Friday, April 24, 2015

Stella & Dot gives back during Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I invited my daughter, Bethany, to share a bit of info about the company she works with and what they're doing to help spread awareness. Plus, she's offering a great giveaway!

Hi Green Grandma fans! 

I know it's been a while since you've heard from me. You may know me as Green Grandma's daughter, Bethany, and also as a guest reviewer on the blog. I am a stay-at-home mom to an adorable little four year old boy named Lincoln and recently became a Stella & Dot stylist. This has been an amazing journey since I started back in October and I would love to share with you a little bit about a great foundation and fundraiser Stella & Dot is a part of.

Inspired by a father and a son, HollyRod Foundation was formed in 1996 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease.

In honor of Holly’s father, Matthew T. Robinson Jr., HollyRod partnered with the Center for Parkinson’s Research and Movement Disorders at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to establish The HollyRod Compassionate Care Program with the mission to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. The program provides patient services including physician consultations, speech and swallowing evaluation and treatment, physical therapy, counseling services and ambulation aids to those who have little or no healthcare insurance and limited financial resources.

After Holly and Rodney’s eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism, HollyRod’s mission expanded to provide support and resources to families also affected by an autism diagnosis. Like Parkinson’s, autism can decimate families physically, emotionally and most of all financially. HollyRod introduced the “Give the Gift of Voice” campaign in 2010, providing tablet computers and specially-designed apps to help give a voice to those without. 50% of children living with autism have extreme difficulty learning to speak, 25% of them never will. While these individuals may not be able to speak, they have much to say and through the “Give the Gift of Voice” campaign, they can now make their voice heard. It is our commitment to continue this program so that every individual living with autism has a voice. HollyRod is currently developing plans to create The HollyRod Autism Network at California State University, Northridge, a unique constellation of autism resources, services, and one-one-one support, all with a family-centered focus.

Stella & Dot has partnered with the HollyRod Foundation by giving all net proceeds of the sale of their autism awareness bracelets to the help those living with autism. 

Here's the good news... I want to give a bracelet to one of you! 

Just enter below on the Rafflecopter. You must be 18 or older to enter. US and Canada. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before an alternate winner is chosen.  Contest ends at midnight on April 29th so you still have time to order a bracelet in April if you don't win one. Of course, they make great gifts, so go ahead and order one anyway. If you win, you'll have one for you and one for a friend, knowing all along you're supporting a great cause.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I could not be more proud to be associated with such a great quality, stylish and (honestly) addictive brand. I actually don't think I can do them justice so I invite you to check out this great video! And if you want to learn more about how you can earn some great Stella & Dot products by hosting a trunk show or becoming a stylist, or you simply want to shop, contact me via my website by clicking here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TBT -- A question for Earth Day

Earth Day 2015 has come and gone. But that doesn't mean it's time for us to stop caring for the earth or start coming up with ways to live greener, more earth-friendly lives, right? For today's Throwback Thursday, I want to share just a bit of a post from Earth Day 2013. Perhaps it will spur you on. After all, everyone needs a little prodding now and then, don't you agree?

Photo by Green Grandma
On Earth Day this year, I resolve to ________________.
So, how would you complete that sentence? Is there anything you've been doing that hasn't been particularly earth-friendly? Perhaps you're still using too many paper towels (rags work just as well). Are you a cloth diapering mama who's gotten lazy and been using way too many disposables? Have you been forgetting your reusable bags too often when you go to the grocery store? Are you still using fabric softener (GASP!)? Are you tossing your sheets into the dryer when you could let the sun and breeze dry them just as easily (and much more fragrantly)? Are you driving when you could be walking? Have you been tossing cans and plastic bottles into the trash can at work where there's no recycling, rather than taking them home with you and putting them in your own recycling bin? Are you throwing away paper instead of taking it to a paper recycling collection bin in your community? Are you still cleaning with toxins when vinegar, lemon, and baking soda work just as effectively?
Remember to keep it green... for you, for your family, for future generations, and for the earth.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wild Oats for Earth Day! Why eating organic matters to you... and to the earth

Disclosure: In exchange for this sponsored post, I received products and/or compensation.

I love Earth Day! It's the one day that non-green minded people actually might do something that helps the environment in one way or another. Whether you're picking up litter, carrying reusable bags into the grocery store, or conserving water or electricity, you're doing your part for Earth Day. As I've often said -- every little bit helps. 

Since Earth Day 2014, I've increased my awareness and consumption of organic foods. I know a lot of you are trying to raise families and it's much more difficult for you to afford organics simply because you have more mouths to feed. But eating organic doesn't have to cost a fortune. Seriously. 

Walmart features the Wild Oats Marketplace line, which is full of organic yumminess! 

So, what's the big deal with organics, anyway? And why is it something I'm focusing on for Earth Day?

There are many reasons to choose organic foods for your family, but here are some of my reasons:
  • Avoiding synthetic pesticides. As someone with extreme chemical sensitivity, the last thing I want to do is ingest chemicals, right? Conventional farmers apply up to 12 or more synthetic pesticides to their crops each year. When I choose organic foods, I don't expose myself to all that chemical crap.
  • Avoiding GMOs. Let's face it, we really don't know the long range effects of consuming genetically engineered foods, do we? I hate being a guinea pig.
  • Avoiding hormones and antibiotics. As a menopausal woman, the last thing I want to expose myself to is unnecessary hormones. Period. Or lack of one...
  • Preserving heirloom seeds. If certain companies have their way, the preservation of heirloom seeds will no longer be allowed. We have to fight for the farmers' rights to continue their organic lines of food varieties.
  • Caring about farmers, their families, and their neighbors. I grew up in Lancaster County where the smell of manure permeated the warmer seasons. Back then, it was natural. Now, it makes me shudder to think about what the people in my old stomping grounds are exposed to on a daily basis. Organic farming creates healthier working environments for the workers and their rural communities.
Did you know that certified organic farmers may not use
  • toxic synthetic pesiticides
  • artificial fertilizers
  • unnecessary hormones
  • antibiotics
They practice sustainability, restoring, maintaining, and enhancing soil and ecosystem health.

For me, there's no contest. When I have the choice, I'm going to choose organic foods. Walmart and Wild Oats Marketplace make that choice much easier

With Wild Oats, even cash strapped families can live healthier lifestyles and reduce their environmental footprint. With the wide variety of organic products at Walmart, you'll find their prices are comparable to conventional national brands. You can check out their prices here.

So here's my challenge to you for Earth Day 2015: head over to Walmart and pick up some organic products from Wild Oats Marketplace. Give them a try. And then celebrate your health and wellness as you celebrate the earth and all the wonderful gifts it bestows on us. 

And make sure you check out Wild Oats on Facebook and Instagram

And do me a favor -- Take a moment to post a comment. Let me know why eating organic is important to you.


Considering Earth Day: What is crying out, "I want to be recycled!"?

Monday, April 20, 2015

#10forSolar -- How ClimateStore Inc. is making a difference this week

Disclosure: I am an ambassador for ClimateStore Inc. This is a sponsored post. However, I do not receive anything for purchases made through any of the following links.

Last night, a huge transformer blew somewhere in our community. Our electricity went out, but was quickly restored again. We prepared for an evening without. I grabbed my solar lantern and my husband lit some candles. As it turned out, it was unnecessary, but it did make me think about those living in energy poverty. They don't have the luxury of electric lights, televisions with a kazillion stations, furnaces, etc. Their lives are often spent in darkness. Thank God for individuals and companies that care enough to do something about it.

With Earth Day 2015 only two days from now, I wanted to share how ClimateStore Inc. is partnering with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) on Earth Day to provide renewable energy to communities in need. But they're not limiting the project's positive impact to that one day. Instead, 10% of proceeds for all purchases made on through April 27, 2015 will be donated to SELF. How awesome is that?

You see, it's one thing to talk about something. It's an entirely different thing to actually do something about it.

Based in Washington, DC, SELF is a nonprofit with a mission of implementing solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty. They do this through economic, educational, health care, and agricultural development by conducting small solar installations in places with a specific need. SELF solar installations helped power eight health centers after the devasting 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In Benin, SELF built a solar irrigation system, empowering farmers to grow food sustainably. Currently, they are working on a project to help provide lighting to schools in rural Columbia. 

By providing renewable energy to developing countries, SELF not only improves quality of life in those communities, but it also mitigates climate change. SELF is implementing a win-win solution that transforms lives, eliminates greenhouse emissions and provides lasting skills and infrastructure that will build more resilient communities. While ClimateStore helps people reduce their carbon footprints here at home, they also want to help people that may endure the consequences of our fossil fuel use.

Click here to be directed to the Earth Week promotion at And don't forget, your purchase matters!  

Just look at the faces of those who will benefit, and start shopping!


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