Green Halloween

'Tis the season for black, orange and purple but let's not forget about green! While we are prepping for ghouls, goblins and sinful goodies, be sure to try some of these simple green tips so that the rest of the year doesn't become an environmental nightmare!...more
Remember the good old days when you're biggest concern was making sure your kids had a costume ...more

Bugs and Bok Choy (Not Together, Obvs)

I'll start with the bugs.  First bug: some sort of mysterious stomach bug that showed up at daycare.  I was exposed, and contrary to all my continuous hand washing, I caught it.  I literally cannot remember the last time I had tummy troubles, but this was horrible, and it was from a one-year old!  I survived the bug, and spent the weekend bumming around as much as I could (hello New Super Mario Bros. Wii)....more

Goodie Bags and Other Green Parenting Dilemmas

This week my kids collected quite a haul of plastic 'stuff' and lived a very non-ecofriendly life with their friends and it challenged me as parent. When my daughter started to cry wanting to drink out of the toxic water bottle she got from the gymnastics studio we went to for trial class it hit me... I have to deal with not being like everyone else....more
Not to freak you out or anything, it is just the tip of the iceberg. I find that as my kids get ...more

Pervasive and Harmful: Phthalates

Ok so it’s a little hard to pronounce, I know.  The first time I heard of phthalates (thal-ates) I had flash backs to high school chemistry class and it wasn’t pleasant. But it wasn’t when I was sixteen, but rather as an adult when I learned about phthalates, a class of chemicals linked to a host of effects like hormone disruption, birth defects, and decreased sperm count. I was simply trying to find safe lotion, make-up and shampoo. Little did I know where my path would lead....more
@FlourSackMama Yes, they do listen Anne! It takes time, but our elected officials are still ...more

Are Those Toxic Chemicals in My Couch?

You know those moments in the late afternoon when the sun comes into your home at just the right angle and you can see all the dust flying around? Or worse yet, when a guest sits on the couch and in slow motion, a cloud of dust rises, and you hope you’re the only one who noticed....more
great article. Look for Organic and ask your sales person.  more

Can a Pill Popper Still Be Green? Modern Meds v. Eco Ideals

With all my talk about chemicals, a couple readers have asked me how I feel about prescription medications. What does “Ms. Natural” think about kids taking Adarol, moms taking Zoloft, and Tylenol for teething? Image: me and the sysop via Flickr ...more
I've actually quit taking opioids and muscle relaxers after 12 years because they just weren't ...more

Energy Efficiency without trying (and with)

By Elisa Wood  John Lennon wrote that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.  Apparently, the same is true of energy efficiency. Energy savings happen when we’re busy doing other things – Internet-based things specifically.  We use email, bank online and download music not to save energy, but to make life easier and more interesting.  Energy efficiency is a happy byproduct. ...more

American-Made: Green Back-to-School Guide

Summer is drawing to an end and lists of supplies are arriving in mailboxes for dreaded back to school shopping. The conscious parent may be concerned about some of these back to school necessities. Choosing back to school supplies made in the US strengthens our economy, helps us protect our children from toxins and supports environmental regulations. I've waded through the options for these school essentials, finding the best of the green American-made options, as well as providing good and bad criteria to consider when shopping....more
Love the good and bad comments for each item, but noticed everything is much more expensive than ...more

The Teflon-Coated Catch 22 of Kitchen Tools

It’s always scary for a green-minded parent when something sneaks up on you: the realization that your penchant for antique furniture could mean flaking lead paint or that your favorite brand isn’t as eco-friendly as you thought....more
No Teflon here and I don't use a bread machine. All baking, etc. by hand.more

Simplifying the Playroom: How to Choose Quality Toys

With so many options available, choosing safe, quality toys for your kids can be challenging and overwhelming. Fun toys that inspire creativity and imaginative play are an important part of learning and growing. But with so many bright, flashy toys on the market, your house can easily become cluttered with a sea of neglected plastic playthings....more