleaner-weiner giveaway kit will help you kick those dirty dogs to the curb and includes:

  • Applegate Natural Beef Hot Dogs (now made with 100% grass-fed beef)
  • Sir Kensington’s Ketchup and Mustard
  • Vermont Bread Company Natural Buns (these buns are super sweet and yummy!)
  • Applegate Cooler Bag
  • Applegate “You Grill, Girl” Apron
  • Applegate Grilling Mitt
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Applegate Bandanas & hair accessory tutorial
  • Applegate Hot Dog Boats

Want to grill girl? Leave a comment to enter. For extra entries follow Sweet Greens and Applegate via social media and leave a separate comment for each!

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Good Luck! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only – and will end on July 14th, 2015.
The winner is Katrina! Congratulations!

 

Full Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Applegate.

REVIEW: Fire & Flavor Gluten Free, Certified Non-GMO Rubs

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In Florida, it’s always warm enough to grill! We recently received a set of Fire & Flavor’s gluten free, certified Non-GMO rubs and seasonings to review. Fire & Flavor, based in Athens, GA, helped to popularize cedar plank grilling, which as become a favored technique for grilling fish. A WBE certified woman owned business, Fire & Flavor was founded by Gena Knox. Knox’s Southern background and love of family and friends fueled her passion for cooking. Today, the company shares all kinds of ways to make food more delicious, nutritious, and easier to cook.

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Those of you who are experienced grillers know that a good seasoning or rub will compliment the natural flavor of a food without overpowering it—which is exactly what Fire & Flavor’s rubs do! Fire & Flavor uses all natural ingredients to make flavor-filled rubs that make any cook feel like a gourmet chef, including the Classic Rub, Everyday Rub, Turkey Rub, and Coffee Rub—yum! While grillers will embrace the dynamic uses of these seasonings, anyone can use them. Fire & Flavor’s website offers ideas for how to use the rubs and the Everyday Rub, for example, tastes great on seafood, chicken, and even sweet potatoes. As an added eco-bonus, rubs come in a recyclable shaker-top jar and the company uses BPA-free packaging. The company also sells brines, cedar planks, and cookbooks.

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We reviewed the seasons & rubs including the coffee, classic, everyday rub, and the turkey rub. The Coffee Rub, which combines fresh-roasted coffee with a hint of ancho chile pepper and brown sugar. We tried it on grass-fed steak. The Classic Rub is great for tenderizing lean pork chops, as well as chicken, without overpowering natural flavors – we used it on organic chicken.  The Everyday Rub is made from a mild blend of assorted chilies, paprika, brown sugar, onion, and garlic. We used this rub on fresh fish!

Whether you’re an avid griller or beginning cook, Fire & Flavor’s rubs add gourmet home-cooking flavor to any meal.

 

Full Disclosure: I received samples of this product and was compensated for this sponsored post – however, all opinions are my own.

3 Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers from Blue Orange Games

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Every year when doing my holiday shopping, board and card games are always at the top of my list. Even as Eben gets older, I have found that playing a round of cards or a quick board game with him after dinner is a great way to bond. This year, I headed straight to my favorite eco-friendly game shop to stock up! Blue Orange is my favorite because all of their games are super well made with heavy-duty pieces that will not fall apart. These are games that you will pass down from generation to generation. They are come packed in fantastic tins which is perfect for keeping all of those pieces together. Blue Orange Games also respects the environment and understands the need to work towards the preservation of our planet. Here is a peak at some of the games that Eben will be receiving this year from Blue Orange Games.

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This game has it all! Everyone loves a great game of War – this version included an epic battle between rivaling rat clans. Both players have a hand of eight cards, numbered 0 to 7, with each character on the card possessing a special power. In a calculated duel, both players reveal a card. The victory goes to the higher number, unless the special power overrules. The first player to win four rounds claims the kingdom for their clan. This minimalist wonder plays in just minutes but packs rich game play and plenty of suspense.

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Niya
Eben is obsessed with everything Japan, so Niya should be right up his alley. On each turn, players replace a garden tile with one of their clan tokens. The next player can only exchange a token for a garden tile that has an element in common with the previously chosen tile. The first to position their clan in a row, square, or blockade will win control of the garden…and power at court! A simple yet sophisticated abstract strategy game, Niya captivates players young and old.

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Spot It! Holidays
What stocking would be complete with out a Spot It! game? This year we will be playing Spot It! Holidays while hanging out as a family. This is a quick fun game that you can leave on the dining room table for a fun after dinner duel. It comes packed in a great tin that makes clean up a breeze. I can barely wait!

What is your favorite family game?

 

Full Disclosure: I partnered with Blue Orange Games to share some of their amazing games. However, we already own a lot of Blue Orange Games and I buy them as gifts, so I would have shared them with you anyway! Thank you for supporting these fantastic eco-friendly companies.

Scotties Trees Rock Video Contest Inspires Green Kids

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The 4th annual Scotties TREES ROCK! Video contest is back! Kids in grades 3rd-8th may now create an essay about the importance of trees and win $10,000 for their school! The more creative the essay the better! Think your kids would like to enter? Just have them answer the question “Why do trees rock?” in a written essay. Trees Rock encourages individuals or groups of kids in grades 3-8 to think about the importance of trees. In each group, the grand prize winner (determined by a national vote) will win $10,000 for their school to use towards a sustainable project. So fun!

Full Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Scotties Trees Rock

Gluten-Free Cookbook Library Giveaway

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Today’s giveaway is a great one for gluten-free gift getters on your holiday list! I have gathered a trio of my favorite gluten-free cookbooks for this giveaway.

This giveaway includes:

  1. Gluten Freedom by Susie Flaherty
    Distinguishing scientific fact from myth, Gluten Freedom explains the latest research, diagnostic procedures, and treatment/diet recommendations, helping consumers make the best choices for themselves and their families. Gluten Freedom also discusses gluten and its impact on symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and “foggy mind,” as well as behavioral conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder and schizophrenia.
  2. The Complete Series: Gluten Free by Lola Workman
    Cooking is not only about presenting great food on the table, but it is also about sharing the occasion with family and friends. With the Complete Series, you ll find simple recipes that taste sensational and are easy to prepare, leaving you with plenty of time for life s little pleasures.
  3. Gluten-Free Family Favorites by Kelli & Peter Bronski
    Cooking and sharing meals is something every family should be able to enjoy together—even if one or more family members eats gluten-free. If your household is avoiding gluten, this book will lead the way to recreating your family’s old favorites, and introduce you to a few new ones, too!

To enter, check out these great gluten-free cookbooks and leave a comment below! The winner will be announced on December 10th. Good luck!

rareEarth Naturals Giveaway

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Let’s kick off the holiday season with a fabulous giveaway! I know you’ll love it. The sponser is rareEarth Naturals, and the prize is a generous $75 gift card!

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rareEarth is committed to creating 100% all-natural artisan made in the USA products that are safe, synthetic free, responsibly sourced and beautiful. With all the challenges in the world today, it’s important to remember to give to ourselves—to find simple pleasures that nurture the spirit and allow us to breathe deep and be well.

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I know many of you are starting your gift lists and holiday shopping this week, and rareEarth is a shop that should definitely be on your radar. Their perfumes, candles, diffusers, room mists, and spa collections would all make beautiful, yummy gifts.

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I had the opportunity to try out the Dream (Lavender, Armoise & Clary Sage) diffuser, the Love (Rose Absolute, Palmarosa  & Ylang Ylang) spa candle and Joie (Estatic-Joyful) perfume and found all 3 items to be out of this world. rareEarth’s use of 100% essential oils makes for products that are pure, sustainable, and luxurious.

Seriously, any gal on your holiday shopping list will fall in love with any item that you surprise her with this holiday season!

Visit rareEarth and leave a comment to enter – I’d love to hear what items you will pick out if you are the winner. You can earn extra entries for follow rareEarth on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest – just leave a separate comment for each. The winner will be announced on December 17th. Good luck!

 

Full Disclosure: This giveaway is brought to you by a partnership with rareEarth Naturals.