My Favorite Things: Fourth Verse

True to form, I’m back at the “Favorite Things” again.  I like to think of this as a prestigious list of eco-friendly “must haves”.  Or maybe it’s the “What’s What”.  Either way it is here for your perusal and you are completely free to “ooh”, “aah” and maybe even holler an “OMG!  Gotta have it!”  So, here’s to the fourth verse.  Enjoy!

Max’s Mud: Good Clean Fun
I’ve said it before, but I need to say it again: There are very, very, very few things that hold my toddler’s attention for longer than 60 seconds.  In fact, I can count them on one hand two fingers.  So, if a product makes it onto this extremely limited list, it instantly becomes a winner in our household.

Max’s Mud is a natural, organic sculpting dough made right here in Seattle, Washington and is even available at our local co-op (the North Forest location only).  It comes in eight colors and each one boasts ingredients you’d find in your own kitchen (a.k.a. natural and edible): rice flour, jojoba oil and plant-based colorants.  The containers are perfect for storage and the recommended steps for remoistening it really do work.  The price tag is a little under $4 for each container, but our first one purchased is still pliable, workable and vibrant ten-months later.  You can’t beat a product that combines high-quality organic ingredients for an affordable price and supports local dollars and local workers.

Max’s Mud provides that oh-so-needed-respite of solitude that makes it possible to clean the dishes, scramble some eggs or just sit down and breathe without talking for mere minutes.  And, for that I am eternally grateful.

Where to buy? Visit Max’s Mud’s website for more information.

Get socially connected and follow Max’s Mud on Facebook and Twitter.


ecoSTORE USA: “No Nasty Chemicals”
New Zealand holds a special place in my heart for two reasons.  On one end it’s because my family lives there. My uncle is a geophysicist and moved from North Carolina to Auckland a few years ago for a job transfer.  On the professional, life-decision end of things, New Zealand is where it’s at when it comes to this project and eco-friendly products.  I frequently find myself embarrassingly lost on the internet and exploring one website after another in an ultimate hunt for a nifty, super cool eco-friendly product. And, more often than not, it comes back to New Zealand.  If the trend doesn’t still come out of there, that’s where it started.  It’s almost like the “Six Degrees of New Zealand”.

ecoSTORE USA is no exception to the New Zealand rule of thumb.  They are a company that started in New Zealand fifteen years ago and after a growing following, spread overseas to the United States.  Their motto sums it up perfectly: “No Nasty Chemicals” and their product line is expansive enough to clean up your home and self from one room to another.

Now that ecoSTORE USA is stateside, we have the chance to snatch up some of their products and enjoy the results of free-thinking New Zealanders.  With the advent of natural dishwashing detergent in our kitchen cupboard, I have noticed that our glasses are not as clear anymore.  Don’t get me wrong – they are still very clean, but they don’t have that sparkle that other detergents have infamously marketed.  When I don my barely-part-time hostess hat, I always make a point of serving food and drinks in glasses that are both clean and appear clean.  That’s where rinse aids come in.

ecoSTORE USA has an affordable, grime-cutting Lemon Rinse Aid that is made with all-natural ingredients (only 5 {!!} to be exact) and comes in at under $4.00 for a 6.8 ounce bottle.  The rinse aid even leaves a subtle lemon verbena scent (a.k.a. divine) in the dishwasher after each load.  The kicker is the long-lasting bottle.  We got our single bottle more than seven-months ago, average five dishwasher loads per week and still have more than half left.  Talk about b-b-b-b-b-bang for your buck!

I am firm believer in the value of dog food.  I think that the quality of the substance returns itself tenfold in a healthier, cleaner and generally happier pet.  We are blessed with a mutt, Tucker, that, nature-willing, only needs the very occasional bath to clean up the stinky saltwater he played fetch in.  So, the baths are few and far between.  But, he deserves the best.  And, ecoSTORE USA offers an outstanding hypo-allergenic pet shampoo that has ingredients I refer to as human-grade (a.k.a. good enough for my hide).  A little of the shampoo goes a long way and that’s saying a lot when we are referring to an 85-pound mutt of shag and fluff.  The shampoo leaves Tucker worthy of a night at the foot of the bed or a nap on the couch!

Where to buy? Visit ecoSTORE USA’s website for more information.
Get socially connected – check out ecoSTORE USA on Facebook and Twitter.


Burt’s Bees: Earth Friendly Natural Personal Care for the GREATER GOOD
If a company can wrap up honeybees and natural ingredients into one product line I am sold – hook, line, sinker.  If attractive, recyclable and recycled packaging are added and then a sweet scent tossed in – you are guaranteed to see me start acting a little maniacal when they are spotted on the store shelf.  Now, if the product can work time and time again and not leave too much of a dent in my pocketbook, it becomes a friend for life.

And, that’s where Burt’s Bees comes in.  We were happenstance acquaintances for a long time, but they have quickly become my go-to source for personal hygiene items including Beckett’s tear-free shampoo.  My longest must-have Burt’s Bees’ item was the “lip balm”.  Santa was often spotted stuffing stockings with the tubes and they had become a staple accessory to gift-wrapped boxes and bags.  The classic Beeswax Lip Balm is perfect for everyone (guys included!) and goes on smooth with a long-lasting moisture for even the driest of dry lips (many thanks to the beeswax!).  The Honey Lip Balm will leave you smacking your lips and licking them with delight.  And, if you are a looking for a hint of color, I really like the Lip Shimmer balms.  They add just enough pizzazz to make you feel like a lady.

One of my newest must-haves from Burt’s Bees is their toothpaste.  Toothpaste seems to be one of those products that you have and then one day you open the medicine cabinet and the tube is empty.  I know that I could mix my own toothpaste with a bit of baking soda, but I really like fresh, minty smelling breath (not baking soda breath!).  And, I get more than a little grossed out when I think about the unnatural ingredients in your standard toothpaste.  Burt’s Bees has packaged the natural goodness of simple ingredients, including cranberry extracts, into a tube and offers a product that is outstanding at cleaning and whitening your teeth (without bleach!!!).   The price is reasonable at around $5.00 per tube and the results are unbelievable!

Where to buy? Visit Burt’s Bees’ website for more information.
Get socially connected – check out Burt’s Bees on Facebook.

Thank you for singing along with me and enjoying the fourth verse of the Sacred Bee’s Favorite Things!

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3 Responses to My Favorite Things: Fourth Verse

  1. Danielle A says:

    I love h0w you write Kate. And what you write about.
    Hope you guys are doing great! Love you

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