Here’s what came into my inbox from myself:

“Enter these giveaways”

Rumparooz G2 Cloth Pocket Diaper @ One Little Mister – ends 10/7

Bella Pamela Apron @ New Age Mama – ends 10/4

Green Sproutlets @ New Age Mama – ends 10/4

“Read these articles”

Weatherize your Home @ Do Something!

Conserve Water @ Do Something!

Make your Home more energy efficient @ Do Something!

Green Up Your Pet @ Do Something! (#1 received a kitten as a birthday present this week – unexpected gift from an aunt. Shouldn’t people normally ASK the parents first?? Oh well. She’s a good kitten).

“Check out this website”

http://www.dosomething.org

“Make these recipes”

Crock Pot Apple Butter

Favorite Canned Salsa

“Ohh! Awesome tutorital! Bookmark it!”

How to Freeze Apples

What about you?

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I know a lot of you are working hard to make more of your meals from scratch; be it due to a food allergy/intolerance, or because you simply want to know more of what is in your food exactly and are striving to eat less processed junk.

Stumbled on this hand-crank apple peeler today on Graveyard Mall for only $6.99 (original price $15.99).  Apples are in season now and you can find ’em by the bushel at farmer’s markets, etc. So, for anyone who is canning, preserving, freezing, making applesauce, WHATEVER – good time to pick it up!

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Head over to Vocalpoint and request a free sample.  You may need to register, but Vocalpoint is a great program where you can get samples sent to you. These often include really high volume coupons as well. They only request that after you sample the product, to go back on their site and leave your thoughts on it.

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Looking for a new water bottle? All Aboard (the review & Giveaway Train!) is giving away an EcoUsable 16oz. stainless-steel water bottle with Water Wrap! Ends 8/9 at 11:59 PST. Open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

All Aboard (the review & Giveaway Train!) is also giving away a set of Bummas cloth wipes! So many uses with these! Ends 8/12 at 11:59pm PST. Open to US & Canadian residents. Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

Have a little one starting to walk? All Aboard (the review & giveaway train!) is also giving away a pair of IsaBooties. These are soft-soled shoes made in the USA. Giveaway ends 8/12 at 11:59p PST. Open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Love EcoMom‘s website?  Well, Organic Girl is giving away a $15 gift certificate to EcoMom! This great site sells products that have been researched and tested.  Giveaway ends 9/5 and is open to US and Canadian residents. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Sarah over at the Lewis Crazy House is giving away organic baby food pouches by Ella’s Kitchen.  These pouches are so easy for little hands and for caregivers to dish out only the needed amounts. Giveaway ends 8/18 at 11:59p. Check out their blog to find out how to enter.

You all know I LOVE wooden toys.  Well, One Bored Mommy is giving away a Cow Plush Rocker with Sound from Wooden Toddler Toys! Ends 8/18 and is open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom has a Sample box of five chips from Food Should Taste Good to give away! Ends 8/11 and is open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Reading is so important for everyone and it’s great to start kids off early.  Tales of The Wife is giving one lucky reader 5 Little Green Books of their choice. “Little Green Books is a branch of Simon&Schuster and focuses on green topics, such as endangered species, gardening, and recycling. Age recommendations vary by book and begin at birth through age 8.” Giveaway ends 8/18 at 12noon EST. Open to US and Canadian residents. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Two Classy Chicks  is giving away 5 Bob’s Red Mill products: bag of white popcorn kernels, 13 bean soup mix, whole grains & beans soup mix, bountiful black bean soup, and the bean soup seasoning mix. “Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products.” Giveaway ends 8/18 at midnight EST. Open to US residents only.  Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

One Frugal Lady is having an Earth Mama Baby Angel giveaway for a Tea Sampler and Happy Mama body wash! Ends 9/6 and is open to US residents only. Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

And Reviewed by Mom is giving away a bottle of Ecover All Purpose Cleaner! Ends 8/10 and is open to US residents only.  Check out her blog to find out how to enter.

Don’t forget the gazillions of Cloth Diaper giveaways over at Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

Eco-Friendly & Frugal is giving away a Simple Green Naturals Kit!Ends 8/19 at 10p CST. Open to US residents ONLY.  Check out her blog to find out how to enter!

Anyone know of a good source for Canadian giveaways?? I feel terrible that most of these were US-only!

Be sure to check out the other Giveaways I’ve shared! Maybe you’ll win something. 🙂

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Just when I thought it was safe… and that I was avoiding BPA wherever possible. Oh, No! Look at this article from the Environmental Working Group

Synthetic estrogen BPA coats cash register receipts

The plastic component bisphenol A (BPA) has been in the headlines nonstop as scientists, health experts and consumers press for a federal ban on food packaging made with this synthetic estrogen, shown to leach readily into infant formula, beverages and canned food. But most Americans are probably unaware that they are regularly exposed to the same endocrine-disrupting chemical in cash register receipts.

I’m confused now. I use glass-only in my food storage, baby bottles, and have a stainless steel water bottle. I no longer purchase food in cans, because of the BPA-lining. And now it’s in receipts?  It’s not like I can’t go shopping. Is there no way to avoid this toxin???

Read the complete article here.

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