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Digital Screen Time and Vision Problems

by editorial team


Electronic devices with visual displays are here to stay and feature prominently in kids' daily lives for communication, school work, and entertainment. Overuse of electronic devices of any kind with visual screens can cause tired eyes, eye strain, and computer vision syndrome.

Research reveals that kids start using digital devices as young as six months of age. By their teens, some kids use screen-based media for up to seven hours daily. According to a 2018 Q1...

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How To Get Rid of Mold On A Ceiling

mold Jul 16, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Mold is common in the home. It's tracked in on shoes and clothes from the outdoors, and enters the home when the windows and doors are open. Most of us can tolerate these amounts of mold. But when the roof leaks or plumbing pipes break, there may be larger amounts of mold that accumulate and cause health problems for children and adults.

How to identify mold on a ceiling?

Mold looks like colored spots or fuzzy growths. Often, we...

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How to have safe drinking water

water Jul 16, 2018

I drink filtered tap water as often as I can. Drinking bottled water has seemed not worth the cost, high carbon footprint, and exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals from the plastic bottles—especially when studies have found that bottled water is often just filtered tap water. 

However, as a part-time resident of Suffolk County, I frequently question the safety of our local water supply. Stories over the years fueled my concerns.


Dog dies from drinking water from...

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Sleep is Crucial For Healthy Kids

by editorial team


The National Sleep Foundation reports that ninety percent of surveyed individuals admitted to using a technology device within an hour of bedtime, and many of these are children. According to the National Sleep Foundation, digital screen time can be psychologically and physically stimulating and disruptive to sleep. Adequate sleep is necessary for growth and development, learning, weight control and creativity.

  • Growth hormone secretion occurs during sleep
  • Sleep...
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How To Get Rid Of Smelly Carpet Odor The Nontoxic Way

cleaning interior design Jul 10, 2018

by editorial team


When kids are little and catch the flu, they just want to stay in bed and sleep. That is, until their stomach says otherwise.

The race to the bathroom is a tense moment, hoping kids don't yack all over the carpet. Sometimes a few seconds more would have saved a lot of clean up time.

So, we reach under the kitchen sink to find our best carpet cleaning agent. But it’s filled with chemicals that we don’t want to expose our children or our family to....

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How to Choose A Nontoxic Baby Crib

baby nursery Jul 09, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Our toddlers spend about 12-14 hours per day (night time and naps) sleeping in their bed during their first 2 years of life. (1) They use that time to get stronger and grow.

While our 6-month olds are just starting to sit, our 12- or 18-month olds are starting to walk. It’s incredible the progress made in such a short amount of time.

It’s our job as parents to protect them at that young age.

One of the ways to do that is...

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Tips to Reduce Mold Exposure at Home

bedroom mold Jul 07, 2018


Mold, “a fuzzy-looking growth on the surface of organic materials,” appear in different colors: grey, green, yellow, orange or various other colors. (2) If you see fuzzy growths, it might be mold. 

Mold may grow in areas where there has been water damage; water increases the chance of mold growth. Common areas where mold may grow from water damage include drywall, ceilings, and wood—or areas behind those materials (like behind the drywall...

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Create a Nontoxic Nursery

nursery Jul 02, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


When my son was first born, I was scared. How will I know the “right” way to raise a child? How will I protect this tiny innocent little being and keep him healthy and safe?

Little did I know I’d have to worry about chemicals commonly found in the nursery—the very place where newborns sleep for 14-17 hours per day for the first three months of their life. (1)

Children are more likely to be affected by...

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Cyberbullying: What It Is, and Tips to Protect Your Children

Frequent conversations with your children about cyberbullying can help them feel safe and supported. Together, you can figure it out. And, perhaps, that's the key goal: Giving your children the experience that they do not have to navigate cyberbullying (or other life challenges) alone.

The presence of technology in our lives has brought many benefits as well as challenges. For parents, we wonder what we should know about keeping our children safe from online threats. And...

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Tips for Buying Chemical Free Soaps And Shampoos

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Our kids watch our every move. They learn by example, by our actions. When we choose nontoxic products—like soaps and shampoo—they’re noticing, and developing values around health, wellness, and nontoxic (or toxic) purchasing decisions. These values and choices can influence your children's health and the health of your entire family.

Why choose safe options

Shampoos and soaps can contain different...

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