Monday, February 24, 2014

Chicken!

Monday, Monday, Monday.

Okay, so I think I started this week in a short week hangover – if that makes sense.

Short week last week + normal week this week + what felt like a super-fast weekend = me not wanting to be at work today.

Here’s a joke for you:
Why did the chicken cross the ocean??? Because the USDA said it could!
Yeah, yeah…not funny, I know!

But anyway, I was at work today, chatting with one of my boob buddies as my boss would so eloquently put it (a few of us girls from our Special Needs Room have become pretty close), and she informs me that the USDA has approved the US to send our chicken to China to be processed and then sent back to the US to sell.

I’m sorry if I’m about to offend anyone in China, but really – that’s gross. Horribly, terribly gross. Chicken is already known for all kinds of nastiness – salmonella and that sort of stuff. So I’m sorry if I don’t want a country that has food preparation standards that our lower than ours preparing our chicken and sending it back for our stores to sell. And not to mention the fact that it is going to be shipped back and forth and could possibly start to thaw if it isn’t handled correctly in all of this transport.

Here are just a few highlights from this gem:

“As the New York Times first reported, the products will be offered without a country-of-origin label. The chickens will still be raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile (the only countries approved by the USDA), but can be processed in China because USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) auditors have approved four Chinese poultry plants to start exporting processed poultry to the U.S.”

Not offering a country-of-origin label leaves consumers in the dark, with no way of knowing if they are eating a product that comes from a country that has recently seen a series of food safety scandals, like China, where there was a recent outbreak of H7N9 bird flu virus in fresh meat markets.

After reading about this I informed the hubby that we will only be buying local chicken from local farms.

So, that’s what I’ve been hung up on all day. And to try to take my mind off of it, I went on a small shopping spree for spring clothes for baby A. It's so much fun to buy cute things for little girls! 

Tonight I’m going to just tell you about a couple of the goodies we keep in our living room for those emergency hand and lip issues – chapped skin and lips!

(What can I say – this picture just felt right with what I wanted to tell you about today!)

Yes, you are seeing it right. The lip stuff on the left is Chicken Poop lip balm. And no, it does not really have chicken poop in it!
Ingredients include: Avocado oil, jojoba, sweet orange, lavender essential oil, bees wax, and Vitamin E. (as listed on the tube)
It is a little slimier than the Burt’s Bees, but it is very moisturizing and nice for the winter months.

The lotion in the middle – the Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream – LOVE this stuff for when my hands are super dry. Yeah that about covers every day right now. Again, a little slimy, but it’s great for when I’m just watching tv and not doing much with my hands. Give it a few minutes and the slime fades away.

And to the far right, the Burt’s Bees original Beeswax Lip Balm. This is my all-time favorite lip stuff when my lips are dry. I layer it under lip gloss, lipstick, or go naked! It’s minty-ness is awesome, it isn’t greasy. And did I mention that the hubby loves it too? I’m pretty sure we have upwards of 8 tubes floating around our house, in my purse, in our bedroom, in his coats….so yeah, we are big fans!

Here’s to hoping that your week goes quickly!  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy President's Day!

I'm home enjoying my day with baby A today in honor of President's Day (have I mentioned that bank holidays are great?). I love having extra time with her! 

This morning I looked outside and saw 3 pretty amazing things:

1) Apparently in recognition of Valentine's day (or just because she loves us), Daisy made a snow heart for us! 



2) and 3) Blue skies and sparkly snow!!!! (And this means that there is sunshine!)


I hope you all are enjoying a little sunshine in your day and your week to come! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snow days and Make-up

Snow days…
  



I HATE complaining about the weather. We live in Pennsylvania. I know there are seasons – one of which means there will be snow.

BUT

I’ve had enough! Really! I really have!

Talk about a waste of make-up!

Thursday morning, I get up, get ready, get baby A ready, and off we go. I drop her off at daycare where I’m told that they will be moving her up to the toddler room. (*Insert tear here! Can we please just make it slow down???) In case that wasn’t rough enough, I get back in my car, turn down the hill to head to work, brake gently since the roads were less than ideal to say the least, and proceed to gain speed toward the house at the bottom of the road. I somehow managed to get it turned just in time to miss the house, but at that point I decided that I wasn’t going to the office. I turned around, went back to the daycare, called my boss, went back inside to get baby A, and we slowly made our way home.

 
But seriously, had I planned on working from home today I wouldn’t have gotten up at my normal time, showered, and put make-up on.

I have reached out to some great companies so I can get back to doing what I love to do and sharing amazing products and companies with you. But while I’m waiting to hear from them, I will tell you how we’ve put our money where our mouths are. I am going to do is tell you about some of the products that we’ve been using around our house!

So speaking of make-up – first I’ll tell you about the stuff I’ve been using. I have been transitioning from anything that tests on animals to cruelty free and more natural products. As I previously mentioned, I don’t think animals should have to suffer for my vanity.

Here you will see the things that make an appearance pretty much daily in my morning routine:


1) Twisted Peppermint moisturizing lotion soap from Bath and Body Works (Did you know that as a company they don’t test on animals?! This is great since I love their soaps!)

2) LUSH Imperialis moisturizer – light and has a great scent to it. My skin is loving this stuff right now with how dry I am.

3) BareMinerals (from left)
                - Flawless Definition mascara – I’m not positive about this one. It does make my eyelashes look long, but I don’t get much volume from it. I might still be in the market for some *good* mascara.
                - Ready Foundation – makes my skin look great with just enough coverage.
                - Well-Cared for brush cleaner – I will admit that I haven’t tried this yet, but I will let you know what I think when I do.
                - Warmth All-Over Face Color – This is awesome for some all over face glow. I know I need a little help in the sun-kissed look at this point in the winter!
                - Mineral Veil Powder – I like this for the finishing touches over the foundation.
                - You will also see the Prime Time primer and the eyelid primer – These are great for getting your face ready for your foundation. I find that it gives me a great canvas to start on.

4) Tom’s of Maine deodorant – in Fresh Apricot – I will admit that I am having a love / hate relationship with this stuff. It has a great smell, goes on light, and is all natural. BUT I find that I do tend to sweat a little more with this than my old antiperspirant/deodorant that I used to use. I think it will be good for the cooler temps, but I might miss staying dry in the summer.

So there we have it! That is what I’ve been using in my morning routine.

Let me know what natural or no-animal testing products you’ve been using and what your thoughts are – I’d love to hear from you!



Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! 


I hope you had a sweet day with your loves - I had twice as much love this year and it was amazing! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Maintenance Needed!! (And some general disclaimer stuff)

HAPPY FRIDAY!



As you might have read, I am finally back and trying to get caught up on everything here in my Shop Good - Do Good land. 

I wanted to let you all know that I am aware of the fact that there are many pictures in my posts that appear to be broken. I am working on fixing them and coming to a solution so that I don't have this problem going forward. In many cases, these were live links to the company's website of products that they have/had available and have either changed their site, their products, etc.

As a general reminder / disclaimer - I do not work for the companies, nor do they pay me to promote their products. In some cases, I do receive products for review (which I will let you know), and I have been lucky enough to sponsor a few giveaways (hopefully more to come in the future - this will be possible with help from my friendly invisible internet friends!). The opinions on this site are my own, and I am in no way an expert in many of the items that I tell you about. If you like the products you see - give them a try yourself! (And let them know I sent you...even though they probably wouldn't know who I am!)

Thank you again and again for your support! If you like what I am doing - please be sure to tell everyone you know! :)



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hi there!


Hi there! Have you missed me?

I know! It’s been forever! I’ve been dealing with some technical difficulties with the site (as some of you might have noticed – and I kind of hope you did because that means you’ve been trying to visit!), a lot of life changes, and overall craziness.  But I’m here, and hopefully back for good!

What’s new with you? Tell me please! I’d love to hear from all of you!

As for me, I’ve been busy having an amazing little girl (who is now 13 ½ months!), raising her, working full time (more often than not, I would rather be at home with her!), and keeping up with the normal wife / friend & family / home stuff. :) My hubs has been amazing with our little “A” - a wonderful dad and a great husband! With being so busy, I feel like I’m still trying to find my footing on how to make time for everything that I WANT to do and what NEEDs to be done. I think this is pretty normal for first time parents (and maybe even 2nd and 3rd and 4th timers too!).

With that being said, I do apologize for disappearing, but I’m just working on it all as I can. I have a few product reviews that need to be done – I definitely owe the companies for sending me amazing samples and supporting me! I will be working on getting back up and running as quickly as I can.

I also plan on telling you more about products that we’ve been using at home. I am working on going as natural as I can with our little one and any future ones! I’ve also come to a strong realization that I don’t want innocent animals to have to pay for my vanity so I am working on transitioning all of my cosmetics and other beauty products to ones that are free from animal testing. In addition to that, we are working on changes around our house as well – natural cleaning products, organic foods, those types of changes.

My boss says that I’m a hippy…I say that I’d educated, aware, and just trying to make a small difference in this big, crazy world. Whatever you want to call it – I hope you enjoy my little corner and decide to hang out for a while. I enjoy having company! :)