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Posted November 30, 2012

 

Need a wake up call?  I want to re-post the first video below in case you missed it the first time and add another powerful video.  Both are from the non-profit organization called Healthy Child, Healthy World.  I love their website filled with valuable information about health and wellness for our families. 

 

The first video is only 3:39 minutes and the second video is only 8:30 minutes.  Please take time to watch!  Both powerful and informative.   

 

 A WAKE-UP STORY:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxYLWQ_pL1I

 

 PROTECT YOUR FAMILY:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TbzqNE9pUnI

 

We have the power to make changes!  Even starting with little changes will make a big difference!

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Posted October 20, 2012

 

Ever enter a home and immediately notice a wonderful scent?  Maybe that home is yours?  What type of air freshener are you using?  There are all different types of air fresheners including room sprays, plug-in deodorizers, odor neutralizers, air sanitizers, and aromatherapy candles.  None of these actually get rid of smells.  They cover up what is still there.

 

Are air fresheners safe to use?  Or, are they creating a toxic polluting environment?  Most store-bought air fresheners contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants.    Hmmm….these ingredients are NOT what I want lurking in my home.  Each one of these can be harmful to our health.  I have never been a big fan of air fresheners, but I do like a fresh,  clean-smelling home.  I am excited to have found a few more natural alternatives thanks to the articles below!

 

 

Air Fresheners or Air Pollutants?

 

The Danger of Air Freshener and 10 Alternatives for a Great Smelling Home

 

Here is one more natural approach to try:

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2-3 drops essential oil (of choice – Tea Tree Oil is my favorite)
  • 500 ml (2 cups) hot water

 

Combine all in a spray bottle and spray around home as needed.

 

 

In closing, with a little extra precaution and minimal effort, you can enjoy a great smelling home AND be at ease with the air quality you are breathing.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Posted October 5, 2012

Allergies? Skin rash and irritation?  Asthma symptoms?  Did you know that what could be causing these problems are nestled in your bed, pillows, carpet, upholstered furniture and the kids’ stuffed animals?  We’ve all heard of dust mites, but did you know there are thousands of dust mites in your bed each night?  A collective sigh is in order.  When I read, “the average mattress will double in weight in 10 years as a result of being filled with dead dust mites and their wastes”, I cringed and decided to look into this a bit more…. 

 

Check out Dust Mite Basics for more detail.

 

For some people, contact with dust mites can cause problems including runny nose and sneezing, watery eyes, coughing and other breathing problems, skin rash and itching.  If you want to protect your family of allergens from these microscopic creatures, try dust mite-proof covers for mattresses, pillows and box springs. 

 

Read Dust Mite Mattress and Pillow Covers for Allergy Relief to learn more.

 

Here are a few tips I want to highlight from the above article.  To minimize dust mites in your bed, you should:

  • Select beds with wooden or metal frames.
  • Wash bedding in hot water. Cold water does not kill dust mites.
  • Wash sheets and pillow cases at least once a week; wash comforters and bedspreads every one to two months.
  • Replace pillows and comforters made of natural materials such as down and cotton with ones made of synthetic materials such as Dacron or Orlon. Replace wool blankets with synthetic ones.
  • Consider using an electric blanket, which can reduce humidity on bed surfaces.
  • Wash and dry stuffed animals periodically and keep them off beds.
  • Clean mattresses in the late winter and early spring to kill any dust mites that survived the winter and to reduce chance of a large infestation in the summer months.

To reduce dust mites throughout your bedroom you may also want to do the following:

  • Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with hard floors and area rugs that can be cleaned regularly.
  • Remove any upholstered, stuffed furniture from the bedroom.
  • Avoid storing items under your bed.
  • Remove shelves that hold knickknacks, which can gather dust.
  • Replace curtains or draperies with shades or blinds made of washable materials.
  • Consider using a dehumidifier. Dust mites require humidity to live. At lower humidity levels they die of dehydration.
  • Turn down the heat or turn up the air-conditioning. Dust mites do not reproduce well at temperatures below 77 degrees F.

 

Here is one more helpful article, The Mighty Dust Mite

 

 

Take action, sleep well!

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 Posted June 8, 2012

I started my quest to remove toxins from my home and help my family live healthier and safer by discontinuing the use of toxic household cleaners.  Next, I focused on personal care products, of equal concern.  Then came cookware and cooking safely. 

 

 

Now, I want to focus on one very prominent item in most of our lives: PLASTICS.  The use of plastics, including plastic containers, plastic bottles and other food containers = Bisphenol-A, or BPA.  BPA is EVERYWHERE!  Lets face it.  We are all walking around with some amount of BPA in our bodies.  So what’s the big deal about BPA?  Read the selected articles below to find out!    

 

What Is BPA (Bisphenol A)? Is BPA Harmful?

 

 

 

Do me a favor.  I want you to go to your kitchen and pick up different plastic containers, plastic bottles, and plastic food bottles or containers.  Turn them over and you’ll find a number on the bottom (surrounded by a recycle symbol) that indicates the type of plastic they are made from.  Numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 have smaller amounts of BPA.  Stay away from numbers 3, 6 and 7, especially!  The safest way is to forget plastics all together whenever you can.  Even BPA-free plastic still has some BPA in it.     

 

Read Pots, Pans, and Plastics: A Shopper’s Guide To Food Safety from WebMD.

 

Read Which Plastics Are Safe for a list that identifies good, bad, and OK plastics. 

 

Also, check out How To Determine Which Plastics Are Safe For Storing Foods Or Beverages

 

I’m ditching plastics and even plastic wraps and baggies whenever possible!  There are such easy alternatives for serving or storing food, like using glass, paper or ceramic containers.  Glass is the best, in my opinion! 

 

We have the power to control at least part of our health and what we use in our daily lives to stay safe! 

 

Read 10 Steps To Remove BPA From Your Body In Less Than A Week – Great Ideas!

 

And last, but certainly not least…..excellent resource!

 

***Read Alternatives In Your Home – Toxic Nation for a great guide for room-by-room alternatives to use in your home. 

 

Remember, taking baby steps will get you started on the road to better health and safety.  Do it for yourself; do it for your loved ones! 

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Before I end this post, I want to send a big “Thank You” to a friend of mine for recommending glass cups perfect for young kids called EIO Kids Cups from http://www.littlespeckledfrog.com/.

 

I am ordering my cups asap!  Looking forward to checking out this great online eco-friendly and organic children’s boutique more!

 

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24301 * Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada * 1152 x 864 * (244KB)

25493 * Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, Japan * 1152 x 864 * (328KB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  12462 * Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming * 1152 x 864 * (156KB)
 
 
  
OK, time to be honest.  Although I have stepped up my efforts in health and safety for my family, my efforts on the “green” front haven’t been as forthcoming.  I am trying!  Just looking at the pictures above, reminds me how blessed we all are to live in such an absolutely beautiful world.  Breathtaking!
 
 
 
I believe that many of the things we can do to help protect the environment, can also help protect our own health at the same time.  Here is a helpful article I found in “Natural Awakenings”!
 
 
 
GREEN HOME CHECKLIST ROOM-BY-ROOM STEPS WE CAN TAKE, STARTING RIGHT NOW (written by:  Crissy Trask), starts on page 18.
 
 
 
Here are a few highlights: Read the whole article to find out reasons behind each of these steps listed.
 
Kitchen
1. Eat up food
2. Dispense with disposables
3. Clean naturally
4. Shop for the Energy Star logo
5. Filter water with less waste
6. Conserve water
7. Phase out non-stick skillets
8. Avoid cheap reusable shopping bags
 
Bedroom
1. Start with a good foundation
2. Don’t sleep on a cloud of chemicals
3. Block the afternoon sun
4. Go wireless
5. Leave the lights off
 
Laundry Room
1. Select cold water
2. Install a clothesline
3. Replace an old machine
4. Choose eco-friendly laundry products
5. Switch to concentrates
6. Stop static cling without dryer sheets
7. Forget fabric softeners
 
Bathroom
1. Slow the flow
2. Flush responsibly
3. Heat water wisely
4. Shun a plastic shower curtain
5. Ban antibacterial products
6. Install a shower filter that removes chlorine
7. Use recycled and unbleached paper products
8. Remove bad odors instead of covering them up
 
The author ends with a “GREEN UN-ROOM CHECKLIST” including ideas for the Garage, Attic, Entry Hall and Closets.
 
 
 
Obviously, with our busy lifestyles, I’m the first to admit not all of these steps are right for everyone.  However, I believe a good start is to pick what you think is doable for your household.  Little steps = BIG RESULTS in the end.
 
 
 
Enjoy this amazing earth we have been given!
 
18975 * Mirror Reflections, Mount Shuksan, Washington * 1152 x 864 * (223KB)
 
 

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