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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

"Set a Place at the Kids' Table"

You know where it is, it's out of the way of the adults where you can't hear their squeals and their laughter...it's the kids table! We all used to be there and know what it's like, but could you imagine if you were sitting there with little to no food?

This Holiday season, Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are asking everyone to set a place at the "virtual kids' table" for a child in need. Starting today at MakeTimeforChange.com Frigidaire will donate $1 to support Save the Children. It is an effort to ensure that kids have access to healthy foods this holiday season and all year long.

About Save the Children:
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future

You and I can help by visiting MakeTimeforChange.com and setting a virtual plate at the table to help feed our children!

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. In posting this I am entered to win a prize as part of the Frigidaire program thanks to MomSelect.com. The opinions expressed are my own & others' may differ. I disclose as part of the FTC Guidelines for blogging.*
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The Morning Rush

It's hard to get ready in the morning with the kids all over, you all over and nothing but chaos!
Well Kellog's & Blogher along with Jenny on the Spot are giving away a $100 Visa gc! Ends 10/12
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Ecostore Review-Clean Green!

We love our families so much that we would give up our lives for them. So why is it that we don't do the one thing that can help save our families and the environment that we live in-Use green and eco friendly products? Ecostore is trying to help us learn and use green products to protect our families and planet from harsh chemicals. I know when I think of 'green' products I think a lot of 'green' out of my pocket but Ecostore is not looking to drain your bank account, just get you to think smarter.

Poisonig Statistics Based on the United States' Data
More than 90% of poison exposures occur in the home.
  Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

218,316 reported poison exposures in 2005 were from household cleaning products.
   Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poisoning and
   Exposure Database (2005).

121,498 children under the age of 6 were poisoned by household cleaners last year.
   More than one out of every 6 poison exposures in 2005 from non-pharmaceutical
   substances was attributed to household cleaning substances; with 56% attributed to
   children under the age of 6. Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control       
   Centers' National Poisoning and Exposure Database (2005).

• Bleach is the number one household chemical involved in poisoning.
  Hypochlorite (bleach) was the source of 54,433 poisonings in 2005; 25% of the total
  exposures from household cleaning substances and the cause of 8 deaths.
  Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poisoning and
  Exposure Database (2005).

• Animal poisoning exposure cases totaled 131,336 in 2005 with dogs accounting for
  89% of the cases. Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers'
  National Poisoning and Exposure Database (2005).

To find out what’s lurking on your shelves & under your counters, go to the National Institutes of Health Library of Medicine Household Products Database.. You can search almost any brand of cleaner you use, find out what’s in it, and uncover its links to health effects. Or search by chemical ingredients (see list below for some examples) and discover what brands contain it. If this won't scare you into going green then there is no hope for you!!
Chemical ingredients to look out for:
• Sodium hydroxide
• Hydrochloric acid
• Butyl cellosolve
• Formaldehyde
• Bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
• Ammonia
• Sulfamic acid
• Petroleum distillates
• Sulfuric acid
• Lye (potassium hydroxide)
• Morpholine

From the Ecostore site:
Ecostore NZ was founded more than 15 years ago by Melanie and Malcolm Rands from their home in an eco village in New Zealand.
All of the families that lived in the farm based eco village shared a commitment to organic growing and healthy living, making this an ideal environment in which a young, environmentally conscious business could thrive. Each household in the village was responsible for their own waste water, which quickly highlighted the problems caused by using regular supermarket cleaning products that relied heavily on cheap, petroleum-based, synthetic ingredients.

Faced with the challenge of protecting the pristine rural waterways of the eco village, Malcolm Rands began to research and seek expert help from scientists to develop household cleaning products using plant-based ingredients that would biodegrade safely and quickly. Achieving his goal, he eliminated the need to use toxic chemicals, leaving the eco villages water pure. His goal was more than accomplished as the product line of this home-based business began to grow, and an exciting future began to unfold.

The original customer base of ecostore NZ was comprised of mostly ‘Greenies’ and organic gardeners. However, it was not long before testimonials from other parents (many of whom were unaware of the benefits of eco-friendly products) began to pour in with wonderful news of their children's allergies and eczema clearing up. Many noted that any respiratory issues were healing, and many lingering chronic conditions were disappearing.

By simply changing to the genuinely clean and green ecostore products, people were experiencing surprising and unexpected improvements in their health. As the notion of using products with “No Nasty Chemicals™” gained popular appeal, ecostore quickly outgrew its location in the Rand’s basement and the business moved to a storefront in Auckland, New Zealand.

Doing good by nature
The team at ecoSTORE USA loves making a difference in people’s lives. ecoSTORE USA does not compromise on performance, so customers can be assured of the efficacy of the products - they truly work. We offer more than 100 products, each one meeting the most stringent environmental and sustainability standards. The guiding principle of every formulation is and will always be that the end product must not only be good for the user, but good for the planet.

Gentle on your budget
ecoSTORE USA knows that it can be expensive to buy natural or organic products, but we've found a way around this by safely super-concentrating each formulation. This means that a little really does go a long, long way. The result is saving money by significantly cutting down on cost per use.

Today and in the future – ecostore USA
ecostore NZ now has its own research and development facility and factory. Addressing individual health issues are at the forefront of eco-friendly product development. Seventeen years after beginning as a home-grown business, ecostore NZ is a well known brand in over 600 retail outlets throughout New Zealand; our products are also exported to Australia and the United Kingdom.

What is green?
Aren't you tired of the terrible confusion about what is really a green product? With the guidance of our ecostore NZ partners, ecoSTORE USA can answer that question for you. At ecoSTORE USA, we are here to help you make the connection between the household products that you have been using for your entire life and the potentially harmful effects that they may be having on the earth and on your family's health. ecostore USA is here to help you become more informed and offer you authentic, safe alternatives. Would you like to learn about what "Green" really means? ecoSTORE USA is green!

I was provided with 2 products to test out from Ecostore's website. I chose The Baby Shampoo and the Toilet Cleaner. The reason I chose these two products was to see if they would work as good as they said they do! Sure enough, the Toilet Cleaner got the toilet clean and stays clean a lot longer but the best part is I didn't need a 'gas mask' to clean it or to go in after it was clean. The Baby Shampoo was great, he didn't break out from using a different kind of shampoo and his hair was still soft and touchable!

Would I be showing my toilet if it didn't work? Don't think so!!
If your looking to go green and don't know where to start or your already a green family and looking for some amazingly priced items check out Ecostore. Ecostore offers free shipping on all orders over $25 and you can find them at these local retail stores Meijer and Duane Reade Stores, you can also follow them on Facebook & Twitter.

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was provided with products to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own & others' may vary. I full disclose as per the FTC Guidlines for bloggers. Thank you to Ecostore for this opportunity.*

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Glasses USA Review & Coupon Code{I Can See Clearly Now}

I hadn't been to the eye doctor in a long time, the last time was when I was going to get my drivers license, I failed my eye exam. When I thought about eyeglasses, I was scared; thinking that I was going to look a little 'dorky,' but I wanted my drivers license more then I cared about glasses or looking 'dorky!' I headed to the eye doctor with my mom and I ended up leaving with a pair of 'rental' prescription glasses that did not fit my needs, face or style but I wanted to get my drivers license! When my glasses arrived they weren't that far off from the 'rentals'. When I look back now at the type of prescription eyeglasses that I did pick and ended up with I can't help but laugh but I did get my drivers license!

Thank goodness for GlassesUSA.com because now that I am older and back in school, the drivers license was a big deal but my vision & prescription glasses should have been a bigger deal. I didn't think that my eyes were really that bad but when I started getting headaches from squinting to see the chalk board or overhead I knew I needed to get my eyes checked. When I went to the eye doctor I was shocked to find out how expensive glasses are with or without insurance. I looked at the cheapest assortment and could only get the kind that I had back in high school. That's when I discovered GlassesUSA and the great variety of prescriptions eyeglasses that they carry.

GlassesUSA is the premier place to buy discount prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. There are a few things you should know about GlassesUSA...

We’re not just out to make money – we actually care about society! All of our returned eyeglasses are not restocked as they are with most optical stores. Ours are “recycled”! What does that mean? Well, we believe that everyone should have access to vision care. So, we donate all of our returned eyeglasses to various organizations around the US who then sanitize and redistribute the eyeglasses with the correct prescription to people all over the world who can’t afford vision care! Seeing properly shouldn’t be a luxury – it should be a necessity. We do our best to help our customers and we take their vision needs very seriously. We are an international company with two offices: one in New Jersey (our headquarters) and one in Israel. Our eyeglasses are produced at both facilities in order to provide our customers with top quality lenses in the hottest frames available!
I can see the numbers at the Bingo hall!!

Closer picture of my fab glasses!

I have to admit that I was a little hesitant on the quality and type of glasses that I would receive, but GlassesUSA made it easy. You can upload a picture of yourself and try your glasses on before you purchase them! I chose the Deb in brown and am extremely pleased with them and couldn't imagine getting my prescription glasses anywhere else. It was really easy all I had to do was get an eye exam from the eye doctor, give GlassesUSA  my prescription info and pick out a pair. They were here within a week and a half, that is faster then the eye doctor;}

If you would like to purchase glasses or get more information visit GlassesUSA.com you can also follow GlassesUSA on Facebook.
GlassesUSA is giving Ma21cuteboy readers a discount of 10% off your final order use code BLOG10

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, I was provided with a product to facilitate this review. The opinions are expressed & others' may vary. A BIG Thank You to Hillary & GlassesUSA for this opportunity. I disclose as per the FTC guidelines for blogging.*

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