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  1. Family Life
    I love stretch goals, so my husband is usually braced for my New Year's resolutions. There was the time I vowed to buy nothing new for a year. There was my vetoed plan to save all our trash for a year in the basement, as an incentive to only bring things home that could be recycled (my husband...
  2. Family Life
    By Laura Grace Weldon     Today I'll be gardening, making kimchi, planning a baby shower, walking the dogs, and chatting with my kids. Frugality gives me the freedom to spend my time this way, even if my husband and I laugh about not replacing the tattered blanket on our bed. It has become...
  3. Family Life
    This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school. The second most popular question posted on my...
  4. Family Life
      Summer is synonymous with the great outdoors. Between playing in the sun at our community lake, weeks of swim lessons and evening walks and veggie BBQs, we will have logged MANY outdoor hours by the time summer comes to an end. Effective, all-natural sun protection, after-sun...
  5. Family Life
    Recently, we ran a Spring Cleaning Contest and asked Mothering members to share the eco-friendly ways they've found to keep things clean. Below you'll find some of the great ideas our members shared, as well as awesome green cleaning products our community has recommended.   Photo by...
  6. Family Life
        Contains organic ingredients Made with nontoxic ingredients 100% Natural Plant Based Natural Botanical Ingredients Made with plant extracts Contains organic essential oils Earth-friendly Environmentally safe   Do these claims look familiar? You now see them all over a wide...
  7. Family Life
    Jessica Alba on Being Honest Actress and The Honest Company co-founder shares her non-toxic, eco-friendly vision of the future.   By Sharon Kehoe   Mom always said honesty is the best policy, and the story behind The Honest Company is no exception. One day, actress Jessica Alba, mother and...
  8. Family Life
      With fall and winter fast upon us, our time spent outdoors is going to diminish from what it's been during these nice last days of summer. Our windows will close up, and the heater and fireplace will turn on. Now, while I absolutely adore sitting by a roaring fire, cozied up on the couch...
  9. Baby
    The New York Times reported today that the FDA has banned bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, from infant bottles and sippy cups-despite its reluctance to admit to any safety hazards associated with the chemical.     Read the article   Image from SliceOfChic, used in accordance with the...
  10. Family Life
    It's not your imagination, it actually is hotter than it used to be. Climate change has kicked in and we are breaking heat records left and right. It was a spring for the record books and we may be in line for another record breaking summer. No matter what state you live in, it is hotter on...
  11. Family Life
    I'm a lover of all plants in all of their forms, but do seem to be on an essential oil kick lately. They are the most potent form of herbs, and when used appropriately can do wonders. So to continue on my essential oil rant, here's a list of do-it-yourself cleaning products that are not only...
  12. Family Life
    By Annie Berthold-Bond   My friend Rachel is pregnant with her second child. Like many pregnant women, she is distilling all of society's free-floating anxiety about exposure to toxic chemicals into nine months of serious worrying. Rachel asked me to teach her how to do nontoxic cleaning, and...
  13. Family Life
    This week I'm going to answer a question that many moms get asked at least once a week.   Imagine the usual scenario: Your little darling is screaming in the check out aisle. He won't let go of the magazine that he just grabbed somehow with his sticky hands, and, oh, he just ripped the...
  14. Family Life
    It was almost eight hours after my son was born that I first had the presence of mind to ask my husband if I could see the certificate that the birth center had made us to celebrate the birth of our son. The 'name' slot was blank still at that point (my husband later filled it in), and the only...
  15. Family Life
    I wanted to take some time this week to fill you on the information I have about bamboo! We see this fabric everywhere, but many of you wonder what the rage is? And is it founded?     Here are some basic bamboo facts! • Bamboo is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers • Bamboo...
  16. Family Life
        What a gift these last few weeks have been. Daily temps in the 70′s accompanied by bluebird, sunny skies. We've been happily shrugging off long sleeves and socks in favor of sun hats and sandals. There is nothing like the warm, nurturing feel of sun on bare skin; skin that's been covered...
  17. Baby
    Each day of Real Diaper Week will focus on a different way to advocate for or educate about cloth diapers.  On Wednesday, 4/18, we'll focus on the savings that families can achieve by choosing reusable cloth diapers, making them a great choice for low-income families.  Read on to educate...
  18. Family Life
    By Helen Coronato Issue 150 September/October 2008 Many pregnancies are accompanied by a baby shower. In this age of greener consciousness, why not opt for an ecologically friendly shower? Eco-showers are the latest green trend to add momentum to the movement toward freedom from carbon...
  19. Family Life
    By Judith L. Rubin Issue 121, November - December 2003 One night, not long after Christmas, my pacifist friends Jay Levy and Su Zuniga quietly crept down to the basement with a hammer while their three-year-old daughter, Samantha, slept. There, they methodically banged on the belly of her...
  20. Family Life
    www.HollyHawk.com Digging Dirt Going Green By Jessica Williams, www.LoveParentingLA.com My friend is a landscape artist. She brings green things to life, beautifying everything in her path. I have had aspirations for our backyard but busy with three children and L.O.V.E. Parenting, I...
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