Saturday, August 13, 2016

Non-Toxic and Cool 2016 Back to School Guide!

It is officially that time of the year again- as we prepare to say goodbye to the long hot summer days, parents and children everywhere are getting ready for the new school year. 

Back to school shopping might have already started at your house.... or if you are like me - this weekend and next week will be a busy one getting ready for the start of the new school year!

Because all kids want school supplies that fit their personalities and we parents want them to have safe products that wont expose them to nasty toxic chemicals, here is your 2016 Non-Toxic Munchkin Back To School Guide for kids of all ages.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Our Fav Non-Toxic Sunscreens Right Now- Have You Tried Them?

Summer is well underway, and we have had plenty of time to try a couple of new safe sunblocks.   Some we have loved, whie others - truth be told- have left us a bit too white and oily.   If you are currently looking for your next fav sunblock - here are 3 to try.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pucker Up: Why Lipstick Should Be The First Non-Toxic Cosmetic You Switch Too

'Clean' Beautycounter lipstick in Scarlet 

Do you use lipstick?  
If so, here is something to think about :
The average women applies lipstick from 2 - 14 times every day

How much lipstick is the average woman ingesting?  
As much as 87 milligrams of product a day… every single day for years, even decades.  

Something more to think about? 
A 2010 FDA study  found lead in 400 lipsticks at levels up to 7.19 ppm.  a UC Berkley 2013 study went on to find more chemicals of concern in common lipsticks.  In addition to lead they found cadmium, chromium, aluminum and titanium.

If you are a daily user of lipstick you might want to think twice before you use it again today - especially if you are pregnant since these heavy metals (especially lead) can be particularly bad for the developing fetus.   Some studies have found (obviously, depending on the lipstick) in some cases women who slathered lipstick on (14 times a day or more) were meeting or surpassing the daily recommended exposure to chromium, aluminum, and manganese. 

Should you care?   Yes!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lavender 101: A Starter Guide to Using Essential Oil at Home

Last weekend we went to the Lavender Festival at the 123 Farm in Cherry Valley, California (about 2 hour's drive from Santa Monica).

It was lovely! 

The location is stunning, and you are allowed to wander throughout all the lavender fields (who knew there were so many types of lavender? Even white lavender!).  They offered seminars on the benefits of lavender, cooking with lavender, how to use lavender essential oils and simple but fun activities for kids.  Oh yeah, they also had lavender-infused lemonade, beer and champagne - YES

Seriously, it felt like we had been transported to Provence.

Anyway, let's talk a bit about lavender, shall we?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Non-Toxic Munchkin Summer Guide: Pool Party Days

1. UV SKINZ Reversible Bucket hat 2. Real Kids Shades 3. Polarn o Pyret Eco UV Rash Guard  4.Feelgoodz Kidz Animalz flip flops   5-6 Polarn o Pyret 7.  Bling20 Swim Goggles 8.Onyx 18/8 Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold 9. Aqua Rider

It is practically summer. School will be out soon (this week for us!) and those long sunny days will be full of (somehow, hopefully!)  play, fun, a bit of travel and memories in the making.

  All this free time entails a lot of planning on my (and most mom and/or dads) end, so the last thing we want to worry about are our kids being unnecessarily exposed to toxic chemicals and the very last thing we want to be doing is spending our summer researching safe fun products!

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Best and The Worse Sunblocks for Kids: Is it Time To Try a New Sunscreen?

Memorial Day is this weekend;  the (unofficial) start of summer - so lets talk sunscreens!

Everyone should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, especially during summer.   We should not only be wearing it daily, but if we spend time outdoors we need to be reapplying throughout the day- that is a lot of sunscreen you and your family will be using!

It makes sense, then, to buy a sunscreen that will protect you and your family from the sun's dangerous rays and not expose you to numerous dangerous chemicals.   The good news?  Today, there are is a plethora of safe, non-toxic alternatives available.   There is no reason NOT to buy a safe non-toxic sunscreen; you just need to know what to look for and which to choose, because the one you have been using since you were a little child might not be the safest option.