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Calling All Beautycounter Consultants to Join #CleanCouponing Twitter Chat!

Want to know more about the hottest new beauty products you’ve been seeing?  These are not just a fad, but they’re quickly gaining popularity because of what’s inside: ingredients screened for health, safety and performance.

All independent Beautycounter consultants are invited to the June 11 #CleanCouponing Twitter party where we’ll discuss what’s drawing so many women to use these skincare products and recommend them to their friends.

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#CleanCouponing by Gardening & Preserving

by Jessica

It is challenging to feed my family good quality, healthy food while sticking to a budget. I have four kids with big appetites and they love fresh fruits and vegetables. So, over the past few years I have taken on the challenge of giving them these foods they love without draining my bank account by creating a family garden and canning foods for the off season.

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We began with the basics – tomatoes and bell peppers – in one four foot by eight foot raised bed. The whole family loved harvesting this little garden and as the kids grew, they wanted to try growing new edibles. Now, we have three raised beds as well as two in ground gardens and a significant container garden on the deck. We grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, strawberries, green beans, lettuce, radishes, sweet potatoes, tomatillos, basil and mint.

While the initial investment in creating a garden bed can vary based on location, soil, and type of garden; homegrown fruits and vegetables are significantly cheaper in the long run. And, if you start your plants from seed, the cost is much less than buying seedlings at the store. A quick Internet search will help you find the exact seeds that will grow well in your environment and in a pinch, you can buy the packets from your local grocery or hardware store.

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My kids have loved eating strawberries straight from the garden and digging up our first ever crop of sweet potatoes. But despite having eight tomato plants, the season was coming to an end and I didn’t have any extra tomatoes to can for the winter. And the children ate, literally, every strawberry the garden produced, leaving me nothing to make into jams and jellies — and I really do prefer to feed my family homemade spreads.

For winter food storage on a budget, I highly recommend checking out your local farmers market and farms. I have been able to buy tomatoes in bulk at a discount by talking to farmers. An extra 40 pounds of tomatoes can make plenty of extra pasta sauce and canned tomatoes to get my family to the next growing season.

In addition, fruit is often cheaper at “pick your own” farms. Our family had a couple great days together picking blueberries, blackberries, peaches and strawberries. And each time I open a new jar of blackberry blueberry jam, I remember how much fun we had picking those fruits. Many fruits can also be stored in the freezer.

Don’t be afraid to get creative while trying to save money and still feed your family great foods. You might start with a windowsill herb garden and discover you have a green thumb!

*Find detailed food preservation safety information at the National Center for Home Preservation.

Mark your calender for another #CleanCouponing Twitter party October 23rd!

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Who’s Hungry for Pancakes?

Pancakes are one of the soul foods that remind me of my mom and make me want to linger in the kitchen with my entire family on the occasional slow weekend morning.  It was fun to try an update on traditional pancakes recently at the FlourSackMama.com blog, where Stonyfield Organic provided its plain, zero fat yogurt for my peaches & cream pancakes (did I mention I worked a little coconut into that recipe?).

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As part of the YoGetter group, I love seeing how other bloggers are using their ingenuity in the kitchen.  Many are home cooks like me, some are professional chefs, they’re all fabulous!  These women were so creative, that I wanted to tell you about their pancake creations:

Ashley at Teachable Mommy encourages us to choose strawberries to punch up our Greek yogurt pancakes.

Meghan at JaMonkey loves her Cafe Latte and found a way to incorporate it into her new pancake recipe. 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

Green Valentine’s Day: Join us Tonight on Twitter for #EcoTipTue

What’s on your Valentine’s Day wish list?  Are you lavishing someone special with treats? What about goodies for children’s gift exchanges?  Do you love chocolate even more than, you know what?

It turns out that all Valentine’s Day chocolate is not created equally good for your sweetheart’s health or for the environment.  Before you go shopping, find out more tonight at the #EcoTipTue Twitter party on having a Green Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

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Dr. Greene Shares Tips on Economical Healthy Food for Kids

Kids and snacks.  They just go together.  You know they’ll want something to eat between meals.  So what do you feed them?  Conventional couponing might help us snag popular snack foods with cents off.  But clean couponing means getting the most value. FlourSackMama.com recently asked Dr. Alan Greene for some kids’ snack food tips. The popular pediatrician hosts a regular Twitter chat called Let’s Talk Kids’ Health!  Here’s some of what he had to say:
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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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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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Boxed Rice Versus Bulk Bin Rice Comparison Shopping

You’ve heard the cliche about thinking outside the box.  Cooking outside the box can save you money as part of your clean couponing strategy.Rice3CleanCouponing

We went shopping to see what sort of value we’d find in a staple like rice.  We located the popular brand of boxed rice product and purchased it for $2.00.  This contained 6 ounces of food inside, with a small part of that being dried seasonings.  Nutrition facts on the box told us it would make 3 servings.  When we did the math, it came out to $5.33 per pound of food. Continue reading

More Than a Million Impressions from 1st #CleanCouponing Twitter Party!

You did it!  You’ve made a big impression in the Twittersphere with our first ever #CleanCouponing Twitter party in January!  Thanks for joining us for a fast, fun hour of chatting about being frugal with more than money!  We discussed finding coupons and discounts, being frugal and valuing quality.  You mentioned the need to find special food items like gluten free for special dietary needs.  You said you wanted to learn more about green cleaning alternatives, with discounts.  Together, you helped us make more than a million impressions on the #CleanCouponing topic!

Thanks to sponsor Might Nest for giving away  a smart, glass canister set, and thanks to sponsor Stonyfield for giving away an organic yogurt prize pack!

You said that in future Twitter parties we should discuss:

Eating healthy on a budget Shopping for organics

Non-GMO foods

Non-toxic cleaning

Beauty products

Coping with food allergies/sensitivities

More!

You suggested lots of great brands that you’d like to see sponsoring future #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!

Watch here for updates on future Twitter parties, discounts, deals and strategies for stretching a dollar while also being frugal with MORE than money!