Like most women, lotion is a staple in my arsenal of skin care products. My dry skin misses the humidity of the Philippines and begs for lotion. Let’s just say that since moving to dry California, I’ve tried about every advertised lotion promising “the softest, smoothest, and healthiest looking skin.” When Vintage Tradition reached out to Be Food Smart to review their body balms, I jumped at the chance to be the tester (being the wife of the co-founder has its perks!).
Picture this: You head into Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee for your favorite morning vice. You’re trying to be more eco, so you hand the barista a glass canning jar to fill up. Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. The brilliant minds behind this amazingly simple idea created Cuppow; a thin, plastic “sipping” insert that turns a wide-mouthed canning jar into your daily travel mug. When you think about it, it just make sense. Canning jars are made from heat-resistant glass, they are cheap, pretty durable, and most of us already have a few laying around. Joshua Resnikoff and Aaron Panone are the genius minds behind this ultra cool device and for $7.99* you get a reusable, BPA free, dishwasher safe, 100% recyclable Cuppow. Let’s not forget the street cred you’re going to earn toting one of these babies around. Must. Have. One. Now.
Watch this 1 minute video to see Cuppow in action. For more information and to order your own, visit: cuppow.com.
Product: Curious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set
Category: Kid’s Cooking Tools
Ever since my daughter was old enough to stand, she has been helping in the kitchen. In the beginning it was just pouring in the spices or stirring the batter, but very soon it evolved into her wanting to do everything mom and dad were doing. That’s all fine and dandy until you think about a 3-year old wielding your Henckels. She was so determined to chop, that we allowed her to try out a variety of plastic knives. The result? Mushed veggies, but safe fingers. There had to be a better solution.
The 3-piece knife set includes three sizes: small, medium and large. These nylon knives are dishwasher safe and BPA free. The knives feature a serrated cutting edge with blunt tip; ergonomic handle for small hand and “soft touch button grips.” The products state they are appropriate for children ages 5+, but every child is different, so you use at your own discretion.
Book: Joy Bauer’s Food Cures
Authors: Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN with Carol Svec
Type: Nutritional Reference Guide
Nutritionist Joy Bauer is well known as the nutrition expert for the Today Show. She recently came out with a reference guide, Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, a book devoted to “getting you healthier, look younger and add years to your life.” We were contacted by Bauer’s team to review the book and they generously sent us a second copy to give away to one of our readers (click here for details on the giveaway).
The book is divided into six sections: (1) Introduction to Joy Bauer and her health practice, (2) Losing Weight, (3) Looking Great which includes chapters on skin, hair and teeth, (4) Living Long & Strong – cardiovascular disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, vision, and memory, (5) Feeling Good – mood, migraine headaches, PMS, insomnia, irritable bowl syndrome, celiac disease, and cancer prevention, (6) Resources – reading labels, references. You can almost look at this guide as many little books in one, as each chapter stands on its own with basics, tips, food & shopping lists, FAQs, and recipes.
About 5 years ago, my hubby and I got serious about religiously shopping with our canvas bags. We’d get home, unpack the groceries and still be left with 5-7 plastic bags. Why you ask? Two words: fresh produce.
Virtually everywhere you can shop, be it the grocery store, mega-store, CSA, or farmer’s market, provides plastic produce bags or houses their fresh fare in plastic containers, plastic baskets, or plastic mesh. The plastic bags serve several purposes: (1) provides a vestibule for you to place your lettuce in (2) prevents oranges from rolling around your shopping cart or basket (3) allows the cashier to visually identify your apples and differentiate between the Pink Lady and the Gala (4) contains your peppers in a “weightless” material so they are easily and accurately weighed or counted.
A standard trip to our farmer’s market reveals an interesting irony. Almost everyone carries reusable shopping bags, handmade African baskets, or is pushing some sort of cart, but they all contain a mass of plastic bags with their individual purchases. That kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?