Book Review – Can’t Stop the Beat – Beat Poetry by Ruth Weiss

Cant Stop The Beat – The Life and Words of a Beat Poet is the latest work by beat poet ruth weiss. (weiss’ name is always lowercase, in protest of “law and order”.) weiss, now in her 80s, is still going strong, showcasing her talent through her thought-provoking poetry.

The book, released in May 2011, covers her life from her childhood, as a Holocaust survivor, through her life during the heyday of beat poetry. While her male contemporaries (think Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg) may have made more of a name for themselves, Weiss definitely is a hero and pioneer of this era…although she gained more recognition in Europe than in the United States.

Weiss’s writing is intriguing. At the risk of being punny, I would say that it marches to the beat of it’s own drum, with feeling and imagination and energy and imagery. Through her words, she gives life to her thoughts and feelings.

If you want an idea of what to expect from this book, check out this audio sample of Ruth Weiss reading her own I Always Thought You Black, a masterpiece-length poem written by Weiss as a tribute to her African American friends. This audio sample is set to some very cleverly chosen jazz music and is quite nice to listen to, so check it out!

If you love beat poetry, and would like to check out Ruth Weiss’ Can’t Stop the Beat, it’s available on Amazon for $11.95, or from other retailers with an MSRP of $15.95.

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{CLOSED} Get to Know Your Camera With Learn and Master Photography – $249 value! #review #giveaway

When Miss A was born, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was learn photography. I knew she’d grow up fast, and that I would want to capture as much of her growing personality as I could. So what did I do? I ran out and got my first DSLR when she was 2 months old. It was an Olympus E-510. It was a fantastic camera, and I honestly believe it was one of the best baby purchases I made.

Since then, I’ve upgraded to a Nikon d300s, which I love more than words can say. But sometimes, even after taking a couple classes and having a few years experience with the camera, you need a refresher course. I recently got a chance to review the Learn and Master Photography kit, and it did just the trick!

Learn and Master Photography comes with 24 lessons on 15 DVDs, plus a handy companion lesson book, and two discs with all of the raw and jpg files you’ll need to get started learning how to use your new DSLR camera and how to process photos. You’ll learn everything from what ISO, aperture and shutter speed are (and what they mean to the quality of your photo), photography style guidelines (such as the rule of thirds), digital file management, and other useful tips to help you go from camera novice to camera aficionado.

Best of all, this can all be done from the comfort of your own home! All you need is a DVD player to play the lessons.

The Learn and Master Photography kit retails for $249, but right now they have a sale going on! Until July 10th, you can purchase the set for $149.

 

Giveaway

One LUCKY reader can win a Learn and Master Photography kit!

Mandatory Entry (this must be done before any other entries will count): What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to photography?

Extra Entries:

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Contest ends on JULY 22, 2011 AT 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected. (Please make sure you check your spam and junk folders frequently to make sure you don’t miss out!)

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Learn and Master provided me with a review package for the purposes of this review. All content in this article is my opinion and has not been influenced by the receipt of the product for purposes of review. Thanks to Learn and Master for providing the review package and giveaway prize!

{CLOSED} Color It By Numbers – Great Computer Games for Kids #review #giveaway

For a long time, Miss A has had a fascination with the computer. When she was a little baby and her Daddy was working on a video game/radio show, we used to sit and listen to his evening show and play along. She was less than 3 months old then, so she’s come a long way since sitting and punching random keys (or kicking them with her baby feet) and now actually understands how to interact with a computer!

I recently got the chance to review the Color it by Numbers Princess, Vehicles and Animals games. These games are very much like the Paint by Numbers books you might remember from your childhood. There are 9 colors, and each color is numbered to correspond with a spot on the picture. One quick click and the spot fills with that color! All your child needs to know how to do is read numbers and use a computer mouse. (Miss A doesn’t quite have the mouse skills yet, so we work on them together.) A friendly-sounding song plays in the background, and when your child finishes the picture, the picture sparkles and a chime plays!

Program features:

  • Three coloring modes
  • Easy to change preset colors
  • Cute and exciting images
  • Beautiful effects
  • Adapted for all screen resolutions
  • The picture is automatically saved after exiting the program
  • Music and sounds

As well as being in English, the program has been translated into German, Spanish, French and Russian. The game is available for PC, Mac and Linux. I use a MacBook Pro and it works like a charm!

Want to see how these games work? Check out the Video Tour!

Miss A quickly fell in love with this game — especially the Princesses! Here’s a video of us playing together.

Each game comes with 15 different coloring pages. Once it’s done, you can clear the painting and customize the colors as well, so you never have to do the same exact painting twice.

These games are intended for ages 4+ (but as you can see, Miss A still loves them at age 3) and can be purchased online at http://coloritbynumbers.com for $9.99 each (you save 10% if you buy two, and 15% if you buy three, so you can get all three for $25.47). The games have a 14 day satisfaction guarantee.

Giveaway

Do you think your child would love these games? You could win the entire set of three! Here’s how to enter.

Mandatory Entry (this must be done before any other entries will count): Which one of these games would the child you’d give this to like the best? (Princesses, Vehicles or Animals)

Extra Entries:

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Contest ends on JULY 22, 2011 AT 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected. (Please make sure you check your spam and junk folders frequently to make sure you don’t miss out!)

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Color It By Numbers provided me with a review package for the purposes of this review. All content in this article is my opinion and has not been influenced by the receipt of the product for purposes of review. Thanks to Color It By Numbers for providing the review package and giveaway prize!

Mother Goose Club DVDs and CDs {Review}

Nursery Rhymes are a huge part of childhood. When I was pregnant with Miss A, one of the things I looked forward to the most was sharing some of my favorite nursery rhymes with her. Since she has had a love of music since day one, I’ve been very happy with how well she has taken to nursery rhymes.

One thing I’ve recently learned is that nursery rhymes actually help children learn how to read. They help children understand the cadence of language and teach them how to detect rhyming words. Studies have shown that understanding rhyming words helps children learn to read faster. Because nursery rhymes are both short and rhythmic, children are able to easily memorie them, which gives them “phonemic awareness”.

For all of these reasons, I am really glad that I was able to get a copy of the Mother Goose Club‘s DVD, CDs and coloring book for review!

The Mother Goose Club’s CDs and DVDs are a GREAT way for children to learn nursery rhymes. The show, featured on PBS stations, is a series of one-minute educational programs which promote early literacy. The show is colorful and engaging, inviting your kids to get up and dance and sing along with the DVD.

Miss A is a BIG fan of the Mother Goose Club CDs and DVDs! She loves the characters, and particularly loves to correct them if they make variations on the nursery rhymes. (Ahh, how kids love to be right.) We both love to color, and she and I have had a great time sitting down together and coloring some of our favorite nursery rhymes.

Does your child love nursery rhymes too? For a limited time, you can pick up the Mother Goose Club super pack for $32 using the promo code summer! That’s $5.00 off the regular price. The super pack includes a DVD, two CDs, a coloring book, and stickers.

You can also visit Mother Goose Club’s website, Facebook, and Twitter online! The website has some cool printables, so make sure to check it out!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way but was provided with products free of charge from Child’s Play Communications and Sockeye Media for the purpose of this review. Receipt of these products at no-charge has no bearing on the content of this post, which is my opinion only. Make sure to read the Disclosure Policy page for full details. 

CLOSED – Kill Germs and Disinfect Your World with the Pocket Purifier’s UV Light #review #giveaway

It’s that time of year — cold and flu season is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but in our house, between colds and allergies, it seems like we’ve been fighting off something since the beginning of summer. I’m sure having a three year old in daycare doesn’t help the situation either!

I’ll be getting in line very soon to get flu shots for all of us. I got one this past season, but Scott didn’t and he caught the flu and it was NOT a fun time for any of us. This year, in addition to the flu shots, I’ve also got the Pocket Purifier!

The Pocket Purifier is a GREAT way to eliminate germs without harsh chemicals. It’s a battery–operated, handheld device which uses a UV bulb to kill germs on surfaces (though not on skin — please don’t use this on your hands or body). In only 15 seconds, your countertops and other surfaces can be rendered germ free.

The Pocket Purifier is really easy to use. The light on the side of the Pocket Purifier is the UV bulb. Just hold it over the surface for 10-15 seconds and germs are gone.

The Pocket Purifier also comes with a handy flashlight on the front of it, so it’s a really handy and versatile item to carry in your pocket or purse.

The Pocket Purifier can be purchased from www.purelyproducts.com for $11.99, but one lucky reader can WIN a Pocket Purifier!

It’s REALLY easy to enter!
MANDATORY ENTRY: Comment and tell me why you want to win!
Bonus entry: (can be done after the mandatory entry) Like Purely Products on Facebook and comment letting me know you did.

Please leave your email address in your comment or make sure it is visible in your profile!

Contest ends on September 27, 2011 AT 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected. (Please make sure you check your spam and junk folders frequently to make sure you don’t miss out!)

Disclosure: I received a product free of charge for purposes of review but was not financially compensated for this review in any way. All content in this article is my opinion and has not been influenced by the gift of a product or other monetary compensation. Thanks to Purely Products for providing the review sample and giveaway prize!

{CLOSED} Kids do Summer in Style With Babiators {Review and Giveaway}

Living in the Sunshine State, sunglasses are a necessity between May and September. Why not add a little style to your child’s selection of sunglasses? That’s what Babiators are for!

Her future is SO bright…

 

…she’s gotta wear shades. Even indoors.

 

We recently received a pair of Princess Pink Babiators sunglasses in a size small for Miss A, and she totally loves them. She calls them her “rock star glasses” — even if she does look more like a miniature fighter pilot. We have many pairs of sunglasses for her, but she goes for these time and time again, and I’m guessing it’s because of their style and comfort.

Miss A rocking her Princess Pink Babiators at a local splash park.

The perks of Babiators don’t end there! They are also incredibly safe — meeting or exceeding CPSIA and FDA standards for safety. Babiators are 100% non-toxic. they’re made from rubber that’s free of BPA, phthalates and heavy metals. The lenses are also effective UVA and UVB filters, which is great for children’s eyes, which are more susceptible to the sun’s rays than an adult’s eyes.

I also love that the durability of Babiators. They’re made from pliable rubber, and they BEND! How many times have you (or your child) stepped on a pair of plastic sunglasses and broken them? That won’t happen with Babiators! They are so confident in their durability that they offer a one-year Wear and Tear Guarantee. (Note: If your child REALLY twists or bends them the lenses will pop out. They pop right back in.)

Babiators retail for $19.99, come in small (Ages 1-3) and large sizes (ages 3+), and in four colors: Black Ops Black, Blue Angels Blue, Rockstar Red, and Princess Pink. They can be ordered from the Babiators website, or from any of their Retail Partners. (Click that link to find a partner near you!)


GIVEAWAY!
Want to win a pair of Babiators for your child? Here’s how you could win!

MANDATORY ENTRY: (this must be done for any other entries to count)
How many pairs of sunglasses does your child own?

EXTRA ENTRIES (comment once for each entry unless it says otherwise)

Please leave your email address in your comment or make sure it is visible in your profile!

Contest ends on JULY 15, 2011 AT 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected. (Please make sure you check your spam and junk folders frequently to make sure you don’t miss out!)

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Babiators provided me with a review package for the purposes of this review and will handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Babiators for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

Sandbox Fun with CAT Tough Tracks Bulldozer {Review}

Who says trucks are for boys? Two of Miss A’s favorite things are dirt and trucks, and thanks to the CAT Tough Tracks Bulldozer from Toy State Toys, she gets to have the best of both worlds!

The CAT Tough Tracks Bulldozer is a well-constructed sand toy that’s perfectly sized for children ages 2+. When we got it and opened the box, Miss A was really excited to see her new “surprise”.

She quickly grabbed the hat and we headed for the sandbox. (The hat is adjustable, by the way, which is great for the smaller-headed kid.)

A few weeks ago I bought Miss A a dump truck from the cheap toys section at the front of Target, but she was eager to cast that one aside in favor of her CAT Tough Tracks bulldozer. She immediately  started filling the truck’s shovel with sand.

And, because it looked so fun,  I couldn’t resist getting into the sandbox with her and playing. But, of course, since I’m the camera lady, I don’t have any pictures of that so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

The Tough Tracks line includes a CAT Dump Truck, CAT Bulldozer and CAT Wheel Loader, has an MSRP of $10 and is available at Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Target.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way but was provided with products free of charge from Child’s Play Communications and Toy State for the purpose of this review. Receipt of these products at no-charge has no bearing on the content of this post, which is my opinion only. Make sure to read the Disclosure Policy page for full details. 

{CLOSED} Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes: Delicious, Affordable, Vegetarian-Friendly Buffet {Review & Giveaway}

Once upon a time, in February of 2009, I made the decision to stop eating meat. Since Mr Dad is not a vegetarian, that often means we have to compromise when dining out…myself moreso than him, since many restaurants are not necessarily vegetarian-friendly. Thankfully, Sweet Tomatoes (also called Souplantation in some areas) is one place we don’t have to compromise!

I love dining at Sweet Tomatoes because it takes the worry out of choosing veggie-friendly foods. Ever go to a regular restaurant and try to find something vegetarian? A little secret I learned early on in my venture into vegetarianism is that most soups have a beef or chicken base…even soups you’d think are vegetarian, such as broccoli and cheese, french onion, and even straight vegetable soup. At Sweet Tomatoes, vegetarian items are clearly marked as such, so I never have to worry about finding meat in my food.

At $8.49/each (at our location), the price is most definitely affordable!

The abundance of vegetarian options is just amazing, and with their online nutrition guide, you can plan in advance to make smart choices. Here are some items I sampled on our recent visit to Sweet Tomatoes. Each one of these is meat-free and many are low-fat or fat free!

Cherry Balsamic Blue Tossed Salad, Green Chile Ranch Salad, Southern Dill Potato Salad (low-fat), and Aunt Doris’ Red Pepper Slaw (fat free and vegan!) – with a side of beets (I <3 beets), vanilla nut coffee (YUM), and strawberry lemonade. Across the table you see Mr Dad’s caesar salad. NOT vegetarian — caesar dressing has anchovies in it.

 

Santa Fe Black Bean Chili (low-fat – but with just a dab of sour cream, cheese, and chives) with Quattro Formaggio Foccacia

 

Blueberry muffin, Cherry muffin, and Cherry Nut Butter

 

My favorite DIY dessert — chocolate brownie muffin (served warm) with low fat frozen yogurt!

Not pictured above (since the pan was empty when I went to the soup bar): Sweet Tomatoes has one of the best vegetable soups I’ve ever had! They call it Vegetable Medley. I recently got the recipe from the company and while it takes quite some time to make soup from scratch, it’s pretty easy to make….and since it’s so good, I want to share it with my wonderful readers!

Vegetable Medley
© Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation

VEGETABLE STOCK:
11 ½ cups water                                                               In a pot, combine ingredients and bring to a boil.
2 ½ cups V8 juice                                                             Simmer for 90 minutes with a lid. Strain broth
1 cup ½” diced celery stalk                                            through cheesecloth.
½ cup ½” diced brown onion
5 peeled garlic cloves – finely diced
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons vegetarian base
2 teaspoons table salt
½ teaspoon white pepper

SOUP RECIPE:
11 ½ cups vegetable stock                                           In a pot, combine ingredients and bring to a boil.
1 teaspoon canola oil                                                    Simmer for 10 minutes with a lid.
2 cups 2” long fry cut carrots
2 cups ½” cubed red potatoes
1 ½ cups ¼” sliced brown onions
1 ½ cups 2” long fry cut turnips
1 cup ¼” sliced celery
1 cup 1” sliced green beans
1 ½ cups cauliflower florets                                       Add ingredients to pot and simmer for 5 minutes
1 cup ¼” sliced green cabbage                                  with a lid.
2 cups 2” long fry cut zucchini                                   Add ingredients to pot and simmer for 5 minutes.
1 cup 2” long fry cut yellow squash                          Season to taste with salt and pepper.
1 cup corn
¾ cup peas
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

Yields approximately 1 gallon.

And check out these nutrition facts! You get a whole lot of flavor for very few calories:
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 90
Calories Fat: 11%
Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 520mg
Total Carbohydrates: 14g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 2g

If the items I tried today don’t sound appealing to you, here’s some more information on Sweet Tomatoes vegetarian options:

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Vegetarian Specials
Throughout the year Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants offer guests more than 45 different vegetarian options, many of which are also vegan, along their 55-foot salad bar and among their soup, pasta, fruit and dessert stations. The all-you-care-to-eat buffet offers something for everyone and is a great opportunity to encourage not only kids, but everyone, to try new things, whether they’re an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. Vegetarian and vegan offerings are marked throughout the restaurant and also highlighted within the nutritional guide, available inside the restaurant and online, so guests can check out the choices before even stepping foot in the restaurant. And with a featured rotating monthly menu, which always includes a vegetarian offering, there is something new and exciting to try each month.

The current lineup of meat-free options is as follows (check with your location to find out for sure what’s available):

June 17-28 Vegetarian Menu Offerings:

  • Cherry Balsamic Blue with Toasted Walnuts Salad
  • Southern Dill Potato Salad
  • Aunt Doris Slaw (vegan)
  • Sweet Tomatoes Onion Soup (vegan)
  • Vegetable Medley Soup
  • Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup
  • Spicy Garlic Alfredo Pasta
  • Mac & Cheese

Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation also offers to-go options from the buffet, as well individual take-home desserts, such as as these delicious lemon sugar cookies (also vegetarian)!

You get 13 of these yummy cookies for just $1.99!

Want to find out if there is a Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation near you? Check their locations and menus page to find a location near you, and see what good food they’re serving!

GIVEAWAY!

If you have a Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation near you (you’re so lucky!) and would like to go with a friend for FREE, you’re in luck! One lucky reader will get TWO complimentary meal passes (does not include beverages).

MANDATORY ENTRY (Must be done for any other entries to count):
Have you ever been to a Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation restaurant?

EXTRA ENTRIES (Comment once for each unless it says otherwise):

Please leave your email address in your comment or make sure it is visible in your profile!

Contest ends on JULY 8, 2011 AT 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected. (Please make sure you check your spam and junk folders frequently to make sure you don’t miss out!)

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation provided me with a review package through the their PR agency for the purposes of this review and will also handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

{CLOSED} Purex With Zout Gets the Stains Out! {Review & Giveaway} TWO WINNERS!

If you’ve got a toddler or pre-schooler, you may be thinking that stains are just a way of life. I can’t even begin to tell you how many adorable outfits I’ve had to throw away because Miss A’s spilled chocolate milk on it, or rolled in the mud and gotten some unknown outdoor stain on it, or done something to wind up with the mystery toddler stain. (You know the one I’m talking about…the stain that looks like couldn’t possibly have come from anything in your house and yet there it is!)

I recently tried Purex with Zout, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed! This laundry detergent + enzyme remover gets out most toddler/preschooler-related stains (Yes, even the mystery kind) and comes in both Fresh Morning Burst scent and Free and Clear (both formulas are hypoallergenic, but the Free and Clear is free of dyes and fragrances).

Having used Purex with Zout, I can say that in most cases, these stains are history! (And if not, a good second run through the wash will usually get it out!) With its triple-enzyme power, Purex with Zout does a pretty good job of getting out most stains.

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Take Miss A’s white shorts as an example. I’ve often wondered why they make toddler clothes in white…and why I keep buying them. These shorts are no exception. She wore these after we got home from her third birthday party. I gave her another cupcake that evening and she promptly smeared chocolate frosting all over the pants. And then they wound up in her hamper for a few days so the chocolate really got a chance to stain the pants.

I swear that’s chocolate!

One time through the wash, without even adding bleach, and here’s how the pants did!

Stain? What stain?

If that’s not a testament to the power of Purex with Zout I don’t know what is!

Want more information? Check out the Purex with Zout Fact Sheet (PDF).

Purex with Zout sells for around $7 in retailers such as Target, but two lucky readers will get a coupon to try it for free! Here’s how to enter:

MANDATORY ENTRY (this must be done before any other entries):
What do you think is the hardest stain to get out of clothes?

EXTRA ENTRIES (comment once for each entry unless it says otherwise)

Please leave your email address in your comment or make sure it is visible in your profile! Contest ends on JULY 3, 2011 AT 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected. (Please make sure you check your spam and junk folders frequently to make sure you don’t miss out!) Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Purex provided me with a review package through the Purex Insiders program for the purposes of this review. Thanks to Purex for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

Quality, Earth-Friendly Products at EcostoreUSA.com {Review}

In our house, we’re big fans of eco-friendly products. I, for one, consider it one of my purposes in life to leave the Earth a better place than it was when I got here, so if a product can reduce my carbon footprint, it gets two thumbs up in my book. Products that are also wallet-friendly get bonus points.

And that’s where EcostoreUSA.com comes into play! They offer high-quality, affordable, eco-friendly household products for many different purposes. They also work with Healthy Child, Healthy World, a non-profit organization which seeks to help parents protect their children from harmful chemicals. I love this! The last thing I want to do is subject Miss A to any of the harsh sulfates and other petrochemicals in other household products.

I was fortunate enough to be able to review their Pure Oxygen Whitener and Coconut and Vanilla Body Wash.

 

Pure Oxygen Whitener

The Pure Oxygen Whitener is a color-safe clothes whitener/brightener made from plant-based ingredients…and is probably my new favorite laundry product. It’s super concentrated, so two tablespoons will do a whole load of laundry. It has the Healthy Child, Healthy World seal, so you can feel good about using it on your baby’s laundry. My baby is now a pre-schooler and I think she gets dirtier now than she ever did as a baby, and having used this product on her laundry a few times, I can testify that it works.

The big test was Miss A’s car seat, though. We’ve been doing a lot of trips to the park, picnics, and other outdoor activities. As three year olds do, Miss A got filthy and brought the filth into her car seat…along with some juice box and cracker spills…so in just a few weeks it went from clean to looking like this…

Can you say…eww?

I took apart the car seat and ran it through the wash with the Pure Oxygen Whitener. I also mixed some of it into some warm water to wipe down the straps. This was how the car seat looked when it was done.

Hey, it’s practically like new again!

Usually I dread having to clean her car seat because I have to wash it a couple of times to get all of the stains out…this took one wash and just a few minutes of wiping down the straps and our two year old car seat practically looks like it’s fresh out of the box. It works, it’s eco-friendly, and at $12.00 for 35.3 ounces, it’s affordable, too!

Coconut and Vanilla Body Wash

I will pause for a moment here and say that I do not have any photos of this product in use, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say I’ve used it. I’m really not keen on taking pictures of myself or Miss A in the bath and posting them all over the Internet. 🙂

That said, I love this body wash! It also has the Healthy Child, Healthy World sticker, so I feel good about using it on Miss A as well as using it myself. We both have sensitive skin and I’ve been able to use it without any problems.

One thing that concerns a lot of people with sensitive skin is fragrances in products, which can be irritating. The fragrance is from certified organic essential oil, so it’s non-irritating (in my experience, anyway), and smells wonderful. It’s a very delicate scent, but the smell is reminiscent of coconut sunscreen.

Like EcoStoreUSA’s other products, the Coconut and Vanilla Body Wash is also free of sulfates, artificial dyes and other preservatives, so it’s Earth-friendly and skin friendly. And, at $8.00 for 13.7 ounces, it’s also budget-friendly!

Like what you’ve read? Check out EcoStoreUSA’s full line of eco-friendly baby care, bath & body, household cleaning, and pet care products.

You can also find EcoStoreUSA on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way but was provided with products free of charge for the purpose of this review. Receipt of these products at no-charge has no bearing on the content of this post, which is my opinion only. Make sure to read the Disclosure Policy page for full details. A big thanks to EcoStoreUSA for providing the review package!