Happy “Green” Halloween! I would like to share all of the steps we have taken to green our Halloween – including a homemade costume, organic local pumpkins, and healthy treats.
What is green parenting, and how do I do it? Those were my first questions when I became pregnant and started thinking more about raising a healthy child. And I came to discover that they aren’t easy questions to answer. There are literally thousands of books, blogs and websites that deal with green parenting. So I am going to try to break it down for you.
Conventional Halloween decorations and party supplies are filled with lead, cadmium, phthalates and many more toxins. The safest and greenest Halloween decorations are those made from natural materials, such as pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and corn.
Halloween treats are known for being over-processed and full of sugar, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Many candies, especially the super-cheap ones or those that are designed to look like eyeballs or spiders, are made in places like China, which isn’t exactly known for putting out safe products. Do your part by handing out all-natural, organic treats.
When choosing a pumpkin, one big consideration is whether to buy organic. Pumpkins fall at number 18 of 49 in the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides (with 1 being the produce with the least amount of pesticides).
Halloween is one of those holidays that generates an insane amount of waste – landfills are full of everything from candy wrappers to cheap costumes and decorations. Even worse, most conventional Halloween costumes and treats are full of dangerous toxins, such as lead, cadmium, phthalates, and flame retardants. But there are steps you can take to green your Halloween.
Not all rain gear is equal. Conventional rain coats, boots and umbrellas commonly have toxins such as PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, dioxins and PFCs. Safer rain gear options can be found, such as natural rubber rain boots, polyester rain coats and nylon umbrellas.
You take great care to make sure that your child has only the healthiest foods for her lunch and snack. But what about the lunch box and containers that you put that food in? It is important to choose food storage containers that are made of safe materials, are good quality and don’t cost a fortune. You can find safer options that are free from BPA, PVC, lead and phthalates.
There are so many options for lunch boxes and accessories that we can’t possibly feature them all! So we have put together a list of brands (to save you some…
Old Navy is selling a new onesie with a tattoo-inspired design and the slogan “Formula Powered.” I can’t imagine what they were thinking. I am completely opposed to encouraging mothers to choose to formula feed their babies, and I think Old Navy should do the responsible thing and remove these onesies from their stores.
I used to be a bookstore addict. I would go in and spontaneously buy whatever book or magazine caught my attention. As I made my gradual transformation into a green mom, I started paying more attention to my book- and magazine-buying habits. Read on for some tips on how to cut down on cutting down trees.
Although I’m not pregnant yet, I have started my pregnancy beauty routine. If you are thinking about getting pregnant or think that you might be already, there is no better time than now to start cutting out things that could potentially be harmful to your unborn child. I already try to live a natural and organic lifestyle but even some green products can have harmful effects on an unborn child.
Before I had my son, I knew I wanted to breastfeed him. It is healthier for him. It is cheaper. It’s a great weight loss tool for those post-pregnancy pounds. And I wanted to experience that bond with him. Little did I know that nursing in public is SCARY!
A war has been waging between ants and me for some time now. It seems like, no matter where I live or how clean my home is, I always have ants – crawling in the trash, marching across my kitchen counters, trailing along the floor. Since I really do not want to use harsh poisons or chemicals inside or outside of my home, dealing with the ant problem has been a frustrating battle.
My husband and I have been talking recently about having a second baby. But all of this baby talk has me thinking about how I will do things differently this time around. Last time, I was clueless and just getting into the whole green mindset. But what about baby #2?
In keeping with the iPod app theme from a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would share my son’s favorite iPod games and applications. I know a lot of people would disagree with giving a preschooler an iPod, but I have found that you can find a ton of educational games for it.
Many of you have probably played that baby shower game where everyone has to taste different flavors of jarred baby foods and then guess what you were tasting. And, if you were like me, the whole game was bordering on painful because jarred baby food is disgusting!!
As an iPhone owner, I am constantly in search of new apps for my phone. There are some pretty amazing applications out there, including some tools to help you go green. Here is a short list of some green apps that I have found.
I bought my Prius four years ago in an effort to be “green.” The Toyota Prius has become the status symbol of the green movement. I’m getting an amazing 44 miles per gallon. But is the Prius really green?
My family loves to hike! Hiking is great exercise, an excellent way to enjoy nature, a learning opportunity for kids, and an amazing way to get in some family time. As a result of our love for hiking, I have learned a few tricks and tips for hiking with children.