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Getting Crafty: DIY Upcycled Dreamcatcher

Getting Crafty: DIY Upcycled Dreamcatcher

We are so excited for Earth Day! And while we try to do our best to take care of the earth each and every day, Earth Day is a definitely a great way to do a little more. And one such way to get the […]

Making the Dairy Swap with Milkadamia

Making the Dairy Swap with Milkadamia

One aspect of my health that I am trying to change is to limit my intake of dairy. Having tried a countless amount of products to help my acne, I’ve read countless articles about the benefits of eliminating dairy and sugar to help the skin. […]

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

You’re never quite out of the sick season when you have kids. While it does get better with the warmer months, there’s always the chance that anyone, including mama, can get sick. We do our best to stay healthy and stock up on essentials should sickness rear its ugly head. One way we’re making sure irritated throats stay at bay is by stocking up on Lolleez,a new line of organic lollipops.

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

Created by Melissa Evans, a mama of four and a health coach, who realized there were no throat-soothing options she felt comfortable giving her sick daughter. What was out there either was a choking hazard or contained yucky ingredients like artificial colors and flavors. Over the course of the year, she came up with the idea for Lolleez, a worry-free, healthier and fun alternative for kids. Organic and throat soothing lollipops for kids, Lolleez are also non-GMO as well as gluten, dairy and nut free and made form from USDA certified organic ingredients, like organic honey and natural fruit pectin.

Lolleez: Organic Throat Soothing Lollipops

We recently tried the line and loved how flavorful they were without being loaded with chemicals. While they weren’t sick when we tried them, I did love that they offered an alternative to the traditional sugary lollipop. My kids loved the different flavor options in the line, which includes Watermelon, Strawberry and Orange Mango, a much welcome alternative from what’s currently out there.

Lolleez will be available at Target stores nationwide this April and just in time for allergy season!  Lolleez come in packs of 15 pops: Watermelon, Strawberry, Orange Mango and a Variety Pack.

For more information about Lolleez, please visit www.lolleez.com. “Like” them on https://www.Facebook.com/SoreThroatPops and follow them on Instagram @Lolleez_Pops. 

We were provided samples for this review. All opinions, as always, are our own.

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Interview with Dr. Robin Miller, Author of HEALED: Health & Wellness for the 21st Century

Is it possible to that the keys to happiness are within our minds and bodies? Or that the hey to happiness is ditching faad diets? All of these questions and more incredible health insights can be found in Dr. Robin Miller, an Integrative medicine physician medical […]

How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

How to Reduce Your Trash by Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Plus an Interview!

Could you fit all of your trash into a mason jar? While that’s definitely not the case for us right now, we’ve been starting to understand the zero waste lifestyle thanks to some guidance and tips that we’ve learned while reading the new book, Zero […]

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Interview with EarthHero: A New Online Marketplace That Makes it Easy to Find Sustainable Products

Finding natural products can sometimes be challenging. While there are finally more options, it can be hard to find one website to locate pretty much everything you need. Enter EarthHero, a new online marketplace where you can find carefully-selected products from trusted companies with a focus on sustainability. Founded by entrepreneur and nature enthusiast Ryan Lewis, a serial entrepreneur and innovator, who, along with his team, researched brands from across a huge variety of categories, from innovative household goods to clothing to audio electronics to beauty products. Their sustainable practices and brand partnerships don’t stop with the product line either. They are also doing their part to offset all emissions caused from transporting their products as well as from day-to-day operations, by supporting reforestation projects in the United States through their partnership with Carbonfund.org.  In 2017 alone, EarthHero offset the equivalent of roughly 34 acres of forest, making EarthHero a carbon-neutral company that helps local ecosystems across the US.

Bee’s Wrap on earthero

bee's wrap sandwich on earthhero

Currently, this includes over 1,000 products across 60 brands, such as some of the products we recently had the opportunity to test out like Bee’s Wrap, eco-eggs for Easter, and the kids bamboo utensils forks and spoons kit. We loved how easy it was find everyday products, which are organized in a variety of categories, such as household goods, baby products, clothing, beauty products, and more. One of our favorites was the Bee’s Wrap, a reusable beeswax paper line that allows you to use the warmth of your hands to mold and then wrap anything from fruit to sandwiches to cheese and more. When you’re done, you simply wash it, let it dry and use it all over again. How cool is that?!

earthier product breakdown

On the site, you’ll find a breakdown of the product, plus its sustainability features, materials used, packaging, certifications and more. We love how EarthHero breaks this down in a clear and understandable way to empower the consumer as they make their decision.

Additionally, EarthHero is a member of 1% For The Planet where they donate 1% of their sales annually towards sustainability initiatives that give back to the planet, and they are currently in the application process of becoming a B-certified corporation. EarthHero also rewards their community for their sustainable shopping via a EarthHero Rewards system where each person receives points for every purchase, as well as for product reviews and social media shares. Twice a year, each person’s points are collected, where the consumer will receive discounts and coupon rewards based on how many points they’ve accumulated.

To learn more about EarthHero, we had the opportunity to chat with Ryan about how the idea came about, the research process and how their making it easier to shop for the best sustainable products online.

Ryan Lewis of EarthHero

Interview with Ryan Lewis of EarthHero

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of EarthHero come about?

Ryan Lewis: My ah-ha moment came on a trail run. That’s my happy space and what I do most days of the week when not with my family or at the office. However, it really was a culmination of a deep desire to wanting be part of the solution. I couldn’t keep hearing study after study tell us we need to change the way we consume, and then not be a part of helping to solve it. And so I began. I began to research all sorts of product categories for myself and my family to see what assortment of healthy and sustainable products were out there from apparel to home supplies, personal care, etc. Just about everywhere I looked had incredible people making products that were good for people AND with respect to Mother Nature. The problem was how difficult it was to find them, trust them, and understand the impact they had. So EarthHero was born, to make all of these challenges much easier.

Wellness Patterns: How do you find the brands that you feature on the website?

Ryan Lewis: We try to find everything out there that meets our guidelines. It’s our goal to have a great option available every time people want or need something. We are achieving this by utilizing several tactics. Every time we onboard a new brand, we ask them who they’d recommend. Because they just went through the process, their suggestions tend to be a great fit and there is a great community of suppliers committed to making products the right way. They are such a supportive and collaborative group of people. We also get great feedback from our customers. We love to reach out to suppliers on our customers recommendations! In addition we attend many trade shows annually and are constantly online looking for the next pioneering company!

We attend many trade shows annually and are constantly online looking for the next pioneering company! Every time we onboard a new brand, we ask them who they’d recommend. Because they just went through the process, their suggestions tend to be a great fit and there is a great community of suppliers committed to making products the right way. We also get great feedback from our customers.

Ryan Lewis of EarthHero and research team

Wellness Patterns: Tell us about the research that’s involved.

Ryan Lewis: At the product and brand level we look primarily at 4 areas.
– Material make up – The product has to be as close to 100% sustainable in its material make up as possible.
– Labor practices – We look for fair labor certifications and processes.
– Packaging – Packaging needs to be as close to 100% compostable, recyclable or made from recycled content.
– Give back programs – We always look for any programs, non-profits, or charitable commitments from our brand partners.
– There are inevitably many other reasons as well which we communicate on the product and brand pages as well.

Wellness Patterns: What are some of your criteria for featuring a brand?

Ryan Lewis: In addition to the information above, we look for a shared ethos of genuine care. A lot of times they belong to organizations like B-Corp, 1 percent for the planet, and have a give back program. Some are zero-waste or carbon free companies. Some are actually regenerative, meaning the more they grow, the more healing they provide to the planet. How cool is that!?

Wellness Patterns: What can a consumer expect to find on the site?

Ryan Lewis: Community – People that care about what’s going on just as much as they do. Also, we offer a lot of education, but in fun, bite sized portions. And yes, a lot of great every day household goods to beauty products, apparel to outdoor products, gifts and more.

Wellness Patterns: What are some of your favorite/go-to products?

Ryan Lewis: Bees Wrap, I’m a sucker for packing a sandwich for the office. Using these wraps made from all natural ingredients, and reusable for one year help reduce waste. And then when they have expired they are compostable! I also love my Klean Kanteen reusable bottle and my favorite hoodie is from tentree. It’s made of recycled poly and organic cotton. Every time you buy a tentree product, they plant 10 traceable trees.

Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?

Ryan Lewis: We’re young and just getting started. Our mission to is make sustainable shopping so easy, everyone does it. To get there we need to offer a zero compromise experience. We aim to make it just as easy or easier, convenient and affordable to shop this way, as the way most people shop today.

Check out more about EarthHero at https://earthhero.com

We were provided with a credit and a sample for the purposes of this review. All opinions, as always, are our own.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Healthy Lunchtime Recipe with Just

Even though I work from home, most days it can be pretty challenging to peel away from the computer and take a break from work. This is super unhealthy, not just to have for a mental break but also a physical one as the body […]

Shaking Up Our Morning Smoothies

Shaking Up Our Morning Smoothies

Getting the kiddos, especially my middle girl, to eat veggies is an issue. While we have found that there’s some veggies she will eat (raw broccoli and carrots), for the most part it’s been an on-going struggle to get her to try new (and healthy) […]

Revive Your Skin with Tumerica

Revive Your Skin with Tumerica

I don’t know about you, but the winter and my skin are not besties. From dryness to flakes to redness, it’s been a hot mess that I’ve been actively trying to change. While part of this journey has involved cutting out sugar and cheese (so hard!), I’ve also been switching up the products I’ve been using to give my skin a boost that it needs.

One such product that’s been a part of my skincare routine is the Tumerica Natural Facial Repair Serum. Made of only four ingredients (coconut oil, jojoba oil, turmeric extract and rosehip oil), I love applying this preservative-free serum every night after I was my face as it absorbs into my skin, working its magic to promote healthy skin cell growth. The biggest benefit to me is how lightweight and non-greasy this formula is as it works to moisturizes, rejuvenates, and repair my skin. I’ve noticed that it’s also been helping to even out some of my redness while also making my skin feel super soft. Another huge bonus: it’s super affordable at only $9.99 (on sale now). I can’t wait to see how it continues to change my skin, which hopefully, overtime will continue to rejuvenate and restore it.

There are also tons of other products in the Tumerica line, including a cleansing oil, toner, mask, lip balm, lotion and body oil. Created by Aasha Chang who was diagnosed with a skin condition and needed a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory to help her heal. With careful formulation and experimentation, she developed Tumerica where all products contain turmeric, combined with other natural extracts and essential vitamins.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.tumericanow.com/

I was given a sample for review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Quinoaplex: A New Superfood for Your Hair!

Quinoaplex: A New Superfood for Your Hair!

It’s pretty wild how everything from our bodies to our skin changes as we age. Our hair also undergoes many changes through life, which can cause it to thin out, go gray and even fall out. While these ailments aren’t fun, there are a few […]


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It’s pretty wild how everything from our bodies to our skin changes as we age. Our hair also undergoes many changes through life, which can cause it to thin out, go gray and even fall out. While these ailments aren’t fun, there are a few things you can do do help give your mane the ‘boost’ that it needs. Enter Quinoaplex by ONC, an organic based bond builder and protein conditioner that binds, moisturizes, and nourishes with natural quinoa protein. I recently tested out this gluten-free and toxic free spray (hooray!) and love how it makes my hair feel super soft and moisturized. This power packed formula also works to guard and protect your hair from the damaging effects of bleaching, heat styling, over washing, hair loss, sun, salt and chlorine exposure, and even city pollution.

Personally, I love spraying it throughout my hair after shampooing. I then let it work its magic by soaking in my strands for around 15 minutes where I then rinse it out and condition it like I normally would. I love how soft it leaves my hair as it works to moisturize and seal those annoying spilt ends. It also helps with general conditioning and protection and works on all hair types.

Check out more of the benefits below, plus some tips on how to use it:

Benefits of Quinoaplex:

– Provides a lasting shine
– Provides manageability without the need of any gels or hairspray
– Refreshes the scalp
– Decreases hair loss, thinning and breakage
– Increases the the lasting of hair color
– Soothes an irritated scalp
– Allows the hair to be colored and bleached with much less damage more often as the protein that the hair loses, is given back with the hydrolyzed quinoa protein.
-Promotes growth
-Helps the pigmentation of your hair color
-Its minerals are natural hair strengtheners
-Protect your hair from environmental damaging agents like air pollution.

Tips for use: Shampoo hair and towel dry. Spray on evenly all over hair and then massage till it lathers. Leave for 10-15 min. Then rinse and condition (leave on for 3 min). You can also spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into any chemical box color right before coloring at home. Take it to your salon and ask or insist the colorist to spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into your chemical color or bleach solution. It does not interfere with ratios, developer or formula time. You can see its effects after one application. But never use immediately after hair coloring. Wait 3-4 days.

For more info, please visit: https://quinoaplex.com/

I was provided with a sample for review. All opinions, as always, are my own.