Mommy Greenest Pregnancy Book!

The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond coverEight years ago, I sat down with my infant daughter* in one hand and a pen in the other, and wrote a note designed to be read by my three children when they were old enough to become parents. That barely-decipherable scribble became a book full of notes about pregnancy and parenting. Eventually, those notes became a manuscript. And now, that manuscript has become The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. You can click here to read it for free or order a hard copy; if you’re a blogger, click here to find out how you can enter to win a $4,400 Naturepedic organic mattress by sharing about the book! [Read more…]

MN Takes Silver with #Microbead Ban

Yesterday, Minnesota announced a ban on plastic microbeads, nearly a year after Illinois became the first state to ban them. With New York’s Microbead-Free Waters Act pending, more states are set to follow suit, as lawmakers act on the microbead pollution problem.
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Mommy Greenest Approved: Baby Bjorn Bouncer

baby bjorn bouncer with baby in it, showing three positions against a white wallWhen I had my first child in 1999, I didn’t know about toxic flame retardants and their links to health problems like autism, developmental problems—even cancer. I just knew that the Baby Bjorn products that we depended on were lifesavers. From about two weeks postpartum, the carrier allowed me to power walk my way back into shape, and the bouncer was a sure-fire way to put my son to sleep. But as it turns out, I didn’t need to worry about my Baby Bjorns and toxic chemicals like flame retardants, because the company has never used them in their products and never will. The newly redesigned Baby Bjorn bouncer is case-in-point, and I’ve got one to give away! [Read more…]

Helen Hunt Comes Clean

Mommy Greenest Helen Hunt Interview

So despite the fact that I started off the interview by accidentally insulting her, Academy Award winner Helen Hunt—who wrote, directed and stars in the new film “Ride,” in theaters now—was charmingly candid about her accidental journal to eco activism.  [Read more…]

Victory Keeps Vermont On Track to Label #GMOs

Once again, Vermont is set to become the first state in the country to mandate GMO labeling on July 1, 2016 after Grocery Manufacturers’ Association led groups were prohibited from blocking the law from going into effect.

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Dr. Willard’s Natural Pet Care

Mommy Greenest Approved Dr. Willard's Natural Pet Care ProductsWe adopted Foxy as a two-year-old puppy more than 10 years ago. And since we lost her best friend Sugar at age 18, she has taken her role as the single dog in our household very seriously. She snuggles proficiently, barks her alerts with aplomb, and curls up at just the right place behind your knees. So when Foxy got sick a few months ago, our entire home went into mourning. Luckily, we finally got help! [Read more…]

Prescott is Best Clean Air City. What’s Worst?

So this is scary. The American Lung Association just released their annual State of the Air Report, and—duh—climate change has everything to do with it. Prescott, AZ is one of the best clean air cities in the country. What are the worst? Read on! [Read more…]

A Conscious Mother’s Day Gift Guide

mother's day gift guide dress, wrap, necklace and platterWith three kids, Mother’s Day is a big day for DIY in our home. I’ve received everything from heartfelt homemade cards to a rock song written in my honor. But when it comes to buying gifts, I look for fair trade and sustainably made products. I discovered these gorgeous gifts on Earth911’s YouChange marketplace. Because a celebration of love for your mother should include a nod to Mother Earth! [Read more…]

#Detox #Fashion @Greenpeace Report: @Gap Loses

I seriously love Greenpeace’s “Detox Catwalk” fashion campaign. The online platform ranks companies on supply chain transparency and eliminating hazardous chemicals from products. This year’s report just dropped, and the takeaway is a doozy.  [Read more…]