June 8th, 2017

How to Prepare Your Child for Overnight Camp

Overnight camps throughout the country will start over the next few weeks. Both my husband and I went to sleepaway camp and we have successfully passed this tradition on to our own children. The reasons why I love sending my kids to camp is long but allowing a child to develop “broadly as a human being” tops the list. Getting your kids to go to an overnight camp isn’t always easy. For a child who’s a homebody, the thought of leaving for weeks can be overwhelming and anxiety provoking. Especially when you break the news to them that their 4-8 weeks will...

June 1st, 2017

Safer Spray Sunscreens for Kids, Teens and Adults in 2017

For years I’ve been trying to persuade my kids to use anything but spray sunscreens. The problem is getting kids (especially teens) to actually use sunscreen. We all know it’s all about the convenience and finding a brand that blends into your skin. Every summer I test out non-toxic sunscreens and put together my list of favorite safer sunscreens. I’ve even put together a list of sunscreens that don’t leave a film of white paste behind. The good news is that there are plenty of safer sunscreens to choose from. But they’re almost always a lotion, not a spray. There’s...

May 25th, 2017

What to Bring to Summer Camp

Every morning one of my kids makes the countdown announcement: “Only ten more days until summer!” We still have a few more weeks of school here in the Northeast, but summer vacation is right around the corner. And everyone’s ready. Once school winds down preparations for summer camp kick in. Woo hoo! I have such amazing memories of sleepaway camp. I secretly wish I was going too. Over the years we’ve created an ongoing list of personal care products that my kids like AND use at camp. There are a few products that seem to work well year after year so...

May 17th, 2017

Buyer Beware: BPA Could Still Be Lurking in Your Canned Food

Do you eat canned foods? A recent survey found that over half of American families eat canned fruit, vegetables, beans, soups, or meat/fish. About 40% of Americans use canned milk. If you are one of the millions of Americans who eat canned foods there’s a good chance that you are still being exposed to the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA). We’ve been hearing about the harmful effects of BPA over the past few years and many of us have been trying to avoid products with this toxic chemical. If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while you know that I’ve...

May 11th, 2017

Here’s Why You Should Stop Using Dryer Sheets

Who doesn’t love the smell of clean laundry? When we take our clothing out of a hot dryer there’s an expectation that they’ll smell fresh and clean. That signature scent is usually from the detergent, dryer sheets and other laundry products we’re using. For many of us, it’s almost second nature to throw a dryer sheet into the dryer with a load of wet laundry. We use them to prevent static cling, provide a fresh scent, and soften clothing. Dryer sheets have been around for a long time. They were originally created by a chemist way back in 1960 and were...

April 27th, 2017

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts For the Moms in Your Life

Nothing makes me happier on Mother’s Day than a gift or card hand-crafted by one of my kids. Each signature or message inscribed is yet another way to preserve those fleeting moments of their childhood. I don’t save much but one of these treasures is almost always a keeper. If you’re looking for another way to show some love to the mothers in your life here are a few unique gift ideas that could be paired nicely with one of those homemade cards or crafts. If you’re looking for another way to show some love to the mothers in your...

April 14th, 2017

Hey Costco: It’s Time to Get Toxic Chemicals Off Your Shelves

When I joined Costco a few years ago their organic selection was limited so I opted for other markets for the bulk of my shopping. Fast forward to the present and Costco is now taking the lead as the largest organic retailer in the United States. In 2015 they sold $4 billion of organic produce and packaged foods. Costco it’s time to get toxic chemicals off your shelves While Costco has become a leader in carrying organic produce and adhering to fair wages, they have a problem that needs to be addressed. Some of the products on the shelves in their...

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