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Novica Giveaway


 I recently learned about NOVICA, one of the leading fair trade artisan online markets. Together with National Geographic, they give artisans around the world a place to share their talents and unique creations with the rest of the world. NOVICA offers a variety of products, from beautiful handmade jewelry to clothing, handbags, house decor and more.  I recently purchased the beautiful elephant earrings pictured above. They arrived from Thailand in a delicate pouch with a personally, handwritten note from the artisan. They also came with a brief description of the importance and symbolism of the Thai Elephant. I was very impressed and love my new earrings. Best of all, shipping is extremely reasonable and quick! If you’re looking for a truly special and unique gift for yourself or a loved one, I recommend browsing all the beautiful products on the NOVICA site. There’s something for everyone! Some favorites include: beautiful Wood Rings, stylish Blue Glassware, unique Abstract Paintings, and other Handmade Gifts.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am happy to offer one lucky reader a Gift Certificate in the amount of $37.50 that can be used toward any item on the NOVICA website. The winner will receive a digital code to be used at checkout and may be applied toward shipping too. To enter is easy! Just click on the link below to be taken to the Raffle:

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Raffle ends on Thursday, May 22nd  at 11:59 pm (est). One winner will be randomly selected and all entries will be verified. Winner must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. Please provide a valid email so you may be easily contacted within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

To learn more about how you can support talented artisans and purchase fair trade items, visit

Learn how you can make more of an impact by joining the NOVICA Community of Curators.



November Goodies and an Extra Treat

My November Ecocentric Mom Discovery Box arrived right around Thanksgivukkah. After shopping for the in-laws, nieces and nephews, the hubbs and little, it was great to receive something just for me. 🙂 Before I tell you all about my Mom Discovery Box goodies though, I have to show you the extra gift I got from Ecocentric Mom…just for me! 😉

Check out this gorgeous Ecocentric Mom Organic Tagua Heart Bracelet…

PicsArt_1385573867462I recently became a huge fan of jewelry handcrafted from Tagua Tree Nut. It looks and feels just like animal ivory, without the risk of harm to animals or the South American Rainforests, where it comes from. I love the vibrant colors and style of this heart bracelet.

Along with supporting Fair Trade practices, this would make such a unique gift for someone special…especially you! 😉 Right now Ecocentric Mom is offering $4 off plus Free Shipping when you use Promo Code: BRACELET4OFF (offer valid until 12/15/13). It comes gift boxed already along with an information card. To get yours: CLICK HERE

Ok, now a look at my November Mom Discovery Box from Ecocentric Mom:

PicsArt_1385509309377Eli’s Organic Earth Bars ~These organic and Fair trade chocolate candy bars blew my mind! I received a peanut butter variety. Trust me, you’ll never crave a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup again! One bar sells for $2.29. Oh….and 5% of every sale goes to a non-profit charitable organization that benefits children.

Lush Nuts ~ This little sample bag didn’t stand a chance. Only 3 ingredients…peanuts, a little cane sugar and high quality spices. No preservatives or artificial ingredients. A sweet treat. Sample bags sell for $1.50 or a full 5oz bag sells for $6.

Organic India Certified Organic Tulsi Tea ~ The sacred herb Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil and is considered to have healing powers and the “Queen of all Herbs”. This organic tea is rich in antioxidants, tastes yummy (especially the Sweet Rose!) and can help with stress, energy levels and boosts the immune system. A box of 18 sells for $4.99. I received four samples.

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques ~ A few months ago I received a Lauren Brooke lip colour in my Discovery Mom Box that I am still using everyday. This time, I received a sample of their Sweet Chai Lip Scrub and Lip Colour. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am a big fan of their cosmetics already and will definitely be ordering some more lip color soon. Made with organic and non-gmo ingredients, a full size Lip Scrub sells for $5.50 and the Lip Colour for $12. I received a travel size which sells for $2.80.

3 Girls Holistic Orange Pop Lip Gloss ~ I have been introduced to so many great lines of lip gloss and chapsticks thanks to Ecocentric Mom. My daughter and I use them all the time. 3 Girls Holistic is definitely a favorite. It smells and tastes yummy, but more importantly is safe, non-toxic, and made with high quality, natural ingredients. The gloss I received sells for $3.50.

The Seaweed Bath Co. Hand Butter ~ This could not have come at a better time. My hands have been so dry from this cold weather. This hand butter definitely does the trick. It is made with shea butter, neem oil and bladderwrack seaweed extract. What I love most is that it comes in stick form, much like an antiperspirant. Makes it super easy to use!  I received the smaller size which sells for $4.89. The larger one sells for $9.99.

Maxim Hygiene Products ~ I received a trial pack of these 100% organic and natural chlorine free cotton products designed especially for a woman’s needs. They reduce the risk of infection, irritation and exposure to carcinogenic dioxins present in many feminine products. They are also a more eco-friendly alternative to conventional brands.

Oscillococcinum ~ This has been my go-to product for the last couple of years whenever anyone in the family seems to be coming down with an illness. It has proven time and again to reduce the duration and severity of the flu, helping with body aches, fever, chills, fatigue, etc. It is all natural and safe. The box I received sells for $6.99.

Tiny Voices Respiratory and Immune Support by Wellements Baby ~ I just got over my first bad cold in a long time. Fortunately my daughter did not catch it, but with cold and flu season here, I’m glad to have this on hand. Tiny Voices is made especially for kids with a natural berry flavor and contains only safe ingredients…no parabens, chemicals or preservatives. It is also gluten, dairy, soy and alcohol free and even comes in a glass bottle. Elderberry helps support the immune and respiratory systems. Marshmallow root helps to soothe and calm. The full size bottle I received sells for $13.99.

Vance Family Soy Candle ~ A few months back I received one of these travel candles and became a fan. They are made with pure essential oils and organic plant-derived flavors. No synthetic fragrances. They are GMO-free with low-smoke cotton wicks. It was a nice surprise to get one of their holiday scented candles this time around. One travel candle sells for $5.

Along with all my November goodies, I also received several coupons and online discounts, including a special offer from one of my favorites…the Organic Wine Company! This month’s Ecocentric Mom Expert Tips were, “Staying Fit Through the Holiday Season” and “Improving Air Quality”.

This holiday season, consider Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes. They are the gift that keeps on giving!

Green Your Halloween

A dried flower arrangement in a painted watering can for decorationThe following are five easy ways to green up your Halloween. You will save money while protecting the environment!

1. Green Decorations. Instead of spending money on decorations made of plastic and other toxic materials that end up in our landfills, get crafty! Pinterest has some creative and simple ideas. If you must shop, look for eco-friendly alternatives.

2. Do-it-yourself Costumes. You don’t have to be a fashion designer to put together a great costume.  You can find some great things in your own closet to create a fun ensemble. If not, look in a friend or family member’s closet! You can also shop at a second hand store or swap last year’s costume with a friend.

3. Green Candy Bags. Instead of spending on a plastic bag or bucket your child will probably only use once, have them decorate their own eco-friendly tote or pillowcase to use every year.

IMG_20131025_1951194. Healthier Treats. If you opt to stick to traditional candy look for organic lollipops and Fair Trade chocolates. If you don’t mind starting a new tradition, hand out pencils, pens, erasers or stickers made of recycled materials.

5. Save! Make sure you pack up all your decorations and costumes and store them away for next year. Whatever you’re certain you won’t use make sure to donate or recycle.


Happy Halloween!

To read my original article on the GreenDeals Go Green Blog: CLICK HERE

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Sibu Beauty Giveaway

imageI was recently given the opportunity to sample and share my thoughts on Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream. I used the daily moisturizer on my face for almost 2 months. The 1oz bottle of this lightweight facial cream goes a long way! Great value for the price. (See website for price list.)

I have mentioned before that I have very sensitive skin, but my complexion did well using Sibu. The key ingredient, sea buckthorn, is a small but resilient berry found in the Tibetan Himalayas. It is rich in Omega-7 fatty acids which aid in the production of collagen. It is also full of Omegas 3, 6, and 9, is a powerful antioxidant and natural source of Vitamins A, B, C and E. The cream felt gentle and absorbed quickly. My skin felt smooth and hydrated after each application and all day. My favorite thing about it was the refreshing citrus scent from orange and lemon essential oils.

I am happy to announce that Sibu Beauty has offered one lucky reader the chance to win their very own bottle of repair & protect daytime facial cream!!

The Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream helps promote tissue recovery, rejuvenates sun-damaged skin, helps restore blemished skin, preserves healthy skin tone and texture, protects against environmental stress, works well with all skin types and contains natural ingredients. Remember, great ingredients can often be mixed in with some not-so-great ones. Always look out for any questionable ingredients.

Sibu Beauty is made in the USA and offers a full line of personal care and supplement products. They feature Sea Buckthorn that has been sourced through fair trade agreements with local harvesters in Tibet. Sibu Beauty products are also cruelty-free and 100% vegan. The company has been featured in Marie Claire, Elle and


For more information and a complete list of products and ingredients visit the Sibu Beauty Website.
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