December Winners

Congratulations to all of our December giveaway winners!

For the “Green Inspiration” package giveaway:



This was a combined giveaway of two inspiring products for families trying to “go green”: a three-month meal plan subscription from The Fresh Mode and the book Green Philanthropy for Families (160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects). One lucky reader received both the book and the meal plan.

You can purchase your own copy of Green Philanthropy for Families at Amazon. Paperback copies are $7.95 plus shipping and handling (S/H free for Prime members).

You may also download the PDF version of Green Philanthropy for Families for free at Powell’s Books!

You can purchase your own meal plan subscription at The Fresh Mode. They offer 2 different subscription types for all 3 meal plans (Alkalarian, Flexitarian, or Vegetarian/Vegan): a three-month subscription is $30 and a twelve-month subscription is $100.

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For the Beauty Without Cruelty & Tom’s of Maine Goodies giveaway:



This was a combined giveaway of products by two natural-minded companies for families who are conscious of what cosmetics they use: a set of Beauty Without Cruelty 16 fl oz Aromatherapy Hair Care Rosemary Mint Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, and a package of Tom’s of Maine products: Simply White Clean Mint Toothpaste, Wicked Fresh Cool Mountain Mint Mouthwash, and Women’s Long Lasting Deodorant Stick. One lucky reader received all five products.

You can purchase your own Tom’s of Maine products via Amazon. Amazon carries the Simply White Clean Mint Toothpaste for $7.25, the Wicked Fresh Mountain Cool Mint Mouthwash for $6.89, and the Long Lasting Deodorant Stick in Lavender for $8.49.

You can also purchase your own Beauty Without Cruelty products from Amazon. Amazon carries the Rosemary Mint Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner for $10.95 (or less!) each.

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For the Back to the Roots Mushroom Garden:



This fun, sustainable, and educational grow-at-home mushroom kit lets you grow up to 1 1/2 pounds of gourmet, tasty oyster mushrooms in only 10 days…right from the box! The soil inside is 100% recycled coffee grounds, and the daily care is a simple misting.
You can purchase the Mushroom Farm online at The kit costs $19.95. If you order 2 kits, you get free shipping.

Replacement bags are $9.99. A Monthly Mushroom Club subscription will net you 20% off over five months of mushroom kits shipped to your door.

You can also find the Mushroom Farm at Whole Foods stores.

If you post a picture of your grown kit on the Back to the Roots Facebook page, BTTR will donate a sustainability curriculum and kit to an elementary school of your choice!

Back to the Roots is also offering our readers a special discount!

Enter the code “Mushrooms4me10”
to take 10% off your first mushroom kit!

Don’t forget to:

  • Check out the Back to the Roots blog.
  • Follow Back to the Roots on Twitter.
  • Like Back to the Roots on Facebook.

For the LuSa Organics giveaway:


This was a giveaway of a set of mama care products by LuSa Organics: Mama Massage Oil ($8.75), Belly Balm ($9.75), Cranky Pants Essential Oil Blend ($9.10), Lullaby Soap ($5.50), and Herbal Lip Balm ($3.35). One lucky reader received all five products, making this giveaway’s total value $36.45!

LuSa Organics is a family-owned business out of Wisconsin. In 1997 Rachel turned her hobby of making body care products into a small business, and in 2008 their family made a leap of faith and turned Rachel’s hobby into a full-time career for both Rachel and her husband, Pete. The word “LuSa” comes from their children’s names – Lupine and Sage.

LuSa Organics is committed to a manufacturing process that is environmentally sustainable and locally based. Their “ingredients are naturally sourced and primarily organic[, and they] scent exclusively with essential oils and color only with natural pigments, herbs, and clays.” LuSa’s products use minimal packaging, and their printed materials are on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Their business is located in Wisconsin, and they not only try to hire locally, but they also “utilize local or regional suppliers and growers for ingredients and materials.”1 What’s more, LuSa Organics donates 10% of their profits every year to “organizations generating positive global change.”

You can purchase your own LuSa Organics products by ordering directly from the website. Amazon also carries a variety of LuSa products. Rachel’s best selling products are her Baby Wipe Juice and Booty Balm.

Don’t forget to:

  • Like LuSa Organics on Facebook.
  • Check out the LuSa Organics blog.
  • Like Clean: The LuSa Organics Blog on Facebook.

For The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution:



Parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley is back with her newest book, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution. This book is designed to provide parents with ways to get their children of all ages to eat a healthy, balanced diet as often as possible without battles, threats, or tears. Elizabeth draws ideas from her readers around the world for getting children to eat nutritious food. She then had hundreds of parents test the ideas, so you can trust that one of these solutions that fits your situation best will work for you too. With Elizabeth’s advice, you can help your fussy eater have nutritious meals and bring peace back to the dining table.

You can purchase your own copy of the No- Cry Picky Eater Solution through Amazon.

Don’t forget to:

  • Like Elizabeth Pantley on Facebook.
  • Read more about Elizabeth Pantley on her website.
  1. For more about LuSa Organics, see their About page.

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