Thursday, September 29, 2011

I'm Back!

Hi everyone!

I'm back and so sorry for the short hiatus getting the internet mixed with some family things has thrown my internet life into whatever I can get in at Starbucks before class (okay so mostly its was facebook in those 20 minutes but what else can you do with such a short timespan)

Anyways, I have some coupons, a giveaway and of course some great products to share with you folks so stay tuned I'm back!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Get Ready for Bulk Food Week


Celebrate Buying in Bulk During National Bulk Foods Week
October 16 - 22, 2011
Week provides shoppers opportunity to experience environmental and economic benefits of buying natural and organic bulk foods



Portland, Ore. – September 15, 2011 –The Bulk is Green Council (BIG), together with natural food stores and grocery stores across the country invite shoppers to celebrate the eco-friendly and affordable benefits of buying natural and organic foods in bulk during National Bulk Foods Week, October 16-22. To commemorate the special week, BIG is partnering with retailers nationwide to offer special incentives and discounts on natural and organic bulk foods to shoppers.

“Bulk food aisles have been around for decades, and the countless environmental and money-saving benefits are becoming more well-known among shoppers,” said Clint Landis, chief marketing officer for Frontier Natural Products Co-Op and a founding member of the Bulk is Green Council.  “Still, for those who have never shopped in bulk, National Bulk Foods Week provides the perfect opportunity to discover the environmental and economic benefits of doing so.”

Buying in bulk already offers significant cost savings, and during National Bulk Foods Week, stores throughout the country will offer further discounts on bulk foods. BIG encourages shoppers to check with their local grocer for their plans to participate in the festivities. Over 500 natural food stores and grocery stores across the country will be participating in this important event.

The Bulk is Green Council (BIG) is a national organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of shopping in bulk. Those benefits include:

·         Saving money -- Buying natural and organic foods in the bulk section of the grocery store offers an average savings of 30% and 50% versus packaged food.

·         Helping the environment -- Eliminating packaging reduces carbon footprints. Buying in bulk mitigates the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills and streamlines the transportation needed to deliver goods to market, helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

·         Reducing food waste -- Buying in bulk allows shoppers to make smarter decisions, by purchasing the exact amount of foods they need, as opposed to purchasing consumer packaged goods with a pre-determined amount that may not be used before its expiration date.

·         Flexibility to buy a pinch or a pound – Buying in bulk offers a broad selection of natural and organic products that can be purchased in the exact quantity desired. If shoppers need a large quantity of nuts for a holiday party or just a pinch of curry powder for a new recipe – bulk foods provide both options.
Governors of a number of states also have formally recognized the benefits of shopping the bulk foods aisle by proclaiming Oct. 16-22, 2011, National Bulk Foods Week in their states. So far, governors in the following states have issued such proclamations: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

In the spirit of National Bulk Foods Week, BIG also offers the following tips for commemorating the week:

·         Host a bulk block party – Invite friends, family and neighbors over for a potluck and ask that they only bring snacks purchased in – or dishes made from foods purchased in – the bulk foods aisle. See BIG’s YouTube video series that shows how to prepare an entire meal made with ingredients solely from the bulk foods aisle.

·         Create a natural pantry - Green your pantry by discarding pre-packaged food in boxes, plastic tubs and cans.  Invest in glass storage containers, stainless steel jars or reuse mason jars to store bulk foods instead. Not only will this reduce the carbon footprint by eliminating the extra packaging that comes with pre-packaged foods, but it also will add colorful flair to your pantry.
·         Make homemade nutritious snacks – Looking for nutrient-rich snacks on the run? Homemade granolas or trail mixes are healthy snacks that can be made-ahead using ingredients found in the bulk foods aisle and that require no cooking. In addition, they travel well and are a perfect snack to pack in a child’s lunch box or office desk drawer.
·         Experiment with new foods – There are limitless culinary options that can be found in the bulk foods aisle. Try a couple of new organic selections to expand your palate, with a recipe such as couscous with seasonal vegetables, or quinoa with black beans. Sprinkle one of nature’s popular super foods, chia seed, which also can be found in bulk, on top of your nutritious meal. The bulk section is a great place to be creative and experiment.
For more information about the benefits of buying in bulk, please visit www.bulkisgreen.org.
ABOUT BULK IS GREEN COUNCIL
The Bulk is Green Council is an organization dedicated to increasing consumer, retailer and grocer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of buying natural and organic in bulk. Founded in 2008, the council serves as a research and advocacy group, conducting and publishing studies on industry trends and offering educational tools and resources online. The board includes industry leaders Frontier Natural Products Co-Op, Hain Celestial, Lundberg Family Farms, SunRidge Farms and Trade Fixtures. Additional information is available at BulkisGreen.org.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Southern Living Style

I'll be honest, I'm not a decorator.

Now don't get me wrong, I have loads of beautiful pictures, and knick-knacks, vases, and my couch matches the room nicely.

But when it comes to putting all those pictures and bookends, together in a room that looks like it belongs in a magazine.... I'm not so great. It ends up looking like what it is.... a mess.



Southern Living Style was a welcome book. The rooms in the homes in the book vary from rustic, to modern to simple and adorable.

But how hard is it to actually make one of these rooms appear in you're living room?

Of course we can't have exact rooms in the books, but you can get darn close!

Traditional Southern Style is explained and then explained so that its easily adaptability to any home. Even old furniture is able to be reupholstered and stuffed to fabulous modern pieces.

I loved the Fresh Ideas and Putting it all Together portions which basically show piece by piece how to get the room set up in the way that looks best, you don't need the exact pieces either, the book shows how to take simple items and put them together to make a fabulous room.

I found the "room-by-room" style sheets at the end of the book made my decorating life much easier. The sheets are quick references of measurements, colors and ideas for each room! Taking along one of these while considering items for a room, takes the frustration of wrong sizes or colors away.

At the end of the book is something I find particularly helpful is the Southern Style File where the editor's of the book share their secrets on designers, retailers and if you live in the south, you'll find stores in you're local areas that the editors of the book love visiting themselves! (I'm always a fan of any opportunity to shop local)

The pictures in the book are full color and shot beautifully, enough to inspire even the untidiest person to straighten up at least a little. I also like how much storage is featured in all the room ideas, making it easy to have a decorated home that is free of clutter.

Southern Living Style is released TODAY!

This 288 page book retails for $29.95


I received a free copy of "Southern Living Style" for this review. All opinions are 100% mine I did not receive any cash for this review.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Curamin Review and Giveaway

Recently television and other media have been talking about the harmful effects of the ingredients in over the counter pain relievers. 

In this post which features an article by Micheal Sheehan, explains about many of the harmful effects of pain relievers. Even my chiropractor tells me that pain relievers are dangerous and that he would rather me seek alternative methods to control the pain I suffer from scoliosis (and motherhood) 

So when I was contacted by the folks over at EuroPharma contacted me about trying Curamin their all natural pain reliever! Of course I was more then happy to share my findings with you lovely readers!



Curamin works to relieve the inflamation that is causes most pain. It is believed that inflammation is the cause of 80%-90% of all disease! In a blind study, Curamin matched cortisone as a pain reliever! That's pretty amazing!

I used Curamin to relieve the pain that I felt when waking up in the morning, and I have to say it worked just as well as the Advil that I take. Also it lasted much longer, instead of having to take another one in a few hours, the pain subsided and I found that I didn't need to take another pain pill for the rest of the day!

 I was lucky enough to get it a few days before I started my period (UGH) which is pretty much the hardest time of the month for me. I suffer from severe cramps in my abdomen and my lower back.

Normally to fight these cramps, I will use a hot bath, or take a shower. But when I have things to do, or I'm out of the house, I have no choice but to take an Advil, the Curamin worked great just as it had with my back pain, I was ready to resume my day in about 45 minutes, after I had gotten the pain to go away.

I'm glad to have found an alternative to my usual methods of pain relief, I keep some Curamin in my purse just in case I need it and I have been reccomending it to some of my friends at massage school who are also looking for an alternative to over the counter pain relivers!

Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of Curamin, it will not only make your pain go away, but you won't have to worry about the harm that you're doing to your body!

Find out more about Curamin on their Website
http://www.curamin.com/

Find out about other EuroPharma products here
http://www.europharmausa.com/

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Giveaway!


One lucky Mommypants reader is going to get their very own bottle of Curamin!
To Win do one or more of the following!  (all entries please leave your e-mail if its not linked to your comments) Mandatory entry must be done or other entries don't qualify.

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Subscribe to Terry's Newsletter and leave a comment telling me that you did

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That's it! Good luck! Contest ends September 27th at midnight! Winner selected via Random.org







Saturday, September 10, 2011

Save with TracFone

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone. All opinions are 100% mine.

Alright, alright, I know I talk about TracFone a lot on here

But seriously guys as someone who's credit is less then perfect due to cancelation fees for contract phones, I'm a big advocate of TracFone. Real TracFone customers are very excited about not having to get a bill in the mail every month!

TracFone is a great way to save money this school year, not only because of no contract but because you don't have to worry about kids charging up a whole bunch of text messages on a phone that's prepaid! The monthly plans start at just $9.99 for 50 minutes, you can teach your kids how to pay a phone bill with that allowance you gave them. As well as teaching them how to conserve minutes.  Buy a double the life of your phone plan for just $19.99 and get double minutes for the life of your phone! Check out the deals on  the 1 year card for just $119, get 800 minutes and double the life of your phone!

TracFone has So many features you're kids won't feel like they're missing out on internet or camera phones and you won't have to pay a fortune because fancy phones with cameras, video recorders and full QWERTY keyboards start at just $29.99!

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Friday, September 9, 2011


Creating Healthier Environments with Plants
By Chris Karl
Recently I met with an architect who designs healthcare facilities.  He relayed how he absolutely detests the use of live plants in the properties he designs.  “I don’t like that I can’t control the life cycle of the plant and how it continually changes its look,” he said with obvious disdain.  I believe this obviously sedentary and obese architect has become, like so many people in this country, so far removed from nature and healthy living that he has forgotten the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and being in the company of greenery.    Here is a man who designs for a population that is predominately sick and unable to control their own lifestyle that have been forced to rely on an out-of-touch designer who does not know understand the healing power of nature. I wonder when we lost our ability to appreciate the primal connection we all share with the natural world? 
More and more companies today are reducing or eliminating plants in the workplace to save money.  They fail to realize, however, that this cost-cutting measure is short-term thinking that will compromise their employees’ well-being. Just as plants oxygenate the environment and soothe the soul, obesity cannot be altered with empty calories but requires thoughtful nutrition to turn around a life that is heavily compromised and destined not to function optimally without those changes.
 A growing body of research demonstrates that access to a natural environment indoors, where we all spend the majority of our waking hours, may improve health and well-being. As a design professional, I have seen first-hand the healing and calming benefits of plants in the workplace. Human beings are hard-wired to appreciate nature.  Despite our “plugged in” and sedentary lifestyle since the 1950’s, humans were hunter gathers for over 10,000 years and living as part of nature.  Today we have become so far removed from nature that some of us are unable to appreciate the beauty of a living, breathing plant within our workplace.  Being around plants reduces stress and engenders a feeling of well-being and improved energy in most people; a benefit that is even more acute if correct lighting is in place. Because plants have a large surface area and exchange water and gases with their surroundings, they have a unique ability to tackle and improve many environmental problems.
 “A pleasing and positive workplace that is presented as a spiritually satisfying sanctuary with natural light and greenery is enormously beneficial for a person’s well-being,” says Dr. Gilda Carle, psychotherapist, author and professor. “Being able to access and enjoy surroundings that reduce stress and engage the senses is highly therapeutic for people.” 
Here are my selections for the top five plants, which not only heighten and satisfy our senses with their funky and trendy style, but also help to keep our workplace environments happier and healthier:

Ficus Pandurata
1)     Ficus Pandurata - The Ficus Pandurata or Fiddleleaf Fig grows best in a high to medium high light environment and is an interesting variation on the standard well known Ficus elastica rubber plant. The large leaves can add a striking accent to the home or office.

Polyscias Fabian
2)     Polyscias Fabian – A native of Brazil, Polyscias or Geranium-leaf Aralia or Arilia Favian is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a compact habit. While it is widely used as for hedges in the tropics, in the United States, we use it as a beautiful, eco-friendly border as well as a captivating stand-alone “look at me” tree.


Dracaena Janet Craig Compacta
3)     Dracaena Janet Craig Compacta - Dracaena is a genus of forty species of subtropical, evergreen, woody plants grown for their statuesque form and ornamental foliage. They are sometimes mistakenly identified as palms but are actually more closely related to lilies. The name Dracaena is derived from the Greek word “drakaina”, a female dragon. The link between plant and beast is the resinous red gum produced when the stem is cut which, when thickened, is supposed to resemble dragon’s blood. It is used as a varnish and in photo engraving.

Dracaena Marginita Character
4)     Dracaena Marginata Character – Originally from Madagascar, Dracaena are known for their visually arresting ornamental foliage.  An increasingly popular indoor plant in the modern workplace, the plant, which can grow up to 15 feet in height, is supported by an aged and knobby trunk which gives it a unique character.

Philodendron Red Congo
5)     Philodendron Red Congo –The Philodendron Red Congo is a new and distinct cultivar of Philodendron. It is a product of the cross or breeding between Philodendron ‘Imperial Red’ as the female parent and an unidentified cultivar of the Philodendron tatei. This plant grows vigorously in an upright but spreading or open manner. New Red Congo leaves are brownish maroon to almost red in color while the large mature ones are dark green in color with a touch of red. The plant’s leaf petioles remain reddish purple to bright right with long-lasting petiole sheaths.
It isn’t necessary to fill every available space with a plant to achieve this; just a few good-quality specimens located in select rooms, and where employees work or take their rest breaks can be sufficient. “The reasons why this has a beneficial effect are a subtle but complex mixture of the physiological (improved humidity, reduced noise etc.) and psychological,” says Kenneth Freeman, International Technical Director at Ambius who has led many research initiatives on the benefits of plants in the workplace.  “Being around plants certainly seems to reduce stress and engender a feeling of well-being in most people, a benefit that is even more acute if correct lighting is in place. The fact that a workplace has been prepared to spend money on something that has no obvious function than to make the environment more attractive may also be a contributing factor, by sending a signal to staff that management cares about its employees and visitors.”
 “There is now general agreement within the scientific community that plants improve the indoor environment, and are useful weapons in the fight against the modern phenomenon known as sick building syndrome (SBS),” says Freeman.  “No specific cause of SBS has been identified, but poor air quality, excessive background noise and inadequate temperature and light control are thought to be important factors. Because plants have a large surface area and exchange water and gases with their surroundings, they have a unique ability to tackle many environmental problems.” In particular, plants can reduce levels of carbon dioxide, which can accumulate in buildings from the breathing of its occupants and the by-products of heating systems and electrical equipment. Plants also increase the relative humidity, which should be between 40% and 60% RH for maximum human comfort. Plants reduce levels of certain pollutant gases, such as formaldehyde, benzene and nitrogen dioxide as well as airborne dust levels. Plants also reduce air temperatures and background noise levels.
Commercial buildings in large urban markets are often very large and easy to get lost in.  In many office towers and hospitals, there is a need to channel pedestrian traffic towards significant landmarks, such as exits, check-in desks, escalators and common passageways. Plants offer an attractive and practical solution, providing a living barrier that gently guides people to where you want them to go. Choosing the right plants and containers for this purpose is very important. Spiky plants or those with sharp-edged leaves would clearly be inappropriate in an area designed for heavy pedestrian traffic flow. Containers need to be robust, take up the minimum of floor space and in some situations be linkable to form an impenetrable wall.
About the author:

Based in Orange County, California, Chris Karl is a Design Specialist for Ambius, a division of Rentokil Initial which offers a full spectrum of services to enhance the interior space for the hospitality, healthcare, retail, and commercial industries. Chris’ design savvy was recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA) for his horticultural work in the Beckman Coulter lobby in Orange County, California. With a B.A. and Masters Degree in Fine Arts from California State University in Long Beach, Chris designs and implements interior projects for commercial clients. He can be reached at christopher.karl@ambius.com




Denim Done Right: How to find and wear jeans that will flatter your figure!


by Sunil Ramchandani, Senior Designer for Jockey Person to Person



Shopping for jeans that fit perfectly can be frustrating. Before you head to the dressing room yet again, follow these guidelines from Senior Designer for Jockey Person to Person, Sunil Ramchandani to help you find your perfect denim (without all the bells and whistles.)

1.       Fabric: A poly cotton blend will help retain the shape and color much longer. Hand washing will allow the material to last much longer as well.  A mid weight, 8 to 11 ounces per yard, will be perfect for year round wear.
2.       Fit: The waist should have enough room to fit one finger in between the pants and yourself and the denim must be fitted through the thigh and knee.  The rise should be 1” below your belly button but no more than 3”.
3.       Length: If you are wearing flats, your jeans should touch the floor.  With heels, the pant leg should be ¼” above the floor on your back heel.  Make sure to have separate pairs to wear with heels and flats.
4.       Leg Shapes and Body Types: Bootlegs work best on Pear and Hourglass body shapes.  Straight legs work best on Apple and Pencil body shapes.  Wide legs work best on Strawberry shapes.
5.       Camouflage Your Flaws:  If you have a slight belly, you should go for a stretch fit and wear it with longer length, un-tucked boots.  If you have a large bottom, go for a slightly lower rise with simple back pockets.  Big Hips, the boot cut is your friend as it will help rebalance your figure.  
Be sure to check out the Jockey Person to Person denim collection and remember you have to feel good in your own skin in order to look great in a good pair of jeans!
Jockey Person to Person® is one of North America’s premier direct sales companies offering extraordinary women’s apparel and accessories, created for today’s on-the-go woman. To find out more, visit JockeyPersontoPerson.com http://www.JockeyP2P.com/.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mani-Pedi.....blah

So I've just arrived back from my first ever mani-pedi combo. Granted I wore acrylic nails in high school and for rollerskating competitions. But I had never had my feet scrubbed by little Asian ladies before

Honestly, I feel a bit dirty after going there, its not that I didn't see the ladies scrub down the chairs and foot baths, its not that I think the tools were dirty.

It was the heavily scented obviously dirt cheap products and the torture.. I mean massage chair that they sat me in , and smelling and feeling like an Asian hooker isn't exactly my idea of a 'pampered' experience. 

Also since there was a lot of muttering in some language I couldn't understand, I wasn't sure if I was being gossiped about, or if they were talking about the other women or their  bosses..

Don't get me wrong, it was wonderful sitting there and having my feet rubbed, my cuticles cut, my callus's exfoliated, my nails are grapealicious, they are finally all the same length, and after paying $30 I'll probably be better about wearing gloves when I do dishes! Also it felt pretty good to have two or more ladies working on me at the same time... talk about star treatment

Next time I'm going to spring for the $60 combo at Spatini, I've never been the type to skimp or try to save on beauty treatments, and I'm going to keep with that method after this experience.... and just continue to hope and pray for a local deal on Groupon or Living Social....le sigh 


On the upside however, due to a 'lost in translation' moment, when I was assisting the women in the seat next to me in explaining a color choice to the manicurist, which had us both questioning if we had pissed them off or if we were just confused... we're still not too clear on what was going on

I met a really nice lady from Texas who suggested that we get together..... excuse me for my excitement, but in a town where I know very few ladies, and even fewer that would go get a manicure-pedicure with me. I'm pretty excited at the prospect of a new home-girl to go do girly things with!!



The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading

Who doesn't love fresh food?
Its even better when kit comes from your hard work in your back yard. 

The feeling of doing things yourself doesn't just give a sense of satisfaction; it brings you back to the early days when all humans did things for themselves. It brings you closer to the earth.

It can all seem a bit impossible when living in an urban environment.

I've really appreciated reading  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading.  Its another book that teaches you how to survive yourself. This book goes much futher however then teaching you how to grow vegetables in your back yard (although it does have a complete section on that so you won't miss out)

You'll learn how to keep goats and other livestock, how to apply for permits to keep your animals in the city. as well as how to keep BEES! I'm considering keeping bees this year because nobody in my family is allergic, bees need to be repopulated and how wonderful to have my own little pollinators back there making honey, and beeswax!

You'll also learn about community gardens and how to start seedlings in the city.
You'll learn what size containers are needed for what plants (my favorite section)

Preserve your bounty with scaled down recipes for canning, fermenting, drying and root 'cellaring'

Make your own soap and cleaners from natural ingredients and rid your home of all the nasty chemicals that are contained in conventional cleaners. The book has 7 different recipes for cleaners! Even parts on how to unclog a drain and eliminating carpet odors (eww stinky dogs)

The book even has sections on how to conserve energy, recycle and compost your products.

This book is so important if you live in a city or even just in a house, because it will tell you what you need to know and how to find out more! Its a great introduction to the urban homesteading lifestyle!

I received a free copy of  The Complete Idiot's Guide  to Urban Homesteading" for this review. All opinions are 100% mine, I did not receive any cash payment for this review.



ABBA - Fernando

There is a gorgeous latino man named Fernando in my ZUMBA class... this is for you Fernando

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Local

Eating local is another one of the green trends that have come into our society. 
As many of us now turn to farmers markets and local farm stands to get our produce

Restaurants and businesses are taking the same steps to encourage growth for their own local economy.

Eating local is not just about supporting your local farmers, there are also vital nutrients that are lost when vegetables are put on a truck for days, each day that a vegetable is on a shelf or in a box on the way to one. Takes away more and more enzymes that are crucial to our health.

Eating local allows for consumers to purchase food that has been picked that day or the night before, containing freshness that we can taste.

In the Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Local, you'll find what is grown near you, and how to cook it. You'll learn basic ways too cook all vegetables and what seasons they will be ready in.

My favorite part of the book is the Favorite Regional Recipes, where you will find the recipe for "Frogmore Stew" I was first introduced to Frogmore Stew on a trip to South Carolina to visit my daughter's family on her father's side.

This amazing stew of kielbasa, shrimp, corn, potatoes and seasoning, was absolutely the highlight of my trip. And I can't even begin to explain how excited I was to see it in the pages of the book. (Secret recipe is out!)

Eating local is a great way to get involved with your community and to learn about what you can grow in your own yard! Because if locally its growing then chances are you can grow it too!

For some great tips, amazing recipes and irreplaceable information, as always I give major credit to the Complete Idiot's Guide people for creating yet another amazing book

I received a free copy of 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Local" for this review, all opinions are 100% mine. I did not receive any cash payment for this review.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Crispy Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe, it pretty much screams summer, I put it in smoothies, fruit salad, on top of ice cream, or serve it with a bit of yogurt for breakfast.

One thing I have never considered doing with Cantaloupe, was dehydrating it.  It had always seemed like such a watery fruit, so I was unsure how well it would be dehydrated.

Lucky for me someone figured out how to do it for me! Crispy Green recently sent me their new 'Crispy Cantaloupe" YUM! Its been a huge hit in my house for all involved. 

Its a great addition to her regular dried fruits, which she thinks of as 'candy' (tee hee sneaky mother tricks)

Crispy Cantaloupe is nut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegan friendly, and kosher certified!

I love the .36oz pouches which fit great into school lunches as well as in Annabella's snack basket. The pouch only contains 40 calories and ZERO FAT!

I love that when you look at the ingredient list there is just one "CANTALOUPE!" 

These are a hit for sure in my house, I keep them in the car, in my purse, in my backpack, and of course in the cabinet.

A great snack for little ones to carry around in the convenient pouch

Find out where to get some near you by checking out the Crispy Green Website

Or on Facebook


I received a free pack of "Crispy Green Crispy Cantaloupe" for this review. All opinions are 100% mine. I did not receive any cash for this review.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Topricin, homeopathic care for the entire family

When it comes to anything in my home, I try to go the natural route, there are so many problems that we know about (and of course there are the ones that we don't know yet about... scary) 

Topricin is a medication that does just that. Introduced to the world in 1995, Lou Paradise, created a homeopathic pain relief and healing cream that is safe for the entire family.

Topricin works with your body to help it heal the problems; it helps to balance your healing chemicals, and get them to work on you body! Its fast, lasting, and its not going to have harsh or strange side effects.

Topricin is regulated by the FDA and was recently recognized for treatment of pain associated with Fibromyalgia! 

Topricin Junior, recently became a Trusted Partner with the Healthy Child Healthy World.  A nonprofit that partners with companies that offer products meeting high quality standards as well as demonstrating a long terms commitment to the mission of endorsing and making contributions to the Coaliton for Responsible Economics! 

So now that we know Topricin really cares about the world and its obviously a great product to put your money into, lets talk about how it works.

Lou Paradise suffered from bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, due to injuries that he suffered while serving as a Marine. While Lou had been in the Military he had gained knowledge from British and Traditonal MD's trained in the fields of traditional natural medicines. He experimented and eventually came up with the formula for Topricin! In 1994 Topricin was introduced to the world and in 2009 Topricin introduced the foot and children's formulas!

To use Topricin you simply rub it on to the area where you are having pain. Then you  will start to experience some pain relief in 15-20 minutes. The cream should be reapplied three to four times a day especially before bed and first thing in the morning. You can also rub it on every half hour for severe pain until it goes away. I found that it helps a lot with my back pains that I get during my period.

Topricin is safe for everyone, Diabetics, Children (although most pediatricians recommend the Junior formula for children) seniors, and it doesn't have any reactions to other medications! 
Always check with a doctor before trying new self treatments when on medications or pregnant

Topricin doesn't require a prescription (although your doctor may recommend it)

Topricin is a great treatment and it is proven to work, its a wonderful addition to any homeopathic first-aide kit, and will be on hand for my kids bumps and bruises that are sure to occur as school kicks into full gear!

Check out Topricin at their website
www.topricin.com

And follow them on facebook
http://www.facebook.com/Topricin

I received a free pack of Topricin Creams for this review. I did not receive any cash payment for this review, all opinions are my own

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