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Find Out Why Digital Screens May Be Giving You A Terrible Sleep!

by Ashley Cooke   Similar to the lives of so many others, my life is filled with screens. I begin, continue, and end my day by checking my phone for emails, doing...
In case you missed it, there has been a lot of news coverage on cancer-causing arsenic found in rice and products that contain rice as an ingredient (like rice milk, baby...

Top Toys That Empower Children, Especially Girls

In a world that is increasingly driven by technology, skills in the STEM fields (that's science, technology, engineering and math,) are more relevant than ever in our...

"The Creativity Crisis"

Fall is here and so is the back-to-school season! I've been looking forward to the routines and structure, investigating which activities to enroll my three-year-old. At...
Sleep deprived by my 4 week old- and 2.5 year old- daughters, I do often times try to race through the present by focusing on the future, like when we can all go out to a...

Sanskrit Chanting -- For Kids Too?

A few years ago, I completed a yoga teacher training program. I had been interested enough in yoga that I wanted to pursue this program as an introductory overview of...
This week has been a very emotional week for my three-year-old and I. She's been communicating a series of alarming messages; including the claim that her nanny hits her...
From one of my mommy email groups: Real Mothers don't eat quiche; They don't have time to make it. Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils Are probably in the...
Last Saturday I had a tough night. The trouble started when I couldn't sleep, and no matter what I did to doze off, I stayed wide awake into the early...
Hi everyone!  I'm excited to start blogging again.  During my online silence, I've been hard at work offline on my first book, which is about environmental health...
After reading The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell, I became panicked about my family diet as it convinced me that consuming animal protein -- including dairy -- is not...
The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) just released an interactive tool that is meant to increase awareness of the key sources of polyvinyl chloride...
As I scrambled last year to aggressively study the link between nutrition and disease (soon after my husband was admitted into the hospital), I never understood why I had...
    Per the Marine Stewardship Council's website, when it comes to seafood, the bright blue eco-label of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has been an...
Updated: You may be interested to read Which air purifier I use for my family.   While researching tips for choosing a new water filter, I also started to gather...
One of my family's many joys of the summer and fall season is shopping at farmers' markets.  For us, going to the market is more than just stocking up on our favorite...
  Viewing the comprehensive and impressive milk ads helped me understand why I had grown up thinking that I should drink more milk, why the perception of milk was so...
Soon after my first daughter was born about 3 years ago, I spent a fair amount of money hiring an infant CPR expert to come to our home to train our nanny, my husband, and...
Lanolin: Used for ages, lanolin is the natural oil found on the wool of sheep (it is also known as wool fat or grease).  A natural emollient, it makes skin soft, and...
  Update March 2013: Since I wrote this post in February 2009, I've had two more children. The longer that I've been a mom, the more pure I've become in what I use for...
Before getting this toothbrush, my daughter had a couple traditional (non-electronic) children's toothbrushes.  This electronic toothbrush has made it much easier for...
From BabyCenter.com: When does my child need fluoride and how can I tell if he's getting the right amount? Developing teeth can certainly benefit from a little...
The CDC estimates that right now BPA is in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans, with higher levels in teens than in adults, and higher levels in children than in teens....
My husband wrote the following for BeamGreen during the summer of 2009. Encouragement comes when you least expect it. One morning, recently, I was waiting in line at my...
Like so many adults, I have trouble sleeping.  While I don’t have trouble actually falling asleep, I spend the night tossing and turning, and waking up 3 –...
          If you have been keeping up with The S File, you know that this is an exciting time for us.  Ms. S. is busy writing her first book,...
My calendar year 2009 was eventful. During the first half of this year, my seemingly healthy husband was under intensive care for a few days in the hospital for a ...
The Sigg company just recently admitted that its pre-August 2008 bottles have contained BPA, but demonstrated no leaching of BPA. It's infuriating that the company would...
It had not occurred to me that my daughter's mattress may be hazardous until I can across literature on this after we had spent a few hundred dollars on a brand new...
In mid-December 2010, Ms. C completed her first juice cleanse, a 3-day BluePrintCleanse! Her experience, with some hindsight, follows below. I am starting Day 1 of my...

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