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Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Review and Giveaway

It's no secret that I like Seventh Generation products. I've tried their dish detergent, toilet bowl cleaners, bathroom and multi surface cleaners, baby wipes and diapers, and even their laundry detergent. I like them because they list their ingredients, use less toxic chemicals, and they really work. 

So when My Blog Spark asked me to take a look at their laundry detergents, I gladly accepted.  They asked me to take a look that their detergent versus my "usual" detergent to show that Seventh Generation does not use optical brighteners in their detergent. 

So what's the big deal? I'm not really sure but optical brighteners are just one extra chemical (toxic or not?) that I'd rather not put into my clothing, my body, or our environment. 



Take a look at these "black light" results. It's clear that Seventh Generation doesn't use optical brighteners, and as I've said before, they are one of the few companies that actually lists the ingredients in their cleaners.

But of course, the fun doesn't stop there. Seventh Generation and My Blog Spark would like to give you the opportunity to try their "Optical Brightener Discovery Kit" for yourself. You will receive 1 bottle of Seventh Generation detergent, 1 bottle of Seventh Generation liquid fabric softener, 2 organic cotton t-shirts, 1 box of fabric softener sheets, and a black light.

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me your opinion about green cleaning.

Extra Entries:

5 Extra Entries for blogging about this contest (leave 5 comments and your link)
3 Extra Entries for tweeting this contest (include @suburbanjung in your tweet, 1 extra for daily tweets)
2 Extra Entries if you are a google friend connect follower on this blog
2 Extra Entries for being an @suburbanjung follower on twitter

*This contest will end on 1/6/2011 at 9:00 PM EST. The winner will be selected by random.org and notified by email. All products for review and giveaway as well as corresponding information was provided by Seventh Generation and My Blog Spark. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I think that it is great b/c we shouldn't have all these chemicals close to our body and polluting the environment.

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  2. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/tracisme123/status/19934957325516801

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  3. We believe in green cleaning 100%! Seventh Generation is great for being such a responsible company! Thanks,Jess
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  4. I haven't really thought about green cleaning, but I have to use non-scented products because of my daughter's ezcema. I would love to try these products.

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  5. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/phyllis2win/status/20112467245932544

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  6. 1 I blogged here http://phyllis2win.blogspot.com/2010/12/seventh-generation-laundry-detergent.html

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  7. 2 I blogged here http://phyllis2win.blogspot.com/2010/12/seventh-generation-laundry-detergent.html

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  8. 3 I blogged here http://phyllis2win.blogspot.com/2010/12/seventh-generation-laundry-detergent.html

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  9. 4 I blogged here http://phyllis2win.blogspot.com/2010/12/seventh-generation-laundry-detergent.html

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  10. 5 I blogged here http://phyllis2win.blogspot.com/2010/12/seventh-generation-laundry-detergent.html

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  11. http://twitter.com/#!/monkeygrl59/status/20129248538787841. Tweet. arobimom at gmail dot com

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  12. daily tweet-http://twitter.com/409cope/status/20217651435405312 cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. I've just recently started to do more green cleaning. I've noticed the difference in how I feel cleaning (as in, I'm not getting high from the cleaning products and feeling like I can't breathe!).

    lisa at spendlessonlife dot com

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  14. I'm a follower on Twitter (entry #1) -@spendlessonlife.

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  15. I'm a follower on Twitter (entry #2) -@spendlessonlife.

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  16. Green cleaning is better for the environment and our health.
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  17. I follow you on Google Friend Connect.
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  22. Green Cleaning only makes sense it is not right to make an area look clean but in reality because of cleaners used it is more unclean than when they started

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  25. green cleaning, great thing I'm glad its getting so much attention, i know a lot of people who have started greener practices the last few years, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. "I follow this blog publicly via google friend connect
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  27. "I follow this blog publicly via google friend connect
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  28. "Following on twitter @carafferty
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  33. I like green cleaning as long as the product does what it says and we don't compromise other important things.
    Dove056 at aol dot com

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  34. Tweet #1 - http://twitter.com/#!/Dove056/status/20547455745531904
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  37. Twitter follower #1 - @Dove056
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  39. I am all about green products. I have been slowly switching out regular ones for green ones.

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  40. follow on twitter: carogonza entry 1

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  42. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/tracisme123/status/20702944403914752

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  43. We have managed to get very green in terms of energy usage, foods, and many daily products, but finding green cleaning products is still a challenge. I'd love to try this brand.

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  44. i love green cleaning, especially on things like countertops where food goes..i just feel safer
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  45. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/phyllis2win/status/20848729204461569

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  46. I think green cleaning is great. It makes me feel like I'm doing good for my family & the environment.

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  49. I think it is great. I just have not used it very much. Thank you

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  50. I recently started to dabble in green cleaning. I have started small. I replaced my sponges with dish cloths, my Windex with water and vinegar and a few other small things. Thanks!

    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  53. smoothiie0714(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I want to be more green in 2011. Green cleanng is a good place to start. Thanks for the chance!

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  54. Tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/Dove056/status/21058161251192832
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  57. I haven't tried this product but green cleaning is something I'd like to do more of
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  58. follow on gfc 1
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  60. green is the way to go!!

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  61. Tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/Dove056/status/21363783280623617
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  62. i think green cleaning is a wonderful thing that is really important to the environment
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  63. I would like to try green cleaning and its nice that is helps the environment.

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  64. I am really trying to make the total switch over to green cleaning. I, along with members of my famiy have sensitive skin. I like the idea of not having harmful chemicals touch my skin.
    winit6 at hotmail dot com

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  65. #1 I'm a google friend connect follower on this blog.

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  66. #2 I'm a google friend connect follower on this blog.

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  67. #1 Follower on twitter
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  72. Considering that clothing is in direct contact with your skin for almost your entire day, "green" laundry products have to be better for you. I prefer them and I like the natural clean scent better than the artificial coverup scents.

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  74. I follow you on Google Friend Connect. (Debbie C)

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  77. tweet , http://twitter.com/#!/tracisme123/status/21733487769812992

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  78. I have chemical sensitivities, so I LOVE "green" cleaning products because they hardly ever cause me trouble and they work as well as the chemical ones.

    hugzeke@gmail.com

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  79. I love green cleaning. It's the best!

    mammabear06 at gmail dot com

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  80. I am all about green cleaning. I wish everyone wason board with it!

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  81. I think green cleaning is a great idea for the environment.

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  82. http://twitter.com/carafferty/status/21893676636573697
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  83. I am lookig to replace my cleansers with green products that work - thinking Seventh Generation is a good place to start. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  84. Tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/Dove056/status/22010264895365120
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  85. daily tweet-http://twitter.com/409cope/status/22033870316642304 cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  86. tweet , http://twitter.com/#!/tracisme123/status/22081773693308928

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  87. I love the idea that I can use these around my kids and not worry about the damage it's doing! I also love that I'm not killing the world while I kill the germs and dirt in my house :]
    lauraslittlepeople@hotmail.com

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  88. Green cleaning is great for the environment, and healthy for my family and home.

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  89. I follow you on Google Friend Connect. #1

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  92. http://twitter.com/carafferty/status/22297877669744640
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  93. i just started using seventh generation all purpose cleaner and i love it. would love to try their other products too.


    p. kopec

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  94. It's a great idea if the product works. I haven't found a green dishwasher detergent that really works yet. I have tried some homemade laundry detergent that worked great.

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  95. #1 Tweet- http://twitter.com/ksh123/status/22397665253785600

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  98. Twitter follower- ksh123
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  102. I feel safer cleaning green since I have 3 children in the house.

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  103. I follow @suburbanjung on twitter
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  108. It works and it is enviroment friendly!

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  109. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/tracisme123/status/22454703849734144

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  110. Who doesn't love to clean with stuff that smells great and doesn't make you have headaches, sneezing, coughing or burning/watering eyes?

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  111. Tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/Dove056/status/22503915484356609
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  112. I think green cleaning is terrific. I love that there are more and more products all the time that help the average person be green


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  113. I follow you on GFC (delena) #1


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  117. I feel so much safer using green and organic products than all the harsh chemicals found in most things!

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  118. http://twitter.com/TaraLin/status/22538954112761856

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  121. I follow you publicly on Google Friend Connect

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  122. I follow you publicly on Google Friend Connect

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  123. I follow you on Twitter!

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  124. I follow you on Twitter!

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  125. Tweet: http://twitter.com/Jessyca81/status/22550223989510144

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  126. http://twitter.com/carafferty/status/22644986528931841
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  127. I like Seventh Generation and other other "green" cleaning products, though sometimes they're not as effective as the laboratory-developed products. "Natural" isn't always better -- however, as far as clothing is concerned, I prefer to use something that won't leave an itchy residue on my skin or irritate me with fragrance. I spend too much time in my clothes or on my bedsheets to want anything different.

    glycinemax at gmail dot com

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  128. I follow your blog via GFC.

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  129. I follow your blog via GFC.

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  130. tweet , http://twitter.com/#!/tracisme123/status/22719412360445952

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  131. Over the last year I have switched completely to green cleaners, it was a resolution last year and I've stuck to it pretty well. Although I do still have some bleach and magic erasers...which I know are bad. Would love to try this detergent though, 7Th Gen is my fave green cleaning brand.
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  132. I'm a GFC follower - entry 1
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  134. I love green cleaning...I feel safe about having my 3 children around products without having to worry so much.
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  135. GFC follower...
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  137. I follow via GFC!
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  138. I folow on GC!!!
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  139. I think green cleaning is a great idea. There is so much unnecessary junk in some of the regular cleaners & the green cleaning products are not only better for the environment, but also better for people with allergies.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  142. daily tweet-http://twitter.com/409cope/status/22751062003814400 cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  143. I love Seventh Generation cleaning products, but I haven't tried any of the laundry products yet.

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  144. I'd like to be more green, so it would be great to try this detergent. Thanks!

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  145. Tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/Dove056/status/22819391179587585
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  146. I love green cleaning, anything that helps the enviroment and doesn't hurt my children or pets I'm all for.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  147. At this point, I only use "green" cleaners. I can no longer even stand the chemical smell most cleaners have.

    kendralacrosse@ymail.com

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  148. I don't know too much about green cleaning, but I would like to start using more green products and these items would be a great way to start.

    b6gosu@tempalias.com

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  149. Love green cleaning I'm using more green products these days.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  150. I follow you on Twitter susan1215 #1

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  152. http://twitter.com/TaraLin/status/22875147018964993

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  153. I like using products that are safe for the environment and my family.

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  154. i love the idea of green cleaning. works as well if not better than normal cleaning and it is better for everyone and the environment. what is not to like?

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  155. gfc: ferriza2 (danielle b)

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  156. gfc 2: ferriza2 (danielle b)

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  159. I have found that green cleaning works just as good (and sometimes better) than chemical cleaners. I use vinegar and baking soda for general cleaning but always use 7th Generation for my laundry.

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  160. My opinion is- it's what the World needs to be doing, save the planet, save ourselves

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  161. I'm Following you on Twitter, id Emma__Peel

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  162. I'm Following you on Twitter, id Emma__Peel #2

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  163. i think green cleaning is great - people dont realize all the nasty chemicles that we expose our families in our home are toxic!
    melissa.barnes76 at yahoo dot com

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  164. gfc follower
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  166. follow on twitter as lovinmykiddos
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  167. 2 follow on twitter as lovinmykiddos
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  168. tweeted
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  171. I want to do more green cleaning. I have replaced a few of my cleaners with greener alternatives and would like to try more.

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  175. green cleaning is very important, i do not want harmful chemicals in our home
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  176. I am all for green cleaning when the product is effective and not cost prohibitive.

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  177. I've been trying to keep my cleaning green for a long time now. I realized when my dog was just a baby that she licks her paws and her paws touch everything...and I didn't want her eating bleach and other toxic chemicals.
    april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

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  178. Green cleaning is an excellent idea but they need to lower the prices on green products to get more people to use them.
    traymona@aol.com

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  179. Green cleaning will help the world my little girl is being raised in.

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  180. Green Cleaning is Great and safe!

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  181. I love green cleaning because we need to help with the environment.

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I've been growing berries all my life. First raspberries and over the last 9 years blueberries and strawberries. Over that time, I have encountered an endless stream of problems and have figured out how to fix many of them. So I thought I'd put that knowledge online so people can easily figure out what might be going on with their berry plants and have a place to start to search for information.

Most plants give signs of trouble with their leaves. In general, most plants (and especially berries) should have deep green leaves. Any other variation means trouble. Sometimes it's major. Sometimes it's an easy fix.

Raspberries

If your leaves have a purple tinge: It may mean the weather has been cold, they are just forming, or they are deficient in Potassium. To fix - apply light fertilizer (tomato fertilizer is a good choice, since it is higher in potassium which results in more flowers and more fruit - or buy Organic potassium source.)

If your leaves are yellowing: If they are…

9 Months Wearing Thinx - What I REALLY think and What you should know if you decide to use them!!

It's been 9 months since I bought my first pair of Thinx underwear. Since that time, I have transitioned to 90% reusable period products. I've figured out how to wash them, get them to stop being stinky, and when to use them.

 I first heard of Thinx when a friend of mine showed me an article on Facebook.The article was an obvious paid to endorsement.

I was disappointed that my friend couldn't see through the propaganda, but it did motivate me to dig deeper into reusable menstrual products.

So I bought my first pair - I used a $10 off coupon and first time customers got free shipping. (This link will give you $10 off if you decide to give them a go.)

The first thing I did when they arrived was try them on. They fit well and looked really good. Fancy even? Well, maybe not for most people but they had lace and that is fancy in my world. I then tested them with a syringe of water to be sure that they could actually hold the liquid they claimed. They passed.

I bought the hiphu…

How to Make Raw Almond Butter using a Blender (Vitamix)

You CAN make your own almond butter (peanut, cashew, sunflower, or ANY nut butter.) It's fast and easy - and you can do it in a blender!

If you love almond butter, then I'd highly recommend learning how to make it yourself. I buy raw almondsfor about $3 a pound, so the savings aren't huge, but knowing what goes into my almond butter is priceless. 
What goes in? Nothing but almonds. You can certainly add salt, cocoa powder, sugar, honey, or whatever floats your boat - but the truth is - you don't have to! 
You can roast the almonds and have a rich nutty flavored almond butter or you can make it raw (which to me - tastes more like cookie dough mixed with peanut butter, yums.)
Here's the deal: you don't need to add oils or anything else. A vitamix blender
(or other similarly powerful blender) can handle it.  
Here's a video of me making raw almond butter. I used about 3 cups (measured by a 5 year old - so about 3 cups is fine). 

You will notice a lot of icky …

Can you fix broken plants with tape? - yes you can!

Can you fix broken plants with tape? YESSSSSS! Read on to hear how I have done it many times and how you can fix your plants too.
A snapped Blueberry plant repaired with electrical tape and twine
I take care of a lot of plants. And when I run out of plants, I take care of my neighbors'. Every once-in-a-while, I learn something that's worth sharing. This is one of those things.

I found out that you CAN save plants by using tape. This winter, someone stepped on the main stem of one of my blueberry bushes and snapped it in half. I noticed it as soon as the snow melted and was devastated. It takes 3 years for a blueberry bush to "be ready" and it was year three. And the main stem was snapped clean off.

So I did what anybody would do in an emergency like this. I hit the garage for whatever tape I could find. My husband had recently taught me that electrical tape sticks to nothing - but itself. And it sticks to itself well.
I grabbed the electrical tape from this tool bench …