Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Your Non-Toxic Munchkins!

This year's Non-Toxic Munchkin Holiday Gift List is aimed at helping you source fun, stylish, playful gifts your kiddos will love and play with all year round and which, of course, will not expose them to nasty harmful chemicals.  Non-Toxic Holiday Shopping without the added stress?  YES PLEASE!

Most of the items in this list are in my Amazon Shop, under 'Holiday Gift Guide' too!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Apple, Target & Walmart Scored a's but why did Nordstroms, Starbucks and Trader Joes Score Fs? What are Your Favorite Stores Doing to Protect You From Chemicals?

Wondering if you favorite stores  are taking any action to protect you from toxic chemicals?

Today, the third annual Who’s Minding the Store? report card was published and in it they ranks 40 top retailers on their actions on toxic chemicals and sustainability.  The companies selected for evaluation were among the top forty North American retailers by sales or commanded the largest market share in one of twelve major retail sectors… in other words we all shop at, at least some, of these retailers. 

Why Do We need Retailers to Protect Consumers from Toxic Chemicals?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

With Wildfires Becoming the 'New Normal' How to Protect Your Indoor Air

credit:  @alealexkruk

Take a deep breathe.  It is not very often that we stop to think about what we are breathing in, yet we do it over 20,000 times every day.  The reality is that the air we breathe is not always as pure as we would like to think it is.  Usually, the air is full of pollution, fragrances, cleaning products, paints, allergens, dust, pollen, mold spores, and, as is the case this particular week in California where I live, smoke from wildfires,  as well as a long list of other stuff that can actually affect our health and our young children's health in both the short term or long term.  

There are various reasons someone might consider buying a portable air purifier at home.
  1. If you live in an area where air quality/pollution is an issue(more on that below).  
  2. If you or someone in your home frequently works  with certain art materials (paints, glazes etc) which give off dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC's)
  3. if you live near an agricultural area where pesticides are often sprayed
  4. if you are remodeling or are moving into a recently built home
  5. mold problems
  6. Allergy sufferers (seasonal, pets, cigarette smoke etc)

Because this week in Southern California, so many communities have been facing serious, life threatening, wildfires I want to specifically talk about how these wildfires can affect the air that everyone, both near and far, breathes in.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Should I Be Avoiding Fluoride? A New Study Warns Pregnant Women to Stay Away

Is pregnancy exposure to fluoride a cause of early childhood ADHD?   According to a new study, it might be.  

This particular study has the participation of some very well known Universities and research entities including  experts from the University of Toronto, York University, the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Harvard University. The team  specifically found:

1. "that children with elevated prenatal exposure to fluoride were more likely to show symptoms of ADHD " . Specifically "inattentive behaviors and cognitive problems, but not with hyperactivity.

The same team recently found in a previous study that higher levels of urine fluoride during pregnancy are associated with lower scores on tests of IQ and cognition in the school-age children.  

Wait- I thought Fluoride was safe and prevented cavities?!

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Photo credit:  Kristin Olsson 

post originally written and posted 10/2017

Kids love face paint. What better way to become a pirate or a princess or a butterfly or tiger than with face paint, right?   

Unfortunately, most store bought face paints have really toxic chemicals including   lead (and high levels of it) talc (linked to cancer), chromium, barium, endocrine disrupting fragrance chemicals (for more details on what is in your face paint check out an article I wrote for The Tot recently) 

I now cringe when I see a face painting station at  birthday parties or fairs because, truthfully, the struggle is real.  The kids LOVE getting fun designs and I don't always want to be the mean mom that says no.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

IS Organic Worth it? New Study Says Eating Organic Can Cut Your Cancer Risk

Photo Credit:  @onepotatobox

study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine looked at 69,000 French adults and found that those who ate the most organic foods were 25% less likely to develop cancer.  Specifically  they were  73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma and 21% less likely to develop post-menopausal breast cancer.

Why does eating an organic diet help you avoid cancer?
The main reason are pesticides.   

Monday, October 15, 2018

Are "x- Free" Nail polishes just as Harmful as Conventional Polishes?

I have two boys but if there is anything I know about little girls is that the many of them love to get a special manicure and/or pedicure just like there mamas.    Just today we were at a preschool birthday party and two little girls came to show me their glittery nails.

I also get asked by mamas quite often about safe nail polishes for their children.  Lucky for them (and us grown women who enjoy having manis and pedis) in the past couple of years there has been an explosion in the 'eco/clean' nail polish market.  Many new nail brands and even older established brands now proudly claim to be "three free"- meaning that they are made without dibutyl phthalate (a plasticizer used to enhance a polish’s texture and function, but that is linked to potential reproductive and developmental problems), toluene (a nervous system and developmental disruptor) and formaldehyde (a carcinogen). 

After the popularity of '3 Free' skyrocketed, we began to see the arrival of seemingly newer, greener brands that claim to go beyond the '3 free' and have eliminated even more chemicals commonly used in nail polish, labeling their products “five-free,” “10-free” and even “13-free.”  But what do these labels mean? Is anyone regulating these labels?