Queen of Herbs – Organic India Tulsi Tea review (and coupon code)

My favorite thing about trying new products is filling my brain with new information. It’s one thing to try a new type of yogurt or a sample cookie mixes.. it’s another when there is an actual learning moment. This is the second time I was lucky enough to sample Organic India Tulsi teas via Green Moms Meet. Last time I learned all about the health benefits of Moringa and made some awesome Moringa coconut pineapple n’ice cream. This time I got to enjoy their line of teas. For a tea drinker like myself.. opening my sample box from Organic India was a gift in itself. Warm and fragrant, notes of rose, peppermint, utter sweetness. Organic India produces over twenty different types of organic tea as well as supplements.

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What is Tulsi?Tulsi – named after the Goddess Tulsi and known as Holy Basil – is a herb native to India. Tulsi has firm roots in Hindu culture and the Tulsi plant is common in everyday life. The Tulsi plant can be harvested for its tea leaves, used for creating essential oils, and the wood used to create beads. Holy Basil is considered an herbal supplement and has many healing properties – high in antioxidants (protects against cell damage& free radicals), stress relief, immune support as well as positive impacts on your metabolism, mood & energy levels. In my research I also learned that Tulsi tea and oils can be used as a remedy for cold sores and bronchial ailments.

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I’m neurotic about cold brew tea and coffee. The process is easier and for me I think you get a stronger, richer flavor. For Tulsi Iced Tea it’s as easy as throwing a couple of tea bags into a mason jar (don’t forget to gently remove the tag & string!), fill with water and throw it in your fridge overnight. It’s ready to go for that pesky commute to work or school drop off. If I’m feeling saucy I might add some frozen fruit, lemon slices or a dash of honey.

Right now I have a steaming cup of Honey Chamomile on the desk (always late with my reviews tsk tsk). It’s officially fall in New England – window fans during the day, freezing at night, pouring rain.. you get the idea. As long as I can break out my fleece pajama pants and cozy up with a book & a cup of tea.. it’s all good.

Have I convinced you to try Organic India Tulsi tea yet? Organic India tea retails for $5.99 for a box of 18 tea bags. For a limited time you can save 20% if you head to www.OrganicIndiaUSA.com and use the code kiwi20.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 

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Giveaway! Harvestland natural chicken, pork and turkey vouchers!

Do you ever just have those moments where the planets align and things just fall in place? Or the moment where you are sent a  Green Moms Meet blogger kit for Harvestland natural chicken, pork and turkey and realize all your wildest, meat loving dreams have come true? Same thing right?!

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My family is ultra familiar with the brand Harvestland. We do a lot of our shopping at our local BJs and they offer a lot of Harvestland products. As a family with three boys who seem like they NEVER stop eating, buying in bulk is the way to go for us. Before I was given the opportunity to try other Harvestland products we mainly purchased their kielbasa, frozen chicken breasts and hot rotisserie chickens BJs cooks in-house. We ended up also trying their Florentine chicken burgers, Italian pepper & onion chicken sausage, buffalo meatballs and frozen chicken breakfast sausage. The Harvestland product line includes fresh chicken, turkey, and pork products, as well as a variety of fully cooked refrigerated, frozen, and deli meats. Harvestland also offers USDA-certified organic chicken. These chickens are raised without antibiotics on free-range, organic farms and are fed an all-vegetarian diet of certified organic ingredients.

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What makes Harvestland different:

-No antibiotics ever. Antibiotics are widely used on livestock in the US. The more we use antibiotics the more resistant those strains become. The scary part is that even if we consume the meat that was raised with regular antibiotic use – it increases the chances that we will become resistant to those strains of bacteria etc too. Brings new meaning to ‘you are what you eat’. Check out this article from Prevention magazine if you want to read more on the subject.

Fed All-Vegetarian Diet With No Animal By-Products. Used to increase protein levels in livestock feed, animal by-products have been linked to outbreaks of major animal diseases as well as increases the risk of transmission of bacteria like Salmonella. 

No nitrites or nitrates added except for those naturally occurring in sea salt and celery juice powder. No MSG (people still use that?!)

All of these standards are VERY important for us. We believe that conventional groceries are full of preservatives, colors and everything icky. We are label readers, WE have standards!

 

OK I have one gripe (besides the fact they don’t offer bacon yet). What bums me out about Harvestland:

-Their website states they only feed their organic chickens GMO free feed. C’mon Harvestland.. spread the wealth. Get certified from the Non GMO Project. All the cool kids are doing it.

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Overall – Harvestland offers a delicious, convenient product at a great price. Their product variety is great and easy to find.

Want to try your own Harvestland products? Visit Harvestland  on social media (links below) and let us know what you like about Harvestland. Leave a comment below by Sunday 3/1/2015. We will pick a random reader to win $15 in free product vouchers so you can try some yourself!

In the meantime check them out online –

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

ginnybakes cookies & mixes: gluten free, organic AND delicious? Yes please!

I had the pleasure of sampling some ginnybakes cookies and baking mixes thanks to the Moms Meet blogger program. I was blown away by the box of samples… what a great selection! I wasn’t familiar with the brand but have tried a bunch of different kinds of gluten free cookies… most of which were.. um… not great? However the ginnybakes brand holds it’s own.

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My favorite thing about these products (besides being non-gmo and organic) is how they taste homemade. Let’s face it.. when you had a Grammy that knew how to bake.. most store bought treats just don’t cut it. Oatmeal Coconut Bliss was hands down my favorite. Hello, my name is Sarah… and I’m a coconut-aholic. And they were just that, bliss. The Butter Crisp cookies reminded me of Christmas as a youngling. There is something about a buttery, sugar cookie that brings you back to being a kid. I think it’s the sparkly dusting of sugar ;o)

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Their ginnybakes mixes are just as great! I made the ‘lovely brownie bliss’ in my mini donut pan. I am not a huge fan of using oil in any baked goods. I’m the crunchy momma that always uses those handy little cups of apple sauce. (the ginnybakes recipe calls for coconut oil.. which i LOOOOOVE but ran out of in my AM smoothie). Using the applesauce made the brownies moist and cakelike. My boys went nuts over them. As you can see kid #3 was angry he couldn’t eat them all… sorry dude.

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As always I try to learn everything I can about the product I’m reviewing.. Their website is beautiful and their Instagram makes their founder, ginny simon, incredibly accessible. I was in awe when she started to comment on my posts about the product! Most of the time when you tag companies you never expect to interact with their creator!

From their website:

“founded in 2010 by ginny simon, ginnybakes is the realization of a dream. combining ginny’s passion for nutrition, active living and baking, our products are a natural expression of her dedication to leading healthy, balanced lives.”

And you can tell by their social media that they live that mantra. Photos of food, life, family and wellness. Unlike most company’s social media accounts, I thoroughly enjoy ginny’s updates. As a consumer I feel better about the products I choose when I feel a connection to the people and the passion behind them.

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Last but certainly not least they offer ginnybars and ginnyminis. Peace, Love & Apple was my favorite. They also make Love & Nuts, Karma, Love & Apricot and Happy Chocolate Bliss. Crunchy and slightly chewy made this lady happy on her long commutes to work. And then once I got to work I knew I had a little treat waiting for me later. ginnyminis are the perfect little snack during the day. Just enough to take the edge off ;o)

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 I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 

 

Sacred vegetables!

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Today, my son, Remington and I
made a Sacred heart out of our garden harvest!!! Remington, even at 22 months, is a huge help in maintaining our plants. He’s a pro with a hose!!

I also used this for today’s Matching Mummies July photo challenge on Instagram!

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Enjoy!

– Clare

Not your Momma’s house cleaner… well maybe if your mom was a flower child!

So thanks to our multiple buy-in-bulk-and-save memberships we sometimes tend to have a lot of SOMETHING on hand. Right now we’re sitting on a whole heck of a lot of  baking soda and vinegar! Together they make the most AMAZING volcanic eruptions every 3rd grader dreams of. In our case… they are the inspiration we need to DIY something awesome.

Our first oh so easy use – vinegar house hold cleaner. It’s such a no brainer because vinegar has been used for.. well.. forever. Not to mention it’s CHEAP! We got 5 liters for less than $4! We’re not fans of anything that’s made from harsh chemicals, that could harm any living thing and that adds fake smells of floral bouquets.

Why vinegar you ask? Well, vinegar has been proven to kill 90% of most common bacteria. Pretty fab considering it’s safe to use around kids and pets.

All you have to do is grab a mason jar, fill it half way with vinegar. Add some orange peels from that healthy snack you just ate and TADA! In a week or so you will have the most amazing smelling orange vinegar cleaner! Tips: the longer you leave the peels in the stronger it smells, strain out any big chunks of peel that might be floating around, and cut 1:1 with water.

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Now grab a spray bottle at the local dollar store and you’re in business! Earth friendly and inexpensive to boot!

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Because I’m eaaaaasy like Sunday dinner!!!!

Wait. Let that song keep playing in your head a bit. But the Faith No More version. The best version! But no, seriously, here’s a quick post for a quick roast!

I recently joined Weight Watchers to get rid of the baby weight I have left. So needless to say, I want to eat healthy but also eat delicious. Screw boiled chicken and rice cakes. If I’m going to diet, it’s going to be gourmet all the way!!!

So the other night I took a whole free range chicken, about 3.5 lbs, and made it for a quick dinner. It came out amazing so I’ll share how I did it!

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I stared by preheating my oven to 425. Then I gathered my ingredients for stuffing the bird. You’ll need half a white onion, chopped into large chunks, 4 cloves of garlic mashed, a whole lemon cut in half and fresh rosemary. Luckily I have a garden FULL of rosemary. Take the one half of lemon and squeeze it all over the outside of the bird, take the other half and squeeze into the inside of the bird. I then seasoned the inside and outside of the bird with salt and pepper. Take the squeezed lemons, onion, garlic and rosemary and fill the inside cavity of the bird.

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Then throw it in the oven for about an hour. I always check my meats with a thermometer. The temp should be 165! I usually check at the thick part between the thigh and breast. Once the bird is done, take it out and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then carve it up!! THAT’S IT!!!!!! So simple!

I looked up the Weight Watchers points and it was only :

Points+ with Skin: drumstick 2 pts, wing 3 pts, thigh 4 pts, 4 oz breast 5 pts

You’ll WANT to eat the skin. It’s crispy, it’s salty, with bright hues of lemon and rosemary. Trust me. DO it.

Tip: whenever I make a roast I always have leftovers. Makes the PERFECT chicken salad the next day for lunch.

Happy Sunday y’all!

~*clare*~

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Today’s snack – Dehydrated strawberries!

Do you own a dehydrator? We picked one up on sale at Cabela’s a few months back and it ROCKS. we bought their 10 tray, rear fan one. Check it out:
Cabela’s 10 tray digital dehydrator! on sale!
We had a bunch of organic strawberries that we weren’t going to eat in time. So today at their peak ripeness we dehydrated them. SO easy!

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-wash strawberries! I read that adding a cup of vinegar to a sink of water helps clean fruits/veggies better but also extends the life of your berries!

-trim stems

-slice with your handy dandy egg slicer! I used my Pampered Chef egg slicer. It cuts them perfectly, saves a ton of time and is easy clean up. If you don’t have an egg slicer I recommend slicing them no more than a 1/4 inch thick.

-at this point I heat up my dehydrator. I set it to 130 degrees for 6 hours. Everyone’s dehydrator is different so I set mine shy of suggested times so I can check on them and adjust the timer. I ended up leaving them in for a total of 9 hours.

-place the strawberries on the trays. Be sure to space them evenly without overlap. Like this:

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By the time I got home from work tonight my tasty morsels were done. You want them to be pliable but not soft and not too hard. 3 pounds yielded approximately 1lb of dried strawberries.
My stash:

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I store most dehydrated fruits/veggies in mason jars. For long term storage I suggest oxygen absorbers. Ours won’t last more than a few days so I store them in the freezer. It keeps them crunchy and is a nice treat on crazy hot days!

xoxo,
Sarah

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