I love featuring companies owned and operated by mothers. Bee All Natural is a company that uses organic, natural ingredients to make gentle products for your baby (and you). All of the ingredients are food grade, so you don’t have to worry if your child ingests a little by sucking on a hand or foot that has been rubbed in oil or body butter.
The story of Michigan mom Rachel Nonis is great. She grew up on an organic dairy farm, so organics were in her blood:
We tried the following Bee All Natural products for babies. They are also available in a fragrance-free, natural version:
Would I buy these products? Maybe. I’m on the fence because I really like these products and supporting a mom-owned business; however, I do not live in Michigan and do not like ordering things off the internet that I can shop for locally.
Although I don’t find it difficult to assemble the ingredients to make cookies, sometimes a cookie mix just makes life easier, especially when gluten-free. In my experience, some gluten-free recipes simply don’t work, so rather than waste my limited time on trying them, I was excited to try purely elizabeth’s cookie mix.
Unfortunately, I found these cookies not to be what I expected. The batter was difficult to form into balls, and I ended up just plopping them on the cookie sheet instead. They took much longer to cook than recommended. In the end, the ones that were actually balled did turn out less crumbly than the plopped version.
My daughter really liked these cookies; however, her parents did not! There was a very strange after taste that lasted a very long time. I’m not sure what it was, but it was very unpleasant and even required teeth brushing!
Would I buy this product? No
One thing I love about Bon Ami is you can find it any grocery store. It is my green cleaning standby when I can’t shop at a health food store. Perhaps my nostalgia comes from using the product to clean the house we rented for my daughter’s home birth.
We tried the following three Bon Ami products:
Would I buy these products? Yes. The company that has been making natural home cleaning products since 1886. Our great grandmothers knew how to clean naturally! Beside, Bon Ami products are much cheaper than most green cleaning products!
I don’t believe in paper plates. As a family, we travel to potlucks, BBQs, and parties with out own set of plates and utensils (including cloth napkins); however, I do recognize paper plates are part of American culture. I also have some trepidation about reviewing a product from Hefty, as I can’t get out my mind TV commercials of plastic bags and my suspicions about major corporations. I do not know of any major environmental crimes committed by Hefty, like a reader pointed out when we reviewed Marcal recycled paper towels .
Hefty Basics Paper Plates are not bleached super white, and their claim to green fame is they are compostable. Not knowing for sure what process/chemicals are used for making them, I am not sure I would throw them in my compost pile used to grow food in the family garden.
Ironically, even though Hefty is touting these plates as environmentally-friendly, they claim on their website that foam plates are better:
These paper plates are made in the USA. Hefty has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation with this product.
Would I buy this product? No. As mentioned above, I avoid paper plates. On the rare occasion in which I have purchased paper plates, I have chosen Stalkmarket made from biodegradable sugar cane fiber and with a guaranteed “contaminant-free manufacturing process”.
As an exclusive breastfeeding mother, I never thought I would need a breast pump. I had a job where my babies came to work with me, and I never fell for the logic that pumping would allow the father to bond better by allowing him to feed the baby too.
There were two times I needed a breast pump with my children: weaning (to relieve engorgement) and when my son required open heart surgery and took the breast milk challenge . For my son, I thankfully had the Medela Pump in Style , although not the updated version.
It also comes with a 9v car adaptor. I know it sounds strange to be pumping in the car, but I found myself doing it on a few occasions in the hospital parking garage.
Would I buy this product? Yes. It is quite an investment, but you can’t beat this breast pump for convenience and comfort. The hand pumps are torture. Besides, the IRS has finally agreed that breast pumps are tax-deductible .