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May 23rd, 2013
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Healthy Child Healthy World Mom on a Mission® campaign, it’s “designed to honor those who truly make a difference. Currently in its fifth year, the program aims to recognize all that moms do to make the world a better place as women, consumers, thought leaders and role models for future generations.” It’s a celebration of moms dedicated to creating healthier environments for children.
I’m incredibly honored that Healthy Child Healthy World has named me a Mom on a Mission finalist for 2013, recognizing my work advocating on behalf of children and their families.
I share this honor with all of you who have supported me in my efforts. Tide agreeing to reformulate their laundry detergent to reduce the amounts of a cancer causing chemical was a true testament to the power of our collective voices. The support received after starting a petition asking Disney to remove toxic chemicals from their Spiderman and princess lunch boxes encourages me to continue on. You can read my full story HERE.
Over the years I’ve heard bits and pieces about the Mom on a Mission campaign and seen some of my green heroes make their way to the top of the list. Tamara Rubin founded Lead Safe America to promote protective policies after two of her four children were lead poisoned during a routine home renovation. She turned her tragedy into a crusade for lead safety and completed a documentary called “Mislead: America’s Secret Epidemic.” She was named the 2011 Mom on a Mission. My friend Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was the 2010 Mom on a Mission for her inspirational film“Toxic Baby”.
Healthy Child Healthy World has been a tremendous influence throughout my blogging career. Their efforts to create a world where parents feel empowered to make a difference and their belief that “No one can do everything. Everyone can do something.” ring true in my world too. Working as a Parent Ambassador with Healthy Child Healthy World has helped shape my belief that our collective voices can make a difference.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years it’s that advocacy work takes a village. Thankfully there are so many amazing people and organizations willing to go out on a limb to make the world a better place for all. It’s incredible to see how powerful we really are when we set our intentions high.
Together we can make a difference. I share this nomination with all of YOU!
Thank you Healthy Child Healthy World.
November 5th, 2012
For those of you who are registered voters please take the time on Tuesday to vote. Your vote will make a difference.
When I launched this site few years ago I made a conscious decision not to take a political stance on my blog. I wanted this to be a safe space for all and have always welcomed differing opinions. If you know me well you know that I have very strong political views and share them freely and openly with friends, family and those who ask. But for the most part I’ve kept my political opinions out of this space and will continue to do so, although I have to tell you I’m having a very difficult time holding back during this election.
Big issues at stake
Many of the issues I have chosen to write about over the years have been what I consider nonpartisan issues-these issues cross party lines and I view them as more important than politics. Most of the issues that I cover have something in common- protecting our children and giving them a voice. Over the past year I’ve asked Procter & Gamble to remove a toxic chemical from their Tide Free & Gentle laundry detergent, I’ve marched in Washington DC to ask our Senators to vote in favor of the Safe Chemicals Act and I started a petition asking Disney to take harmful chemicals out of their princess and Spiderman lunch boxes marketed to children. I’ve written a lot about GMOs and our right to know what’s in our food. These issues are issues that I would hope all of us care about, regardless of political parties and party allegiances. I’ve aligned myself with organizations that care about these issues. I’m a blogger for Moms Clean Air Force- an organization that is fighting for our kids health-all of our kids regardless of party preference. I’m a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child Healthy World, an organization that ignites the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. Through all of these channels it is my hope to give children a voice to be heard and protected.
Give Children a Voice. Vote.
This election I’m having a very hard time holding back. There are so many issues at stake that are near and dear to my heart and I’m frightened. Please don’t take your right to vote for granted. Take the time on Tuesday to head to the polls and exercise your voice and your right to vote in favor of those issues that matter most. Think of it as using your voice to speak for those who can’t-whether it’s a child or someone who is unable to catch a ride to the polls. I’m voting on Tuesday for my children and all of yours. Won’t you join me?
I’m heading to the polls nice and early with all three of my boys. What’s your plan for Tuesday?
Please head on over to Big Green Purse to see why others are heading out to vote.
photo credit: JosephGilbert.org via photopin cc
August 7th, 2012
The Stonyfield Gang (L to R) Chandra, Carrie, Kristina, me, Micaela from Mindful Momma
Whew. I just returned from a crazy fun weekend in New York City. BlogHer 2012 has come to a close after much laughter, sweat (incredibly hot and humid), reconnecting with old friends and making new. BlogHer is the largest blogging conference and this year was a big crowd with over 5,000 bloggers, speakers, brands and others.
Getting to NY was a breeze. I took the Acela (high speed train) from Boston for the first time and loved it. After a 3 1/2 hour ride with WiFi and a few of my Stonyfield friends I found myself in Penn Station. After quick cab ride to the hotel I was ready to enjoy my weekend.
My first night in New York was spent at a small, intimate party hosted by Stonyfield Organics and Healthy Child Healthy World. Micaela Preston from Mindful Momma and I were blogger ambassadors for the party. I had a chance to address the group and spoke a bit about how both organizations hold a place near and dear to my heart. As some of you may know, I’m a Yo-Getter ambassador for Stonyfield and I’m a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child Healthy World.
The party made a huge conference feel much more manageable by bringing together a small group of active, green, like-minded and passionate people.
Photo: Lindsay Dahl (Safer Chemicals Healthy Families), Micaela Preston (Mindful Momma), Anna Hackman (Green Talk), Karen Lee (Eco Karen) and me
After the party a small group of us were treated to dinner at Chelsea’s Table - a new restaurant opened by Stonyfield founder Gary Hirshberg.
The chef brought out course after course of delicious food.
And that was only the first night……more details of my fabulous weekend in New York coming soon.
Big thank you to Stonyfield Organics for sponsoring my trip to BlogHer12. I also received a complementary pair of Neuaura Mulberry shoes from Compassion Couture Shop which kept my feet happy at BlogHer. All opinions and comments are my very own.
April 12th, 2012
As many of you know, I started a petition with the support of Healthy Child Healthy World and Women’s Voices for the Earth asking Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) to strip a harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®.
The petition launched in February, 2012 and in just 2 1/2 months we already have close to 75,000 signatures. Tide says: “the most important ingredient in their products is safety”. It’s clear from the large number of signatures that we, as parents, are ready to hold corporations accountable on behalf of our children. BIG thank you to all of you who have taken the time to sign the petition.
Procter & Gamble hasn’t responded-it’s time to turn up the volume
Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide Free & Gentle®) has blatantly ignored the 75,000 people who’ve contacted them to remove the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane from Tide Free & Gentle®. Now it’s time to turn up the volume.
This Friday the 13th (tomorrow!), join me along with Women’s Voices for the Earth and Healthy Child Healthy World to post on Tide’s Facebook wall about how scary it is to find a cancer-causing chemical in their “gentle” detergent.
Here are a few sample Facebook post ideas you can copy (prepared by Women’s Voices for the Earth):
- It’s Friday the 13th, and my Tide Free & Gentle contains a cancer-causing chemical – what’s scarier than that?! Please remove 1,4-dioxane!
- My Tide Free & Gentle comes with cancer?! Friday the 13th just got scarier! Please remove 1,4-dioxane!
- Get the cancer-causing chemical out of my “gentle” detergent! Please remove 1,4-dioxane from Tide Free & Gentle.
- Please remove 1,4-dioxane, linked to cancer, from Tide Free & Gentle! I want my detergent to be TRULY gentle.
Tonight’s Healthy Child Healthy World Twitter party
Looking for something to do tonight? I’m going to be a panelist at a Twitter party with Healthy Child Healthy World. Join me along with Paige Wolfe Author of Spit That Out and Lynne Anne Miller Founder of Organic Mania which is the home base for the Green Moms Carnival. We’ll be talking about non-toxic spring cleaning:
- Risky chemicals in conventional cleaning products,
- Safer alternatives for all your cleaning needs,
- How to purge your home of toxic chemicals
- Cheap DIY recipes and easy tips to make your home clean, green and healthy!
And there are PRIZES! Register HERE for a chance to win.
Can you join in tomorrow on Facebook or tonight on Twitter? Thanks for joining in and helping to make the world a better place.
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March 19th, 2012
Everything from the food we eat to our cleaning products, furniture, personal care products and our yards can contain toxic chemicals. No one wants to be exposed to these harmful chemicals, but where do we begin? How do we sort through all the information? Sometimes it just makes sense to combine forces to find an answer. The astonishing and knowledgeable women of the Green Moms Carnival have once again joined together to share their wisdom, tips and stories, helping to shed some light on a confusing and overwhelming issue: how to keep toxins out of our home.
TIPS FOR KEEPING TOXIC CHEMICALS OUT OF YOUR HOME
Brenna of Almost All the Truth has written an in-depth post about Keeping Our Homes Free of Unwanted Toxins. She talks about making changes and doing it one small step at a time.
Shane from Environmental Booty shares 3 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Exposure to Harmful Chemicals in Your Home. Shane had the opportunity to meet the Deputy Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, Lindsay Dahl!
Margie from Healthy Child Healthy World shares Eight Steps to Purging Toxic Chemicals From Your Home. Healthy Child Healthy World’s motto says it all: “No one can do everything but everyone can do something”.
Abbie aka Farmer’s Daughter has a few ideas to Keep Toxins Out of Our Home.
Amber from Strocel.com shares Eight Tips for Avoiding Toxins that she gathered from talking with other green minded folks.
Stephanie from Good Girl Gone Green put together a great list of 5 ways to Help Create a Non-toxic Environment.
Kathy aka Safe Mama has a few good tips for Keeping Toxic Chemicals Out of Your Home.
According to Erin from Green Kids Guide there are three primary ways that toxins enter our bodies. She shows us how to Keep toxins out of your body with the 3 points of entry.
Diane from Big Green Purse shares Clean and Green Dry Cleaning Methods Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals.
Lisa from Condo Blues makes her own green cleaners and adorable labels. She explains why her Homemade Green Cleaner Labeling Privileges Have Been Revoked.
Karen from Best Of Mother Earth shows us how we can have a Self Cleaning Bathroom when we avoid using toxic cleaners.
Wondering where to start once you decide to make your home green and healthy? Tiffany over at Nature Moms has a few suggestions in her post: Green Housekeeping and Protecting Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers.
Micaela from Mindful Momma shares some info on the 3 Most Toxic Cleaning Products.
Charise from I Thought I Knew Mama has 5 Green Living, Spring Cleaning Tips to share. You’ve got to stop by to check out the adorable baby photo.
Have you ever noticed that horrible smell when you self-clean your oven? Suzanne of Mommy Footprint shares a very interesting post on Self Cleaning Ovens – Toxic For Humans or Only Birds?
Being green and toxin free doesn’t have to be cost prohibitive. Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love shows us how to Decrease Toxins with 4 Frugal Cleaning Ingredients.
Beth at My Plastic Free Live sheds some light on how BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe.
Did you know that many plastic food containers contain antibacterial chemicals like Triclosan? Beth from My Plastic Free Life talks about how to Get the Antibacterials Out of Your Plastic!
Have you been wondering if Toxic Chemicals are Lurking in Your Furniture and Building Products? Anna from Green Talk shares what to look for when you bring new products into your home.
Do you love or hate that new car smell? CelloMom let’s you in on what’s behind that smell in her post: New car smell: good, bad or ugly?
Have you heard of a Soda Stream? Mary from In Women We Trust talks about how you can create a Toxic-Free Home with a Soda Stream.
Micaela aka Mindful Momma has a few suggestions for Non-Toxic Healthy Art Supplies.
Katy from Non-Toxic Kids participated in a body burden study and discovered that she had a high rate of Deca, a flame retardant. She explains what Deca is and how to Reduce Your Family’s Exposure to Deca (a flame retardant).
Betsy from Eco-Novice sheds some light on Avoiding Toxins in Baby Products. Betsy has a three month old and this is her third child. She has lot of tips to share about what she’s learned along the way.
Danika from Your Organic Life talks about the whys and hows of buying second hand furniture in her post: Buying 2nd-Hand Furniture that’s Off-Gassed from Model Homes.
INSPIRATION FOR NON-TOXIC LIVING
Carolyn of Women of Green shares a podcast with Liberty Phoenix, the sister of River and Joaquin Phoenix. Liberty’s story is heart-wrenching: she experienced the death of her baby due to toxic out-gassing in his nursery and started a green building store so no other parent would have to ever experience what she did.
I was and continue to be inspired by the untimely loss of a 5 year old boy in our community to cancer. His family’s strength and perseverance inspired me to find ways to Keep Toxic Chemicals Out of My Home.
Harriet aka Climate Mama focuses on Keeping our Air Clean and Our Children Safe while shedding some light on the Clean Air Act.
Whew! That was a lot of good information. What are your tips for keeping toxins out of your home?
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February 17th, 2012
Happy Friday, my groovy green friends! Can you tell I’m already hoping for spring? This week was another busy one at Groovy Green Livin. Here are a few highlights:
Green Your Workout
Did you ever stop to think how your workout could have an impact on the environment? Well, it can. Thankfully there are several ways we can lessen our eco-impact, while keeping our workout routine intact. Click HERE to read more.
How to Treat a Cold the Natural Way
Colds and flu run rampant this time of year. Noses are dripping, throats are hurting and coughs and sneezes can be heard in homes around the world. Thankfully there are a few simple tips that will ease your symptoms and help strengthen your immune system the natural way. Click HERE to read more.
Mom Talk Radio Show
I had the honor of joining host Maria Bailey on her Mom Talk Radio show. During the show we talked about how to have an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day. We also hit some of my favorite topics: how to live a green and a non-toxic life. Click HERE to listen to the February 12, 2012 show. My piece is called ‘Moms Roundtable” and can be found near the end of the segment.
Tide: Get Cancer-Causing Chemicals Out of Laundry Detergent
If you haven’t heard, it turns out that Tide Free & Gentle® isn’t so gentle. A report recently released by Women’s Voices for Earth, Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products? found high levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane in the detergent. 1,4-dioxane doesn’t appear on the product label or on the product website, so consumers have no way of knowing it’s even there.
With the help of Healthy Child Healthy World and Women’s Voices for the Earth I put together a petition asking Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) to strip this harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®!
Lisa from Retro Housewife Goes Green and Stephanie from Good Girl Gone Green both shared posts on this petition. Jenn Savedge from The Green Parent just shared a post on this too. Thank you Stephanie, Jenn and Lisa!
Last count we had over 600 signatures. If you haven’t already done so, please join in and SIGN THE PETITION. Better yet, sign the petition and then share it with your friends!
Pin of the week on Pinterest
This pin got a lot of action. It received likes and repins, too many to count. It just confirms my suspicion that we all have a new obsession with coconut oil. The pin originated from Delicious Obsessions and is called “52 Uses for Coconut Oil-The Simple, The Strange, and The Downright Odd!
This coming is a school vacation week for us so I will be spending more time with my family and writing less. I hope to get a few posts out, but we shall see!
Have a groovy green weekend. Do you have President’s Day off?
[Photo used under Creative Commons from D. Sharon Pruitt/Flickr]
February 7th, 2012
Today’s the day. It’s time to join forces with Women’s Voices for the Earth, MomsRising and Healthy Child Healthy World, to demand that Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) strip a harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®.
Like many moms, my commitment to a greener lifestyle was strengthened after having children. I’m careful about what we eat, and am selective about products we use to keep our home clean.
It probably goes without saying that in a house full of boys, we do a lot of laundry. I know that some cleaning products are marketed as safe and healthy, but in truth, what’s in the bottle can hurt you.
For example, it turns out that Tide Free & Gentle® isn’t so gentle. A report recently released by Women’s Voices for Earth, Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products? found high levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane in the detergent. 1,4-dioxane doesn’t appear on the product label or on the product website, so consumers have no way of knowing it’s even there.
This is especially concerning, because Tide Free & Gentle® is marketed to moms as a healthier choice for their children’s laundry. Infants and children are more vulnerable to chemical exposures, because their immune, neurological, and hormone systems are still developing.
1,4-dioxane is a known cancer-causing chemical, and has been linked in animal studies to increased risk of breast cancer.
Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide®) already have experience stripping 1,4 dioxane out of its products; in 2010, the company reformulated its Herbal Essences® shampoo to eliminate 1,4-dioxane. Unfortunately, Dirty Secrets test results show that the company has not chosen to make the same effort for its laundry detergent.
The Tide website says: Safety: The Most Important Ingredient in Tide®. If that’s true, then 1,4-dioxane should never have been in the product in the first place.
Please Sign the Petition
With the help of Healthy Child Healthy World, MomsRising and Women’s Voices for the Earth I put together a petition asking Procter & Gamble (makers of Tide) to strip this harmful cancer-causing chemical out of Tide Free & Gentle®!
Please join me by signing the petition asking Procter & Gamble to take immediate action to remove 1,4-dioxane from Tide Free & Gentle® and any other Procter & Gamble products.
Together we can make change happen.
[Photo used under Creative Commons from Pixel Drip/Flickr