Thursday, July 25, 2013

Safe Nails SNAILS


Safe-nails or Snails is a new nail polish coming out of Paris for children.  Snails is a non-toxic, all natural, washable nail polish!

From the website:
• 100% European-made: our kids nail polish satisfies the strictest cosmetics laws in the world
• Non-toxic: no chemical substances in our natural children’s nail polish
• Completely water based: simply wash off with soap and water — no harsh nail polish remover required
• Packaged lead-free: only pure Italian glass bottles — custom designed for kids — bear our nail polish
• Stain free: forget colourful blemishes on clothes, carpet or floors. SNAILS Kids nail polish is entirely soluble, so it will wash off easily.

Natural main three-ingredient nail polish formula
Children enjoy life’s simple pleasures. So SNAILS Kids nail polish is made to match. Our range is made of only three main, safe and simple ingredients:
  •  Water
  •  Acrylic Polymer
  •  Non Toxic Colourants


I recently had the chance to review the Snails nail polish with my girls, Willow and Guinevere.  They loved the colors that were sent, Lollipop and Raspberry Pie.


The first thing I noticed was the cute graphic on the front of the bottle and the promise of sparkle in the nail polish as well!!!!  We opened the bottles and found no overwhelming scent that usually accompanies a bottle of  nail polish.  Snails polish actually has a sweet smell.  I applied the nail polish to the girls fingers and toes.  These two colors were pretty sheer, but no worries because they dried pretty quickly even after the second coat!  This is an extra plus in my book because Willow is only four and she dislikes having to stay still for very long.

The girls were happy with their sparkly nails!

Now this eco friendly nail polish is washable and came with a wipe in a package for removal.  However we are a frequent hand-washing family and by dinner time the girls nail polish had worn off.  Only I noticed though the girls didn't notice and never seemed to mind.  Their toes stayed polished for another 24 hours, then in the shower with them and it was gone.  Again the girls didn't notice.  

I really liked the polish, it was fun for my girls, I didn't have to worry about it spilling or getting rubbed on their faces, in their hair, or on their clothes while it was still wet.  And I don't have to worry about removing chipped and flaked off nail polish to reapply :)


This would also be the best polish for them to practice painting their own nails.  Guinevere, being 6 tomorrow (!), wants to paint her own nails and I let her a couple of weeks ago.  However she didnt put the cap back on properly (not Snails)  and later Willow came through and knocked it over and it was everywhere!  I had to dump my specialty nail polish remover, that I had just purchased for my polish, all over the stain and scrub it out!  
With Snails I would never have to worry about that!!!!

Snails polish price point at $8.99 on Amazon, purchases can also be made from their website,  is right in line with two other eco-friendly nail polish companies I purchase from as well.  So the cost is the same with more ease of mind!  Snails would also be my choice for sleepover parties for the girls that way if any parents minded their kid's nails being painted it would come right off!





Monday, June 17, 2013

Novica for Your New Summer Wardrobe!

Novica has been one of my go-to sites when I am in need of almost anything unique for my home, my life, or gifts for others.  This season they are promoting their clothing, and why not? It's gorgeous!

Check out this beautiful bright yellow poncho!

And I am loving this stunning peacock patterned dress!
Find this listed under Blue Dresses

Short Skirts perfect for the summer heat,

And colorful lightweight Cotton Dress!



Accessories are also a must:





 If you havent heard about Novica before, here is a brief rundown;

NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

NOVICA seeks to provide artists with more income while providing collectors with lower prices. They provide a market place for artists around the world who might otherwise not have a means to show you their work. You can read about each artist on the website and choice to see just their work. They also have videos featuring some of the artists as well. 


They have a world of art to offer you on their site, seriously there is sooo much to look through! One thing I love about their site, that may seem tedious, is their shipping prices. I greatly dislike finding something I love on a website and going to check out, only to find the shipping prices are ridiculous. You don't need to worry about that with NOVICA their shipping prices are fantastic! 


Giveaway

If you would like to enter for a chance to win a $50 giveaway please visit Novica and leave me a link to one your favorite things.For a second chance to win please take a look at their artists and let me know which artist catches your eye and why.If you have ever ordered from Novica tell me what you ordered and if you are happy with your product and your shopping experience for a third entry.
I reserve the right to disqualify any entries.  Please follow the rules.Giveaway ends Friday June 21st at noon. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 72 hours to respond.

 I received a gift card from NOVICA to review their site and products. The overall opinion expressed in this review is purely my own and was not influenced by the gift card.

WINNER:

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Make Your Own Seed Starters


Have you seen these?  You use newspaper (from a neighbor if you don't receive the paper or maybe your workplace, or local library) to create a started seed pot.  It is very simple, you could have the kids do this!  Tear off a section of the newspaper, roll it, fold the bottom over, place it in the wooden base, place the wooden handle inside your newspaper, twist and your done!

You can find them on amazon or check your local florist, or an online seed bank!


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Friday, April 12, 2013

Non-Monsanto organic seed bank for your garden needs this year!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Green Can


Hello, my name is Dennis Gallagher and I would like to tell you about what i am trying to accomplish in Tampa Florida.
I have a new program to try and fix the irrational problem of recycling not being mandatory.
Since Apartment/ Condos and businesses have a hard time justifying the optional expense of a recycling program, we bring it to them free, and we donate all of the proceeds to charity.
The only thing we could find to finance this endeavor is advertising on the outside of the recycling containers, so we try to help local small businesses get their message out to the local residents.
We designed a container to specifically to facilitate this program, it is made of recycled plastic and uses a reusable liner so no waste is created in its use.
We started our program in march and we have recycled over 200,000 aluminum cans and numerous tons of plastic.
We are hoping that we can expand our program to any and all areas that recycling isn't currently mandatory.
Getting the word out is of the utmost importance to us, we really are trying to do the right thing for society by providing free recycling, helping small businesses and giving to charity.
https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenCan
www.thegreencan.org
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Novica for Summer Decor



Novica is one of my favorite websites for home decor and gifts.  And since we just purchased our first home I spend hours on their website! On my wishlist for our first home is;


One of their beautiful hammocks!  We have tons of trees in our backyard and have already planted 3 new ones!  I can;t wait to own a hammock from an artist and have a lazy weekend day.

Another item on my wishlist is some new tableware.  Right now all we own is mix and match and I would love a beautiful handmade matching set!


I am also loving the peace and quiet from NOT having neighbors on the other side of my wall, or underneath me, or above me!  Here is to future drum circles!  I love Novica handmade drums, someday I will own one!

Some other categories you might want to check out are;



 If you havent heard about Novica before, here is a brief rundown;

NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

NOVICA seeks to provide artists with more income while providing collectors with lower prices. They provide a market place for artists around the world who might otherwise not have a means to show you their work. You can read about each artist on the website and choice to see just their work. They also have videos featuring some of the artists as well. 


They have a world of art to offer you on their site, seriously there is sooo much to look through! One thing I love about their site, that may seem tedious, is their shipping prices. I greatly dislike finding something I love on a website and going to check out, only to find the shipping prices are ridiculous. You don't need to worry about that with NOVICA their shipping prices are fantastic! 



Some of their categories include but are not limited to;

fair trade corporate gifts
green gifts
unique gifts
jewelry
home decor
apparel

And much much more! You could look at this site for hours, I have! You can shop by categories or peruse their gift suggestions. In each category you will also find an option to shop by price. There is also the options of creating a gift registry or adding items to a personal wish list.
A high quality handcrafted version of anything you might be looking for can be found on NOVICA.

Giveaway

If you would like to enter for a chance to win a $50 giveaway please visit Novica and leave me a link to one your favorite things.For a second chance to win please take a look at their artists and let me know which artist catches your eye and why.If you have ever ordered from Novica tell me what you ordered and if you are happy with your product and your shopping experience for a third entry.
I reserve the right to disqualify any entries.  Please follow the rules.Giveaway ends Friday July 13th at noon. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 72 hours to respond.

 I received a gift card from NOVICA to review their site and products. The overall opinion expressed in this review is purely my own and was not influenced by the gift card.
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

350 Day



Today we planted trees!  Happy 350 Day!
Today with student's from the Cayuga Community College the Grow Auburn's Tree community planted trees in the city of Auburn, NY to combat the local rising temperatures.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

350 Tomorrow


Tomorrow is 350 day.


"350 means safety from the climate crisis.
To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million ("ppm")to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
At 350.org, we're building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and push for policies that will put the world on track to get to 350 ppm."

My conservation professor has organized a community tree planting event. What are you planning to do? Want to make it an event? It could just be you and one other person, but do something! Then take a picture of yourselves and a giant dot and email it to 350.org. Here is more information on how to get involved! -Hyla


THE INVITATION

Dear Friends
Across the planet now we see ever more flood, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked — the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before.
But because the globe is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that it’s all connected. That’s why, on May 5, we will Connect the Dots.
In places from drought-stricken Mongolia to flood-stricken Thailand, from fire-ravaged Australia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, we will hold rallies reminding everyone what has happened in our neighborhoods. And at each of those rallies, from Kenya to Canada, from Vietnam to Vermont, someone will be holding a…dot. A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea. We’ll share those images the world around, to put a human face on climate change–we’ll hold up a mirror to the planet and force people to come face to face with the ravages of climate change.
Anyone and everyone can participate in this day. Many of us do not live in Texas, the Philippines, or Ethiopia — places deeply affected by climate impacts. For those communities, there are countless ways to stand in solidarity with those on the front-lines of the climate crisis: some people will giving presentations in their communities about how to connect the dots. Others will do projects to demonstrate what sorts of climate impacts we can expect if the crisis is left unchecked. And still others of us will express our indignation to local media and politicians for failing to connect the dots in their coverage of “natural disasters.”
However you choose to participate, your voice is needed in this fight — and you can sign up here: www.climatedots.org
These will be beautiful events, we’re sure. But they will also have an edge. It’s important for all of us whose lives are being damaged to know that it’s right that we get a little angry at those forces causing this problem. The fossil fuel industry is at fault, and we have to make that clear. Our crew at 350.org will work hard to connect all these dots — literally — and weave them together to create a potent call to action, and we will channel that call directly to the people who need to hear it most.
May 5 is coming soon; we need to work rapidly. Because climate change is bearing down on us, and we simply can’t wait. The world needs to understand what’s happening, and you’re the people who can tell them.
Please join us–we need you to send the most important alarm humanity has ever heard: www.climatedots.org
Onwards,
Bill McKibben for the whole team at ClimateDots.org


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Drinking Coca Cola




I stopped drinking soda pop years and years ago. Besides the occasional ginger-ale for nausea popular drinks like coke and pepsi don't receive my money.  If my children are elsewhere and get a chance to take a drink, they spit it back out as they don't find the tingling sensation very pleasant.

If you are a fan of soda, I invite you to watch this;


This scares the begeezes out of me.  To each their own.  Have a great weekend!

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Surprise!



My husband threw me a surprise birthday party, and it was FANTASTIC!  I was shocked into tears!
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