Stremick’s Heritage Organic Milk Giveaway

Heritage Milk Giveaway and Prmotion

As we mentioned before, one of the first and by far easiest steps we took when beginning our quest for a more healthy and natural lifestyle was our switch to from regular milk to organic milk. It was the first step to ridding myself and my family of harsh chemicals and pesticides. With the same dedication as our team here at Mothers Organic to insure that all products are safe for our customers and their families, I personally take extreme pride in providing my family with pesticide and hormone free foods.

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Although there are a few different options for organic milk our go-to remains Stremick’s Heritage. Stremick’s Heritage Organic Milk  is a staple in our household. They are a family owned business committed to making great products. Meaning handing down only the best traditions, ideals, and products from one generation to the next. “Our high quality beverages with top tier health standards reflect the same standards of excellence we would expect in our own home.  Our integrity and manufacturing processes highlight our commitment to ensuring the health of future generations.”

As a gift to our readers our friends at Stremick’s Heritage Foods are generously offering up a three (3) month supply of Heritage Organic Milk to (1) lucky winner!!  To enter, follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below, also do not forget to leave a blog comment below. Tell us how many cartons of milk do you buy monthly! The contest is open to CA residents only and will start Monday, January 27th, 2013 & will end on Friday, January 31st at 12:01PST. Good luck! And remember you can enter once a day!

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>>> While you are here please enjoy this AMAZING Organic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe from Stremick’s Heritage Organic Milk.>>>

 

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Organic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Discover how to make real vanilla bean ice cream with this delious recipe. The real vanilla beans are steeped in this custard that literally perfumes the ice cream releasing its aromatic flavor.

Makes about 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups whole organic milk
2 vanilla beans
5 large organic egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup organic heavy cream

DIRECTIONS: 

Add milk to a medium saucepan. Halve the vanilla beans lengthwise with a knife. With your finger or knife, scrape the vanilla beans into the saucepan with the milk and add vanilla pod to the mixture. Stir and bring mixture to a simmer and steep for 30 minutes. Strain mixture, reserve milk and discard solids.

Combine egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until very thick and pale yellow, for about 3-5 minutes. Return milk to a simmer.

Prep an ice water bath.

Temper the egg yolks by slowly adding half of the warm milk mixture to the egg yolk mixture while stirring constantly until blended. Add new mixture to sauce pan with remaining milk. Stir consistently over low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove saucepan from heat and immediately stir in cream. Place an empty bowl over the ice water bath. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into empty bowl and chill for at least 3 hours to overnight in the refrigerator.

Freeze custard in ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Store in an airtight container in freezer until ready to eat.

 

>>>>> Official Rules:>>>>>>

Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older, a legal  resident of the 50 US States and the District of Columbia, and a fan of the Mothers Organic Facebook page to enter. Employees of Mothers Organic or its related companies or suppliers (and their relatives) are ineligible to enter.
Contest Period: The contest or giveaway period will be displayed in the social media posting.

How to Enter: For Facebook contest or giveaway, participants may only enter once during the contest period. For Pinterest contest or giveaway, participants may enter more than once during the contest period and will be asked to include a hashtag for each entry in order to qualify. Any comment or photo entries that are deemed to have vulgar or inappropriate content by Mothers Organic will be deleted and be ineligible to receive any prize.

 Participants may be asked for their email address to participate in giveaways or contests. This information will only be used for sending updates and announcements from Mothers Organic. We will not share, sell or trade participant’s personal information with any third party.

 No purchase or payment is necessary to enter to win. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.

Winner Selection and Notification: For Facebook contest or giveaway, winner chosen at random within 5 business days at the conclusion of the giveaway or contest. For Pinterest, winner will be chosen within 5 business days at the conclusion of the giveaway or contest and will be determined on creativity of entry or entries as determined at the sole discretion and judgment of Mothers Organic, which discretion and judgment shall be final. Winner’s first name and last initial will be posted to the Mothers Organic Facebook page timeline.

Prizes: Prizes awarded shall be those described in the Facebook posting. Allow up to two weeks after name and address for winner has been confirmed for delivery of prize.

Other than randomly selecting the winner and sending the prize to the winner, Mothers Organic assumes no liability relating to entries nor any responsibility for lost, missing or improper entries.

 

 

Mothers Organic 2014 “Something Sweet” Valentines Day Gift Guide

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With Valentines Day right around the corner, we thought we’d share our “Something Sweet” 2014 Valentines Day Gift Guide. We have included all things natural, non-toxic and super sweet with bright pops of color for your little one to enjoy!

Dandelion Lady Bug Ring Rattle/ KidBasix The Safe Sippy 2-Pink/ Lollacup-Red/ KidBasix The Safe Sippy 2-Red/ Pura Infant Bottle-Pink/ Dandelion Mushroom Pudgy Rattle/ Lollacup-Pink/ Ubbi Diaper Pail-Hot Pink/ Zoli BOT-Pink

The Family & Vision behind Mothers Organic

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Typically our blog post consist of information on green & natural living, promotions, events, parenting and tons of other eco topics. Well it recently  dawned on me that we have never exclusively posted about the family behind the company and the reason in which Mothers Organic was started. My name is Kelly McKnight and I am the co-founder of Mothers Organic. If I were to sum up my title in short it would start with mother and wife. I have two beautiful children who are the main reason behind our store and brand Mothers Organic.  Back when my husband and I started contemplating having children I immediately fell in love with the idea of being a mother. I researched from day until night reading reviews, learning about products and ingredients all at which is what started my quest for eco-alternative living.

I was absolutely horrified with what I was learning. Was this true? Is this possible? Isn’t there a committee somewhere that regulates these things? I couldn’t begin to wrap my mind around the idea that very popular baby care companies were creating products that included toxic chemicals such as  formaldehyde.

Before my mission of becoming a mother I already was pretty familiar with organic and clean eating but that is where I drew the line. I had never really looked into the lotions, soaps and body care products I was using yet alone the same products that I would be using on my unborn baby once he had arrived. We learned a little each day and started sharing our favorite products with friends and family. And then the idea for Mothers Organic was born. We saw an opportunity to share our top picks with anyone who wants to choose a more eco lifestyle.

From what started as a place to keep my children safe from toxic ingredients we created Mothers Organic. We now have an amazing team who makes sure that all products in our online store must meet our strict criteria for eco-friendly and organic ingredients. We take pride in knowing that each and every Vendor & Product featured in our store has passed our 50+ Point evaluation process to insure that all products are safe for our customers and their families. Each product we feature must pass our evaluation process developed by our team here at Mothers Organic along with our expert health and safety advisory panel consisting of parents, pediatricians, environmentalist and of course our most important experts our own children. We also have a great team of eco-mama bloggers who make sure the products featured in our store continue to meet Mothers Organic’s rigorous standards.

We are beyond honored to be your one-stop shop for natural, organic and non-toxic living. Along this life changing journey of creating Mothers Organic we have met some amazing parents and business associates along the way and we are stoked that we are going into the new year with lots of new things happening here. We hope you are as excited as we are to introduce new brands, products and partnerships for you to Mothers Organic.

 

 

Red Tricycle interviews co-founder Kelly McKnight

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We love everything about Red Tricycle! From their inside information on local hotspots to their recipes for kids, Red Tricycle is the go-to for parents looking to have local fun with their kids . We were beyond honored when we got the news that we had been nominated which later turned into Mothers Organic winning Red Tricycle’s award for Most Awesome Shopping Site. With that being said imagine our recent excitement when Red Tricycle approached us eager to find out more about Mothers Organic.

 

As Seen In 

This month, Mothers Organic is featured on Red Tricycle. Head over to Red Tricycle to learn a little more about co-founder Kelly McKnight including the vision and commitment behind the Mothers Organic store. Also, check out the special deal exclusively for Red Tricycle readers.

 

 

Family Travel Fun: Legoland and Four Seasons Aviara

Like you, we are always on the go with our kids. Whether it’s a walk to the local park or a family trip to a new town, we travel with kids in tow – taking our favorite on-the-go baby gear and travel accessories from the Mothers Organic store.

Recently, we had an opportunity to take a vacation in Carlsbad – just north of San Diego. We chose Carlsbad because it’s just a two-hour ride from our home in Los Angeles – and a short drive with two toddlers was a must – and we loved all the family-friendly activities available at Legoland California.

Legoland California

 

In particular, Legoland has lots of great options for toddlers. Many times we have taken the kids to amusement parks where they only have a couple of attractions geared for toddlers. Legoland has an entire area dedicated to toddlers – complete with rides, activities and a toddler park. The kids were able to explore, play, build and learn. In addition, there are ample areas to breastfeed babies and toddlers – including a designated nursing station complete with rocking chairs, privacy curtains and changing tables and other amenities.

Legoland California

 

Legoland California

A day trip to Legoland wouldn’t have been possible without our Pura Sippy Bottles and Zoli SUMO Snack Stackers. We were able to give the kids organic milk (we love the Stremick’s Heritage Foods brand) and snacks in these reusable containers – and they fit perfectly in our diaper bag.

Zoli Sumo Snack Stacker

After a full day at Legoland, we wanted to get some rest and relaxation at a hotel that was clean, comfortable, eco-friendly and suitable for families. We did a lot of research and decided to go with the Four Seasons Aviara. The reviews we read boasted of a villa style suite complete with kitchen, dreamy comfortable bed and welcoming staff. Let me first say that those reviews only begin to touch on the AMAZING experience of staying at the Four Seasons Aviara. The Four Seasons are known for their luxury hotels but never had we imagined that they were also dedicated to being family-friendly with the many available accommodations for their littlest of guest. From their baby sitting services to their separate children’s pool, the Four Seasons Aviara proved to be more than just a luxury hotel.

Four Seasons Aviara

 

The staff was nothing short of phenomenal. Upon arrival, we were greeted with lemonade and warm towels to clean our hands. The front desk printed out local spots for us to enjoy that were family friendly. They even offered to make reservations for dinner if needed. Once we entered our room, we discovered the staff had more than prepared for our arrival. The kids were beyond excited to see there were personalized Legos for them to enjoy. Not to mention custom bath toys, an amazing fruit tray and personalized brownies for a sweet treat.

Four Seasons Aviara

 

Another star component to our stay was the fact that everything was baby proofed, which stayed true to their promise of a “home away from home”. Being that we are a family dedicated to living as healthy and organic as possible, we were thrilled that there was a kitchen in our villa. We were able to pack our family favorites of organic milk, Happy Family treats and have the option to prepare our own dinner and breakfast.

Four Seasons Aviara

If you are local and looking for an amazing getaway for your family please keep Legoland and The Four Seasons Aviara in mind. They will forever be our go-to destination for family fun in San Diego.