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.

#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 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!

EMAB blogger badge


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.

fitbloggin’ #toughlove #justtrollin

Fitbloggin’ was a week ago and I am so grateful for every nook and cranny that people allowed me to be a part of. I went wanting to be vulnerable and just present. For the most part I was present. I am so grateful to people like Erin from DigDeepPlayHard for checking in on me when I confessed I was going in feeling broken and weak. Physically I had just recovered from a hamstring strain I got on Memorial Day and then sprained the heck out of my ankle shortly before the conference catching my preschooler from a fall on concrete. This post-partum comeback still has not been graceful. I am not freaking out over it (I really do believe in the two years to heal from having babies like a good aruyvedic person should), but it can be frustrating. However a lot of people did not know about all that going on with me and why should they? I am quiet and if you look at my blog, really quiet.

So there are still a lot of highlights and OMG moments to go over but I am going to keep this short since I just got back from four days at an epic yoga festival and want to post. My tough love to myself is to get back on my content creation, curation, and broadcasting. My roomies Steve and Sue held a Tough Love session and gave homework, to call ourselves out. This blog or lack of blogging is my call out to me.

Hell, my husband has designed a new logo for me, bought me a new domain and I am slacking on even those gifts.

In my own #toughlove I am challenging myself to 31/31 in July. So here is 3/31 on day 7. I got some stuff to do.

And as far as Fitbloggin’ – I’ll post light and at least include a vlog. It is funny to think that 4 years ago I was really killing the vlogging thing. Ha! O.k., July – time to get back on the blog/content horse.

Wanderlust Revist – 5 years here we go

Five years ago I headed to the first Wanderlust in Squaw Valley…

then I got pregnant and had a kid, then another.  I have been on a little lockdown since then but here we are five years later and I am going back.

Wanderlust is in a number of locations now so the road trip to Cali will not be necessary – only a 3 hour drive to Snowmass.

I have also been a yoga teacher for five years and have watched the yoga hustle explode around me while I have chosen to watch from the sidelines with little ones as my priority.  I am curious to see how that has translated into whatever Wanderlust is now.

I’m back and covering for Yogadork again (there are three or four posts of coverage I did from 2009). Hit me up if you see me. Follow me on twitter and instagram as @kiamruiz. This is going to be fun no matter what!

Raspy But Kickin’

Last week was a wash… this week? Either way life is funny and mercury is in retrograde to slap me across my silly mouth.

The big thing is getting back to feeling 100%. I went to the Denver Art Museum and wore our infant then felt wore out. I can usually cart him around and not feel anything.

I have about 8 weeks to go for the SoCal Ragnar Relay so need to be in the best shape possible for the first weekend in April. I have to say the chilly, chilly, chilly temps here in Denver are making me long for Southern California. We had a spell in negative digits last week and all I was thinking was Ragnar and flying into L.A.

This week activity planner + dinner planner…
Monday… rest + Aloo Gobi and Coconut Carrot Ginger Soup
Tuesday… yoga 2x (maybe crossfit) and Turkey Meatballs with Veggies
Wednesday… run and yoga and Slow Cooker Ribs, potatoes, and salad
Thursday… crossfit and run and Cacao Nib Spinach Salad
Friday… crossfit and yoga and leftover soup and salad
Saturday… nordic ski and chicken pot pie
Sunday… run and open gym

Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Month 2013

One of my year-end highlights was the image Earth Mama Angel Baby used of me and my babe for National Breastfeeding Month. They are a guest on Mamavation tonight to talk about removing toxins from personal care products. I go to EMAB steadily and even use the baby oil on my own skin, especially my face in the harsh Colorado conditions. I also love Dr. Bronners (basic soap and coconut oil), and the Alaffia brands from bubble bath, conditioner, and lotion for babe.