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Detox Your Holiday Lights of Lead

Holiday string lights are often an integral part of the festive decor. But did you know that holiday string lights can contain lead that can rub off on hands and contaminate your dust? 

Below are tips for healthier string lights.

1. Seek lead-free string lights. They exist! Each year, there are more options available too.

2. Look for ones that are also RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.  RoHS restricts the use of specific hazardous materials--such as lead,...

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4 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Organic Woman

Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and for those who celebrate by buying gifts for the one we love, the options can sometimes seem...uninspired. While it's easy to pop into a drugstore featuring an aisle of chocolate in heart-shaped boxes and colorful perfumes and lotions, so many of these items don't give our bodies any love. In fact, conventional chocolates are so processed and made with sweet and fattening fillers, that most of chocolate's purported health benefits are lost. And the...

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String Lights: Buy and use ones that are lead-free!

holidays Dec 01, 2015

I've always wanted to tap into the collective wisdom of others who have discovered practical tips for more nontoxic living. On this blog, I will occasionally spotlight a practical tip that others have shared with me so that we can learn from each other. 

As the holidays approach, I'm spotlighting a lovely, smart, and thoughtful woman named Jessica, who I met +7 years ago. Knowing that I was studying how to reduce toxic exposures at home, Jessica emailed me years ago...

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

diet holidays recipes Nov 11, 2015

With Thanksgiving approaching, I have been seeking healthy and delicious recipes on Pinterest. Below are some of my favorites, which will also color your Thanksgiving meal!

This recipe for roasted acorn squash with quinoa, kale, and tahini maple dressing by Edible Perspective offers a rich supply of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and antioxidant compounds that deliver many benefits, including support for beautiful skin and detoxification. Serve it as a main course...

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Tips for a Halloween with Less Toxic Exposures

holidays Oct 27, 2015

Halloween is quickly approaching! For my tips on reducing your family's toxic exposures from the Halloween festivities, published by Mom Blog Society, click here: Skeletons in the Closet: Sneaky Chemical Exposures in Your Halloween Festivities.

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DIY Face Paint for a Healthier Halloween

holidays Oct 12, 2015

Halloween is almost upon us! My family can hardly wait for the holiday fun, and to choose their costumes. In anticipation of the big day, I tried a recipe for nontoxic DIY face paint, to avoid the worrisome toxicants that are often found in conventional paints, such as lead, nickel, cobalt, and chromium. I was happy to find that the recipe was easy, fast, and effective - overall, a great alternative to conventional varieties. Also, it's a great Halloween activity that...

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