When I was younger, I never gave a thought to sunscreen. I would spend my summers running around outside, building up a nice deep tan without thought to things like skin cancer or heat stroke. Now that I’m older and wiser, I don’t spend more than 15 or 30 minutes outside without some sort of sun protection. And I always protect my son. My favorite brand by far is the Badger brand of sunscreens.
When we are away from home, we can’t always find a bathroom to wash our hands. So, I rely on hand sanitizing sprays and wipes to clean hands, faces, toys, steering wheels, tables and just about anything else. Sometimes those messes include caked-on dirt or other things that a spray or gel just can’t remove. That’s when wipes come in handy. I found a couple of great recipes for homemade hand sanitizing wipes.
After a long winter, it is nice to see leaves on the trees, flowers blooming and kids running through sprinklers. Not so nice is the heat, sunburn, bug bites and green hair. When I was growing up, we rarely used sunscreen or bug spray and, when we did, it was far from natural. My son is lucky because we have access to safer and healthier options for protecting him from the not-so-great parts of summer. Here are some of my favorite green store-bought and homemade summer remedies.
I have always resisted the idea of making homemade cleaning products. I barely have the time to clean let alone make the cleaning products too. But I am slowly coming around. I still have my arsenal of tried-and-true, store-bought, green cleaners. And for some things, store-bought is all I use. However, I am realizing how easy and cheap it is to make things like furniture polish and stovetop cleaner with ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. So here is what I use for cleaning, both the store-bought and the homemade versions.
When I was a kid, I didn’t think about my mom as a real person with feelings and thoughts. She was just my mom. She was the one who gave me food, kissed my boo-boos, and spoiled me on holidays. She made sure to always stay strong for me so I almost never saw her cry or get angry with strangers. It always shocked me to hear another person refer to my mom by her real name because she was supposed to be just “Mom.” So basically, when it came to my mom, I was really selfish.
Like most major holidays, Easter is typically filled with plastic, sugar and waste. Hand-dyed hard-boiled eggs have given way to plastic shells that are eventually tossed in landfills. Homemade treats have been replaced by sugary junk that resembles dollar store toys more than real food. And the legend of the Easter Bunny has come to life in the form of a giant polyester costume. This year, I am trying my best to have a natural, eco-friendly Easter by minimizing the waste and concentrating more on homemade gifts and treats.
In celebration of Earth Day, Circle of Moms is trying to find the top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms. And of course I would love to be included! Click here to vote for me as one of your favorite eco-friendly moms. Just click the thumbs-up Votes icon on the right side of my profile . . .… Read More