Mommy Greenest Approved
Mommy Greenest Approved: Maty’s Natural Cough Syrup
When I was a kid, my father was a big believer in cough syrup, just not natural cough syrup. He bought the other kind—the stuff that tastes like a mentholated cherry popsicle and dyes your tongue bright red. My dad didn’t know about potential side effects like hives and seizures, or the links between food dyes and hyperactivity in children. Whenever I had a cough, he dosed me with a teaspoon every few hours until I was so woozy I slept it off. But I’m a different kind of parent. There’s more access to information today, and I research everything that goes on my children’s bodies and into their mouths—often…
Mommy Greenest Approved: Allgood Provisions Healthy Snacks
Shouldn’t all snacks be healthy? That’s what I think. But, like many of us, I often concentrate on cooking healthy meals, only to fail in the healthy snack department. That’s why I love organic, non-GMO Allgood Provisions, which are not only delicious–they’re nutritious, too. Want to try? Enter to win and you could be one of the first to experience an Allgood Provisions Oven Stoked Organic Roasting Kit!
Mommy Greenest Approved: PASCHA Chocolate Fights Food Allergies
Between 1997 and 2010, the number of people allergic to peanuts quadrupled and there was a 265% increase in allergy-related hospitalizations. Today, food allergies affect one out of every 13 children and send someone to the emergency room every three minutes, according to food activist Robyn O’Brien. Yet each Halloween, parents of children with food allergies have two choices: Send kids into a minefield of allergens or force them to stay home. This year, make yours a safe house with allegen-free, vegan, organic and fair trade, individually-wrapped minis from PASCHA Chocolate. Want to try? You can win some, just in time for Halloween!
Mommy Greenest Approved: Pristine Beauty Breast Cancer Kiss Off
Here’s something that pisses me off: Companies manufacturing with toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer that stick pink ribbons on their products in the name of breast cancer prevention. Each year, I hop on my soapbox to rail against this practice of pinkwashing—most egregiously by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which you can read about here. During the month of October, I regularly share three easy tactics to avoid pinkwashing in food and beauty products as well as the 17 easy-to-avoid chemicals in everyday products that Harvard University identified as causing breast cancer. But there’s one company that I don’t have to worry about: Founded by a breast cancer survivor…
Mommy Greenest Approved: Saison Beauty Natural Skincare
Remember when you were in high school and your grandma’s friend was “having her colors done” and you learned you were a Spring? Okay, maybe that’s just me. But I was fascinated by that cool little color wheel and how it finally made sense that I still loved pink even though I was 16. That’s kind of how I felt when I discovered Saison Beauty, which takes the seasonal concept and applies it to natural skincare. Genius!
Mommy Greenest Approved: Earth Kiss Natural Face Masks
I remember the first time I had egg on my face. I was about nine, and our family friend—a gorgeous woman with ridiculously high cheekbones and poreless skin—showed me how to separate an egg, whip up the white with a fork, and apply it as a natural face mask. I idolized her, so I sat with that egg shriveling and prickling up my skin for what felt like an hour, until she remembered to tell me to wash it off. People, masks have come SUCH a long way since then. Case in point? The AMAZING new, individually packaged, 100% natural face masks from Earth Kiss. I’ve got 10 sets to…
Mommy Greenest Approved: MyPainAway After Burn Cream
Tis the season for burns. Whether you’re slaving over a hot grill or sitting in the hot sun–or both–chances are, you’ve experienced some sort of burn this summer. But many over-the-counter burn creams are chock full of parabens, petroleum byproducts and other red flag chemical ingredients, you may want to avoid them. Feeling the burn? I hear you. That’s why I was so excited to discover Topricin‘s new MyPainAway After Burn Cream, which helps soothe the skin and promote faster healing. Once I saw the before-and-afters, and knew I had to share. Want to try? I’ve got some to give away, of course!
Mommy Greenest Approved: Cree LED Light Bulbs for Outdoors
If you’ve been following Mommy Greenest for a while, you know that I’m slowly but surely switching over to LED light bulbs. I’m a huge fan of Cree LED light bulbs, which look like regular bulbs, but use 84% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescents and—best of all—don’t buzz when you dim them, like CFLs. Now I’m breaking them out in the great outdoors!