Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Are Your Insulated Lunch Containers Exposing Your Kids to Lead?

A couple of months ago, news broke in the green bloggers blogosphere that a mom had found a "small dot" in their PURA insulated bottles that contained lead.   A lot of lead.  In fact, when lead advocate and blogger  Tamara Rubin was called in to measure the lead with her special XRF machine (this is the same machine we used to test the lead on our walls and windows two years ago.  You can read more about that experience here) the lead levels came back as  397,000ppm lead +/- 3,000 (note:  there is NO safe level of lead.  However Federal laws have set a limit of 90ppm in children's products... so 397,000 ppm is  A LOT).  

Concerned parents wondered: if Pura insulated bottles could expose my child to lead, should we definitely stop buing PURA products?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Honest Company Issues Recall

Honest Company wipes have been  recalled.  The company sent out a notification to all its clients informing them that some of their wipes might have mold.  

Why are they being recalled?

Per the company statement:
Certain lots of these Wipes are being voluntarily recalled due to the possible presence of mold. We believe the affected product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences, however, impacted wipes do have a spotted discoloration and the aesthetics are unacceptable. Out of an abundance of caution, The Honest Company has decided to voluntarily recall certain lots of this product.

Which Wipes are affected by the recall?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Keep The Season's Yummiest Fruits and Veggies Fresh, Crisp and Mold Free

This is my favorite foody time of the year.  Its that time when my favorite fruits and veggies are widely available, which means I can buy peaches, pluots, nectarines, strawberries and carrots and celery all locally at my local farmers market and know they are going to taste a-ma-zing.

The only thing that sometimes proves to be a challenge is if I buy a large amount of fruits and veggies and they don't get eaten up in under 4 days..... because mold many times can start growing or the veggies can get 'soggy'.   But two easy tips help lengthen the time that fruits and veggies stay fresh at home - which means the family has more time to enjoy the yummy produce of the spring and summer and we save more money when we don't have to throw out organic produce!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Is Your Organic Milk Really Organic? Which Brands Can You Trust and Which Should You Avoid?

is that milk really organic?

We know it is important to choose organic dairy products, meats and some fruits and vegetables.   As cautious consumers we are told to always look for the official USDA's certified organic seal to ensure quality and ensure we are indeed buying an organic product.  As parents, we are whiling to pay more for certified organic products (sometimes double the price) because we trust the seal and because we know that it means we are not exposing our children to added pesticides, hormones etc.

 However, a recent investigation from the Washington Post uncovered some troubling realities and major failures in the US organic market.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hurray CVS! CVS Announces Removal of Known Toxic Chemicals From Popular Beauty Brands

Less harmful chemicals coming soon to CVS

Finding green less toxic beauty and personal care products will soon be easier than ever. CVS just announced that their store-brand beauty prods — i.e. the CVS HealthBeauty 360Essence of Beauty, and Blade lines
will be free of known toxins like parabens and phthalates ( both endocrine disruptors) as well as the most common formaldehyde contributors.   The safer products will be fully available by 2019- so there is a waiting period BUT it is amazing news for health conscious  consumers!!

What chemicals will be eliminated from CVS Store Brand Baby, Beauty and Personal Care Products include ?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Our Favorite DIY Easy and Safe Wood Furniture Cleanser

Just when you think your munchkin has outgrown putting things in his mouth.... you find him... well literally with his mouth on the table- followed by a bunch of giggles 🤔 yet another reason ALWAYS to use non-toxic cleaners at home! 

Lots of people ask me what I use to clean furniture - specifically wooden furniture.  The reality is that even if no one is biting or licking your furniture at home, most conventional cleaners leave behind a list of toxic chemicals in your home's air and surfaces that your family will be exposed to every single day.

 Usually, at home, I use a barely damp microfiber cloths which serves to pick up the dust effectively without damaging the wood but sometimes wood needs a boost - a polish and a cleaning.   

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Healthy Foods for the Family: Beets!

I will admit it: I grew up absolutely despising beets. My mom would only serve beets in a beet salad where the beets were boiled and some mayo was added to them.... disgusting to me even today. However, about 6 years ago, I rediscovered beets and have been in love ever since.

Beets are great, roasted and added on salads or sandwiches (I especially love mixing them with goat cheese or just grating them on a salad). For kids, beet hummus is usually a favorite and then there is beet juice. It is sweet and has a lovely deep purple color which kids - and parents- tend to love.

The great thing about beets is that they really are amazingly healthy for the whole family. They are loaded with: