Unique, Wacky and Gently Green Holidays to Celebrate in FEBRUARY

Unique Holidays in February | Eco-Mothering.com

Some people only think about an eco lifestyle on Earth Day, April 22. However, a little research showed me that every month has a few unique and earth-friendly holidays that can be cause for celebration. Pick whichever ones appeal to you, then get out there and celebrate! No worries if you think Valentine’s Day is overrated. February is filled with other things to celebrate. It’s Heart Month — a time to learn about staying heart healthy — and it’s also Library Lovers Month, Bird-Feeding Month and Bake for Family Fun Month!  February’s Celebrations by Date: February 2 – World Wetlands … Continue reading

How Green is Your Mattress? Q&A With Actress Amy Smart

A Life Less Toxic: Green Mattresses Q&A with Amy Smart | Eco-Mothering.com

The Environmental Media Association’s (EMA) new PSA video “A Life Less Toxic” is the beginning in a series on living a sustainable lifestyle. In the first episode, actress and environmental activist Amy Smart along with her eco husband Carter Oosterhouse (from HGTV’s Red Hot & Green) go to the mattresses at the Naturepedic factory in Ohio. Founder Barry Cik was inspired to start the Naturepedic company during the impending birth of his first grandchild, when he was unsatisfied with the mattress choices in a baby store. They were comprised of vinyl and other toxic plastics; Barry wanted something safer for … Continue reading

Tips for Breastfeeding Beginners

Tips for Breastfeeding Beginners | Eco-Mothering.com

With so many benefits to breastfeeding your baby, getting off to a good start can make all the difference. Here are some tips to help you on your path. Have your baby skin-to-skin as soon as possible after birth to encourage initial breastfeeding. In addition to establishing a bond, the touch of your skin stabilizes Baby’s heart rate and temperature and stimulates milk production. Ask, ask, ask for help. A proper (and non-painful latch) is key to breastfeeding comfort, so get help early with any latching problems. Seek advice from hospital nurses, midwives or doulas. A visit from a certified … Continue reading

Commit to Non-Toxic Living with Green Virgin Products

Non-toxic Household Cleaner | Eco-Mothering.com

Some people adopt a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle because they’re aiming to be the best they can be. Some people adopt a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle because it helps them overcome a medical condition. Some people, like Ken and Lola Marion, were inspired to go down the non-toxic road following the loss of a loved one. Ken and Lola’s research into possible causes of their brother’s untimely death from cancer led the couple to discover how everyday household products, from cleaners to laundry detergents, are filled with carcinogens. According to U.S. Poison Control Centers, cleaning products alone were responsible for nearly 10% of … Continue reading

5 Simple Ways to be a Greener Parent

Tips for Being a Greener Parent | Eco-Mothering.com

At Eco-Mothering, “guilt-free” means accepting your imperfection while still making conscious choices every day. So, how do you get started on the guilt-free road to a greener family? Perhaps with one of these green parenting basics. Spend Family Time Outdoors Being in nature is an ideal way to instill appreciation for our planet. Regular family hikes, outdoor games, biking, swimming, winter activities, time to just sit and observe wildlife… all these things make nature lovers of children. And that sets the foundation of kids beginning to care for their environment. In addition, being outside recharges us, soothes us and offers … Continue reading

FRESH STARTS to a New Year in Body, Home and Parenting

New Year Fresh Starts | Eco-Mothering.com

I’m not one to make traditional New Year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of a fresh start that comes with every new year. Sometimes I will create a theme for the year. Other times, I will choose a few processes to change or some new journey to embark on. This year, for example, I’m detoxing from the sugary holiday food fest with a 24-hour fast followed by two days of fresh fruits and veggies. And I’m also feeling inspired by Richly Rooted’s post to make a year of simple living by doing one thing each month. I want … Continue reading

Unique, Wacky and Gently Green Holidays to Celebrate in JANUARY

Unique, Wacky and Gently Green Holidays in January | Eco-Mothering.com

Some people only think about an eco lifestyle on Earth Day, April 22. However, a little research showed me that every month has a few unique and earth-friendly holidays that can be cause for celebration. Pick whichever ones appeal to you, then get out there and celebrate! January is National Blood Donor Month — Honor a life, save a life, find a blood drive near you. Afraid to give blood? So was I. Read about my first blood donation, which was a bucket list item for my 40th birthday. January is also Creativity Month, Hot Tea Month, National Soup Month … Continue reading

Year in Review: Top 10 Posts in 2014

Top 10 Wellness Posts from 2014 | Eco-Mothering.com

As the year come to a close, I offer you Eco-Mothering’s most popular posts in 2014. The majority of them happen to focus on health and wellness, which seems to be a priority for my readers. Top 5 Power Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms Top 5 Indoor Plants for Improving Air Quality Why You Should Avoid Sugar When You’re Sick Top 5 Benefits of Co-Sleeping The ABCs of a Greener Lifestyle How to Safely Dispose of an Old Car Seat Top 5 Toxins to Avoid in Baby Products Natural Remedies for Children’s Allergies 5 Ways Cardboard Can Keep You Warm This … Continue reading