Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Finding a Chemical-Free Countertop Cleaner; Because No One Wants Food Prepped With a Side of Toxic Chemicals

We spent a lot of family time in the kitchen.   The kids help me prep food throughout the day and that means that, often, our counter gets used as a cutting board  and - I admit- even as a plate sometimes by the kids.  Other times, while I cook, they do their homework and artwork on our counter .   Basically, our kitchen countertops get used so much that I end up wiping them clean various times throughout the day.   

How important is it to find a product that will clean your countertop and not add any harmful chemicals to it?  For our family, because we spend so much time in the kitchen breathing in the air, and place food and little hands all over the countertops, I think it is really important.  Most store bought kitchen counter cleaners are filled with potentially harmful chemicals which will linger well after you are done cleaning ( to see how the product you use compares click over to the Environmental Working Groups Cleaners Database where 97% of the countertop cleaners analyzed scored a C, D or F in terms of harmful chemicals.)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Choosing A Hand Sanitizer That is Safe For Children

Which hand sanitizers are safe for children?

Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows that I am a fan of good old hand washing.  I hate, hate, hate that fact that classrooms across the country have huge containers of antibacterial hand sanitizers that they encouraged kids to use throughout the day instead of encouraging hand washing.   I cringe at the park when I see little kids placing travel hand sanitizers in their mouths (something I actually see a lot of).   

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Non-Toxic Baby and Child Bathtime Guide

My kids get home dirty.  
I mean,  really dirty (see picture).  

And, believe it or not, I love it.  For me, it is proof that they had fun, explored and spent plenty of time outdoors.  It also means that there is no skimping at bath time.  Every single inch of their body will have to be duly scrubbed ..... so what do I trust on my munchkin's body?  Here is a list of my favorite non-toxic products.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Target Steps Up Thanks to Eco Conscious Consumer Demand

Big News from Target!  Taking the lead and showing their customers just how serious they are taking chemical reform  - at least inside their stores- the company announced new chemical strategy that will affect every single product they sell and setting realistic timeline (most changes by 2020). 

Their first step will be prioritizing the areas guests tell them are most important to them—such as products that go on, in and around their body. 

Specifically, they vowed to: 

1.  Requiring manufacturers to reformulate all beauty, baby care, personal care and cleaning products without phthalates, formaldehyde and certain parabens

2. Eliminating added PFC and flame retardants from all textiles sold in their stores.

3.  Requiring all manufacturers to disclose all ingredients in beauty, baby care, personal care and household cleaning products. This includes getting manufacturers to tell customers what’s in the “fragrance” in their products. This is pretty huge since the word 'fragrance' can include dozens even hundred of chemicals that no one knows.  They set a date of 2020

4. Target will also invest up to $5 million in innovative green chemistry research.

One of the most important things to note is that Target has said that these new rules come amid growing consumer demand for green goods --  organic food, natural cosmetics, cleaning products etc.  So keep on demanding  cleaner, healthier, less toxic products for your families!   Even if our politicians aren't taking chemical reform seriously, major retailers are paying attention and forcing manufacturers to make changes! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Time to Rethinking Your Sushi Dinner Tonight

We usually have nothing but love for salmon, after all it is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and just plain tasty.   We love it so much that when we have to celebrate a special occasion, the kids always request salmon sushi.   

But, much to the dismay of my sushi loving munchkins, will be giving it a break for now, and so should you! 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

17 Changes To Make for a Non-Toxic 2017

A healthy life is all about balance.  Follow these tips and you will find balance between your
busy everyday life and non-toxic healthy living!

Want to live a healthier less toxic life, but don't know where to start? Here are 17 easy changes to make in 2017.  So, go ahead, print them out, place them on your fridge and start incorporating them into your daily routine!   

1. Take your shoes off. Your shoes bring in petroleum byproducts, pesticides, fecal matter etc. Start the habit of leaving them by the front door.

2. Stop using toxic store bought conventional cleaning products and instead

make your own. Try it just once at least! Read our post

3. Switch out your family body wash/soap and try Castille Soap instead. (We love Dr Bronners, but our Shop Our Favorite Products Tab/Amazon store has plenty of options for adults and for kids that are safe too!)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Paleo (gluten free, dairy free) Christmas Cookies

Christmas Eve is upon us and we still haven't made our Christmas cookies- but as the kids pointed out we need something to leave for Santa and Rudolf under the tree tonight SO, among the many things we need to do today we decided to make Christmas cookies for Santa tonight (thanks to grandma for supervising!) 

This year, however, we are experimenting with a new, healthier, recipe that has amazing reviews online. It is gluten free, dairy-free and no refined sugar...  and with only 7 ingredients they are easy and quick to make!    If you are feeling adventurous here is the recipe!  Thanks to Elanaspantry for the recipe!