How to have a safe and natural Halloween with kids!

Pumpkins, Ghost, and Witches...Halloween is almost here! As we have fun dressing up in costumes it's important to remember that a lot of the accessories, clothing and decor sold on the market is far from being safe for us. Here is a short list of ideas on making this halloween safe from chemicals and other nasty stuff!

Face Paint

Spooky:

Tests conducted by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that many contained heavy metals like lead and chromium.

Glowing Green and Safe:

Instead try this 100% natural face paint from Wee Can Too, Made from Organic Fruit & Vegetable powders!


Nail polishes

Spooky:

Whether you’re going as a princess or a witch, the matching polishes are often filled with frightful endocrine-disrupting phthalates and volatile toxins like toluene.

Glowing Green and Safe:

You don't need to give up the fun polish colors for that finishing touch on your costume. Instead try these super Halloween colors from the awesome and super safe brand Piggy Paints. Non-toxic and even made in USA! Say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and hello to Piggy Paint...it's as Natural as Mud®! They have awesome colors from Orange to Green and even Glow in the Dark!

Costumes

Spooky:

Often costumes bought from the drugstore or Halloween store are full of nasty chemicals, starting with the fabric itself and even down the bag it is packaged it. You can smell the fumes from throughout the store.

Glowing Green and Safe:

Get creative and make a homemade costume with clothing you already own or from an outfit that can be re purposed as everyday clothing. We love this Alice in Wonderland dress, just add a few simple accessories and voila you can go from a cute regular dress to Halloween costume! For babies there is no reason to put them in a stuffy, polyester costume, instead try a super soft comfy organic romper with a Halloween inspired print like this Black Cats romper from Winter Water Factory.

 

Turn this cute organic dress into this fantasy costume, just add white tights a black headband and this adorable pinafore from Etsy shop MaryLabarr.


 

Little babies don't need complicated costumes, keep it comfy and trendy with a Halloween theme outfit like this black cat romper.

 

Trick or Treat! Get a deal on any of these find in our store with code SPOOKY for 15% off your entire order.

 

 

September 15, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

$2 Sampling Deal from Abe's Market!

I've written before about my favorite online natural grocery store Abe's Market, and this time I am thrilled to share their cool new sampling program! For only $2 and free shipping, you can try some amazing products from snacks to bath products. If you love it, which you probably will, it's easy to then buy the full size!

 

Abe's Market, the online marketplace of organic and natural goods, just launched a great new  sampling program that lets consumers buy full-size product samples for just $2 each, pick up to three samples every day, and shipping is free! Abe's will even ask for input after you try the products so they can be sure to bring flavors and brands that you will love.

Here are few that I am going to try! Perfect for outings with my wild and natural little boy!

 

Barnana - a dehydrated banana snack comprising all of the nutrients of a banana (high potassium!) with the convenience of on-the-go snacking. The organic, non-GMO and gluten-free line includes original, coconut, chocolate and peanut butter flavors.

Fruit.0 - A super portable, compact fruit pouch containing, well, just fruit. The 100% organic crushed fruit contains no additional ingredients or sugars and is vegan, non-GMO and free of nuts, fat, gluten and artificial ingredients.

Birch Benders Micro Pancakery - Making pancakes has never been easier. Certified organic and non-GMO Birch Benders include all the wholesome ingredients in the package and you only need to add water, shake and cook. The line offers gluten-free options and delicious flavors like cinnamon and banana buckwheat.

Hooray Puree - A perfect way to get your veggies on the go. Hooray Puree picks their organic vegetables at the peak of ripeness and purees them into gluten-free snack packs without adding any preservatives, dyes or acids. So when you're not near the store, you can always have fresh sweet potatoes, spinach and butternut squash on hand.

KIND: Load up on healthy and tasty gluten-free snack bars, granola, healthy grains bars and more. KIND products are GMO free, protein packed, high fiber, dairy free and all natural. Toss a couple in your bag, your desk or in your gym locker and grab it whenever you need a little extra energy with great taste. (Note: The KIND clusters in this promo are GF)

Rip Van Wafel: Coffee time just got more delicious! Just unwrap, place over steaming coffee (or tea!) wait a few minutes and enjoy an all-natural, high fructose corn syrup-free caramel- or cocoa-filled, crunchy Dutch treat!

I Heart Keenwah: Love quinoa but don't like when it spills in your bag when you try to take it on the go? I Heart Keenwah, with its delicious gluten-free, high-fiber crunchy clusters of almond, chocolate, peanut butter and cranberry, is a perfect snack to take anywhere with you.

 

 

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July 01, 2014 by Tina Bar-On

Gluten Free Mocha Brownies

One of my favorite stores to shop for new and interesting natural foods and bath/body porducts is Abe's Market. They sell products that you really won't find anywhere else at great prices. The selection is amazing and I've discovered some amazing stuff on this site. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to eat/shop/live green and natural.

My Abe's find of the day is this unusual recipe for gluten free mocha brownies. I haven't tried it yet but I do love all the stuff inside like dates, cocoa and garbonzo beans,  so hopefully that will make for some yummy brownies :) 

Gluten Free Mocha Brownies

Brownie Ingredients
15 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked and drained
¼ cup water
9 T raw cocoa
¼ cup agave syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, soft, not liquid
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
4 eggs
½ tsp baking powder
2 T espresso, ground fine

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Blend dates (in a blender) and ¼ cup water on high until it becomes a paste
3. Add eggs, cocoa, agave, coconut oil, baking powder and espresso; blend until smooth
4. Add garbanzo beans; mix on high until entire mixture is well incorporated, thick and smooth
5. Evenly distribute mixture into mini muffin tins (fills 30-32)
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes (until it passes the toothpick test); remove and cool on a wire rack

 

Abe's is also a great resource for healthy kids snacks, bath and body and everyday supplies like pacifiers.

 


 

June 26, 2014 by Tina Bar-On