Aside from being a green, organic mom, I'm also a HUGE fan of the Food Network. So, imagine my delight in finding out that celebrity chef Tyler Florence is the mastermind behind Sprout Foods organic baby food!
I've been HUGE fan of Tyler Florence for years! His "Food 9-1-1" show was one of my favorites. The man knows food ;) I remembered seeing these unique pouches in the baby aisle at our local Publix grocery store, but that was long after Green Organic Girl was finished with her last jar of puree. But I am so glad to see more and more organic baby food offerings coming available, and I had no idea that Tyler Florence was the chef and organic dad behind Sprout Foods.
Sprout Foods can be found online, from the fabulous website, SproutBaby.com. They offer a huge array of products, from diapering, to kid care, to mom care! We got to try out a fantastic organic insect repellent, called "Bye Bye Bugs", made by the Bye Bye Shop. Living in South Florida means that we spend a lot of time outside. And waiting just outside are plenty of mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other biting pests. The weather was lovely last night, and we enjoyed it, while grilling in the back yard. Before we head out, we always spritz ourselves with some kind of bug spray. We, of course, avoid DEET at all costs, and we're glad to see more natural products available. Lately, we've been using Jason "Quit Bugging Me" natural insect repellent spray. It is all natural, and it works, but the smell is a bit unpleasant and strong, though it does go away. However, it appears that we've found a new favorite, in the "Bye Bye Bugs" that SproutBaby.com sent us. This organic insect repellent is a lovely smelling blend of red thyme, lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint essential oils. It comes in a very convenient spray bottle, and just a light spritzing is all it takes to keep the nastiest mosquitoes and biting bugs away. It goes on very easily, and doesn't leave a greasy film. I even spritzed a little on my hand, and patted it on my face, and my makeup didn't smear. We love this stuff! I can vouch that it really does work, as we had the unfortunate incident of our grill running out of propane. Hubby had to come outside and unhook the tank, and make a quick Home Depot run to get it exchanged. When he returned, it was much darker outside, and as hubby wasn't wearing any spray, he got bitten numerous times. Green Organic Girl and I were outside for over an hour after dark, and we weren't bitten once :)
Bye Bye Shop makes a few other products, including the very cutely named "Bye Bye Monsters" spray; a blend of relaxing essential oils for scared children to use at bedtime, to spray around their beds, to ward off scary monsters. We don't have a problem with scary monsters, but I would love to try out the "Bye Bye Germs" spray, which is an alcohol-free blend of eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, and tea tree essential oils, for disinfecting. I'm totally against conventional hand sanitizers -- I'm a firm believer that they do more harm than good; killing off your own body's natural defenses, and potentially creating "super bugs", by weakening, but not killing, harmful bacteria. "Bye Bye Bugs", however, is one all-natural sanitizer I would welcome into my home (and in the car, and in my purse) :)
We'd also like to wish SproutBaby.com a Happy First Birthday! To celebrate, SproutBaby.com is giving away $2,500.00!! Every purchase made between October 15, 2009 and December 15, 2009 is an automatic entry in the giveaway. Entries can also be made without a purchase. Click on the picture below for more details :)
Please keep up the great work, SproutBaby.com! :)
Images above of Sprout Foods, Tyler Florence & Baby, Bye Bye Shop products, and $2500 giveaway courtesy of SproutBaby.com.
One bottle of "Bye Bye Bugs" spray was provided for free for review.
No promotional consideration was paid for this post.