The Best Non-Toxic Cookware to Put Your Mind at Ease

Mindful Momma - A roundup of the best non-toxic cookware styles and brands to keep toxic chemicals out of your food...Read the whole entry... » ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (c) Mindful Momma - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Nature Moms - This is a super easy, super fast, and super frugal recipe. It is perfect for eating when you are eating “beans and rice, rice and beans” ala Dave Ramsey. It is also an incredibly versatile recipe because you can switch up the spices, herbs, rice, etc to make it Cajun, Mexican, Greek, or any other number of cuisines. You can use soaked beans or canned beans. You can measure out the rice or throw in a box of rice and seasoning. This basic recipe can be adapted in all … [Read more...]

6 Fitness Activities to Connect You With Nature

Nature Moms - If you’re looking to work on your fitness and you love the outdoors, why not combine them? Some of the best ways to promote fitness are outdoors. Practice any of the fitness activities discussed here, and you’re likely to build strength, confidence, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes when you take the time to connect with Mother Nature. 1). Stand Up Paddle Boarding There are a lot of really wonderful things to say about stand up paddle boarding (SUP), an activity … [Read more...]

Important Truths I’ve Learned in 20 Years of Marriage

Nature Moms - This month closes 20 years of marriage for me and begins my my 21st year. I am feeling very nostalgic and even a bit sad as my Facebook memories from this week last year have begun. We spent a week in Vegas celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and it was the single best vacation of our lives. I want nothing more than to be doing it all over again. It was fun to be in a city we love yes, but also to spend a week celebrating and concentrating 100% on each other. It was … [Read more...]

Keep Those Windows Closed! How to Deal with Allergies During the Sneezing Season

Nature Moms - 30 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, there’s no doubt you dread that time of year. For some of us, allergy season is all year round. Luckily, your allergies don’t have to ruin your life. There are many things you can do to manage the symptoms of allergies and help you feel like yourself. Not all allergy treatments are equal. The right treatment for you depends on a few factors including your … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Organic Cotton Feminine Products Are Better For You and the Earth

Mindful Momma - Learn why organic cotton feminine products are better for your health and the planet. ; This...Read the whole entry... » ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (c) Mindful Momma - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Clif Bars Seasonal Flavors

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Clif Bars are back with a couple of new additions to their seasonal flavors. First, Pumpkin Pie, just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving, perfect for the after dinner hike. And next, Pecan Pie bars. Yum. I love pecans, so this is the bar for me, but I'll have to fight my son for it. He's a huge fan of Clif Bars and they have seen us through more than a few potential disasters. You know, when you're out and about and your child says, "Mom, I'm … [Read more...]

Vote YES on 522

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Did you get your ballot yet? I'm talking to you, Washingtonians. Monstanto has dumped over 14 million dollars into defeating this initiative, we can't let that happen. Who doesn't want to know what's in their food? Who wants to eat frankenfood? Nobody. That's why Monsanto is trying so hard to stop this. And they succeeded in California, with over 45 million dollars going toward stopping labeling.Under 522, your food will be labeled, and you will know if … [Read more...]

Icebreaker Cascade Hood

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Need something bright and cheerful to ease the transition into winter? Icebreaker has come out with a Magenta hoodie that is a great tonic for gray-sky blues. The Magenta Cascade Hood combines feminine looks with rugged function. It's Real Fleece, meaning real wool that's soft, cozy, and fuzzy on the inside. Wool is awesome. It's a sustainable material that keeps you warm in the cold and wicks away moisture when it's hot, so it's ideal for outdoor … [Read more...]

How to Handle the Candy: The Great Pumpkin

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Happy Halloween Everybody! It's one of my favorite holidays, I love the excitement in the air today. Cute little kids running around in their costumes set against a backdrop of trees in firey orange, red, and yellow, with the random leaves fluttering about. It's the stuff of life, those sweet fleeting moments you never want to forget. Know what's not fleeting? And what you would like to forget? The sugar meltdowns that go along with consuming all that … [Read more...]

Kid’s TEVA Kimtah

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - My son is rough on his shoes. Really rough. He's a boy, and he's active and never stops moving until he konks out at night. His clothes and shoes take a beating, and they need to be rugged. Enter TEVA. We've had great luck with Teva shoes holding up until he grows out of them. He loves this brand and asks for it by name. The Kimtahs are tough and they look great. I love the toggle closure as opposed to laces; they're quick and easy, and I don't have to … [Read more...]

Companies that side with Monsanto vs. the Good Guys

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - You might be surprised to learn who is backing Monsanto in trying to stop the 522 initiative to label GMOs. A lot of companies supporting Monsanto are no surprise, Pepsi, Coke, Clorox--companies we know have zero interest in our health. But it's the ones that we thought were looking out for us that are so disappointing. The ones that sell organic food and promote health. Companies we trusted. Shame on them! No more Lara Bars for us. No more Alexia (love … [Read more...]

First Birthday Gift Ideas For Your Baby

Nature Moms - When it comes to a baby’s first birthday, knowing what gift to buy them can be tough. Especially if this is your first child and you’re really not sure what you’re doing. Of course, you’d give your baby the world if you could, but sometimes the products in the world are made from harmful toxins and dangerous materials that can harm the environment.  Here are some of our favorite picks, available right here online. From organic cotton sleepwear to sustainably made toys and … [Read more...]

Get Cozy with Horny Toad Blushfire

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Starting to get chilly? Horny Toad has the most wonderful fleece for cold weather coziness. Their Blushfire Fleece is so butter soft, furry and plush, it's sure to become a winter favorite. The Blushfire Pant is comfortable and warm, perfect for hanging out at camp or at home. The fit is true to size, a tiny bit long on me with a 31" inseam (I'm 5'5), but doable, especially with shoes. I wear an 8/10 and the medium is a good fit. There's some give, and a … [Read more...]

DYSON DC47 Animal Ball Canister Vac

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Dyson has a new canister vacuum and it's....well, I have to say this, it's super cute. It's very compact, so it's kind of like a baby vacuum. It may be adorable, but it packs a punch and I'm amazed at what a good job this little vacuum did on my floors.My house is small and open concept, so the shorter cord worked fine for me. It probably wouldn't make sense for a large home, but an apartment or studio or small place like mine would be ideal. I have bamboo … [Read more...]

How to safely leave your pet at home?

Nature Moms - Not many owners have the luxury of being with their pets all the time and in many cases, this is not necessary at all. Dogs can be alone for a while (if the animal is well trained) if you go to work or go shopping. Cats, on the contrary, can stay alone for much more time, for example, when you go on vacation. But it’s important that you leave the house safe and well-prepared for them. With these 8 tips, you can leave your pet as safe as possible! 1. Don’t leave any small … [Read more...]

Need a bigger skirt? You may have upped your breast cancer risk

The Green Parent - Have you found that your skirt size has creeped up over the years? Your risk for developing breast cancer might be increasing right along with your skirt size. Researchers at the Gynecological Cancer Research Center at University College London, recently completed a study on over 93,000 British women. The women were all over age 50 at the onset of the study between 2005 and 2010, and none had a diagnosis of breast cancer. According to the study, the women had an average skirt … [Read more...]

Things to Make Your Holiday Guest Comfortable

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Expecting company for the holidays? If you live in a small space, it can be tricky. You want to give your guests as much of their own space as possible, and a comfortable bed. Even if you don't have a dedicated guest room, you can still make visitors feel comfortable and extra special. The Serta Raised Air Bed pops up in just a couple of minutes (deflates quickly too), and has a never-flat feature. The height, at 18 inches, is really nice for guests who … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Alternative: Adopt a Turkey

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - The Adopt a Turkey Project, which gives people the opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group’s shelters in New York and California, has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. For a one-time donation of just $30, adopters receive a special adoption certificate complete with color photo and fun details about their new adopted turkey friend.Turkeys are, in fact, intelligent and social animals, who … [Read more...]

Top harmful chemicals to avoid in your everyday cleaning

Nature Moms - Consumers only expect one thing from cleaning products, and that is to clean. There are too many options available in the market. There are soaps, bleach, polishers, and specialized cleaners. But most people do not know that most of the products contain chemicals that harmful once touched or inhaled. In reality, some of these cleaners are the most toxic products that be found in every household. Many cleaning products can cause health hazard such as skin irritation, watery … [Read more...]

7 Eco-Friendly Travel Tips that Could Come in Handy on Your Next Vacation

Nature Moms - People are taking more and more steps than ever before to ensure they are living an eco-friendly life, but what about when they go on vacation? Unfortunately, this kind of mindset can slip when you escape on a welcome getaway, but there are some key eco-friendly tips you can turn to on your next vacation. Have a staycation There are many ways traveling makes your carbon footprint grow, but the most significant is traveling by plane to reach a destination. Those traveling … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Improve your Lifestyle

Nature Moms - The fact that we live in a fast-paced world means that the quality of our lives has significantly deteriorated as personal health, physical and mental, has been neglected. We are so much concerned about accomplishing our goals and ambitions that we even forget to live and appreciate life the way it’s meant to be. Nonetheless, there are various simple steps that we can take to improve our lifestyle and realize the gift of life. Improving your life cannot happen overnight instead … [Read more...]

Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

The Green Parent - Every $10 donation to Girls on the Run gives you a chance to win! It’s here! Last week, I mentioned that I recently won a Garmin Forerunner 405 running watch through my fundraising for Girls on the Run. And as much as I would LOVE to keep this watch for myself, I think this is the perfect opportunity to raise even more $$ for the team. So I am raffling off this watch and for every $10 donation, you get a chance to win! Here’s a little backstory: On November 2, I am … [Read more...]