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  • How to Detoxify your Personal Lubricant, Find Healthier Options, and Make Your Own Organic Lube

      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…
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  • The Real Meaning of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, & More!

    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…
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  • Mama To Mama: Family Music Inspiration

    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…
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  • Green Cleaning for the Home: Three Steps to a Safe & Healthy Clean

    Time for Spring Cleaning? Here’s The Green Mama’s Tips for a safe, healthy, “green” clean

  • How to Protect Your Family from Toxins in Beauty Care Products

    How to protect yourself and your family from toxins in beauty care products It was a gift. The perfect little blue and white bottle of “Gentle! For Bebe!” baby shampoo in its foam pump bottle. I used it on my baby for two years before I thought to check if it was safe. It was…
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  • Stop Bugging Me.

    I didn’t visit my family in Miami this summer. I blamed work. I blamed the children’s camp schedules. I blamed my boyfriends filming schedule. I blamed everything but The Truth: I’m a coward. I’m afraid that Miami has the Zica virus. But, I am terrified that Miami is being sprayed with Naled.   Unless you…
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  • 7 Natural Ways to Beat Mosquitoes

      Summer is a time for the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, swimming, BBQ’s and entertaining outdoors. What do you do when mosquitoes and other biting bugs invade your al fresco fun?! Read on for 7 Green Mama Approved tips to battle bugs without harsh chemicals.   Lemon juice rubbed directly on the skin makes you…
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  • DIY Nut Butter

    Like fresh nut milk, once you make your own you will never go back! Ingredients 3 cups freshly roasted unsalted nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts or even sunflower seeds for the nut averse) Directions Place nuts on baking sheet, toast for 10 mins on middle rack in a 300 F oven, wiggle them around…
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  • Lacto Fermented Pickles

    Ingredients 2 lbs organic vegetables diced and sliced  (I like using carrots and radishes for their beauty and flavour. But you can use daikon, cucumbers, beets, cauliflower, kale, celery etc.) Flavour enhancers like garlic, pickling spice, or spicy peppers to your taste. A 2% brine (roughly 1 heaping Tbsp of non-iodized unrefined salt for every…
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  • How to keep kids busy without resorting to screens PART THREE

    Even before I had children, I loathed going to a restaurant with blaring television sets. If I wanted I watch telly, (that’s where I keep my gelato), I would do so at home. The entire point of going to a restaurant is to drin..er, I mean – break bread, with your friends and family. When…
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  • How to keep kids busy without resorting to screens PART TWO

    “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…
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  • How to keep kids busy without resorting to screens PART ONE

    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…
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  • DIY Sunscreen: Making your own healthier sunscreen

    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…
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  • Candles: The Toxic Truth, Safer Option, Beeswax Candle DIY

    Candles are a lovely way to add a celebratory feeling to a birthday, chase a little of the dark away during the holiday season, or grace a dinner table. Unfortunately, most candles release toxins into the air and, then, into the body of your family. Regular candles are made of paraffin wax which is basically…
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  • The real effect of eating organic & how to do it

    What’s the truth about organics? Simplified. Here’s what people say: “It’s too expensive.” “Well, I eat some things organic.” “My doctor says organic isn’t proven to make a difference.” “I just want my kids to eat!” How can I eat organic on a budget? I’m not going to lie. Eating organic on a budget is…
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  • DIY baby wipes & bum spray recipe

    DIY baby wipes & bum spray recipe from The Green Mama Make a little spray bottle for on the go, take your cloth wipes and pre- soak them, or make disposable baby wipes by adding the baby wipe mix to an unbleached, paper towel roll cut in half or a to flushable cloth- diaper liners….
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  • Green Juice Recipe 101

    Green Juice Recipes What we don’t need when juicing is a bunch more sugar, what we do want is readily accessible vitamins and minerals. That means the juice should be at least 60% dark leafy/ 40% other vegetables and fruit. 60% leafy jean can mean kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, cilantro. 40% can include apples, pear,…
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  • Mama to Mama: Clutter Free With Kids

    As January draws to a close, many of us have let our resolutions fall by the wayside. But if there is one goal that it pays to keep up on throughout  the year, it’s banning the clutter that goes along with family life. From birthday party goodie bags to “can-we-please-get-this” moments-of-weakness at the thrift store,…
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  • 8 Steps to Getting Organized: Secrets to beating family clutter

    Secrets from a professional organizer Clutter and depression are linked says a new book Life at Home in the 21st Century. “Our data suggest that each new child in a household leads to a 30-percent increase in a family’s inventory of possessions during the preschool years alone,”  say the authors. They authors primarily looked at…
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  • How to find healthier paints

    Why does finding healthy paint matter? Paint and finish don’t just add colour to a room or a new baby crib, they can also release smelly, irritating, and toxic substances into the air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that paints and finishes are one of the top culprits in polluting our indoor air and…
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  • DIY Lice Treatment Spray & Salve

    Read the related article for all the Green Mama secrets on dealing with this pesty nuisance.   Natural Lice Spray Use this on dry hair for a preventative spray or on wet hair followed–by nit combing–to help  effectively treat lice. 4 cups apple cider vinegar 20 drops Tea Tree Oil 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil…
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  • The Mommy Wars: How moms are blamed for what goes wrong & what we can do about it

    When I was a young child, I was poor. I mean, poor-poor. Welfare-poor. Thus, when the study “More Work for Mother: Chemical Body Burdens as a Maternal Responsibility” crossed my desk this week, I knew it was the most important study I had seen all year. Not because it told me anything new, but because…
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  • RecycleTown: How to Make a Cardboard Wonderland

    After years of pondering the possibility we finally installed solar panels to heat our hot water yesterday.  Of course I would like to have a photovoltaic roof and  be off-grid running on strictly sustainable sources of power, but for the moment that is not our lot.  Our town of Evanston, Il approved a three-year contract in…
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  • DIY dry shampoo

    Dry shampoo is just what it sounds like–dry–and you use it dry! In other words, it’s a new mother’s little helper. Don’t have time for a shower and the pony tail look isn’t cutting it–DIY dry shampoo is the trick. The issue with shampooing in general is that its literally addictive. The more you shampoo…
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  • How to organize your child’s STUFF/TOYS/PLAYROOM and get them to play more and clean-up better in the process

    Secrets from a professional organizer I’ve been lucky enough over the years to have gotten a chance to work with a couple of professional organizers: you know, the ones that come into your home and gasp at  how much stuff you have for supposedly being green.  No, that’s a bit of a joke. I’m always…
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  • How to Write a Book, Blog, or Article. #MyWritingProcess

    How does a person write a book?   There are as many answers to that as books, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to learn from looking at the writing process. Indeed, there is much to learn and share and thus I was thrilled to take part in the #MyWritingProcess blog tour. It’s…
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  • Belly, Body, Breast, and Baby Balm

    This recipe has changed and morphed over the years – but it is basically the simplest and best skin hydration I’ve found. Not only do I make it to use at home, I make extra when I blend a batch to share with new mamas in my community. No photos will be shared of this…
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  • Paper garlands

    1, 2, 3…. beautiful paper garlands By Vanessa Zises Filley