A few weeks ago, I read this quote to a dear friend of mine who lives 2,000 miles away. It touched us so deeply, we both began to cry. In that moment, I realized how inspiration can connect all of us. Fracking in national parks, the GMO labeling fight, flame retardants in furniture–sometimes I feel like all I’m doing is reporting on bad news. But this month I’m taking a break every day to share a few words that inspire me. I’m calling this initiative “InspirApril.” If today’s daily affirmation speaks to you, please take a minute to share with your online community, and tell me why in comments below. That’s a great place to share your own favorite daily affirmations, too!
Full disclosure: I got pregnant with my second child using a fertility monitoring system as my method of birth control. So I was a little suspicious of daysy, a new fertility monitoring system that allows women to plan or prevent pregnancy by tracking their own fertility cycles. But then I did a little research, and quickly realized what a great method daysy could be for women like me, who hate using hormones for contraception. By analyzing your basal body temperature against data from millions of cycles, daysy takes the guesswork out of fertility management—leaving you with a hormone free birth control system that’s more effective than the Pill. Really. [Read more…]
I love “The Human Experiment,” which encourages viewers to take control of the toxic chemicals in our environment and #switchtosafer. I blogged about it way back when the trailer launched online and the film started racking up awards on the festival circuit, so when I learned that “The Human Experiment” was set to launch nationwide this April, I knew I had to get involved. Want to join me? Help spread the word about “The Human Experiment” and you could win a trip for two to Los Angeles to see the premiere! With pressure mounting on Congress to pass meaningful toxic chemical reform, there could not be a better time to take action. [Read more…]
Last week, the blogosphere was all a-twitter about a post maligning the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists, which are published each year in support of their annual “Pesticides in Produce” study. In the interest of full disclosure: I’ve been a supporter of EWG for years, and occasionally consult with the organization. But more importantly, I refer to these lists regularly when writing about organic food on Mommy Greenest. So the article had me worried: Was everything I believed about pesticides in produce wrong? [Read more…]
Remember chalk? Teachers hated it because it got all over their hands and clothes, and extended inhalation could trigger asthma. But schools may have a bigger problem in the works: Now ubiquitous in classrooms, many dry erase markers contain a chemical linked to serious health problems. What’s the solution? Learn how to identify this dangerous chemical, and make safer choices for the white board. [Read more…]
I wish we could skip Easter this year. It seems as artificial as Valentine’s Day to me—a manufacturer’s holiday awkwardly slapped onto a day of religious significance. Why not just have Chocolate Day or Day to Support the Flower Industry? The Easter Bunny commercials seem to start the day they bring the cupids down—like it’s the same flow of chocolate, just cut from a different mold. So this year, I plan to shake things up a bit with three easy steps to create an organic Easter celebration to believe in. Join me? [Read more…]
Earth Hour is a truly mind-blowing initiative pioneered by the World Wildlife Fund in which people all around the world are encouraged to turn off their lights for 60 minutes on one predetermined day. You can see from the photo of Toronto in 2008 how much of an impact Earth Day makes. The interactive Earth Hour website let you plug in your zip code and find cool events such as candlelit parties and vegan potlucks, which bring communities together to celebrate environmental activism. Will you help me celebrate Earth Hour? Make a pledge, and you can win an Earth Box from NRG Home Solar!
Subscription boxes are ridiculously popular right now. You can get them for baby, beauty—even shoes! But the new subscription box from GlobeIn does more than just save you money and score a special surprise delivered each month. GlobeIn’s Artisan Box supports fair trade projects around the globe. Want in? I’m giving away a free box to three lucky winners! [Read more…]