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

Turning over a natural leaf

I've been toying around with the idea of starting a blog for a while.  I have friends who blog and love it, but I didn't have a topic I felt like I could keep up on long term.  I sew, but I don't think I could really convey anything worthwhile over a computer.  I'm a mom, but do we really need yet another "look-how-cute-my-kid-is" or "is-anyone-else-going-through-this-completely-normal-thing-that-every-child-on-the-planet-does" blog?  No, I don't think so.  Finally, an idea came to me after a super stressful day courtesy of a three hour (not kidding) wait to have my...more

How to Clean naturally and save Money. Recipes Included.

How to Clean Naturally and save money. Recipes included. (via The Savings Wife)Bathroom Cleaning: 1.  All Purpose Cleaner/Window Cleaner:    Simply mix:  White Vinegar, Water in equal parts. If you cleaning something that needs something more simply heat in the microwave then use.2.  Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let…...more

Lunchie Munchie Can Be Green and Bento

Lunchie Munchie! (South Park reference here, hah).Since buying the set of Lunchskins (and subsequently realizing I need two more: one set per family member who lunches), I've been brainstorming lunch box ideas for Sillyboy.  He's starting 1st grade in just two weeks, and his trusty lunch box from last year has seen much better days....more