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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
Posted: November 13, 2017 ...by
Living Green can save you money, and not just in obvious ways By understanding what you spend and what you save through your green lifestyle you can help get spending under control while positively impacting the environment. Americans send more than 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air, or about a fifth...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 26, 2017 ...by
Why is my electric bill so high? When we moved to a rural island community in B.C. a year ago, we discovered a lot about green building and how to manage our electricity bills. We knew that it was more than just a situation of going from city expectation to rural expectations, because of a...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 24, 2017 ...by
Soy versus milk formula? Breastmilk is the healthy and green choice. However, if a baby does need formula, what next? The issue isn’t being talked about enough in the right circles because mom’s still have lots of questions, despite the fact that the research in this case gives us a clear answer to questions like...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 23, 2017 ...by
Are you considering the switch to an electric vehicle? BC Hydro BC Hydro makes it easier BC Hydro makes it easier BC Hydro makes it easier for residents to drive an electric vehicle. We recently moved to a rural community. After last winter, which included months where I couldn’t get my vehicle out of our...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 1, 2017 ...by
How to help your family ease through seasonal time change with natural sleep remedies   I hate the time change, especially in the spring where it feels like that “lost” hour is never retrieved. For years, I spent the spring in Guatemala where the time does not change and it was much easier to just...Read More »Read More