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September 5th, 2010 by Rhiana

Back-to-School Guide: Health – Culturelle Probiotics

HH BRIEF:

Probiotics are a great way to keep your intestinal system operating properly. Not just that, but (believe it or not) they help keep your immune system on track too! The kids and I tried out Culturelle® [me] & Culturelle® for Kids [kiddo & baby]. Not only were we all regular, but we were less gassy and bloated, too. And we craved sweets less and felt a lot more energy. (And I certainly needed more energy!)

I have taken probiotics before, but none like this. Culturelle® works faster and more gently than any other probiotic I have tried.

SAVES:

Keeping yourself and your kids healthy saves time and money for the whole family. Less time being sick and/or at the doctor means more time for the important things, like spending time together.

FROM THE COMPANY:

Culturelle® is the only probiotic dietary supplement containing Lactobacillus GG, the “good” bacteria strain used to restore and maintain a healthy balance in the digestive system. Culturelle works to help promote overall digestive and immune health. Diet, stress, travel and even some medications encourage bad bacteria to flourish in your intestinal tract. When bad bacteria outnumber good bacteria, your digestive and overall health is open to a host of potential concerns. Culturelle, with Lactobacillus GG, safely and naturally replaces the bad bacteria in your digestive tract with good bacteria leading to healthier digestion and a stronger immune system. Not all probiotic supplements are created equal. The amount of live bacteria listed on many probiotic labels is often the number of bacteria at the time of manufacture, not use. Culturelle, however is manufactured with at least 30 billion live cells with at least 10 billion guaranteed at time of usage. This is about 10 times the amount of probiotic bacteria found in many yogurts (and without the additional sugar or calories).

GOT MORE TIME?

Read more about Culturelle on their website.

Join the Culturelle Facebook page.

Follow Culturelle on Twitter.

Check out some funny Culturelle videos on YouTube or here.

Get more coupons here or here.

*Bonus $1 off coupon!

HH was not compensate for this review. We were provided with the product to try for a fair review – this in no way affects our opinion of this company/product.

August 6th, 2010 by Rhiana

Giving You What You Want

I’m thinking about changing up the blog a bit, but first I want to hear from you. What would you like to read more of?

Is it that you’d like to learn more about my real life? Perhaps you could use more recipes? Or maybe you want more giveaway?

Name it. I want to make you happy. Go!

August 4th, 2010 by Rhiana

Healthy Skin Webinar

My friend Jim Kueny over at Miessence sent me this and I wanted to share it with all of you:
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Hurried Homemaker was in no way compensated for this post.
July 26th, 2010 by Rhiana

Update

It has been a long time since I last blogged. I have a couple product reviews coming up for you, but we’re in the midst of planning a move and I’m behind.

A quick update (in case you don’t follow me on Twitter – why wouldn’t you?): my grandmother has actually taken a turn for the better! It’s both unexpected and joyous!

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!

June 23rd, 2010 by Rhiana

Designer on a Budget

If you are anything like me, you love designer duds for yourself, hubs, and kiddos. And if you’re anything like me you can’t afford them full-price, or even the so-called “sale” price. I have collected a list of sites that are top-notch for buying designer on a budget. All these sites feature sales of a particular brand or product for a set period of time. The popular products or sizes go fast, so signing up for the email list is essential to getting to the deals fast.

Without further ado:

FOR THE KIDDOS

FOR MOM & CHILD

FOR EVERYONE

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. This is a collection of sites that we use in real life and wanted to share our knowledge with our readers.
June 17th, 2010 by Rhiana

gDiapers Deal

It’s no secret that I think gDiapers are the best diapers ever made! (I’m not even paid to say that.) So, I’m going to push them on you one more time (for now anyway).

1. They’re cute. I mean C-U-T-E. No worries if you don’t have a bloomer for under that dress – you won’t mind these showing underneath. Heck, you may even want to show off how adorably environmentally responsible your little is!
2. They’re biodegradable. In less than 60 days these dipes are back to mother Earth. Which leads to …
3. They’re compostable! Compost your wets to enrich your garden’s soil.
4. They’re flushable. Yes – that’s right! Flushable! No more stinky nursery.

And if that’s not enough, they just created flushable gWipes! Prefer cloth? No problem, they make those too.

And now through Sunday, June 20, 2010 save 20% with code gdad20.

Oh and one more thing: I have $2 off coupons for the first 20 people to comment. Go!

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. As a fan of gDiapers, I have chosen to share my love by being a gMum. In doing so, I am provided with coupons to give away to people and stores. If you are interested in becoming a gMum or gDad, you can learn more here.

June 7th, 2010 by Rhiana

Art for Home: Modern Bird

I said I would recommend my finds to you for the Home Fashion Guide, and today I am recommending art. You may remember a while back I was interviewed by the fine folks at Modern Bird for their weekly blogger interview.  (They’re real nice folks over there.) Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE what they do over there, so you should know about them, too!

From their website:

The concept behind Modern Bird Studios was born about three years ago as an experiment he had bouncing around in his head. Gregg [Deal] has always liked to push the boundaries within his art, whether playing with space or combining traditional and non-traditional mediums. He decided to create a piece that utilized technology and painting. Gregg combines his original urban-style with photography, graphic design and traditional painting to create handmade, original art pieces.

Gregg and his wife Megan know that most modern art available is enormously expensive or mass produced and impersonal. Consequently, they have decided to expand this new style of art to those who have the same appreciation for hip, modern style and who desire to have something more personal to them to enrich their homes.

Some examples of their work (ah-ma-zing!):

As you can see their art is nothing short of fantastic! And well, you all know how I LOVE a family-owned, -runned, and -operated business. These guys are the real-”Deal”. Megan handles the Tweeting and other socializing, while Gregg handles the art. They’re (as they would say) “awesomesauce”.

A little more awesomeness: Through June 20, 2010 get 20% off your order with the code FATHERSDAY

Hurried Homemaker was in no way compensated for this post.

June 4th, 2010 by Rhiana

Pampers: Full of Sh*t

If you have read my blog for more than a second, you’re probably aware that I am anti-disposable diapers (unless they are biodegradable). So, I am being perfectly honest about my bias right up front. Nevertheless, I know many people who have or do use Pampers diapers on their children. Maybe this will convince them to change their diapering ways:

Parents are reporting chemical burns and rashes on their baby’s bottoms from the new Pampers Dry-Max diapers. Pampers refuses to recall the diapers, citing parents’ improper care for the babies’ burns and rashes.

From the Pampers website:

Q: What is Pampers with Dry Max?

Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max is our new high performance diapers and is the biggest innovation to Pampers in 25 years. Our Pampers team is especially excited about the new product as the development of the Dry Max technology is the result of more than a decade of research and testing involving more than 20,000 babies, including many “tests” in our own homes. These hard working Pampers with Dry Max diapers are thinner than before, and Pampers’ driest ever as they help lock in wetness.

Q: What are the materials in Pampers with Dry Max?

The new Pampers with Dry Max is made of the same types of materials that have been used in diapers for many years. The absorbent core is primarily composed of an acquisition layer containing pulp-based fibers and a storage core containing a super absorbent gelling material (a common polyacrylate). This super absorbent gel, which is used in most disposable diapers, are the small beads that turn into a gel-like material in order to hold the large amount of liquid. This has been shown to be non-irritating, safe for skin and even safe if ingested. The absorbent core also includes a touch of fragrance inside, to help mask the smell of urine and BM.

The rest of the diaper is primarily composed of Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE), soft synthetic materials commonly used in applications ranging from clothing to housewares to food packaging, as well as Lycra, a latex-free elastic. Combining these materials helps to create diapers that comfortably fit and work. In addition, the diaper contains lotion, a cosmetic ingredient to help maintain the baby’s skin health.

And my personal favorite …

Q: How can a disposable diaper be better for the environment? How are your Dry Max diapers better for the environment?

At Pampers, we’re committed to continually improving our products to reduce our impact on the environment. To reduce environmental impact through the past 20 years, we’ve decreased our product weight by one-third and packaging weights by two-thirds. Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max is one step in our journey in creating more sustainable products. Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max provides trusted Pampers protection, while containing 10 percent less material weight than before, which means fewer resources are used. If every Pampers mom switched to Pampers with Dry Max, together they could throw away the weight of a billion less diapers every three years (compared to using previous Swaddlers/Cruisers, based on 08/09 volume for Swaddlers/Cruisers).

I want to personally address a few of Pampers’ statements:

The absorbent core also includes a touch of fragrance inside, to help mask the smell of urine and BM.

Not all babies can tolerate “a touch of fragrance” and this shouldn’t be allowed in ANY diaper, in my opinion. Both my children have sensitive skin and the youngest breaks out in rashes just from being close to someone with perfume on! I am sure you know someone like that, too. Babies have such sensitive systems, anyway – why should the companies that parents trust to manufacture products for their little ones be allowed to use unnatural dyes and fragrances in their products?

The rest of the diaper is primarily composed of Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE), soft synthetic materials commonly used in applications ranging from clothing to housewares to food packagingIn addition, the diaper contains lotion, a cosmetic ingredient to help maintain the baby’s skin health.

In case you are wondering, Polypropylene and Polyethylene are essentially plastics. They failed to mention that these materials are also used for auto parts and industrial fibers. But at least they put lotion on top of that plastic, right?

Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max provides trusted Pampers protection, while containing 10 percent less material weight than before, which means fewer resources are used. If every Pampers mom switched to Pampers with Dry Max, together they could throw away the weight of a billion less diapers every three years

While I can certainly appreciate that they are doing a little (and I do mean little) something to reduce the impact, they aren’t doing enough! With all the knowledge that there is out there about what is happening to our environment, why even make a diaper that isn’t biodegradable? They claim that their diapers are better for the environment – better than what? And while the plastic products inside these diapers are recyclable, they sit in landfills taking centuries to degrade.

I do not use Pampers diapers, and I never will. I have not experienced the issues that other parents are reporting. But I am disappointed that Pampers is placing all the onus on the parents and refusing to take a second glance at how they could improve their diapers. Pampers and other diaper companies just aren’t doing enough, in my opinion, to make diapers that are better for both babies and the environment.

If you use Pampers diapers with Dry-Max, and your baby has experienced any burns or rashes OR if you are just disgusted at the lack of healthy innovation, you can do one of several things:

  1. Join the Facebook Group to bring back the old diaper technology here
  2. Learn more about boycotting Pampers here
  3. Contact Pampers directly via website email or phone (1-800-726-7377)
  4. Report Pampers to the USCPSC here

Do your own research, form your own opinion. Take action. It is time for our children’s bottoms and their future world to both be protected. There is just no excuse!

June 1st, 2010 by Rhiana

Home Fashion Guide: Organic Echo

There are a few sites that provide organic home products that I love browsing and shopping regularly. My newest favorite is Organic Echo. This awesome online shop doesn’t just sell home products – they have some of my favorite things for baby, kids, mom, and dad! And I am not just saying that …

I mentioned the other day that I would be sharing my finds with you for a Home Fashion Guide, I thought I would share with you some items from Organic Echo that I think are a must-have:

Organic Cotton Sateen Sheets

If you have ever slept on organic cotton sheets, you know how incredible they are. We use them, so should the baby, too? I am big on natural and white for sheets, towels, etc. I’m not sure why, but there is just something clean and, well – natural, about those colors. So these organic cotton sateen sheets in natural are perfection to me! Soft, smooth, light and comfortable. They cost an arm and a leg most places, but Organic Echo has them at the best prices I’ve seen. Every bedroom should have a set.

Bolga Basket

The Bolga Basket from Organic Echo is one of my favorite things ever! I love throwing in a unique piece or a splash of color in unexpected ways. This piece is both. This gorgeous basket could serve so many purposes: a decorative basket on a shelf, magazine holder, a fun bread basket, and so much more. This basket is gorgeous, ethnic, colorful, and fun! It is both useful and decorative. It is a great piece for any home.

Organic Cotton Wash Cloth

I knitted up a few of these for Christmas gifts, but these are WAY better and far less expensive! You should be using organic fabrics anyway, but especially on the cloth washing your face and body. At only $4 each, there is no excuse not to buy at least one for every member of your family. Organic cotton is so soft and it is not harsh on sensitive skin. Organic Echo carries several items just for the bath.

One of my favorite things about this shop? It is a mom-business. I LOVE supporting family- and mom-owned businesses, and the customer service from Organic Echo is exactly why! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this company.

FROM THEIR SITE:

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle and consuming organically made products is the best decision one can make, especially for kids. But living ‘Green’ need not be boring and simplistic. Nature is full of vibrant colors and intricate patterns. But most people find it difficult to buy natural products which are stylish, colorful and unique. We at Organic Echo are dedicated to bring vibrant, fashionable and stylish products for your natural lifestyle choices.

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. We were provided with some items to review (which does not include all of the items mentioned above), but this in no way affects our opinion of these products/this company.

May 31st, 2010 by Rhiana

Organic Chocolate Milk!?

*** UPDATE 4/12/2011: This product has since been found to contain substances not approved by the laws that govern organic products. I strongly recommend reading more (see following link) prior to purchasing this product for your family:
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/03/challenge-to-horizon-organics-new-dha-fortified-milk/ ***

Since I was pregnant with my firstborn, I knew my kids would only have organic milk from the time they made the switch. There were too many studies out relating the antibiotics and hormones given to cows to the rapid growth of cancer, attention-disorders, and early puberty in today’s children.

Not only did I know that I would be sure to provide organic foods and milk, but I would try to provide as much DHA in their diet (and mine) as possible. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid proven to support brain, heart and eye function. (You can read more about that here.)

Rewind back to the 1980′s and 90′s, my childhood. Chocolate milk was a favorite drink at snack times and after dinner. We stirred chocolate syrup into our plain white milk. And, if we were especially lucky, mom bought the chocolate milk in a carton! It was rich, thick, and not organic.

Of course I want to share the things I loved as a kid with my children. What I don’t want to share with my children is the bad part of those “wonderful” things I loved.

Chocolate milk is not a common item in our refrigerator, but Horizon Organic Milk is. So, you can imagine the excitement of my 8yo when she opened the fridge door to find Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk staring back at her. I poured a glass for each of us, as I explained we were testing it for my blog readers. Even the hub got in on the taste test.

We all agreed that this was really good, really light chocolate milk. You know that thick coating it can leave? Well the Horizon Chocolate Milk did not leave any of that, nor did it leave a tummyache from being overly rich. We all (except the baby) enjoyed every last drop.

How brilliant is Horizon for providing chocolate milk that is organic, but also has DHA? It certainly takes the guilt out of providing this little treat. Although chocolate milk is not a regularly occurring drink option in our home, I can say we’ll be buying Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk from now on when we do buy it.

Hurried Homemaker was not paid for this post. We were provided with coupons to purchase this product, but this is no way affects our opinion of this product/company.

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