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“Living green” and “going green” are trendy buzzwords that have been thrown around over the last ten years, but what does it really mean to adopt a green lifestyle? 1. It means choosing to buy products made through green, sustainable methods Whenever you go to buy a new product, ask yourself if it was made through environmentally sustainable methods. What ingredients were used? What chemicals or toxins were added? How did it affect the landscape and local ecology? What type and amount of fuel was consumed in its production and...

If you’re like most families, you have a cabinet of cleaning products beneath your kitchen sink. But many of these products contain harmful chemicals you would never let near your family if you knew what was inside them. When it comes to choose safe cleaning products, use these tips. 1. Examine the ingredients – Before you buy anything, you should check the label. If a product doesn’t tell you what’s inside it, you should never buy it. You have no way of knowing if these products contain harmful ingredients if...

Gardening isn’t a popular hobby these days, especially for children. It’s tough work and takes a while to see results. But it’s also enormously satisfying to eat a salad of something you grew yourself. Gardening is a great way to teach the importance of hard work and patience. It’s also a fantastic way to improve your organic lifestyle because you can bring those homegrown, 100% safe foods into your kitchen. Here are six tips to start a garden with your kids. 1. Pick easy plants – Some plants take considerably...

It doesn’t matter if you’re a few months pregnant, or you have three kids and are trying for your fourth. If you’re a mom, you will identify with what I am about to say. Nothing can adequately prepare you for what experts call the “nesting” phase of pregnancy. It’s different for everyone (and for every baby), but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen to all of us moms in some overwhelmingly interesting way. It’s one of those things about being pregnant everyone talks about but you don’t fully comprehend until...

We come in contact with fabrics every day. From the sheets on our bed, the diapers on our babies, to the clothes on our backs, we spend a lot of time on or within fabric, especially cotton. That means it’s important we make sure these materials are as safe as possible. Organic fabric come from crops certified by the Organic Trade Association. It means they are made without the use of pesticides, insecticides or fertilizers. They use natural methods to grow their crops and do not spray them with anything...

I prefer to live a healthy lifestyle wherever I can. That’s especially true when it comes to the products and foods I offer my kids. Organic cooking is not that much different than cooking traditionally grown foods, you just have to keep an eye on your ingredients. Sometimes you have to make some substitutions, but there are plenty of incredible organic recipes out there. Here are some of my favorites. 1. Organic Strawberry Lemonade Pops Skip the pesticides and extra sugar! These are perfect for the summer and easy to make...

At the moment, it’s no secret that organic foods cost more than traditionally manufactured foods. The prices are coming down as many people in the country switch to organic diets, but there’s still a ways to go. If you want to eat healthy, you’ll have to find ways to stretch your budget so you don’t go broke. Here are some tips on buying organic foods on a budget. 1. Buy generic organic. The organic trend has become so popular, that many supermarket chains and food stores now offer generic versions...

Many families start with cloth diapers right away, but some switch later on as they become more experienced parents. If you’re considering making the switch to cloth diapers, it’s easier than most people think. You’ll save thousands over the course of your child’s diaper-wearing years and they reduce your family’s impact on the environment. You can switch to cloth diapers at any time, but you’ll want to do it sooner rather than later to maximize the advantages. Here are some tips on taking the plunge. 1. If you're unsure, go...

When we’re expecting a new baby, we become enamored with the idea of a picturesque nursery with just the right theme and colors. But it’s important to consider the safety of the room where your new baby will be spending a lot of time; a space that is beautiful and safe. More and more parents are “greening” their nurseries to ensure baby has the best environment. By carefully choosing your products and making yourself aware of environmental issues, you can protect your new little bundle of joy. Here are five...

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