March 9th, 2017

It’s Time to Ditch Your Reusable Plastic Water Bottle

It’s time! Line up your reusable plastic water bottles and please (pretty please) STOP using them. I’ve been secretly cringing for years when I see someone drinking from a brightly colored, BPA-free reusable plastic water bottle. Reusable plastic water bottles are a dime a dozen at my gym, sit alongside yoga mats in my yoga studio and crowd the classroom in my son’s karate class. They are everywhere. And I get it. Plastic water bottles are easier to transport than glass or even stainless steel. They generally don’t dent or break and drinking from them is a breeze. Placing those conveniences...

March 2nd, 2017

5 Products to Buy Organic That Might Not Be On Your Radar

  Many of us are already buying organic food and non-toxic personal care products whenever we can. While buying organic is always the better option, it is impossible and cost prohibitive to buy everything organic. Our focus tends to be on organic foods, but there are a few organic products that deserve our attention and should be added to our cart the next time we shop. 5 Products to Buy Organic Organic Sheets With almost 1/3 of our lives spent in bed, what we have in our bedrooms does impact our health. Many conventional bedding options contain formaldehyde and chemical dyes. Organic bedding doesn’t contain any of the...

February 24th, 2017

7 Foods to Help Boost Your Immune System

This is the time of year when our immune system is working in overdrive. It’s been a rough winter filled with stomach bugs, colds, and the flu making the rounds. With our homes sealed up tightly to keep the cold air out, germs end up hanging around longer than we would like. It turns out that viruses could have an easier time spreading in the colder temperatures. There’s also a good chance that your immune response is slower in the colder weather, making it more challenging to stay healthy. There are simple ways to naturally strengthen your immune system and keep you healthy throughout the...

February 16th, 2017

Books to Read Aloud With Your Kids About Diversity

Long gone are the days when we all snuggled up in bed and read aloud. When my kids were younger they used to love reading books together before bed. It was our nightly ritual regardless of where we were. Our bookshelves were overflowing with a wide variety of books, which at times made the book selection process somewhat drawn out but worth it. Once the teen/tween years hit that snugly, pre-bedtime ritual was cast by the wayside and independent reading took over. Although I know that’s completely normal, I still miss reading books aloud together. Now our reading “together” consists...

February 7th, 2017

How You Can Resist: Now is NOT the Time to Bury Your Head in the Sand

I have to admit that it was a big deal for me to share my first political post on Facebook. I agonized over what to share. Who would “like” it? Who would give me dirty looks at the gym? Talk with me one-on-one and I’m happy to share my political views loud and clear. But there’s something different about sharing publically. Putting my political views out there for the general public doesn’t come easily to me. I’ve never been one to cover my front lawn with signs and talk politics at a party. One would think that being a blogger...

January 25th, 2017

Best Non-Toxic Lip Balm for Kids and Adults

Raise your hand if your lips are chapped. I have tubes of lip balm everywhere, ready to be applied over and over throughout the day. This is the time of year when many of us have dry, cracked lips. With the wind, snow, and lack of humidity, chapped lips are here to stay for a few more weeks. That leaves many of us searching for the best way to treat our lips with care. There are plenty of lip balms out there, but not all are created equal. Many conventional lip balms contain petroleum byproducts which don’t belong on your lips....

January 6th, 2017

My Picks: 4 Non-Toxic Mascaras for the New Year

If I had to pick one type of makeup to use every day it would be mascara with lipstick coming in at a close second. When I was in my teens lipstick or lip gloss would have been the front-runner since at the time I had long, dark lashes and rarely used mascara (or any makeup!). Now, when I want a little extra lash length one of the four mascaras below are my go-to. Before I was in the know I would head to CVS to grab an over the counter mascara that promised to lengthen my lashes. Over the years...

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