Apply to Host a Generation Good Healthy Baby Home Party!


Head over to Seventh Generation and apply to host a Healthy Baby Home Party!

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, American Meadows and Zarbee’s Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-June if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

I would love to hear from you if you’re selected to host!


My Coke Rewards Wednesday Deal: Wet/Dry Vac 40% off!


Posted on : 15-06-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Household Products

Do you save the codes from Coke products? If you don’t, you definitely should. Even if you’re not a Coke drinker, ask friends and coworkers to save the codes for you.
My Coke Rewards has some awesome products that are essentially FREE to you! No shipping, no taxes, no fees, just trade your points for cool freebies & watch the mailbox. So easy! And, every Wednesday, they discount one item, requiring less points to redeem it.
This week’s deal is a handheld wet/dry vacuum for 900 points! You would’ve had to shell out 1,500 points yesterday….and if they don’t sell out, it’ll still cost ya 1,500 tomorrow! If this is one you’ve had your eye on, today is the day to pick it up!


How you can Help the Tornado Victims of 4/27


Tornado Relief Efforts

April 27th was a day of devastation and destruction in the South. Family, friends, and neighbors have lost their homes, posessions, pets, and loved ones. I have never seen anything like the devastation that surrounds me and am beyond blessed to have escaped unharmed. Many of you have asked how you can help. The communities have come together and are truly reaching out to those who have been affected. There, but for the Grace of God, go I.

Here are ways YOU can help.

  • Pray! People need prayer more than anything right now.
  • Blood Assurance needs donations! Especially O- and B-. It won’t cost you a thing but time and a tiny bit of pain. Call 800 962-0628 for more information.
  • The Red Cross is out in full force in the affected areas. To make a donation, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • The Salvation Army is also highly visible in the area. They are out in force and not leaving anytime soon. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.  Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888.
  • Ace & TJ from Kiss FM are raising money for Alabama victims. Get more information here:
  • Chattanooga Relief Radio & TV stations have teamed up with Bi-Lo and are accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Read about it here:
  • CLEVELAND, TN: There is a drop off point at Park View Elementary. Right now they need hamburger and hot dog buns, ice, diapers, and toiletries. They will be accepting donations all day today.
  • CLEVELAND, TN: Candies Creek Baptist coordinating volunteers. To help, call 423-479-3731.

There are many more churches and organizations involved in taking donations. Please keep an eye on and The Chattanooga Times Free Press for more information. Follow them on facebook to find posts from community members who are coordinating relief efforts.

Even if you don’t have money to donate, there are things you can do. If you have a decent stockpile built up from couponing, go to that stockpile now and help people who have lost everything. Donate blood or your time to the victims around you. Or, just text “Give” to 80888 to make an instant $10 donation to the Salvation Army.

If you know of other relief efforts or drop off locations, please leave a comment to let others know!


Cascade Complete ActionPacs


Posted on : 28-03-2011 | By : Trish | In : Household Products, Product Reviews

My sweet boyfriend likes to help me out sometimes by running the dishwasher. I truly appreciate his effort, but it makes me crazy when he doesn’t pre-rinse the dishes. Of course, my pre-rinsing is more like pre-washing. I will stand at the sink for 20 minutes nearly scrubbing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. I guess I use it more as a dish sanitizer than a dish washer. But, what’s the point if they come out dirty, right?

We’ve all seen the commercial where the chick opens the dishwasher in the morning only to find that she forgot to run it the night before. She’s left a lasagna pan, still covered in food, to sit overnight. Unrinsed, unwashed. Oh, well. She’s got Cascade Complete  Action Packs. Then we see those guys in hard hats cleaning every last bit of food off the dish. Right. Whatever. I think not.

This weekend has been a little different. I pushed myself a bit too far on Friday and have spent the last two days unable to move my head very much. Every step hurts. It hurts to bend over, it hurts to lie still. But, it happens. Things still need to get done and I don’t have a magic lamp. So, I pulled a Tim. I packed both racks of the dishwasher with dirty dishes. I didn’t rinse a thing. I didn’t expect good results, either.

I put in my Cascade Action Pack (that I bought on clearance at Target with a coupon, btw), filled the “pre-wash” dispenser with some Palmolive liquid detergent, and set the dishwasher to the “Pots & Pans” cycle…even though there were no pots or pans in it.

It worked!!!! Holy spaghetti sauce, Batman, it actually worked! The dishes were clean. I almost think it must be a fluke. Surely that can’t happen, right? The thing is, when Tim does it, I tell him I’ll run it later then take everything out & rinse it when he’s not looking. So, even though the dishwasher has been loaded dirty before, it hasn’t actually run that way. You can bet your coupons it’ll run that way from now on, though! I’m still in shock. Thank you, Cascade. I’m actually impressed. Now, if they would just go back on clearance.

I do have one question, though. There is almost always a white “coating” on my coffee cups and plastic utensils. I have some black plastic serving & mixing spoons that always come out with this weird almost soap-scum-like film. My ceramic coffee mugs have the same thing. What’s up with that? What is it? I use jet-dry, I let the dishes air-dry…It doesn’t come off, either. When I try to hand wash them to get rid of it, the spots that have the mystery coating almost act like they have Rain-X on them. We do have very hard water. IDK, if you have the same issue, please let me know…especially if you know what’s causing it and how to make it stop.


Keurig Update


Posted on : 03-03-2011 | By : Trish | In : Food & Beverages, Household Products, Product Reviews

It appears that my particular machine is completely posessed…although I’m starting to think my little Mr. Coffee may have sabotaged the Keurig while I was sleeping. I called customer service 3 days in a row. The first call led to a specialist who walked me through a couple of maintenance procedures which seemed to work….while we were on the phone, that is. The next morning, the little bugger refused to give me my coffee again. So, I called back and spoke with another specialist who walked me through another troubleshooting routine which, once again, worked while we were on the phone. The next morning, it took 20 minutes for me to finally give up on the piece of junk and use the old faithful Mr. Coffee.  The third call led to a brand new machine which should be on a Fed-Ex truck at this very moment.  I’m hoping the replacement machine is a nice, cooperative one and that it gives me my coffee when I want it. Otherwise, I will be sure it is my last. I’m one of those people who literally “roll outta bed, stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition….” I need coffee to function. I need coffee to be nice. I need the coffee to be ready when I get there. If the new machine can’t provide that, I don’t want it.
I’ll update again when the replacement arrives…well, after I’ve used it long enough to know if it’s going to work.


Paying for trash…ugh!


Posted on : 03-03-2011 | By : Trish | In : Household Products, Product Reviews

Don’t you hate paying for something that you already know is going to end up in the trash? I sure do! Chief among these items is garbage bags. You are paying money for something designed to be thrown away. But, we’ve gotta have them! There are a lot of options out there, too. Scented, stretchy, twist tie, flap tie, garbage, trash, leaf…it goes on and on. And, man are they expensive!

I’ve always felt the need to buy name brand garbage bags (at name brand prices) because what I hate even more than paying for trash is picking it up when the bag rips. When Glad ForceFlex came out, I got a coupon and tried them. I was slightly impressed, but just slightly. They’re good and do tend to hold more without ripping, but not a lot more. Not enough to pay $1 more for less bags per carton.  I recently bought Target’s generic version (Up & Up flex fit drawstring) and I love them. The Up & Up bags are the same quality at a much lower price. I got double the bags about $2 cheaper than Glad! Try them, I think you’ll be impressed!

Another item destined for the landfill is paper towels. When it comes right down to it, they’re really not needed. You can stock up on kitchen towels or microfiber cloths (about $5 for 10 at Dollar General) instead and save a ton. Yes, you will have a bit more laundry, but just a bit. The money you would save by using real cloth can really add up.  But, if you just can’t break the disposable habit, try Viva towels. They are, by far, the absolute best paper towel on the market! Have you ever used a paper towel to remove excess grease from your pizza? Did you lose your cheese to the towel? Yeah, me too. But, not with Viva! They’re amazing. They’re also the most expensive. Most of the time, even when you use a coupon, Viva will cost you more than any other brand. But, they’re worth it. You can use one towel for most things when you would use several of another brand. So far, I have found no generic equivalent. I strongly suggest using real towels and cloths in place of disposable paper towels. It’s a small switch that can save you lots of cash.


Purex Crystals


Posted on : 03-03-2011 | By : Trish | In : Household Products, Product Reviews

Have you seen the new Purex Complete Crystals? It’s a completely new type of fabric softener that you put in with your laundry. It works for HE machines as well as top loaders. There is a $1/1 coupon available from now (unless the print limit has been reached), so now is a great time to try it. *Update: Go like the Purex facebook page for the coupon!

 The most surprising thing about the new crystals? It’s sugar! Yep, read the ingredients list…sugar is #1. It seems a little weird to be washing your clothes with sugar, but there you have it. 
I first saw Purex Crystals when I went to visit my sister. She raved about them. When I got back home and saw the coupon, I had to try! For some reason, my Target doesn’t carry this product yet, so I went to Wal-Mart…I avoid Wal-Mart as much as possible, so you know I really wanted to try this fabric softener. I got the lavender scented version and used it first on a load of towels. This stuff is amazing! I’m not sure if the towels were any softer than they would’ve been, but they sure did smell better! And they smelled fresh all week long! I love the scents! I actually haven’t used the tropical one yet because I only had 2 coupons…I got lavender and the blue one (sorry, I’m not sure what that one is called ;-). They’re both awesome! I’ve been looking for a product that really has lasting freshness. I’ve seen the commercials that promise it, but have never found a product that holds up. This one does. It’s completely different, totally weird, and absolutely worth it! Try it…but print the coupon first! Who’da thunk it? Putting sugar in your washing machine on purpose.


I love my Keurig!


Posted on : 09-02-2011 | By : Trish | In : Food & Beverages, Household Products, Product Reviews
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I’ve wanted a Keurig for a while, so when I came across a great sale price combined with coupon codes for 10% off and free shipping, I got one!

I got the B60, special edition. I’m not completely sure what that means, but it’s not the smallest or the largest. The B60 falls in the middle.  It offers 3 cup sizes…6oz, 80z, and 10oz. You can program on/off times and water temperature (between 187 & 192 degrees).

My favorite thing about the Keurig is the massive selection of K-cups! Coffees, teas, hot chocolate, oh my! I will be posting reviews of K-cups individually, but I can already tell you that my favorite brand is Timothy’s. Every Timothy’s brand K-cup I’ve tried so far has been wonderful. Smooth, full of flavor, no bitterness at all. Oh, so yummy! My least favorite, I’m sorry to say, is Newman’s Own. Because Newman’s is an organic company, I really wanted to like those…and I may like a different variety, but the one I tried (Special Blend) was just downright gross. Very bitter, almost to the point of sour. I love coffee and can drink it when it’s a day old and freezing, so for me to dump out a cup, it has to be bad. I dumped the Newman’s Own. But, I digress. These reviews will be posted separately.

Now, as a frugal shopper, it’s pretty hard to justify buying K-cups. They’re incredibly expensive if you drink more than one cup of coffee per day…which I do. I love coffee and can’t imagine a day without it. When I registered my new Keurig, I was able to get 2 free boxes of K-cups with the purchase of 2 boxes. When my current supply runs out, I will most likely stick with my very favorite, Community Coffee, brewed with the “My K-Cup” accessory (that I snagged for 20% off at Bed, Bath, & Beyond).

Everybody has an opinion, this one is just mine. Do more research, get more input, weigh the cost, and then decide. It was hard for me to let go of the money, but I do love my Keurig! I highly recommend it!

If you have a Keurig, please leave a comment so that others can get more input before they decide to buy!