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Discover A Safer Baby Wipe & Enter To Win 1 of 5 Babies “R” Us Gift Cards!!! #WaterWipesBRU

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

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Anyone that know me, knows that I try to live as naturally as possible. I do not use harmful pesticides in my yard or garden, do not use toxic cleaners or detergents in my home and try to find more natural ways to do most everything. I truly believe the amount of harmful chemicals in our everyday products are the reason cancer, infertility, autism, miscarriage and Alzheimer’s rates have risen so dramatically. As the mother of a cancer survivor getting rid of toxic products is of paramount importance to me.

I really have an issue with chemicals in baby and children’s products, so I have replaced the ones we use with non-toxic options. Baby wipes are something most parents use every day with little ones and did you know that most are filled with dangerous chemicals? They are, and so are hand and face wipes and towelettes.

As a mother of 5 and with my youngest child having a dirty face or hands about 100 times through the day, I know that baby wipes are useful way beyond the diaper stage. I keep baby wipes on me at all times. Seriously they are in my car, in my purse, in my tote bag, in the house and they come on vacation. I would never travel without them. They are so handy for so many little emergencies we parents face on a daily basis.

There is no questions that I need baby wipes, it is just the toxic chemicals in them that I don’t condone. Short of making my own, I was stuck. That is why I was so glad to find WaterWipes when shopping at my local Babies “R” Us recently. WaterWipes are a thick, durable wipe that is great for diaper changes, hands and faces. Best of all WaterWipes contain only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

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I picked up a couple of he 60-count resealable packs and have to say, I am very impressed. They work great and I just put them through the paces on our recent vacation. Since they are in soft resealable packs they are easy for me to pop in a tote, my purse, backpack or beach bag.


With eating in the car, hiking, going to the beach, hanging around the pool and in our hotel they got a workout and worked perfectly. They are gentle and effective, do the job I need them to and I don’t worry about spreading nasty chemicals all over my kids. WaterWipes are a safer, natural option and one we will be using from now on.

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Do WaterWipes sound like a better option to you? If so, check out where you can buy them. You can stay in the loop with WaterWipes on their website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Enter To Win a $100 Babies “R” Us Gift Card

I also have some other good news, you can enter to win a Babies “R” Us gift card below! Enter to win one of 5 $100 Babies “R” Us gift cards. Contest ends August 18, 2016 so enter now! Good Luck!!!

WaterWipes Babies”R”Us Giveaway

“I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).”


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How We Made A Unique Coat Tree From Cut Timber For Free #BringingInnovation

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias

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I care deeply about the Earth, I love to repurpose things and use the natural resources around us.  It’s funny, even though our house has many closets, my children and husband leave their coats and back packs all over our kitchen chairs.  This drives me crazy! Since closets and wall racks did not work, I thought maybe a coat tree placed in the side hall would. The coat tree would be prominent,  they could easily hang their coats, hats and backpacks as they walked by.  I choose my battles and would rather have the coats on a coat tree in the side hall than on my kitchen chairs.

When I started researching coat trees, all I saw were flimsy or unattractive designs.  I looked further and found some really unique coat trees made out of TREES!  Can you imagine?  After seeing that and living on acres of wooded property…I think you can imagine my thoughts.  I called out to my husband  and showed him my idea, he was all for it. We couldn’t have picked a better time, many trees were recently cut by the town because they were too close to electric wires.  We gathered our tree supplies and started the process of assembly.

For the base my husband split a large log in half. Then he used a chainsaw and chisel to make a hole in the top of the base for the tree trunk.  He also hollowed out the underside of the log right beneath the hole on the top.  Hollowing the bottom made it possible to get the screw/bolt used to attach the trunk to the base, deeper into the trunk. We wanted to make sure the base was very safe and secure.

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We also put wood glue around the base before attaching it.  Then my husband cut the “hooks” from long lengths of tree branches. After that he drilled holes in the tree trunk for them.  He put wood glue on the base of the branch hooks, then placed them in the holes and knocked them into place with a 2 pound sledge-hammer.  Right now, we have three branch hooks on the bottom for the little kids and three on the top for adults but we plan to add a few more.

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As soon as this New York winter, err I mean spring, wants to give us some seasonable weather, we’re going to take the coat tree outside and seal and protect it with marine varnish.  I will update when it is finished with the final pictures.


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We are really impressed with our unique coat tree and have more projects in mind that we will share with you in the upcoming weeks.   We’re happy  we can utilize the natural resources on our property to make something we need.  In the end we have something we’re proud of and best of all is made in the USA by us!

The coat tree is super sturdy and far better than anything we could purchase. I wish we could make everything we need, but there are some things we can’t.  Batteries for our remotes, kid’s toys, clocks, and more are something we can’t harvest outside. Last weekend I was shopping at Walmart and saw new Energizer® EcoAdvanced AA Batteries and picked some up.  They’re right in the normal battery aisle in the photo department. EcoAdvanced AA batteries are the longest lasting and best performing Energizer® Alkaline ever!  Equally impressive EcoAdvanced AA and AAA batteries are the first in the world to be with a percentage of recycled batteries. You can stock up on them too, because they hold up to 12 years in storage.

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Performance is very important to me, I work from home and rely on the battery in my computer mouse. If  I’m in the middle of a webinar or conference, I can’t afford to have the battery die when trying to change a slide (I hate touchpads). I need performance I can depend on. Energizer® EcoAdvanced Batteries give me peace of mind knowing I have that! This is another step  Energizer® is taking on their journey to bring performance and responsibility to the world – that’s positivenergy!™  I’m thrilled at these steps forward and love the guilt-free benefit I can count on in the longest lasting Energizer® alkaline!

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You know what else I love?  Coat free kitchen chairs around my table! Yippee for small but gratifying victories! Speaking of victories you can enter the “GuiltFreeEnergy” Giveaway below for your chance to win  $1,000 in Gift Cards!

GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway – $1,000 in Gift Cards

I hope you will let me know what you think about our project and share with me what you’re doing to make our Earth a little greener!

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Reduce, WaterWeek Villa, 5 Day Water Bottle Set Review & Giveaway!!!

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Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Reduce the amount of plastic from ending up in landfills?  WaterWeek™ offers the ONLY true solution to end the costly and wasteful purchasing of bulk bottled water without giving up convenience. Just fill, chill & go!™  WaterWeek™ makes it easy and economical for consumers to reduce the millions of bottles that end up in  landfills every day.

The WaterWeek Villa set is colorful and fun.  If you lose a cap you can buy a set of four for under $3 and if you want to change to a push/pull lid, they sell a set of four for under $5.  The bottles are BPA Free, hold 16 oz., dishwasher safe and the set comes with a free fridge tray to hold your bottles neatly and compactly in your fridge.  So what are you waiting for? Ditch the Disposables!



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Reduce is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a WaterWeek Villa 5 Day Water Bottle Set! . Thank you to Reduce  for the review product and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.


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ReusaWool Dryer Balls From The Willow Store, Review & Giveaway!!!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. willowstore_logo

I do not like to use chemicals in my home and so I’m happy to do a review for ReusaWool Dryer Balls.  I do use a dryer sheet that is not filled with toxic chemicals but I know many people still use those nasty, toxic dryer sheets.  If you are, please stop!  There is no need to expose your family to that toxic brew anymore and there are alternatives that don’t use those chemicals.

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One of the options are ReusaWool Dryer Balls.  The natural wool felted balls actually reduce drying time while they soften your laundry naturally and without chemicals.  Reusa balls are mad in the USA by hand and they can be used with all types of laundry, just toss 2-3 balls in with your wet clothes and dry.  After that load just leave them in the dryer and reuse for each load.



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ReusaWool Dryer Balls will not harm your clothes and the colors are natural and safe for any color clothing.  The dye used on the balls is fiber reactive and will not bleed or run onto your laundry.  The balls last for years and can save you money since you would use them in place of dryer sheets.  I would say if you do large loads like I do you might want to up the dryer balls to 5-6 and I have read you can add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender if you like that smell or any other to scent your clothes naturally.

Would you like a chance to win some ReusaWool Dryer Balls?  If so enter our giveaway below using the Rafflecopter widget.  Good Luck!!!  Open to US residents.

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GlassDharma, Glass Drinking Straw Review & $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway!!!

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Glass straws may sound strange to you at first, but if you are trying to go green, they will make sense.  Think about all the plastic drinking straws that get used once and are trash.  It adds up and while it may not be something that you will find in fast food or other restaurants, it is something that you can start in your home.


GlassDharma makes glass drinking straws made exclusively of BOROSILICATE GLASS – the strongest commercially available.  Using a formula provided by Corning, Inc., their straws are annealed under computer controlled conditions.  The temperature and ramping rates dictated by this formula are crucial to reducing residual stress in the glass and give it the highest possible levels of resistance to thermal and physical shock.  The straws are also designed not to have a weak point that would invite breakage.  GlassDharma  takes great care during the development of their designs, production processes, the monitoring of their kilns and quality control procedures making their straws the most durable on the market. This is what defines GlassDharma as the industry leader.

I received a variety of glass straws from GlassDharma to review, they also sent me the brushes to clean them which are so helpful in making sure the straws are squeaky clean and fresh to use again and again.  They are strong and they do feel much better than cheap plastic straws and they also give an elegance to ordinary smoothies and drinks.





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GlassDharma glass drinking straws are:

  • Made of borosilicate tubing and is the strongest glass commercially available.
  • Annealed to Corning, Inc. specifications (a process that strengthens the glass).
  • Made of glass which does not leach ANY TOXINS into your food.
  • Created with the beauty and elegance that only glass can give.
    You’ll feel like royalty – with a touch of ‘glass’.
  • A great environmental addition to your kitchenware.
    Great for hot or cold drinks, microwave and dishwasher safe!!
  • Covered with an unbelievable Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage.
    Means that if they ever break, they’ll replace them – Free,Hand-made in the U.S.A.
  • Buying from GlassDharma means that your dollar is not going off-shore – it stays right here in the U.S.A.


GlassDharma is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a $25 Gift Certificate to GlassDharma!  Thank you GlassDharma for the review products and for sponsoring this Green Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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