Archives for February 2016

Why I Do Yoga

woman practicing yoga on the beachI have a yogi friend that I follow on Instagram. He posts photos of beautiful, gravity-defying poses that take my breath away. How does the human body do that? I have another friend that I’ve known since high school. We both started practicing about 20 years ago, but she does it #everydamnday and can turn her body into a pretzel. These are not the reasons why I do yoga. I’ll never be able to balance on one hand or flatten my splits to the floor. But I still do it. Week in, and week out—I do it, while my body stays pretty much the same. Because there’s a more important reason why I do yoga. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Blue Sky Family Farms Pasture Raised & Free Range Eggs

free range eggs in a crate held by a woman on a farmWhat’s the difference between caged and cage-free hens? Not much. The animals still spend their entire lives packed into a barn with hundreds of other hens, living their lives in just one square foot of space, on average. But because the public believes that cage-free is better, companies like McDonalds, Starbucks and Costco have embraced plans to phase out caged and heavily market cage-free eggs. As the egg-heavy Easter and Passover season is just around the corner, it’s important to know what you’re buying into when it comes to your eggs–and why pasture raised and free range eggs are better. [Read more…]

FDA to Test Safety of Roundup Residue

Last year, the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate–the world’s most widely used herbicide also known as Roundup–was a “probable human carcinogen.” Shortly thereafter, French officials banned sales of Roundup nationwide as Monsanto, Roundup’s manufacturer, prepared to stand trial for “crimes against humanity and the environment” in The Hague. The previous year, our own Government Accountability Office called out the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to test Roundup through the pesticide monitoring program because it was too “costly.” Then, studies released by private consumer groups like Moms Across America found that 70% of our water contained Roundup, and that our urine showed levels 10 times greater than that of Europeans. So really, what else could the FDA do? [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Healthy Cleaning

Is your home clean? It may sparkle, but the chemicals you’re using to clean it could be polluting it, too. The EPA estimates that the air inside our homes can be more polluted than outside! Learn how to clean better—and save money, too. [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Random Acts of Kindness

valentine's day random acts of kindness initiative woman with be kind written on her cheekYou know where you’re getting your fair trade chocolate hearts already, right? So rather than publish yet another Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, promote the Mommy Greenest Guide to Natural Sex with a Valentine’s Day twist, or urge you (yet again) to Boycott Hershey’s for Valentine’s Day (please do), I decided instead to explore a new-to-me Valentine’s Day (well, week) phenom: random acts of kindness. Join me? [Read more…]

Outsider Eco Fashion Giveaway

Model wears black eco fashion dress for giveawayEco fashion is on my mind. Since we wrapped up our 30-day shopping pause, I’m starting to think outside the box of #preloved (although I am continuing my commitment to #ShopDrop2016). With eco fashion in mind, I wanted to share my newest discovery: U.K. based Outsider. These are wearable classics with a twist—a button-front dress with an obi belt, a pleated black skirt with perfectly placed pockets. And in addition to making their own designs from sustainable fabrics like hemp silk and organic cotton, Outsider also supplies fabrics to other eco designers. Did I mention the free shipping on international orders of a certain amount? And oh yes, Outsider supplied this gorgeous ethically made merino wool wrap dress to give to one lucky Mommy Greenest reader!  [Read more…]

More Plastic in Oceans Than Fish?

I was startled when I read this prediction: By 2050, we’ll have more plastic in oceans than fish. Today, by weight we have about 20% plastic in oceans, as compared to fish, which is still a startling statistic. But a new report shows that we may have passed the tipping point. Why–and what can you do? Read on! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Natural Sex

natural sex guideIt’s probably the most hush-hush subject on the planet, but when it comes to natural sex, we should all be talking about it more. Because although natural sex is the goal for so many of us, the… ahem… tools that we use to get it couldn’t be more unnatural: Hormone-disrupting phthalates and off-gassing VOCs abound! Use this guide to get some more natural sex. [Read more…]