Sunday, September 28, 2014

Eat, Drink, and Be Spooky Without Leaving a Footprint!

As we inch closer to October lots of folks have Halloween on the brain!  What will my costume be?  Where will we go trick or treating?  How will I decorate the home this year?  Who is having the party??

 Our family over here at BuckeyeMomsMeet LOVES Halloween!!  Every year we go above and beyond the normal Halloween goers and decorate our house and yard to a crazy extent!!

 We often have a Halloween party that is talked about for years to come!  The best thing other than all the decorating for the party is trying to decide what kind of ghoulish treats and spirits you will share with your guests.  Here are some fun spooky spirits I have been playing around with...

Now if there is anything spookier than Halloween it is How we treat our earth!  There is a great Native American Proverb that goes like this:

“We do not inherit the planet from our ancestors, we borrow it 
from our children”

In my really cool Halloween drink above you will see I used an Eco friendly Stainless Steel Straw; made by ECO AT HEART.
EcoatHeart is a specialist website, with their main focus to provide high quality stainless steel reusable products, so you can reduce your 'Plastic Footprint' on the environment.  After all we only have ONE planet.  All it takes is one step at a time and it starts with something as small as a straw.  If you are concerned about the damage that you may be causing to the environment then make this simple first step by choosing Eco at Heart!

I received a set of Eco Friendly Stainless Steel straws in a box of five with a cleaning brush included.  These straws are so cool!!  They are easy to clean and should be cleaned after every use.  They are nice and wide, so they would even be great for smoothies or thicker drinks like slushies...  and the best thing, they will last forever!!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween! 
Eat, Drink, and be Spooky :)

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post; however Ecoatheart provided me with a set of stainless steel straws to sample in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

You did WHAT with that baking soda??

Baking Soda, The unexpected secret to a cleaner fresher home for less.  For over 165 years Arm & Hammer Baking soda has been a pure, natural and inexpensive staple in homes everywhere.  Arm &
Hammer baking soda can be used in countless ways to care for you and your household all for about One dollar!!

Here are a few great tips on how to put that little orange box to use!

Hair Cleanser:

Sprinkle a small amount (quarter size) of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda into the palm of your hand along with your favorite shampoo.  Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly.  The baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind.  Your hair will be cleaner and more manageable!  No more spending an arm and a leg on over priced clarifying shampoos!!

Laundry Booster:

Give your laundry a boost by adding one cup of Arm & Hammer baking soda to your laundry to make your detergent work harder for you and your family!  A better balance of pH in the wash helps to get clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter!  Arm & Hammer now offers a 13.5 lb. resealable bag which gives you an easy additive to use in your wash :)

Musty Laundry Odors:

Do you ever get busy like me and forget to put your clean clothes in the dryer in time and they get that musty scent?  That scent is horrible and hard to get out of your clothes!  Get your clothes and towels clothesline fresh by adding 1/2 c baking soda to their rinse cycle!

Do you have a funky fridge or freezer?

Place the orange box inside your fridge or freezer to absorb any funky odors that can spoil the flavor of your fresh food!  Change the box out every 30 days to keep your foods tasting fresher longer!

Clean pots and pans:

Eliminate the burden of scrubbing pots and pans!  Baking soda penetrates and helps lift baked on foods.  Shake a generous amount of baking soda on your pan add dish soap and hot water.  Let sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.

Now for some fun!!  Arm & Hammer Water Colors :)

Here is what you'll need:
2 Tbsp Arm & Hammer baking soda
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 packet koolaid drink mix (unsweetened)
2 tsp water

Mix together and paint with them right away!  

*Do not eat or drink water colors!  Children should only use under adult supervision!

I hope you found these tips helpful!  Find more information on the many uses of Arm & Hammer baking soda at

Disclosure: I was provided product in exchange for a review.  However all opinions expressed here are my own...

Add A Little Spice To Your Life With This Jalapeno/Cilantro Roasted Chicken Sandwich!

           Chicken Breast Sandwich with Jalapeno/Cilantro spread and Dave's Killer Bread!!!

What you need:

Dave's Killer Bread (I used Good Seed) This bread has a heavenly texture and is sweet to the taste.  Good Seed has the boldest texture and sweetest flavor of all the Dave's Killer breads!

Sliced Roasted Chicken Breast I stopped by my local fresh deli and got roasted chicken breast sliced at a 1 1/2 thickness on the Deli slicer, which is a little thicker than shaved.

Pepper Jack Cheese once again I got my cheese fresh from the deli and sliced at a 1 1/2 as well.

Romain Lettuce I like the flavor and texture of the Romain lettuce and it provides more nutrients than your typical iceberg

Jalapeno/Cilantro Spread this is made by adding 6 jalapenos, 1/2 a bunch of Cilantro, 1 C. sour cream, 1 C. mayo, I packet Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix.  Mix well in your food processor and chill

Grab two slices of the Good Seed Dave's Killer bread.  Spread with your Jalapeno/Cilantro spread.  4-6 oz of roasted chicken breast.  Two slices of Pepper Jack cheese, Romain lettuce. 

 You now have a very delicious addicting deli sandwich that you can write home about or on your blog ;)  A little sweetness and a little spice makes everything nice!!

A little about Dave's Killer Bread...

Dave's Killer Bread started as the favorite organic bread at their local Farmers market in Portland, Oregon.  Less than a decade later, they were the #1 best-selling sliced organic bread in the country.  Their mission has always been to make the best bread out there.  the first to deliver a complete line of organic, non-GMO project verified breads.  ALL KILLER, NO FILLER. Always :)  Now that is a bread you can feel good about!!

One serving of GOOD SEED has 6g protein| 4g Fiber| 670mg Omega-3| 130 calories

Disclosure:  Dave's Killer Bread and Moms Meet provided me with samples in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and recipes here are my own :)

What Tea Tree Oil can do for you...The Vast Diversity oil!!

If you love essential oils as much as I do, you are going to love the vast diversity of Tea Tree oil!!  Tea Tree oil is one of the most versatile essential oils!  It has been known to naturally fight Acne, Toenail Fungus, Lice, Yeast infections, skin tags, cold sores, dandruff, ringworm and more!  You can use it to make everything from your own shampoo to bathroom disinfectants and kitchen sprays!

After I received my 4 fl oz bottle of Tea Tree oil in the mail I went straight to work at trying it on different things around the house.  I will tell you I have used it for many things and a little bit goes a long way!!  I do believe my 4 oz bottle will last me a very long time which I am very happy about!

I have put together a few of my favorite helpful recipes on how to use Tea tree oil around the house.

  • Tea Tree Oil Acne Spot Remover

  • What You Need:
    •  1 oz. Aloe Vera gel
    •  3 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
    •  2 drops of raw honey
    •  Lip balm tube or small tin storage container 
    Apply it: Place a small amount of the spot remover on the pads of your fingers and apply to acne spots. 

    • Replenishing Tea Tree Oil Body Scrub

  • What You Need:
    •  ½ cup raw brown sugar
    •  8 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
    •  1 tbsp. raw honey
    •  ¼ cup sesame oil   
    Apply It: Scoop some up with your finger tips and rub on face, neck and body. 
    Continue to rub the scrub in for a few minutes, then rinse off with warm water. 

    • Detangling Tea Tree Oil Conditioner
    What You Need:
    •  10 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
    •  1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    •  Clean spray bottle
    •  1 cup distilled water  
    Apply It: After shampooing your hair spritz enough detangling conditioner to coat 
    hair and come through damp hair. 

    • Antiseptic Tea Tree Oil Ointment 
    What You Need:
    •  2 oz. grated beeswax
    •  1 tsp. Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
    •  1/3 tsp. vitamin E oil
    •  15 drops lemon essential oil
    •  20 drops lavender essential oil
    •  1 ¼ cup coconut oil
    •  Sterilized jars or metal tins with lid  
    Apply It: Rub ointment on scars, scraps and scratches in a thin layer. 
    Note: This ointment has a shelf life of about 5 years.

    • Tea Tree Oil Steam Inhailent
    What You Need:
    •  4 cups of hot water
    •  2 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
    •  1 drop eucalyptus oil
    •  1 large bowl
    •  1 large towel  
    Apply It: Inhale the steam for 5 to 10 minutes to relieve nasal and sinus 

    Apothecary Extracts provides a free e-book with your order with over 50 recipes inside!  You can find this Amazing deal Here

    Now for a little bit about this amazing oil...

    The popularity of Tea tree oil has increased in the last few years, but he history of the Melaleuca Alternifolia Is a n interesting one.  The orgins of tea tree oil and its vast diversity date back to the aboriginal Australians in New South Wales.  History indicates that tea tree oil has been used as a sort of catch all medicinal ingredient to treat a variety of ailment and injuries.

    This small tree has leaves that resemble pine needles and it is decorated with light purple or yellow flowers.  This tree has been known to grow more than twenty feet tall.  The Melaleuca tree is naturally sustainable and will grow again within two years of being chopped down!!  Simply amazing!!  The sustainability makes this tree Ideal for all natural healing, cleaning, and beautifying :)

    Extracting the oil from the tree leaf is quite complicated!  The entire process is done in two steps and takes hours to complete!

    Extracting the oil from the Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf is quite a 
    complicated process, which can explain why natural tea tree oil is such a hot 
    commodity. The process of extracting oil from tea tree leaves is essentially a two 
    step process. The first step extracts crude oil from the leaves and branches of the 
    Melaleuca tree through steam distillation. During this 2 hour process the leaves and 
    branches are drenched with steam in sealed stainless steel chambers. When the 
    contents have reached about 212°F (100°C) the combined oil and steam vapor 
    starts to rise and filters through a condenser. 
    Inside the condenser the mixture experiences a sudden drop in temperature, which 
    allows it to condense into a mix of oil and water. From there the oil & water solution
    passes through a separation chamber to extract the oil from the water, which gives 
    us the beautifully scented 
    and all-natural tea tree oil. 

    A little about the company that provides this amazing oil...

    Apothecary Extracts was founded in 2013 because, as consumers, we were tired of not knowing what was in our essential oils. There are so many vendors that dilute their essential oils, or use unsafe extraction processes which contaminate the final product. The only way to be sure what is in your essential oils is to test them. But the tests are expensive so most brands don’t want to pay for this. Or they don’t want you to know the results!
    We will only carry essential oils that we are 100% confident represent the best quality and potency available. And we’ll show you the test results to back it up. 

    You are more than welcome to check out their website

    Now For The Giveaway!!!!  

    You can win a free bottle of Apothecary Essential oils Tea Tree Oil for your own home by entering below!!  Have a beautiful day and Good Luck!!!

    Disclosure:  BuckeyeMomsMeet received a 4 fl oz Bottle of Tea Tree oil provided by Apothecary Extracts and BrandBacker to sample in exchange for a review.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions stated here are that of my own.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Join Zulily in the fight against Childhood Cancer!!

    It's National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and zulily is partnering with the Ben Towne Foundation to change the way childhood cancers are treated and cured.  Just click on the big blue banner above to make a donation, starting at just $1.00!!
    Your donation
    100 percent of your gift will be invested in groundbreaking research towards curing childhood cancer at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, and zulily is accepting donations on their behalf from 9/2/2014 through 9/30/2014. Note that Zulily cannot accept donations from residents of Mississippi.
    Information concerning the Ben Towne Foundation, including financial, licensing or charitable purposes(s) may be obtained, without cost, by emailing, writing to Ben Towne Foundation at 4616 25th Ave NE #717, Seattle, WA 98105, or by calling 206-395-5217.
    • 20 years from now, harmful treatments could be a thing of the past
    • Real alternative cures are being developed at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research
    • Doctors at BTCCCR can train a child's own T cells to destroy cancer cells

    Looking for something to do with your family this fall?? Visit Arizona's Best Family Farm...Tolmachoff Farms!!!

    Arizona's Best Family Farm!! 

    Bring the whole family out to Tolmachoff Farms where there is something for all ages.

    Tolmachoff farms is a unique four generation farm operated in Glendale, Arizona.  This farm grows a large variety of produce and strive to provide you and your family with the ultimate in fresh produce right from the field to your table.  They also offer many special events and activities!!

     Check out their website here for further details and what events are happening throughout the seasons. 

    So head out to Tolmachoff Farms this fall and have a day on the farm with your family!  They are now offering a coupon for 10% off Produce at your next visit!!  Just tap on the link below to get your coupon!!


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