How to Garden Like A Ninja + Giveaway

diy homemade salsa recipeI’m so thrilled to share this guest post from author Angela England, whose Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles into Your Landscape book is on shelves now. Don’t know how to garden? Angela shows how container gardening lets you grow food and foliage anywhere—from indoor pot or window shelf to a front stoop. I’ve got the scoop on Angela’s world-famous “salsa garden,” and you can also enter to win a copy of her amazing new book! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner

mommy-greenest-hardwood-floors-cleaner-600Worried about allergies? I do. My husband is especially allergic, so I’ve learned how to take the triggers out of our home. We have lots of houseplants, air purifiers, no synthetically perfumed products, and hardwood floors in much of the house. For those, I use Bona® which makes non-toxic cleaners that really work! Want to try? Enter to win a $50 package: Bona® Hardwood Floor Mop and Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner, which was recently certified as asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. With May being Asthma & Allergy Month, this is just in time! [Read more…]

Turmeric for Health

turmeric root and powder against white backdropEveryone seems to be mentioning turmeric for health, these days. And it’s not just about a spice that you put in your curry. A proud member of the ginger family, turmeric is said to be an immune system builder and powerful antioxidant. I got the scoop from Randi Ragan, holistic well-being expert, founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa and author of the brand-new book A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind and Spirit. This beautifully-illustrated book is chock full of recipes, teas, tonics, exercises and daily practices—including instructions on how to make an easy turmeric for health tonic, which I’ve included below. All are designed to reduce stress, avoid illness and improve wellness. Interested? I’ve got two copies to give away! [Read more…]

Easy DIY Natural Skin Scrub Recipe

natural skin scrub on gray backgroundMy teenaged daughter gave me the best holiday gift last year. In a small recycled jar, she’d mixed together sea salt, grapeseed oil and mint essential oils into a natural skin scrub. This heavenly blend not only turned my shower into a spa, it transformed my skin: When I scrubbed it on and then let the oil soak in before toweling off, my cracked and chapped winter skin was suddenly soft, smooth and hydrated. With this miracle in mind, I discovered a natural skin scrub recipe that’s easy to make in minutes. [Read more…]

Congressional Game-Changer: Erin Schrode

mommy-greenest-erin-schrode-congress-main-photo-600Erin Schrode  is out to change the world. She’s had her eye on that prize since I met her a decade ago in her hometown of Carmel, CA. At 25, Erin is running for United States Congress in California’s District 2. If she wins, she’ll be the youngest woman in history and the first woman under 30 to ever be elected to Congress. Read more in this exclusive interview with Erin Schrode. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Honeywell Air Purifier

honeywell air purifier against a white backgroundEver worry about allergens and VOCs—those undetectable chemical air pollutants that can be emitted by paints, carpets, furniture, fragrance and smoke, among other things—in terms of your family’s health? I do. And since my husband is highly reactive to pollen that can cause allergies and asthma, I was fascinated when I discovered the new Honeywell Bluetooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier, which uses Bluetooth technology to track local pollen counts and can automatically adjust its cleaning levels—or let you manually adjust performance, even remotely through a phone app. But I’m also skeptical about products that claim to fix something I can’t see. So I put this air purifier to the test—literally. Take a look at the video of what I found and enter to win a free Honeywell Blue Tooth Smart True HEPA Air Purifier, worth $249! [Read more…]

How To Sell Used Clothes

mommy-greenest-how-to-sell-your-clothes-photo-600We all know to avoid the fast fashion habitrail of buying a five-dollar t-shirt because it was on sale, only to have it sit at the back of your closet for decades. And now that so many people are jumping on the Konmari bandwagon—finding joy, everyone?—there’s a lot of closet clean out going on. But what do you do with those clothes you’ve rejected? People, listen up: Here’s how to sell used clothes. [Read more…]

Magnifeco Eco Book Giveaway

eco bookKate Black’s Magnifeco is one of the most well-thumbed in my eco book library. Covering style from every angle—from green beauty to eco-friendly fashion—it’s a head-to-toe guide for making better decisions about everything you put on your body. Given that the Shop Drop Challenge is still front and center in my mind, I especially like Kate’s “shop with V.A.L.U.E.” philosopy: “Do I need to buy it and does it need to be new? Could I rent, borrow or buy it second-hand? (Vintage). Could my purchase help an artisan community in a developing country (Artisan), or could it help a designer or maker in my own community (Local). Is the item saving something from landfill? (Upcycled) And, lastly, does this purchase match my values? Does it support animal rights (vegan), human rights (fair trade) or environmental rights (eco-friendly)? (Ethical). Want to read all about it? I’ve got two copies to give away! [Read more…]