Welcome to the review section of Green Mommy Blog! Here, Kristen Suzanne will share with you all of the fun products and services she finds.

September 19, 2011 (5:16 pm)

Questions from a Reader… Goals, Magazines, etc

by Kristen Suzanne

Whew, I’m having so much mommy-ing Kamea that I have not had the chance to blog as much. Now that the weather has gone below 100 degrees, it makes it so much easier to get out and about. Every day we’ve been going to new places, including the PARK! Wow… Kamea sure loves to swing. We’ve been going every night and she swings for an hour (pictured below, in action). It’s been a blast. We’ve also been going to different resorts around town (Scottsdale is known for it’s gorgeous resorts) where we just hang out, have lunch or tea, and play.

A while back, I opened up my Kristen’s Raw blog to questions about me, my lifestyle, raw food, etc. You can check out all the great questions and answers here. Then, I received a couple of questions about my daily life in general, which I answered over here on my Green Mommy Blog. Another reader sent me an email with a variety of fun and interesting questions that I thought I’d answer today. Here we go…

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July 18, 2011 (5:00 am)

Review: Bamboo Bottle – Sustainable Reusable Bottle

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by Kristen Suzanne

Drinking filtered water from a reusable water bottle is the way to go when you’re trying to be environmentally friendly. But, there are other things to consider when picking out a bottle, such as the materials from which it’s made. Imagine my delight when I saw Bamboo Bottle’s gorgeous eco-friendly bottle made from sustainable materials of glass and bamboo. I had to have one and the company generously sent me one to review. Thank you, Bamboo Bottle! Read More »

May 1, 2011 (12:57 pm)

Review (Book): Creating Healthy Children

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by Kristen Suzanne

A long while back, when I was pregnant, I was asked to review the book, Creating Healthy Children, by Karen Ranzi. As you can imagine, I feel pretty bad for not getting to the review until now. And, unfortunately, I’m going to write this review without having really “read” the book thoroughly. You see, I do read quite a bit these days, but I can only do so if the book is available on Kindle, because I read books through the Kindle app on my iPhone. (I get reading time done while Kamea sleeps in bed with us, and it works out great. Other than that, I literally do not get the time to open a physical book while she’s awake.) However, when the day comes that I can sit down and read this, I’ll come back and write a review based on my actually reading the book! :)

Since I want to write the review without waiting any longer, I thought I would write about the book itself. So, let’s begin!

This book is big, offering you over 400 pages filled with information to help you raise a healthy raw vegan family. Some of the chapters include homebirth, raw food nutrition for pregnancy and childbirth (including a discussion of fats in a raw food pregnancy), exercise during pregnancy, vitamin B12, breastfeeding, attachment parenting and the family bed, feeding baby raw food, transitioning older kids to raw food, genetic engineering, homeschooling, vaccinations, dental health and raw food, the sun, and more. Wow! Is there anything she didn’t cover? I don’t think so. Heck, after writing this last paragraph, I want to dive into the book and read it right now (Karen, if you’re reading this, please offer this in ebook format).

I’m excited about this book because we need more research and information for raising a vegan and raw family that includes pregnancy nutrition and beyond. There just aren’t enough out there. So, thank you, Karen, for writing this!

You can buy Creating Healthy Children here.

Have you read this book yet? If so, what do you think?

June 11, 2010 (6:44 pm)

Review: Primal Strips Vegan Meat Alternatives

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by Kristen Suzanne

I was sent some samples from Primal Spirit Foods and asked to blog what I thought about them. Basically, these are single serving (vegan) meat alternatives in a jerky style. There are many flavors: Thai Peanut, Mesquite Lime, Texas BBQ, Hickory Smoked, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki. There are no GMO’s, they’re 97% fat free, and they’re primarily made from soy, seiten, and shitake mushroom. You can read more about them on their website.

To begin, I have to say that this is the kind of snack that I don’t normally consume. Indeed my diet is all vegan (the main reason why is here), but most of my diet is unprocessed, fresh, organic, raw foods. However, I do find times in life where snacks like this can be useful. For example, I can imagine having one or two of these with me if I were on a road trip. The couple of bites I had were full of flavor. That being said, I decided that in order to get a fair review, I’d ask some friends and family to try these and give me their thoughts. Read More »

April 26, 2010 (6:36 pm)

Kristen Suzanne’s 3 Secrets to Gorgeous Skin

topics: Beauty, Reviews
by Kristen Suzanne

1. FOOD! It’s important to start from the inside of your body if you want clear, glowing skin on the outside. This means eating a clean diet that is filled with foods that are organic, plant-based, alkalizing, mostly raw, and fresh. By loading up my cells with massive nutrients I set my skin up to win!

I’m a big fan of green juices for helping to keep me hydrated, energized, and alkalized. During the warmer months especially, one of my favorite green juices is made from organic cucumbers, organic celery, organic romaine, and served on ice. (Sometimes I just make good ol’ Cukes On Ice, too). Cucumbers are wonderfully hydrating and terrific for the skin. Heck, many people apply cucumber slices directly to their skin to reduce heat and inflammation. I’ve also read that daily cucumber juice may help with eczema and arthritis. So, as a priority for skin care, I make sure my diet is loaded with plenty of fresh, organic, nourishing raw vegan foods.

2. Dr. Alkaitis Skin FoodTHIS has become my ultimate favorite for skin care products. And, let me tell you… I’ve tried tons of companies over the years! There is so much truth that a healthy, raw, organic, plant-based diet will help give your skin the glow, but it’s not fool proof all of the time. We also have to take into account what we put on our skin. One of the general philosophies I follow is that if I can’t eat it, I probably don’t want it touching my skin either. Enter: Dr. Alkaitis products. Holy moly! These are amazing. I started using them after coming off a little breakout session from hormones and within a couple of days had extreme improvement. I actually couldn’t believe my eyes, so I didn’t say anything to anyone, I just kept with the program. And, weeks later, my skin was more gorgeous than it had ever been. Now, I’m telling the whole world about them! I’m going to be hard pressed to use any other company. Almost all of their products are vegan. My favorites: cleanser, toner, soothing gel, treatment oil (love this on my body – the smell is hypnotic!), and eye cream. I’ve used the day and night creams sparingly, but I tend to stick with the aforementioned products on a regular basis. The Travel Kit is a great way to get introduced to the line. It’s how I tried it out when they sent me one. Loved it!

Their products are made with organically grown or wild-crafted plants (or unpolluted sea life), and their herbal extracts are made in-house! The base is organic aloe, making the products very concentrated, so a little goes a long way (my 7-day Travel Kit lasted almost two weeks). All the products are raw, living, not heated above body temperature. And, to preserve freshness, they make small batches at a time and products are only two-weeks old when they get shipped to you (for US shipments). Rockin’ huh?

3. Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Machine – My mom recently bought me the Clarisonic Mia, a sonic skin cleansing system. I’ve always known from beauty experts that it’s important to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis for truly trouble free skin. I used to use a fibrous exfoliating hemp washcloth but sometimes it was too rough and aggravated my skin more than anything else. The Clarisonic Mia, on the other hand, exfoliates unbelievably effectively and gently. But, it’s not just great at exfoliating. There are two other great benefits: It gets my skin super clean – like never before. After the first use I couldn’t believe how extra amazing my skin felt. The other unique result from using this is that it helps my Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food products absorb more efficiently.

According to Clarisonic, the following are benefits that can be expected:

  • Leaves skin feeling and looking healthier and smoother
  • Removes 6 times more makeup than manual cleansing
  • Cleanses so well that products absorb better
  • Pores appear smaller
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Gentle for use twice daily for different skin types

But, you don’t have to take my word for it… check out the reviews! There are tons of raving fans out there using this system. (It probably goes without saying that I don’t use the cleansing products that came with it.) I don’t have the Clarisonic Pro, which has some other perks like the ability to use it on the body, but I’m interested in getting one. Check out the amazing reviews about the Clarisonic Pro.

Boy oh boy! I sure wish I had known about Clarisonic a long time ago. It’s worth its weight in gold. I’m giddy with sparkly puff joy now that I have this little gadget in my beauty tool kit. It’s game changing!

April 8, 2010 (5:36 pm)

Review: Sprout Wellness Beauty Products

topics: Beauty, Reviews
by Kristen Suzanne

I really love trying out beauty products. What can I say? I always liked to play dress up as a little girl, too. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt to find some of the best, most effective, healthiest, eco – and animal – friendly products available. Needless to say, it’s been a fun project. I’ll continue to share the goodies I find here on this blog, and you’ll see some of my favorites featured in the Green Mommy Blog Boutique (be sure to check back often as I’ll continue to add the good finds there!)

So, I’ve been trying some new things, and I was sent a generous package of beauty care products from Sprout Wellness (after having learned about them from One Lucky Duck). It’s a sweet little company with an owner / formulator whom I adore. She’s humble, fun, knowledgeable, and mega sweet. Be sure to read my detailed Kristen’s Raw blog post where I share my opinion about a number of other beauty care companies (my likes and dislikes) here.

As I was saying, Sprout Wellness is a neat company. Here’s a little information about Sprout Wellness that I grabbed from their website… Read More »

March 15, 2010 (9:00 am)

Review: Miessence Beauty Products

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by Kristen Suzanne

Beauty products have such a special place in my heart – oh, how I get giddy with excitement when I play with them. That being said, this green mommy doesn’t mess around. I put the kabosh on anything that isn’t environmentally friendly, animal friendly, and super healthy for my skin (Basically: Can I eat it with my mouth? After all, my skin is eating it.) I like to review ingredients and products on Skin Deep to see how safe they are. Once it meets all of those criteria, I’m as happy as a kid in a candy store. ;)

You can imagine that I was thrilled when a rep from Miessence offered to send me products to review. I received quite the little assortment. She sent me everything from toothpaste to belly/breast balm for my pregnant body to face products to baby products to deodorant to lip balm to hand/body creams. Can anyone say “trick-or-treat?”

According to the literature that accompanied the products, Miessence products are made with cold-pressed, unrefined oils and herbs, without heat. The website reads, “The World’s first extensive range of internationally certified organic skin, hair, body, cosmetic, oral and nutritional products.” Pretty impressive, huh?

I originally had a concern about how environmental it was for me to purchase these products in the future knowing they’re from Australia. As a green mommy, I take that part of purchasing products into the equation. I emailed my contact about my concern and here is what she had to say… Read More »

February 24, 2010 (8:02 pm)

Review: Morrocco Method International Hair Products

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by Kristen Suzanne

I wrote a blog post over at my Kristen’s Raw blog about Morrocco Method International Hair Products. You can read my original review here. Be sure to read the comments, too, because Anthony Morrocco chimes a couple of times to answer readers’ questions. Gotta love that!

I’m a paying customer of theirs, but they sent me a review package including some of their groovy elixirs to use on my scalp and hair. I love them. My husband and I have marveled at the rate of my hair growth. Some say that the pregnancy is contributing to that, but I’ve been using Morrocco Method products for some time now, well before I became pregnant. They also sent me their Agave Mist Styling Spritz to try. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the spray bottle… the sprayer thing itself shoots out a spray that is not “mist like” which makes it a little hard to use (it sprays kind of in a thick-ish stream, at least mine does, so what I do is spray it in my hands and then scrunch my hair or run it through with my hands). I’ve bought and tried their Feng Shea Facial Scrub which is a nice exfoliator. Read More »

February 23, 2010 (11:42 pm)

Review: Vita-Mix 5200 Blender vs Blendtec Blender

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by Kristen Suzanne

Here is a blog post I wrote on Kristen’s Raw featuring my thoughts about Vita-Mix 5200 vs Blendtec.

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There are actually two reviews. My first one was a comparison review for the new Vita-Mix 5200 versus the Blendtec that I’d had for quite a few years (and adored). Even though I loved my Blendtec for a long time, at the time of the review, I was impressed with Vita-mix’s BPA-free container as well as their warranty. I’ll say this… When it comes down to it, both blenders are phenomenal. They’re both high-powered and they both get the job done. Read More »

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