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Posted: February 14, 2017 ...by
  It’s gross: we add some of the most researched toxins to our personal lubricants including known irritants, cancer-causers, and even an ingredient in anti-freeze. None of these ingredients help the health of a woman and some can significantly harm fertility or make a woman more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In particular watch...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 13, 2017 ...by
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Posted: January 27, 2017 ...by
The internet is an all powerful resource when it comes to pinterest-worthy pies and genius make ahead work lunches. Food blogs are amazing and abundant! But sometimes if feels good to reach into your own private library and cook a favourite from a stained and tattered cook book. Especially when you live on a remote...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 18, 2017 ...by
Today I woke  up and all the headlines in my health science bubble were about how suddenty, again, soy is the new health food. Funny, just last month it was the demon responsible for low sperm count and premature puberty in children. What gives: is soy healthy or not? The health effects of soy are...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 13, 2017 ...by
I’ve been stuck at home for a week. My car, even with snow chains on, can’t make it up our two kilometer, hilly, and now icy road It’s January and a time of new beginnings. As if I didn’t have enough new beginning: leaving the city and moving to a very rural island with my...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 25, 2016 ...by
A beautiful verse for children: nondenominational, pagan, or Christian bedtime prayer …   A Child’s Bedtime Blessing Mother Goddess, tuck me in Father God, watch over me Please protect my kith and kin And all I love, so may it be. Rock me to sleep, O Lord and Lady And fill my dreams with love...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 21, 2016 ...by
If there is anything universal about faith these days, it’s that everybody seems unsure what to do about Christmas.   Even many Christian families struggle with this question, watching the entire holiday being pulled towards excessive consumerism with its associated spending and waste. In my family, my husband and I represent four very different religious...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 20, 2016 ...by
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Posted: December 17, 2016 ...by
The Green Mama gives a few tips for shopping green, ethical, and last-minuteNo worries, I am not one to lecture about leaving shopping to the last minute. I am pretty sure it is the only shopping my family ever does. It seems to be made worse by my family's disdain of typical consumerism. Yet, to handmake all the gifts I so desperately want to bestow on the teachers, friends, family, and many other loved ones I know, I would have needed to start months ago. And, I didn't. »Read More
Posted: December 12, 2016 ...by
Life on an island I’m a city girl. I have spent most of my life living in cities. Some of my favourite places in the world are cities. Give me a day in Chicago, Istanbul, London, Edinburg, Delhi, Montreal… these places are alive, diverse, and full of culture and interesting cuisine. So, I was as...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 12, 2016 ...by
Six tips for getting more meaning (& less stuff) into your winter holiday whether you celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, or something (or nothing) else 1. Have a conversation with your partner and older children about the traditions and values that resonate most and that you want to celebrate and strengthen. Similarly, discuss what you don’t...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 10, 2016 ...by
How to make safer, healthier, nontoxic deodorants If you are learning how to make your own deodorants, than you probably already know a few things about the many toxins found in many of our skincare products, including deodorants. (You may still like to learn more about the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry or 14...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 9, 2016 ...by
 Mama to Mama: Holiday Traditions Feliz Navidad! I have two young boys. Christmas is, understandably, their favorite holiday. (Thanksgiving is mine.) And as we are Hispanic, our family traditions are Spanish in origin. On the 1st of December, I place the Nativity crèche “stable” out. Every Sunday, we add a few animals, palm trees and angels....Read More »Read More
Posted: December 6, 2016 ...by
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Posted: December 2, 2016 ...by
Check out our favourite albums, artists, or songs that appeal to the whole family. From swear-word free classic rock hits, to “Kids music” that is actually awesome, read on to find out the tunes that are setting the tone in these Green Mama homes. “Since my partner and I play in a band together and tour with our 2.5...Read More »Read More