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Inspiration and fresh ideas for how to live as a sustainable family.

245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

Boycotting BlogHer Because I Boycott Nestle

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. Not long after I first started using Twitter, there was a great deal of Tweeting about BlogHer ‘09. It sounded like the place everybody who was a female blogger wanted to be. There was controversy – something about “swag,” excessive freebies that made people look and feel all cheap and whore-y. But I joined BlogHer, saw that I would never be able to get into the advertising network (it is full up for pretty much ever) and hoped I would get to the next BlogHer conference and... read more

When life gives you sunshine . . . do laundry?

Awoke to a forecast of hot and dry. So I washed my new favorite (went Goodwill shopping Saturday) sleeveless white shirt, then hung it on the clothesline to dry, jumped into the shower, and—voilà!—hopped out of the shower and into a clean, dry, cool shirt. # Photo: How can laundry on a line NOT be beautiful with a sky like this one? High altitude, clear skies, sunny weather make for a blue that’s almost impossible to match in CMYK (though, admittedly, much easier in RGB!). I love living in Santa... read more

one of those little things that makes me happy

Outdoor public water fountains . . . that WORK! (It’s not just a quaint throwback to a more civilized time. They do exist!) # Photo of a working public water fountain in Santa Fe’s John Griego Park. Tags: public, water, water fountain This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 11:50 pm and is filed under living. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.     read more

Getting the Lead Out

By Erica EtelsonWeb Exclusive - September 15, 2008 It looked innocent enough—a heart-shaped silver charm bracelet with Reebok engraved on it. But two days after four-year-old Jarnell Brown of Minneapolis accidentally swallowed the heart, he died. The charm wasn't silver—it was lead. Blood tests revealed he had enough lead in his system to kill him twice over. A month later, in March of 2006, Reebok announced the recall of all 300,000 charm bracelets it had given away with the purchase of its shoes. The Reebok bracelet recall was one of 12 recalls of children's products... read more

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

High Country Gardens' Jumbo Waterwise Garden. A girl can dream. Spring and I did not get off to a good start. The pollen (worst season in years) kicked me in the head every time I inhaled. I am not sure if these things helped: 3-4 packets of Emergen-C daily (Lally’s doctor recommends) 1-2 tbsp. of Barlean’s Lemon Omega Swirl (an anti-inflammatory) Seasonal Freedom herbal pills (lessens reactiveness to pollen) Neti Pot (rinses out pollen gunk) But I did get better within a matter of days. So now, I can enjoy the things I’ve... read more

A Nurturing Circle of Moms

By Victoria Smith Web Exclusive Today, we are gathered in one large room at the Athens Mothers' Center. There are about 35 of us moms, some with crawling infants. A few toddlers, who don't want to be separated from mom, are playing nearby. We're clustered in two groups: one to scrapbook and the other to learn new ways to declutter our homes. I'm hoping to come away with a few ideas to help me live more easily in the present. "What are some ways you have found to organize recipes?" our group leader asks above the din. There are laughs and some side-talk as some consider... read more

The Price of Gas Won't be High Enough

  Cartoon Courtesy of Andrew Singer On NPR this afternoon a pundit predicted the price of oil would be going up this summer and the price of gas, which is already climbing, will get higher. If the way people use their cars in the small town where we live is any indication, the price of gas this summer won’t be high enough. Our entire town is only three square miles. One of the reasons our family moved here is because it’s small enough that you can easily walk and bike anywhere you want to go. But even on a Sunday afternoon when the... read more

Excessive Buying

Dear Naomi - I'm not sure what to do about my 3 children & thier buying habits. We usually only go to our local thrift store or the dollar store, but it seems like all they ever want to do is buy. I tell them that we can't be spending money because we have a very limited income, but they are all under the age of 6, so I'm not sure they comprehend this money issue. We don't have a t.v., so it's not like they are seeing toys they want to buy (or even magazine ads, etc). They just think that whenever they want something that we go & "buy it." Help!  Dear... read more

Sixteenth Way for Dads to Change the World: Ride a bike with your kid to school (or walk or share transportation...)

Credit: Carlos Pardo In two days, the nation will pay its taxes. But did you know that April 15 is also Bike to School Day? I discovered this while writing an article for Mothering about ways parents can help green their schools, due to be published in its Fall back-to-school issue. The people urging families to walk or bike to school normally frame it as a solution to rising rates of childhood obesity: Thirty years ago, reports the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of children who lived within a mile of school walked there. Today, that number... read more

Parental Anxiety

After becoming a parent, I desperately wanted to do better, live healthier, be more aware, for myself and my child. I found attachment parenting, and liberating philosophies such as yours, for which I am grateful. And I also began to become aware of the damaging and unhealthy products, chemicals, and toxins in our world and food and homes, which it seems from your writing that you are aware of as well. This knowledge has produced a lot of good and healthy changes in my family, and also has caused a lot of worry and regret for me. I wish I had known about much of it... read more

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