Back To School 2016, Brands with a Cause, Healthy Living

Boka Natural Oral Care Boxes

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Back to school has happened and there are so many tasks to add to our daily schedule. Back to homework, school lunches, events, bus routes, bedtime and meal routines. In a perfect world we would have extra time in our day to be 100% on top of our normal healthy regimen from dental hygiene to bacterial and cold and flu health and prevention. As for our oral care we would brush after each meal-even at school-in that perfect world. Instead we send the kids off to burger day or salad bar at the school and that meal sits on their teeth and hopefully they didn’t crash on us at night getting used to the new routine before they brushed their teeth.

Boka has made oral care health a no-brainer. Not only do they put together natural dental products for you and your children, they even make it easy to remember when to switch out your toothbrushes which need to happen every 3 months.

You can subscribe or shop at Boka. If you subscribe, you can see the products being sent to you from within the shop. Most boxes are monthly subscriptions for various products that can run anywhere from $15-$30 or more each box. The Boka box kit starts at just $14.50 and that is for every 3 months. You build a kit for your family and every 3 months a new one arrives-just in time for fresh toothbrush changes for everyone.

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I sampled a kit and in my kit is:

  • Oral Health Care Guide
  • Natural Toothpaste-Mint
  • Mint Floss
  • 1 Toothbrush
  • 2 Natural cocorinse packets for natural oil pulling

I priced my kit out to be $14.50 every 3 months (the oil pulling samples were extra throw-ins). If I wanted to commit to a year, the price works out to be only $12.33 per box (every 3 months). That means that to subscribe to a Boka kits per person you will pay $4.11-$4.83 a month. The floss alone is $4. Of all subscriptions kits I have ever seen from beauty to health and even pets, this is by far the best in cost.

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Boka toothbrushes have black bristles for a reason. This is because Boka toothbrushes are made with activated charcoal. These activated charcoal will naturally help prevent odor causing bacteria from building up on your brush. The bristles are soft so it is gentle on your gums and the ends are tapered so it can tackle the plaque easier. Also for every Boka brush purchased, they will donate a toothbrush to their nonprofit partner Surge. They work hard to bring life-sustaining water to those in need.

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The Boka toothpaste and floss are all natural. The toothpaste is made with natural ingredients and essential oils like peppermint and mint. There is no SLS, fluoride, triclosan, artificial flavors or parabens. The floss is wrapped in natural beeswax and is Teflon and petroleum-free.

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Head to Boka to shop or subscribe and leave the dental guide and timeline to them so you can worry about all the other things that go along with the school year. Visit Boka –> Website | Facebook | Twiiter
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Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Food, Giveaways, Parenting

10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day – Nature’s Path GIveaway

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Earth Day is April 22

Nature’s Path has kindly provided a list of 10 fun ways to celebrate Earth Day as a family. Do you celebrate Earth Day in your home? This is such a great time to introduce young kids to the concept of our impact on the Earth and for the older kids they can begin to learn some responsibilities and feel like they can make a difference. Enjoy these tips below then enter to win a Nature’s Path Prize Package worth $50!
  1. Learn about endangered species! Start Earth Day off with a bowl of Nature’s Path EnviroKidz organic cereal – each box features fun facts about an endangered species and highlights a few ways you can help protect them. It’s a quick and easy way for kids to learn about the importance of protecting animal habitats – and families can feel good about eating their breakfast because Nature’s Path donates 1% of sales of EnviroKidz products to support endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids worldwide.
  2. Plant it Forward: Earth Day is a perfect time to work in a garden – whether a community garden or at your home.
  3. Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Kids love getting outdoors and a walk on a trail, in a park or around the neighborhood can connect youngsters to the earth. Make it an adventure with a nature scavenger hunt – give kids a list or pictures to find of trees, flowers and insects.
  4. Pedal Power: Give up driving for a day. Grab some wheels – the ones you pedal – or hoof it around the block, to your local store or playground.
  5. Reuse Art: Create a fun craft table with only reusable items – from packaging, to newspapers to tins and jars – these leftover items can find new and creative uses.
  6. Trash patrol: Armed with reusable bags, kids can do a beach or park clean-up and compete for the most items found (just remember no picking up glass or sharp objects!).
  7. Brainstorm: Kids have great ideas – ask them for ideas on how the family can protect the earth every day – perhaps it is one hour less of electricity or having motor-less Sundays – they may surprise you with their brain power.
  8. Read together: There are so many wonderful books for kids of all ages (such as Dr. Seuss, The Lorax) that have messages about protecting the earth, so grab a blanket, a book and head outside.
  9. Recycle plan: How well does your family recycle? Make a plan to recycle more and set up trash bins for all to participate.
  10. Help save the Koalas! EnviroKidz is giving away a 10 day family trip for four to Australia which includes a chance to cuddle with a koala, visit with koala experts and scientists, plant Eucalyptus trees and more! To enter, look inside your EnviroKidz cereal box for your entry code and visit:
About Nature’s Path Envirokidz

Nature’s Path Envirokidz line offers cereals, granola bars and oatmeal that guarantees 1% of your purchase will be used to help endangered species. Nature’s Path Envirokidz products are certified organic, Non-GMO, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. 

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a Nature’s Path Envirokidz prize package with product and VIP coupons. Enter below. Ends on 5/2/16 and open to US. Good luck!

Brands with a Cause, Education, Gift Guides, Giveaways, Kickstarter, Parenting, School

Piano Lessons at home with Hoffman Academy

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Free Piano Lessons
This is pretty exciting news for parents! As a child and even now as an adult, I never took music lessons of any kind. I was in choir, but have never played an instrument. I think if I were to start I’d love to learn the guitar. My older (step)boys never took music lessons and my son who is 7 has been asking to play piano. Because music lessons have not been a tradition in this family we do not own a piano and without knowing if he will stick with it I can’t see purchasing one and finding the space for it as well. This was a tough dilemma. I want him to learn, but we don’t have a piano so if I were to take him to lessons he would have no way to practice. He is now taking piano lessons at home with Hoffman Academy.

The Hoffman Academy is a full piano lesson design with video lessons and supplemental mp3 tracks, and downloadable activities to review with after each lesson. 

How much does it cost?

Free: The online video lessons are free. There are 6 units total and each unit has 20 lessons. That is a total of 120 lessons for a long-term piano education. 
$19 for the the supplemental materials. You only play for the downloadable music lesson documents and mp3 download files at only $19 for each unit. So that fee covers 20 full lessons in that unit you purchase for. That is less than $1 per lesson! If you purchase all 6 lessons supplemental activities there is a good discount for you so that is your best option.
What will you learn? 
These lessons are so well done and simple for any age to follow along. In Lesson One of Unit One we were taught correct play technique such as hand position and they will touch on posture as well in the ongoing lessons. We learned how to read a few simple notes and what a staff was. We even learned how to play our first song! And that leaves 119 Lessons to go of so much more learning! As you move through the entire coarse you will also learn how to read and write notes, rhythms and how to listen to music and dictate melodies. You will even learn how to improvise and compose your own songs. From Lesson 1 in Unit 1 you will be well on your way to learn and improve basics of music theory, including key signatures, chords and much more!

Who is the Instructor?

Joseph Hoffman has one of the best history profiles in music I have come across and because he has such a long repertoire, let me just leave you a link so you can read for yourself about his music experience. Can you imagine the cost of private lessons with an Instructor of his experience? Oh, wait, they are free on video for us! Amazing! You can really feel his experience in the way he teaches. Head now and read for yourself  About Mr. Hoffman. He is truly passionate about music with this idea of breaking the financial barrier so families can learn music.

My son is so excited with each new lesson and having supplemental materials really helps make that last connection to all he learned in each lesson. We watch the video lessons in the day and review the extras at bedtime together. We started by using an iPad app of a piano because we don’t own a piano. If you own a piano simply place your device above the keys so the video lessons are played right there! We are now on a search for a key board so he really gets the play practice and experience. 

Start today-even if you don’t own a piano at
They do want to add even more, so head to their Kickstarter page and see some fun specials comin in the 2.0 version:

Unit One Piano Lesson Materials Giveaway
The Giveaway:
1 lucky reader will win the Unit 1 lessons-this includes the downloadable materials and mp3 music files for Lessons 1-20. Open Worldwide and ends on 3/8/2016. Good luck!
Brands with a Cause, Fashion, Valentines 2016

Positive Message Apparel from Life is Good

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Whether you want to spread messages as you go out in your day-to-day errands or perhaps find tees that match as a couple, Life is Good can help you find your personality within their apparel. You can find fun and inspiring designs on anything from tees, leggings, pajamas and sweatshirts for men, women and kids. Even your home and pet can benefit from their fun designs.
I have the Women’s Engraved All We Need Heart Crusher Vee graphic tee. The pre-washed shirt is soft and there is ribbing at the neck and has a slight waist shape. I don’t like my tees to hang so I love that the waist just comes in enough to make it a better fit.
You will notice a fun stitched tab near the bottom hem. This tee has one that says Do What You Love- Love What You Do.. That just adds a little more personality to the shirt as well.
Check out some more fun designs I found on their website. See them all for yourself by visiting: Life is Good. Want some Valentine’s Day tees? Here is the Love Collection!