Parents who return to work after a baby is born usually rely on childcare outside the home. While cost, location and availability are big factors in making such a decision, natural parents might want to consider eco-friendly factors as well. This was not something I had considered at all when, at four months old, Sofie went off to daycare. My daughter’s first childcare provider was an in-home day care, which was nice in that it was small (3-4 kids) and Sofie received lots of loving, individual attention. The provider was agreeable to changing cloth diapers, feeding Sofie with my warmed-up breast milk, and occasionally wearing her in a carrier. Her home was cozy with plenty of time spent outside. On the down side, the TV was often on, and no preference was given to green furnishings or materials. At age two, we moved Sofie to an early childhood education center. … Continue reading
Already, at nine years old, my daughter has mentioned that she keeps her stress in her neck and shoulders. Stress? At nine? What’s happening? Nothing major, as it turns out. But I haven’t attributed much weight to Sofie’s everyday quarrels with friends, homework anxiety, or even how she reacts to issues within our family. Apparently, as much as we try to feather their nests, our kids still deal with stress at an earlier age than we may have thought. While we can’t relieve them of their anxieties, we can help them cope. Here are some tools your child can learn now and use for the rest of her life. Cultivate a Positive Outlook The more you focus on your child’s best parts and behaviors, the more he will learn to see the glass as half full and seek solution to his problems. The latest research shows that we can mold … Continue reading
One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 5 DIY Upcycling projects you can create for unique Valentine’s Day gifts. Be amazed and inspired! FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER: “52 Reasons” Card Book from Austin, Texas FOR YOUR KIDS: “I Love You Around the World and Back” Globe from Driven by Decor FOR YOUR DAD: Scrabble Tile Cufflinks from Mom It Forward FOR YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER: Apple Clay Jar from Crafty Moods FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASSMATES: Hand Warmers from About a Mom
Wetlands are areas where water mixes with or saturates the land at least part of the year. Areas like bogs, swamps, vernal pools and salt mashes are considered wetlands. While they may not be as scenic as other landscapes, wetlands are vital ecosystems that provide habitat for a variety of plants and wildlife. Below, you’ll learn why we should value wetlands, plus fun ways families (or classes) can learn more. What Do Wetlands Do? They filter pollutants from the water, trapping heavy metals, phosphorous and other toxins in their sediment. They act as a frontline storm defense against strong winds and tidal waves, reducing a storm’s impact and preventing erosion. They collect and store flood water. Acting as sponges, wetland vegetation absorbs heavy rain and snow melt to keep rivers at normal levels and prevent flash flooding. On the other end, wetlands can also recharge groundwater supplies and control flow … Continue reading
When people talk about going green in winter, what usually comes to mind is weatherizing your home: sealing cracks, and insulating attics, pipes and heaters. But there also are other household tips to help make your winter more eco-friendly. Circulate those ceiling fans. It sounds odd, but if you change the direction of your ceiling fan so that it runs clockwise, it creates an updraft that allows the fan to circulate the warm air that gathers at the ceiling down to the space you inhabit. This simple act can save up to 10 percent on heating costs. Make your ice removal non-toxic. Chemical deicers come with caution warnings on them for a reason — they’re harmful to humans, pets and the environment. The impurities and added chemicals in road salt have been linked to aquatic dead zones, poisoned pets and plants, and increased risk of cancer in humans. Forget trying … Continue reading
One of the cool things about the green movement is that it has inspired people’s creativity for repurposing items. The term “upcycling,” which was first used in 1994, is now a widely understood concept that refers to the process of transforming waste or unwanted products into something new, usually of a higher quality. This post highlights 10 DIY Upcycling projects to help organize your home this month. Be amazed and inspired! PVC Pipe Shoe Organizer from Home Stories A to Z Knife Block Crayon Holder from Thrift Diving Old Window Jewelry Holder from Oak Ridge Revival Tic Tac Box Travel Spice Containers from Seattle Sundries Tin Can Office Supply Caddy from Shabby Chic Inspired Oatmeal Box Ribbon Holder from Curbly Old Chair Scarf Rack from The DIY Adventures Baby Gate Clothes Drying Rack from Northwest Edible Life Soda Box Can Dispenser from Then … Continue reading
Whether you’re just starting out on the journey to a greener life or if you’re already pretty crunchy, there’s probably something on here that you haven’t yet incorporated into your lifestyle. Get your year off to a green start with one of these eco-friendly resolutions. Recycle your Christmas tree and old holiday lights. Many cities offer curbside recycling the few weeks after Christmas, so that’s easy peasy. Check out these other ways to recycle a Christmas tree. You can also recycle your broken or outdated Christmas lights (and sometimes receive coupons for new LED lights) through several organizations. Stay up to date on environmental issues. Subscribe to or check out these news sites. Environmental News Network The Daily Climate (for climate change news) The Guardian Mother Nature Network Compost your food scraps. The average American tosses about 20 pounds of food per month (source). Composting your organic waste instead is a great … Continue reading
This is a fun review I started doing last year. Here are the Top 5 Posts written on Eco-Mothering in 2015. Note the importance of natural, non-toxic living with my readers this year. Breastpump Recycling Made Easy by Medela Safe Living with Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Personal Care Products 50 Shades of Green for Your Sex Life Review: Nourish Your Skin with Bard & Finch Beauty Products How Green is your Mattress? Q&A with Actress Amy Smart And here are other popular posts in 2015 (written in previous years): Top 5 Power Snacks for Breastfeeding Moms Top 5 Outdoor Family Vacations Why You Should Avoid Sugar When You’re Sick Top 5 Indoor Plants for Improving Air Quality 5 Ways Cardboard Can Keep You Warm This Winter Top 5 Ways You Can Prevent Marine Pollution Infographic: Benefits of Babywearing Thanks for being part of my Eco-Mothering audience. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!