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She {hearts} Little Green Pouch & Eco Ditty

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I am sure anyone out there with a little one beginning to eat, has experienced the “baby food pouches” available at almost any store around. These pouches are filled with a large variety of baby food’s and most of them are organic…. the one thing about them though that isn’t fantastic is their steep price tag. At over $1.20 a pouch, the cost of keeping these around can add up.

greenpouchWith my youngest Reed, who is just now 8 months, I have experienced some “eating” challenges. He honestly has very little interested in any sort of baby food. I have tried all sorts and even tried some sweeter types in order to “get his attention.” Nothing worked. If I fed him with a spoon he’d gag and refused to eat another bite.

One way I found he would eat, is by using these pouches. As long as he was given the ability to “feed himself” – he was good to go. He makes a royal mess but he enjoys it and has fun.

I love that Little Green Pouch gives those who enjoy making their own baby food an option to use it in this way. With a 6 ounce pouch to fill that is BPA free, freezer safe and dishwasher safe, it was an awesome item to have on hand or stored for convenience sake.

Also, just as a side note. You can even fill these pouches with YOUR SMOOTHIES!! So even if you aren’t a baby or kid, you can totally use these, freeze them with your healthy organic smoothies… then pack them up for lunch and by lunch time they will be thawed and ready to enjoy.

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ecoditttylogoNow! to go with these adorable green pouches, you of course need a cute eco-friendly lunch bag to store them in while traveling… or if you are like me and have older kids, some reusable pouches to store sandwiches and other snacks is a must.

Eco Ditty is a great company as well that specializes in reusable sandwich and lunch bags.

Their bags are made of 100% organic cotton. Even the tag is organic! They are printed with low-impact inks and dyes. The liners are un-dyed with no synthetics, plastics or chemicals touching your food. You can wash them by hand or throw them in your dish washer and even washing machine.

ecoditty2Eco Ditty even has a fun option that allows you to personalize your own pouches with fun stencil print outs and fabric markers (they provide for you).

One of my favorite items they sent was their “lunch ditty.” It is a great size and stores A LOT yet isn’t to big or bulky that you couldn’t shove it in a diaper bag along with your other every day items.

The Lunch Ditty I honestly have used more for carrying Reed’s baby items more than anything. I love how I can attach it to a clip on my bag and be on my way, keeping his things organized… but I also love how it has a divide inside it to store food on one side and drinks on the other.

I hope to update this post with a photo of mine in use. It currently is waiting to be washed after using it on a pool playdate the other day and Reed deciding he’d spit up all over it :) – cool thing is, its totally washable.

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littlegreen2The Little Green Pouch pays for itself in about a week. Enjoy the convenience and fun of these yet save and enjoy using your homemade baby foods at the same time. The Little Green Pouch even has a silicone attachment that makes it even easier for your kids/babies to eat from.

Eco Ditty offers snack, sandwich and lunch bags all in great organic fabrics. Reduce the use of plastic in your home but still enjoy the practicality of these great bags.

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The Little Green Pouch and Eco Ditty wanted to give away a few things on She {hearts} It.

ecodittyThe Little Green Pouch is giving away a 4-pack of their Little Green Pouches as well as a pack of their new Pouch Pops (4 pack as well). These items go hand and hand so you whoever wins will enjoy having both.

Eco Ditty is giving away one snack and one sandwich size pouch. In a winners choice print.

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She {hearts} Homemade Chocolate Milk Syrup

One thing that my kids adore is a big glass of chocolate milk. I am thankful two out of my three older children, will drink just plain raw milk… but as a treat chocolate milk is a must.

I for a long time used what pretty much everyone I knew used… Nesquick.

Who knew there was so much in this powdered chocolate substance… One being overly processed white sugar…. but also SOY, which is genetically modified, Carrageenan, which is a carcinogen linked to inflammation and cancer…. Artificial flavors…. and you can read up on the rest.

(SUGAR, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, SOY LECITHIN, CARRAGEENAN, SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SPICE. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: CALCIUM CARBONATE, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), ZINC OXIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), COPPER GLUCONATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, BIOTIN.)

So, what is an easy fix for this staple in many homes…

I have a recipe that a dear friend gave me and is now allowing me to share. She is an amazing cook and has been cooking organically and from scratch for many many years.

We have used this recipe for over a year now and our boys love it. Its super easy to make.

Making up a batch of our chocolate milk syrup :) - the boys love this and it's only 5 simple ingredients. All nongmoIngredients:

2 cups Sucanat (sugar cane natural) – if you do not have a source of this, you could use brown sugar…. but Sucanat is preferred…. also you could experiment using something like agave nectar.

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

A dash of real salt (I just do a pinch)

A tsp. of real vanilla

and 1 cup of filtered water

Directions:

Place water into a medium sized sauce pan…. and heat at medium heat. While it heats stir in the Sucanat with a whisk…. and then the cocoa powder… once well mixed, put in your dash of salt and vanilla… then begin turning up the heat until it begins to boil and rise… Do take into consideration when this boils up, it rises a good bit… so don’t use a tiny sauce pan :)… allow to boil for 3 minutes stirring occasionally with whisk… then remove from heat. Allow it to cool slightly, then pour it into a glass jar or pour bottle. I actually use a glass SALAD dressing bottle a friend gave me to mix up my own dressings, it works great!

For a 8 ounce glass of raw milk (or almond milk, white milk…etc…) you would put in about a tsp. or so, or to taste. Shake up well and enjoy! Also store this in your fridge. It should keep a good while. Ours last about 3 weeks? sometimes less if the boys go crazy with it… but we typically only allow them a glass every other day… so it last a while.

She {hearts} Hibiscus Tea Concentrate

I started making hibiscus tea concentrate to aid in the healing of my adrenals. It’s rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants plus wonderfully refreshing.  (please note, I’ve read some not-so-nice things about this tea and pregnancy, so please check with your doctor if you are pregnant before drinking.)

Hibiscus Tea Refresher Concentrate

 

I enjoy very bold flavors so the concentrated form allows me to make a good strong glass while making others in our home a more diluted versio


You’ll need:
1. Organic hibiscus tea flowers. My local grocery store carries them in bulk, but as much as I’m making, Amazon has the better price so I’ll be switching soon.

2.Organic raw sugar

3. (optional) Juice of half a lime, fresh ginger, organic orange peel, organic lemon peel, and/or other fruit teas like raspberry, blueberry, etc…

Boil 2 cups of filtered water. Remove from heat. Add one cup of hibiscus leaves plus any of the optional items. (The lime juice and ginger are a must-have for me!)

Cover and let the tea steep for 30 minutes (which simply means let it sit there.)

Filter the concentrate into a bowl and add sugar (I use about 3/4 cup. I don’t like really sweet drinks.) Dissolve the sugar then pour the concentrate into a container and refrigerate.

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To drink: use one cup of concentrate to one cup of filtered water. Remember, I like mine strong, so if it’s overwhelming to your taste buds, add more water until it’s pleasant to your tastebuds!

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She (still) {hearts} nourish organics

 

Just about a year ago, I reviewed Nourish Organics here on She {hearts} It and I love this company so much that I’m back at it again.  Nourish Organics is an organic skincare company owned and operated by sweet Olivia, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for a few years now. Her passion for chemical-free, safe, 100% natural, nourishing skin care is so inspiring, especially to a momma of little ones.

As I’ve said before, I’ve tried just about every product in Nourish Organics‘ line and am hooked. My favorite products are the sweet orange sugar scrub (so moisturizing and smells delicious), the organic peppermint wash (so invigorating) and organic peppermint lip balm (I love the peppermint flavor and the non-waxy, moisturizing formula). I use the organic coconut balm to soothe my sensitive skinned-kids’ eczema and diaper rash.

 

I was elated when Olivia offered to let me try the new organic grapefruit wash. I am a sucker for anything citrusy, and the refreshing scent of this wash is delightful. Made with renewable, organic oils, the formula is super moisturizing and perfect for spring (who am I kidding, it’s perfect for all year long). This wash tops my list of favorite body products, and it is a daily treat to use it in the shower.

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Check out Nourish Organics‘ line of super-moisturizing, organic, amazing-smelling washes, scrubs, balms, and oils.  This skin-loving line is all natural, providing peace of mind in the care of your skin, and your babies’ skin, too.

 

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Use code “sheheartsit” for 15% off your organic grapefruit wash purchase until 3/19/13.

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She {hearts} HALO SleepSack

As the weather gets cool, I want to make sure that my 7-month-old stays warm at night, but I don’t want to overdress her or have a bunch of loose bedding in her crib! I am in love with HALO SleepSacks at the moment, particularly the new HALO SleepSack at Pottery Barn Kids.

These SleepSacks are part of Pottery Barn’s new fall collection, so they coordinate with the bedding AND they can be personalized with the baby’s name.  All of these SleepSacks are 100% organic.

My daughter has been sleeping wonderfully in her new HALO SleepSack.  It keeps her warm (and she still looks super cute to boot)!  Purchase one today for your little one or as a gift for a new-mom-to-be!

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These adorable (and safe for baby!) HALO SleepSacks can be purchased at Pottery Barn Kids for $39.50.

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She {hearts} Teeccino Herbal Coffee

I’m a coffee lover who has given up her coffee to become even healthier. It was tough, and believe me when I say I didn’t want to, but I did it! Over a month without my morning cup (coffee lovers feeling sorry for me yet?). The headaches lingered for a while, but then I was fine without it. Very sleepy, but ok. I would long for it when I smelled my hubby brewing his half a pot in the morning, but I sucked it up and even fixed his cup for him. I know some of you are saying, just drink it already. But I can’t. At least for now. I’m dealing with some health issues and we’re trying to find out what’s making me sick. I’ve been reading up on the benefits of eating more of an Alkaline diet, and well, coffee is very acidic.  Upping the fresh veggies, herbal teas, water, and cutting out A LOT. But I’m getting better and feeling better, so this is a good thing.

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I was at Whole Foods a few days ago and was looking for Chicory leaves, hoping it would satisfy my coffee craving, but I couldn’t find it. Which is fine, because I found something even better. Herbal coffee grounds! I can actually BREW a cup of herbal tea, in my Keurig! I am a happy girl! Those of you that love coffee know it’s just a nice feeling to be able to have a fresh cup of coffee. I’m so glad I don’t have to miss out on one of my favorite things anymore! I’m really impressed withTeeccino! So many flavors to choose from. And trust me when I say, delish!

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Teeccino coffee is available in 2 lines of flavors and can be purchased at teeccino.com from $2.50-$55.99.

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She {hearts} Earth Mama Angel Baby

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There’s nothing like a little pampering to a pregnant mama. As beautiful and wonderful pregnancy can be, often a pregnant mama can physically feel anything but beautiful and wonderful. Stretch marks, dry skin, and morning sickness can take a toll on a pregnant mama’s changing body.

Being 22 weeks pregnant with my third baby (it’s a girl!), I can say that a little pampering goes a long way in how I’m feeling. Also, I am really concerned with what I put in/on my body, especially when I am pregnant. It’s scary to think how the chemicals and toxins that are in so many body products could possibly negatively affect my baby.

Enter Earth Mama Angel Baby. They use the highest-quality, certified-organic or organically grown herbs and oils for their products. Their products are free of toxins, cruelty-free, vegan, and contain no artificial preservatives, fragrances and dyes. They offer so many products to pamper and soothe a tired, uncomfortable pregnant mama!

Earth Mama Angel Baby sent me their “pocket full of pampering” set to try- the A Little Something For Mama-To-Be gift set. This set contains their Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash, Happy Mama Spray, Earth Mama Body Butter, Natural Stretch Oil, and Organic Morning Wellness Tea.

My favorites in this set are the Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash and the Earth Mama Body Butter. The Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash is self-foaming (that means no artificial foaming agents) and smells AMAZING with the help of fresh ginger (which can naturally ease morning sickness), organic lime and organic pink grapefruit essential oils. The Earth Mama Body Butter is a luxurious lotion that soothes dry skin and stretched bellies (and more!), thanks to organic borage oil and neroli pure essential oil with rich shea butter. For me, a bonus favorite is the Happy Mama Spray. My nose has been super, super sensitive this time around (I couldn’t even bear to open my fridge for months!), and this uplifting spray has brought me through plenty of queasy moments. It can be spritzed again and again for instant relief, thanks to lime and ginger pure essential oils. Bliss!

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Earth Mama Angel Baby provides pure, safe, natural products not only for pregnancy, but also for postpartum, breastfeeding, baby, and even baby loss comfort. It is a company that truly cares for each facet of growing a miracle!

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Earth Mama Angel Baby is giving a A Little Something For Mama-To-Be gift set to one lucky She {hearts} It reader! It’s the perfect pampering set for a pregnant mama, be it for yourself or for a gift.

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