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Posted: July 5, 2016 ...by
“You know how little kids always love to play with the cardboard boxes at Christmas? Well, it works in the summer and with older children too! The bigger the boxes the better – check with your local appliance store if they have any empty fridge or freezer boxes that they don’t mind parting with. Then...Read More »Read More
Posted: July 4, 2016 ...by
My relationship with screens has evolved since having children and through my own research and awareness. Here’s the dichotomy: most of my work as a writer and researcher happens on the computer and, yet, I know the cost of being on the screen. For me, that cost includes back and neurological issues, the reprogramming of my...Read More »Read More
Posted: July 2, 2016 ...by
Ingredients 1 cup whole raw nuts or seeds (I love almonds) 4 cups filtered water (plus more water for soaking) pinch of sea salt 1/4 tsp of cinnamon 1 tbsp of vanilla extract   Directions soak nuts overnight for 6-12 hours drain and rinse nuts blend with water and flavours for at least a minute...Read More »Read More
Posted: June 16, 2016 ...by
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Posted: June 4, 2016 ...by
With summer almost here we have rounded up our 3 favourite tips for staying healthy and smart in the sun during this warmer season. It can be confusing to figure out the truths about sun exposure and how to keep your kids natural and green in the heat. How much sun is too much? What about...Read More »Read More
Posted: June 3, 2016 ...by
Foods high in carotenoids provide natural sun protection. These include many fruits and vegetables, especially leafy dark greens and those that are yellow-orange like apricots, carrots, and yams. Other good sources include eggs, spirulina, and algae. The red pigment found in salmon, trout, and shrimp is another potent carotenoid. Get your Vitamin D. Vitamin D...Read More »Read More
Posted: June 3, 2016 ...by
DIY Sunscreen Recipe ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup coconut oil ¼ cup beeswax 2 tablespoons shea butter 2 tablespoons zinc oxide (high quality) Optional: a few drops of non-citrus, baby friendly essential oil Directions: In a double boiler (or a jar in a pan of water over low heat) melt the oils, beeswax, and...Read More »Read More
Posted: June 3, 2016 ...by
What your mama should have told you about the dangers of sunscreen It’s that time of year again when the sun begins to shine and parents reach for the sunscreen. We are told that sunscreen will protect us from sunburn, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Yet, research now suggests that sunscreen might not do any of these things very well: instead, many of the most popular sunscreen brands might actually increase our children’s chances of getting some cancers. »Read More
Posted: June 3, 2016 ...by
I’d been pouring over labels for years and considered myself a savvy shopper, but the skincare aisle almost had me duped.  I’m one of those people: the kind that stands in the Whole Foods aisle obsessively scanning every label.   I am not appeased by claims of Natural! Kid Safe! or Hypoallergenic. What I’m looking for are the ingredients. The rest, as far as I am concerned, is just fancy PR. I want to know what I’m putting in and on my body. »Read More
Posted: May 26, 2016 ...by
If you are Cuban, you have family in Miami. If you live in a cold clime, like Chicago, you welcome going to visit them during the relentless winter. That sounds simple enough, no?  It is. Until you have children. And you’ve gone Green. (Or, “loca”, if your abuela was to describe it.) Packing was easy...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 25, 2016 ...by
Learn more about why you might want this easy, healthy recipe as a DIY alternative for the much-used and loved  Sazon. This recipe is for one meal, but it can be made in large batches, to store. It actually tastes best a few days after being made.  Mix, or grind together 1 TBSP each of coriander, cumin, annato or achiote, garlic...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 24, 2016 ...by
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Posted: May 21, 2016 ...by
There isn’t a hispanic cupboard in the world that doesn’t contain Sazon. Not one. My mother cooked with it. As did hers. As ubiquitous as salt, Sazon is the Spanish version of…well, salt. I never read its ingredients, as I would always mindlessly toss a box of Sazon in my grocery trolley as one might...Read More »Read More