Paging Dr. Google – Taking control of my own (eye) health

What do you do when you have an ailment? Do you turn to a health professional first? Try Dr. Google? Home remedies? For months now I've been struggling with my eye health. I've been a contact lens wearer since high school and haven't had any problems, but this May I got what I thought was pink eye - red eyes, semi-glued shut in the morning, which became a reoccurring infection for me. I would treat with drops, it would clear, and then 1-2 weeks later it would come back. No one else in my … [Read more...]

Get Better Hair!

Haircare was not first on my list of products to switch when I started to switch to safer personal care products - I figured, hey it's not on my head that long and then I wash it out - it's not like I'm eating it, or slathering it all over my skin to be absorbed.  There have been two articles posted by NPR and Times Magazine that highlighted the dangers of the ingredients in our hair care products.  Prefer to watch a video, check out this 12 minute speech from Gregg Renfrew (Beautycounter's … [Read more...]

Vegetable cookies?

If you have a picky eater (ehm, toddler) in your life, chances are he or she may go through phases of not wanting to eat vegetables.  They mostly will be open to eating cookies, so as a creative mom I put together a "paleo" real food version of a cookie with some veggies snuck in there.  These are great as a breakfast too, based with almond meal they are full of protein and good fats and have just a little bit of REAL maple syrup to add some sweetness.  We don't eat a lot of sweet in our … [Read more...]

What kind of container is that?!

So I'm one of the fringe crazies that is trying to get rid of plastic in my life. As a mom of a toddler that's pretty hard to do. I've started with food and drink vessels - we use the Kiki Pura cups and glass or regular plates and bowls at home. But when packing for school that is a different animal...since they won't accept glass I had to branch out and try some other things. I'll share with you the run down of what I've tried, the pros and cons of each and where I found it! Roll up your … [Read more...]

What the F?! Fragrance is a four letter word

Yes, I know that fragrance actually has 9 letters, not 4, but the point here is that fragrance is actually something that is bad for your health.  On top of that it's in virtually everything we use - lotion, face and personal care products, household cleaners, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, perfume, candles, shampoo, sunscreen...   You see "fragrance" listed on virtually everything, and unfortunately this seemingly benign ingredient is anything but, and in fact it can be … [Read more...]