2010 In Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2010. That’s about 31 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 33 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 126 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 16th with 280 views. The most popular post that day was Free Giveaway!! 3b Bags .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, touch.facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, Google Reader, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for seasons, fruit salad, eos lip balm, cooking, and sarah goes organic.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Free Giveaway!! 3b Bags August 2010
108 comments

2

Green Tea Toner September 2010
5 comments

3

How to Save Money While Going Organic September 2010
7 comments

4

Drink Up! Organic Lemonade Recipe August 2010
8 comments

5

Eat to Stay Young August 2010
10 comments

5 Easy New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again.  The time to make some changes and simplify your life!  I thought I would share with you 5 easy New Year’s resolutions that I am committing to in hopes that you might decide on some for yourselves.  These are all very easy and practical things that will make your life less complicated.  So here’s to an amazing 2011!  Happy New Year!!! 

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

My favorite time of year is finally here!  It takes a little longer for Fall to arrive here in Central California so I am so excited to take it all in and enjoy everything about this season.  One of my favorite Fall traditions is making Hot Apple Cider.  I find comfort in sitting with friends and family and holding a warm cup of delicious cider.  I also love making it myself.  This recipe is quick and easy and will fill your home with the scents of Fall.  Enjoy!

What you need:
One liter of all natural, no sugar added Apple Juice
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 whole Cloves
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 Orange sliced thinly

What to do:
Simply add all ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Boil for 1-2 minutes and turn heat to a slow simmer for 20 minutes.  Pour into glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick or slice of orange and enjoy!

Good Fortune Soap Giveaway Winner!!

Drum Roll Please!!!  The winner of the Good Fortune Soap Giveaway is…MONICA!!  Her comment was chosen by www.random.org as the winning entry!  She said, “I would love to win the soap!  I am trying a new routine and lifestyle and this soap would fit in perfectly.”  Congratulations and happy scrubbing!  Monica, you will love this soap, I promise.  Thank you to all who commented and for your continued support of my blog.  More giveaways to come soon and of course, more posts about organic and natural lifestyle essentials.  Yay for MONICA :)

Grilled Asparagus

This recipe is a staple in my home.  It is so easy, I’m sure it will become a favorite in your house too.  I filmed myself cooking this dish, but it’s a little shaky.  So, feel free to watch, or simply read the recipe below.

 

What you need:
Fresh asparagus
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic & Herb Seasoning (I use Salt-free Mrs. Dash)
Olive Oil

What to do:
1.  Heat on High a grill pan, or use the BBQ outside.
2.  Place cleaned and cut asparagus on the hot grill.
3.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Allow to cook on grill for 2 minutes.  The asparagus will turn a bright green. 
4.  Drizzle with olive oil.”
5.  Flip asparagus and allow to cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
6.  Sprinkle with garlic and herb seasoning.
7.  Remove from pan and enjoy!

Here is the final product…Tasty!

Good Fortune Soap Giveaway!

**CONTEST CLOSED**

A few days ago I did a product review on Good Fortune Soap and their natural Faucet Soap in Sweet Spice.  I love this product and I especially love this company.  You can see my Good Fortune Soap Product Review for details and more information on the company and other products they offer.  Jennifer Jack, the owner and soap maker, was generous enough to provide me an extra Faucet Soap for one of my readers!  This soap is awesome and is fast becoming my favorite new product. 

To win, follow these simple steps:

  1.  You must subscribe to my blog.  Just click on the “subscribe” button located on the upper right side of your computer screen. 
2.  You must leave a comment on this video.
  Let me know what you have done to go organic, or what your favorite blog entry is on my site, or what you plan on working on to become more “green”.  You can pretty much say anything you want to, but each comment you leave has to be different from the last. 
3.  The more comments you leave, the better chance you have to win! 

Contest starts with the posting of this blog and closes on
Wednesday October 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm
I will use random.org to choose the winner and will let you all know who wins after the close of this contest.
If you have any questions, please email me :)

You can purchase this Faucet Soap and other products at
www.goodfortunesoap.com
Good Luck and happy commenting!!

Good Fortune Soap Review

Since I started this blog, my Dad has had his eyes out for organic products and ideas for me.  It is so sweet!  He is one of my biggest fans and I really appreciate all of his support.  One of his great finds came in the form of an awesome soap company called Good Fortune Soap out of  Tennessee.  This company is the passion project for owner and soap maker Jennifer Jack.  She makes all natural soaps, lotions, candles, scrubs, and much more.  I have been so impressed with her customer service and products.  The packaging is adorable, the ingredients are pure, and the Faucet Soap that I was able to try is amazing! 

Jennifer sent me Faucet Soap in her best-selling Sweet Spice.  This soap comes in a mesh bag that lathers with the soap, is refillable, and has a drawstring that can hook right onto your shower caddy.  This soap smells so good.  It is spicy with cinnamon, orange, and clove scents.  Smelling this soap is like smelling Fall.  This product also comes in Citronella Grapefruit, Peppermint Tea Tree, Sandlewood Lavender, and Apple Jack scents.  The lather that this soap creates is full and velvety and addicting!  It rinses clean and leaves your skin moisturized and lightly scented.  I love this soap and will definitely be ordering more when I run low.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Good Fortune Soap’s website for more natural bath and body products like 3-in-1 Oils, Body Lotions, Massage Candles, Lip Scrubs, Shave Soap, Room Sprays and more.  Visit Good Fortune Soap to see all of their products and become a fan on Facebook to see weekly specials and other fun tips and tricks from Jennifer!  Jennifer also provided me with extra product for a GIVEAWAY, so stay tuned for that video with rules and dates…coming soon!

 

 

 

www.goodfortunesoap.com

Disclaimer:  Good Fortune Soap did provide me with this product for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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