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Back-to-School #CleanCouponing Twitter Chat

Back-to-school time is nearly upon the typical American family, and preparing children for this transition is no small test of parental endurance!  Could you possibly fill the class supply list for under $50?  Why did the teacher ask for the impossible-to-find brand of #2 pencils?  Why did Johnny have to outgrow every pair of shoes during the summer?  Should you choose school lunch or pack your own?

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Join a back-to-school themed #CleanCouponing chat on Thursday, July 23 from 9 to 10 pm Eastern time, when @CleanCouponing and @FlourSackMama host this monthly chat on Twitter.

Please help me spread the word by copying and tweeting this:

Join me for Back-to-School #CleanCouponing chat with @CleanCouponing & @FlourSackMama Thurs, July 23, 9 pm ET!

We’re inviting public/private school parents, homeschooling parents, and any parents who wants to share tips and encouragement about this annual rite of passage.  We’ll cover some tips on stocking up with supplies, encouraging schools to be wellness-minded and eco-friendly, and green back-to-school ideas that could save you money.

Please follow guest panelists @Mike_Schade who is Mind the Store campaign director for @SaferChemicals@Langford_Mom who can speak to homeschooling, mom Tamara at @LeadSafeAmerica, Spit That Out author @PaigeWolf, former Kindergarten teacher @IrishRed02 and @CleanAirMoms_TN!

Five #CleanCouponing Back-to-School tips…

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Family #Wienervention Cookout with Applegate & Friends

*Posting in cooperation with Applegate, to bring you more yummy content!

Will your family’s end-of-summer cookout include fun food like hot dogs or healthy foods like grilled veggies?  We shouldn’t have to choose, should we?  Maybe your family, like mine, includes some of us who could live with less meat, AND those like my hungry husband who thinks it’s not a cookout without meat on the grill!

Is there a compromise?

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Applegate is helping our family work through this meaty issue with a #Wienervention. Instead of having to adopt a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy to have a picnic, we can add all-beef hot dogs to the menu along with garden-grown heirloom tomatoes and squash.

These hot dogs come from humanely raised animals that haven’t been fed regular doses of antibiotics or growth hormones.  They’re minimally processed, not “cured” like most hot dogs, which avoids suspect preservatives like nitrates possibly linked to cancer.  Their ingredient list is meat and spices — no fattening corn fillers.

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Here at Clean Couponing, we’re not exactly saying you should consume hot dogs every day; but if you choose processed meats, look for “cleaner wieners” like these!  We love the idea that with a #Wienervention we can ease family members like stubborn carnivorous husbands (ok, he eats a few vegetables) toward a more wholesome approach to food.

Hubby and the kids all agreed these wieners have great flavor!  Our fun #Wienervention kit included some yummy toppings and gear.  Did you know that Applegate weiners and Rudi’s buns can create a gluten-free hot dog experience?  Pretty good, huh?

I would personally like to see Applegate go one step further and be able to assure us that the livestock, even in their “natural” line, has not been fed genetically modified grain. Currently, that assurance only comes if you choose their “organic” varieties.  But as far as grocery store food goes, Applegate is far ahead of other deli meat makers.

If your family needs a #Wienervention too, you can visit the Applegate website for coupons plus enter to win a year’s supply of “cleaner wieners!”

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YoKids Organic Yogurt Pouches Review & Giveaway

*The following is a sponsored post for Stonyfield Organic, bringing you new information and the chance to win free organic yogurt for your family!

I’m not the only mom who gets nostalgic about every little toy her kids play with, am I? This miniature wooden wagon made a great prop for our new delivery of Stonyfield pouches.  I insist on saving all of the wooden, vintage-inspired toys my kids have been playing with — now realizing how fast my kids are outgrowing them.  I suppose holding onto toys is another way of holding onto #RealLifeMoments.

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My daughters, both so mature and school-aged, were sure to point out that they were really too big for the “baby” food, although they liked the taste of YoBaby blueberry in the new reclosable pouch. 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
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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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