The Toothpaste Dilemma
Watermelon. That’s the only flavor of toothpaste my 8 year old will use. And it has to be the green stuff. Artificially colored and flavored no doubt. He hates mint, so most traditional toothpastes are out. We’ve tried Tom’s of Maine kids flavors to no avail. Recently we got samples of Jack N’ Jill natural toothpaste and I had high hopes of finding something he would like, especially since it is USDA Organic. I personally love the blackcurrent flavor but it was a no-go for watermelon-boy. A tube of Earthpaste arrived in my Conscious Box but there was no interest in trying the lemon flavor. Help! What’s a mindful momma to do?
Are you a fan of muesli? Or do you even know what it is? For the record, muesli is a mix of various seeds, nuts, grains and dried fruits. It’s similar to granola but typically not toasted as much (and sometimes even untoasted). Muesli has a chewier texture than granola and because it is not heated as much, it packs more of a nutritional punch. It is made without added oils and with less sugar than most granolas too. We’ve been eating the most wonderful muesli recently from a Minnesota company called Seven Sundays. I’m telling you the Ginger Pear Macadamia is the bomb! I love it straight out of the box, with milk or soaked in homemade kefir overnight (recipe below adapted from Seven Sundays). If you are not a Twin-Citian like me, you can buy Seven Sundays muesli through their online web-store or at Abe’s Market.
1/2 cup muesli
3/4 cup homemade kefir, yogurt or milk
Mix together and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Top with fresh fruit if desired.
I’m headed off to a fun conference next week! At least it will be fun for eco-marketing nuts like me. LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability and this conference is basically about marketing to people who care about things like health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice. If you’ve been following my blog for long, you know that I’ve got a thing for promoting green and health related businesses. There is a social media workshop that I am particularly excited about. Not to mention my first trip to Boulder, CO!! Follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates while I’m there!
Just in time for my trip I picked up a new laptop bag from Minneapolis-based Urban Junket. But this is not just any old laptop bag. This is a Power Trip! Power Trip bags come with built-in battery packs to recharge any USB-powered device – from phones to iPads to laptops. The proprietary Joey battery sits snugly inside the bag can be recharged while powering at the same time! My new Karen Powered Handbag (made partially with recycled material) will allow me to stay charged all day long during the LOHAS conference and later this summer, at BlogHer.
Have a great weekend everyone! At least in Minnesota, summer is finally here!
(Disclosure: I received free samples of Jack N’ Jill toothpaste and Seven Sundays muesli in exchange for my honest opinion. There are a few affiliate links in this post. Any purchase you make helps keep this blog in business. Thank you!)