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Bargain Alert: Organic Castile Soap (EXPIRED)

UPDATE: This deal has expired but great products are still available. Check out Earth Mama Angel Baby for a full line of organic personal care items for all members of the family.



I love a good bargain! And when a good bargain is combined with a good product that I use, I love it even more!

Right now Earth Mama Angel Baby is selling liter refill bottles of its organic Castile soap for only $14.95 instead of $40. That is $25 off! The Angel Baby shampoo/body wash has a light, delicious scent that smells like a 50/50 bar. Yum! Though marketed as a product for baby, it can actually be used for any member of the family. It can also be used to make your own household and cleaning products. Recipes are available for: soft scrubby cleanser, diaper wipes, laundry detergent, and bug spray.

For our Little Bear, it was important to me and to Mr. Honey to use natural, non-toxic products as much as possible. We love this soap! It is scented with essential oils and gets nice and sudsy. It has no artificial fragrances, foaming agents, preservatives, sulfates, parabens, dyes, or triclosan antibacterials.

Apparently supplies of Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash are limited to what the company has on hand, so you might want to check it out quickly. This is a refill bottle, so you will need a self-foaming bottle/dispenser. Also, be sure to note that shipping is free for orders over $49. You are allowed to purchase up to three bottles. But to get over that $49 mark, I suggest adding a couple lip balms.


NOTE: I love Earth Mama Angel Baby products so much that I became an affiliate. That means I will receive compensation for any sale made through these links. Your prices are not impacted at all. Published prices on the company’s website are what customers pay. Any compensation I may receive comes directly from the company. Thank you for your support!


Review: Finish Quantum Power & Free Dishwasher Tabs

One day while I was taking a few minutes to peruse Facebook, I saw an offer to receive a complimentary sample of a new Finish tab called Quantum Power & Free. Not only do I like to receive free stuff, I also like to try new things. I was definitely game. But when I read about Finish Quantum Power & Free, I was totally sold on trying it.

According to, the Power & Free tabs have fewer harsh chemicals, chlorine, and fragrances and dyes. Further, it utilizes hydrogen peroxide to give dishes a thorough cleaning.

I’m very careful with the cleaning and personal care products I use in our household. Why have I never thought about my dishwashing tabs in the same light?

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Taxing Times

April 15. The date marks tax day for Americans and is in no way a holiday people look forward to. Nobody I know likes taxes. It always seems like we are “paying” so much for so little in return. And the forms! Yuck, yuck, yuck.

I am feeling taxed today, not just because of contributions to state and federal coffers but also because I am tired. As a new mom, I can honestly say this is one of the most “taxing” jobs I’ve ever had. I don’t know where they find those perky, put-together moms for those baby products commercials. I certainly would not win the casting call, that’s for sure!

In my experience, albeit limited, being a mom is hard work. Obviously the lack of sleep is an issue, but there are other things that take a toll, too. I look and feel like a mess and the demands are nearly constant. My normal clothes don’t fit right yet and my maternity things don’t fit right anymore. I nearly always sport spots of spit up, and by evening I often reek of sour milk. And like Larry the Cucumber, I don’t seem to even find my hairbrush some days!

Though I am feeling taxed today, I can honestly say I don’t mind paying my dues. In fact, I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything. Amidst the slobber and the stink are the smiles and snuggles. With the gooeyness comes the goo-goos. With the cacophony come the caresses. And with the exhaustion comes the exhilaration.

So on this April 15th, when my reserves are low from being so taxed, I am fulfilled and thankful for the little blessing that consumes my days and nights. One day too soon I am sure I will be missing these times, so I am choosing to treasure each blessed moment—even the messy, stinky, and sleepless ones.

NOTE: Thank goodness for my husband who provides relief in the evenings so I can get things done like washing dishes, folding clothes, and taking a shower! And hats off to the parents who find themselves raising a child, or children, alone. May God bless you with a double portion of energy and patience.