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Posted: September 22, 2018 ...by
Well, it depends on who you ask. Nalgene, probably the best known maker of the hard, plastic water bottles that adults use, says “Of course not!” but they are still phasing out their polycarbonate lines. (Polycarbonate is that rigid, clear plastic that almost all of their bottles were made of.) Nalgene, along with many other bottle companies, are phasing out polycarbonates due to consumer pressure around Bisphenol A (BPA). »Read More
Posted: June 21, 2018 ...by
The are mornings where the sky turns orange and then pink and the ocean becomes so still it appears that it is the stable force and the sky is the tumultuous one. On these mornings, I am drawn like a sleepwalker, only awake, out the door and into the ocean. I stop for shoes. Rocks...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 26, 2018 ...by
Good News in Daily Habits If you’re looking for the best way to combat climate change and save the planet, here’s some good news: the habits you’ve already incorporated into your life make a difference since many are part of a sustainable, low-impact lifestyle. Committing to a sustainable lifestyle is easier than many people think,...Read More »Read More
Posted: April 16, 2018 ...by
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Posted: March 13, 2018 ...by
Why eating organic is important, how to prioritize what foods to buy organic, and organic shopping 101 Organic Eating 101: Why It’s important It’s important to eat organic. Every functional nutritionist, toxin scientist, and holistic medical professional that I spoke with for both of my Green Mama books said that children and parents-to-be, especially moms...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 13, 2018 ...by
Demystifying Eating Fish: How to find baby and mama (and earth)-safe seafood When I lived in the Midwest, I didn’t think much about fish and seafood. The fish that came out of Lake Erie weren’t particularly appetizing. Now, that I live on the coast, fish and seafood are a regular (and tasty) part of my...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 12, 2018 ...by
Not all food labels are created equal. Understanding which ones are what they pretend to be is an important step in getting value from a family’s food dollars. It’s worth it to spend more for food that is free of pesticides, artificial growth  hormones, and genetically-modified contents. It’s not so nice to spend money on...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 27, 2018 ...by
How to (Realistically) Creating Healthier Mouths and Naturally Prevent Cavities I was stunned. My five-year-old daughter’s first molar was so rotten that she needed to have it replaced with a crown. We eat well, she is rarely exposed to sugar or even juice, and she is (forced) to brush and floss regularly. She was sedated...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 14, 2018 ...by
The fog lays over our little island like a child tucked in the bed for night. It’s as if we are all being called to say our prayers and retire the day’s events. There is nothing surrounding us… there are no little rock islands to which to paddle, neighbours to greet, or mountains to reach....Read More »Read More
Posted: January 24, 2018 ...by
A truly healthy, green mattress might be the most important investment you make in your home. Certainly, it is in your child’s bedroom. Why get a truly natural mattress? Because conventional mattresses are toxic and the toxins they release (and continue to release throughout their entire life) have been found in the blood of newborn...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 15, 2018 ...by
One of my earliest memories—I must have been about nine—was of riding on the gondola at the state fair with my little brother. We had been allowed, after much begging, to leave our mother and baby sister and ride across the fairgrounds by ourselves. We held hands and swung our legs and thrilled at the...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 15, 2017 ...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 14, 2017 ...by
Meaningful, Ethical, Green & (Not-too-late) Gift Ideas for the  Kids and Mamas in your Life Want presents this holiday that are less about stuff, yet still allow you to enjoy the act of giving and receiving? Of course you do. Here’s a look of what some of our TheGreenMama.com team are doing! (And, yes, this...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 11, 2017 ...by
The importance of teaching your children how to believe in magic “Magic is important for kids,” says Dr. Faith Cohen, licensed psychologist. It’s not what you expect to hear from a child clinical psychologist with a specialty in trauma. She sees some dark stuff: sexual abuse, rape, and all kinds of addiction. Yet, she says,...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2017 ...by
Brain Development and Technology [EDITORS NOTE: I have gone to great lengths (Waldorf school, third world living, remote island, no TV, no ipads) to create a culture for my children that isn’t dictated by technology. Why? Because the science is very clear on the damage it does to a child’s brains. And because I wanted...Read More »Read More