Mommy Greenest Nominated for Mommy Award!

Mommy Greenest nominated for Mommy AwardI was so honored to be nominated for a Mommy Award this year! If you haven’t checked them out yet, the Mommy Awards were created by three powerhouse moms—Cheryl Petran of The Pump Station, Lora Jakobsen of Mini CPH and Laura Gerson of MomAngeles—to honor moms just like you and me. The initiative started in Los Angeles last year, and rolls out nationally for 2014. If you know a mom who deserves recognition, nominate her for a Mommy Award!

I’m up for the—you guessed it!—Eco Mommy category, so if you’re a Mommy Greenest fan please take a minute to like The Mommy Awards on Facebook and Twitter so you can get the head’s up when voting begins at Mommy-Awards.com in September. Thank you!

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Kabrita Gentle Goat Milk Foods

goat-milk-yogurt-formula-kabrita-mommy-greenest-photo-600-1I talk with many parents concerned about cow milk intolerance. Usually the diagnosis is a process of elimination: A colicky baby seems better after her breastfeeding mother stops drinking milk. But for formula-fed children, getting the balance right can be frustrating. Most alternative formulas are soy-based, which can also lead to congestion, rashes and digestive discomfort. That’s why I was so excited to discover Kabrita, a new line of GMO-free, goat milk based toddler formula and three toddler-approved flavors of Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit that are naturally easy to digest—especially for children with cow milk intolerance. Want to try? Kabrita is offering free shipping through the month of August! [Read more...]

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My Not-So-Natural Childbirth Story

SONY DSCI share a lot of questions with pregnant and new moms. But most of the questions begin with, “Was it like that for you?” So I thought I would dedicate this post to sharing with you exactly what it was for me, giving birth for the first—but definitely not last—time. [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: The Honest Company

jessica alba's honest company detangler next to a brush on a table with a blurry green backgroundIn the dog days of summer, the only thing my kids want to do is swim in the pool. Since we don’t have one at our house, I keep a bag packed with essentials that I can tote to a friend’s house, the health club, a public pool—basically wherever we can get some water time. I like products that do double duty so I carry less gear. And of course, I want them free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes, formaldehyde, petrochemicals and any other baddies I don’t have room to mention. That’s why this year, my swim essentials bag is packed by the The Honest Company, which just gave me a whopping $10 off any $40 purchase, to share with Mommy Greenest readers! [Read more...]

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Poison Apple Petition Delivered to EPA

two red apples against a white backgroundLast week, Mommy Greenest delivered 661 signatures in support of our Poison Apple petition. The letter that we sent to Gina McCarthy is below. Our petition, which focused on better regulating toxic chemical pesticides on apples, is just part of a larger movement. Similar actions from amazing organizations such as the Center for Food Safety recently helped to end the use of antibiotics in organic apple and pear production. Antibiotics in organic? I was surprised, too. [Read more...]

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DIY Natural Bug Repellant Perfume

close up of woman's hands spraying something from a translucent brown bottle onto her wristTis the season for bugs. And although I happen to love the scent of citronella, others—I’m not naming names, but we could be married—hate it. So I whipped up a new recipe for DIY natural bug repellant perfume that employs three of my favorite scents, with no citronella in sight. Want to try? I’ll show you how! [Read more...]

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With More Lead in Lipstick, Choose Natural Beauty

brunette model with dramatic makeup and red lipstickThere’s nothing better to take a look from blah to bling than a slick of gorgeous lip color. But a recent study of popular sticks and glosses found they contained lead, chromium and other heavy metals—many at levels that could be toxic. What’s a girl to do? Look for truly natural lip color with ingredients you recognize, like a brand-new sexy ruby slick from La Bella Figura. The natural beauty innovator is sponsoring this summer’s hottest event in Los Angeles and you’re invited! [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Naturepedic Organic Mattress Protector Pads

white organic mattress protector pad close upI recently accompanied a friend to IKEA so she could buy a mattress. My friend was on a tight budget, so she couldn’t afford a fully flame retardant free mattress, like one from Naturepedic, which is Mommy Greenest Approved. But I had a solution: I knew that IKEA’s mattresses were free of brominated flame retardants known as PBDEs, which do not prevent fires and have been linked to developmental, fertility and neurological problems—including autism. She’d get a mattress that was free of the worst flame retardant contenders* then cover it with an organic cotton, PVC-free, waterproof cover to block flame retardant dust (as well as dust mites that cause allergies). Want to try my solution in your home? I’m giving away three Naturepedic Organic Mattress Protector Pads worth $159 each! [Read more...]

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