Natural Living Blog Carnival ~ Advocating for Our Food Supply


Welcome to the October 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Advocating for Our Food Supply.


This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. Since October is Non-GMO Month, National Farm to School Month and Fair Trade Month, we are naturally talking about our food supply. Be sure to read all of the other posts listed at the bottom of mine! You may find stories about why it’s important to eat organic, support non-GMO awareness (and labeling), grow your own food and eat a real food diet. You may also find some new recipes or learn what real foods or gadgets are staples in our members’ kitchens. This month it’s all about food!




I feel like people judge me when I talk about buying natural and organic foods. It is important to me that my family eat organic and non-GMO foods. I read ingredient lists before I buy and I try to shop at trusted locations. I think choosing where you shop allows you to be a little more in control about what your family consumes.



When I mention shopping at Whole Foods, I get the look that people think I am spending all my money there. I do have to admit that when I do shop at Whole Foods, sometimes I see something that I really want to try, so I splurge and buy it, but for the most part, I stick with what is on my shopping list.


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Some of the Best Ethically Sourced and Organic Chocolate is from Alter Eco

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548460_348049115247093_872785931_nAlter Eco is an amazing company that works with farmers all over the world to bring you the best products. I met up with them at Expo West and was given the opportunity to try their chocolates.


Their two newest Organic and Fair Trade chocolate bars are Deep Dark Sea Salt and Dark Salted Brown Butter. These additions are inspired by Americans current craze for anything salted and buttered.


The Deep Dark Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty! There are no visible salt granules on the bar, but as you chew it, you can taste the saltiness baked inside. It is made with Fleur de Sel Guerande that comes from a select area on the coast of France and is one of the few remaining hand harvested sea salts. The Dark Salted Brown Butter bar has a sweet and tangy butter taste along with the salty taste. The butter comes from grass-fed cows. Both bars have a 70% cacao content and are soy and gluten-free.


Both bars are AMAZING!!!


Alter Eco Organic & Fair Trade Chocolate


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Get Organic and All-Natural Products for your Home, Health, & Personal Care with Mommy’s Club

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If you are looking for all-natural products for your home, health, and personal care, then you need to check out Mommy’s Club. Mommy’s Club products are made in the USA with organic, non GMO, EcoCert & toxic-free ingredients.


There are retail prices as well as member prices. It is a membership buying club, with a business opportunity for those who use and enjoy their products and want to share them with friends and family. Mommy’s Club is also apart of the Leaping Bunny community, which means they do not test on or use any animal products!


Get Organic and All-Natural Products for your Home, Health, & Personal Care with Mommy’s Club

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Improve Your Cellular Health with HUmineral {PART 1}


Soil + Seed + Root + Plant = Food = LIFE

Healthy Cells = Healthy Bodies = Healthy Aging


Have you ever wondered if your diet was giving your body everything it needs? I feel like I eat a balanced diet, but I don’t keep track of how many servings of dark leafy greens I consume a day, or the precise amount of fruit or nutrient rich foods I eat. I think my body is lacking the much needed minerals that it should have to function at its highest capacity. I have learned a lot about minerals through HUmineral. Their goal is to inform people about cell health and how to achieve it. Their main focus is to provide mineral supplementation to our diets due to the lack of minerals in our food sources today.


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What is in your Feminine Hygiene Products? Sign the Petition for Full Disclosure

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Did you know that feminine hygiene companies don’t have to fully disclose the ingredients of their tampons and pads on their packaging? That’s because they are considered to be “medical devices.”


Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and other artificial fragrances are nothing short of a chemical soup laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness, and infertility.


However, we don’t know for sure if they are present, because companies are not required to disclose the ingredients in their products.


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Rich & Creamy Melt Organic 2.0 Soy-Free Butter

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I don’t use butter in my house very often. I grew up on margarine and I will never buy that for my family! Sometimes I buy organic butter for baking and sweet treats, but most of the time I use an organic non-dairy “butter”. When I saw that Melt Organic was another option, I jumped at the chance to try it.


Each serving of Melt Organic delivers a perfect combination of healthful saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats for optimal nutrient content and absorption, thyroid function, digestive health and heart health. You can bake and melt just like butter, but with half the saturated fat and fewer calories. Melt Organic comes in three different flavors: Rich & Creamy {Original}, Honey, and Chocolate. Each variety is certified organic, kosher and non-GMO (Non-GMO Project Verified), and made with Fair Trade Fair For Life certified organic virgin coconut oil and Rainforest Alliance certified organic palm fruit oil. Melt Organic spreads are lactose free or dairy free, soy free, trans-fat free, and gluten free.


Melt Organic ~ Soy Free Butter

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Organic Matcha ~ Green Tea Powder {+ Smoothie Recipe}

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Kiss Me Organics

I know that Matcha has many health benefits, but I had never tried it before. When I saw that Kiss Me Organics had Organic Matcha, I jumped at the opportunity to try it.



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Bonnetfriend Protects my Daughter from the Sun #HolidayGiftGuide {Giveaway} Ends 11/22

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My daughter Chloe has very fair skin and burns easily. I always knew she burned when she played outside, but it wasn’t until she started Preschool this year that I realized how sensitive her skin was. Being at school 5 days a week for most of the day, meant that she played outside 3-4 different times.


I was sending her to school with sunscreen already on, then the center would put more sunscreen on later in the day. My Chloe was still coming home pink. Her teacher and I decided that she should bring a hat to school and wear it when she was out on the playground. Since we live in Santa Barbara, the clouds can be out in the morning, but the sun can come out in the afternoon. Since she started wearing the hat, her face has not been getting pink.



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New Organic Snackimals ~ Name the Monkey + FREE Game App {Giveaway} Ends 11/20

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Barbara'sBarbara’s would like to introduce their newest cereal: Organic Snackimals in Vanilla Blast and Cinnamon Crunch. These cereals have 7 g of sugar per serving and  are a good source of calcium and fiber. It is also low in sodium and cholesterol free. The cereals are USDA Organic and Non-GMO Verified. This cereal can be enjoyed for breakfast or taken as a snack on the go.

Barbaras Organic Snackimals


I was sent both of the new cereals to test out…I guess I should say that my kids were sent the cereals to test out! We were also a sent a small stuffed Snackimals monkey.


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Organic & Fair Trade Loose Leaf Tea from the Tea Gallerie {Sponsor Spotlight #GreenChristmas} #HolidayGiftGuide

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I’m glad that the weather is cooling down because I get to drink more hot tea! I try to make some every morning so I can drink it on my way to work. I am also a big fan of green teas and I love finding new green tea flavors to try. Tea Gallerie carries a wide variety of loose leaf teas for both adults and kids, as well as blooming flower teas. All of their teas are organic and fair trade. Did you know that loose leaf teas are actually better for you? Loose leaf teas are made up of handpicked leaves from the first tea buds from the tea plant. It’s then sifted and whatever is left over is what is used in most tea bags.


Organic & Fair Trade Loose Leaf Tea from the Tea Gallerie


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