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Posted: July 21, 2014
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...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 24, 2014
I’ll start with the bad news: At best, air filters are just not that effective.  If, however, you decide you must have an air filter, then you should know that 1) some air filters actually do more harm than good and 2) even the good ones won’t really clean the air or relieve asthma symptoms,...Read More »Read More
Posted: March 24, 2014
A few tips to staying healthy and keeping your children healthy when traveling abroad. Also see my blog on compiling a holistic medical kit for traveling and how to travel well with children. Don’t assume that because you are in a poor country the food will be cleaner, unfortunately, the opposite is usually true: there...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 10, 2014
Traveling abroad with a family: keeping safe, having fun, and doing it "green". I have found that traveling and living in the developing world has been one of the greatest gifts of parenting for my family. While it was for the "greater good of my children," that I first decided to pack my little girls up and spend the winter in Guatemala, I quickly realized the most immediate benefits were my own happiness. »Read More
Posted: January 31, 2014
What happens when two ordinary Canadians decide to make an extraodindary difference? Project Somos Children’s Village: A home. A family. A future. For the last few years, I have been involved with a very special project: an EcoVillage of sorts for Guatemalan children. My family and I have visited five times: their story and their project have inspired me and hundreds of others to make a difference. Thanks to EcoParent for originally publishing this article. »Read More
Posted: January 30, 2014
I want my kids to know how good they’ve got it. Don’t we all?Like most Middle-Class parents in North America, I parent with a lot more: I obsess about their educational experiences, rush off to the doctor at the first sign of a rash, and worry about which summer camp will be the most enriching. »Read More
Posted: October 29, 2013
The Green Mama speaks with the CBC on the dangers of traditional drycleaning and the benefits of the greener alternativesI was interviewed for a show on PERC done by the CBC and I am using this opportunity to finally do a blog about the problems of drycleaning and the healtheir alternatives. Thank you CBC for taking on this interesting issue. »Read More
Posted: September 12, 2013
All the kids were lined up in rows in the gym.  It was the day the public health nurse came and combed through everyone’s heads looking for lice. That is the way it was done when I was young. Judging how often I am getting notes from my child's school, head lice is just as frequent now as then and just as frequent in North America as in Central and South America. »Read More
Posted: May 11, 2013
Go Green in Four Easy StepsWith the "springing" of Spring and all of its holidays: Earth Day, Mother's Day, birthdays galore, and this year an election, I found this post by Green Mama contributor and yogi, Insiya Rasiwala-Finn to be well suited to the time. (Have you signed up to get the weekly Green Mama post delivered to your inbox door?) »Read More
Posted: March 15, 2013
4 Ingredients to Clean GreenHave you ever read the ingredients on the back of your store bought kitchen cleaner or bathroom spray?  It’s kind of scary to see all the chemicals you are releasing in to your home each time you clean your house.  It doesn’t have to be that way, though!  Truth to be told, making your own natural cleaners is SUPER easy and very inexpensive.  All you really need are 4 main ingredients:White vinegarBaking sodaSalt »Read More
Posted: March 4, 2013
Healthy, affordable cleaning products and tips that you can easily do yourselfYou can tackle nearly every cleaning need in the house with baking soda, white vinegar,  hydrogen peroxide, borax, essential oils, a gentle soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), vegetable oil, and your favorite (non-chlorine) oxygen-based cleaner for the tough stuff. »Read More
Posted: February 19, 2013
Do boring playgrounds make our kids playground stupid? »Read More
Posted: February 18, 2013
I am back in Guatemala for the second year with my children. Last year we came for almost 4 months and my eldest daughter attended a special, multi-cultural, Waldorf school in a small Mayan village. From chicken pox to chickens, it was a life-altering experience that I wrote about in a series of articles on this site. I also published an article about our trip and the school we visited in EcoParent Magazine. »Read More
Posted: August 3, 2012
The Green Mama’s guide to backyard compost piles, composters, tumblers, vermicompost (worm bins), and electric-assist composters »Read More
Posted: June 5, 2012
Listen to The Green Mama interviewed on Women of Green about this topic. »Read More
Posted: November 14, 2011
THE GREEN MAMA’S CHEAT SHEET FOR SAFER, HEALTHIER CLEANING IN SCHOOLS You are a teacher or school administrator and you want to go green but aren’t sure where to start? The answer is probably right in front of your eyes: the soap next to the sink, the bottle of bleach for spraying down the tables, the window cleaner in the cabinet. »Read More