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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Instagram Live with Dr. Organic Mommy: In Home Testing for Chemicals




Last week I had the opportunity to visit Natasha from Dr Organic Mommy and taped an Instagram Live, where we covered some of our favorite home testing kits to test for toxins.  As we discussed in the Live,  you don’t always have to spend thousands of dollars testing for serious chemicals in your home.  In fact, there are home testing kits that can help you determine if your family is being exposed to some of the most serious and toxic chemicals. 


Home testing kits are never as accurate as the testing a professional can provide but they can be effective as a first step towards helping  you determine if you need to spend serious money on calling a professional into your home.


TESTING FOR LEAD 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Wood Furniture Buying Guide



Its been three years (!) since I last updated my furniture buying guide- so I figured it was time for an update!

I love wooden:  for toys, for flooring and of course for furniture. I think that, when chosen properly, it is the safest least toxic alternative especially for cribs and beds. However, it is important  to understand that not all wood furniture is created equally.  It is important to understand the differences in wood types and  to ask these questions before making your next (wood) furniture purchase


1. Is it real solid wood?