Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Are the New Whole Foods 365 Stores Worth the Trip?



A new Whole Foods 365 store opened in Santa Monica not too far from home.  I currently have a Whole Foods Market store two blocks away, so I wondered if  the new 365 store would prove to be a significantly better choice - enough to get me to drive 10-15 minutes

I had read that the new store format is aimed at getting millennial shoppers - who want good quality food at lower prices- into their doors… but I am no millennial!  So , I also wondered, would it be a better choice for me?  


Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 Non-Toxic Munchkin Back To School Guide for Kids of All Ages



Back to School is upon us all and kids and parents everywhere are looking to buy this year’s supplies that will fit our kid’s personalities, last (at least!) the entire year and that won’t expose them to nasty toxic chemicals.   

The good news is that every year there are more safe, stylish and non-toxic supplies available.  The bad news? The yearly massive amounts of toxic vinyl and fruity smelling supplies are also readily available and they mostly showcase your child’s favorite characters.  As with everything the key is to know what to look for and what to avoid - which is where we come in.  

Voila our 2017 Non-Toxic Munchkin Back To School Guide for kids of all ages.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Where and How to Buy Flame Retardant Free Furniture


Meet our two newest home additions: our tan leather chairs.   What was one of the main things I took into consideration before purchasing them for our home?  I wanted to make sure they would not expose my family to flame retardant chemicals.....
  
The reason?  
Due to laws that have been in place for 40 years (and that recently changed on some fronts) flame retardant chemicals were required to be used in upholstered furniture, baby car seats, interior of cars and home electronics and even mattresses.

These laws made these chemicals so prevalent in our homes that flame retardant chemicals are still found in the umbilical cord blood of 100% of American babies born today
  
Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to  cancer, infertility, obesity, lowered IQ and learning problems, and other diseases and disorders.

The good news?  

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Not So Romantic Reason You Should Switch Out Your Candles and Buy Non-Toxic Ones


Need some time to unwind this weekend?  How many of us will turn to candles? 

Women, especially, love them.  We love to gift them and we  love to receive them as gifts. Lighting candles can instantly transport you to a remote tropical island, a snow capped chalet, a spa like atmosphere,  a romantic set or a childless, organized quiet home!  They are quite powerful, candles.

Unfortunately most of the candles we find in stores - yes, even the expensive ones with the glorious smells and designer cases- are made of paraffin wax a petroleum byproduct that gives of the same chemicals that diesel fuel fumes give off (benzene and toluene).  EECK. Not to mention the undisclosed list of fragrance chemicals they give off some of which are known hormone disruptors!