Archives for May 2013

MG Joins Jenna Elfman on “Home & Family”

Well that was fun. Eight minutes to Mommy Greenest some DIY cleaning products under mighty hot lights. But anything with Jenna Elfman and the “Home & Family” team is entertainment, indeed. I was so thrilled to be a part of it!

MG is MomAngeles’ Eco Go To

“Rachel is extremely knowledgeable about all things eco and green. She is my go to gal and a great resource for other moms who want to raise their kids in a safe and healthy environment.” Lora Jakobsen, CEO of Zookies and Co-Owner of MomAngeles

ClubMomMe Curls Up with MG

Mommy Greenest is “easy to navigate, and makes you want to curl up with a cup of coffee and read more.” -Rachel Burris Pitzel, Mommy Blogger and Founder of ClubMomMe

Truly Natural Sex Guide

man and woman's feet stick out from under the covers, with her leg on top of his.Are you having natural sex? You might think so, but you’re probably wrong.

Take lubricant, for example. Whether it’s coconut cream or mango delicious, that tube you stashed in your nightstand is probably chock-full of parabens, hormones, silicones and petroleum by-products which can cause irritation that makes you more susceptible to decidedly unsexy yeast infections. Ick.

So what about toys? C’mon, don’t pretend you haven’t tried them once or twice—or thrice. Since Shades of Gray came out, they’re practically selling sex toys at Barnes & Noble. But they also can be pretty toxic. [Read more…]

4 Steps to Natural Acne Remedy

beautiful model with red acne bumps on her cheek.A lucky handful of us get to kiss acne good-bye forever when we grow up. Me? Not so much. Particularly during periods (pun intended) of hormonal flux, I find myself fixated on the lumps and bumps that congregate around my chin.

I’m not alone. According to Total Beauty, 54 percent of women over 25 suffer from acne, in some form or another.

Unfortunately, most of us resort to a harsh chemical acne remedy to treat it. But it just doesn’t make sense that blemish-free skin would come from an acne remedy made with chemicals that irritate it, right? Or maybe it does, if you’re selling products to consumers that create the exact problem you’re claiming to solve, thus creating a perpetual market for what you’re selling. Hmmm…

Fortunately, I’ve found a skin-care regimen of kinder, gentler acne remedy products that actually work—without toxic chemicals.

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Air Fresheners Don’t Make Scents!

air freshener advertisement with flowers and butterflies coming out of the potFrom plug-ins to sprays, synthetic air fresheners are bad news. Chock-full of toxic ingredients, they typically contain phthalates linked to obesity and other problems, as well as potent allergens that lead to fragrance allergies—a condition that affects 34 million people in the U.S.

That’s why when I heard about this new campaign from Women’s Voices for the Earth, I knew I had to share. The campaign targets Glade air fresheners and employs some of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen as messengers. If SC Johnson can use cute babies to sell products, why can’t we use them to let people know about the air-polluting fragrances that are in their products? [Read more…]

5 Rules to a Healthy Eating Habit

african american family enjoying salad and other healthy meal itemsMy kids are sick of healthy eating. They don’t want organic soybean butter and Farmer’s Market fig jam sandwiches, they want Lunchables: crackers, processed cheese, salty disks that pass for lunch meat and a whole lot of chemicals wrapped up in a plastic box.

My younger daughter confessed she dumps the organic carrot sticks the trash (and I thought the ranch dip was decadent). My oldest has been trading her edamame for candy.

Forget the veggie chips I carefully stowed in wax paper bags—heaven for these children would be to open up their lunch boxes and spy a bright-orange bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. [Read more…]

4 Steps to Natural Self Tanning Without Sun

model spraying self tanning cream on her faceSpring is here and with it bare legs and arms. And although we all know we should just accept the skin we’re in and eschew that sun-kissed look, there’s something about pale and pasty that’s just downright bad for the old self-esteem.

Now, that doesn’t mean head up onto the roof with a bottle of baby oil and a roll of aluminum foil—that’s so junior year 1998. Nor does it mean slathering on some potentially carcinogenic self tanning chemicals that turn you orange.

Actually, the active ingredient in most self tanning creams isn’t so bad. Known as DHA, dihydroxyacetone is a sugar that can be derived naturally from beets; it ranks as a moderate hazard on EWG’s Skin Deep Database.

Unfortunately, most conventional self tanning creams are also chock full of synthetic dyes and other chemical ingredients. What’s the worst? [Read more…]