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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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April Eco-Box for Moms

I just about counted the days until I received my April Mom Box from Ecocentric Mom. My first March boxes really set the bar high so I was excited to see what kind of neat surprises awaited me this month. When it finally arrived, I opened it immediately and once again, was very happy to find some incredible products. If you’re thinking about a unique Mother’s Day gift, I highly recommend signing that special Mom up for an Ecocentric Mom subscription. It’s the gift that keeps on giving…every month! Right now you can even get a 10% discount when you enter code ECOMOM10sign up: HERE

Check out my April Mom Box:


Good Greens Bar ~ The first thing I grabbed and gobbled up right away! (Hey, I hadn’t eaten lunch yet.) This organic, gluten-free, vegan bar was delicious. I had the Apple Crumb…tasted like apple pie. It contains a blend of dehydrated “Superfoods” and natural greens along with protein and probiotics. One bar goes for about $2.99. Came with a 40% off coupon too.

Linwoods Super Food Blends ~ I’ve been throwing a pack of these nutritious ground super food blends into my smoothies for the past few days. With essential omega acids, vitamins and minerals and made from organic, GMO free, yeast free and gluten free ingredients, it’s an easy way to get a variety of healthy foods in one shot. You can sprinkle some onto any meal. I received a 6 pk sample that includes flavors like Flaxeed Cocoa & Berries; Hemp and Flax; Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame Seeds & Goji Berries. Sample pack goes for $6.99 and full size versions go for $9.59-$18.59.

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ~ I’ve been using coconut oil for just about everything lately. The uses and benefits are endless (cooking, dry skin, bug bites, diaper rash, home remedies, etc.). It was great to be able to try out this high quality brand. I received 2 sample packets. 10 packets usually go for $11.99. Also received a 10% off discount code.

Nature’s Kick Honeystix ~ My daughter loves these…environmentally-friendly drinking straws filled with all natural honey. Make for a great on-the-go treat, snack or sweetener for tea or coffee. One pack of 7 stix goes for $1.79. I received 2 packs along with a 15% online discount.

Fyrefly Organic Serenity Tea ~ 100% Certified Organic tea that is naturally caffeine-free. I am sipping on some as I type this. Smooth and subtle. Blend of 3 herbs that can help with relaxation, better sleep quality and support adrenal function during stressful times. A full size bag goes for $10.95. I received 2 samples and a 15% online discount.

Nature’s Gate Rice Bran Facial Moisturizer ~ How did they know I was out of face lotion? I received a full size moisturizer that typically sells for $14.99. Nature’s Gate has been around for a while and is known for products that are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, PEG, petrolatum, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and animal byproducts. The moisturizer is very gentle and light and hydrates my skin well. I also received a sample of their Biotin Shampoo, Biotin Conditioner and Acai Body wash, along with $1 and $2 off retail coupons.

Boring Goats Goat Milk Soap ~ Love the funny name and love this soap. Made with 100% real goat milk, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil and shea butter, it’s as pure as skin care can get. Boring Goats is a family owned farm in Boring, Oregon. I received a sample of their handcrafted natural Goat Milk “Non-Scents” soap and a 10% online discount. A full size bar goes for $5.50.

7th Heaven 100% Natural Face Masks ~ I have yet to use this mask but plan to this weekend. It contains no artificial preservatives and is made with 56% organic ingredients and 44% clay and minerals. I received the Moroccan Clay Gentle Exfoliating Mask. There are 5 other varieties available. Each packet sells for $2.99. I received a 20% online discount too.

WEXY Biodegradable Snack Bags ~I’ve been waiting to find a good reusable baggy. I love these eco-friendly snack bags which feature four little cute and colorful monster characters. The WEXY bags are biodegradable, BPA-free and recyclable, but if you just rinse with soap and water you can reuse them too. I received 4 baggies. A box of 28 goes for $3.99. That’s a huge value considering how much it costs to keep buying plastic baggies…plus you help keep unnecessary plastics out of landfills.

Bamboo Bailey $10 Gift Card ~An online store that features everything from organic clothing, baby safe bottles and toys for little ones to eco-friendly purses and natural make-up for moms.  You can find earth-friendly, recyclable, and natural products for your home, pets and the entire family. I definitely plan on using this gift card.

Frego $5 Gift Card ~ Frego is a food container system that is free of BPA, PVC, Polystyrene, and Lead. It is made of glass and cushioned in food-grade silicone which prevents breaking, as well as little fingers getting burned during food heating. Frego offers convenience, easy cleaning and freedom of worrying about chemicals and toxins.

The Ecocentric Mom April Mom box was packed with new products I can definitely use. I highly recommend you consider subscribing. Ecocentric Mom was recently named one of the top monthly subscription services by Redbook Magazine. Can’t wait for my May box! 

Philly Farm & Food Fest 2013

CAM01006Last year I attended the very first Philly Farm & Food Fest, a collaboration between Fair Food and PASA and presented by Whole Foods Market. You can read my original post here: Philly Farm & Food Fest 2012. I was excited to experience the second year. Once again this unique annual event brought together local farmers, organizations, and businesses and other producers of organic, sustainable and eco-friendly products and foods.






The 2013 Farm & Food Fest took place on Sunday, April 14th from 11am-4pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex. Tickets were only $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. This gave you access to workshops, cooking demonstrations from acclaimed local farm-to-table chefs, family activities, food and product samples from a variety of exhibitors (for list click here) and more.

You could also pick up lots of  informative and educational material on anything from CSAs to GMOs to tips on conserving energy. Speaking of energy, this year the event was powered by Clean Currents with 100% Pennsylvania wind. What could go better than local food and local wind energy?!


Activities for the kids


Yummy Organic Chicken samples


Famous Wild Flour Bakery in Philly

The Farm & Food Fest proved to be a success once again. Last year brought in a big crowd but this year there were even more exhibitors and guests. There was also a chance to purchase sustainable meats this year. The biggest and best change to the fest, however, was the addition of the Local Libations Lounge. For an additional $15 you could enter the “lounge” where you could experience 5 guided tastings of different local wine, beers and spirits. It was a great time. Looking forward to next year!!!


Frecon Farm’s new Early Man hard cider


For more information and to keep up-to-date with the event for next year visit the following links:

Yes to Grapefruits Giveaway


How’s that for some blog love?

I have used Yes To products in the past, so when I was contacted to sample the newest member of their family, Yes To Grapefruit, I jumped at the chance.  

Right now there’s a Grapefruit craze going on in skin care.  Grapefruit is rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and Lycopene.  It is known to help in warding off free radicals.  Grapefruit extract can help increase skin radiance and improve skin tone, allowing for healthier, softer and smoother looking skin.

The Yes To Grapefruit line is designed to help minimize, correct and repair acne scars, sun damage, age spots and other skin discolorations.  The entire collection is made with formulas that blend powerful fruit acids with ingredients that help to reduce hyper-pigmentation, correct skin damage, and enhance radiance.

For over a month now, I have been using the Yes To Grapefruit Exfoliating Body Wash, as well as the Dark Spot Correcting Body Crème . I have to say…I love how my skin feels. The pumice in the body wash is just enough so that it’s not rough on the skin but still helps to exfoliate and promote skin cell renewal. The body crème has a great texture…not too light, not too heavy.  I truly notice that my skin has a more radiant look and firmer feel. I love that both products are paraben-free and contain organic grapefruit extract. I also really enjoy their light and refreshing citrus scent.

On my daughter I have been using the Yes To Baby Carrots Shampoo+Body wash, followed by the Yes To Baby Carrots Baby Lotion. The Shampoo-Body wash combo comes in a fun and easy to use foam pump. It’s made with organic carrot oil and organic melon. It has a nice, subtle scent, is gentle and tear-free!  The baby lotion is a great follow up…very light and absorbs quickly. It’s made with organic carrots and aloe vera. I love that both products are hypoallergenic, paraben-free and free of petroleum and sodium laureth sulfate.

I am excited to offer 1 lucky reader the chance to win a set of the following 4 Yes To products:


 I call it the “Mommy-N-Me Kit” as you will receive (about a $60 value):

  1. One Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Eye Correcting Cream (darn sleepless nights!)
  2. One Yes To Grapefruit Even Skin Moisturizer with SPF 15
  3. One Yes To Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum
  4. One Yes To Baby Carrots Soothing Diaper Cream to help protect your baby’s bottom safely.


Participants must be at least 18 years of age to enter and residents of the United States. All entries will be verified before a winner is chosen. Please provide a valid email. Winner will be contacted within 24 hours and announced online. Raffle ends on 4/26/13 at midnight (Eastern time).

About Yes To:

Founded in 2006, Yes To, Inc. is a global leader in natural skin and hair care, with awesome and affordable products made with fruits, veggies, and a smile! Yes To’s award-winning formulations are over 95% natural, have proven results, and are free of parabens, petroleum, and SLS. We offer six unique collections including products for face, body, hair, lips, and even babies…to allow people to create their own natural ‘recipe’ that works for them. We are a fun-loving, wine-drinking, yoga-doing, active-life-living bunch of folks in San Francisco who a) create affordable natural products that really work b) give back by planting school gardens for kids to help teach them about healthy living and nutrition, and c) have a pretty awesome time doing it. So join us, and say YES to naturally good products…unnaturally good results!

Yes To is sold at local drug stores so you can get a spa-like experience at a price point that won’t break the bank. For more info on all the collections or to shop online check out the following links: