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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nestlé Pure Life. Take the Pledge.

Nestlé Pure Life. Take the Pledge.

Congrats to.......

Comment #5 - JJC who is a Free For My Family Follower!

I will email JJC so that her Prize can be on its way!

Here is the info from the "random number generator"


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Soleil 100 Days

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Official Food, Inc. Movie Site - Hungry For Change? - Sign the Petition

Official Food, Inc. Movie Site - Hungry For Change? - Sign the Petition

You Know You've Watched Food Inc. If....

Observations From My Daily Life:

You Know You've Watched Food Inc. If...

1. You find organic milk and eggs on sale and seriously consider buying a freezer to hold it all. (notice the photo - and we already had 1.5 gallons of milk in the fridge)
2. Your love for Heinz ketchup is beginning to cause an inner moral dilemma.
3. You know who Monsanto is and you don't like them.
4. You start a backyard garden with "heirloom seeds" and you've never even grown a flower before.
5. You try to convince your children that grilled veggies go better with burgers than potato chips.
6. You attempt to make your own laundry detergent.
7. You think a composter or rain barrel makes a nice Mother's Day/Anniversary/Birthday gift.
8. You can drive by Sonic or McDonalds and NOT want to pull in and get something.
9. You try to come up with ways to teach your dog NOT to chase/kill birds so that you can have a few chickens.
10. You read the labels on products before you purchase them (and often put them back on the shelf).

Please feel free to leave a comment and add to this list (can be funny, serious, etc.)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gardening - My new hobby

As many of my readers know, I have started a backyard garden. Yes, the Grantham family is going "Green". I finally got the family to watch Food, Inc. and encourage you to do so if you haven't already watched it. At the very least it will make you aware of things, and hopefully encourage you to change.
My husband is now on board with buying grass-fed beef and organic milk and eggs!

So, our garden started to see what we could do to be healthier and also allows us to know exactly where our food comes from and what is in it. Sophie really wants to raise chickens now, but we have explained that the two dogs (a golden retriever and a catahoula leopard) enjoy chasing and eating flying feathered creatures.

Here's an update on the garden:
We had our first "infestation" issue. I am posting pictures and would love it if you could help me figure out what it is. I've tried some EcoSmart spray and ladybugs, in the hopes that it is aphids or mites. There's also a "black" powder-like substance on my peppers.

BUT - I have my FIRST tomato!!!! Yes, like a proud mother, I am posting pictures of it's growth! Will it last? Will the birds eat it? I don't know. But I am grateful for the small green orb that is in my garden right now.

This year is a learning experience, and that's just what I am doing.

My First Giveaway: Yoplait Greek Yogurt and "Inner goddess" package

Recently MyBlogSpark invited me to try out Yoplait's new Greek Yogurt line. They sent me two coupons for the Yoplait Greek Yogurt single cups as well as an "Inner goddess" package that includes a divine bath wrap (think luxurious towel that wraps perfectly around your body!), as well as slippers, sponges, and various scrubbers.

I tried the new Yoplait Greek Yogurt and really like the taste. I chose strawberry, but my local store also carried blueberry, honey, and plain. I plan on trying the honey flavored next!

Click here to download a .30 coupon and try some Yoplait Greek Yogurt today!

Would you like to win an Inner goddess package from Yoplait and MyBlogSpark? I am so excited to be able to hold this giveaway on my site!

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me what flavor you are most interested in trying, or which flavor you like the most if you have already tried the new Yoplait Greek Yogurts. This is the first MANDATORY entry.

Want Bonus Entries?
"Follow my blog" publicly using the "follow" button at the top of this webpage. This is worth TWO bonus entries (Be sure to leave a comment twice stating you are now a public follower or are already a public follower)

Leave a comment on one of my other blog posts - this is worth one extra entry.

PLEASE leave an email address in your comment so I can contact you ( I always use this format to avoid spamming issues: myaddress(at)domain(dot)com

This giveaway ends on May 15th at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (U.S.) and is only open to residents of the U.S.
I will randomly select a winner using
I will contact the winner on Sunday evening/night and the winner has 48 hrs. to respond.
In the event that the winner does not leave contact information or does not respond, another number will be drawn.

Good luck to all!

Please Note:
Yoplait Yogurt with MyBlogSpark provided me with 2 coupons for free Yoplait Greek Yogurt cups, an "inner goddess" package just like the one the winner of this giveaway will receive, as well as information, photos, and links about Yoplait Greek yogurt and this promotion.
Potential Winners: Due to different state rules/regulations,*This coupon offer for a free cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Tennessee.

Friday, May 7, 2010

EcoSmart Giveaway at A Simple Kinda Life

Well, it happened! I looked in my garden and there were buggies! I am still trying to determine what type, though I am confident one of my problems is aphids.
Sophie, my daughter, and I headed over to Home Depot because we simply didn't have time to "make our own" insect spray.
We looked at the labels and decided to go with EcoSmart. It was a great lesson for her, because the other non-organic products all said you had to wait weeks to pick/eat the food. They also had large labels saying they were toxic to wildlife. Sophie said "Mom, we're Wildlife!".
I sprayed it on and am hoping for the best!

In the meantime, head over TODAY and enter to win your won set of EcoSmart products. Of course, I hope to win the Plant and Garden set. What do you want to win?

This givewaway is sponsored by A Simple Kinda Life and ends tonight (5/07)

Good Luck

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Backyard Gardening - A New Adventure Every Day

This weekend I went to my local Home Depot with my husband to pick up some cedar mulch and a few more plants for the garden. While I was there I also looked around at their organic/eco-friendly insect sprays for the garden. The prices were higher and there were several brands. I looked over the ingredients. 99 percent was water - this is comparable to the chemical poision sprays as well. The rest were minute amounts of various herbal oils, including rosemary, thyme, and peppermint.
Being the "frugal farmer" that I am (lol) I immediately started thinking "I can make this!". I went to my local bargain book store (Half Price Books) and found two books on backyard organic gardening. Today I had time to do a quick search on the web and found several helpful sites that explain how to make your own garden insect repellant.
Here are my favorite "recipes"/ideas I found online:

Comfy Country Creations in the garden has many different ideas for keeping the bugs out of your garden. I plan to try the herbal sprays.
Golden Harvest Organics has a great article on "Companion Planting"

Of course, you can always purchase products pre-made, such as the ones I saw at Home Depot. And I DO recommend this if you:
don't need a lot (you'll pay just as much for the oils to make your own, especially if you only make one or two batches)
don't have the time/patience

EcoSmart has a Garden Insect Killer that includes rosemary, peppermint, thyme, and clove. It claims to repell against garden insects and mites at all stages (egg, larvae, and adult). You can purchase the plant and garden value bundle for only 26.00, and includes 4 different products - Weed and grass killer, fungicide, insect repellant, garden insect killer.

Right now I don't have a bug problem, but I want to be prepared if it occurs. Please let me know if you have heard of any great "home-made" solutions or have tried a product and love it!

Great Grocery Deals This Week!

Well, the weather in Texas is already acting like it summer, with the thermometer reaching 90 degrees. The grocery stores around here seem to be following Mother Nature's lead and offerin some "hot" deals on great spring/summer items as well as pantry staples.

At Sprouts you will find an AMAZING deal on corn - 10 ears for 2.00! I would hurry over there or call ahead to make sure they have some - last week when I went on Sat. they were already out and the new shipment had not yet arrived. Seedless watermelons are 1.99 - and since the ones I planted are still less than 4 inches tall, I hope these taste as good as they look. You can also find great prices on cucumbers (49 cents each) and tomatos (4lbs for $5.)** If you go today (Wed.) and take advantage of the "double ad" sale, then cucumbers will still only be 39 cents each
Their chicken and pork are both on sale for $1.97lb.

You can then head over to Albertsons and stock up on Kellogg's cereals this week. They have all of my kids's favorites on sale for 1.29 each (BEFORE coupons). You can choose from Rice Krispies,Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, or Cinnabon cereal. You can also get Borden's Single Sensations Cheese slices for only $1.00 after in-store coupon. Parkay Margarine and Skinner pastas are both on sale for 1.00 as well(without coupons). They are also having a good sale on lean ground beef (but it is not grass fed/organic).
Kroger seems to be having a "regular" week - but the following deals may appeal to your family:
Gatorade singles 79cents
Sunny Delight 1.00 each
Mission Flour Tortillas 1.00 each (great price to stock up/freezer cook with)
1b Organic Strawberries 2.97 - I would get these IF they look better than the ones I have been seeing - lately they've not been looking too good or lasting too long.

Central Market - They are having a great sale on their organic Gala apples - 1.49lb!!! The rest of the specials are still too pricey for me, and dont' mention that the foods are organic/grass-fed/etc.

Smelly Washer Giveaway - Great Product

There are several natural washing products around right now, and one of my favorites is called Smelly Washer. There is a giveaway going on at A Simple Kinda Life where you can win a bottle to try out for yourself! I would LOVE to win this!

Go to A Simple Kinda Life and explore Smelly Washer, then enter your comment for your cance to win. You have until tonight - so hurry!