How to Stay Sane in a Toxic World
    December 29, 2011
    How to Stay Sane in a Toxic World

    As parents, we want nothing but the best for our children. We are bombarded by products touting the benefits of being ‘all natural’ or ‘green’.  While our goal is very simple: to make good ch…

    Natural Beauty Part 2
    December 22, 2011
    Natural Beauty – Part 2

    In Part 1 of this article, we focused on why you should reduce your exposure to toxins and a few resources to help you get started. Now, let’s dig a little deeper and discuss some ways to reduce our…

    Natural Beauty Part 1
    December 21, 2011
    Natural Beauty – Part 1

    This holiday season take a moment to think about the personal care products on your gift list and the products you're using to make yourself extra beautiful for holiday parties. Take a good look at th…

    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 2
    December 16, 2011
    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 2

    CRIB/BED FRAME Cribs and bed frames are often made of pressed wood or particleboard. These engineered wood products and their finishes can contain formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). F…

    The Magic of Trees All Season Long
    December 15, 2011
    The Magic of Trees All Season Long

    I believe trees have magical healing power. If you’ve ever read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, you know what I mean. If you have fond memories of sitting in a tree fort as a child, or climbing…

    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 1
    December 15, 2011
    What Are Budget-Friendly, Safer Bed & Bedding Options? Part 1

    At Healthy Child Healthy World, we get asked almost weekly about how to find safer mattresses on a budget. And, it’s no wonder when you look at the premium prices on organic and eco-friendly options…

    Men need to avoid toxic chemicals in their Personal Care to protect themselves and their children
    December 2, 2011
    Men need to avoid toxic chemicals in their Personal Care to protect themselves and their children

    When we think about the negative heath effects of the chemicals in beauty products, we often think of their effects on women, especially those of childbearing age, and children.  However, men are at …

    Borax: Is it really a safe and green alternative cleaner?
    November 17, 2011
    Borax: Is it really a safe and green alternative cleaner?

    It’s tough to be the bearer of bad news, but we need to shine a light on a widely-held misconception when it comes to safer ways to clean your home. Borax is not a green cleaning ingredient, as many…

    Slimy Not Soft: Your Clothes on Fabric Softener
    November 16, 2011
    Slimy Not Soft: Your Clothes on Fabric Softener

    Fabric softeners and dryer sheets, considered laundry room staples by many, are a relatively new invention. They were designed to make our clothes feel a little softer and less staticky - and to line …

    Our not-so-fresh conclusion about air fresheners
    November 15, 2011
    Our not-so-fresh conclusion about air fresheners

    A quick spritz of air freshener may seem like the perfect quick fix for funky odors from the diaper pail or the bathroom. Unfortunately, that pleasing smell is just more indoor air pollution. (more&he…

    Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe
    November 14, 2011
    Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe

    It seems like that handy canister of antibacterial cleaning wipes is everywhere these days. Grocery stores dispense them for dabbing at the handle of your cart, gyms park them conveniently for wiping …

    Eco-friendly Thanksgiving Craft Center Piece
    November 4, 2011
    Eco-friendly Thanksgiving Craft Center Piece

    Last year, I read the delightful book, The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule.  This is an inspiring, motivating book full of wonderful ideas for developing creativity as a family.  In it, Amanda…

    Halloween
    October 31, 2011
    Halloween

    "Lead poisoning remains the number one preventable environmental health concern for children in America today. " 5/11/11 letter from Louise M. Slaughter & Robert A. Brady, Members of Congress From…

    Green Post-Halloween Tips
    October 28, 2011
    Green Post-Halloween Tips

    Halloween, like the seasons, is a sure thing. And it will come again next year. Knowing this, when the holiday is over, it’s a great idea to take a few minutes to consider how to “recover” from …

    No or low-cost solutions for Trick or Treat
    October 26, 2011
    No or low-cost solutions for Trick or Treat

    One of the issues sometimes raised when we talk about offering healthier alternatives to trick—or-treaters is that buying better choices tends to be more expensive. That can be true, but it doesn’…

    Costume Mania, Green Style
    October 25, 2011
    Costume Mania, Green Style

    When Lynn’s three children were young, she made their Halloween costumes, preferably from materials she didn’t have to buy. Admittedly there were a few misses, like the year the Star Wars craze ha…

    Green Halloween
    October 24, 2011
    Green Halloween

    Six years ago, we were two busy moms (Lynn also a grandmom, or Abba, as she is known to her grandkids), green leaning, yet caught up in our ordinary lives. Corey was a mom of two and a licensed marita…

    Schools
    October 22, 2011
    Schools

    Parents often assume that schools are safe. They imagine there must be a set of Federal regulations in place that ensure our children are not exposed to potent environmental toxins in their schools an…

    Shoes Off
    October 21, 2011
    Shoes Off

    Rule number one in keeping a lead-safe home is: “Please take your shoes off outside and leave them there—no exceptions!” (more…)…

    Chickens
    October 20, 2011
    Chickens

    If someone were to ask me, “What has been the most unexpected subject you have learned about in your advocacy work?”, I’d have to say lead paint hazards in the context of the Urban Chicken movem…