Archives for June 2013

MG on Kids in the House


I had so much fun—and so much makeup—making videos with the amazing Kids in the House team. We covered everything from health to style. Check it out!

Top 5 Essential Eco Books Online

stack of hardback books, top one openI am a total bookworm. There’s always a stack of books next to my bed, and usually one in my bag, too. I keep trying to love the Kindle, but there’s something about pages—and the awesome library up the street—that I prefer. With that in mind, here are five eco books online that I’ll keep on my shelf forever. [Read more…]

Why I Heart My Menstrual Cup

African American model in white wedding dress in a 1950s styled roomClicked away, yet? If you haven’t tried a menstrual cup, you’re probably a little skeeved just by the title. But if you can get over the ick factor, take a minute to read on.

I like to think of the menstrual cup in the context of evolution. Talk to your mothers and grandmothers who lived through the era of the gartered maxi, a veritable couch cushion of pad that they wore five days out of the month. Ask them how they felt when they discovered tampons.

That Eureka moment was probably tempered by a wee bit o’ fear. Will it leak? Will it hurt? Will people know? They quickly got over it when they figured out that when wearing a tampon, they no longer had to waddle.  [Read more…]

Win It: $100 HollyBeth Organics Skincare!

Organic skincare products with flowers and a wooden boxThis week ONE winner will win a $100 shopping spree at HollyBeth Organics!

I discovered this line a few years back and have been in love with it ever since. Everything is plant-based and synthetic-free, chock full of eco awesome essential oils, and USDA Certified Organic.

The packaging is so pretty you can gift it without wrapping. And there really is a HollyBeth, who sustainably manufactures her products in small batches in Atlanta, GA.

I’m especially obsessed with the Rose Geranium products—if you’ve seen me making perfume, you know how I feel about that particular essential oil—but $100 will let you buy pretty much anything you want…if you win.

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MG is Kelly Rutherford’s Resource

Kelly Rutherford endorses Mommy Greenest

 

 

 

 

 

“A great resource for moms who want the best for their babes.” –Kelly Rutherford, “Gossip Girl”

3 Steps to Breastfeed: Reduce Risks for Mom & Baby

Breastfed infants have lower rates of SIDS; breastfeeding moms show lower rates of postpartum depression. These three steps can help breastfeeding success!When I had my first child 14 years ago, I remembered what breastfeeding friends had told me: Put your baby on your breast the minute he is born. Even if there’s nothing coming out, keep doing it until there is.

I was lucky to have that advice, and to be able to successfully breastfeed my son until he was a year old, and my daughters until they were nine and six months, respectively.

Which is why I was so disappointed in Fran Drescher, who courted controversy in 2011 during a radio interview in which she said that breastfeeding “poisons” infants and recommended that nursing mothers get their breast milk tested for toxins. [Read more…]

Win It: sheilaOdessey Upcycled Envelope Clutch!

Model in black strapless dress holds silver clutch made from recycled plastic bags.This week ONE winner will win a gorgeous $155 envelope clutch from sheilaOdessey.

I’m obsessed with this line of bags, which are all upcycled from discarded plastic bags, crafted into chic little outfit-completing perfectness.

Lest you think this is trivial, here’s something to think about: Global consumption of plastic bags is estimated at one million per minute. And where do we think all those bags are going, hmm…?

I’m a big fan of BYOB–I have a reusable in my purse at all times–and of finding awesome upcycling designers like sheilaOdessey, who are making something beautiful and diverting trash from the landfill, to boot.

Here’s how the contest works: [Read more…]

Early Puberty? 6 Steps to Protect Your Kids

Molly Ringwald in "Pretty in Pink" movieRemember all those John Hughes movies filled with drama and teenaged angst? Beginning at about age nine, my daughter became Molly Ringwald four days out of the month. Sobbing frenzies predicated by a far-flung brush and “I hate my hair!” A room full of clothes and nothing to wear. Crying jags over misunderstandings.

But studies have me wondering if this monthly moodiness might have something to do with hormones.

Is this early puberty? [Read more…]