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  1. An Eco alternative to Roll Up the Rim to Win

    February 19, 2014 by caroline

    Please sign my petition for Tim Hortons to come up with an eco friendly way to play Roll up the Win at Tim Hortons.

    Let’s decrease our landfill waste.

    SVP signer ma petition pour demander au Resto Tim Hortons d’offrir une alternative plus écologique pour jouer a Roue Derroule (roll up the rim)

    https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/tim-horton-s-coffee-shops-an-eco-alternative-to-roll-up-the-rim-to-win#

     

     

  2. Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway (ends 02/09)

    February 4, 2014 by caroline

    January Kindle

     

    Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

     

    This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

    Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7″.


    The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (US Only – $229 Value)

     

    Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

     

    Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

     

     

     

    January Sponsors

    1. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
    2. Feed Your Reader
    3. The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
    4. Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
    5. Author Inger Iversen
    6. NESSAROX
    7. Author Carol Davis Luce
    8. The Reporter and the Girl
    9. Author David Pandolfe
    10. Bella Street Writes
    11. Author Bonnie Blythe
    12. Author Elizabeth Seckman
    13. MyLadyWeb: Women’s History and Women Authors
    14. Just One More Chapter
    15. Author Donna Fasano
    16. Author Lia Fairchild
    17. Author Linda S. Prather
    18. Author Heather McCoubrey
    19. Author M.A. Comley
    20. Jessica Loves Books
    21. Fae Books
    22. Author Cidney Swanson
    23. Lori’s Reading Corner
    24. Author Jennifer Laurens
    25. Allergic to Life
    26. ~Owl Always Be Reading
    27. Author J.L. Weil
    28. Buku-Buku Didi
    29. Barb’s Wire – eBooks & More
    30. Author Jennifer Gilby Roberts
    31. Another Head Full of Fantasy
    32. Fairiechick’s Fantasy Book Reader
    33. Author Kim Cresswell
    34. Mother Daughter Book Reviews
    35. Buried Under Romance
    36. Jenna Does Books
    37. Laurie Here
    38. The Bunny’s Review
    39. Bea’s Book Nook
    40. Fabulously Girly Book Blog
    41. The Loopy Librarian
    42. Bound4Escape
    43. Michael SciFan
    44. Chapter by Chapter
    45. Author Helen Smith
    46. Button-the-Push Books and Giveaways
    47. Author S.M. Blooding
    48. Back Off My Books
    49. Author Brinda Berry
    50. Author Christie Anderson
    51. Author Leslie A. Susskind
    52. More Than A Review
    53. Author Heather Gray
    54. Paige Ryan
    55. Fire and Ice
    56. Author Bryna Butler

    Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Fire Giveaway:

    http://www.iamareader.com/category/kindle-giveaway-sign-ups

     

    Giveaway Details

    1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

    There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7″.

    Ends 2/9/14

    Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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  3. Discount Code for Dryer Balls

    July 22, 2013 by caroline

    Use code LITTLEECO$7 to receive 7$ off any purchase from MapleHillDryerBalls.com

    Code expires October 1st 2013

    Here is some info from Maple Hill Dryer Balls

    1. All our dryer balls are made in the U.S.A. all by moms (all with young children), so that they can help their families while the children are sleeping or napping. I myself am a home-birthing, breastfeeding, homeschooling, cloth diapering (but really just normal) stay at home mom.

    2. We make the dryer balls from the wool off the sheep from my Dad’s little (sustainable) farm in West Lafayette, IN.

    3. We have three sizes so you can pick whatever option suits you and your family! The Jumbo size dryer ball is four or five inches bigger than a tennis ball and ranges in size from 11-13″, XL dryer balls  are 9-11″, and the large size is 8-9″ in circumference.

    4. Our dryer balls are completely natural colored with NO harmful and irritating dyes added.

    5. Our dryer balls will not fall apart!

     

  4. Sunsella Mighty Pops Silicone Ice Pop Makers Review & Giveaway

    July 6, 2013 by caroline

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez0qE9tJd5c

    CONTEST RULES CHANGED: SHIPPING NOW FREE.

    This year in Vancouver we are having unusually hot weather and I was in dire need of popsicle molds when an opportunity to try out and review Sunsella’s Ice Pop Maker Molds came up. I was lucky enough to receive them in time for our latest heat wave and here’s what I found:

    They are made of BPA free silicone.

    They come in 6 assorted colours.

    They are durable (and have a life-time Guarantee).

    At 12.55$, they are very affordable for such a durable product.

    I had my doubts as they do not come with a stand for the freezer, however, I found that once I had filled them, I could easily put the lid on and they do not leak.  Even when I held them upside down, they were air-tight!

    I also found that it was easy to tuck them between other foods in the freezer and I liked that they do not take up much space at all.

    I left about 1 inch from the top to allow for expansion. We made the pops with orange juice and they were delicious.  Another great feature of these molds is that there is no dripping. The portion size was good too.

    The box even has a few ingredient and recipe ideas like berry, banana and yogurt …YUM!

    They are available from Amazon.com.

    Sunsella, the manufacturer, has kindly offered to arrange for prize shipping and handling.  Thank you Sunsella!

    Here’s your chance to win a set.  

    Winner will receive an Amazon.com code to purchase the molds.

    The giveaway is open to US & Canadian Residents but applicable shipping will apply.   However, winner will be able to combine this item with other items to get FREE SUPER SAVER SHIPPING with Amazon.com order. 

    Prize will be shipped directly to winner.

    Congratulations to the winner Michelle T. of Kitchener Ontario.

     

     

     

     

     

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  5. Recycle old clothing at H&M stores and get a 15% discount

    June 16, 2013 by caroline

    H&M (worldwide) has partnered up with I:Collect to recycle old clothing of ANY BRAND and in ANY CONDITION.

    Clothing in decent condition will be resold while the rest while be recycled into new products such as cloths and car insulation.

    Customers donating clothing will receive a 15% discount coupon.

    Don’t let fashion go to waste

    Every year, tons of textiles end up in landfills. But as much as 95% of these textiles and clothes could be used again. That’s why we are now collecting clothes in our stores. Clothes of any brand, in any quality and any condition.

    If you’ve got something worn, torn or hopelessly out of style – don’t throw it away or let it pile up in the back of your wardrobe. Bring it to us and help reduce the amount of fashion being wasted.

    Bring your unwanted clothes to any H&M store. For each bag of clothes you hand in, you will receive a £5 voucher to redeem on your next purchase of £30 or more.

    Your clothes are sent with our usual deliveries to the nearest processing plant. The clothes are then graded and hand-sorted. Zero waste is the goal. Items that are too worn and torn to be reused will be recycled and turned into raw materials and new products.

    Rewear - Clothing that can be worn again is marketed worldwide as second-hand goods.

    Reuse -Textiles that are no longer suitable to wear are converted into other products, such as cleaning cloths.

    Recycle -Textiles that can’t be reused get a new chance as textile fibres, or are used to manufacture products such as damping and insulating materials for the auto industry.

    Energy -When rewear, reuse and recycle are not options, textiles are used to produce energy.

    Why is H&M doing this?

    We want to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry by limiting the amount of waste ending up in landfills.

    Can I hand in clothes in any H&M store?

    During the roll-out phase selected stores will be able to collect clothes. You can find these stores in our Store Locator atwww.hm.com/longlivefashion.

    Will you only accept H&M garments?

    Of course not. Any piece of clothing, of any brand, and in any condition is welcome.

    What can I hand in?

    To start off, we only accept clothing.

    Is there a limit for how much I can hand in?

    Each customer can hand in a maximum of two shopping bags of clothes every day.

    How much is the reward?

    You will receive one voucher redeemable on your next purchase for each shopping bag of clothes you bring in.

    Why have you chosen I:CO as your partner?

    I:CO has a reliable product and system that we have evaluated and experienced in a successful pilot project. I:CO provides the infrastructure for closing the loop in which your unwanted clothes are repeatedly reprocessed and made available for new use.

    Does H&M profit from the returned garments?

    No. Our revenues will be used to reward our customers, to make donations to local charity organisations and to invest in recycling innovation.

    For each kilogram of clothes we collect, 0.02 EUR* will be donated to a local charity organisation chosen by H&M.

     

     

  6. Take David Suzuki’s 30 day nature challenge & win prizes

    May 21, 2013 by caroline

    Great contest from the David Suzuki Foundation, open to Canadian Residents only.

    David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Nature Challenge

    Sign up for the 30×30 Nature Challenge, pledge to spend 30 minutes outside in nature every day in May. It’s not to late to start even though May is almost finished.

    You can then post photos of the fun you are having in nature here to win prizes

    Click here to read the rules

    Contest ends May 30th 2013 so hurry and get your photos in.

     

     

     

  7. Tips for Safe Drinking Water

    May 16, 2013 by caroline

     

    Here are 4 easy steps to staying healthily hydrated for the summer:

    1. Drink filtered tap water

    Change your water filters on time. Old filters aren’t safe – they harbor bacteria and let contaminants through.

    2. Bottled water? Drink filtered tap water instead.

    You can read the bottle label and still not know whether the water is pure or just processed tap water. EWG found 38 contaminants in 10 popular brands.

    3. On the go?  Carry water in safe containers.

    Hard plastic bottles (#7 plastic) can leach a harmful plastics chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) into water. Carry stainless steel or other BPA-free bottles. Don’t reuse bottled water bottles. The plastic can harbor bacteria and break down to release plastics chemicals.

    4. While pregnant — stay hydrated with safe water.

    It’s especially important for women to drink plenty of water during pregnancy. Follow all the tips above and take your doctor’s advice on how much to drink.

    Source of data: Environmental Working Group

    Read the full report from EWG here 

     

     

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    Metal Drinking bottle

    Metal Drinking bottle

     

    Bottled Water

    Bottled Water

     

     

     

  8. Nail polish Detox DIY

    May 13, 2013 by caroline

    Well, this is a big day for my manicure kit.

    Nail care kit BEFORE

    Nail care kit BEFORE

    I decided to weed through and sort out my most toxic nail care products this morning.

    I usually only use nail polish in the summer time and so I don’t use a lot of product.

    Most of the nail polishes I have, I received from friends & family or were the “free with purchase” type samples.

    I found a great website: EWG’s SKIN DEEP which lists many products and gives you  a rating for each product in their database.

    Green (0-2) Low Hazard

    Orange (3-6) Moderate Hazard

    Red (7-10) High Hazard

     

    Low hazard Moderate hazard High hazard

     

    Data availability rating: the scope of ingredient safety data contained in Skin Deep, and the number of studies available in the open scientific literature (Varies from None to Robust)

     

    Once you find a product, you can click on it for a detailed accounting of Ingredient Concerns such as:

    risk level: 

    Overall Hazard
    Cancer
    Developmental &
    reproductive toxicity
    Allergies & immunotoxicity
    Use restrictions
    and it will then list the individual ingredients and the concern associated with it.
    If you cannot find an item but have the ingredient list you can search the ingredients seperately for information. The ingredients are often listed on the original product box.
    This is a great find and I will use it on each and every product in my cupboards (eventually).
    Here is some more information about Skin Deep:

    About Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep

    It’s our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals. We launched Skin Deep in 2004 to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. Companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish. The U.S. government doesn’t review the safety of products before they’re sold. Our staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases. Now in its eighth year, EWG’s Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market. At about one million page views per month, EWG’s Skin Deep is the world’s largest personal care product safety guide.

     

    Here is what the results of the search for the products I had gave me from BEST to WORST:

    Rating:

    Low Hazard

    Level 1      Avon Nail Experts

    Moderate Hazard

    Level 3     Mary Kay Satin Hands

    Level 4      Avon FootWorks Foot Soak

    Lancome Magnetic Top Coat

    ZA Nails

    Level 5

    Mary Kay extra emollient Night Cream

    Estee Lauder nail polish

    Maybelline Finish nail polish

    SUPERSTAR! Avon Nail Experts Instant Gel Cuticle Remover

    SUPERSTAR! Avon Nail Experts Instant Gel Cuticle Remover

    High Hazard

    Level 7      Sally Hansen Aloe Vera cuticle remover

     

    Not found – unlisted

    Covergirl base coat

    Almay Organic fluoride plus 4-in-1 nail treatment

    Almay Organic fluoride plus cuticle oil

    Essence Colour & go nail polish

    Faces nail polish

    Bourjois nail polish

    Sally Hansen Nail Prisms

    Christian Dior nail polish

    Christian Dior addict nail polish

    Lise Watier nail polish

    If I had the original packaging I would probably have the ingredients list.

    In the end, this is what I decided to purge:

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    And this is what I decided to keep:

    Items I kept

    Items I kept

     

     

    Now what to do with the discards?  I contacted my municipal Recycling Centre.  They do not accept this type of item, but London Drugs accepts ALL TYPES OF PACKAGING if you bought the item from them and still have the receipt. This is a great program but will not apply to me this time. I will try to find another safe outlet for their disposal…

    Are there any items in your cupboard that you will investigate using Skin Deep?

     

     

     

  9. Simple Earth-Friendly Shopping Tips for This Mom Loves

    May 6, 2013 by caroline

    Head on over to This Mom Loves to read about Earth-Friendly Shopping Tips I have shared with her readers in a guest post.

     

    Here’s a preview:

    We all have very busy lives, and sometimes even though we may feel strongly about certain things, we have to take shortcuts and decide what is most important and what really needs to (and will) get done.

    Fortunately, making earth friendly decisions often does not require much more time or effort. Sometimes the results even simplify our lives.

    Here are a few earth friendly tips. Relax and enjoy them as they are all about SHOPPING!

    1. Buy Organic. It’s better for your health and the planet. Organic growers do not use any pesticides/insecticides and cannot knowingly use GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) in their products. This lessens their impact on our planet while keeping your health safe.

    2. Choose glass, over plastic. Glass has a much smaller carbon footprint than plastic. Glass can also be recycled an infinite number of times and there is no danger of chemicals leaching into your food or drink, even when heated. Stainless Steel bottles and containers are also a better option than plastic. It has a much bigger carbon footprint than plastic, however, because it is extremely durable, it is still a better choice to generally fast wearing plastics. A solid ss thermos can be a good option for a warm lunch if you want a kid-proof container. Stanley makes a very sturdy one that keeps food nice and warm. Warm the thermos with boiling water before adding the pre-warmed food.

     

    Click here to Read More

     

  10. Electronic Toy Recycling in British Columbia

    April 26, 2013 by caroline

     

    Great news for British Columbia, CBRSC offers free electronic toy recycling!

    Easily find a location near you by using this link to search by city or using your postal code or call 604-732-9253.

    Here is the list of what they do (and do not) accept:

     

    Accepted Toy Products

    Accepted Toy Products:

    • Plush Textiles with Electronics – electronic dolls and stuffed animals
    • Metal or Hard Plastic Toys with Electronics
    • Remote Control Vehicles
    • Ride On Vehicles
    • Hand Held Game Devices
    • Gaming Devices with PC /TV
    • Electronic Toy Promotional Items – like those sold with meals or other items marketed to children

    NOT Accepted Toy Products:

    • Electronic Books (even if shaped like a toy)
    • Larger console gaming systems (that plug into a separate screen display like a television)*
    • Electronic Home Holiday decorations
    • Juvenile products, such as strollers, cribs, high chairs
    • Flashlights (even if they look like a toy)
    • Any Holiday, Tree or Home Decorations
    • Any toy without a battery or electrical plug

    *Some of the above products are covered by the Return-It Electronics recycling program. While the Electronic Toy Recycling program was developed for electronic toys designed for children 14 years old or younger, this program and Return-It Electronics will cooperate so that all electronic toys are recycled.

    The Electronic Toy Recycling program will help divert the approximately two million electronic toys that are currently being landfilled. The plastic, glass, metal, and aluminum will be recycled helping to reduce pollution, save energy, and keep hazardous materials out of the environment. Municipalities will spend less on waste transportation, landfilling and incineration.

     

    Two million toys…just in British Columbia…that is amazing.  Think what we can do across Canada and beyond. If you live outside of British Columbia, inquire about recycling program with your municipality.