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How to Practice “Elimination Communication” and Go Diaper-Free

By |2020-03-05T15:13:04-06:00March 1st, 2020|Natural Parenting|

It may stink at first, but EC doesn't have to be all or nothing. Ever heard of “elimination communication”? I hadn’t either until I asked villagers in Myanmar what they did when their bare-bottomed infants had to poop or pee. “Take them to the toilet,” the women told me with a shrug. I was four months pregnant when my husband and I traveled through Southeast Asia. All of the naked [...]

How to Actually Recycle

By |2020-03-07T08:19:47-06:00February 29th, 2020|Environmental Impact|

We’re having a bit of a recycling crisis. Officials in India announced that the country would no longer accept post-consumer plastic imports, in an effort to fight the pollution emitted in processing the often highly-contaminated loads the U.S. and other countries have been sending over. The ban won’t fully go into effect until August, but will only compound the problems America has been facing with its recyclables. A little over [...]

Positive Existential Therapy for Postpartum Depression

By |2020-02-17T14:08:04-06:00February 17th, 2020|Awareness|

Positive Existential Therapy has been proven successful in treating postpartum depression. The American Dream consists of getting a wife and a house, with a few kids in the mix. Having children is considered part and parcel of life, whilst some may abstain due to a lack of financial security or interest, many more reproduce generations. Motherhood is said to be a wonderful thing, and many women are biologically programmed to [...]

What Every Mom Must Know About the AAP’s New Plastic-Safety Guidelines for Kids

By |2020-01-28T14:09:55-06:00January 28th, 2020|Awareness|

The organization is telling parents to be careful when purchasing particular foods. A new policy statement from the American Association of Pediatrics is advising parents to avoid certain types of food to prevent children from ingesting potentially harmful chemicals. The statement, titled “Food Additives and Child Health,” says that parents should limit the number of processed meats, food stored in plastic and canned foods that they purchase—especially if they are [...]

6 Tips for Saving Money On Organic Food

By |2020-01-04T10:59:02-06:00December 27th, 2019|Healthy Lifestyle|

My awareness of the importance of eating organic, as-natural-as-possible foods has increased in the last few years. The dilemma of this awareness is being torn between choosing more expensive groceries or compromising what I put in my body. It can be hard to remember that the benefits outweigh the costs when they come in the form of long-term health I can't see, versus the immediate, visible hike in my grocery bill. [...]

Non-Stick Cookware: Safest Options?

By |2020-01-04T10:58:34-06:00December 15th, 2019|Healthy Lifestyle|

Non-stick cookware cleans very easily and some health-conscious cooks appreciate that it requires less cooking oil than uncoated varieties. But the convenient cooking surface comes with potential risks when it is used with high heat. At temperatures exceeding 500 degrees Fahrenheit, the synthetic fluoropolymer coating in Teflon non-stick cookware begins to break down and release toxic perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) into the air. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested how quickly [...]

Eco-friendly Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

By |2019-12-02T09:45:15-06:00December 2nd, 2019|The Environment|

With the holiday season upon us, eco-conscious folks look for ways to prepare their homes for an eco-friendly holiday. Wanting to reduce your carbon footprint is something that can be done all year round, not just during the warm weather seasons too. So, with a few small changes, you can make a difference and be a good steward of the environment. Christmas lights LED lights are not only beautiful inside [...]

Fall and Winter Composting for a Lovely Spring

By |2019-11-20T11:46:53-06:00November 17th, 2019|The Environment|

Autumn provides ample brown material for composting, and turning food scraps into fertilizer gives you everything you need to get a jump start on soil enrichment before the frost sets in. Whether you are already skilled at composting and want to make the most of the nutrients you save or are just starting out, the results can make a major difference in the health of your lawn or garden. Fall [...]

Green Thanksgiving: Eat Less Meat, Buy in Bulk

By |2019-11-11T06:56:34-06:00November 10th, 2019|Healthy Lifestyle|

Any tips for how to make my Thanksgiving greener and less wasteful this year? —Melissa W., Boston, MA Ah, Thanksgiving! For many of us, it’s the favorite holiday because it revolves around togetherness and inclusiveness and preparing and eating our favorite foods—and usually doesn’t include any overt commercialism. But just because you don’t have to buy and wrap gifts doesn’t mean Thanksgiving is necessarily green, although there are lots of [...]

5 Reasons Being A Remarkably Average Mom Makes You a Damn Fine One

By |2019-11-03T14:26:22-06:00November 3rd, 2019|Healthy Lifestyle|

It's time for moms to stop selling ourselves short. Take a look at any new movie about motherhood, popular parenting blog or, hell, just your Facebook feed, and you’d get the impression there are a whole lot of mediocre moms running around. In fact, there’s an entire cottage industry of mom bloggers who make a living assuring their fellow parents that its OK to to be just an OK mom—bloggers [...]