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Two Easy Make-Up Tips to Avoid Toxic Chemicals

As I mentioned in my recent article on the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, there is an act in Congress to update the outdated laws regarding safe cosmetics. Until our cosmetics get "cleaned up", I wanted to share a few ideas I have for replacing two common cosmetics...

Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Cosmetics: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

Would you be surprised to learn that women who use make-up on a daily basis can absorb almost 5 pounds of chemicals into their bodies each year? The average woman uses 12 personal care products a day; men use about 6. That can mean applying more than 100 different...

Smart Way to Buy Maternity Clothes: Save Money and the Environment

For my readers who may not know, my husband and I are expecting baby number 2 in early September! Since this baby will be born in the exact opposite season as our first, I needed new maternity clothes: summer ones this time. Since two things I am very passionate about...

Who Else Wants to Work Less and Play More? Story of Stuff

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? You work to make money, then you come home and watch television to relax. The ads on TV say that you could be better if you had the right product. So you start to feel less worthy, you go shopping and buy that product, and the...

5 More Uses for Castile Soap for Cheaper, Natural Cleaning

You  may have noticed that I love Dr. Bronner Castile Soap! In my article on natural cleaning tips, I mentioned that liquid castile soap is one cleaning supply to have on hand since it is so versatile, non-toxic, gentle, and is safe for the environment. Dr. Bronner's...

Safer, Natural, Non-Toxic Shampoo for Adults and Children

Many of you try to avoid toxins in food - and that's great. But did you know that it's also important to avoid toxins in your body care items like shampoo? As I mentioned in my article on shower filters, the hot water coming from the shower opens your pores and your...

Earth911: Find Recycling Centers for Any Item

Before you throw anything away, ask these questions: Can this be recycled? Where can I take this? Not Sure What to Do With Certain Items? Can it be Recycled? Sometimes you may not know if certain items are recyclable, or where to take certain items that are unusual or...

Older SIGG Bottles Do Contain BPA Afterall

SIGG makes aluminum bottles, which are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic water bottles. In the past they've said their liners do not leach BPA but would not reveal the actual ingredients in the liner. But just recently they've admitted that the liners (made...

Green Your Child’s Sleep: Five Eco-Friendly Sleeping Products

Are you aware of all the chemicals that come in contact with cotton as it's manufactured? I wrote a post about organic baby products and in it I included a few pieces of information about the chemicals: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies five of the...

Review of Kids Konserve Stainless Steel Bowls

In a recent post I shared a 10% discount code for Kids Konserve products (parent365) which is valid until 4/30/09. I used that code myself and purchased my first Kids Konserve items - two stainless steel food containers! I am so pleased with my purchase! I no longer...

Earth Day, Green, and Eco-Friendly Children’s Books

Earth Day (April 22) is fast approaching and it inspired me to look around for some Earth Day books for kids. During my search, I also found some "green" books and eco-friendly books as well. I'm sure there are many more out there; which ones do you like? Enjoy my big...

How to Remove Dangerous Chemicals From Baby’s Bath Water

Many people are aware (to some degree) of the dangerous chemicals, such as chlorine, in our tap water and have chosen to drink filtered water instead. But there is another way that chlorine and other chemicals can get into our bodies - through bathing. Many people...

BPA-Free Food Containers: Safer Options for Your Children

Now that we know the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic containers, we need to seek out BPA-free alternatives for our food and beverage containers. I recently listed some safer alternatives for children's bottles and sippy cups and now I have found some safer...

Safer Alternatives to Plastic Bottles and Sippy Cups

If you haven't heard by now, there is a chemical in plastic that is harmful to our health. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone-mimicking chemical that can potentially cause many health problems for humans. Bottles made with this chemical will leach it into liquids. So what...

Soap Nuts: Natural Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

Are you looking for a more natural, eco-friendly, safe, effective, and yet cost-efficient laundry detergent? If so, have I got something for you to try that's going to throw your friends for a loop! We've been using more natural laundry detergents for quite awhile...

Safer Option for Hand Sanitizer: CleanWell

I have never liked mainstream hand sanitizer (for lack of a better term) because I believe it's best to wash with plain soap and water and I avoid antibacterial soaps - plus they are so harsh and not good for the environment. It's also been publicized that mainstream...

How to Find Safe Non-Toxic Toys

With ongoing concerns about the safety of toys and what they are made of, I have seen an increased interest in natural, organic, wooden, eco-friendly, and fair-trade toys. Are you wondering about the safety of certain toys? Or are you wanting to find new sources of...

Organic Baby Products: Fad or Fundamental

I don't know about you, but I've started seeing more and more organic baby "stuff" popping up everywhere I look; and in more and more mainstream stores. We eat pretty much only organic food and use organic or natural household items, so I am always excited when I see...

Product Review: Laptop Lunches Bento Lunchbox

I inadvertently joined the bento bandwagon when I signed my 18 month old son up for a Mother's Day Out (MDO) program this fall. (For those of you unfamiliar with MDO, it's like a cross between pre-school and day care and is usually run by churches as part of their...

Product Review: TinyDiner Portable Placemat

We purchased a TinyDiner® Portable Placemat just after our son turned one, when he was eating more solids and we needed a clean, safe place for his food when we were out and about. Some of my friends had one and it seemed like a great option. I had seen these mats...

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