Tuesday, October 26, 2021

#HolidayGiftGuide - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, the Perfect Gift for Gardeners! #Giveaway

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today, I am going to share one of my favorite seed companies with y'all...Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!  If you have any gardeners on your gift giving list, Baker Creek is the perfect place to find the perfect seedy gift or gift card! 

I place countless orders to Baker Creek each year.  I keep coming back because they offer an excellent variety of seeds that I have had really good luck with.  They stock some of the more rare seeds varieties that you can't find anywhere else. Plus, they send you a free seed packet with every order and you can't beat that!


Baker Creek is America's top source for pure heirloom seeds. They offer one of the largest selections of 19th century heirloom seeds from Europe and Asia, and their gorgeous catalogs feature about 1,000 stunning heirloom varieties.


From beautiful flowers to plentiful veggies and fruits, Baker Creek has and abundance of fantastic seeds to choose from and with most packs ranging from $2-$4, they are super affordable.


Working with non-profit organizations, a significant portion of Baker Creek's annual profits goes toward providing food, emergency aid, sustainable development and education to people in the U.S. and abroad. They also provide free seeds to hundreds of community and educational groups each year, because they believe that everyone should have access to nutrient-dense, delicious food, season after season.


Each pack of seeds comes with extensive planting instructions, information and tips to help you get the greatest yield from each pack.  I also love the customer review section for each variety.  Customers are very excited to share what worked well and what didn't and I always read the reviews on the seeds I order to gain valuable insight from Baker Creek's extraordinarily knowledgeable customer base.


At bBaker Creek, shipping is free and they offer two catalogs each year, both are stunning libraries of seeds and one is even free!  The website offers a wonderful recipe section to help you out once you harvest your garden.  If you are ever in Mansfield, Missouri, you should definitely check out their storefront!




The folks at Baker Creek have generously offered up a $30 gift card to one lucky reader! That can buy quite a few packs of seeds for gifting this holiday season!! Enter below:



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, October 25, 2021

#HolidayGiftGuide - Eco-Friendly Gifts from LOTUS Sustainables!

  *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to LOTUS Sustainables for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We love shopping sustainably and we think products that shrink your carbon footprint make great gifts.  Some of our favorite sustainable gifts this holiday season come from LOTUS Sustainables.  LOTUS make shopping a little more green with their handy dandy Trolley Bags and Produce Bags.

Lotus Trolley Bag

This is a lovely set of 4 heavy-duty reusable bags, including an insulated cooler bag.  They are designed to help make grocery shopping easy and efficient.


LOTUS trolley bags feature removable support rods for cart and non-cart use. They fit inside most standard U.S. grocery carts. The bags all connect together to allow for easy filling and sorting as you shop.


The bags are large, but not so large that they are cumbersome when full.  They feature durable double stitching on all bags to allow you to carry 50 pounds easily.  They have velcro strips that make it easy to detach bags from the shopping system for individual use. 


The bags feature egg and wine specialty pockets and additional pockets on the inside and outside of bags.




The bags also feature mold-resistant mesh bottoms and they are machine washable.


I love that these bags rolls up into a compact, lightweight carrier that I can keep in the trunk ready for each and every shopping trip.

LOTUS also has an awesome set of Reusable Produce Bags.


Each set features three sizes perfect for pretty much any produce you need to bag up.  The bags have drawstring closures and are mesh allowing for air flow and making it easy for your cashier to read produce codes.  These bags can be used for more than produce...try them the next time you travel to keep toiletries separated or to strain homemade nutmilk!  You can even use them in the washing machine to keep your delicates safe.


LOTUS Sustainables is a family-owned small business and a proud member of 1% for the Planet, which means your purchase helps to support environmental causes dedicated to reducing plastic pollution.  Plus, thanks to their fantastic totes and bags 2.75 billion plastic bags have been eliminated.  That is fantastic!!  Gifting LOTUS products will help reduce plastic waste and it doesn't get much better than that!  


If you are looking to gift sustainably this holiday season, check out LOTUS Sustainables!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, October 22, 2021

305 Life - Delicious and Portable Everyday Supplements For an Active Lifestyle!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to 305 Life for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

305 Life is a health and wellness lifestyle brand that celebrates the ethos of Miami and seeks to inspire consumers to get the most out of life. The line was launched October 1st and is  brought to you by none other than Mr. 305 himself, global star and singer Pitbull (Armando Perez), and Roger Yuan, an exclusive physical trainer, martial arts expert and Hollywood action sequence choreographer/director (Jason Bourne, X-Men: First Class, and upcoming Dune.) Roger works directly with Pitbull training him for touring life and initially brought the product to his attention. 


While the current supplement marketplace is overwhelmed by options, there is not one clear leader consumers can turn to making high quality, everyday products that fit consumer needs. 305 Life combines industry knowledge, science, innovative techniques and a desire to bring the best quality product and flavor to consumers. In addition, the brand is inspired by the vibrancy and outdoor lifestyle of Miami and features formulas for everyday life, recovery and energy.  



305 Life is available online and comes in easily portable, individual packs that can be mixed into water or favorite beverages. Recommended usage is 1 packet per day mixed in 12oz of either still or sparkling water. All supplements are priced at $60 per box which includes 30 packets and come in the following mixes: 

Everyday Life- Raspberry Guava

Everyday Recovery Booster - Pineapple Coconut

Everyday Energy- Acai Punch  

In addition, a portion of sales benefits Pitbull’s SLAM! Foundation, a non-profit educational organization representing 12 public charter schools across campuses serving students in grades K-12.  



305-Life is globally sourced and quality tested by 21st Century, a highly accredited production facility with over 25 years of experience in natural flavors and award winning health supplements        



At 305, they understand the need for balance, for joy and the continued push to keep moving forward. You put your all into life, now let them help keep you vitalized and energized to take on each day.





Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Vitacost Has Everything You Need To Be Prepared For Cold and Flu Season!

  

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Vitacost for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

This time of year, I like to start stocking up on the essential herbs and vitamins I will need to keep the whole family healthy over cold and flu season.  I love shopping for these things at Vitacost because they offer specialty diet essentials at an exceptional value.  They offer a huge variety of herbs, vitamins, toiletries and so, so much more from brands you can trust and at great prices.  Check out our latest order which included lots of bulk herbs and tea that we will use all fall and winter long to keep feeling our best and keep illness at bay.  Then, read on to find out how we use each product in our daily wellness routines.


Frontier Natural Products Whole Elderberries

Elderberries are dark purple fruits with a sweet-tart, fruity flavor. They make tasty, warming winter cordials, teas, syrups and wines. Elderberries contain bioflavonoids and vitamin C.


Frontier Natural Products Rosehips 

Rosehips, or rose haws, are the fruit of wild roses, also known as the "dog rose." They are a popular addition to a variety of herbal tea blends.


Frontier Co-Op Organic A Grade Korintje Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon - that most popular of spices - comes from the bark of an evergreen tree. Cinnamon's sweet, spicy and warm fragrance adds pungent sweetness to your favorite baked goodies. You can also use it to add a depth of flavor to savory dishes as well.

We use these three ingredients in our elderberry syrup.  The recipe for this amazing syrup that wards off colds, soothes sore throats and promotes overall wellness is included below.

Frontier Natural Products Peppermint Leaf Cut and Sifted 

Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. Indigenous to Europe, it is now widely cultivated throughout the world. 


Sometimes referred to as "the world's oldest medicine" it has been used for centuries to settle tummy upset and freshen breath.  This pack of dried peppermint will be enough to last us all winter...the one pound package filled up a gallon storage jar.


Frontier Natural Products Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea 

Another must-have for soothing upset stomachs and sore throats is this lovely herbal tea.


We will drink this tea all throughout the fall and winter months and just look at this beautiful blend:


Add a bit to hot water and steep for 5-7 minutes for a lovely cup of soothing warmth!

On to the power of elderberry syrup! Elderberries boost the immune system, fight and protect against bacterial and viral infections, reduce the symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu, help clear sinus infections, have natural diuretic effects and promote bowel movements.  They are also anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and ease symptoms of allergies.  Plus, they are high in vitamins A and C and antioxidants. As great as they are, pre-made elderberry syrups that can be purchased online and in-stores are often expensive and don't include pure, organic ingredients.  No worries though, this super powered syrup can be made at home for a fraction of the cost when you use bulk herbs like these from Vitacost!

Here is our recipe for Elderberry Syrup, our go-to all-purpose concoction for pretty much anything that ails us, especially sore throats and early cold/flu symptoms.  


Add 3 1/2 cups of water, 3/4 cups of elderberries, 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1 T ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon to a pot, bring to a boil, turn down heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.  Drain contents through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl or pot making sure to press out as much excess moisture as possible.  Add 1 cup of honey while mixture is still hot and mix.  We store our syrup in a glass jar in the fridge and take a spoonful daily, more often if we have a sore throat or are showing other signs of illness.
 

Vitacost has everything you need for this awesome syrup and everything you need to keep your whole family feeling well year round.  With nearly 40,000 products, including specialty items that are organic, non-GMO and gluten free and tons of everyday savings and discounts, Vitacost is your one-stop shop for all things health and wellness!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

#HolidayGiftGuide - Stocking Stuffers from The Shroom Company!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to The Shroom Company for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today's gift ideas would be perfect as stocking stuffers for adults on your list!  Check out these useful gadgets from The Shroom Company:


The Shroom Company has quite a variety of products to keep your drains clean in both your bathrooms and kitchens!  Check out our favorites:

TubShroom

Unlike regular strainers that go over the drain, TubShroom fits inside, neatly collecting hair around it. When it's time to cleanup, simply wipe TubShroom off and GO! No harsh chemicals, no more tangled messes. The bathtub drain strainer fits any standard tub drain (1.5" to 1.75" width is the standard) and is guaranteed to catch every hair, every time.

SinkShroom


The sink drain strainer fits any standard bathroom sink drain and will catch every hair every time. Most bathroom sink drains are 1" to 1.25" in width. Your current strainer can be simply lifted out of the drain or unscrewed from underneath the sink. SinkShroom comes in several colors and finishes to match virtually any bathroom decor.

Kitchen SinkShroom


With stainless steel construction and a unique design, the Kitchen SinkShroom will neatly catch food particles without stopping the flow of water. The intuitive hollow center cylinder is raised high enough to prevent pots and dishes from blocking the drain. No matter how much junk is gathered in the basket, optimal hole placement keeps water flowing--and keeps dirty dish water from rising.

BathShroom


BathShroom is an overflow drain cover for fuller and warmer baths.You can easily increase your water depth during every bath by placing this gadget over your overflow drain. Twelve suction cups make for a perfect seal each and every time.

These Shroom products would be wonderful gift ideas for renters and homeowners alike!  Perfect for stocking stuffers or gift exchanges, they are both useful and affordable!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

#HolidayGiftGuide - Gifts For Gardeners from True Leaf Market!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to True Leaf Market for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today's gift idea is perfect for the gardener or prepper on your gift list!  Gardening gifts from True Leaf Market are sure to be a hit this holiday season!  Check out a few of our favorites!


EMERGENCY HEIRLOOM BUG OUT SEED BAG

This Bug Out Seed Bag delivers 34 of the easiest and most prolific fruit and vegetable seeds for emergency preparedness and home gardening. They come sealed in a weatherproof mylar bag, so each of these 34 heirloom varieties can be safely stored for both emergency and seasonal planting without fear of spoilage.


The bag includes a great selection of annual and perennial seeds that are Non GMO, heirloom and open pollinated.


Fruit, Vegetable, and Herb Seeds in the Bug Out Bag:
 
Basil - Common
Beet - Red Globe
Broccoli - Heading
Broccoli - Sprouting
Cabbage - Ballhead
Cabbage - Storage
Carrot - Danvers 126
Carrot - Scarlet Nantes
Cauliflower - Snowball
Celery - Utah 52-70
Chard - Ruby Red
Corn - Golden Bantam
Cucumber - Long Slicing
Eggplant - Black Beauty
Kale - Green Curled
Kale - Red Russian
Lettuce - Bibb
Lettuce - Green Leaf
Lettuce - Romaine
Melon - Cantaloupe
Mustard - Green Curled
Onion - Bunching
Pea - Garden Shelling
Pepper - California Wonder Bell
Pepper - Cayenne Red
Pumpkin - Small Sugar
Radish - Red Globe
Spinach - Bloomsdale
Summer Squash - Green Zucchini
Summer Squash - Yellow Crookneck
Winter Squash - Waltham Butternut
Thyme - Culinary
Tomato - Roma
Watermelon - Sugar Baby


The bag also includes a 75-page Vegetable Growing Guide full of garden tips, maintenance, and harvesting instructions to get the most from your emergency garden. 


The back of each packet of seeds is also full of great information and tips to help you get the best results for each fruit, veggie or herb!



  The Emergency Heirloom Bug Out Seed Bag is a staple for any bugout bag or preparation kit to allow you to start your survival garden anywhere. It's also perfect for any home gardener to have a wonderful variety of seeds for an exceptional garden full of variety.  The bag contains an average of 22,000 seeds...plenty to get you going on your sustainable hobby!

Check out this stackable or hangable three tiered garden, herb or flower planter:

MINI GARDEN STACKER - HANGING GARDEN POT

 This set of pots is great for decorative, vertical container gardening indoors or outdoors all year long! It is super durable and easy to stack or hang with the included hanging chain.  You can choose from several colors to match any decor style.


These planters are great for using on a deck, balcony, window sill, countertop or in your home entryway and can be filled with so many things, beautifully displayed in a planter that can be easily put indoors or outdoors as the weather changes. 


It is easy to fill and maintain and can hold up to twelve plants.  A single set is about 2 feet tall, but you can purchase multiple units to stack them even higher. This planter is perfect for those with limited garden space or for planting things like mints that take over your garden, strawberries that need to be off the ground and so many other veggies and herbs!

True Leaf Market has such an amazing variety of gardening and prepping products available.  If you have a gardener or prepper on your gift giving list this year, you should definitely check them out!  One of our favorite garden product websites for sure!  



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.