Do You Shop Organic for your Family???

According to The Daily Green every few years the Environmental Working Group, which is an advocacy nonprofit group makes a list of 12 foods with the highest pesticide residue. The group says if you can switch to organic when buying these foods you can reduce your exposer to pesticide by 80%.

The Dirty Dozen

The 12 foods that are chosen by the Environmental Working Group were given the nickname The Dirty Dozen, and I am sure you can understand why. Will you be surprised by any of these foods??? I know I was!!!


1.  Apples: More than 4O different pesticides have been found on them

2. Celery: Remember this one cause it doesn’t fit the 3 main categories of food with the highest pesticide residue ( tree fruits, berries, leafy greens)

 3.  Strawberries: Fewer pesticides are found on frozen strawberries

4.  Peaches: Fewer pesticides are found on canned peaches

5. Spinach: 50 different pesticides can be found on spinach

 6.  Nectarines (Imported): Domestic necterines don’t test with as much pesticide residue

7. Grapes (Imported): raisins also have pesticide residue

 8.  Sweet Bell Peppers: This includes all of its colorful variety

 9.  Potatoes: Sweet potatoes have less pesticide residue on them

10.  Blueberrries: More then 50 pesticides have been detected as residue on them

 11.  Lettuce

12.  Kale and Collard Greens: We have a tie for 12th place and just because Kale is a superfood it doesn’t mean its pesticide free!!!!

How to Shop Smart

Here are some ways KIWI Magazine has listed to eat organic, but still be able to afford it.

Private label brands

You can save big bucks by choosing store-brand organics at places like Trader Joe’s, ShopRite, Wegman’s, and many more. Processed organic items like cereal might be supplied by the manufacturer of a brand name version, but because they don’t spend money on ads and fancy packaging, the price is lower (often lower even than conventional!). They’re still required to meet the same organic standards. If an item has the USDA Organic seal, try it out: Chances are your family won’t be able to tell the difference.

Beyond the grocery store

Of course there are CSAs and farmers’ markets for organic-minded families. But don’t discount the big box stores and online retailers—many now carry organic goods at low prices. If you do some research next time you’re at Target or browsing on Amazon, you’ll end up knowing what’s worth buying there, and what’s still a better deal at your main store.

Go Organic-ish

One reason organics can be pricey is that the certification process is quite expensive—not only because of the fees involved, but also because farmers must be chemical-free for three years before certification; many can’t afford a prolonged period of lower yields before they’re able to charge organic prices. As a result, smaller companies may choose other ecologically responsible options. They include:

  • “Ecoganic” farming, a term now being adopted by small farms that use organic methods but skip the paperwork. Buy local so you can ask the farmer exactly how he works.
  • Integrated Pest Management, a farming practice that uses chemical pesticides only when absolutely necessary, and in the smallest possible quantities. You’re most likely to encounter this term at the farmers’ market.
  • Certified Humane animal products. Humane Farm Animal Care, the nonprofit behind this program, requires that animals are not only hormone- and antibiotic-free, but also treated humanely, with as little stress as possible. In return, companies can print a Certified Humane seal on their packaging.
  • “No hormones or antibiotics added” pledges on animal products. If you can’t swing organic or Certified Humane, look for a specific promise. Hormones are legally prohibited when raising hogs or poultry, but they are used with cows, and antibiotics are permitted for any livestock. This doesn’t speak to pesticides, but at least the animals aren’t pumped full of drugs.
  • Canned and frozen conventional produce. “It’s been found through testing that canned peaches and other fruits have a lower level of pesticide residue than fresh,” says Burke, presumably because they don’t have to be pretty enough to attract consumers. “Growers don’t use as much pesticide, because pesticide costs money.” Plus the processing—washing and peeling—takes away some of the remaining residue. With canned goods there is the specter of BPA, so look for brands that avoid the chemical. Though they may not say so on the label, both Native Forest and Eden have many offerings that are BPA-free; check their websites for more information.


 How do you shop organic for your family without going over your budget?

Organic Gripe Water


Suggested Gripe Water Serving Size

  • Babies 0 to 1 month of age: ½ tsp. (2.5ml)
  • Infants 1 to 6 months of age: 1 tsp. (5ml)
  • Children 6 months and older: 2 tsp. (10ml)
  • Adults: 2 tbsp. (30ml)

Shake well as herbs may settle on the bottom of bottle. May be taken directly by dropper or mixed with breast milk, formula, water or juice up to 6 times in a 24 hour period. Clean dispenser thoroughly with warm soapy water between uses. Do not use if the safety seal is broken or missing. We recommend discarding 6 weeks after opening. Refrigerate after opening.



Herbal Blend: Organic Ginger Extract (zingiber officinale) (root), Organic Fennel Extract (foeniculum vulgare) (seed) Organic Chamomile (flower).

Other Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Agave Fructose, Organic Pomegranate Juice Concentrate (for flavor), Organic Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate.



Is Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water Safe for my baby?

Yes.  Wellements Gripe Water is completely safe! Our products are made in certified facilities with only the best natural and organic ingredients. The herbal formula for Gripe Water is an age old remedy that has been around for hundreds of years.  Your grandma’s grandma probably used it too!

What is in Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water?

Our Gripe Water is made with the herbs fennel, ginger and chamomile, all certified organic!  When blended together these natural herbs have been shown to be especially beneficial for easing nausea and discomfort due to gas, colic, and teething and stomach upsets.

We’ll also tell you what’s NOT in our product…anything artificial!  Our Gripe Water is also free of parabens, fillers, binders, gluten, dairy, soy, and alcohol.

How quickly does Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water work?

Every child is different but usually anywhere between immediately to 20 minutes after administering.

How do I give it to my baby?

Our Gripe Water can be given directly with the dispenser provided or by bottle.  You can also mix it in a bottle with breast milk, formula, water or juice. Be sure to wash the dispenser thoroughly with warm soapy water between uses.

What is Sodium Bicarbonate and is it safe for my baby? 

Sodium Bicarbonate is a very safe naturally occurring ingredient that is widely known to be helpful in reducing stomach acid.  We use a small amount along with our herbal blend to help your baby’s tummy feel better!  Sodium Bicarbonate is on the list of ingredients considered safe by the FDA and the amount we use is far below the recommended daily allowance for infants.

Does Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Our Gripe Water must be refrigerated after opening because it is a natural organic product and does not contain preservatives.  Consider it similar to juice or milk that need to stay refrigerated to ensure it doesn’t spoil.

Should I throw away my bottle if I opened it and did not put it into the refrigerator?

If the Gripe Water bottle has been left unrefrigerated for more than a couple hours or left in high heat we recommend throwing it away.  A good rule of thumb to use would be: if your milk or juice product was not refrigerated for the same amount of time, would you discard/replace it? If the answer is yes, then the same applies for Gripe Water.

How long can I keep my bottle of Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water?

Look for the best by date on the bottle to know how long to keep an unopened bottle of our Gripe Water.  We recommend discarding 6 weeks after opening 

Is Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water FDA approved?

Wellements Baby Organic Gripe Water falls under the category of dietary supplements which means it does not require FDA approval.  We are however in 100% compliance with every FDA regulation for our category.  Your baby’s safety is our number one priority!



Dear Wellements,
I love your product! Your gripe water has been a lifesaver. I’m a mom of a 6 mo. old and we starting buying gripe water about 3 to 4 mos. ago. If I would have known how great it was I would have bought it sooner. My daughter was very colicky. I was hardly getting any rest & staying very tired till we tried your product. She slept so peaceful the 1st night we gave it to her. My husband and I make sure we keep it in the fridge at all times now. Just had to write you guys and tell you how thankful we are for your product. Our daughter even likes to take her dose. She hates to take all other medicines we have had to give her in the past. Thank you guys bunches for your wonderful product! We will continue to buy your gripe water and we have told all our friends about how wonderful it has been.
Thanks a million!
– Jessica M.

Wellements Gripe Water is the only gripe water that my daughter likes. It really helps with her acid reflux and tummy issues. – Alicia L.

Ferris was colicky for three hours every night for a few days. Then I discovered Gripe Water! He is happy and content. Thank you so much for this amazing product! I recommend it to every pregnant woman I know!
Stephanie C.

Thank you so much!!  I LOVE this stuff and we tried other brands (like on a trip to Texas and the only store we found with any gripe water was Texas and it was another brand, it did absolutely NOTHING but waste money) and I recommend your brand to everyone! I don’t think people realize how awesome it is with teething too, not just with Colic
 Denise M.

I have been using Wellements since a couple weeks after my son’s birth in January 2011, he is now almost 4 1/2 months old and has been teething since 3 months and has been restless and CRANKY for a couple weeks, I started using the gripe water to help with his teething yesterday and he is so much calmer and happier and actually sleeps longer now. AMAZING product! THANKS YOU SOOOO MUCH Wellements Baby!
– Jessica D.

I’m writing you to inform you that i absolutely love your product!!!! I have a 1 year old son and every time he gets crabby or doesn’t want to sleep I give him your product and he turns into a different person..he’s happy within about 2 mins of drinking the water – Sarah K

Wonderful product which saves our sanity when our baby girl of 8 weeks has an upset tummy and gas pains. Within a few minutes, she is calmed down and resting comfortably and so are we! I recommend this product highly!

Brenda C.

I got my travel size gripe water in the mail today! Thank you! I will let you know how it goes! I bought a friend of mine her first gripe water the other day because her baby had a very upset tummy, a few minutes after taking it he was right to sleep and happy!
– Cheryl G

Gripe water saved my life as a new 1st time mom.
– Heather B.

My 2 month old son has been given gripe water for 4 days now…what a change it’s made! He is smiling constantly and is very close to a laugh! What a wonderful product!!
– Kristie W.

Thank YOU!!! Spencer was fussy for over a week… hadn’t cracked a smile in a few days and is now happy and content after one day of Gripe Water!!
– Aftin E.

It’s magic. Hiccups disappear moments after the first drop hits their tongue. How do they DO that???
– Jeremiah M.

I started using this stuff one morning on my little one who has tummy issues and that first he slept 9 hours straight! He also stopped have huge spit-ups!
 – Heather T

Love this stuff!! Helping with my teething sons belly!!
– Jennifer M.

Gripe water . . . you saved my sanity!! =]
– Jenn R.

GRIPE WATER ROCKS!!! Like dew from heaven…
– Ruth B.

I’m a total gripe water believer nothing can change my mind my baby is 1 and we still use it if he gets upset tummy or gassy among other things.
– Leigh Ann B.

For this little one gripe water is a must in our house hold with her belly discomfort it’s a life/night savor.
– Annette H.


Baby Move™


Suggested Baby Move Serving Size

  • Babies 0 to 6 month of age: Consult a physician.
  • 6 months to 1 year: (3 ml) mixed with 2 oz of water, baby formula or breast milk.
  • 1 year and older: (4 ½ ml) mixed with 3 oz of water, baby formula or breast milk.

Add the suggested serving of Baby Move Prune Concentrate to the recommended amount of water, baby formula or breast milk up to twice daily. Once you see an improvement in your baby’s bowel movements, discontinue use. Tamper Evident: Do not use if the safety seal is broken or missing. Clean dispenser thoroughly with warm soapy water between uses. We recommend discarding 4 weeks after opening. Refrigerate after opening.



Proprietary Blend: Organic Prune Juice Concentrate, Polydextrose, Galacooligosaccharides.

Other Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Glycerin, Citric Acid.



Is Baby Move safe for my baby?

Yes! Baby Move was specially formulated to be gentle and safe for infants.  We base our formulas on scientific research that ensures the safety and efficacy of our products.  We use only the highest quality ingredients to ensure your baby’s safety.

How long does it take to work?

Every child is different but we’ve heard from parents anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.

What are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are classified as soluble fiber that helps promote digestive health. Put simply, they are the food for the good bacteria in your digestive tract.

Does Baby Move need to be refrigerated?

Yes, Baby Move must be refrigerated after opening because it does not contain preservatives.  Consider it similar to juice or milk that need to stay refrigerated to ensure it doesn’t spoil.

How long can I keep my bottle of Baby Move? 

Look for the best by date on the bottle to know how long to keep an unopened bottle of Baby Move.  We recommend discarding 6 weeks after opening.

How long should I keep using Baby Move?

Wellements Baby Move is designed to help with occasional constipation and not to be used for consistent constipation problems.  As always, consult a physician if a problem persists or if you have any questions regarding your baby’s health.

What if I forgot to refrigerate by Baby Move?

If the Baby Move bottle has been left unrefrigerated for more than a couple hours or left in high heat we recommend throwing it away.  A good rule of thumb to use would be: if your milk or juice product was not refrigerated for the same amount of time, would you discard/replace it? If the answer is yes, then the same applies for Baby Move.



I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE the Baby Move! I got the bottle in last week and put it to use last night. Our son had a little constipation issue yesterday so I gave him about 3/4 of the suggested amount for his age (6mo) and put it in about 1oz of purified water. By morning everything was moving great! I’m so thankful to find an overnight laxative that is safe for my children. I have also offered the bottle to some friends of mine to try for their little ones. Thanks again for allowing me to try the Baby Move and now it can sit right next to my Wellements Gripe Water!
– Jeannie S.

Baby move had worked wonders for my 14 month old daughter. She gets constipated badly especially when we stared introducing cow’s milk with the breast milk. When she starts having an issue, I just put a little of the baby move into a sippy cup with some water. Within 24 hours she has a bowel movement with no problem. My daughter even likes the way the baby move taste so that is a big plus.

We used the Baby Move for the first time last weekend. My daughter is 7 months old. It worked really quickly and she enjoyed the taste.
– Jamie H.

Zane was constipated badly and we gave him a dose of the constipation medicine you sent us and I would say within 3 hours he had a really good bowel movement. Thanks so much!
– Kaila B.

I received my Baby Move a couple of days ago. I put it in his bottle as directed and at around 4 pm and by 1pm the next day he was no longer constipated!
– Jessica M.


Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers

With more environmental awareness and parental concern about what we are putting in and on our children we see this dispute popping up over and over again!!! Diapers have been around for decades and as the years go by it is obvious how the trends change. Here are some pros and cons on the great diaper dispute from Eco life and Pampers.

Cloth diapers

Cloth diapers have been used by parents for centuries, and though they may not be quite as convenient as a disposable diaper, they do come with many health and environmental benefits—and could save you money, too!


  • Carbon footprint: Have a smaller carbon footprint compared to disposable diapers if laundered in full loads, line-dried, and used for more than one child.
  • Dioxin pollution: As long as the fibers used for reusable diapers aren’t bleached using chlorine, this issue is completely void.
  • Pesticide exposure: Although this is a problem for reusable diapers made from conventional cotton, it is completely eliminated with organic cotton or alternative fiber reusable nappies.
  • Landfill considerations: Not only does the average baby use thousands fewer reusable diapers than disposables, most cloth diapers are re-purposed after baby outgrows them as rags or sold to other parents for continued use, significantly reducing the landfill considerations.
  • Baby health concerns: Reusable diapers are not saddled with problems from SAPs or dioxins and babies have fewer rashes with cloth diapers.
  • Resource consumption: The per-diaper resource consumption for reusable diapers is much smaller than that for disposables.


  • Convenience: Lower
  • Up-front investment: Higher
  • Financial costs: daily washing and tumble drying of your cloth diapers


Disposable Diapers

Diaper Jungle points out that disposable diapers were available as a luxury item in the 40’s but during the 60’s and 70’s became much more affordable. By the 80’s and 90’s new technology made them lighter and more absorbent. The everyday convenience of these diapers made parents consume them like crazy!!! Here are some pros and cons of the disposable diaper.


  • Ease of use, they’re convenient in traveling
  • Have a snug fit so they leak less and are absorbent
  • They can be thrown away after use and do not require washing


  • Toddlers will not feel soaked so it can get more difficult to potty training
  • Several parents found babies have more diaper rashes on disposable diaper
  • Disposable diapers supply to the landfill and it can take hundreds of years to breakdown, this is high-risk for environment
  • When compared to cost of purchasing cloth diapers, disposable diapers are more expensive of the years that your toddler will be wearing diapers
  • The chemical utilized for the ultra- absorbency of the diaper, Sodium polyacrylate, sometimes can be bad for certain babies and has been connected with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and can cause allergic reactions


CBS Video on Diaper Wars

How do you feel about the the CBS Video on Diaper Wars???  What type of diaper do you use?? Cloth or Disposable and tell us why????