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A Heart For Home: Etsy Shop Showcase & Giveaway ~ Nine Lucky Stars

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Etsy Shop Showcase & Giveaway ~ Nine Lucky Stars

Tim and I have been looking for a natural laundry detergent for a while now. I have bookmarked lots of recipes online and was weeding through comments to determine the best recipe for our needs when I stumbled upon Nine Lucky Stars. This is a shop that specializes in natural and organic products. Soon I was reading all about their Soapnuts.

"Soapnuts are the fruit of the Sapindus Mukorossi, a tree found primarily in India and Nepal. The shell contains saponin, which is known for its ability to cleanse and wash...The most common use of Soapnuts is to remove dirt from clothing. It's not only highly effective but also very gentle and safe to use on even your most delicate articles of clothing including cashmere, wool and silk. Because it is mild and natural, it preserves the colors and the structure of your clothing longer than chemical detergents. It actually softens your clothing naturally to, so you will no longer need to use fabric softener: The laundry turns out amazingly soft! Because of these characteristics, soapnuts are the
perfect detergent."

We have used the Soapnuts in the laundry a few times now and are very pleased with the results. To try them yourself, head over to Nine Lucky Stars and order a sample of Soapnuts. These samples will wash 6 loads and are only $3.49. Or purchase the .55lb package and wash approximately 200 loads for only $7.99!

Soap nuts can also be made into a liquid detergent, food wash, natural pesticide, and all purpose spray cleaner.
Also check out this listing for soapnut seeds. Yes, you can even plant your own soapnuts tree. Tim and I would love to try this!

Nine Lucky Stars also sells Goji Berry Seeds. I had vaguely heard of Goji Berries and was interested to learn more. This is some of the information I found about Goji Berries as I searched online. Follow the links below for more information.

Goji Berries are reported to contain 18 Amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen), more Beta Carotene than carrots, more Iron than spinach, and 21 Trace Minerals. Goji Berries also contain Vitamin B1, B2, B6, and Vitamin E (rarely found in fruits). The Goji Berry contains more Vitamin C by weight than oranges Goji berries are 13% protein!

This bright red berry also contains many complex compounds, and phytonutrients, which explains in part, the incredible health benefits being experienced by people today. The Goji Berry also contains extremely high levels of antioxidants. It is quite possibly the highest antioxidant food on earth.

Goji Berry Plants are easy to grow perennials (they come back every year!). The fresh Goji berries are incredibly juicy and sweet that can be consumed raw, fresh or dried. They germinate and grow just as easily as tomato seeds. They will grow in almost any type of soil, light-sandy, Medium-loamy, and heavy-clay, but they tend to flower and fruit better in a well drained soil of moderate quality.
Goji Berry plants have an extensive root system and are very drought tolerant once established. Goji Berry plants prefer full sun to partial shade, but plant them in full sun for the best Goji Berry production. They can survive winters down to -15 degrees Fahrenheit and hot summers above 100 degrees. The Goji Berry grows as a thick bush reaching 6-10 feet tall with vines that can get 12 feet long. Goji Berries can even be grown inside in a large pot by a sunny window, but will be much smaller.

In late summer the flowers of the Goji Berry bush are followed by glossy, bright red Goji Berries. The Goji plant continues to flower and produce Goji Berries right up until the first heavy frost. It can take up to 2 years for plants to flower and fruit so get yours planted ASAP... before you know it you will have wonderful plants loaded with yummy berries.

What do Goji berries taste like? Well, I'm not sure. I've read that some say the taste is between a cranberry and a cherry, others say they taste of raspberry and plum. Either way, we are excited about planting our Goji berry seeds this summer in hopes of eating our own Goji berries in a couple of years.

Now for the Giveaway!
Nine Lucky Stars has generously offered 5 of our readers a pack of Mongolian Certified Organic Goji Berry Seeds (approx. 500 seeds).
These berries would be a perfect addition to a garden or a yard as edible landscaping. They would also make a great gift for a gardener or anyone who's interested in green, organic, or frugal living. So enter for your chance to win! (Continental U.S. Only)

To Enter This Giveaway:
1. Head over to Nine Lucky Stars and browse through the shop. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us why you'd like to win these seeds.

2. Gain an additional entry by placing our button on your blog (include the link in your comment). ~Simply copy the code under the button and paste it into the text box for an Html Gadget on your blog's layout.

3. Subscribe to A Heart For Home (let us know if you've already subscribed).

4. Follow Our Blog (let us know if you already follow).

5. Post about and link to this giveaway on your blog or tweet about this giveaway (leave us the link in your comment).

Please leave a separate comment for each entry!
That's one with the reason you'd like to win the Goji Berry Seeds, one telling us you've added our button to your blog (with the link), one telling us you've subscribed, one telling us you've signed up to follow our blog, & one with the link to your blog's advertisement or tweet of this giveaway.

The giveaway will end Sunday, April 12th, at 12 Midnight EST. We will pick the winner through random generator. Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you.
This post contributed to Blissfully Domestic.

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Anonymous Coby said...

I love the idea of soapnuts. I use an all natural laundry detergent already, but I am going to order the samples to try. I would love to win the gogi berry seeds to add to my garden. I have the perfect spot for them!

cobydallas at msn dot com

April 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I'd love to win these because of all the wonderful things I've heard about gogi berries. I've read a lot about their health benefits, and since the hubby and I are starting a garden out back in the next month or so, this would be a perfect addition to it! :)

jrpatters at gmail dot com

April 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Just subscribed via google reader :)

jrpatters at gmail dot com

April 2, 2009 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

And now I am also a follower :)

jrpatters at gmail dot com

April 2, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Tiffani said...

The soapnuts sound really interesting. I would love to try those as well.

April 3, 2009 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger petersonclan said...

I added your button!

April 3, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger petersonclan said...

I'm a follower already...

April 3, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

The soapnuts are a great idea! I make my own laundry detergent with soap, borax and washing soda but it would be great to find something better! We do not use any chemicals on our property and I would love to add something edible.

April 3, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I am a subscriber.


April 3, 2009 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Soapnuts are great...not to have to buy detergents that are rough on the environment, come in plastic and cost a small fortune would be a dream come true.
Gogi berries would be a great addition to any garden or landscape. We are trying not to buy plants or seeds that do not produce an edible fruit, flower, etc. The gogi berries would be a great new fruit to add to the collection, producing some of the vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and trace minerals that others in our climate can't produce.
Thanks for this learning experience.

April 4, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I am subscribed

April 4, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 60 and my husband and I just bought our first place after many years of apartments. This sounds as if it's just what the birds need in our bare little arbor. Plus I am always looking for healthy things for us to eat! What fun it would be to grow our own.

sejotess at yahoo dot com

April 4, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh My Goodness!!! I love the idea of Soapnuts & I am definately going to have to get some of those. I also love Goji berries ( I get smoothies all the time with them in it). my husband and I are making our plans to become self sufficient (when we get out of the military). I'd love to plant some of these!
Great Blog - thanks!

April 5, 2009 at 5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also added your blog to my google reader!

April 5, 2009 at 5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, I am also a follower of your blog!

April 5, 2009 at 5:21 AM  
Blogger Monya R. said...

Would love to try out some Goji berry seeds! My husband loves planting random things in our backyard, and I think the Goji plant would do very well here! (Arizona)

April 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Monya R. said...

Also subscribed via Google reader!

April 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger noreen said...

besides being so healthy they would survive from 100 degrees to
-15 degrees.

April 6, 2009 at 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay V said...

I've never heard of either the soapnuts or the berries but I'd really like to try them. I just planted an organic garden and would love to add these healthy berries to the clan. Thanks!

Lindsmoore55 at yahoo dot com

April 6, 2009 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I love all natural and organic... this post is just wonderful!! I am going to go and order those soapnuts!

April 8, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hello, I just subscribed to your blog on google reader. I would love to win the goji berry seeds. How fun! Thank you.

April 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This year is the first year my husband and I will have a garden, and I would love to grow the berries!

April 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Johnson said...

We also are just starting a garden and while we've planned lots of veggies, we didn't think of berries. This would make a great addition!

April 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Johnson said...

Grabbed your button:

April 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Johnson said...

Following as Mrs. Johnson

seamstress8102 at hotmail dot com

April 9, 2009 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Johnson said...

tweeted as JaimeSews

April 9, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Thank you for entering me in your giveaway. I would love to have the opportunity to win these. I have heard so many wonderful things about Goji Berries and all of the healthful benefits.

April 9, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger The Herrells said...

I'd love to give these a try. I could use more health benefits in my diet. I bet these would be great to put in cereal or in salads among other things. I looked at the growing conditions and it looks as if these will do well in Texas climates.

April 10, 2009 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger The Herrells said...

I have your button.

April 10, 2009 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger The Herrells said...

I'm following your blog.

April 10, 2009 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Christian Frugal Mama said...

I have heard a lot about these berries, and I would love to plant them in the backyard near the garden!

April 10, 2009 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger The Herrells said...

I'm a subscriber.

April 10, 2009 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger The Herrells said...

Tweeted here:

April 10, 2009 at 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to try the soapnuts.

April 10, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I would like to try the soapnuts because of the natural aspect of cleaning my clothes, hair and also when we camp I think it would be ok to toss the water from washing.

April 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

We are getting ready to close on our first house (next week!!!) and I would love to plant these Goji berries in the back yard. I am very excited to be able to plant foods for my family to enjoy.

ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com

April 10, 2009 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Sue D said...

These would be great to win. We just bought a bit of property and this sounds like it would be perfect to plant out there. I would love to know how they taste.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

April 12, 2009 at 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard a lot about the health benefits of Goji Berries. We'd love to plant some of these in our garden.

blerbe (at)yahoo (dot) com

April 13, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

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