Mommy Greenest Approved: Cree LED Light Bulbs

woman holds LED lightbulbWe’ve been in our house for more than a decade, and it feels like a revolving door of renovation. But one thing I love is changing out our lightbulbs for Cree LEDs. I’m newly part of their ambassador program so I’ll be sharing more info over the next few months, but the thing that hooked me about Cree LED is that they’re the only LED bulbs that look like regular bulbs—but they use 84% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescents. Plus they’re priced less than most incandescents and are covered by a 10-year warranty. But here’s the kicker: They don’t buzz when you dim them, like CFLs. Take a look at the video I made so you can see—okay, I guess that would be hear, technically—the difference. Now I don’t have to think about my bulbs until 2024! [Read more…]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: thredUP Online Consignment

girl holding 10 handbags against white backgroundIt’s the biggest online consignment store the world has ever seen, and now it’s giving all of us a gigantic holiday bonus. Now through New Year’s Eve, thredUP lets sellers keep 100% of every handbag sale, plus gives away a gorgeous designer handbag each and every week! [Read more…]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: LifeSource Water Filtration Systems

shower faucet with yellow water coming outWater. We drink it and cook with it; it soaks into our skin and hair in the shower or bath. But as I found out recently, studies have discovered everything from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals in our drinking water. After researching drinking water in my neighborhood, I found that our zip code registered high levels of potentially toxic chemicals—including chlorine dioxide, which is a commonly used drinking water disinfectant. With a simple chlorine test that I got at the hardware store, I saw firsthand how much chlorine was in our drinking water, and how much we were absorbing in the bath and shower. At that point, I was convinced: I needed a whole house filtration system. And I found it with LifeSource Water Filtration Systems—which is now giving Mommy Greenest readers the factory price on their systems, as much as $1,000 less than retail!  [Read more…]

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Is Vaping E-Cigarettes Dangerous?

teen girl gaping e-cigaretteA friend of mine confided that her teenaged son had been caught vaping e-cigarettes. He shrugged it off as “no big deal” because he wasn’t smoking cigarettes—or pot. But my friend was worried. Were e-cigarettes addictive? And what exactly is in that vapor, anyway? I set out to find out. And what I learned scared the hell out of me.  [Read more…]

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Weleda Natural Deodorant

natural deodorants lined up against white backgroundI try out as many new natural deodorants that I can find—in the interest of science, of course. And although I’ve even discovered a DIY natural deodorant recipe in the process, there’s one truly natural deodorant that I keep coming back to. Why? Not only does it keep me dry, but it just smells amazing. And for good reason: Weleda has been perfecting their formulas for nearly 100 years. Now they’re giving MG readers 20% off, plus a chance to win a $300 gift basket! [Read more…]

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Is Heritage Turkey Worth It?

heritage turkey raises wings against white backgroundSo you’re gearing up for Thanksgiving, the time when supermarkets practically—and sometimes, literally—give away turkeys in order to get you to shop in their stores. And unless you’re preparing for a vegan holiday meal, you’ll need to get your poultry order in stat. But then you look at the prices: This time of year, conventional turkeys can be purchased for as little as $.39 per pound, while at Williams Sonoma, a heritage turkey can ring up at nearly $200. Is it worth the price? [Read more…]

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Eco Fashion, A to V

pewter leather clutch against white backgroundYou’ve read about fast fashion, in which underpaid workers in third-world countries provide western consumers with cheap and disposable goods. You’re all clear on cotton, which uses 17% of the world’s insecticides and is 94% Genetically Modified. But with that in mind, sometimes you just have to shop—and many of those times take place during the holidays. Which is why it makes sense now to figure out what matters to you when it comes to the clothes that you buy. Here’s how I categorize eco fashion. [Read more…]

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Shower Together: Top Water Saving Tips

water saving shower with a friendIf you live somewhere else than Southern California, this might come off as a little bit bratty. But if I wake up to another perfect blue skied, 70-degree day tomorrow, I just might lose my mind. We’re deep into fall and it still feels like summer. My swapcycled boots sit on the shelf, forlorn. And California faces one of the most severe droughts in history. With everyone talking about home water saving tips, I decided to share a few of my favorites for where we waste the most: the bathroom.* [Read more…]

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