I try to buy natural products for my kids whenever possible, but there really hasn’t been room in the budget to “green up” my own health & beauty routine. Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Toothpaste contains fluoride (which I know some people avoid) and also contains sodium lauryl sulfate. It does not contain alcohol, or any artificial ingredients. It’s easy to find in “big box” stores nationwide, and it’s available in both Cool Peppermint and Spearmint Ice flavors.
Tom’s of Maine is cruelty free, with no animal testing or animal ingredients, no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives. They share every ingredient, it’s purpose and it’s source on their website. Sustainable practices are a priority for their business, and they maximize the recycled content and recyclability of their packaging. They dedicate 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteering, and 10% of their profits go to human and environmental goodness.
My daughter, husband and I used the sample size boxes, which were all cool peppermint flavor.
The toothpaste had a natural looking color, slightly gritty texture, and a natural, almost herbal-y (not sure how else to put that!) mint flavor.
After I brushed, my teeth didn’t have quite the same slick clean feeling that I’m used to, but after I flossed and used my mouthwash, they felt very clean. I didn’t notice any extended freshening though! The suggested retail price for a 5.2 ounce tube is $4.19. I’ve been CVSing (yeah, I used it as a verb) for about three years now, so I haven’t paid any “real” money for toothpaste since before then. The Tom’s of Maine toothpaste really isn’t much more than other brands, but for someone not used to paying for toothpaste, it’s a lot!!
Giveaway: I am sending the full size, 5.2 ounce tube to one of my readers. Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below. Simply enter your name and email address. Post will be updated with the # of entries received. I’d love for you to leave a comment, I’m always interested to hear what products others use. Keep in mind that comments don’t count as entries. I will accept entries until Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. This is a short one. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.
Entries as of November 22nd at giveaway close: 78
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If you missed my Nature Mill Composter review, I bought one at a tidy discount, as my birthday gift to myself. I may have been eating PB&J and grilled cheese on my birthday while my husband was in Italy, but I was having fun with food waste, tee hee.
The photo above was our tomato plant on August 24th. We’ve been using the composter and have transferred and used the compost several times in the past 3 1/2 or so months.
Below is the same plant on September 4th, after putting some compost around it:
After building our house, we had nearly an acre to seed, but we couldn’t afford to pay someone to do it for us. Some of it was coming in nicely, but we had areas where it just wouldn’t take root it seemed.
This is one of those areas on August 24th. My husband had tried tilling and seeding it many times before with so-so results. He threw some more seed down, but also spread some of the compost on the area. Here’s what it looked like on September 8th:
The difference really is striking, the compost made all the difference in the world.
The composter was pricey, but it’s awesome to have this rich compost right at our fingertips, and to be keeping all that food waste out of the landfill!
FTC compliance: This composter was purchased at a discount. I was not requested or required to write a positive review. I was not asked to write an update post, all opinions are my own.
I’m using cloth wipes full time now, and am wondering if you have any suggestions on where to put them for ease of use and if you use a solution? Right now my wipes are by the bathroom sink where I can get one wet when I need to change someone. It doesn’t work to have them on the changing table (top of the dresser with pad) due to lack of space, boys kicking them off the dresser, etc. I’m always trying to think of different places to do/put things to make it easier. Thanks so much!
I think that cloth wipes are a must have when you cloth diaper! When I first switched, I was using up some disposable wipes I had, and what a pain to remember to pick them out and throw them away.
I change most of my son’s diapers downstairs in the family room, so I just keep diapers, wipes and solution on a ledge by the couch.
The wipes are just in a stack, nothing fancy, but you can also fold them to pop up in a wipes container. I made a quick video if you aren’t familiar with how to do it:
Upstairs, I have just a few diapers and a handful of wipes (plus solution) in a drawer. It’s rather messy, I just have them stuffed in where I keep nail clippers, comb etc.
If you don’t have drawer space, and you don’t have space on your dresser/changing table, I love the idea of a small shelf mounted on the wall, right above the dresser/changing table. You can get inexpensive ones that are very basic but do the job, or you can get stylish, decorative ones that match your decor. A small shelf just big enough for a few diapers, wipes and solution can be used later to store knick knacks, keepsakes, stuffed animals or decorations.
Speaking of solutions, I really liked the Thirsties booty luster I reviewed, but I’m
cheap frugal, so I’m just reusing the bottle right now. I’ve used booty cubes, Ruby Moon Wipes Bits and Lil Outlaws Rump Solution as well. I use mine in a spray bottle, so my lasts seemingly forever. I’ve used a booty cubes sample pack, I still have some Ruby moon bits left, and I’ve barely made a dent in a single pack of Lil Outlaws bits, so it’s very cost effective for me.
I spray directly on my son, then wipe, so I use very little. Now that it’s gotten cold again, I’ve been spraying the wipes, which takes more solution to get the job done. The cold spray didn’t bother him last year, but it seems to this year! If you make the solution and pour it over your wipes, you will of course need more.
I have seen some amazing setups where people have this beautiful, neatly organized shelf with all of their diapers, covers, prefolds and so forth arranged just so. For me, the best setup/storage is out of reach of my kids!
How about you? How do you store your stuff?