Organic FibersIs the air in your home cleaner and fresher than what you might on a mountaintop, miles and miles from civilization? Do you dress in organic fibers? Does your family consider recycling a mandatory practice? If not, then your health could be in danger.

Achieving a healthy indoor environment is more than just a post-Y2K trend. It is vital for our very existence! An eco-friendly indoor environment reduces allergy triggers, and may cut down on respiratory problems like sinus infections. Indoor pollution is such a big problem in homes today that even the remodeling process to make our homes more green has to be handled with kid gloves. And preferably those kid gloves are stitched from organic cotton! [Read more…]

Eco Friendly BedsWe spend an average of six to eight hours per day sleeping. This means that for 25-30% of the day we are lying in our bed.

If sleeping on a mattress that is not made of organic materials, our bodies are exposed to harmful toxins through close contact with the mattress.

If you do the math, it is quite shocking to think that we spend 2,190 to 2,920 hours per year exposing our bodies to toxins by sleeping on a non-organic mattress. Eco friendly beds are the healthier option for you and your family.

It is scary to think about the types of toxins we are being exposed to with a non-organic mattress. According to www.HealthyChild.com “Most mattresses contain petroleum based chemicals, toxic foams, synthetic fabrics, and are treated with chemical fire retardants. These chemicals can create toxic off-gassing that can expose your family to dangerous levels of chemicals while they sleep.” [Read more…]

Growing your own foodGrowing your own food might sound like an intimidating project.

There is a lot to consider, especially if you do not have a yard that can accommodate a large garden. However the benefits to growing the ingredients to your favorite meals far outweigh the effort.

Planting fruits and vegetables in a garden is not a new trend. Even the earliest civilizations toyed with idea of growing whatever foods were necessary for their family’s survival. After all, cavemen could not live on saber-toothed animals alone.

In this modern age, people are once again taking up gardening to supplement their family’s food supply. This is because the cost of groceries, like the cost of most other things in the world today, is on the rise. Everyone is looking for ways to stretch the family budget. [Read more…]

Green Cleaning TipsAccording to the National Sleep Foundation, healthy adults should aim for 7 to 8 hours per night. (www.sleepfoundation.org) Using green cleaning tips in the bedroom can help achieve this goal!

The bedroom is the perfect resting spot for tiny particles that make our lives miserable. From the cobwebs at the corners of the ceilings to the dust mites living in the wall-to-wall carpet on the floors, our bedrooms are full of allergens.

As if that weren’t bad enough, depending on how we attempt to clean these minuscule bits of misery from our home, we could be making the problem worse! That’s because non-green cleaning products release chemicals that cause other reactions. [Read more…]

green ideas for kidsIt is important to take measures to protect the environment so that it will be here for future generations. One of those measures is using green ideas for kids to teach children how to care for our planet sooner than later.

American advice columnist Ann Landers one shared, “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” [Read more…]

Healthy Eating Recipes - Fresh Raw Homemade Salsa

Healthy Eating Recipes – Fresh Raw Homemade Salsa

It is only natural for one to wonder, what can be done to stay healthy when there are new environmental concerns lurking around every corner… The solution? Cilantro! Today’s healthy eating recipes – “Fresh, raw homemade salsa” will provide a delicious way to add cilantro to your diet.

As recently as 10 years ago, it seemed that the only mention of mercury was by dentists concerned about their patients with silver fillings which had been known to contain high levels of mercury. However, today it [Read more…]

The longer days and warmer weather are evidence that winter is now history and spring has finally sprung; making this the perfect time to explore the incredible and vast benefits of growing and cooking with nature’s perfect pharmaceuticals… herbs.  Nothing is more gratifying than the reality that your healthy eating recipes are prepared and made with fresh, home-grown ingredients.

Many herbs can easily be grown and kept in pots indoors or started inside and transplanted outdoors. Whether planted in deck boxes, planters or ornamental gardens; herbs offer beautiful foliage and color to any landscape, not to mention there are a myriad that are known to attract humming birds and butterflies. There is one in particular that is considered to be the “powerhouse” of herbs; it is easily grown; it has delicate flowers; and it is a culinary giant… Any guesses? [Read more…]

best e-gift cardComedic writer Erma Bombeck once jested, “Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.” But if you’ve ever forgotten your mother-in-law’s birthday, you know there is as much truth as amusement to that statement.

This is where the best e-gift card can help!

Today’s world is so busy. Forgetting to buy a gift is not uncommon. I cannot tell you how many times I have left early on the way to a party or celebration to pick up a last-minute present, as well as a gift bag so it doesn’t look like a last minute gift. Here’s a way that you can avoid that situation all together, or at least stop you from having to make the last minute trip to the gift shop on the way to your destination.  [Read more…]

Healthy Eating Recipes

Healthy Eating Recipes

Do the incessant ads of the latest “get thin” diet trends keep you in a state of confusion about what is or is not really healthy? The goal I have in mind with my weekly healthy eating recipes is to take all the confusion and guess work out of what should be as natural as breathing… feeding our bodies! If the task of menu planning and grocery shopping fills you with dread, be encouraged you are not alone! Millions [Read more…]

Healthy Eating Recipes - Fermented Cabbage

Healthy Eating Recipes – Fermented Cabbage

Through a timeless process, still shrouded in biological mystery, vegetables, such as cabbage and cucumbers, become a nutritional powerhouse due to the process of fermentation. If you are new to embarking on the road to health, Healthy Eating Recipes – Cultured Cabbage will give you a jump start.

What you will be doing is transforming common vegetables into efficacious, functional foods overflowing [Read more…]