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BottlesUp Giveaway Winner!

BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles
Hi everybody. I know I’m a day late in announcing the winner of the BottlesUP giveaway, I’ve just been really busy. And even though I wish everyone who entered could have won one the winner is…

Drum roll please.

Comment #24 – Tiffany A.

Congratulations Tiffany! I will be emailing you shortly to get your address so you can receive your glass water bottle.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and to BottleUp for hosting the giveaway.

Winner chosen with Random.org.

Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe

Somtimes my hands get dry. Chapped and cracking. They can occasionally be so dry they feel like they’re on fire.

At last I have found a lotion that works!

photo by me

It’s a Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe I found over at A Sonoma Garden. I’m so glad that Kendra posted this recipe – it’s been a skin saver.

Some of the best things about this recipe are:

  • It doesn’t need water so it can last for a really long time.
  • You can choose what essential oils to put in it to easily change the scent.
  • You can mix and match your favorite oils.
  • You can easily 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe for smaller recipes.

Best of all it would be the perfect Christmas gift in an adorable mason jar, tied with the bow.

This is my recipe (based on Kendra’s):

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1/8  tsp Vitamin E
  • 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil

I put it in a double boiler and warmed it until all the oil and beeswax were melted. Then I let it cool on the counter and poured it in a jar once lukewarm.

It works great, but there are two things I want to change. I would add more essential oil. The sweet orange I put in it was too soft a scent. And I think next time I might try doing 2 tbsp of shea butter rather then coconut oil or adding just a little bit more beeswax.

This is the best lotion recipe I’ve ever made and I love the fact that it has so few ingredients and I can pronounce all of them.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesdays.

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Update Post

My top article on Gapalicious for the longest time has been the one on Does Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Contain Aluminum? It seems like this is a popular question.
Arm and Hammer
Well I’ve learned two things from the wonderful comments by people on that post. First Arm and Hammer may not treat their animals in a humane way when testing their products. Truthfully I haven’t looked into this yet, but once I do I will let you know what I find out.

The other thing I realized was I forgot to link to where I found some of my information. Boy, I feel stupid when I do that, and unfortunately I clean out my bookmarks pretty regularly and so I had lost it. But worry no more! I have found the link I was looking for.

So without further blabbing here is the link to a forum discussion I had found comparing Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda versus Arm and Hammer (it’s what got me started looking at it). And this is the quote that caught my eye:

A lot of their stuff can be pricey, you can get decent prices on flour…

This is a reply I got from Bob’s,

Thank you for your email. Very few manufacturers use Aluminum in their baking soda today. This was previously not the case. Most baking soda’s are made, they are not natural, as ours is. I do not have information about other company’s products, but have attached information on ours.

ØAluminum Free- most baking soda now days does not have aluminum. **we used to get asked this question a lot back when other co. had aluminum in theirs. So we added it to our labeling ** we may consider taking it off.
ØSodium bicarbonate (Nahcolite- NaHCO3) is naturally occurring in northwestern Colorado.
ØOther companies chemically produce baking soda by creating a chemical reaction between soda ash and carbon dioxide.
ØA closed loop process leaves the community and its surroundings virtually untouched. In the process, water is used to extract the sodium bicarbonate and no chemicals are used. Nothing else is added to it so it is naturally free of gluten and aluminum.
Not like arm & hammer baking soda- our products are cruelty free.

Thank you for your interest,

Quote from Mystic~Mama
Hopefully that helps everyone who wondered where I got some of my info from, and don’t worry next time I plan on linking to other places before I post! :)

BottlesUp Glass Bottle – Mom’s Review

Okay, I told you my Mom’s review would be coming today and here it is. I asked her the following questions:
Green Glass water bottles
[faq_question]What do you think of BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]I like them very much. They’re beautiful and make me smile.[/faq_answer]
[faq_question]What is your favorite feature?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]The silicon grips and lids. It’s really hard to choose because of course I like glass, but I really like the silicon features.[/faq_answer]
[faq_question]What do you like least about them?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]I was afraid it would be a little bit big or heavy. But it isn’t as bad I thought it would be. I use it a lot.[/faq_answer]

My Mom and I also hope that BottlesUp will create other sizes of glass bottles and we look forward to using ours for a long time.

Do you have any questions you would like answered by my Mom and I about the glass water bottles? Leave your question below and we’ll try to answer it.

By the way head on over to my Review of the BottlesUp Glass Bottles and see how you can enter a giveaway to win one for yourself!


BottlesUp Glass Bottle Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is closed.

There are several of glass bottles out there on the market now and I’ve been interested in getting one so I started researching glass bottles.

I found all the glass bottle companies that I could, and narrowed it down to two companies that seemed to have good products. One I found at my local health food store, and there were several things I didn’t like about that it. My 2 biggest complaints being the wide mouth jar top and how big around it was, since I have small hands I just knew after picking it up that it just wouldn’t work for me.
Bottles Up Logo
Then I found BottlesUp. After watching this video I knew it was the one I wanted to try.

Laurel Herter is the creator of these glass bottles and she’s a glass artist, and in 2007 she decided to create these glass bottles after looking at plastic bottles and deciding by creating a glass one that she could avoid three things:

  • the health dangers of plastic
  • the volume of trash
  • the waste impact of plastic

The craftsmanship of these bottles is what drew me to them. I contacted BottlesUp and asked about the bottles and they sent me 2 bottles to review and have offered to give 1 bottle to one of you, my lovely readers!

Of course I’m excited.
BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles
The really neat thing is Laurel had already heard about the Weston A. Price Foundation – it truly is a small world isn’t it? Which makes my first company review all the more exciting and cool. So here’s my review:

When the bottles came the first thing that struck me was the neat packaging. BottlesUp doesn’t use any plastic in their packaging or bottles which further enforced their position on maintaining the lowest carbon footprint possible. Then when I got the boxes open I was blown away by how great the bottles are, but it wasn’t until I washed them out that I really got to see their beauty.

These bottles are a nice weight and come (for now) in 22 oz bottle, that actually will fit in our car cup holders – major plus! Also with the silicon bands around the bottle I’m not afraid of dropping it, and it fits nicely into my hand.

I really like the silicon lid and it has a water tight seal. Trust me on this one I actually filled it and shook it upside down. In the house. Probably not the brightest idea I’ve ever had, but the seal held so it was okay.

The only thing I didn’t care for was the size of the lip. It was a little big, but after using it for a day it doesn’t really bother me that much.

[title]All in all I think this bottle is a winner. And speaking of winners one of you lucky readers gets to win a BottlesUp Glass Water Bottle![/title]

Entering is simple:

  1. Your first and mandatory entry is to comment and tell me what your favorite feature is about this glass bottle.
  2. Comment on other articles and comment here telling me you did it for an extra entry (up to 2 times)
  3. Blog about this giveaway – make sure to mention BottlesUp, Gapalicious, the ending date and a link back to this post.

All the Important Stuff: The giveaway ends on the Sunday, December 11th at 12PM eastern time so make sure you get your entries in! I will be choosing a winner with Random Number Generator. If you are the winner I will contact you on December 12th to get your full name and address so BottlesUp can get your prize to you. Open to the USA only.

As a side note these bottles would be great as a Christmas Gift. Just saying.

Okay, that’s all ladies and gents have fun!

I’ll be posting my Mom’s review of them tomorrow (I gave her the extra one).
This post is linked to Fat Tuesdays, and Monday Mania.