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Recently, I started using coconut oil as part of my hand and nail care routine after receiving a big container of it from Viva Naturals, along with their MCT oil, which I wrote about here. I’ve used coconut oil in the kitchen for years, but for some reason, I hadn’t ventured into adding it to my self-care routine, but after seeing and feeling the moisturizing results of just a bit of this delightfully scented coconut oil on my hands and cuticles, I wanted to find more uses. Today, I’m sharing four ways to use coconut oil in your self-care routine, so you can enjoy a little TLC at home as well. 

Add Coconut Oil to your Self-Care Routine:

Coconut oil for self-care


With another birthday nearing, I decided it was time to make my health and wellness a priority by moving more, improving my sleep, and like many of you have discussed on social media, I need to reverse some of the pandemic weight gain so that I can fully enjoy summer. I read an article about taking a look at what you do from the very moment you wake up and see if you can make positive changes. For me that meant overhauling my morning coffee, so when Viva Naturals offered to send me their MCT Oil for review, I took it as a sign to give coffee with organic MCT oil a try. 

MCT Oil in Coffee:

Organic MCT oil in coffee

Happy Earth day! Over the years, I’ve written several blog posts to share how my family honors our earth by showcasing what we are planting or events we’ll be attending. There are many resources available on the site and I hope you’ll visit and find a way to plug in and help where you are. This year, I’m focusing on shining a light of food resources and farms that are doing their part to help stop food scarcity. One such company is Nature’s Path Organic Foods, so I made Sunrise vanilla yogurt bowls to celebrate Earth day and to share a little more about Nature’s Path and their recent annual Gardens for Good Program. 

Nature’s Path Sunrise Vanilla Yogurt Bowls

When I read the email from asking their bloggers if we’d like to try some organic tea and nutrient –dense Moringa leaves, I happily said yes because my daughters and I love drinking tea and I wanted to try Moringa. Even though I got these products free for review purposes, I feel like I got so much more than freebies.  I got a glimpse into farming in countries far away and how just one small purchase helps an entire family. I can’t wait to share more about the Organic India Mission and some of their products with you today. All opinions are my own. 

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I was expecting to receive a box of tea and some Moringa powder so I was happily surprised when I received a large box full of products to try.  My daughters and I tried the Tulsi (Holy Basil) teas first. 

We received a box of:

  • Green Tea
  • Cinnamon Rose
  • Moringa

All of these teas are certified organic and are reported to help relieve stress and protect the immune system.  

My Thoughts:

We really enjoyed the green tea and the cinnamon rose. I found no need to add sugar or any sweetener to either tea, making it a perfect to go tea. Since my Organic India box included a tall reusable to go cup, I found myself taking tea with the bag in more often than coffee!

 I also received 3 bottles of herbal supplements.

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We received a bottle of:

  • Joy! - To uplift moods.
  • Turmeric- for healthy inflammation response.
  • Moringa- Essential Nutrition.

My Thoughts:

While I did take one or two of all the supplements to see how I liked them for the purpose of this review, I enjoy the benefits of the Moringa the most as I can’t see or feel any difference when I take a Joy! or Turmeric supplement.

You may be thinking, what exactly is Moringa? And that is a very good question. I had never heard of it myself until very recently. 

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According to Organic India- Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth! More information from Organic India's website:

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I wanted to share all this goodness with my daughters, so I added a teaspoon of Moringa powder to their banana-berry smoothie’s and it was delicious! 

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Moringa Leaf Powder

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There was no bad taste, no funny smell, just yummy goodness! The Moringa did make our smoothie a little thicker than usually, but we had no problem with that!

                                        Organic, India,

I really enjoyed experiencing all the great Organic India products I was sent and invite you to learn more about:

  • Their global sustainable mission
  • Moringa combats malnutrition
  • Their farmers
  • Their products

  by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter. You may decide to purchase a few of their organic products while you are there, which will make you a part of the global sustainable mission as well.

 Please share in comments: Do you drink tea or a regular basis and if so, what type do you enjoy?

Our Safer Brand Lawn- Part 2

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, July 29, 2013
I received  free products from Safer Brand to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own. 

Back in May, I wrote the first of a 3 part review series for Safer Brand products. This type of review is unique here on My WAHM Plan because a certain amount of time must elapse before using one or more of the products sent to us for review free of charge by Safer Brand. 

We are following this chart as closely as possible.

Apply Ringer lawn restore in April for fast green up.
Apply Concern weed prevention plus in May to prevent weeds.
Apply Lawn restore in July to maintain strong, healthy root systems.
Apply Ringer lawn restore in September to winterize your lawn.

To read Part 1, please go here. 

 Today’s post - Part 2 is the follow up of products used in May.

 About Safer Brand Restore:

Ringer® Lawn Restore 0% Phosphate organic fertilizer will give you a lush, thick, green lawn without the worries associated with traditional synthetic chemical fertilizers. This organic lawn fertilizer is also extremely easy to use! This 40 lb. bag will cover 4,000 square feet and will last up to 8 weeks per application. Ringer Lawn Restore will 'green' your lawn up quickly, usually within 3-5 days and will last up to 8 weeks.”

The Review:

We can really tell the difference in look, color and feel on the parts of our lawn that received the Restore treatment in late May.

Our lawn with 1 application of Safer brand products.

We are very pleased and will by utilizing more product next weekend focusing on the dryer patches in our lawn. Last review to come in  late September/early October.

About Safer Brand Weed Prevention Plus :

“An application of Weed Prevention Plus® in the spring will prevent weeds from taking over your lawn.  Weed Prevention Plus® is powered by all-natural corn gluten meal which contains naturally occurring substances that grow bacteria and starve weeds of the nutrients the seed's tiny feeder roots need to grow. It is a pre-emergent herbicide and causes the weed seedlings to die before their roots ever have a chance to become established. Apply Weed Prevention Plus® when soil temperature reaches 55ºF (10ºC).

The Review:

We are satisfied with the over-all weed control of this product, however, we still have some break through weeds. 
To be fair we must mention : heavy spring rains prevented us from getting this product on the ground during the optimum pre-emergent time frame and the type of weeds (crab grass) is one of the hardest to eradicate.  

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Flower beds 

 Overall, we do think this weed prevention method worked far better than other prevention methods we have used in the past, especially in our flower beds. Last review to come in late September/early October.

The Takeaway:

We have and will continue to recommend the Safer Brand products  for all your organic gardening needs.

I invite you to check out Safer Brand products if you are looking for a safe alternative to harsh chemicals. Visit their website HERE or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

What is your late summer lawn and garden woe? 

When a representative from Safer Brands contacted me about possibly doing a review for their organic products I quickly researched the company prior to saying yes. We have had bad experiences with lawn and garden products in the past and I wanted to make sure these products were something beneficial and truly safe to work with. Within 3 minutes of visiting their informative website, I was replying to that email with Yes, please!  Here's what I learned.

I received  free products from Safer Brand to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own. 

About Safer Brand Lawn Care:

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Safer Brand's tag line says it all: It's Organic, It's Effective, It's Safer Brand. The website also states: "Safer® Brand carries the natural gardening products you need for your organic garden, lawn and houseplants. Our insecticides and herbicides are all natural, containing no synthetic or man-made chemicals. Whatever your organic gardening needs are, Safer® Brand can help."

That sounded really good to me since we live on a pretty large property and safety of our yard, outside animals and waterways is very important to us. We waited for the arrival of our products. 

Here's what we received:

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Safer Brand Restore and Weed Control Step 1 & 2

Safer Brand Lawn Restore Step 3 & 4

Safer Brand Thermometer and Application Calendar

Trying Products:

Our products arrived in late April just in time to apply. The only problem was it rained every time we were free to apply the products.  We finally caught a break in the weather and got busy.

Here is a photo of the Restore in our spreader.


And a photo of my wonderful husband spreading Safer Brand Restore on our lawn.

My hubby

I even added the Weed Prevention Plus product to my flower beds prior to mulching.

Safer Brand Weed Prevention Plus

My Thoughts:

I was pleased that the Safer Brand products had no chemical odor. The products smell more grainy than anything. In fact, I saw curious birds coming down to peck and investigate the pellets under a tree. I didn't have to worry about them, my outside kitty, or the lawn! 

So far I am very pleased with the Safer Brand products and will keep you updated with the results as we work through the product application process which happens in July and September. After that I will give my full review. 

I invite you to check out Safer Brand products if you are looking for a safe alternative to harsh chemicals. Visit their website HERE or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Please share in comments: Where would you like to use Safer products in your yard?