ShiftCon: The Swag and Brands

A month ago I was in Los Angeles for the inaugural ShiftCon EcoWellness Conference.  I was a little occupied as the New Media Manager for the Colorado GMO labeling effort so pretty much got home and was back at work. I barely opened my swag suitcase last night (a month later) to unpack and see what was inside.

The hysterical part is that I also worked with ShiftCon as the speaker coordinator so was in L.A. early then found myself working closely with the swag bags to make sure bloggers had three prepared for them and speakers had one prepared for them. I can easily say my hands touched products in every single bag that people took home with them. That is why opening my suitcase last night was so hysterical because it seemed like ages ago.

I actually left a lot of swag in Los Angeles for my bestie who lives there with her family. I even won a basket at the closing party and left that behind too. What I have displayed here are some of the things I cherry-picked to take back to Colorado with me.

ShiftCon Food Swag

Chosen Foods and Traditional Medicines were kind enough to send products to us at home. Organic Valley, Rudi’s, Nancy’s, Earthbound Farms, and Silk sent us off with coupons for free products which my airline appreciated. Patagonia is going into the provisions business. Yes that is fish. I am thrilled to try the Explore Asian and Enjoy Life products. Other than that I already know I love the Nature’s Path, Color Garden, Teecino, Nutiva, and Natural Grocers bulk foods.

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The Black Soap is fragrant, I remember that smell from loading the bags. My family is Dr. Bronner silly so love these soaps. I learned about Goddess Garden Organic sunscreen this year (they are local. I love the Miessence distributor (see I am curious about Healthy Hoo Hoo. Natracare comes in handy. I may try Primal Paste (I currently do not use deodorant). Nordic Naturals products rock. And I have major, major love for Earth Mama Angel Baby and was thrilled to finally meet their reps.

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I was super excited to see the Floradix in the speaker bags (I rely on this since iron issues with my last pregnancy). I love Nordic Naturals and am happy to have these. Boiron rocks and my kids can use this at some point this winter. Symbiotics went nuts with a lot of sample packets I did not display but want to try for me and my kids. I know nothing about Konk or Bye Bye PMS but am curious.

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Dr. Bronners gets listed twice because their soaps can be for body or home. I like the idea of e-cloth and the cleaning stones as an alternative to detergents. The lead check can come in handy and everyone should test their homes if you do not already know. I won the ECOS basket at the party but could not fly with that. Molly suds, Planet, and BioKleen handed off some cool products to test. I am most excited to try the sport laundry liquid as I get my sweat quotient back up after my recent broken foot.

Beyond this there were some stellar vendors in the exhibit hall from organizations to businesses. I was happy to see brands that were supporting the GMO labeling effort in Colorado like Stonyfield, Applegate, Rudi’s, and Dr. Bronners. The Boiron vendors gave me some supplements for my foot (it was in an aircast during the conference) and Stonyfield had their Petit Creme that I had been anxious to try. It was sooooo goooood. I cannot wait to get it in the Colorado market.

There was A LOT of swag which gets a little hard for me. I think the greenest thing you can do is be mindful of your resources and not consume many things. I’ll play with these products I brought back and see if anything new works for our family. I left a lot for my friend who has a different consumer ethos for me so I know everything will be used by someone who really appreciates it.

Much love to these brands with so many faves including Earth Mama Angel Baby, Organic Valley, Floradix, Patagonia, Teecino, Boiron and more.

yo gabba gabba tour

YO GABBA GABBA 2014 Tour #Denver Giveaway

YO! Want to get your family and/or friends together because you like to DANCE?!? This Saturday Denver – Yo Gabba Gabba Live! comes to the Paramount Theater and we have FOUR TICKETS to giveaway.

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Now I have to admit that the biggest Gabba fan in our home is my husband. Actually at the last tour date we went to we brought a singleton friend who is into national and local music scenes. She had a blast. It seems like a lot of adults we know have a keen understanding of how awesome the music is at these shows.


We will be bringing our two boys this time though. I was still pregnant with our second during the last scheduled tour date but he is kind of a rager at live shows so this will be perfect for his 19-month old sensibilities.  Well that I can see him getting silly when Biz Markie takes the stage.

Tickets are still available at Altitude Tickets for the 1:30 and 4:30 shows for this Saturday 15 November. Or you can win a pair here though the form below.  A winner will be drawn Thursday night at midnight and must respond by noon on Friday or another winner will be drawn.  Good luck!!  See you at the show. MUSIC IS AWESOME!

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FTC Disclosure: My family and I are being comped tickets to attend the show in exchange for hosting this giveaway. No other compensation is being exchanged for this post. All opinions are my own.


#EarthMama in the Home

I did this NonToxic Household Cleaning Guide a couple of years ago and love how seamlessly Earth Mama Angel Baby Soaps fit into this guide where castile soaps are listed.  The best part is the scent with the saponified oils!  One of the major complaints with cleaning with vinegar is the scent and need for essential oils, the Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Washes have beautiful scents so the need for oils does not have to occur.  See my Ignite Denver video for cleaning with vinegar that I did a couple of years ago if you need more convincing about vinegar.

If you are wondering why you should consider non-toxic cleaning then consider reading this synergistic effects piece I wrote that talks about the unknown effects of all the chemicals we come into contact with in our homes.

Here are a couple of cleaners you can use from my guide with Earth Mama Angel Baby Products

Laundry Detergent
**I do not use this on BRIGHT colors or fine thread fabric
1 cup Earth Mama Angel Baby Soap
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup salt
1 gallon hot water
Mix and use 1/4 cup per small load

The All-Purpose Cleaner

4 cups hot water
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo and Soap

And a demonstration of how easy making these cleaners can be

Thanks for viewing and thank you Earth Mama Angel Baby for letting me part of this campaign with you!


FTC Disclosure:

I am compensated for this campaign and was given product. However all opinions and true love for this brand is my own.

#EarthMama On the Road

I am very, very lucky that my kids are really great when it comes to traveling.  They are great on planes, they are great on the road.  Just because we leave home is no reason to sacrifice high-quality personal products for any of us.  I love Earth Mama Angel Baby when I leave home with or without them because their products multitask as much as I do.

The whole family is accompanying me this long weekend as I am a course manager for about 50 miles of a relay race.  I have a big van of supplies to help my volunteers and runners as well as needing to keep our suite at elevation (8500′-9500′) stocked for my family.

Here is a pretty standard set of goods I am using to travel with the whole family.  When it is just me and I am flying it is usually the Angel Baby Oil (I use this as a facial moisturizer, body moisturizer, and a hair oil if I need some softness and control) and some of their lip balm.  The baby oil is available in 1 oz. size which is easy for TSA carryon convenience. For everyone on this trip it is Nipple Butter, Angel Oil, Body Wash, and Bottom Spray.   When I am in my van cruising the course I will have the Nipple Butter and Bottom Spray on hand for runners who get too much sun or encounter plants on the trails that they may have reactions too. These products multitask for me with beauty routines, my kids and family with their needs, and for endurance athletes who need an extra hand on the course.

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The Shampoo & Body Wash is so crucial on the road for the boys because of its distinctive scent.   As a standard the boys and I are used to using the Natural Orange Vanilla Scent.  Even though we are not at home this familiar scent helps to keep them in their usual rhythm of nighttime steps and as a cue for when to go to bed.

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I hope to add some images of athletes on the course getting a little EMAB TLC.  I use it with my endurance training so why not introduce it to others?  To get a feel of alternative uses of Earth Mama Angel Baby products please visit this summary.

FTC disclosure: This is a compensated campaign I am part of with monetary compensation and products provided.  However all opinions are my own. I am a longtime fan of Earth Mama Angel Baby so it may seem hard to find me criticizing their products.

#EarthMama Home and Herbal First Aid Challenge

If you are any visitor to my blog or know me then you know I am a fan of Earth Mama Angel Baby for me and my kids.  I am so much of a fan of them that last year me and my little man posed for them and our image was used for Breastfeeding Week and Month.  Well today to kicks of World Breastfeeding Week and EMAB products are great to support your lactation journey but that is not the point of this post.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Month 2013

However when they asked bloggers to step forward to take a challenge to use their products I wanted in but did not want to lie so signed up for the Home and Herbal First Aid Challenge. And I am so happy to be on this blogger ambassador team!

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They sent a bunch of goodies!

EMAB products

And even though they are for cleaning our home and helping to mend our bodies after accidents I am 100% completely fine with letting the toddler play with them because they are NON TOXIC. This is a big reason I fell in love with this company when I was pregnant with my first, they are like the kind of products I like to keep in my home for the safety of my kids and so that they do not mess with our endocrine system as they mix with everything else in our household.

Why do I mention endocrine systems here… very simple, SYNERGISTIC EFFECTS. If you are unfamiliar then read this primer that I wrote here.  Healthy homes are necessary for everyone whether you are coupled, have kids, regardless of your age, or any other factor. Everyone. And these products are not exclusive to mamas and babes.

So how did our first week go? I figured I would focus on the first aid portion with two young boys around the house and what a week it was.  With two young boys and a colorful (read clumsy) husband I was the only one with any owies. I got a small sunburn after spending the day at a high-altitude wolf sanctuary last night and I cut myself a little shaving last night.  I hardly ever shave since I usually wax a couple of times a year but it has been hectic lately.  This was one of the tools in my first aid arsenal. I almost feel like all alternative uses applied to me in the last week. Wonk wonk.


New Mama Bottom Spray

  • sunburn
  • facial toner
  • aftershave
  • minor scrapes
  • bug bites
  • puffy morning eyes

To see other alternative uses of EMAB products visit their blog.

FTC disclosure: This is a paid campaign and I was comped products but these opinions are my  own.  I just happen to love this company.

Venus de Miles pumped up! #rideVenus

Venus-2014-BloggerBadges-KiaLast year the Venus de Miles annual fundraiser for Greenhouse Scholars did not take place in Colorado due to the flooding devastation that was experienced in mid-September. Last year was going to be my first year riding (finally not volunteering) for this race. I am back… and so is the race. Please take advantage of registering with a $5 discount with the code BodhiBear.

To kick off the event and get the riders psyched Venus de Miles held Venus Night Out gathering last month with an inspiring talk by Marianne Martin, winner of the 1984 womens Tour de France. TOUR DE FRANCE!!!


The evening was also an effort to highlight the Greenhouse Scholars program that is the beneficiary for funds raised from Venus de Miles.  It is the people who make it through the competitive process to be Greenhouse Scholars that are my motivation to ride.  Exceptional young people that are mentored beyond education.IMG_1524

Marianne was pretty remarkable as well.  She is a photographer in the Boulder-area and so extremely humble that people in attendance that have been her friend for a while did not even know she won the Tour de France in its first year of a women’s race.



Here are a few tidbits that she shared with all of us as we prepare for the 34, 51 or century distances on 23 August.

15 minutes is better than no minutes.

You know those days when you don’t want to get on the bike? Getting on the bike makes the difference.

Smart miles. Go hard. Rest.

Visualization! Visualize strength. Take the pain and make it a positive thing. Breathe into it so you know your body is working and part of the process. 

Marianne rides a horse now. She was so effortlessly cool about her experience and truly motivating to put in the rides and make the effort.


Mindful, Wellness, Green – Musings from Kia