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Most Fuel Efficient Family Vehicles of 2013

Most Fuel Efficient Green Family Vehicles in 2013

As hybrid and electric automotive technologies improve in efficiency and decrease in cost, families across the country are considering a green vehicle for the first time. Traditional, gasoline-only vehicles have also come a long way, staying closely competitive with hybrid technologyís fuel efficiency. And with so many options, it can be difficult to know which vehicle is best for your household.
Here are the most fuel efficient vehicle models in a few vehicle classes to help you during your search. You might be surprised by how many traditional vehicles beat out hybrids to make the cut.

Sedans
The classic sedan is a roomy four-door vehicle that is perfect for most small to mid-sized families. Here are the three most fuel efficient sedans according to shopautoweek.com:

  1. Ford Fusion Hybrid ñ This hybrid electric combines a 2.0-liter, four cylinder engine with a lithium-ion battery back and electric motor to get 47 miles per gallon (mpg) combined city and highway travel.
  2. Volkswagen Passat TDI ñ The engineers at Volkswagen have taken the diesel engine into the 21st century. This diesel sedan gets 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, for a combined 35 mpg.
  3. Nissan Altima ñ The four-cylinder Nissan Altima uses a 2.5-liter engine and continuously variable automatic transmission to achieve a combined 31 mpg.

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)

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While most SUVs are notorious gas guzzlers, these three vehicles manage to combine size, power and efficiency. Here are the three most efficient SUVs according to thesupercars.com:

  1. Ford Escape Hybrid ñ This vehicle uses a 2.5-liter, 177 horsepower engine to achieve an average fuel efficiency of 32 mpg. All while being able to reach 60 mph in less than 10 seconds.
  2. Lexus RX 450h ñ The Lexus SUV hybrid has a slightly larger engine than the Ford, a 3.5-liter V6 with 295 horsepower, but still manages to achieve an average combined efficiency of 30 mpg.
  3. Mazda CX-5 ñ Classified as a ìcompact crossover SUV,î the CX-5 also gets 30 mpg.

Minivans
If you need more space than sedans and SUVs offer, consider a fuel efficient minivan. These vehicles can comfortably handle seven passengers, and seats can be arranged or removed to accommodate cargo. Here are the top three most fuel efficient minivans of 2013, according to shopautoweek.com:

  1. Honda Odyssey (automatic transmission) ñ The six-speed automatic transmission helps this van achieve 22 combined mpg. Not bad for a vehicle designed to transport seven adults.
  2. Nissan Quest ñ Coming in just under the Odyssey is the Quest, which gets a respectable 21 mpg.
  3. Honda Odyssey (manual transmission) ñ Tied for second with a combined 21 mpg rating, this version of the Odyssey takes a slight fuel efficiency hit due to the five-speed manual transmission.

Green family vehicles like electric and hybrids can help reduce the amount of money you spend on fuel each month, but they’re not the only way to curb your auto budget. Get  auto insurance quotes online  from a few auto insurance companies and choose the provider that offers the best price and coverage for your green family vehicle.

 

This sponsored post was created and provided by Nationwide Insurance. Pure Natural Diva worked together with the Nationwide team to create a post that we believed would be useful to PND readers!  We know you’ll agree!

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WWD covers the Elements Showcase & Features PND

We are back from NYC and what an exciting week!

We were quoted in Women’s Wear Daily talking about the launch of Pure Natural Diva’s botanical perfume line at the Elements Showcase!!!

Click on the article below to read the article!

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To learn more about PND Botanicals and pre-order from our very first limited production run at – www.PNDbotanicals.com – we apologize for the slow speed of this site.  We are having a faster site built, but SO many people are starting to look for information on the perfumes line we knew we had to move quickly!  Please be patient… it’s a work in progress!

Stay tuned for more updates, this is going to be a fun year!

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Simple Steps to a Green Valentines

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Make this Year a Green Valentines 

Valentine’s Day is the  time we celebrate the love in our life

PND sat down with Janice Croze from 5 Minutes for Mom to share some great greens valentines finds.  Hopefully this video will inspire you to find greener ways to celebrate your special someone.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPTBx2SyKew]This video was filmed using the Sony Handycam HDR PJ10,provided by Sony 

Products Featured in the PND Green Valentines Video

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With Janice Croze from 5 Minutes for Mom

Organic Candle Company  $14 – 29

Coco Zen Truffles $8 – $15.50

Chocoholikcs Lip Palette from Jane Iredale $35

Monica Hall Spa Vanilla Night Nectar $95

Five Bamboo Boyshort $12, Shelf Cami $14 & Bamboxers $17

 

A green valentines day – it’s simpler than you think!

Share your Green Valentines Ideas

Announcing Pure Natural Diva Botanical Perfumes

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Announcing Pure Natural Diva Botanical Perfumes

We have been working around the clock for months developing Pure Natural Diva Botanical Perfumes!  This will be the first product from Pure Natural Diva.  We are excited to be unveiling the line  at the Elements Showcase in New York City.

The PND Botanical Perfumes line will start with four offerings .  They are all artisan crafted, naturally sourced and free of synthetics.

Botanical Perfume

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The PND  Botanical Perfumes:  Pure, Natural, Diva and Elixir

Pure is sensually uplifting, like sunny day in a field of lemongrass. Notes include uplifting cassie, soothing chamomile, lemon, lime and an Egyptian neroli.

Natural is fresh and inviting, imagine a picnic in a rose bordered citrus grove.  Notes include a hint of clary sage, exalting pink grapefruit, Moroccan rose, and soothing ylang ylang.

Diva is full of soul, sultry and mysterious.  Notes include natural musk derived from ambrette, a sinfully smooth New Caledonian sandlewood, blended together in a lusciously robust Vanilla.

Elixir is sensually uplifting.  As delicious as a lingering morning with an ocean view.  Notes include aphrodisiacal vanilla, a hint of oakmoss, exquisite osmanthus, married with rejuvenating pink grapefruit and red mandarin.

Retailer Information

We are now accepting orders from retailers for April fulfillment.  And while we know you’ll be over the moon for our luxurious botanicals, the perfumes are  only part of the story.   What will really excite you is the spring 2013 marketing campaign, we can’t wait to share the details with you.  Please contact PND so we can schedule a time to review our retail program.  Email diva (at) purenaturaldiva.com.

Where can I Buy the Perfumes?

There is a catch.  You can’t buy it… yet!  The bottles are still on getting ready for their cruise through the Panama Canal.  Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to find out when and how you can pre-order for your Mother’s Day giving!

Those who have been following along our adventure on the PND Facebook Page… Thank You!  Your words of encouragement  and queries about then you’ll be able to order fuel me during late night product development sessions.  If you’ve been missing these updates…  find us here and when you “like” PND, be sure to edit your settings so our updates show up in your newsfeed!

Fair Trade

What Is Fair Trade Certified?

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What is Fair Trade Certified?

Just the other day I was in my local organic grocery store, taking up space in the coffee/tea aisle, trying to figure out which coffee I was going to purchase.  I had read October was Fair Trade Month, so instead of grabbing my usual ground, I decided to read some labels. I saw the Fair Trade USA label several times.

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Fair Trade USA  (image by Wikipedia)

First of all, an entire section of tea was distracting me.  Pumpkin Spice tea?  Apple Cider tea?   No, coffee.  I needed to focus on the coffee.  There was not as much coffee as there was tea, but the tea section was definitely more shiny and sparkly.  All those boxes and canisters with pretty pictures of flowers and herbs with stunning colors…the bags of coffee weren’t as lavishly decorated, but many of the brands I was staring at had Fair Trade labels on them.  Initially I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention, I am more than aware of green-washing and to be honest, third-party certification doesn’t sell me, any more than products calling themselves “natural” when a quick glance at the ingredient list says otherwise.  Or using that pretty, soft sage-green color to lead us to believe that product is natural and healthy.

What Is Fair Trade Certified

What Is Fair Trade Certified

“The Fair Trade Certified label helps you make choices, with the confidence that your product is socially and environmentally sustainable. While best known for coffee, Fair Trade Certified has grown to encompass many products, from tea to chocolate to body care to wine. Choose Fair Trade products to vote with your dollars and make Every Purchase Matter.”

Click through for a full list of Fair Trade Certified Products.

I digress.  This isn’t about design, this is about the choice I was about to make regarding my coffee:  did I want to take home a pound of coffee that was tended to and harvested by workers who were no better than slaves, who worked insane hours for little money in return, who didn’t have the resources for medical care and education, on a land that was heavily fertilized by toxins and clear cut of trees to make room for some coffee plants?  Who suffered day in and day out so I could have a cup of coffee?

See, these things matter to me.  I don’t want the pleasure I get from a delicious cup of coffee hampered by the fact the bean came from a farm which took the place of a forest.  The thought of someone suffering hardships so I can have a cup of coffee doesn’t sit well.  It is not an idea that is difficult to imagine, one only has to look at our own history before the Civil War  to realize what the fair trade marketing concept is trying to accomplish.  In the USA, slavery was made illegal with the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment.  Other countries are not so lucky, there are still workers out there, harvesting ingredients for items we use every day and not getting paid for their work, they live in horrible conditions, they are exposed to toxins and pesticides, the list goes on.  We cannot lose our humanity in the food we consume.

Visit Fair Trade USA for updates and events, as well as their list of Fair Trade Licensed Partners and check out and share this video that does a nice job of explaining the benefits of Fair Trade Certified products.

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The Fair Trade Coffee I found?  Caffe Umbria’s Terra Sana Blend.

 

 

 

 

Safe Face Paint

Face Paint: Is it Safe?

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Lead, Nickel and other Toxins in Face Paints!

Safe Face Paint

Too Close to the Eye!

Face Painting epitomizes childhood joy. Their smiles are big as they dive into the fantasy land that face painting evokes.

Safe Face Paint
 

The question is – should we be concerned about potential toxins contained in these often cheaply made, deeply pigmented face paint products? In this video we cover toxins the EWG has found in the face paint they tested… along with other known allergens. Lyra  Face Painting Pencils made in Germany is a good option.

Another option worth checking out is Elegant Minerals, they let you chose your colors and are even made in the USA!

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Has your child had a bad reaction to Face Paint?

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Packing a Waste Free Lunch: Must Haves + Tips

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Waste Free Lunch – Must Haves & Tips

Waste Free Lunches

There are a number or reasons for families to choose to send their children to school with a waste free lunch.
This video video is a run down of all the packing supplies we keep on hand to make packing a waste free lunch simple and efficient.  The truth is if it’s not easy, you won’t keep it up.

I’ve also included my favorite way to store all these waste free lunch packing goodies!  It keeps everything neat and organized AND (best part) actually makes packing simpler too!

Essential Tools for Packing a Waste Free Lunch


I hope you found this glimpse into our lunch packing useful!  During the school year we are all running fast and furious. Without a system for getting lunches packed, it wouldn’t work for us!

Need more inspiration and motivation to get you packing – check out this video that shares key reasons we find waste free lunches the right choice for our family.

What are your favorite tips & tricks for packing a waste free lunch?

Eat Green – Give Green & Support Salad Bars In Schools #WFMSaladDay

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Every day is a good day to eat your greens.  If you live in Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona or Las Vegas… tomorrow is an even better day.  On Sunday, September 9 Southern Pacific Region Whole Foods Markets (see the aforementioned areas above!) will donate $1 for every pound  of food purchased at its salad and hot food bars through the Whole Kids Foundation.

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Salad For Dinner

So… my plan is not to cook on Sunday Night.  I’ve been running around all weekend (haven’t you?)… The best part is I’ll be supporting a good cause at the same time.  A win-win by any definition of the word!

I’ll be heading to our Brand Spanking New Gorgeous Tarzana Whole Foods:

18700 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana  California  91356

Love Letter to the FTC: I thought you would like to know I do in fact eat salad, not all the time, not every meal – but I eat salad.  This post was sponsored by Whole Foods Market, and I think that getting salads in schools is a good thing and am happy to support the cause!  


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Packing a Waste Free Lunch

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Waste Free Lunch – Why It Matters & What You Need to Pull it Off

Waste Free Lunch

There are a number or reasons for families to choose to send their children to school with a waste free lunch.
This video discusses some of the key reasons a waste free lunch might be the right choice for your family, and the tools you’ll want to have on hand to make lunch packing simple and efficient.

Waste Free Lunch Video 

Part Two is a detailed look at the tools we use for packing lunches in our family.

What are your families favorite healthy waste free lunch ideas?