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Alaffia: So Much More Than Fair Trade Skincare

I first discovered Alaffia when I was doing research for my article 150+ Social good Companies. Since then, I’ve learned that Alaffia is so much more than a Fair Trade skincare line. Here’s why:

Fair trade isn’t just a cool name for fancy products that you see in stores like Whole Foods. Many of our western products are produced in sweatshops overseas and even made with forced labor and child slavery all because of our demand for the cheapest products. Yes, it’s true. Fair trade is a group of individuals and brands ensuring that their products that are produced in poor countries are made in safe working conditions and their employees are paid at a fair wage.

Alaffia was created to help West African communities become sustainable using their local resources. A successful fair trade company in a poor country has a tremendous trickle effect: women are empowered, they can send their children to school, have access to medical care and other opportunities that can affect generations.

Fair trade companies often not only want to produce products made that are made fairly, but to enhance the communities that they are in. Alaffia is doing just that in Togo:

  • Bicycles for Education – Since 2006, Alaffia have collected and sent over 6,300 used bicycles to disadvantaged students in Togo so they can get to and from school.
  • Maternal Health – Since 2004, Alaffia has provided pre & post natal care for 3,237 women in central Togo to help reduce high maternal death rates in West Africa.
  • School Supplies & Repairs – Alaffia donates metal roofs, seats and school supplies to schools in rural Togo to help communities educate their youth.
  • Reforestation & Environment – To combat effects of climate change and deforestation by planting trees and building home biogas units.

Alaffia Skincare Line. Change your skincare regime to fair trade items.

Now on to the skincare!

There’s bubble bath, kid’s shampoos, toners, soaps, serums and so much more. No Alaffia products contain parabens. Unrefined shea butter (known to have many healing and moisturizing properties) is the main ingredient in many of Alaffia’s products, but each ingredient is handcrafted in Togo under fair trade, organic and traditional guidelines.

I am very grateful that Alaffia sent me these products and I will continue to buy them, but my all-time favorite Alaffia item so far is the Neem and Shea Skin Recovery Facial Toner spray formulated for problem skin. It removes impurities, provides moisture, fights blemishes and calms irritation and redness.

Alaffia Fair Trade Skincare. Change WHERE you spend your money.

I challenge you to switch out your family’s skincare products with Alaffia. I bet you will find that you will buy less and care more. As moms, changing where we spend our money is an easy step that can make a difference in the lives of other moms around the world.

150 Calorie Pop Secret Kettle Corn Trail Mix

Fort-making has been a favorite childhood activity for decades. I used to make forts, my mom made forts and even my Grandma! There’s so much imagination that goes into both building the fort and playing in the fort. Our family has found that the best forts are filled with comfy blankets, fluffy pillows and favorite stuffed animals- you can’t have too much! Sometimes my kids even try to sleep in their creation with Dad like a living room campout, but one-by-one they eventually end up in their own beds.  My kids love to create forts, especially for movie nights, and obviously you can’t have movie nights without popcorn! Our new favorite popcorn is Pop Secret Kettle Corn which has a perfect, slight hint of both sweetness and saltiness.

Fun in forts!

We made a 150 Pop Secret Calorie Kettle Corn Trail Mix for our #PopSecretForts, but this would be the perfect snack to take to work or to send in the lunch box. I am not a nutritionist, but according to all of the calorie information of the ingredients, this recipe would make 15 (1 cup) servings of Kettle Corn Trail Mix.

Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Build a fort with your kids and make memories! Send Pop Secret your own pillow fort stories and pictures on their Facebook page. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. You will be eligible to win mystery prizes and rewards and just for visiting, you can download a $1 off coupon!

150 Calorie Kettle Corn Trail Mix

150 Calorie Kettle Corn Trail Mix

1 bag of Pop Secret Kettle Corn popcorn (download a $1 off coupon here)
1 cup of dried cherries
1 cup of honey roasted cashews
1/2 cup of chocolate covered pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chocolate chips

  1. Pop the Pop Secret popcorn as directed.
  2. Separate the ingredients equally into 15 Ziploc bags.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pop Secret.

I loved homemade forts as a kid!

Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Bar

Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Bar.

I have developed almost 40 recipes for Litehouse and am loving every minute of it because I haven’t found a product that I didn’t like. My family could go through a bottle of their Organic ranch dressing every month and their freeze dried herbs have especially become a staple in this house during the winter. If you aren’t already connected, Like Litehouse on facebook where they do giveaway free product coupons regularly.

This baked sweet potato bar is one of my favorite ideas. Sweet potatoes are filled with Vitamin A, fat free and have relatively low sodium. They do contain fewer calories then regular white potatoes as well. I regularly use sweet potatoes in place of white in homemade baked french fries, mashed potatoes and baked potatoes. It’s an easy way to get extra vitamins and minerals by making that switch.

You can view the recipe for the Healthy Baked Sweet Potato bar and other healthy recipes on the Litehouse blog!