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May #CleanCouponing Twitter Chat is a Safe & Healthy Garden Party

*Enter here for a great #CleanCouponing giveaway by Naturepedic!

Spring cleaning, school-end festivities, summer planning, garden parties — who’s ready to a sunny celebration of all things #CleanCouponing for this warm-season transition?

You are invited to join the next #CleanCouponing Twitter chat with a Garden Party theme that is all about choosing healthy, safe products for our families!  We’ll get the latest on #MindtheStore efforts for retailers to vet product ingredients before they try selling those products to you.  We’ll catch up on the efforts to improve public policy on safer chemicals – which ultimately affects what goes into all our homes.  We’ll have tips on steps you can take right now to spring clean your home of some toxic chemicals.

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We’re honored to host as special guests at this garden party both Women’s Voices for the Earth and the coalition Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families!  We’ll update you on the latest #MindtheStore news and more.

We’re also excited about some enthusiastic and knowledgeable blogging panelists who’ll be joining the conversation to share how they’re tackling safer chemicals issues in their own homes and lives. Of course, you are invited too!

Just show up on Twitter next Thursday, May 14 at 9 pm Eastern time and use hashtag #CleanCouponing to take part in the conversation.  I’m working on some related giveaways for you.

I’d really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about this by inviting everyone you know. Here is a suggested tweet:

Learn what @women4earth & @SaferChemicals R doing for you!  #CleanCouponing Garden Party May 14, 9 pm ET by @CleanCouponing @FlourSackMama!

Our Frugal, Clean Couponing Grocery Shopping for Family of Four

We’re all challenged to make ends meet these days, aren’t we?  Yet, we’d be penny wise and pound foolish to pat ourselves on the back for being frugal at the grocery store, with no other values in our shopping cart.  That’s why clean couponing is about being frugal with more than money.

Budget-conscious grocery shopping trip for only $135 for family of four.

It’s common knowledge that good nutrition is the most important single thing we can do for our own health.  So, how do we balance the need for the best nutrition, free of pesticide residues, genetically modified organisms and other suspect additives in our food, without breaking the budget?  Could you feed a family of four all week for $175 or less with mostly organic, non-GMO foods? Continue reading

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Involvement Grows in Clean Couponing Twitter Chats

(*Sponsored by Zoeganics & SOS From Texas)

You are incredibly involved and concerned.  You want the best for yourself and your family. You read ingredient labels.  You want non-toxic, sustainable products.  You want real value.  And you collectively helped us reach more than 2 million impressions at our March #CleanCouponing chat on Twitter!  Yes, that’s nearly double our first Twitter chat AND we reached 2.7 million impressions with the #CleanCouponing theme in the days surrounding the event. Continue reading

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Texas Farmers Offer USA-Made Organic Cotton Clothing

*The following is a sponsored post for #CleanCouponing Twitter party sponsor SOS From Texas.  All opinions are my own.

Colorful t-shirts in all sizes, for all seasons, plus tiny baby-sized organic cotton creations fill the online catalog for SOS From Texas.  Just when you might have given up on organic cotton as too rare, too expensive, or not-to-be-found in the USA, there it is.  Would you believe I found some cute t-shirts on sale there for under $10?

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Oldham Farm Family
Courtesy: SOS From Texas

Today’s USA-made clothing creating fair wage jobs is also helping farm families like the Oldhams preserve their heritage.  Gary Oldham says he comes from a family that was growing cotton in Texas a century ago.  He has the photo to prove it.  Oldham proudly continues the tradition with sustainable, organic growing methods like crop rotation, using beneficial insects, and avoiding toxic, persistent pesticides when he grows cotton.

Photos Courtesy:  SOS From Texas

Photos Courtesy: SOS From Texas

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Giveaway: Zoeganics Offers a Fresh NEW Approach to Clean

*The following is a sponsored post for Zoeganics, but my opinions are always my own!

We’re thrilled to have woman-owned green business Zoeganics co-sponsoring our March #CleanCouponing Twitter party on March 6!  If you’ve been concerned about toxins in typical cleaning products but underwhelmed by non-toxic choices on the store shelf, this may be the new product you need to try.  Zoeganics shared five new cleaning products for us to try at home, and we want to let you know how they worked for us.

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We’ve all discovered in recent years that the freshly cleaned house smells we grew up with were often deceptively toxic.  Back in the day when I learned about keeping house from my grandmother and mother, who knew we were all breathing in fumes unkind to our lungs and potentially exposing ourselves to nervous system damage, DNA damage and cancer?  I learned that chlorine bleach and, used separately, ammonia products, were my two most useful tools  around the house.  As recently as my youngest daughter’s toddler days, I was still cleaning up bathrooms with bleach products, until the night when she struggled to breathe and thank God we had a rescue inhaler nearby. Continue reading

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Why CleanCouponing.com Prefers Rafflecopter for Sponsored Giveaways

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(L to R) Rafflecopter Product Manager Jared Polivka with Rafflecopter Co-Founder Greg Goodson

You’ve been following all your favorite blogs, including FlourSackMama.com and our NEW CleanCouponing.com.  You’ve been seeing occasional fun giveaways, but some of you have been hesitant to enter.  Here’s why you should go ahead and try it!

When bloggers make connections with brands that are a good fit for their niche, for instance #CleanCouponing, it may be something that you’re interested in.  In the case of Honey Dew Naturals sponsoring our February #CleanCouponing Twitter party, the products we’re giving away are from a line I’ve personally reviewed, and I love them.  I appreciate that this family company discloses all of their ingredients and uses non-toxic ingredients mild enough for their own young children.

We prefer using Rafflecopter to run giveaways like this because it provides a third party service that is convenient for everyone.  It’s reputable and used by over 100,000 bloggers.  I recently had the opportunity to meet Rafflecopter co-founder Greg Goodson, who helped start the Boulder, Colorado company.  ”We saw folks trying to run a giveaway and the way they were running giveaways was just very inefficient. So we said to ourselves, ‘we think there’s a need for a product that would make it easy to run a giveaway on your website and blog.’ ” explained Goodson, “That was three years ago.  We’ve been doing that ever since.” Continue reading

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Chilling with Honey Dew Naturals Review & Giveaway

*The following is a sponsored post for Honey Dew Naturals.

Has parenthood changed your perspective on life?  Nate and Alicia Huff say it certainly has for them.  As the parents of premature babies on two different occasions,  the Huffs dove headlong into a search for the healthiest approach to family living.  Now thankful to be raising four thriving children, this couple stays busy in the enterprise that grew from their personal concerns about what’s in personal care products.  And so Honey Dew Naturals was born.

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Nate & Alicia Huff & family
Founders of Honey Dew Naturals

Take toothpaste.  Young children often swallow some of it when learning to brush.  Aside from concerns about flouride are a list of other ingredients like SLS and synthetic colors and flavors in the typical toothpaste you’ll find.  The Huffs started making their own kid-friendly toothpaste .  Alicia says,  ”Our kids actually eat our toothpaste and we let them! But, like all our other products, it’s not a problem because it is 100% non-toxic.”

Alicia says parenthood forced her to look closely into every aspect of natural living, from nutrition to using herbs for a multitude of everyday needs.  She learned about the soothing properties of herbs like plantain, calendula and echinacea.  She developed her own herbal salve and lip balm, all with ingredients to give other parents peace of mind. The Huffs also explored ways to make deodorant free of aluminum and endocrine disrupting parabens.

Nate Huff has become a popular beekeeper in the East Tennessee area, incorporating some of what the apiary produces into Honey Dew Naturals products.  You’ll find their honey in the artisan made Honey Lips lip balm, and some of their beeswax in the herbal salve.  As product demand increases, they’ve needed even more beeswax than their own hives can produce.  Yet, they’re careful about everything that goes into Honey Dew Naturals, seeking the best organic and wild sourced ingredients possible.

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I was thrilled to sample some of Honey Dew Naturals’ most popular products recently! Because they use gentle bentonite clay to make their popular Mud Mouth toothpaste, the brushing experience looks different.  Yet, the taste is extremely mild.  I tried the Peppermint flavor that just barely hints at mint while cleaning teeth shiny smooth.  Unlike other natural toothpastes on the market, Mud Mouth contains no glycerin.  So teeth can absorb minerals from the clay and Celtic sea salt, strengthening enamel.  The clay is also supposed to help clean up dental bacteria and stains.  The toothpaste name comes from the Huffs’ son, Jack, who regularly says,”I love brushing with mud!”

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My favorite sample was the bath salts/body scrub and headache and congestion relief stick both in the new CHILL scent! Honey Dew Naturals has masterfully crafted essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus into these products that are sure to be best sellers.  Soaking in the hot bath to try out the bath salts/body scrub was just what this blogger needed after a busy week of managing typical work/life stress.  The scent is distinctly soothing and invigorating.

The CHILL stick crafted from the same essential oils blend is nothing short of brilliant!  I feel safe using it to help naturally clear congestion in my little ones.  Plus, rubbing just a little on my temples at the first sign of a headache is a soothing stress reliever.  I think I need to keep one at home and take another along in my purse wherever I go.

These Honey Dew Naturals products feel like much needed pampering to me.  Yet, many are essentials filling an everyday need for non-toxic products safe enough for children.

How do they do it?  You’ll have the chance to chat with the Huffs at our upcoming #CleanCouponing “LoveWhat’sInside” themed Twitter party on Thursday, February 13 when @HoneyDewNaturals will be joining us!  We’ll reveal the secret word during the Twitter party for your bonus entry in the giveaway below, then we’ll be drawing live during the party for the Honey Dew Naturals gift package of a Be Free! Deodorant, Mud Mouth Herbal Toothpaste and CHILL stick (Headache and Congestion Relief)!  Enter via the Rafflecopter form or link below and we’ll all look forward to chatting on the 13th!

– Anne from FlourSackMama.com

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(Product statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. This blog is not intended to provide medical advice or professional advice of any kind. Seek the advice of a professional if you have questions about your own health.  While this was a sponsored review post, my opinions are always my own.)

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