Spring Is Really Trying Hard To Get Here!

We were in Huntsville Alabama this past week and Spring seems to have already arrived there. The Bradford Pear trees were in full bloom as well as Red Buds and beautiful yellow Forsythia.Here in Tennessee the Bradford Pears are budding and some of them have started to open up a little.Buttercups have started blooming here already. They just say Spring to me!Even starting to see some green in the yard. Like clover and wild onions. When we mow the first time it will grind up the dried leaves as well. Will be glad to see them gone for the season. Believe it or not we had snow here three days ago. Melted fast and temps have warmed up. Been an unusual Winter.Are you still experiencing cold weather or has Spring Sprung in your area?

We are really gearing up for Spring here at Eco Natural

We have some great new colors in our crushed earth mineral makeup We praise God for the awesome growth of Eco Natural

We started out as an online company and we are eo excited to say that we have a 98% reorder rate online.In the past couple of years we have opened 108 accounts of retail stores here in the Nashville/ Middle Tennessee area that sell our products. We are also so excited that actress Alicia Silverstone and country singer Carrie Underwood have gotten our products as well as Sophie Uliano of Gorgeously Green and the Hallmark channels Home and Family show. Sophie listed us as one of her top five soap companies. Thanks so much Sophie! We have some amazing testimonies on so many of our products but especially our Acne Relief, Psoriasis, Eczema, Toenail and Foot Fungus formulas.

All of our products are all natural organic and chemical free!

Whats Your Weather Like?

It seems like the busier Eco Natural gets the more my blog seems to take a backseat. I apologize for that. I was so surprised this morning when I realized it had been a month since I last posted. We have really been busy getting new products ready to introduce for the Spring.

We were in Birmingham Alabama this past week and it was 74 degrees when we left there on Sunday night. We arrived back home three and a half hours later to an ICE STORM!I am so ready for Spring! Thank goodness it is almost 70 degrees today so maybe it will be here soon.

This past week was our daughters birthday and she wanted me to bake her this Vanilla Chai Tea cake and instead of the icing they had with this cake she wanted me to make a Cinnamon Cream Cheese icing. It was easy to make this recipe Vegan She really picked out a winner. It was so delicious. Here is a link to the orginal recipe if you want to check it out.  Vanilla Chai Tea CakeHow has your weather been? Also my goal is to start posting more often!!

Even though I am so ready for Spring to be here I am not ready for all of the bugs and insects that come with it. We brought out our Don’t Bug Me all natural Deet free insect balm over three years ago and it has been such a huge hit because it really does work. If you want to read about it here is the link Don’t Bug MeCheck out these as well as our products for Acne, Toenail Fungus, Psoriasis, our Pet Products and many more at Eco Natural

 

Are You Wasting Food?

I did a post on this subject a couple of years ago. This morning as I was cutting up some bananas that had gotten overripe to go into the freezer I started thinking about how many people waste food and never think much about it.

Most food is thrown out each week because it is not eaten before it goes bad. The NRDC reports that 40% of all edible food products in the United States is wasted each year. That is around 34 million tons!! Food waste occurs at many levels. Farm fresh veggies and fruits are often left unharvested because their appearance does not meet aesthetic standards imposed by the grocery stores. A lot of times it is simply that many people just buy more than they will use. Food waste represents the single largest component of all municiple solid waste going into landfills.

Here are a few ways to help in this area

Shop smarter by planning your meals for the week. I have been doing this several years now and it has made a huge difference. Once I started doing this it saved me from having to make multiple trips to the grocery during week. This has saved me time and money. I don’t really know how much it has saved us in fuel alone! We live pretty far from town so every time I was having to go to the grocery it was costing quite a bit just in gas. It is also a known fact that you spend more money on meals when we shop like this.

Before you start making your list you should inventory your pantry, fridge and freezer. Then make your list and stick to it. We tend to over buy when we are hungry so don’t shop on an empty stomach!!It really helps to organize your fridge and put leftovers at eye level so they can easily be seen. If you see some items that might go bad before you will eat them, freeze them! Many foods will last for months if they are frozen.Fruits are especially good to do this with. They make great smoothies and can easily be used to make delicious jams. Tomatoes are another food item that freezes well and can be used in so many different dishes.Wilted veggies like celery, carrots, soft tomatoes and broccoli can be used in soups, stews or made into awesome veggie broth.A great way to use your veggie peels is to compost them. Here is a picture of our grandson that I took a coupe of years ago. He loves when they come to visit to help me take the peels to the compost pile.

Are you a food waster? Also if you have any good tips on how not to waste food please share them with us. We are thrilled that Sophie Uliano of Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family listed us as one of her top five soap companies!! We now have over 150 products including products for Acne, Psoriasis, Toenail Fungus, Shampoo bars. Mineral Makeup and so much more We will soon be adding deodorant to this list. Our products are all natural, organic and chemical free. We always have free shipping on all orders. If you live in the Nashville area we have opened over 100 retail stores including spas, salons, health food stores, produce markets, gift shops and specialty markets that sell our products.  Don’t forget to check out all of our products at  Eco Natural

Eco Friendly Money Saving Tips And A Recipe

I said in my previous post that I would be starting off this New Year with good Eco Friendly tips. If you are a regular reader of my blog you already know about most of these.

This past year I made Enzyme cleaner and this stuff is AMAZING! It was so easy and it is great for cleaning sinks cutting through soap scum on tubs and showers. It has worked wonderfully for me at getting stains out of our clothing! I love that it is so cheap to make and that I am reusing our citrus peels. If you would like the recipe just go  hereI love Pesto but it can be a bit pricy. Basil is so easy to grow and pesto is so easy to make. We save so much by making our own and it’s so fresh and tastes delicious. You can check how I make mine here One of my all time most popular post is on making your own wool dryer balls. Not only do you eliminate the need for terrible chemical fabric softeners but you can cut your drying time by 30-40%. The first year I made these we saved $240.00 just in fabric softener alone. We have been using them now for around 8 years so that is approximately a $2000.00 savings so far by just not having to buy fabric softener. That doesn’t even include the energy savings which are HUGE!! If you would like to see how I made ours and more information on how they work just  click  hereNext post I will have some more Eco Friendly money saving tips but now on to the recipeThis is a raw broccoli salad. It has chopped broccoli, onions and tomatoes. What makes this salad so delicious is the Pomegranate Vinaigrette. I have had the recipe for several months and just hadn’t made it.Well let me tell you once I made it the more I want to make it!! I can’t tell you how many times I have made this vinaigrette now. I have put it on different salads and now am looking for more foods to drizzle this on. Even our daughter who does not like vinaigrette’s at all loved this! It is so easy to make

1/2 cup of Pomegranate juice

2 Tablespoons of white wine vinegar

2 Tablespoons good Dijon mustard

2 Tablespoons good olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Just whisk this all together. It’s that easy. I doubled the recipe and made a large batch of the broccoli salad. I hope that if you try this you will like it as much as we do.

 

 

Healthy Recipes And A Question

Most people start the New Year off with goals they want to achieve for the coming year. Most of the time they include exercising and eating better. I use to always have both on my list and seemed to have a hard time especially with the eating better. Not anymore though. If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that a few years ago we decided to eliminate dairy and most meat. We love fish and still eat it and my husband likes a good burger or steak every once in a while. We will get organic beef that we know does not have antibiotics and has been grass fed. We have incorporated a lot more veggies, grains, nuts and legumes into our cooking.

I wanted to share a few recipes that are healthy and taste good.I found this recipe for Detox Water about a week ago and I love it!! You just fill a pitcher up with filtered water and add cucumber, lemon, lime, grapefruit, ginger and mint. Put it in the fridge before you go to bed and it is ready when you get up the next morning. I didn’t have any mint so I left it out but am looking so forward to making it using the mint. This tastes so refreshing and is amazing how good it makes you feel.Next is Lentil Soup. So delicious and full of protein and fiber. Just cook according to the directions on the package. I added carrots, onions and celery to ours. Takes about forty five minutes to cook.It is so filling but sometimes we will also have cornbread with it and make it more of a meal.When the weather starts to get cold we really like making lots of soups. This one I call cleaning out the fridge soup. It has whole wheat pasta, pesto green beans and some peas that were all leftovers. I added some sauteed onions, some homemade veggie broth and some of the tomatoes that I had put up from the Summer garden. So healthy and tasty!These are some granola bars that I made by putting two different recipes together. A lot of store bought granola bars are full of preservatives. Homemade ones are so easy and quick to make and are easy to wrap up and take with you for a morning or afternoon pick me up!This is a homemade Mounds bar. My husband says that these taste better than the original!! These are made from organic coconut, vanilla, honey, chocolate and coconut oil. So easy and taste awesome!!  Here is the link to the recipe  Homemade Almond Joy and Mounds Bars

I am going to start adding a lot more recipes to my blog posts this year. I hope that you will want to try some of them. I think that you will see that it is so much fun cooking and eating more healthy!

Now for the question. I was talking to some people recently that were saying that they had been “unfriended” by someone on Facebook. I was quite surprised by this since I knew that you could just hide a persons posts and not have to see them. I found this out when someone I know kept just being so condemning and fault finding in almost all of her posts. It was upsetting me and my husband showed me how to just hide her posts which is what he had done and that way we didn’t have to hurt her feelings by not being her Facebook friend anymore. One person who didn’t care at all was telling me that they had been “unfriended” by someone because they had been putting uplifting grace filled scriptures in their posts.Go figure!!  From talking to a few other people that this has happened to it seems like it is a way that people just try to hurt one another. I was thinking after this that there seems to be a lot of drama on Facebook. I am in no way Facebook savvy but I thought that it was a way for friends and family to keep in touch and interact in a good way.  I am so glad that I just mostly post some pictures sometimes! How do you feel about it? Do you unfriend people or just hide their posts?

Cookware

I wanted to start the New Year off with some good tips so my next few posts will be covering some good Eco Friendly topics.

Today I wanted to start off with cookware. This past year I noticed that when I would be cooking that sometimes I could smell this odor that was really bad. So I got to doing some research on Teflon which is the kind of cookware we were using. OH MY GOODNESS!! I was shocked to find out that at high temps the coating breaks down into a chemical warfare agent PFOA and a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene. This article also stated that 90% of Americans have PFOA in their blood. It is extremely hardy and stays in the human body for years!  Dangers of Teflon and PFOA ( I also read an article from The American Cancer Society that stated this as well) According to the Environmental Working Group, if all new exposure to PFOA was stopped it would take over 4 years for your body to get rid of half of it!  Natural Health 365After I read this I started looking into other types of cookware. This is the type I grew up seeing used. I bought several pieces and then several more because I was thrilled with it! I love these roasting pans with the lids. This eliminates me having to use foil to cover. ( which is a whole other blog post) I also got a couple of roasting pans without the tops that are great for roasting potatoes and veggies.Then we got this cast iron cooker. I love and it is really versatile. But I still needed some good skillets and pans. I had been looking into stainless steel since most of the people I like on Food Network use it. The one thing I kept reading over and over was that food would stick to it and it was then hard to clean. I didn’t like that idea at all!! What a blessing it is to use Google search because I found this awesome tutorial on you tube on how you can easily make  your stainless cookware nonstick. I bought a stainless skillet and used it to see if this would work. IT DID!!!!! It is so easy and it works awesome. Here is the link to the short videoI then felt confident to get a whole set of this cookware. I did some research on which brand was best and narrowed it to two. This is the one that was top on my list. So we bought it.I absolutely love this cookware but what I love most is that I know that there are no harmful chemicals being emitted into our food or into the air. Would you be willing to get rid of your Teflon coated cookware?

 

Do You Reflect And A Giveaway!

At the end of the year I think it is good to reflect on the things that have gone on all through the year. Also think about new things you want to accomplish in the coming New Year.We tried lots of new Vegan recipes and I look so forward to us adding lots of new ones this year!So happy to find that lots of local stores and produce markets are stocking a larger selection of local foods including salsa, chips, honey, milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter, fresh soups, breads and meats and lots more! So good to know that when you buy local organic you are not getting GMO’s, hormones and antibiotics!Love when Spring gets here. We always look so forward to planting our garden. We want to try new plants this coming year some we have not grown before.Summer Rainbow! Always love when Fall gets here after the hot Summer. Pumpkins and Mums are always so colorful!We so enjoy our fun family time at Christmas with our children and grandchildren. It is always such a special time and we always want to remember the reason for the season. The birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I want to buy some new ornaments but like to wait until the crowds let up. I know there is not as big of selection but I just don’t like to fight the after Christmas crowds. Do you like to reflect over your year and make plans for the coming New Year?

I also want to say how much the Lord has blessed our business this year. We are celebrating our 4th year anniversary at  Eco Natural

We have opened over 100 local retail stores that sell our products including spas, salons, health food stores, produce markets and clothing boutiques.We ship out all over the U.S. and have a 98% reorder rate! Actress Alicia Silverstone and country singer Carrie Underwood have gotten our products and Sophie Uliano of Gorgeously Green and Hallmark channel’s Home and Family named us one of her top 5 soap companies! What an honor. As of this year we now have over 150 products including ones for Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Toe Nail and Foot Fungus, Pet products, Crushed Earth Mineral Makeup and so much more. We are proud that all of our products are all natural, organic and chemical free. We never use fragrance oils only pure organic essential oils. We are so blessed by all of the wonderful testimonies that we receive each week on our products and we give God all of the glory for this. So to celebrate I am having a giveaway of our products. I think it is a great way to start off the New Year don’t you?Now for the GIVEAWAY!!

Colder weather makes for drier skin so the winner will get to choose any one of our Bath and Body soaps, any one of our Exotic Butters Luxury Dry Skin Balms ( which include 6 of the worlds most exotic butters as well as around 20 other herbs and essential oils that are specifically for dry skin ) and any one of our AWESOME Lip Relief lip balms.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is go to our website here

Look over the products and come back here and tell me which of our products you would most like to try. For a second entry like us on  Facebook

The giveaway will end 1-11-2014 If you would like to go ahead and try our products now we are offering a discount coupon code for you to use. It offers 15% off retail of any of our products with a $10.00 minimum order. You can use it as many times as you like and it will end midnight 1-11-2014. Just type in EFHReflect at checkout.  If you have never used our products this would be a great time to try them!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that this New Year brings you an abundance of Gods Blessings!!

Do You Have Your Christmas Tree Up Yet?

It has been a while since I have written a post. This time of year we are so very busy with our business.  ( which is a very good thing ) If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that as of this past May we have hit the 107 number of retail stores that carry our products!! We offer Christmas gift bags of some of our products and most of the retail stores want these the first week of  November. We usually sell over a thousand of these during the holiday season along with keeping up with website sales and local customer orders so it keeps us really busy. Enough of why I haven’t been posting lets get to talking about Christmas!

This is a tree that is made up of beautiful Poinsettias that is inside the lobby of the Opryland Hotel here in Nashville. The pictures really don’t do it justice.

If you visit the Nashville area anytime during the holidays you should go by the Opryland Hotel. They have over 2 million Christmas lights!!!! It is well worth checking out.

We usually try and get our tree up the day after Thanksgiving but the past several years we have run a week or two behind on getting it up. So this year we went and got our tree two days before Thanksgiving! My husband gets the tree ready to go in the stand and the trunk is way to big. So back to town to get a new tree stand. Then some of our lights didn’t work. I am always amazed at how when you take the lights off of the tree and pack them really well for the next season how some of them just won’t light up the next year! We have been switching over to LED lights so today we went to Sams and bought more LED lights to go on the tree.So even though we got our tree two days before Thanksgiving we didn’t get it decorated until two days after Thanksgiving!

I haven’t taken a picture of our tree yet but we were at our son and daughter-in laws the other day and they had decorated their tree the day before. Our grandson was really happy to show it to us. They had actually let him pick the ornaments for the tree this year. I think he did a great job! Have you gotten your tree up and decorated yet?

We are celebrating our 4th year anniversary and Christmas at the same time at  Eco Natural 

If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves all natural chemical free organic skincare and makeup products please take a minute and check out our website at  Eco Natural  Our anniversary and Christmas specials are huge!! 30, 40 and 50% off. These specials will be going on for the next few weeks and then products will be back to normal prices. So take advantage of these great deals.

One of our most popular products is our Toenail Fungus. We get so many testimonies on this product line! Our most popular of all though is our Acne Relief but our Eczema and Psoriasis Relief run a close second. Our lip balms make awesome stocking stuffers and they keep your lips moist for hours!

This would be a great time to get someone on your Christmas list great organic chemical free beauty products!! Also check out our  Eco Natural Facebook page.

 

 

Are You Up For This Challenge?

I know that I did a post about this challenge a few months back but wanted to do an updated version of it. The challenge is this, Can you go for a meatless meal one day this week? I try to always take the Change The World Wednesday challenges at  Reduce Footprints and about a week or so back it was to prepare at least one Vegan meal that week. That is NO problem for us since we pretty much eat Vegan except for some fish on occasion. Vegan means no dairy products as well as no meat. I am only asking you to just drop the meat since I know so many people love their milk and cheese!

An article from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization states that a meat diet causes more greenhouse gases than transportation or industry and grazing land expansion for the livestock industry is a major factor in the Amazon deforestation. Approximately 70% of previously forested land in the Amazon is now used as pasture! Producing meat requires much more water than any other agricultural activity and in the book the Food Revelation the author says that the production of a pound of beef requires 12,000 gallons of water. Try and imagine that on a large scale! In meat production there is always the matter of animal waste which I won’t even get into that subject on this post. I do want to say that The Center for Disease Control has said that 30 MILLION pounds of antibiotics were pumped into animals in the U.S. in 2011. That is four times the amount used to treat illness in humans!! Two million people succumb to drug resistant bacteria from the meat supply. U.S. Antibiotic Addiction Causing Pandemic What is really sad is that they are using them to promote growth and not so much for illness. Meat has also been linked to a number of heath problems that you can read about  here

I am going to show you a few of the meals we prepare that are meatless. Here is a wonderful veggie pizza. Tomatoes, black olives, spinach, onions, peppers, mushrooms, homemade tomato sauce and lots of herbs. You can add cheese or dairy free cheese to this pizza. It is really delicious.In place of chicken or beef broth try making a wonderful homemade veggie broth. It is so easy and tastes amazing. Great part about it is that you can use the vegetables of your choice.One of our favorites is Veggie Lasagna. I love the cashew ricotta in this dish. This is a great Guacamole Salad that I have shared with you before. It is from Ina Garten The Barefoot Contessa. It is full of protein and fiber and is such a hit every time I make it!

I hope that you will be able to take this challenge. It really is not hard at all to have a wonderful tasty meatless meal. For every person who eats one less hamburger a week for a year, it is like taking one car off the road for 320 miles! That is just one person think what an impact we could have if we all did that. Plus look at the health benefits as well!
 To start the holiday shopping season off we have added some great package values at  Eco Natural  Wonderful gift ideas on all organic chemical free products at awesome prices! This set which includes 2 of our Bath and Body Bars 1 of our Dry Skin Exotic Butters Luxury Skin Balms and 1 of our amazing lip balms which is normally $26.30 but we have it on special for just $18.95 which also includes free shipping!!We have also added a Makeup Starter Package that includes 1 Foundation/ Concealer 1 Blusher/Bronzer and 2 eye colors. This is normally $54.97 but we have it on special right now for $27.95. That is 51% off of retail!!

We also have combo pricing on our specialty bars and balms like Eczema, Psoriasis,Acne, Nail Fungus and more. Check out all of our products and our early holiday specials at Eco Natural

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It’s Beginning To Look Like Fall!

Here in Tennessee it is beginning to look like Fall. Somewhat at least considering we are having above average temps for this time of year. It has been near 80 degrees here! Here are some of the things that let me know Fall is just around the corner.Good local cabbage has started to arriveAwesome local apples and one of my favorites Caramel Apples!Lots of colorful pumpkins!

Has Fall started to show up in your area yet?