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  1. Family Life
    Raising healthy eaters. We all want to do it, but sometimes, it seems like an elusive task despite our best efforts. Here's what we've learned about raising healthy eaters. As parents, feeding our children is one of the main aspects of our caretaking, and of course, we want to do it right...
  2. Baby
    Many mothers want to control the ingredients placed directly on their baby. Making homemade diaper rash cream is easy and only requires a few ingredients. When I started on my natural living journey, I started by looking at the things I could make myself rather than purchasing. Sometimes, the...
  3. Green Goods
    Growing medicinal herbs in your backyard is simple! Having the herbs on hand allows you to learn how to make herbal remedies and teas for your family. Before modern medicine, people relied on medicinal herbs to treat their families. While modern medicine is extremely beneficial, we can learn...
  4. Green Goods
    I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Pina LoGiudice about healthy ways to "get glowing." Her approach to natural beauty in The Little Book of Healthy Beauty is refreshing, and she shares a message that I strongly believe in: We can enhance our own beauty by holistically nourishing...
  5. Green Goods
    By Heather Cori Rader "Mom, why don't people love the Earf?" asks my son, Jamin. He holds a bag bulging with the trash that he and his dad have picked up from our street. "Because we don't teach our children about reverence," I reply. I smile as he tries the word out for the first time...
  6. Family Life
    Photo of Yia Alias. I have been afraid of death for as long as I can remember. I don't know when it began: maybe it was losing both my father and grandmother at the age of three - events that shaped my life in fundamental ways. Or maybe this terror of the unknown has simply always been my...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Family Life
    My blogging life (my entire life, actually) was rudely interrupted one week ago today, when I was badly bitten by a neighbor's dog. It has put the issue of dog owner denial front and center for me. I realize it could have been much worse, and then my mind spins out further into other scenarios...
  10. Family Life
      Summer is here! Which means it's vacation time! Of course, vacations are a little different with a little one in tow.   Before having a baby, my husband and I used to love vacationing in Thailand. We didn't even mind the 24 hours in transit to get there, or the insane jet lag. Things...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Family Life
    On Saturday morning I woke up just before 5 am to the sound of crying. It turned out that a slight fever and teething were responsible. After a few minutes of cuddling and reading books, all was well.   Since I was up, I checked my email. I found out that a few hours earlier, just after 1...
  15. Family Life
    Issue 130 By Peggy O'Mara   A few months ago I got a call from a reporter who wanted me to define natural family living for an article she was writing for the Seattle Times. Just yesterday a friend told me that the article had turned up in the Baltimore Sun. Until now I have resisted defining...
  16. Family Life
    This week I did something that may sound a little crazy. I took the Amtrak train from Washington, DC to Milwaukee, WI. I had to make the trip for a work meeting, and I wanted to see if I could do my part to lower my carbon footprint by not flying. The train was about 0.04 tons of carbon...
  17. Family Life
    I'm not usually one of those people who reads the last page of a book before starting it, but in the case of Dr. Michael Mann's new book, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars", the last page makes for essential reading for parents because it's where his daughter enters the story. The book...
  18. Family Life
    Talcum powder can be irritating to a baby's respiratory system. You can make your own powder out of any combination of these natural ingredients found at your natural foods store:   Powdered oris root Finely ground oatmeal Finely ground rice flour White cosmetic clay   Experiment to see...
  19. Family Life
    Last week over 4 million people in the US experienced the joy, the fear, and the weight of responsibility of becoming a parent. And last week a new organization was born to serve the needs of those parents. It is called climateparents, and it is an organization for people with children, or who...
  20. 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...
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