About Natalie

A committed, but not yet institutionalized SAHM of three. I enjoy crafting experiments, cooking and baking adventures, and fancy myself as handy with a power drill as I am a glue gun. I may not get the project right the first time, but I always have fun doing it!

Bigelow’s “SustainabiliTea” Program Protects the Planet: “Do the Right Thing and Good Things will Follow”! #CollectiveBias

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  Bigelow tea was created to make delicious, healthy tea in a way that was also environmentally responsible.  “Do the Right Thing and Good Things will Follow” remains ingrained in the Bigelow culture today! Bigelow’s Mission Statement is guided by four basic principles:

  • Satisfied Consumers: Bigelow feels that good flavor and product freshness are paramount to your tea drinking experience.
  • Strong Relationships: They continually work to build strong business relationships. Communication and mutual respect are important.
  • Employee Relations: A company can’t be successful without the help of their employees. Bigelow works to provide a positive, motivational and satisfying relationship.
  • Good Corporate Citizen: Since the beginning of the company, strong ethical business practices are emphasized.

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What Does Bigelow they actually do that protects our planet with their SustainabilitTea program?

  • Energy conservation: 880,000 kWh of solar energy solar panels generated to date; enough to power 568 homes for a year
  • Land preservation and protection: 347 acres held by Bigelow Tea to prevent it from future real estate development
  • Waste reduction: 0% of waste going to landfill from Bigelow’s three facilities
  • Supplier relationships: 40,000 square feet of new facility is able to heat or cool using 1/14th the energy normally required (equal to the amount used to cool or heat a 2,857 sq ft facility)

Pretty amazing, huh? I was talking with my kids about what all of these numbers actually meant. So I took the kids for a bike ride around our neighborhood to try to find a point of reference for them. Our neighborhood has about 45 houses in it. This would mean that the energy that the solar panels have generated so far could power a TWELVE & A HALF NEIGHBORHOODS for a YEAR!

Preserving 347 acres keeps the natural environment a home to thousands of insects, animals and plants. And no waste… ZERO PERCENT goes to landfills from all three of Bigelow’s manufacturing facilities! And the energy that would normally heat/cool just a 3,000 sq ft facility does the job for a 40,000 square feet of facility!

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Recently, I took a vacay-errand (any trip to store, bank or elsewhere without my entourage of children) to my favorite Target store to check out all the flavors in the Bigelow Tea family. I found them in the drink aisle, right after the juice. The pretty Green Tea boxes sprang out at me!  The business philosophy of Bigelow tea sounds fantastic right? Everything that I would like to support and teach my kids to find important when choosing their own purchases.

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But Bigelow Tea tastes great too! They have something for every tea drinker. I tend to drink the Classic Green Tea in the mornings. I love my coffee, but sometimes you need something with a more earthy yet delicate taste to go with a cranberry scone. This evening, I snuggled on the couch with my little girl and a cup of Cosy Chamomile. We chatted about her day and the current story she was penning. It was a sweet tale about a fairy and her garden. Thank you #TrendTea and #CollectiveBias for this precious moment with my daughter!

Grandma doesn’t know it yet, but she will be getting a basket of homemade cookies and a box of delicious “Constant Comment” Black Tea. I love that our grandparents spent their busy lives getting up at dawn, and now in their nineties, they sleep in to 9 am every morning! They have given up coffee because of the acidity, but love having a cup of tea on their back porch together. I can’t wait wait to hear what they think of the sweet spice and hint of orange rind in “Constant Comment.”

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Right now, you can ENTER TO WIN some fantastic prizes in Bigelow’s “THANK YOU MOM SWEEPS!”

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I would love to win a $200 spa gift and an assortment of Bigelow Tea for Mom! There are many other prizes to make your Mom smile so make sure you enter on the Bigelow Tea Facebook page before 4/30. Just click on the sweepstakes icon under the cover photo at the top of the Bigelow FB page!

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Brancott Estate Wines “Flight Song” Full, Crisp Flavor & Low Calorie! #MC #Sponsored

 

 

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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What is better than a warm spring evening, the quiet of your backyard and a good friend to share a glass of wine with after a long day? Not much in my opinion!

It is a wonderful thing that my best friend also happens to be my neighbor. We take turns-her backyard and I bring the wine, mine and she brings the wine. Last weekend I had something special for us to try!

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It was the NEW Pinot Grigio from Brancott Estates “Flight Song.”  We were pleasantly surprised by how citrusy refreshing it was! Perfect for the warm almost summer-like night. She liked the floral notes combined with delicious fruity undertones. We guessed correctly that it was peach, but had to check out Brancott Estate’s website for the rest: nashi pear, guava and sweet lemon gave it the fresh citrus zest. My friend loves a light wine and this was excellent for her-I may have just found the perfect birthday gift!

Besides a wonderfully relaxing chat with a good friend, there are many moments in life that call for a great glass of wine! A celebration, a fantastic dinner and the occasional date! Every week my husband and I try to have a “date night in.” We have three young children and it’s hard to line up a babysitter. We choose a few exciting cheeses and whatever fruit looks ripe and delicious in the produce aisle. My husband and I have been able to enjoy and learn a lot about wine-the differences in the varieties and also what we prefer. Softball and t-ball really wore the kids out on Tuesday, so we were able to have our little date night then.

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Brancott Estates “Flight Song” Sauvignon Blanc was delicious with our chevre, smoked gouda and crisp Gala apples. The lemon acidity gave it an exciting kick. Pink grapefruit and passionfruit aromas made it a sweeter selection-but sweet in a fresh way. We loved it and this Sauvignon Blanc will definitely be in our date night rotation!

In addition to being refreshing and delectable, it is also crafted to be 20% lighter in calories compared to the 2012 Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. So you can swish, sip and relish with less calories!

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Who will you be sharing a delicious bottle of “Flight Song” wine with this summer?

Giveaway! The Pirate Fairy Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy #PirateFairyBloggers

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If you’ve seen Disney’s The Pirate Fairy, you’ve already fallen in love with Zarina, the spunky, misunderstood Pixie Dust fairy that makes a mistake and ends up with a nefarious yet fun group of pirates from Skull Rock.

From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014.
 
 

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The Pirate Fairy sends a message about what real friendship is. Zarina shows us how even after making mistakes you can work to fix them and return to your loved ones! This is definitely a movie you will want in your family movie night rotation! You can check out our full The Pirate Fairy movie review here!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of The Pirate Fairy but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Highlights, low-lights, ombre. Platinum, beachy gold, fiery red, ill-advised black.  Crimping, curling, straightening, ratting. I’ve done just about everything. And although I had a lot of fun, my hair paid the price! At times my hair was dull and flat. I really had to make sure I treated it with a lot of TLC!

AdvancedOxygenSeries_Lifestyle_v2_031714[2][1] The new Dove® Advanced Hair Series gives your locks weightless moisture plus volume and shine-exactly what you need when you put your hair through as much as I do! I love that happy, bouncy feeling you get when you have a fantastic hair day that lasts all day long. Your local Walgreens has beauty advisors to help you with your individual hair hurdles so you can find out how to get your perfect hair!

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RSVP HERE to join in the Dove #WeightlessHair Twitter party on Wednesday, April 16 at 8 PM ET with @ResourcefulMom.

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Spring has always been my favorite. Flowers start to bloom and I love it when the rain makes everything smell fresh. But in the last few years, my Spring giddiness has been a bit stifled. Kind of like when you try to stifle a sneeze. Yep-seasonal allergies. And in addition to the head cold-like symptoms I get painful, sensitive, itchy skin! Suddenly I have to be really careful about what I use. If I even look at the wrong bottle of moisturizer my face starts to tingle.

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