How to Give A Holiday Gift That Gives Back

holiday gift braceletOne year, when my kids were small enough to boss around, I strategized our holiday gift giving around an arts-and-crafts activity that I knew they’d love to create—and our family would love to receive. We made organic playdough* and used assorted animal cookie cutters to make cows and chickens, which we then painted and decorated with upcycled feathers, sequins, ribbons and cloth. Then we made a donation to Heifer International—creating a holiday gift that gives back.  [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Green Beauty

green beauty model close upGot a minute? Take a look at your bathroom shelves. If you’re like most women, you’re using about 12 different beauty products each day. Now flip to the ingredients panel of your favorite product—a lotion, perhaps, or sunscreen—and settle in for a good read. Do the ingredients number a dozen or more? Probably. Can you pronounce them? Probably not. Yet those 12 beauty products deliver an average 168 potentially toxic ingredients to your body each and every day. It’s time for a green beauty clean-out! [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Eco Friendly Fashion

eco friendly fashion model in black high heels against blue walls

You’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. And that the textile industry is the world’s second largest water polluter, after agriculture. But with that in mind, sometimes you just have to shop, right? Which is why it makes sense now to figure out what matters to you when it comes to the clothes and accessories that you buy–especially if you’re concerned about your impact on the Earth. (For more on that, check out the Mommy Greenest Guide to Going Green.) With this in mind, here’s my guide to eco friendly fashion! [Read more…]

Eco Fashion Solution: Shop Drop Challenge 2016

Two women laughing about eco fashion shoppingCan you give up clothes shopping for 30 days? I did. What if I told you that taking a month-long shopping pause could help save $10 billion and a billion pounds of textile waste? That’s why! We’re gearing up for the annual Shop Drop Challenge, which takes place each January to raise awareness about the fashion’s environmental problems and an easy eco fashion solution. Sign up for this year’s Shop Drop Challenge, and you could win a $250 shopping spree from thredUP.com! [Read more…]

Inside LOVE GOODLY Conscious Subscription Box

love goodly subscription boxDo you love the idea of a subscription box but aren’t interested in compromising your ideals? Look no further than LOVE GOODLY, a brand new subscription box service beta launching soon that curates conscious fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands and partners with non-profit causes. LOVE GOODLY subscription boxes launch this summer, but click here to get on the list now because the first limited-edition subscription box is sure to sell out. I sat down with founders and fellow moms Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller recently to talk about their vision and advice for other mompreneurs…oh, and how you can win a Stella McCartney bag! [Read more…]

Top 5 Yoga Gear Essentials

man practicing bakasana yoga post in yoga gear essential white pants against white backgroundWhether you’re new to yoga or enhancing your practice, eco-focused yoga gear is great to know about. In my 20s, yoga changed my life–helping me to understand that strong was more important than skinny. A few years ago, I became a certified yoga teacher, with a specialty in prenatal, which I taught for a while. Today, if I do a few yoga classes a week, my back doesn’t hurt and stress kind of rolls over me, rather than rocking my entire world. And I still get excited about the cool stuff involved—especially when it’s sustainably made, like these yoga gear essentials.  [Read more…]

Help me #RaiseAHand with @ThredUP for Teachers We Love!

teacher rewards contest from thredup recycled upcycled preloved fashionI have a little bit of a thredUP habit. Ever since I discovered the site last year, I’ve been just a wee bit obsessed. In fact, so many polka-dotted bags move back and forth across my doorstep that my neighbors probably think I’m working for the company. No, I just love the idea of saving 90% and recycling clothing! So when I heard about thredUP’s new Raise a Hand for Teachers program, I knew I had to get involved. Helping teachers with the click of a button? Sign me up! [Read more…]

How to Wear Mineral Sunscreen Under Makeup (Video)


Do you eschew sunscreen because you’re worried about it affecting your makeup? Are you wearing chemical blockers because you’re scared you’ll turn white as a ghost? STOP! This quick video tutorial breaks it all down, and features some of my favorite mineral sunscreen brands: ThinkSport (featured in my Father’s Day Gift Guide), Babo Botanicals and Goddess Garden Organics. [Read more…]