Safely sunscreened: A good guide for summer sunscreens

Just in time for summer: a new Sunscreen Database's launched by the Environmental Working Group. This database gives you safety and effectiveness ratings for 700+ sunscreens, evaluated for UVA and UVB protection, safety of ingredients, and product stability. ...more

Although I haven't tried their sunscreen yet, I do use California Baby shampoo & ... more

What's in YOUR closet? BlogHers tell all

What are the ten most basic pieces in YOUR closet? This week, BlogHers shared their lists, and there seem to be three common themes: 1. Everything has to work together. Of course. 2. Machine washable is the BOMB. I agree. 3. Less is more. Absolutely. What's on their lists? Well ... ...more

I mean seriously, I'm not sure you can distill every woman's unique tastes, habits, and ... more

Despite flame retardant and other chemicals found in breast milk, breast is still best

When I made the decision to breastfeed my children, I did so confident in the knowledge that I was doing the best thing for both their health and mine. After all, studies have consistently shown there are numerous health benefits to both mother and baby. ...more

You know, I'd shied away from doing so because Matt is reading it right now. And also because ... more

Green Clothing

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I was so excited when Whole Foods started carrying Under the Nile organic cotton toddler undies. ... more

Despite flame retardant and other chemicals found in breast milk, breast is still best

When I made the decision to breastfeed my children, I did so confident in the knowledge that I was doing the best thing for both their health and mine. After all, studies have consistently shown there are numerous health benefits to both mother and baby. ...more

When a baby nurses, she's eating at the highest possible level of the food chain. So, just like ... more

Many African maternal deaths are preventable, Bush provides malaria relief

A recent study revealed that a surprisingly large number of deaths among pregnant women in developing nations are from infectious diseases such as malaria, as opposed to from pregnancy-related illnesses. The findings suggest that many of these deaths are preventable. ...more

I had no idea that neither lack of prenatal care nor sanitary birthing conditions were the ... more

The Search for the perfect eco-friendly moisturizer

Odd thing about not being a teenager anymore: I thought breakouts would stop-- but they keep on coming like I'm still 13. The culprit, I think, is the unusually rainy weather here. Rain means cold, which means turning on the heat, which means drier skin. And apparently, dry skin tries to overcompensate by producing lotsa oil. Hello breakouts! ...more

I have had the same trouble you've had finding a safe, natural, moisturizer that has sunscreen ... more

Would the American Economy Collapse if Women Stopped Hating Their Natural Appearance? A Look at Makeup

Last week, I mentioned how pleased I was that douche no longer seems to be a mainstream product in the United States. I thought that this might be a sign of progress: women are no longer accepting that their natural vaginal scent is something to be covered by perfume. A comment from Julie Artz of Chezartz.com stopped me in my tracks. She asked: ...more

...But there's another really disturbing element to the whole makeup debate and that's the ... more

Life In Plastic, Not Fantastic

I'd better just admit this right up front: I am terrible at limiting the number of plastic shopping bags that cross our threshold. It's not that I'm not committed to reducing our consumption of plastic bags - I have multiple recyclable shopping bags stashed in closets and cupboards all over our house - it's that, well, I'm just not so good at the whole remembering thing. As in, remembering to bring said recyclable shopping bags with me when I, you know, go shopping. ...more

This is such an easy thing to do and makes such a huge difference. Before we started doing this ... more

Demystifying Compost

In the last week or so, I've fielded a few questions from friends about compost. Then I also noticed a few comments on the various green blogs I read indicating that people had either tried composting and failed, or were too confused to even start it. So I wanted to provide some steps, some reassurance, and some resources on this, my favorite way to reduce waste and improve soil fertility. What is compost? ...more

We have a tumbler that is literally directly off the back porch that we use for kitchen waste ... more