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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Earth Day TreeEarth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. The holiday was created in the United States as a way to practice and recognize environmental protection efforts. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and all of them involve taking good care of the Earth.

Plant a Tree
Does your yard have enough room for a tree to grow in? You might consider planting one. Trees provide shade, give birds a place to nest in, and produce oxygen. Trees are good for the planet in so many ways!

What if you don’t have the space for a nice, healthy, tree to grow in? You could spend part of the day getting your garden prepared for planting. Remove weeds and figure out what kinds of vegetables or flowers you want to plant and nurture.

Recycle Your eWaste
We love our computers, smartphones, and other devices. Unfortunately, you cannot simply toss the old ones into the recycle bin. Instead, you need to take your eWaste to companies and organizations that can properly recycle it for you.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a tool that can help you learn about the rules about recycling eWaste in your state. There could be an eWaste recycler in your area. When in doubt, call up the nearest Best Buy store and ask if they can take your old computer, printer, or other eWaste.

Ride your Bike
When was the last time you rode your bike to work? Riding a bike, instead of driving a gas-powered vehicle, is one way to reduce your carbon footprint. If riding a bike to and from work simply isn’t an option for you, consider riding your bike to the store instead of driving there. You can help the planet and get some exercise at the same time!

Buy Local Produce
Visit your local Farmers’ Market and get your fresh fruits and vegetables from there instead of the grocery store. Buying locally is good because the food doesn’t have to be shipped across the country before it gets to you. Farmers’ Markets provide you a way to support your local farmers and find some lovely organically grown produce that is in season.

Create Recycle Bins
The easiest way to get into the habit of recycling cans, bottles, and paper is to have the proper recycling bins in your home. A few small trash cans will work. Make sure to separate your recyclables so that only one kind goes into one bin. Find out what day your town or city collects recyclables and make sure to bring them to the curb for collection.

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Fresh Sweet Potatoes Coupon + Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe to Try!

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 9:17 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Sweet Potatoes at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 4/20/2015.Save 20%.


It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Sweet Potatoes.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 4/20/2015.

Stock up on sweet potatoes and then try this delicious looking recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes!

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Natural Sources of Stress Relief

Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 8:41 am
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Natural Sources of Stress Relief | FreeCoupons.comThere are many different ways to reduce stress. Not all of them are ideal or healthy. April is a month that comes with some financial stress as everyone files their taxes. We all could use some stress relief right about now. Try some of these natural sources of stress relief.

Foods That Can Reduce Stress
Many people can feel their blood pressure going up when they are under a lot of stress. According to Food Network, avocado and banana each have potassium (which can help lower blood pressure).

Another way to reduce stress is with a nice cup of tea. WebMD reports a study that found that people who drank black tea had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after exposure to stress.

Green tea contains an amino acid called theanine. It is what gives green tea its flavor and it also promotes relaxation. Tea that includes chamomile can soothe an upset stomach and make it easier for people to relax and fall asleep.

Many people turn to chocolate when they are stressed. It turns out that chocolate can reduce stress – but not any kind of chocolate will do. Look for dark chocolate because it has flavonols. Some feel that flavonols can make the heart healthier. Other foods that contain flavonols include grapes, apples, blackberries, legumes, red wine, and green tea.

Cocoa consumption (an ingredient that is found in dark chocolate) increases nitric oxide. It is a chemical that naturally occurs in our bodies. Nitric oxide can reduce blood pressure because it prompts blood vessels to dilate.

Other Natural Stress Reduces
Health Magazine says that the scent of lavender can reduce stress. One easy way to get the lavender scent in your room is to include a bowl of dried lavender. Another option is to use a lotion or moisturizer that has been infused with the scent of lavender.

There is something incredibly relaxing about having a long, hot, bath. It just feels good! The heat can help sore muscles and stiff joints to loosen up. Add a lavender scent to encourage more relaxation. The great thing about a bath is that it forces you to chill out, sit still, and clear your mind of worries for a while.

Exercise can also help people to reduce stress. Spend 30 minutes exercising, five times a week, for best results. Exercise increases a person’s levels of norepinephrine. It is a chemical that helps the brain to more efficiency cope with stress.

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Fresh Asparagus Coupon + Creamy Chicken & Asparagus Recipe

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 8:21 am
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See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 4/13/2015.

Stock up on asparagus and then try this delicious looking recipe for Creamy Chicken & Asparagus!

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Companies that Use Natural Ingredients

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Companies that Use Natural Ingredients | FreeCoupons.comMany people seek out foods and beverages that contain natural ingredients. That often means reading the labels on the packages to see what ingredients are inside. Somehow, not everyone thinks to do that with products that are not foods or beverages. It is entirely possible to find companies that use natural ingredients in their products. Here are a few to start with.

Burt’s Bees
Burt’s Bees has been well known as a company that emphasizes natural ingredients, and sustainability, for a very long time. They use the following natural ingredients in their products: almond, aloe, baobab, beeswax (of course!), buttermilk, camomile, clary sage, cocoa butter, cotton, cupacu, daisy, eucalyptus, flower waxes, willow bark, sunflower, royal jelly (another bee product), rice, pomegranate, pink grapefruit, peppermint orange, mango, lemon, lavender, kokum butter and jojoba.

Beeswax is a natural emulsifier. It is used in cosmetics, lotions, and balms to bind. It also has a nice smell, and can help seal the skin when a person uses moisturizing formulas. Royal jelly helps enhance skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Soapbox Soaps
Their soaps are made from all natural ingredients. The base of their bar soaps are made with: natural olive, coconut, soybean, and corn oils. The bar soaps are scented with natural oils. Some soaps also contain organic shea butter and unrefined sea salt. Their natural hand soaps and body washes are made with plant derived materials and blended with natural fragrance blends. Aloe, shea butter, and jojoba oils are included.

Soapbox Soaps points out on their website that the way things are listed on their soaps has to adhere to International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients standards. You can find an explanation of their labels on their website.

The Honest Company
The Honest Company has an “Honestly Free Guarantee”. In short, it means that they do not use health compromising chemicals or compounds in their products. They remain vigilant about the latest science regarding chemicals and health.

They have their very own organic infant formula that is certified organic, made without GMO ingredients, gluten-free, and kosher. The milk in it comes from cows that are raised on trusted organic dairy farms that do not use synthetic pesticides, insecticides or fertilizers.

You can look at any of their products on their website and get a complete explanation of every ingredient a particular product contains. In addition to baby items, they also sell soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, bug spray, and more!

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Different Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Different Ways to Dye Easter Eggs | FreeCoupons.comThere are plenty of ways to dye Easter eggs. The techniques and ingredients you choose to dye Easter eggs can be based on convenience, cost, or health and safety concerns. It’s a good idea to be informed of the positives and negatives involved with different kinds of Easter egg dye.

One of the most common ways to dye Easter eggs is to use the package that comes from the grocery store. PAAS has been selling tablets of dye that is intended to be used to color hard boiled eggs for more than 135 years.

The ingredients in PAAS dye are: Sodium bicarbonate, maltodextrin, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #2, cellulose gum, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #3, magnesium stearate, zinc stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and silicon dioxide.

Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid. Maltodextrin is a sweetener made from corn starch. The PAAS package says it “Confirms to ASTM D-4236”. All art supplies that are sold in the United States must bear that phrase to confirm that they have been properly labeled for chronic health hazards.

The best thing about using PAAS tablets to dye Easter eggs is that the process can be done rather quickly and easily. Some people, however, will not feel comfortable using a product that contains certain dyes.

Another option is to use Kool-Aid. Kraft suggests you use the powdered Kool-Aid. Mix the powder into a cup of water. Put the hard boiled egg into the mixture and let it soak. The process is similar to how eggs are dyed with PAAS tablets.

The ingredients in Kool-Aid can vary depending on which flavor is selected. The ingredients in Kool-Aid Twists Berry Blue Unsweetened powder are: citric acid, calcium phosphate, maltodextrin, ascorbic acid (another phrase for vitamin C), artificial and natural flavor, Blue 1, and tocopherol (which is a preservative).

It is also possible to use foods from your kitchen to dye Easter eggs. This technique takes longer to do than the other ones. It also results in pastel or subtle colors on the eggs.

You will need to shred a vegetable and boil it in order to make the dye. The eggs will need to sit for much longer in the dye than you may expect. Here’s a quick list of potential colors:

Purple cabbage – blue
Red onion skins – lavender
Yellow onion skins – orange
Beets – pink
Blueberries – bluish-grey
Carrots – rich yellow
Orange peels – light yellow
Strong brewed coffee – brown
Grape juice – lavender

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Fresh Pears Coupons + Recipe for Pear Bread

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 11:17 am
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See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 3/23/2015.

Recipe to Try

I found this delicious looking recipe for Thee Best Pear Bread that I cannot wait to try thanks to the great deal we’ll score on pears this week!


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Have an Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Have an Eco-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day | FreeCoupons.comGreen is the first color that comes to mind when people think of St. Patrick’s Day. People wear green clothing to celebrate. The word green can also mean eco-friendly. Here are some ways that you can have an eco-friendly St. Patrick’s Day.

Buy Local
Consider serving locally produced beers at your St. Patrick’s Day party. Buy the cabbage for your corned beef and cabbage dinner from a local Farmers’ Market. Buying from local businesses can help reduce the environmental impact that happens when products are shipped great distances in trucks.

Skip the Meat
Many traditional Irish foods include meat. That’s true for corned beef and cabbage and shepherds pie. The raising and processing of meat takes a toll on the environment.

It is possible to skip the meat and use seitan or tofu in its place. Another option is to make a delicious Irish vegetable stew with local vegetables. Or, at the very least, buy local and/or organically grown beef.

Pick up the Trash
It is fun to watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade. What isn’t so fun is the trash that people leave behind after the parade is over. Make sure you find a trash can for your garbage (and a recycle bin for whatever can be recycled).

Those of you who want to can take things a step further can pick up the trash you find as you are leaving the parade. Bring a garbage bag with you to collect it in. Toss everything into a trash bin before you head home. You will help make your neighborhood a cleaner, greener, place for everyone!

Plant some Green
We typically tend to think about planting trees on Arbor Day. Some people, however, choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by planting some “green” (in addition to wearing it). Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. If the weather is warm enough where you live, and you have a good amount of space in your backyard, consider planting a tree.

Don’t have a backyard? You can improve the air quality in your home by adding some plants. In addition to providing oxygen (and absorbing carbon dioxide) the plants can make nice decorations.

Did you have a St. Patrick’s Day party at your home? After the party is over, collect up all the empty cans and bottles and take them to a recycling center. Recycling prevents cans and bottles from ending up in a landfill and enables the materials in them to be re-used.

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Organic Baby Formula from The Honest Co for Just $12.95 Shipped

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 10:25 am
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Allergy Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Foods

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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St. Patricks Day Hat and MoneySt. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated with Irish music, parades, and certain foods and drinks that have become traditional to enjoy during this holiday. The music and parades can be enjoyed by anyone. The foods and drinks, however, can be a problem for people who have food allergies. Fortunately, there are some allergy friendly alternatives!

Dairy Free Shamrock Shake
The Shamrock Shake that appears at McDonalds in March is extremely popular. Some restaurants actually sell out of that product very quickly. It’s fun to enjoy a seasonal item that tastes sweet.

Unfortunately, the Shamrock Shake from McDonalds contains milk. This makes it unsafe for people who are allergic to dairy or who have lactose intolerance. has a “copycat recipe” for a dairy free Shamrock Shake.

It makes 2 servings. The ingredients include: 2 cups of soy ice cream, 1 and 1/4 cups of soy milk, some mint extract, and some green food coloring. What if you are allergic to dairy and soy? You might be able to substitute coconut ice cream and coconut milk for the soy in this recipe.

Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread
Irish soda bread is another treat that people eat on or around St. Patrick’s Day. It is among the few that children can enjoy. Soda bread is typically made with wheat flour, which isn’t safe for people who have celiac disease to consume. It’s also not safe for people with allergies to wheat, or who have a gluten intolerance.

Betty Crocker has a recipe for gluten-free soda bread that takes ten minutes to prep and will serve 12. Instead of using wheat flour, use 2 cups of Betty Crocker All-Purpose Gluten Free Rice Flour blend.

It also calls for gluten-free baking powder, which sounds a bit redundant since baking powder contains cornstarch (which is gluten-free). You are also going to need some xanthan gum. The rest of the ingredients are ones that you would expect in Irish soda bread.

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Cabbage, like all vegetables, is gluten-free. Beef is also gluten-free. Sometimes, the spices used in corned beef and cabbage are not gluten-free. has a gluten-free recipe for corned beef and cabbage that serves 6 people (and will yield some leftovers).

The recipe uses peppercorns. It also recommends you use gluten-free pickling spices. Everything else in the recipe is either meat, vegetable, or butter. Those allergic to dairy can omit the butter, since it is only being used to brush onto the cooked vegetables.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.