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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY MY GREEN SIDE BRINGS SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING TO THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAMWE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A FAVORITE GREEN SITE EACH WEEK. STARTING OCTOBER 13, 2014 A NEW TIME FOR THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAM MEANS A NEW TIME FOR THIS SEGMENT… YOU CAN NOW STREAM THE SEGMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 835AM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: When the little trick-or-treaters knock on your door this Halloween, give them healthy treats that also treat the environment kindly.

Before you head out the door with your own little trick-or-treaters, make sure you’ve feed them a healthy and hearty dinner. This way, they’ll be less likely to fill up on sugary treats during your walk around the neighborhood.

Eco-friendly Candy

There are a number of different eco-friendly candies now available at your local grocery stop, health food stores or co-ops. These organic candies can provide Halloween treats that are a little friendlier for your trick-or-treaters and are produced using methods that are gentler on the environment.

Where you can find them locally:

  • Sydney’s Health Market: My number one choice for all my healthy shopping needs. They have organic fruit snack, fruit strips, lollipops, organic juice boxes and many other options.
  • Cash Wise: They have a wonderful organic section which include a lot of organic candy, boxes of organic raisins and bars.
  • Hornbachers: Their natural and organic sections has a number of organic treats.
  • Target: They have a number of better treat choices in their Halloween section including pretzels, Pirate Booty and Boom Chicka Pop.

My favorite find: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. Not only are they a Minnesota company and the official kettle corn (just one of their awesome flavors) of the Minnesota Vikings, the products are whole grain, vegan, Og trans fats, non-GMO, certified Kosher and certified gluten-free. This is one of my girls’ favorite snacks and a great Halloween treat option.

Non-GMO candy

Or Avoid Candy Altogether

Another option is to avoid candy altogether and to give your trick-or-treaters useful treats, such as colorful pencils, small boxes of crayons, or erasers in fun shapes.

Other ideas:

  • Fun magnets
  • Seed paper/bookmarks for planting or reading
  • Wash off tattoos
  • Stickers
  • Craft kits (Michael’s has fun craft kits for $1.00)
  • Adhesive bandages with fun themes
  • Barrettes or other hair things
  • Mini pumpkins or gourds
  • Fun toothbrushes
  • Unfinished wood items
  • Decorated pencils
  • Polished stones

Where you can find them locally:

  • Target
  • Pout Baby Boutique: They have a large eco-friendly section including Piggy Paint Nail Polish. They also have a new location, you can now find them at 1801 45th St S Fargo, ND 58103.
  • Michaels
  • Hobby Lobby

Be Sure to Reuse and Recycle

If you don’t already compost, Halloween is a great time to start. You can add post-Halloween jack-o-lanterns to your compost bin, along with fallen leaves, food scraps, and other organic, biodegradable yard and household waste.

Compost creates excellent soil for your garden. You might even use the compost from your backyard bin to help grow the pumpkins that will become next year’s jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pies.

If you are interested in composting, your local hardware store, garden center, county extension service, or waste disposal agency should be able to help you get started.

Locally, the City of Fargo has a wonderful compost bin you can purchase at a reasonable cost. For more information call 701-241-1449 or visit http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/SolidWaste/Recycling/Backyardcomposters.aspx.

Instead of throwing away your Halloween decorations each year, store and reuse them year after year, just as you do decorations for many other holidays. Source: About.com, Environmental Issues

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

Rodale News

Rodale is one of the world’s leading healthy lifestyle company and they publish some of the best-known health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Running Times, Bicycling, and Organic Gardening, and is one of the largest independent book publishers in the United States. Rodale brings you the ideas, insights, and information that inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them.

Rodale News has great information and tips about topics like Organic Living, Health, Pets, Family and Food.

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As part of my partnership with Ecocentric Mom, I receive one of their bimonthly subscription boxes for review. Every Ecocentric Mom Boxother month when I get my box, I feel blessed that I get to try out some new products and tell you about them!

This is how it works: Ecocentric Mom is a natural/green health/home/beauty product discovery subscription service that gives you three different box options: Mom-to-be, Baby Box, or Mom Box. Boxes ship every-other-month (6 times per year). An every-other-month model makes boxes more affordable for all moms. Ecocentric Mom works hard to pack the very best of the best in each and every box… and they deliver (pun intended)!

I just received the May/June Mom Discovery Box and it was, again, full of products I would never have discovered on my own. It’s a great service to learn about healthier products that can reduce the amount of toxins in your household.

Here’s a look at the wonderful products I received this month:

Playmaker Nutrition All Natural Gummy Vitamins ($14 per bottle) These vitamins are specifically formulated to supplement the dietary needs of active kids and teens and are endorsed by seven world-class professional athletes. All products made in the USA with all natural flavors and colors and do not contain corn syrup, preservatives, gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and gelatin. I love what isn’t in thesePlaymaker Nutrition vitamins and my girls like the flavors (me too!).

ORGLAMIX All-Natural “Hot Mama” Eye Shadow ($9 per full size .05oz) Orglamix Pure + Natural Color Concentrate contains no fillers, binders or extenders typically found in most mineral makeup. The result is an amazingly velvety texture; rich, dense and decadent color; smooth, uniform pigment distribution and blendability. These colors look like a loose powder, but feel like a cream and deliver a long lasting, crease-free wear in beautifully vivid color. Formulated WITHOUT: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan. This is a beautiful color and is very long wearing, I love it!

Licious Organics Raw Honey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies ($1.20 per cookie) These cookies are made without gluten, soy or wheat and include raw honey, organic chocolate chips, cocoa, vanilla, creamy peanut butter and Utah Pink Salt. This cookie was delicious and very filling (in a good way).

Sili SqueezeThe Sili Squeeze with Eeeze ($15 per Sili Squeeze) The Sili Squeeze is a reusable squeeze pouch with a spill-proof spout. Made of durable silicone and 100% toxin-free materials, their food pouches are meant to last for years. My 10-year old immediately claimed this cute container for her own and has used it to bring her favorite yogurt and smoothies on the go. It’s been wonderfully convenient for us!

Boiron Arnicare Gel ($2 travel size, $11 2.6oz full size) Works naturally with your body to help relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. The unscented gel, which contains homeopathic Arnica montana, is non-greasy, paraben-free and quickly absorbed by the skin. We LOVE this product and have been using it for years! I was so excited to see a travel size in my Ecocentric Mom Box, it went right into the little first aid kit that I carry in my purse.

Rise & Shine Organic Coffee Body Scrub by Simply Rustic ($12 8oz full size) The caffeine in Organic Coffee is loaded with anti-Lovely Candy Companyoxidants and is considered the most powerful and researched anti-oxidant around. Caffeine detoxes and revives your skin creating more even texture and skin tone on cellulite-affected areas and most importantly gives you healthier skin. Organic Cocoa Powder is rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that nourish skin. Loving this product!

All Natural Chocolate Caramel Swirl ($4 – $5 for a full size bag) The Lovely Candy Company makes delicious, consciously crafted candies for people looking for indulgent treats that offer the best ingredients available. Their all natural, chocolate caramel swirl combines our soft, buttery caramel with a ribbon of rich decadent, chocolate caramel. OH MY GOODNESS! This was (yes, was, because I ate them all in record time…) one of the most delicious caramels I’ve ever eaten.

Monarch Farm Rose Complete Rejuvenating Face Cream ($5 travel size, $15 1.75oz size and $25 4 oz size) Their farm inspired herbal products are crafted with organic oils, waxes, essential oils, and botanicals to deliver the purity you are seeking. Rose Complete Rejuvenating Cream is formulated to ease the advancement of skin aging, Rose petal infused Rosehip Seed Oil, Rose Absolute & Rose Hydrosol synergestically combine to create a deeply moisturizing cream with proven skin regenerative ingredients. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the smell of this product! I’ve been using it since I received my box and I love how it makes my skin feel and look. And, I really think the price is great.

Wild Orange Natural Organic Solid Deodorant by Natures Natural ($2 travel size, $6 2.6oz full size) This Natures Natural deodorantdeodorant is 100% natural and has a great consistency and smells AMAZING. It’s baking soda free and 100% organic. I’m always on the lookout for natural deodorants for myself and now for my oldest daughter. This is a winner and I really liked the Natures Natural etsy shop.

LrCrem Naturals “LeRevital Riche Body Souffle” ($3 travel size, $24 8oz size) All natural and fully concentrated infused with protein rich neem, rosemary, jojoba, avocado and essential oils. Soothing moisturizing cream. No artificial additives, petroleum and parabens. Lightly scented Cherry Blossom. Safe for all skin types. This product smells delicious and I’ve been using it on my legs and it’s working wonderfully.

Antioxidant Rich Organic Nightly Repair Nectar by La Mav ($50 1.1oz full size) An advanced age-fighting serum formulated with CoEnzyme Q10 and Vitamin E to protects skin from free radicals and daily rigors. Eight bio-active organic flower nectars including Rose, Ylang Ylang and Neroli provide dry and dehydrated skin a powerful shield to lock in moisture and restore glowing softness, comfort and radiance while Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids boost skin tone and firmness. Love the ingredients in this product.

Disclosure: I am a part of the Ecocentric Mom Blogger Team and receive bimonthly subscription boxes for review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Affiliate links appear in this post.

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Food For Change is a feature-length documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The movie tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. through interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how the co-op movement strengthens communities where they are located, enhancing local economies and food security. The goal is to educate a wide national audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on food. Source: Food For Change

I was fortunate to get a sneak peak of this film and it’s fantastic! I hope to see the Fargo Theatre full on November 3rd. As we try to get the Prairie Roots Food Co-op up and running, this is an important film for our community to view.

Food for Change

Book your tickets now for Food for Change, the new co-op movie premiering in Fargo on November 3rd, 2 pm at the Fargo Theater. www.food4change.eventbrite.com. After the film, there will be a panel discussion moderated by the awesome Christopher Gabriel.

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PRESS RELEASE — From September 22 through October 3, 2013,  Prairie Roots Food Co-op will celebrate the launch of their online market Prairie Roots Food Co-op Volunteerswith a Grand Opening by extending access to this online market to the public for two weeks.  Co-op Membership Coordinator Kaye Kirsch says, “This is a great opportunity to try out our online market before you become a co-op member.  It’s an easy way to buy natural, organic and local food from a variety of local farmers from the convenience of your own home.”

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative has opened this online marketplace in concert with their mission to build a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic and locally produced food.  This summer the market had a soft launch for all co-op members.  The market is now open every week and provides a variety of fresh local produce, grains, bread, honey, meat, soap and much more.

Each week local producers list items for sale on their website, www.localfoodsmarketplace.com/prairieroots. Members can log on and shop at their convenience from Sunday through Wednesday and then pick up their natural, organic and local food, produce and other items on Thursday evening from 5-7 PM at Gethsemane Cathedral in south Fargo.

The Honey B Soap CompanyCo-op members are finding Prairie Roots Online a convenient and easy way to access local food.  Co-op member Beth Bradley said “I picked up my first food order from Prairie Roots Food Co-op’s virtual market and everything was delicious!  It’s such a convenient way to buy locally grown organic food from several farmers all from one convenient pick up place.”

They plan to continue to add producers. This is a first step toward opening a full-line retail grocery store in the metro area which will also be open to the public.

Prairie Roots Food Co-op is member owned and is now recruiting new Doubting Thomas Farmsmembers in order to build a broad base of community support prior to store opening.  A lifetime membership is $300 per household with a variety of payment plans starting at $25 every six months.  More information, including an online membership application, is available at their website: www.prairie-roots.coop.

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Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food.  The future food co-op will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public.  Prairie Roots seeks to provide educational opportunities to members of our community and support producers who utilize sustainable and socially responsible production methods.

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As part of my partnership with Ecocentric Mom, I receive one of their monthly subscription boxes for review. Ecocentric Mom Box - August 2013It’s so amazing getting this box in the mail every month. I just received the August Mom Discovery Box and it was full of great products that I had never tried before. It seriously seems like these boxes are more incredible every month. How do they do it?

Monthly subscriptions to Ecocentric Mom range from $17-$21 a month.  The value of the products inside the box well exceed that price, plus you can save hundreds of dollars with the discount codes provided exclusively to Ecocentric Mom subscribers.

It’s a great service to learn about healthier products that can reduce the amount of toxins in your household.  To find out more about the service or to get next month’s box sent to your mailbox, visit EcocentricMom.com.

Here’s what was in this month’s box:

Pure + Remedy Gentle Hydrating Facial Moisturizer & Vitamin C Concentrate Facial Moisturizer ($3.50-$4 for travel size, $20-$24 for full size) Safe, non-toxic holistic skin care. The gentle hydrating moisturizer promises to provide long-lasting hydration and the Vitamin C moisturizer is supposed to reduce age spots and skin blotches. Magic in a bottle.

Possum Hollow Farm Soap ($5.50 full size bar) I’m a soap lover from way back and, I have to tell you, I couldn’t get enough of this soap. It smells like heaven and is very moisturizing. The heavenly soap is hand made in small batches by a family-owned business, Possum Hollow Farm Soaps are all natural and developed to be gentle on all skin types.

Suncoat Sugar Based Natural Mascara ($14.99 full size) and Suncoat Girl Nail Polish ($8.99) If you’re looking for a Suncoat - The Peelables Super Natural Mineral Nail Polishmascara free of synthetics, fragrance, parabens and alcohol, look no further. It’s non-toxic and works! The nail polish is the first water-based ordorless eco-friendly, peelaway polish featuring natural colors and mineral pigments instead of synthetics. My favorite part, no nail polish remover needed and my girls love it!

Moontime Tea’s Organic Fertility Blend ($19.99 for 30 tea bags) Red raspberry, nettles, red clover and peppermint (all organic) blended into a caffeine-free tea that has been used since ancient time to support reproductive function.

ips All Natural Chips ($1.59-$1.99 per bag) The world’s first snack chips made with egg white protein. A combination of non-GMO corn, egg whites, and other natural ingredients, these crunchy chips have 7 grams of protein per serving, half the fat of fried chips and fewer carbs than baked chips. They are also gluten-free. The family favorite was the aged white cheddar.

Untrash Compostable Bags ($4.99-$6.99 per box, $24.99 for a Compost Can) Untrash’s mission is to rid the world of plastics and unnecessary waste with YOU and Mother Nature in mind. These bags are really awesome!

Truebar by Bakery on Main ($1.89 per bar) Gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, dairy and casein-free, these bars have nothing to hide. Made with low-glycemic ingredients and 5% chia seeds, these are a great bar to stick in your bag for a mid-day snack. Yum!

MacroLife Naturals Coco Greens and Berri Reds Nutrient Rich Super-Foods ($22.99 7oz 32-Day canister) A powdered supplement you can mix into milk or water for children’s supplementation. This products is full of vitamins and probiotics and doesn’t contain common allergens or other harsh ingredients.

$10 Gift Card for The Keeper or The Moon Cup – Innovative internal feminine hygiene products.

$5 Instagrad Gift – A college savings plan for your kids that is easy to share with family and friends.

If you’re interested in signing up for your own Ecocentric Mom subscription, click here.  You can choose from a mom, mom-to-be or baby box. Shipping is always free. They also make GREAT gifts!

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Disclosure: I am a part of the Ecocentric Mom Blogger Team and receive monthly subscription boxes for review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Affiliate links appear in this post.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY MY GREEN SIDE BRINGS SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING TO THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAM. WE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A FAVORITE GREEN SITE EACH WEEK. YOU CAN STREAM THE SEGMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: Get involved in your local food co-op. Food co-ops are people working together for better food, Local, organic saladstronger communities and a healthier world.

A new study, Healthy Foods Healthy Communities: The Social and Economic Impacts of Food Co-ops (commissioned by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and the ICA Group), quantifies the impact food co-ops have as compared to conventional grocery stores. The study’s compelling results demonstrate the many ways that food co-ops do well while doing good.

Some ways food co-ops make a stronger community and a healthier world:

  • They strengthen the local economy
    • The economic impact that a grocery store has on its local economy is greater than just the sum of its local spending, because a portion of money spent locally recirculates. For example, food co-ops purchase from local farmers who, in turn, buy supplies from local sources, hire local technicians to repair equipment, and purchase goods and services from local retailers. According to the study, for every $1,000 a shopper spends at their local food co-op, $1,604 in economic activity is generated in their local economy—$239 more than if they had spent that same $1,000 at a conventional grocer.
  • They create community
  • They provide a reliable marketplace for local farmers, artists, and other entrepreneurs
  • They are an educational center
    • Locally as we work together to build Prairie Roots Food Co-op there are already educational opportunities like the upcoming class: Food Preservation Skills: Make Your Own Pectin. If you’re interested, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/368386999957342/ for more information.
  • They promote healthy eating
  • They engage in environmental stewardship
    • Grocery stores—co-ops and conventional alike—generate a significant amount of waste. What sets retail food co-ops apart is what they do with that waste. According to the study results, co-ops recycle 96 percent of cardboard, 74 percent of food waste and 81 percent of plastics compared to 91 percent, 36 percent and 29 percent, respectively, recycled by conventional grocers.

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Infographic Source: Stronger Together.coop

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:Prairie Roots Co-op

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative

In the Fargo Moorhead area, Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food. A lifetime membership is $300 per household with a variety of payment plans to suit every budget. More information, including an online membership application, is available at their website: www.prairie-roots.coop.

On July 7th, the Prairie Roots Online Market opened for business. Each week local producers list items for sale on Prairie Roots Food Cooperative’s website. Members can log on and shop at their convenience from Sunday through Wednesday and then pick up their natural, organic and local food, produce and other items on Thursday evening.

The future food co-op grocery store will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public. Prairie Roots seeks to provide educational opportunities to members of our community and support producers who utilize sustainable and socially responsible production methods.

UPCOMING

Food Preservation Skills: Make Your Own Pectin with Kaye Kirsch

Pectin is what makes jams and jellies thick. It is naturally occurring in some fruits and is required in many jam recipes. Pectin can be purchased in many forms, but why buy it when you can make your own? In this class you’ll see a demonstration of making pectin (aka: green apple jelly) from start to finish. I’ll touch on the basics of water bath canning using the standard metal lids, Tattler reusable lids and Weck jars. All three methods will also be demonstrated. Attendees will receive recipes for green apple jelly and other jams made using this form of pectin. We’ll also sample some jams made with green apple jelly and you’ll get some pectin to take home with you. LOCATION: Dakota Medical Foundation, 4334 18th Ave S, Fargo DATE: Monday, August 12 from 7 – 9 PM.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/368386999957342/ and check out Prairie Roots other upcoming events.

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This is such awesome news, I had to share it right away!Prairie Roots Co-op

Press Release

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative Receives $30,000 Grant

FARGO, ND

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative was awarded a $30,000 Marketing and Utilization grant from the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) at its quarterly meeting held July 18th in Medora. The grant will support the ongoing membership drive and capital campaign of the start-up food co-op with marketing and consulting funds. Grants were given to organizations that showed a high probability of jobs and wealth creation, substantial market potential, and rapid commercialization.

A typical food co-op has 157 local suppliers and each million dollars in sales produces $1.6 million in local economic impact. Prairie Roots has already started connecting consumers and local producers through their recently launched virtual market, Prairie Roots Online.  Each week local producers list items for sale on their website, www.localfoodsmarketplace.com/prairieroots. Members can log on and shop at their convenience from Sunday through Wednesday and then pick up their natural, organic and local food, produce and other items on Thursday evening.

Prairie Roots Food Co-op is member owned and is now recruiting new members in order to build a broad base of community support prior to store opening.  A lifetime membership is $300 per household with a variety of payment plans to suit every budget.  More information, including an online membership application, is available at their website: www.prairie-roots.coop.

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, Picking up our food co-op orderand locally produced food.  The future food co-op will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public.  Prairie Roots seeks to provide educational opportunities to members of our community and support producers who utilize sustainable and socially responsible production methods.

APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce which administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature based agri-tourism, prototype and technology, and technical assistance.

For more information, visit http://prairie-roots.coop/.

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As part of my partnership with Ecocentric Mom, I receive one of their monthly subscription boxes for review. It’s Ecocentric Mom June Mom Boxreally fun getting this box in the mail each month and the girls love it too because there is always products they can try. I just received the June Mom Discovery Box and it was full of great products I had never tried before. This has been my favorite box to date (and that’s saying a lot!).

Monthly subscriptions to Ecocentric Mom range from $17-$21 a month.  The value of the products inside the box well exceed that price, plus you can save hundreds of dollars with the discount codes provided exclusively to Ecocentric Mom subscribers.  

It’s a great service to learn about healthier products that can reduce the amount of toxins in your household.  To find out more about the service or to get next month’s box sent to your mailbox, visit EcocentricMom.com.

COUPON CODE: To recieve $3 off a month’s subscription, use the code ECOMOM3OFF. (Valid through July 13th, 2013)

Here’s what was in this month’s box:

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lip Colour ($12.00 full size Lip Colour) The lip colours are made with organic ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate oils. There’s also a light organic citrus berry flavor. AWESOME!

Happy Seeds Watermelon Foaming Hand Soap ($5.45 travel size, $9.99 kitchen and bath size) Their soap isHappy Seeds Watermelon Foaming Hand Soap formulated using gentle organic fruit and vegetable derived cleansers and soothing organic aloe vera. Happy Seeds products are always free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic dyes, fragrance and GMOs. They are also gluten, soy and nut free. The girls absolutely LOVED this product and have requested more of it.

Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips ($1.29 1.5oz bag) Food Should Taste Good was created in 2006 with the goal of making a unique new snack with great taste, real ingredients, and sophisticated flavor. All chip varieties are gluten free, cholesterol free and have zero grams trans fats. They are also certified Kosher.  Plus, many varieties are certified vegan. The sweet potato tortilla chips were delicious!

Turtle Moon Health All Natural Mosquito and Tick RepellentTurtle Moon Health All Natural Mosquito and Tick Repellent ($12.00 full size) We are in full mosquito invasion season here and I’ve tried so many different natural repellents without much success… until now. I sprayed myself ventured out at dusk and I came back in the house without a bite. I LOVE this product so much. It smells awesome AND it works!

Brigit True Organics Magic Healing Skin Balm Stick ($5.50 .15oz) Brigit True Organics offers organic olive oil body care that is formulated for super sensitive skin. By combining non-allergenic, food-grade ingredients they offer gentle, effective care. 100% natural and 74-99% organic, nothing artificial. The Magic Healing Balm offers soothing relief for cuts and burns, as well as mosquito bites, stings, eczema and psoriasis. My oldest daughter has extremely sensitive skin and I have been able to use this product on her for a variety of issues without any redness or itching (which seems to happen with almost every other product I’ve tried on her skin).

Essence of Antiquity Pomegranate Lip Scrub ($6.95 full size jar) I’m completely addicted to this product. It’s made with organic sugar and powdered pomegranates.  It smells amazing, tastes delicious and works!

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hip Black Soap Face Wash ($18.00 4oz jar) Based on an ancient African formula, using real African Black Soap, this wash works like microdermabrasion to get rid of dead skin, even skin tone, firm skin and fight acne. Wonderful!

Green Leaf Living Lotion Bar ($6.00 full sized lotion bar) This company makes their handcrafted products in small batches… no parabens, SLS or phthalates. The scent I received was grapefruit and it serious smells so amazing I could eat it. I love this product!

Jenuinely Clean Laundry Power Wash ($9.00 for 40-80 washes) Jenuinely Clean is a line of non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products that is an alternative to chemical cleaning. These cleaning products made from essential oils, natural minerals and plant-based soaps. And it works!

EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bar ($2.29 per bar) EcoTrek Fitness Whole Food Bars are created from high nutrient ingredients and avoid refined sugars, artificial sweeteners and GMOs. They contain a wide variety of green foods like Ecocentric Momspirulina, wheat grass and spinach and they taste fantastic!

I also received a 10% off coupon for The ECZEMA Company in this month’s box. WOW!

Disclosure: I am a part of the Ecocentric Mom Blogger Team and receive monthly subscription boxes for review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Affiliate links appear in this post.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY MY GREEN SIDE BRINGS SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING TO THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAMWE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A FAVORITE GREEN SITE EACH WEEK. YOU CAN STREAM THE SEGMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: Try to plan a more sustainable Thanksgiving. Start by planning your meal based on local ingredients. Choosing a more sustainable way of eating supports your local farming community, is healthier and reduces your carbon footprint. 

Plan ahead for perfect portions and leftover packaging. At least 28 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year – more than 100 pounds per person.

Use Less Stuff has 42 Ways to Watch Your Holiday Wasteline (pun intended). They’ve created a convenient list of approximate food portions for your Thanksgiving meal:

  • Turkey- 1 pound per person
  • Stuffing- ¼ pound per person
  • Sweet potato casserole- ¼ pound per person
  • Green beans- ¼ pound per person
  • Cranberry relish- 3 tablespoons per person
  • Pumpkin pie- 1/8 of a 9 inch pie per person

100-Mile Thanksgiving Farmers Market

Locally, you can find a number of wonderful ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal and celebrate local foods at Concordia College in Moorhead. This year marks the 4th annual 100-Mile Thanksgiving Farmers Market at Concordia.

Where: the Atrium, Knutson Campus Center at Concordia College
When:  Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 330pm to 7pm

For more information, visit http://www.cord.edu/About/sustainability/food1.php

For more Thanksgiving ingredients and organic milk, meats and produce all year long, visit Sydney’s Health Market in Moorhead.

Talking turkey:

According to Sustinable Table, the traditional Thanksgiving turkey is different today than it was 50 years ago. Today, 99% of all turkeys raised in the U.S. are the “Broadbreasted White” variety (sometimes also referred to as the “Large White”).

These birds are raised in confinement in extremely crowded conditions on factory farms. They live in unnatural, uncomfortable conditions and are fed a steady diet of grain and supplements like antibiotics, rather than the grubs, bugs and grasses they should eat.

They are produced because of their large, white meaty breast. The breasts of these turkeys are so large that they are unable to reproduce naturally. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, without artificial insemination performed by humans, this variety of bird would become extinct in just one generation.

Industrial turkeys are often injected with saline solution and vegetable oils in an attempt to help improve the taste and texture of the meat. These factory farmed birds tend to be dry and tasteless, so cooks have developed a variety of methods to try to improve the taste. Turkeys are now marinated, brined, deep fried and covered with syrups, spices and herbs.

You have other options. You can order a heritage turkey, or you can look for organic and/or sustainable birds at butchers, specialty shops and at farmers markets around the country.

On to the leftovers:

You know you’re going to have them so make a plan. The Alternative Consumer has a wonderful suggestion in their green Thanksgiving guide.

Avoid plastic wrap. Most plastic wraps contain PVC which quickly winds up in landfills and has been linked to harmful environmental consequences. Use aluminum foil or, even better, send family home with glass or ceramic storage containers that they can return to you.

Or, call your guests and ask them to bring their own container if they’d like leftovers.

Above all, take time to enjoy the day!

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

Eat Wild

Eatwild.com is an excellent source for finding safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles.

The site provides:

Comprehensive, accurate information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture.

A direct link to local farms that sell all-natural, delicious, grass-fed products.

Support for farmers who raise their livestock on pasture from birth to market and who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land.

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I received my Mom Discovery Box from Ecocentric Mom. Ecocentric Mom is a unique monthly product delivery service that focuses on healthy, natural, organic products exclusively for moms, moms-to-be, and babies. I was so excited to see the contents of my box and I wasn’t disappointed. I was impressed with the packaging, the products and the enclosed promotional materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a list of the fabulous items:

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  • Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wipes
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