Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A bowl full of luck o' the Irish for ya!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tints of Nature hair colour - Giveaway!

I dyed my hair for many, many years - from black to bright (primary) red and pretty much everything in between, including stripes! I did it for fun as I was young and had the time on my hands.

Shall we see some photos? Hmm... Well, here's one I found from when I dyed my hair straight up black. Back when I was just 18. Oh, those crazy university days. Haven't changed much, have I? (shh, just agree!)
These days I'm much more concerned and aware about what chemicals and products I use - both for my own health and for their effect in an environmental sense. So if I were to pick back up on dying my hair (and, honestly, now it would be more for hiding those grey hairs I see coming in than for fun), I would definitely choose one that is low-impact, both on me and on the earth.

Sadly for me I do not just now have the time or energy to dye my hair - I am a low-maintenance kind of girl, especially with a busy (very, very busy, and also still sleepless) toddler. Maybe one day.
However! I am pleased to share with my readers the brand Tints of Nature, which I have learned is ammonia-free, has no parabens, no resorcinol, no propylene glycol, and low levels of paraphenylenediamines (pigment) and highest quality, mildest peroxide. It also contains natural and up to 60% organic (either Soil Certification Organic Standard or certified by ECOCERT) ingredients such as orange, aloe, comfrey, chamomile, grapefruit as well as Vitamins C and E.

Tints of Nature is free from animal products and is not tested on animals (thank you).
There are 24 colours to choose from, including five new shades (Very Light Golden Blonde, Ash Blonde, Medium Ash Brown, Fiery Red and Dark Copper Blonde). Hmm, the names alone make me consider getting back into a little colour!

Inside the (recycled) packaging, you will also find a clarifying shampoo for use before colouring as well as pH balanced shampoo and conditioner for after colour care.

You can pick this up at selected stores such as Loblaws, Superstores, Fortinos and Whole Foods, as well as at organic and health stores.

AND - great news - I am hosting a giveaway for Tints of Nature as well! One of my Canadian readers will win their choice of colour (ARV $18.99)!

This is a Rafflecopter giveaway - wait for the form to load, and if you don't see it click "Read More"! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My baby

My baby with her fluffy butt, contemplating the colander.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I've joined the Finish Revolution - have you?

(hint: read on for free samples and a contest!)

I am happy to report that I have been selected to take part in the blog campaign for Finish! We are currently in a rental house while we wait to take possession of our new house here in Calgary. The dishwasher here leaves a LOT to be desired - I am constantly re-washing dishes that have come out of it by hand. It's not just food residue, but detergent residue as well.

Since my favourite (and, sadly, expensive to ship) dishwasher detergent ran out, I've been using a certain store brand's green detergent and while I like the "green" aspect of it, the fact that I'm using even more water and more dish soap to clean the dishes after they are supposed to be clean is not cool! There are always groans of disappointment when we open up the dishwasher and see that our dishes are just not clean.

So I am looking forward to giving Finish a shot, not only in this dishwasher but also in the one in the new house, which is untested. I can only dream of having dishes come out of a dishwasher cycle clean!

Here's how Finish Quantum works - each tab utilizes a breakthrough multi-chamber technology that releases each agent when needed during the cycle: :
  • Powerful scrubbing micro-beads soften burnt-on food
  • Powermax Bleach granules attack tough stains like tea and coffee
  • FINISH® JET-DRY® Rinse Agent fights spots and residues for a sparkling shine. With detergents alone, food and chemical residues can redeposit on dishware during the rinse cycle, causing spots and residues to remain. Add FINISH® JET-DRY® Rinse Agent to rinse away leftover food and detergent residues for sparkling dishes, glasses and cutlery.
  • FINISH® Dishwasher Cleaner intensively cleans hard to see places in your dishwasher where grease and lime scale build up. A clean dishwasher means amazingly clean dishes.
I love tab formats for dishwasher detergent. So convenient! 

Finish is launching its new Facebook page TODAY! Get on over there, and give it a "like" - as they are giving away 50,000 FREE SAMPLES! Samples include three units of Finish Quantum, as well as  a $2 coupon! Gotta love free samples - it's a great way to give a product a try to see if it lives up to its promises!

Disclosure: I am part of the Finish Blogger Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

p.s. - I have a new Facebook page as well! I'm so excited! Please come on over and give me a "like", too!