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What Baby Needs

We have a new baby in the house! And this time, A GIRL!

We are overjoyed and have been in a baby bubble for the last three weeks. (We are halfway through our Forty Days at home!) My older boys, who are now 7 and 4, have been amazing helpers. I did not know what to expect, but I definitely have not had any behavioral issues with them even though this has been such a giant adjustment.

what baby needs

My 4 year old slept in the crook of my arm his entire life until 2 days before his sister arrived, and he has taken to his new bed beautifully. I think he was ready, he just needed a reason to move out of our room. But there have been a few tears. My 7 year old told me yesterday- 3 weeks after the baby was born- that he really missed me when I was in the hospital. And my 4 year old has some trouble falling asleep at night and comes and finds me and tells me that he can’t sleep because he can’t stop thinking about me.

So the tears have mostly been mine.

I remember a friend saying when he had a 2nd child that he felt like he’d gone through a breakup with his first. And that is a good way to describe it- that unique bond is different now- though still beautiful, it has changed. I didn’t realize I would have the same emotions when welcoming a third child into our lives, but I do. My four year old grew three sizes before my eyes the day he walked into the hospital to meet his little sister.

One book that we read over and over again while waiting for the baby was “What Baby Needs ” by Dr. Sears.

This book helped my younger son prepare for what was about to happen, with great suggestions for parents also. I love it because it shows the baby being breastfed and held in a sling, and sleeping in a co-sleeper which is the way we parent.

NoGii High Protein Peanut Butter Bar Review

I used to see Elizabeth Hasselbeck around NYC and was very intrigued when she wrote the book “The G-Free Diet.”

She now has a whole line of gluten-free protein and snack bars called NoGii.

Green Moms Meet recently sent me the Peanut Butter Chocolate High Protein Bars to review.


Just the facts

  • NoGii’s High Protein Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar is a delicious, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO protein bar with 20g of high quality protein.
  • Made with sustainably sourced, premium ingredients, NoGii bars have an ideal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, and do not contain any trans fat, hydrogenated oils, or high fructose corn syrup.
  • NoGii bars are perfect for a quick on-the-go meal between activities, refueling after a workout, or anytime you want a satisfying, protein-filled snack.
  • NoGii bars can be enjoyed by the entire family, and they are designed to fit your busy, healthy lifestyle.
  • NoGii’s High Protein Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar retails for $2.50 to $2.99 for one (1) 1.93oz bar.

These bars are coated in chocolate and are actually really sweet. My kids love them- and have asked for them as a special treat, almost like dessert!

I have kept a few in my bag for the past few weeks, and they have really hit the spot when I’ve been out and about and haven’t had a chance to sit down to eat. With 20 grams of protein, I was even able to eat one in place of lunch one day, and felt satisfied.

NoGii has offered me a coupon code to share with YOU so you can try these delicious bars for yourself! They come in other flavors- chocolate coconut (my favorite), chocolate mint, and chocolate brownie.

This code is good for 50% off any one time purchase at

Just go to and enter  NoGiiMoms50 at checkout.


Enter to Win!

How do you incorporate healthy snacking into your lifestyle as a busy mom? Enter the NoGii TABLESETTERS Contest for a chance to win a trip to New York City, where you’ll meet and have lunch with Elisabeth Hasselbeck! To enter, visit nogiinogluten, look for the link for the contest, and complete the entry form. Hurry! Contest ends on July 31st, 2015.

Live Gluten Free With No-Gii!
Live Gluten Free With NoGii

disclaimer: 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.


Xlear Care Kit Review and Coupon Code

I’ve been an advocate for xylitol use for many years.

The addition of xylitol to saline nasal sprays, neti pots, and positive pressure bottles has been shown to make them more effective at helping to prevent ear infections in children, sinus infections in adults, and asthma and allergies in people of all ages.

Xylitol helps the body’s natural cleansing process to clear away allergens, asthmatic triggers and other harmful bacteria.

Xylitol is also one of the newest, easiest and tastiest ways that people can improve oral health. Research done in widely different conditions confirms that xylitol use may reduce tooth decay.

So I was thrilled when Green Moms Meet asked me to review the Xlear Care Kit on my blog.


The kit comes with eight products we use and love-

  • Spry Toothpase
  • Spry Oral Rinse
  • Xlear Nasal Spray
  • Xlear Nasal Spray Travel Pack of 3
  • Spry Mints (2 packs of gems)
  • Spry Gum  (2 packs)

Just The Facts:

Xlear Nasal Spray

*Xlear is a soothing nasal spray that helps to alleviate congestion due to allergies, cold, flu, and sinusitis. It does this by being much more hyperosmotic than a traditional saline nasal spray and also by incorporating xylitol, a natural product that has been shown to decrease bacterial adherence in the nose.

*When used twice a day, Xlear nasal spray not only hydrates the sinuses and nasal passages but it also helps to wash away airborne contaminants and pollutants that lead to many common upper respiratory problems.

*Unlike many prescription or medicated sprays with unwanted side effects, daily usage of Xlear Nasal Spray is non-addictive and will not damage tissues.

*One 1.5 oz. container of Xlear Nasal Spray retails for $14.99 and will last 2-3 months with daily use.

*The Xlear Nasal Spray Economy Pack contains three .75 oz. squeeze bottles and retails for $18.99.

Spry Toothpaste Non-Fluoride

*The use of Spry Toothpaste can significantly improve oral health, when combined with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care.

*Spry Toothpaste consists of 1/3 xylitol, which provides 20-25% of the recommended dosage per day.

*Xylitol also increases mineral absorption into the enamel of the teeth, resulting in greater protection with a clean, fresh feeling that really lasts.

*Spry Toothpaste retails for $5.99 each.

Spry Oral Rinse

*Spry Oral Rinse takes a more natural approach to oral health by using a xylitol-rich, low-alcohol, and pH-neutral formula.

*It also uses a mix of natural flavorings and herbal extracts such as aloe vera, chamomile, and echinacea to help soothe irritated mouth tissues.

*Spry Oral Rinse is available in Cool Mint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, and Cinnamon flavors.

*Spry Oral Rinse retails for $6.99 each.

Spry Gum

*Xlear Spry Gum has a flavor profile that exceeds regular chewing gum with the added benefit of xylitol.

*Spry Gum is available in four natural flavors: Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, and Peppermint.

*12 pieces of Spry Gum retails for $2.29.

Spry Gems

*Xlear Spry Gems are naturally sweetened with 100% xylitol.

*Spry Gems combine the benefits of xylitol with natural flavorings and calcium to create a pH-balanced formula for advanced oral health.

*Spry Gems are available in Berry, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Lemon Cream varieties.

*40 count Spry Gems retail for $2.19

The toothpaste and oral rinse leave your mouth feeling so refreshed. And I always have a pack of gum and some mints in my bag for those times my kids eat sugary snacks or juice. (Xylitol supposedly kills plaque on teeth!)

Another great use of the nasal spray is for airplane travel. I just returned from a trip, and the travel size was great- I spray my kids noses before takeoff for two main reasons- the nasal passages are lubricated and the xylitol kills germs from the recirculated airplane air. (both of them have their own bottle, and we write their names on them so no germs are shared.)

xyl nasal

I have great news- as a reader of Integrative Mom, you can try this whole kit for $25! Just go to The Xlear Site and use coupon code SAVE50 at checkout.

The True Cost of Fast Fashion

Last night I saw a documentary film that is truly going to change my life.

I have always known bits and pieces about fast fashion, the garment industry and the importance of organic cotton, but I’ve never seen it woven into such a coherent story as the one I saw last night. I really got it. It hit me deep and I will never look at clothes the same way again. This was one of those moments that the lights turned on, the scales fell off my eyes, and I can’t un-know what I now know. And I don’t want to.

You must see The True Cost.

It is a documentary directed by Andrew Morgan. From the website: “This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?”

I really believe if people knew how most clothing and accessories were made- the truly horrifying process- they would not buy into the system. The director was at the screening and held a Q&A after the film. He said we have all been cast in a role as consumer, and these fast fashion companies are operating under the assumption that we don’t care enough to ask questions.

I do- don’t you?

Maybe we’ve just never thought about it before. The minute I got in the car I heard an ad on the radio for a giant sale at a fast fashion store where all skirts are $6. How are those skirts being sold for $6?

We feel rich because we can go in and buy as much as we want, but really it is making us poor in more ways that one. Human beings are treated as a commodity and are abused, devalued, made sick, and die making these clothes. It’s destroying our planet and at the same time keeping us unfulfilled as all of the materialism fails to make us happy. Then we walk around obliviously in these clothes.

Ignorance is not bliss.

I am no longer playing that part.

People’s lives matter, no matter where they live on the globe.

The director concluded that he does not want any one of us to walk away from this film feeling guilty. Guilt is something you have when you know you’re not going to do anything about it.

And, he said, “I don’t want you to love fashion any less. Fashion is intrinsically beautiful and worthy.”

true cost movie review

The reality was brought up that these horrible jobs are better than no jobs at all, which is heartbreakingly true. But why does it have to be one or the other?

There can be a third way, and we, the ones who use OUR money to purchase the clothes, are the ones with the power to make a difference. We either buy into the system or we don’t. It really is that simple. Every single one of us can do something about this.

There are horrible things in the world that we absolutely can not change, and this is not one of them.

We don’t have to buy cheap clothes. We can seek out clothes that are made in the USA or through fair trade systems. We don’t have to play a part in the problem.

There really is a bright side. There are so many companies already practicing fair trade principles, using organic cotton, and working with rescued slaves and women who have been trafficked.

Companies such as Noonday Collection, Raven + Lily, Everlane, Cuyana, Nisolo, and Indigenous.


Yes, they are more expensive, but what that means for me is simply buying less. My closet would be better off if I did that. Wouldn’t yours? I can’t even close the drawers containing my boys clothes- they could do with less also. The high quality clothes made with organic cotton are the ones that have lasted through two boys and still look good.

Quality over quantity. It is better in every way. (Side note- donating is great in theory, but only about 10% of clothes donated to a thrift store is actually sold in that thrift store. Most of it is bundled up and sent halfway around the world to litter and pollute poor countries.)

This is going to be hard for me. I like clothes, I like new clothes, I like buying things on a whim because I walk past the store and see it in the window and I can, because it costs less than the mocha I’m drinking. As I learned last night, that is not The True Cost of that item…

But I also know it can be done. Our family already does it with food. We have done it with chocolate. My kids have never been to the major fast food restaurants in this country, on principle mostly. And the ones we have patronized are doing their part to source locally, seek out organic ingredients, or share other values we hold dear.

fast food nation eric schlosser

Before I had children I thought it would be impossible to keep them away from certain places, but we’ve done it for almost 7 years now. In fact, when I came home from the screening last night my 3 year old had fallen asleep to his dad reading Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food to him- Eric Schlosser’s children’s version of Fast Food Nation. He loves that book and carries it around asking us to read it to him daily.

We have the power in our lifetimes to see this change.

I haven’t even told you what struck me most about the film- seeing the children and how their lives were affected. Seeing a mom have to take her child to live in a village far away so she can continue the long arduous hours in the garment factory. Seeing a baby sleeping on a hard floor next to a pile of shoes as her mother works on them. Seeing the many children with deformities and severe brain damage and mental illness created by the toxic chemicals used to spray crops and tan leather.

I hope you will make it a priority to see The True Cost. To quote a line from the movie, It is no longer important, it is imperative.

Organic India Review


I love superfoods, and feel great when I know my family has had at least one serving daily. I love hearing about new (or new-to-me) superfoods, which is why I was so excited when Moms Meet asked me to review Moringa Powder by ORGANIC INDIA.


ORGANIC INDIA’s mission is to provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic, pure, and natural products. ORGANIC INDIA also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland. The company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays these farmers premium prices for their crops.

Something that is extremely important to me is finding out how the employees are treated- from their website: we “treat all employees with fairness, respect and dignity. We also empower poor and disadvantaged people to become self sufficient by improving their skills and economic security.

Our manufacturing and marketing departments employ over 500 people. In addition, it is estimated that thousands of farmers, tribal people and their communities around India have been impacted in some way by the work of ORGANIC INDIA.
Just the facts about Moringa:

*Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant
• Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.
• Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.
• This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.
• ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.

I used Moringa powder daily in our smoothies, sprinkled it on salads, and tried some of the recipes they offered- these are great ways to add a dose of superfood to things you are already eating!

My favorite was the Moringa Garlic Aioli- just add 1 tsp. ORGANIC INDIA moringa powder to 1 cup mayonnaise, 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. black pepper, 9 cloves of garlic, minced, and sea salt to taste. Whisk everything together, season with salt, and serve with veggies, fries or crackers! Enjoy!

Head to ORGANIC INDIA to learn more!

Disclaimer: 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.