August Winners

Written by NPN Reviewers on September 1st, 2011

Natural Parenting Products, Reviews and Giveaways

Congratulations to all of our August giveaway winners!

For the Wool Dryer Balls from the Green Belle Shoppe giveaway –


Julie says: “I would LOVE to own unscented wool dryer balls!! I don’t currently own any so this is perfect!”

Wool dryer balls are used in place of conventional dryer sheets to help reduce static, drying time and soften your clothes. They are also cloth diaper safe and The Green Belle Shoppe sells them in a variety of colors and scents.

If you weren’t the lucky winner, you can buy extra-large wool dryer balls at The Green Belle Shoppe by Shelly Rose Designs on Etsy for $17 for a set of two.

Be sure to keep in touch with The Green Belle Shoppe:

For the Lonely Girl, Gracious God giveaway –


Andalene says: “I would like to read this one because I work with people with disabilities and it’s always good to keep refreshed through resources.”



Amy says: “I would really like to read Spiritual Infusion as it is about addiction. I work as an addictions counselor and would like to see what this book has to say on the topic.”

Lonely Girl, Gracious God is a book one woman’s attempts to balance her life with four children, a husband and one child who is autistic. This book is meant to be inspirational and the author has even written stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

If you weren’t the lucky winner, you can purchase Lonely Girl, Gracious God on Amazon, where it’s currently on sale for $11.89.

To keep up with Lonely Girl, Gracious God:

For the Nonviolent Communication giveaway –


Amy says: Visited the site. I really need to [read] Eat by Choice, Not by Habit… I struggle eating the way thats best for me.

Nonviolent communication is a way to express ourselves thoroughly but without judgement or accusation of another. It teaches understanding, empathy and how to become more conscious of our own reactions and responses to those around us. Code Name: Mama and Natural Parents Network posted an online discussion of this book complete with questions that you can review here.
If you weren’t the lucky winner, you can still purchase Nonviolent Communication on Amazon ($11.12 new plus free shipping for Prime customers!), straight from PuddleDancer Press ($13.95, or as low as $9.95 if you buy multiple books), or check into one of your locally owned/independent book sellers.

To learn more about Nonviolent Communication:

For the What Not to Say giveaway –


Kristina says: “I learned not to beat my self up. I do that a lot.”


Gaby @ Tmuffin!

Gaby says: “I often say “Be careful. You could hurt yourself.” I try to be so careful with what I say, but it’s hard without knowing the alternatives. I would love to win this book!”

The book, What Not to Say focuses on overused parenting phrases like, “Because I said so!” and “Good job!” in an effort to teach parents to be more mindful of what they are saying. The book is short and easy to read, giving numerous ideas on what to say instead and offers children’s books titles to help with relative feelings to those situations.

You can buy your own copy of What Not to Say on Amazon for $12.

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  • For the Episencial Natural Sunscreen Skincare Kit giveaway –


    Katie says:

    “I learned that Episencial offers grants to green your school.”

    Episencial Summer Skincare Kit
    The Episencial company creates green products that can be used by the whole family. They use solar power in their manufacturing and sustainable, recyclable packaging for their products. Their goal is to make affordable, all-natural skin care.

    If you weren’t the lucky winner, you can use the Store Locator to find Episencial products in a retail store near you.
    You can also purchase Episencial skincare items at various online retailers such as or

    Besides sunblocks, Episencial also sells other bath and skincare items for children and families.
    Be sure to keep up with Episencial products:

    For the SmartKlean Laundry ball giveaway –


    Vanessa says: “I learned that it’s actually better to use it with cold water!”


    Pam says: “I learned that it’s actually better to use it with cold water and with our hard water!”


    Danielle says: “I’m wanting to try anything to reduce my footprint.”

    The SmartKlean Laundry Ball is used in place of detergent, cleaning your laundry without any chemicals whatsoever. Each ball is filled with ceramic beads that contain different combinations of minerals to create a molecular reaction that cleans your clothes.

    If you weren’t the lucky winner, you can purchase a SmartKlean Laundry Ball for $45.

    Natural Parents Network readers can receive free shipping on their order by using this link.

    Be sure to keep in touch with SmartKlean:

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