October 7th, 2016

6 Stylish Reusable Water Bottles You’ll Want to Own

More and more people are making the switch to reusable water bottles. Just this morning I was walking out of a spin class at the gym and I noticed a woman carrying an interesting looking reusable water bottle with a wood finish. Looking down at my old, dented water bottle I came to the realization that reusable water bottles do sometimes need to be replaced. We’ve also been known to misplace a water bottle or two (or more) over the years. When reusable water bottles first became popular there weren’t many options. There were a few different brands and an assortment...

September 30th, 2016

Kia Soul EV Rocks the Electric Vehicle World

I have been given compensation for this post by Kia Motors. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. A few years ago Kia handed me the keys to a bright green Kia Soul to test it out around Boston. It was spring at the time and my afternoons were generally spent in the car getting three boys from one field to another. Things haven’t changed much. I remember being concerned since at first glance the Kia Soul appeared too small to work for our family. The outcome after a week of driving it was “the car was surprisingly large inside and...

September 28th, 2016

Please Stop Using Baby Powder With Talc

Baby powder was a staple in our bathroom when I was growing up. I vividly remember the white powder container standing prominently on the countertop. Like so many families, the most common use was after a bath. To this day, the smell of baby powder makes me think of clean babies and children. Baby powder has joined a growing list of products marketed to familes that could be harmful. Much like Tide Free and Gentle laundry detergent, it can sometimes contain a cancer-causing ingredient: talcum powder. Babies aren’t the only ones using baby powder. Many adults continue to use baby powder as...

September 19th, 2016

Steel Cut Oats and Yogurt Make a Perfect Pair

While on vacation this summer I spent an afternoon shopping in a quaint Maine town. In one of the shops, I discovered an entire aisle filled with Bob’s Red Mill products. After checking out everything I walked away with a bag filled with Bob’s Red Mill organic, gluten free oats. I knew this would not go to waste since Oatmeal has always been a staple in my house. Steel cut oats are my favorite type of oatmeal. They are also sometimes called “Irish Oatmeal” and “Pinhead Oats”. Steel cut oats are oat groats cut into several pieces. This type of oatmeal is the least...

September 15th, 2016

Parenting Guide to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy

As a parent of three teenage boys, I’m constantly on the lookout for a parenting guide. Wouldn’t that be nice? We could all turn to page 14 for advice on how to deal with a teen attitude. Page 45 could help us when there’s a question about the school dance. But unfortunately, there’s no such guide so most days we’re forced to just wing it….until now! Paige Wolf, mom, and healthy living advocate, just released a new book, Spit that Out!: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt. Her humorous book provides much-needed...

September 14th, 2016

Let’s Stop HIV Together

Let's Stop HIV Together

I don’t remember when I first learned about HIV and AIDS, but I do remember being frightened, confused and having questions. It was the early 80’s and I was young, but knowing someone who was diagnosed with AIDS wasn’t uncommon. Fear of contracting the virus was everywhere and along with it came stigma (shame and disgrace that results from prejudice associated with something regarded as socially unacceptable). Stigma around HIV includes certain words, beliefs, and actions that have a negative meaning for those at high risk for getting HIV or those already living with HIV. HIV has been around for...

September 8th, 2016

3 Safer Laundry Detergents

    Every summer all three of my boys go to sleepaway camp. When they come home their duffle bags are a disaster. Clothing is jammed inside mixed together with sand, dirt and other surprises. Laundry is one of my least favorite activities, but when my kids come from home from camp it’s a must. When it comes to laundry detergents, some really are safer than others. Making your own is always the best option but isn’t for everyone (like me!). Instead, I’ve opted for investing the time to find safer brands that actually work. Here are a few of my...

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