Essential Oils for Family

What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils are natural, concentrated fragrant compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of a plant.  Essential oils have been used historically for therapeutic and medicinal purposes.  They are most recently know for the use in aromatherapyEssential oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally.  I use essential oils in a variety of applications at home.  I especially like to add them to my vinegar and water solution to clean around the house.

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I decided to start with an essential oil kit. I got the Doterra Family Physicial Kit The kit includes 5 ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue, Breathe, Digestzen, and On Guard to help families address a variety of health issues. The kit also came with a 15ml bottle of Slim and Sassy and a Wellness Advocate Enrollment kit all for $166.67. The kit arrived quickly and safely. I started using it right away. Last night I put some lavender oil in a diffuser in my son’s room. He slept late this morning and it was because of the “stuff” I put in his room.
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The kit comes with a recyclable plastic tray that holds the essential oils tightly in place when being shipped or transported. It also has a description of each oil and how they can be used.
The Doterra Family Physician Kit comes with 4 blends. I have been using the Deep Blue blend which is also available in a roll on and lotion. Deep Blue soothing blend is great for sore muscles and joints. It smells great and you can feel it working right away. This blend is intended for topical use only. I am sure that I will be ordering more soon.
Doterra deep blue soothing essential oil blend
The other blends are On Guard Protective Blend, Breathe Respritory Blend, and Digestzen Digestive Blend. I love these because I know exactly what is in them. There are no fillers or sugars or ingredients that are impossible to read. They are all natural!
Today I am using Peppermint oil in my new diffuser to help keep me alert and on task. It is also making the house smell delicious. I got this portable, USB difusser that will be great for traveling and on my desk.
essential oils diffuser
Are you interested in more information about essential oils for family?

Check out MY SHOP where you can learn more, contact me, purchase oils or enroll to get wholesale prices

What is your favorite essential oil and what do you use it for?

Coconut Citrus Body Scrub

Whether you have been on a tropical cruise and you want to recapture the feeling or you have just had THAT kind of day you need to escape from this delicious Coconut Citrus Body Scrub is the answer. Just where did the inspiration for this fabulous scrub come from?  The amazing Caribbean Princess cruise ship, on a 5 day Western Caribbean cruise I enjoyed with my cousin in October, which included both tropical cocktails, mocktails and spa treatments! A recurring ingredient and fragrance of those yummy drinks and spa treatments? Coconuts! (Check out our Tips for First Time Cruisers and our Girls Week Away post!)

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To be temporarily whisked away to that tropical paradise, all you have to do is reach into your pantry and create a luxurious spa treatment at home. This decadent body scrub leaves your skin clean, moisturized, and soft while the scent transports you to the coast of somewhere wonderful where breezes blow, hammocks sway, and the waves lazily lap at the shore. It is perfectly acceptable to hoard this treasure to yourself but it also makes a fantastic homemade gift for friends and family- on it’s own or tucked inside a basket of other spa goodies.

 

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Coconut Citrus Body Scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap

1 1/2 tsp coconut extract

1 tsp. orange extract

1 tsp pineapple extract

zest of 1 orange

coconut citrus scrub ingredients

Directions:

Finely grate the entire skin of one orange.

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Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, you may want to add a bit more oil or extract to your body scrub until texture and smell are appealing to you- it is totally a matter of preference.

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To use rub gently in a circular motion on wet skin then rinse off.

 

If you love homemade beauty products here are a few more you will enjoy:

pomegranate body scrub

Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

diy energizing citrus hand and body scrub

DIY Energizing Citrus Hand & Body Scrub

 

 

Thank you so so much to the Princess Cruise Lines for inviting myself and a guest on the Western Caribbean Cruise.  So many memories were made on that trip and so many things have been inspired since our return!

 

Upcycle Craft Idea: Painted Vase

This post brought to you by FrogTape. All opinions are 100% mine.

We have some plain, boring glass vases and containers in our house.  Chances are, you have a few in your house too.  Given that it's summer, and lots of us have fresh flowers we want to cut and bring indoors to enjoy looking at, or bring to friends and family, many of us are using these plain old glass vessels more frequently than we may otherwise. This upcycle craft was inspired by all of these plain glass containers and vessels in our house, and I hope it will inspire you to create something new and fun with yours too!

Upcycle Craft: Painted Vase

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What you need:

Glass vessel.  Vase, jar, bowl.

FrogTape's Shape Tape

Acrylic or latex paint

Paint brushes

Glitter (optional, but isn't everything better with glitter?)

Newspaper (protect your work surface)

Scissors (clean cuts for different lengths of tape)

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What you do:

Gather your supplies so everything is in reach

Apply the  FrogTape® Shape Tape™ where you'd like it to go.

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Make sure you smooth the edges down and flatten any little bumps (they seem to always pop up when I am working on a curved surface, maybe it's just me)

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Apply paint where you'd like it to go. My 6 year old is working hard on his own vase- he's excited to pick his own flowers for the table and put them in his vase soon.  AND since I forgot to take pictures of painting my vase, you get so see my handsome little guy who's not feeling well.

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After your vase is done being painted, sprinkle glitter on top of the paint.

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Allow to dry fully. ** Note: Probably not the BEST project to do on a humid day. We did ours on a humid day and the paint took hours and hours to fully dry.

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After the paint is fully dry, remove the tape and admire your work. Well done, my friend!

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Then, fill with water  and add your favorite flowers.

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So what made me use the  FrogTape® Shape Tape™? Well, it's fun.  It comes in Chevron, Wave and Scallop pre-cut patterns.  It's something new and different.  I want to try to do a DIY photo canvas with a chevron background and hope to start that in a few weeks… I'm a little nervous but hey, what do I have to lose?

FrogTape® adheres REALLY well to any surface I've tried it on.  Adheres well but removes easily and cleanly. That's super impotant when you are painting, you don't want the tape to damage your surface or your hard work!

The sky's the limit- or at least, as high as your ladder can reach, for your creativity.  Paper, walls, furniture, housewares… you can use this tape on just about anything to give it a little extra pizazz.

Users can stagger the placement of the tape, or vary the widths, for personalized and unique designs. The first thing I thought of for the Chevron was to make a Charlie Brown t-shirt costume for Halloween!

Shape Tape™ is treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed. It’s designed with a slit liner on the back of the tape for easier application – remove one half of the liner, position the tape and remove the other half.

Shape Tape™ is available at participating Lowes and Walmart locations, and all Menards stores across the United States. Users should visit http://frogtape.com/shapetape for more information.

Follow FrogTape® (the makers of Shape Tape™)  on Twitter and Pinterest @FrogTape for lots of inspirational ideas!
 

What projects will you be using Shape Tape™ for?

 

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Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe

Two of my kids have eczema. I have it myself on and off.  It’s itchy and uncomfortable.  We have tried a lot of products to help get some relief, but none seem to have a magical solution.  I decided to try to make my homemade eczema cream recently, and have been quite pleased with the results.  It works quite well, and especially for my son, he likes that there’s not a girlie scent to the cream I made.

Homemade Eczema Cream

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First, you’ll want to gather your ingredients.

Coconut oil (Organic is preferred)

Tea Tree essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Mixer

Container for your cream.  We had some Altoid tins that were almost empty so I just used one of those.  You can also purchase containers, but chances are that you have one in the house already that will do the job!)

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Directions:

Put 1/4 cup coconut oil into mixer  with whisk

Add 3-4 drops Lavender essential oil

Add 5-6 drops Tea Tree essential oil

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Beat ingredients together until well blended (about 75-90 seconds) on low-medium speed

Spoon cream into container

Use as needed!

 

I help my four year old to apply this eczema remedy most of the time, but my 6 year old can usually apply it himself. I help with areas he can’t reach. I like knowing exactly what we’re putting onto their skin!

Homemade Eczema Cream Recipe
 
Homemade eczema remedy
Author:
Recipe type: Remedies
Ingredients
  • Coconut oil (Organic is preferred)
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Mixer
  • Container for your cream. We had some Altoid tins that were almost empty so I just used one of those. You can also purchase containers, but chances are that you have one in the house already that will do the job!)
Instructions
  1. Put ¼ cup coconut oil into mixer with whisk
  2. Add 3-4 drops Lavender essential oil
  3. Add 5-6 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  4. Beat ingredients together until well blended (about 75-90 seconds) on low-medium speed
  5. Spoon cream into container
  6. Use as needed

 

 

Going green in the bathroom #Moms4JNJConsumer

Happy Earth Month, my friends. We try to make all months Earth Month, but especially in April, it’s good to raise awareness and see what’s going on in the world to protect this beautiful planet we live on.This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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Ideas for going green in the bathroom:

Recycled toilet tissue and facial tissue

With or without recycled paper products, it’s nice to at least recycle the tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls.

Low flow showerheads and faucets

We’ve had a low flow showerhead for several years now.  I thought I’d hate it.  I  was crabby when my husband installed ours.  But then I realized, we still have pressure.  There’s just less extra water being wasted for a shower or bath.  That’s good for our planet, and good for water bills.

Low flow toilets-

Use less water when you flush.  There aren’t that many times a day when you need that extra water. Love your planet.  Bonus?  If you are on city water, you’ll save on your water bills!

Reuse product containers.

 If you can’t think of a way to re-purpose that shower gel container, recycle it! BUT…. My kids actually love using product containers to squirt water on the (back) wall of the shower area while they are in the tub.  Containers without the caps make it easy for them to rinse their hair, and it’s fun to fill them up over and over again. The containers that have a pump on them?  Tons of fun in the tub (or washing cars, Barbies, action figures).

Buy what you need!

This is one I’m working on. I used to buy things like Tylenol and Motrin in bulk- with a coupon, a great savings.  But we haven’t once come close to using it up anywhere near the expiration date.  That’s just a waste all around.  We stay stocked, but in smaller amounts.

Recycling made easy

Keep a second bin for recyclables in your bathroom.  Even if it’s tucked under the sink.  It’s a lot easier to get others on board with recycling when there’s a visual reminder to do so.
Before you recycle medicine bottles and containers, please contact your town or city to find out where to safely dispose of unused medications. Those shouldn’t just go into the trash.

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Products Have You Covered for Earth Day – Remember to Recycle Packaging in the Bathroom,

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save over $55 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in April and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers.

You can do things to support Earth Month in so many ways.

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Donate A Photo. The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app allows consumers to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act – taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list.

Earth Day. You can help support and protect a clean environment. It doesn’t have to be complicated or Visit this website to find recycling solutions near you: Earth911

For additional tips and facts on what and where to recycle: Care to Recycle

 

We hope you will join us for the #Moms4JNJConsumer  Twitter party on April 17th from 1-2 pm EST. There will be prizes- 15 of them!  Follow along with the #Moms4JNJConsumer Hashtag! 

8 Reasons to Garden

 

Growing up, my dad had a garden. I can’t remember anything he grew in that garden except for rhubarb, I guess because we used to munch on the rhubarb while catching fireflies in our Underoos.  As I got older, I was away at summer camp for 8+ weeks each year, and wasn’t really around for gardening season…and then we got a house on Lake Winnipesauke and weekends and vacations were spent there so the garden kind of went by the wayside.  We even have some rhubarb plants here, that we’d gotten from a neighbor, so we could bring it to my mom and dad up in New Hampshire.

My husband’s family has always gardened.  For him, having a yard that could fit a garden was a part of house hunting. I didn’t really have a preference to garden or not, at least where food was concerned. I just wanted to have roses where I lived. Oh, and peonies.

When we bought our current home in 2005, I was really pregnant with our oldest daughter.  We chose this house for many reasons, but a big reason is the yard.  Our backyard is large, with lots of room for a garden, flower beds, flowering trees, shade trees, and it had 2 huge apple trees and 2 8 foot tall blueberry bushes that were well established when we moved in.

Here are 8 reasons to garden:

1. Food- There’s not much that tastes better than something you planted, tended and grew yourself.

2. Earth- The cycle of plant life is good for the earth.  It’s good for the air and its good for the soil.  We use pine needles that fall from our trees to mulch beds, or we use pine cones.

3. Family- Gardening is something we can do as a family. Every step can include all of us.

4. Learning- The process of prepping, planting, tending and harvesting a garden teaches a lot to our children.  It also helps them develop an understanding and appreciation for growing our own food.  My kids have all said at different times how much better even our salsa tastes when it’s stuff we brought up from the garden.

5. Money- I’m pretty sure we’ve all bought fresh produce at the grocery store.  It’s expensive…. and that’s not even talking about selecting organic fruits and vegetables.  By planting our own fruits, vegetables and herbs and using an organic Miracle-Gro product for seed starting and/or amending the soil with our compost, we know just what’s going into the soil with our seeds…and we are able to save a lot of money that we would have otherwise spent on organic produce.

6. Fun- It’s really kind of fun to just dig in and garden.  It’s not only a fun way to be together as a family, but it’s also a source of stress relief.

7. Fragrance and beauty- while we are not big flower gardeners, we do have a dozen peonies around our property (and I’m sure we will keep adding, as they are my favorites), as well as other perennial flowers… which we can cut as we wish and put around the house to brighten rooms and enjoy the fragrance of.  We can also cut flowers to brighten someone else’s day.

8. Learning- I’ve learned so much over the years of gardening.  The kids have too.  From carpentry skills in building raised beds or our compost bin, to figuring out when to plant seeds in winter so they’ll be ready for the ground after the last frost….row spacing…timing… there’s a lot that gardening can teach all of us.

 Everyone grows for a reason. Some people grow to spend time with their family, or to beautify their community. Some people grow because they love cooking with home-grown ingredients, or because it’s a skill and tradition passed down from generations. Other people grow for personal relaxation, or because they love decorating their homes with freshly cut flowers. Whatever the reason, Miracle-Gro wants to know why we all grow- why we strive to Gro Something Greater.

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Upcycled Dog Treat Container for a Canine Valentine

Valentine’s Day is next week (already!) and I’ve got the cards, a little something to surprise everyone in the family already.  I’m feeling like I’m prepared.  But then the kids reminded me that MOM! We always get Tobey a treat for Valentine’s Day! MOOOOOOOOMMMMMM!

And so when Milk-Bone Dog Snacks invited me to be part of their 10 Days of Treats Campaign, I knew what we’d do for our Tobey. We’d make him a special treat container just for his Milk-Bone Biscuits as a fun Valentine’s Day Gift.  Actually, I mentioned it to my daughter, and she immediately had a great idea.  Mom, she said, let’s look in the recycling and see what we can use, and then we can use some Duck Tape! (Really, any excuse to use Duck Tape flies in this house.  It’s so much fun to play around with!)

This post is sponsored by Milk-Bone on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about The Say It with Milk-Bone Campaign, but This Mama Loves only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Milk-Bone is not responsible for the content of this article.

I give you the work of my 8 year old and her Upcycled Dog Treat Container!

tobey dog treat container

 

So, to make your upcycled treat container, you will want to get the following things:

upcycle dog treat container
1. A container to hold your treats (clean and dry, of course). We grabbed a rice container because my kids are all under 9 years and they can easily hold this container).

2. Duck Tape in your favorite color/pattern/style

3. A Duck-Taper.  This happened to be my 8 1/2 year old, who was the creative brains behind this project.

4. Dog treats (We used Milk-Bone)

Instructions:

Cover container with Duck Tape

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Fill Container with Treats

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Give treats to your dog.

Tobey

 

 

Once you’ve filled your newly upcycled dog treat container, head to your local store and grab some dog biscuits to fill it!! Easy Valentine’s Day gift for your favorite canine. This Valentine’s Day, when you buy specially marked boxes of Milk-Bone biscuits, you  may just find some LOVE inside the box! If you do find a red bone marked LOVE, visit Milk-Bone on Facebook and your little Valen-Canine will enjoy free dog treats for a year! Plus you’ll be entered to win a lifetime supply of Milk-Bone dog snacks and $5,000!

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What are your favorite ways to share your love with your canine Valentine?  (Or any of your Valentines!)

6 Ways to Go Green in 2014: Sponsored Video

This post and video with ways to go green in 2014 are sponsored by Tetra Pak.

Everyone’s making New Year’s resolutions to go green in 2014. It might seem overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be! Take baby steps – make small changes – and you’ll be going green in no time. Follow these 6 tips to get started!

1. Start using reusable bags — even if you just make one trip to the grocery store each week, the number of plastic bags you use adds up fast! No need to spend a fortune replacing them, though, just pick up a reusable bag or two each trip. I’ve found some for as little as $.25 a piece!

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2. Waste less and become Carton Smart with Tetra Pak! If you haven’t started using cartons yet, now’s the time. Cartons have a longer shelf life than cans, and they stack together easily in your pantry. Cartons are resealable, so you serve your family at dinner time and then use them again later – you can’t do that with cans!

3. Hang your clothes out to dry. Weather permitting, hang your clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer. This will save a ton on your electricity bill, too!

4. Change your lightbulbs. If everyone in the US replaced just one regular lightbulb with a newer, compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equal to removing one million cars from the road.

5. Use cloth diapers! By the time you potty train your child, you will have changed upwards of 6,000 diapers – adding tons of waste to landfills each year.

6. Adjust your thermostat. Even if you just move your thermostat one or two degrees higher in the summer, and one or two lower in the winter, you’ll save more than 10% on your energy use (and bill!) each month. Investing in a programmable thermostat isn’t a bad idea, either.

New Wave Enviro Litter Free Lunch

New Wave Enviro sent me a Litter Free Lunch kit and some Seriously Save Stainless Steel Food containers to try out.  We are always trying to find ways to make less waste and be kind to the environment.  These products are BPA-free, litter free and stylish too.  I received the bag in swirls with green piping, it also is available in a blue pattern and a solid light brown.

Litter Free Lunch Kit and Seriously Safe Stainless Steel

About Litter Free Lunch Kit

This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”Litter Free Lunch Kit

There is enough room for a salad, a sandwich and a couple of sides.  The containers are air tight but easy to open and close, even for the little guys.  I love that the box in insulated because I often forget to pop my lunch in the fridge when I get to work.  Seriously Safe Stainless Steel food containers

About Seriously Safe Stainless Steel Food Containers

100% 304 Food Grade Stainless Steel. A non-leaching product – no chemical, no toxins, no taste. Resistant to stains and corrosion. Durable and rugged – designed for everyday use. Go ahead and throw them in your bag – they won’t open until you open them! 6” x 4.5” x 2-3/8” deep

You can find all of the New Wave Enviro products online or try their Store Locator.

All of these products make weekdays lunch prep so much easier and I feel great not using dozens of plastic bags each month.

These products were provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

What great uses would you have for there products?

 

Making home safe for baby (and kids…parents…pets) #HealthyBaby

This post about making home safe for baby is brought to you through my affiliation with The Motherhood. About 4 years ago I hosted a Healthy Baby Home Party here with some MOMS Club friends.  Last week, I attended another- virtual- Healthy Baby Home Party with Seventh Generation, Stonyfield and Healthy Child Healthy World, along with several other bloggers. I can’t say that everything I learned was fully new to me, but it was something I needed to hear. We all need to hear it. Do you know that there are over 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the US? Do you know how many laws there are in the US that require these chemicals have pre-market safety testing? NONE.

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Photo Credit: www.ayearwithmomanddad.com

There are over 1300 chemicals banned in Europe for personal products. In the US? 11. Not 1100. ELEVEN. There is a huge discord there. Science is showing almost daily what kind of effect these chemicals are having on our bodies- on our children’s bodies. This is not ok. We have to start educating ourselves and taking steps to get these chemicals OUT of our daily lives and away from our children.  Whether you have children or not, you can’t argue that their smaller bodies and less developed systems are more susceptible to these chemicals and effects from exposure.  They didn’t choose to allow those chemicals, and until they are old enough to learn about and speak for themselves, we have to be their voice and protect them.

Perhaps some of you are thinking, but what can I do? Our budget won’t allow for all organic foods and cleaners. It’s hard enough to parent without the guilt of the chemicals on my shoulders.

Healthy Child, Healthy World offers five simple, affordable actions families can take daily at home to decrease chemical exposure:

  1. Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxics like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands. (This one is FREE to do and the results are HUGE)

2.  Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. For a list of most-toxic offenders, download our free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery.”

3. Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows!  Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.

4. Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer.

  • Research from the University of Washington suggests you can immediately and dramatically reduce the pesticide content in a child’s body by switching to organic foods.

  • Stonyfield Organic offers an arrangement of foods for babies, kids and adults; pure, delicious organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, ice cream and milk.

  • They are all made without:

  • Synthetic hormones

  • Toxic Persistent Pesticides

  • GMOs

  • Artificial Ingredients

5. Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.

There ARE things we can do, no matter what our budgets.  We don’t have the budget in my home to eat all organic and only purchase greener cleaning products.  I watch for sales and combine coupons whenever possible. I also try to freeze what I can when it’s in season (or can some things, but I’m pretty new to the canning game) because that’s when things are the least expensive to buy, when they are in season.  We grow what we can here at home, and we use nothing but our family compost to amend our soil.  We  have large blueberry bushes- so I take time each summer to wash, dry and freeze bag upon bag of blueberries.  The result? My family eats 100% organic blueberries that haven’t ever left my property.

I realize this isn’t possible for everyone, but even in urban settings there are ways to try to garden.  Many communities have CSA or community gardens- look around your area and see if there are any near to you.  Feel strongly? Start one of your own.  Invite neighbors, and local businesses.  It doesn’t have to be huge and it doesn’t have to be fancy.  You can even just plant your own carrots in a 2 liter empty soda bottle on a windowsill and see where that brings you.

Also there are probably 3902342 uses for cleaning with 2 simple and inexpensive ingredients: vinegar and baking soda.  I buy both in bulk at BJ’s Warehouse.  You can find at almost any grocery store.  Quick internet searches will give you dozens and dozens of suggestions to clean almost any surface in your house, your yard, your car.  There are a lot of surprising ways to make a big impact on the level of chemicals in your home without spending much at all!

Join us today, June 25, 2013 from 1-2 pm EST as we talk about ways to keep our homes safe- and healthy- not just for baby but for ALL!!  We hope you’ll join us- just remember to leave your shoes at the door :)

We’ll be tweeting with the #HealthyBaby hashtag

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