Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cancer Causing Pesticide Still in America's Favorite Cereal and Granola Bars

Do you know how to choose a morning cereal without glyphosate?

The question today is not “ does your food contain glyphosate?”, but, “ which of the foods that you eat contain high levels of glyphosate” because- honestly- glyphosate is  pretty hard to avoid in today's world.

EWG commissioned a test almost a year ago ( you can read my post '

IS THERE A CANCER CAUSING PESTICIDE IN MY KIDS FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOODS?! ) and now they just published a follow up study that confirms what they found last year: our kids are ingesting potentially harmful levels of glyphosate through their favorite  breakfast and snack.
This most recent set of tests looked at 21 popular oat based cereal and snack products all made by one company:  General Mills . All but four tested products contained levels of glyphosate higher than what EWG scientists consider save for children’s health.


The two highest levels of glyphosate were found in 



Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019 Non-Toxic Sunscreen Guide


We know we should be wearing sunscreen everyday, all year round, but somehow, when the winter months come around, many well meaning parents are guilty (myself included) of dropping the ball and not using daily sunscreen.  

The balance between year round sun safety and getting enough Vitamin D (Studies have found that 70 percent of breastfed babies were deficient in vitamin D at one month old a serious problem because vitamin D plays a key role in growth and development of infants and increased mortality from heart disease and colon cancer, and heightened risk of breast cancer in adults) is a challenge too.

However, once the days grow longer and the sun starts warming us all up,  we all know it is more important than ever to resume our daily sunscreen routine.

Why is sunscreen so important?
1. The rate of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, has tripled over the past 35 years.  In 2015 alone more than  80,422 people were diagnosed !

2. There is a very strong correlation  between the number of childhood sunburns and increased melanoma risk.  This is why it is so so important  to reapply sunblock frequently in our children, especially in fidgety, water loving children (no easy task!) 

How to Choose a (safe and effective) Sunscreen
Before, buying sunscreen for our family was as easy as going to your local store and picking whichever brand you fancied.....  but those days are gone.  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Target's Non-Toxic May 2019 Must Haves


I am always getting asked about what I buy at Target.  Full disclosure: I am one of those people that arrives at Target with ONE thing on my list to buy and walks out with a cart full of stuff... its sucks me in, and I love it!!!

I am please to say that, while Target is in no way shape or form a non-toxic living emporium, they do have an increasing presence of legitimately safe and non-toxic products.  From skin care, beauty, toys and home goods- each time I go I feel like I find new safe, Non-Toxic Munchkin approved, goodies.


This is my list of my May 2019 Non-Toxic Munchkin Approved Target products - scroll down and you will find :  Beauty/ cosmetics, Personal Care for Adults, baby & child bath time, diapering, feeding, organic clothing, nursery/kids room/adult room, kitchen and summer! 


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Most common misconceptions, questions & hurdles in non-toxic living answered



Non-toxic living can be tricky- dare I say exhausting at time.

I had the opportunity to write a blog post for @baeobaby with some of the most common questions I get on non-toxic living

Questions like
  1. If its sold in stores in the US it must be approved and safe, right?
  2. If a product claims to be "all natural" or "green" or "pure"  or "safe for babies sensitive skin" and even "organic" it is the same as non-toxic and is it safe to use?
  3. Is eating organic enough?
  4. True or False: If the company has a foundation that helps raise money for breast cancer can I trust that their products definitely do not have chemicals linked to breast cancer?

And so many more! 

Head over to the Baeo Baby blog  to read the answers to these questions and so much more! 

🌟🌟What are other common non-toxic living questions you have??

Friday, May 10, 2019

#EcoMamaMuse: Mayumi Recker, Founder of Mogi Mogi Baby

Mayumi Recker is the Founder of Mogi Mogi Baby


Eco Mama Muse is a series where I get to spotlight mama warriors that are truly making it easier for all of us to raise non-toxic munchkins.  

Meet Mayumi.  Mayumi Recker knows how hard it is for a mom to have a child with extra sensitive skin- that feeling of despair when you want to help with all of your heart but also don't want to expose them to harsh chemicals/ medicines that can have harmful side effects and not really knowing what the cause of the sensitivity is nor what other options- if any- there are.  

 Mayumi had just given birth to her first son when he developed eczema.   At the time she was told by her doctors to use steroids on her newborn.  Wary of unwanted side-effects, she felt strongly that she wanted to avoid the harsh steroids and find  a natural remedy that would be effective but also gentle enough to use everyday.  She was a mom on a mission.

After talking to more doctors in the US and Japan, and researching and testing  Mayumi finally found a natural and organic solution that worked on her son; and so the Mogi Mogi bath pack was created

What is Mogi Mogi and why does it work so well? 

Monday, May 6, 2019

How to Protect Your Children from Lead in Jewelry if the Government Doesnt

photo credit:  Under the Ever Green



Did you know that the US federal government has no limits on lead and cadmium in jewelry designed for children & adults  12 years of age and over? 

According to the US  Department of Public Health, however,  leaded jewelry is a common cause of lead poisoning in children.  The American Academy of pediatrics has stated that there are no safe level of lead exposure in children, since even small levels of exposure can result in lasting decreases in cognition.

Lead and cadmium are not the only dangers in play jewelry- in the past lead, cadmium, arsenic, chlorine, PVC, bromine, chromium, nickel and mercury ( all of which have been linked to  health issues like cancer, liver toxicity, impaired learning, birth defects, allergies etc) have all been found in jewelry; many marketed to kids.

Why are heavy metals in jewelry a big concern- even if its jewelry designed for older kids?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Phthlates Linked to Increased Infertility



A new study looked at 600 couples in an IVF clinic  and found an association between phthalate exposure in both men and women and an increased risk of failed clinical pregnancy and live birth.

What are phthlates?
Phthalates are used to bind fragrance chemicals to products and are also common plasticizers found in many everyday products including cosmetics, food, toys and construction materials.