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How I Found a Non-Toxic Mattress

How I Found a Non-Toxic Mattress


Empowered Sustenance

Do you know if you have a toxic mattress? Here's how to find out, plus the non-toxic mattress that I use.

Healthy Brown Sugar Scrub for Dry Winter Skin

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

We're bombarded with mind-boggling lists of chemical ingredients in skin care which leaves us groaning. This simple brown sugar body scrub is the solution!

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The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/13 – 1/19

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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Are doTERRA oils 3rd party tested?

by Healing in our Homes @ Healing in Our Homes

Healing in Our Homes

Are doTERRA oils 3rd party tested? The short answer is … YES! Of course they are, doTERRA is dedicated to purity, transparency and accountability.   Who tests doTERRA’s oils? Every single batch of doTERRA’s oils are tested thoroughly in-house and then also tested by the independent lab APRC or Aromatic Plant Research Center. DoTERRA has an... [Read More]

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Paleo Zucchini Tater Tots

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This week’s recipe for Paleo Zucchini Tots is another contribution from the creative Jean Choi. The first time I had tater tots was when I was in middle school. I grew up in a Korean-American household eating mostly Korean dishes, so there were certain foods that I didn’t know about until I got […]

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The Essential Paleo Casserole Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

When we’re wrapping our heads around a new way of eating, such as a grain free lifestyle, much brain power goes towards “What can I eat now that other foods are off limits?” It often leaves a small portion of mental energy devoted to creating colorful, varied meals. As a result, I frequently hear that […]

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How To Get Extreme “Okinawan” Strength, 3 Ways To Fix Low Back Pain & The Best Core Exercises With Stu McGill

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Are crunches really all that bad? How can you

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Lemon Bread Recipe With Vanilla Glaze (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Lemon Bread Recipe With Vanilla Glaze (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

It’s happened to you, too right? You’re scrolling through Facebook and some divine looking recipe flits across your feed. Before you know it your rummaging through your pantry to check for ingredients, because this recipe needs to happen right. now. (Seriously, not just me, right?) Now, usually I am more of a steak and kale […]

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My Non-Toxic Natural Memory Foam Mattress | Detoxinista

My Non-Toxic Natural Memory Foam Mattress | Detoxinista


Detoxinista

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, we’ve been sleeping on a new memory foam mattress. I love it! I gotten several questions about it since my last post, so ...

90-Day Comfort Guarantee

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

If the numerous swapping options and overall flexibility don't bring you ultimate comfort and satisfaction, we offer a 90-day comfort guarantee on Bella Sera organic mattresses. While some manufacturers offer a latex-exchange policy, we have a much better option: For the price of other manufacturers' latex exchanges, we will sell you a brand-new layer of […]

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[Transcript] – How To Get Extreme “Okinawan” Strength, 3 Ways To Fix Low Back Pain & The Best Core Exercises With Stu McGill

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/recovery-podcasts/the-best-low-back-exercises-with-stu-mcgill/ [00:00] Introduction/GainsWave/DailyBurn [06:10] About Stuart McGill [0:8:30] How Stu Quantifies Whether or Not Something Actually Works to

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Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Playful Vintage Outfits With Benita Robledo From Compassion Fashion

Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Playful Vintage Outfits With Benita Robledo From Compassion Fashion

by Guest Contributor @ The Good Trade

The Good Trade's Week of Outfit Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention! Each woman takes her own unique approach slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of playful vintage outfits from Benita Robledo, the conscious blogger behind Compassion Fashion!

Herb Green Pea Hummus Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Today’s recipe is from Gillian Young, a holistic nutritionist who shares recipes and support for an autoimmune lifestyle. Hummus and veggies have always been one of my go-to healthy snacks. But when I began following a paleo diet to address my autoimmune issues, dried beans and legumes were suddenly out of the question. I started […]

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Organic Sofas, Loveseats, and Armchairs

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

All organic sofas, loveseats, and armchairs by Savvy Rest with your choice of fabrics, cushion firmness, and leg finish. Savvy Rest Verona Armchair with Organic Hemp-Cotton Blend Fabric Free Shipping! Continue the benefits of a healthy nights sleep all day with the Savvy Rest Verona Armchair with organic hemp-cotton blend fabric. This elegant tuxedo style […]

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What Motivates You? And What KEEPS You Motivated?

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

With the New Year upon us slowly turning into just another year, every single day becomes the perfect time to reflect and think about what is keeping you motivated. Because if you can truly understand those motivations, then they will […]

Non-Toxic Bath Toys {Safer, Plastic-Free Toys for Bath Time}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Bath time is a fun time in our home. My oldest loves to play and splash around in the bath, and I like to sit back and enjoy a few moments of conversation with him. But, getting him in the bath – that’s another story! The only thing that helps is agreeing to give him […]

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Hastens Luxuria Bed

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Continental Style Bed.
Visit our showroom to try the many models Hastens has to offer.

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Healing after Harvey: A Post-Hurricane Wellness & Mental Health Gathering

by Admin @ New Living

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, our storefront will be turned into a Wellness Center featuring some of Houston’s best holistic healers: from massage therapists, to musicians, to expert yoga teachers. This will all be available to the people of Houston, for free. We will be previewing our new concept of a “Dream Room,” where everyone […]

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Compare Black Friday and Cyber Monday Mattress Sales: Macy’s, Sears, Mattress Firm & More

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Are you prepared for the insanity of the 2017 Black Friday mattress sales? Though they can get a little crazy, these sales are a great time to get the most for your money. Mattresses tend to be one of the larger purchases made in households, so getting a good deal can go a long way. […]

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How to Make an Acai Breakfast Bowl Bar

by Erica Jones @ Elevays

I love Christmas time. Probably because I love family time. Being with people that I love during a holiday that is so dear to my heart gives me warm and cozy feelings inside. It’s why ...

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Orange Tahini Freezer Fudge

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

“Freezer fudge” is a term used to describe what is, perhaps, the easiest dessert. A rich base, such as coconut oil or nut butter, is blended with sweetener and frozen. Often the result tastes like straight-up coconut oil and feels too heavy. In this version, I rely on the natural sweetness and creaminess of banana and […]

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17 Pygmy Goats That Will Melt Your Heart

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

  (photo credit: kysme photography) You know what’s better than baby goats? Pygmy baby goats. Pygmy goats are the tiniest goats in the world and their fluffiness will melt your little heart. Pygmy goats actually originate from Africa, where they were primarily bred for meat. But we’re not going to talk about that, are we? Nope. That’s because Pygmy goats make the best pets as well. And trust me, once

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High Protein Paleo Porridge

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Paleo Porridge, an egg-free breakfast I could post a recipe for scrambled eggs and I would undoubtedly receive comments asking, “I can’t have eggs. Can you please tell me what egg substitute will work here?” Unfortunately, and as I now explain in my recipes, egg substitutes for grain-free recipes present a challenge. In the last […]

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Essential Oils Guide (THE ULTIMATE LIST OF BENEFITS, USES, RECIPES, & MORE)

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

What if you could keep your home clean and your family healthy without relying on strange manufactured chemicals?With essential oils, you can!Ahead, in this essential oils guide, get answers to your essential oil questions, such as:Do essential oils work?What are essential oils good for?What do I need to know about how to dilute essential oils?What […]

Episode #379 – Full Transcript

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/biohacking-podcasts/379-biohacking-addiction-training-power-endurance-time-drinking-water-airplanes/ [0:00:00] Introduction [0:04:25] News Flashes – High-Intensity Interval Power Training [07:41] Hyperventilating for 30 Seconds Prior to

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How to choose a Non Toxic mattress (and why you need one) - Healing in Our Homes

How to choose a Non Toxic mattress (and why you need one) - Healing in Our Homes


Healing in Our Homes

What toxins are in mattresses??? How do you choose a non toxic mattress? I have been researching, literally, for YEARS and I have answers for you!

Use an Air Purifier for Smoke from Wildfires

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  It began with a sense of dread and a knock on the door in the middle of the night. Our friends stood there in shock. They told us they woke up and had about a minute to escape from their home, driving through the embers and smoke with a high wall of flames behind them. The …Read More

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Stripes on Stripes Holiday Look

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

Holiday parties are just around the corner…especially if you consider Halloween parties as holiday parties. I mean, they are pretty much the same. You dress up, you hang out with people you may not fully like, and there are treats […]

Our Favorite Non Toxic and Vegan Sunscreens and Other Sun Care Tips

Our Favorite Non Toxic and Vegan Sunscreens and Other Sun Care Tips

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Summer means sunshine! While a little vitamin D is healthy, all that fun in the sun could lead to some other stuff, like tan lines or even sun burns. Sun exposure is a very real issue – it is the primary cause of skin cancer . 

Time to Buy a Bed? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress

Time to Buy a Bed? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress


Don't Mess with Mama

Find out why I recommend a non-toxic mattress over organic, memory foam and conventional bed mattresses. No off-gasssing, no flame retardants, no chemicals.

My Favorite Non-Toxic Mattress

My Favorite Non-Toxic Mattress


Mommypotamus

After years of looking for affordable non-toxic bedding, I’ve finally found a company I love. Best. sleep. ever. In this post, we'll talk about what makes them different.

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Low-Carb Banana Bread (That Is Worth Eating!)

by Mariel Heiss @ SCD Lifestyle

Banana bread that's grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low carb and worth eating?! Yup, this recipe's full of flavor & nutrients and will fill you up.

Sleeping in Hotels

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Sleep Better in Hotels | Seven ways to get a better night's rest in a hotel room.Read More ...

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CBD Oil Shows Remarkable Health Benefits

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

CBD oil is a potent extract taken from the marijuana plant which contains large amounts of cannabidiol. This unique compound has been reported as offering many health benefits, and having the potential to treat such illnesses as cancer, depression, epilepsy, and many more. The DEA still regards Marijuana as being s Schedule I controlled substance, and CBD […]

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Unscientific, unmeasurable, unregulated? Count me in.

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I received the following email from a reader, in response to my work with an energy medicine company. I considered Spamming this comment immediately, primarily because the writer’s condescending and accusatory tone turned my stomach. Instead, I slept on it and woke up the next day with gratitude for E. She took the time to […]

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11 Best Natural, Eco Friendly & Organic Mattresses You Can Buy Online

11 Best Natural, Eco Friendly & Organic Mattresses You Can Buy Online


The Good Trade

A good night’s sleep shouldn’t be elusive. Studies show that we spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, and yet the average mattress contains a cocktail of toxic chemicals and flame retardants that can lead to long term diseases, skin irritations and respiratory problems. Comfort and quality are

Top 10 Healthiest Foods to Add to Smoothies

by Kate @ Real Food RN

It’s no secret that I love starting my day with a delicious smoothie – it’s quick, it tastes great, AND it nourishes my body. What’s not to love? When it comes to healthy foods, smoothies really do have it all. There is so much information out there about what to put in your smoothies to […]

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Affordable Non Toxic Mattress | Avocado Green Mattress®

Affordable Non Toxic Mattress | Avocado Green Mattress®


Avocado Green Mattress

Our non toxic mattress is handmade without harsh chemicals or VOCs. Sleep soundly and safely with Avocado Green Mattress.

10 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

Looking for unique and useful DIY Christmas gifts for your family and friends this year? We've got you covered with our top 10 easy ideas!

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Paleo Carrot Muffins

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I’m not a professional pastry chef… …but I have an insider tip from one. She was my Grandma’s neighbor, and this tip was passed from her to my Grandma to me. Folklore says this is the secret to State-Fair-Winning carrot muffins. Ready for it? Here you go: When grating the carrots for these Paleo Carrot Muffins, […]

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Why the Best Mattress for Healthy Sleep Is Not Organic | The Healthy Home Economist

Why the Best Mattress for Healthy Sleep Is Not Organic | The Healthy Home Economist


The Healthy Home Economist

The best mattress for healthy, nontoxic sleep along with durability and state of the art sleep technology is surprisingly not an organic one.

Paleo Plantain Bread (Egg Free, Nut Free)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Egg free baking with plantains This recipe features a base of plantains and an unexpected ingredient to create a moist, comforting quick bread without eggs. I’ve received countless requests for egg-free baked goods in the last few months, and I can’t remember the last time I posted a recipe and didn’t get the comment, “Can I […]

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How to Choose a Safe Bed and Bedding - It Takes Time

How to Choose a Safe Bed and Bedding - It Takes Time


It Takes Time

Looking for nontoxic bedding solutions? Wondering which mattresses are safe? Find out how to choose a safe bed and bedding!

Is GreenPan Non-Stick Cookware Safe?

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Many of you have asked me about the safety of GreenPan non-stick cookware, so I looked into it.  One of my blog readers emailed me a GreenPan non-stick cookware test report that she had received from GreenPan, and I contacted … Continued

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Pets and the Environment: Toxic Mold, Chemicals and Wireless Radiation

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Pet owners will do well to observe the behaviors and health of their pets as they assess the health of their home. What can we learn about pets and the environment? The link between environmental exposures and animal health is not new. More than a hundred years ago, miners took caged canaries into the coal mines... 

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Pets and the Environment: Toxic Mold, Chemicals and Wireless Radiation

Find the Best Mattress for Hip Pain

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn about reducing pressure points and how to find the best mattress for hip pain. Are you looking for a good mattress for hip pain? It can be hard to find the information you need to find the right mattress for your body. Here are some pointers to get you on the proper mattress and […]

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Easy Two Ingredient Turmeric Bombs Fight Inflammation & Much More

by Debbie Wolfe @ Natural Living Ideas

Two ingredients and countless health benefits, these Turmeric Bombs are loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In one bite you can control arthritis, reduce cholesterol, boost your immunity and improve digestion.  Health Benefits of Turmeric Turmeric is no stranger to the alternative wellness space. This ancient spice is powerfully therapeutic and so much more than just a culinary delight. You might be familiar with its… [read more]

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Butternut, Ginger, and Pear Soup

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Soup photography, for those of you who are not food bloggers or instagramers, is a challenge in and of itself. A simple bowl of soup is fated to look boring, like a big, bland circle in the photograph. Garnishes, evidently, are the secret to making a bowl of soup appear texturally-dynamic in a photograph. For this photo, […]

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Phosphatidylserine: Promotes Long Term Brain Health

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Phosphatidylserine is a fatty compound heavily involved in maintaining the health of cellular membranes. Phosphatidylserine plays an integral role in maintaining healthy brain cells as we age, and has shown potential as an effective Alzheimer’s treatment and preventative. In addition to the brain boosting benefits of Phosphatidylserine, it has also shown the ability to help boost overall […]

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The Benefits of Gratitude & Our Holiday Traditions

by The Elevays Team @ Elevays

Would you like to experience more joy? How about better sleep? Does less stress sound good to you? Believe it or not, you have the ability to create this kind of change in your life ...

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Trading Our Tempur-Pedic for a Non-Toxic Mattress

Trading Our Tempur-Pedic for a Non-Toxic Mattress


Eating Bird Food

Why we traded our Tempur-Pedic for a Non-Toxic Mattress and my review of an intelliBED mattress.

Paleo Lemon Cheesecake Recipe (Nut Free Option)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Perhaps you, like me, scroll through some too-beautiful-to-eat-but-I-still-want-to-lick-my-computer-screen photos in your instagram feed. Maybe, like me, you thought you could never actually craft something so stunning in your own, non-instagram-friendly kitchen with a blender that has seen better days. Good news: if I can do this, you can do this! I adhere to the goal of simplicity in […]

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Paleo Sushi with Parsnip Rice

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Rice-Free Paleo Sushi Grab your coconut aminos and get ready to roll… it’s time for paleo sushi! You may have seen other paleo sushi recipes calling for the ubiquitous cauliflower rice. On a whim, I rolled up my first batch of homemade sushi with parsnip rice, prepared in a similar manner to my Parsnip Rice Risotto.  […]

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Brentwood Home Oceano Mattress Review

by Jessica Jones @ The Sleep Judge

A Love Letter From Your Body

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Dear You, This is to tell you what you often forget: I’m on your side. As long as our heart is beating, I’m here with you and for you. I know we’ve shared dark times together. Perhaps you believed I turned against you, through disease or addiction or depression. I was not sabotaging you, but […]

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Organic Mattresses Inc (OMI)

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Committed to purity, Organic Mattresses Inc. known as OMI offers certified organic and pure products. The Natural Sleep Store carries the Rossa pocket coil organic mattresses unsurpassed in price and quality. Sale OMI Rossa Pocket Coil Organic Mattress Free Shipping! The Rossa certified organic pocket-coil mattress offers customizable comfort in the popular combination of latex […]

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9 Natural & Painless Ways To Stop Overeating

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

There are many things that can contribute to overeating, from stress and the pressure of demands to hormones, lack of sleep and more. All of those things can add up to going crazy at the buffet, or gorging on a gallon of ice cream at home. In the short term, it can make you feel uncomfortably full, but do this too often, and there’s little… [read more]

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Something is Wrong with Our Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Over half the kids in America are chronically sick with at least one of these conditions: Asthma Allergies Eczema ADD/ADHD Obesity Anxiety Depression Autism Autoimmune disease Learning disabilities Developmental delays The newest data on autism is that 1 in 36 American kids have an autism spectrum disorder. Pediatric disorders that were once rare or non-existent …Read More

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How do I customize my firmness level?

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

You can choose whether you want your two (for Organic Tranquility), three (for Organic Serenity), or four (for Organic Serenity Pillowtop) layers of natural latex to be soft, medium, or firm.  Additionally, if you are purchasing a Queen or King size mattress, you can customize each side to have different firmness layers.  After you have […]

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5 Easy Ways To Eat More Vegetables Daily

by Dawn Brighid @ Dr Frank Lipman

Adulting can be hard, but veggies are required for a balanced diet. Be Well is here to help with 5 easy ways to boost your vegetable intake, daily.

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Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on February 7th, 2018Over the course of a couple years now I have been searching for non-toxic makeup brands that are transparent enough to welcome my questions, meet my strict standards, and make products that actually work well, … Continued

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Toxic Chemicals in Your Everyday Products (THE FACTS & FIGURES)

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

There are harmful chemicals everywhere. But who would have really known they were in your home? In your everyday personal products? In your baby's toys and furniture? Could our government have really allowed such toxic material to be near our loved ones?Its sad....but true.I have gathered a list of facts, figures, and statistics from all […]

Strength Training for Women + My Story

Strength Training for Women + My Story

by Brittany Mullins @ Eating Bird Food

This post has been a LONG time coming, and I’m super excited about it because I’m not only sharing a little insight into how I got started with a consistent strength training routine, but I also have my good friend and trainer, Dave Robinson from Get Strapped Stay Strapped, here to share his take on... CONTINUE READING

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How to Afford a Non-Toxic Bed - Get Green Be Well

How to Afford a Non-Toxic Bed - Get Green Be Well


Get Green Be Well

A healthy nights sleep starts with a non-toxic bed. It can be expensive, though. Here's the best tips on how to get an organic or natural mattress for less.

Green Moving and Storage Options

by @ Green Home Library

Whether you are moving to another location, cleaning out your home, or setting up a storage option there are a variety of ways to keep it Eco-friendly. Before you dive into things like cardboard, plastic, and tape, give some thought to the many ways you can approach your task with as low a carbon footprint as you can.

Boxing Day

Re-using boxes for storage and moving means keeping them out of the landfill and one less bunch of new boxes purchased.

According to a 2014 report posted by B2B Community, corrugated cardboard was considered as having the best track record of any packing material. At the time of this report, it was rated that in 1993 55% of corrugated cardboard was recycled and in 2011 the number rose to 91%.

Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 700 gallons of water, and 46 gallons of water. Even though you won’t be using one ton of cardboard, you will be part of all the people that jump on board and eventually do hit these numbers.

Reusable boxes should be clean, as thick as possible and undamaged. They can be found at places like:

  • Supermarkets
  • Liquor stores
  • Warehouses
  • Bookstores
  • Starbucks
  • Craigslist free stuff section

Collect the News

Tons of newspapers are discarded everyday. If you need to pack and store items, newspaper is one of the best materials. It is readily available, protective when bunched in bulk (particularly for kitchen and dining items), and best of all it’s free when a day old.

Collect piles of newspaper and use generously to avoid wasteful and Eco-unfriendly plastic, styrofoam, or other packing material.

Pick a Green Team

For a moving company or storage space, do your green research. Many of these companies may sound good on the surface but you should find out what kind of green track record they have.

Some questions to ask include:

  • Do you use recycled materials?
  • Are your moving trucks Eco-friendly? (ie: electric, biodiesel, hybrid)
  • Does your storage space include green additions such as energy efficient lighting, heating, air-conditioning or insulation?
  • Do you use any green power options like wind, hydro or solar sourcing?
  • Do you use photocells or motion sensors? (devices to detect movement or natural light and turn on interior lights accordingly)

Rent It All

Before you run around sifting through supermarket dumpsters for usable moving boxes or spill out the Legos to fill another plastic bin, some companies are offering a greener way.

If you don’t mind spending the extra money you may be able to utilize organizations that will rent you an entire moving or storage kit. This is everything from boxes, tape and markers to wardrobe holders, rolling closets and customized packing units. You can even go a step further and pay for a team to do all the packing while you delegate.

Although more expensive, renting these services reduces waste, limits fossil fuel use and decreases excess personal energy.

 

Nowadays there are many companies in this industry offering green choices that are worth the effort. No longer does it need to be a time of stress and waste when the stress is hard enough to deal with. Try these green moving and storage options so your project is a clean, Eco-friendly experience.

Find Your Best Mattress Reviews: The Top 10 and Worst 10 Beds of 2018

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

If you’re shopping for a new bed, learning about the best mattresses of 2018 is a good way to make sure you choose a good one. It’s also helpful to know which ones don’t fare so well in order to avoid the duds. New mattress models come out every year from a growing number of […]

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Join Us For Non Toxic DIY Holiday Gift Making Workshops!

Join Us For Non Toxic DIY Holiday Gift Making Workshops!

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

This holiday season we are curating a series of (4) Non-Toxic #DIYHoliday Gift-Making Workshops to educate our community on #nontoxic alternatives for everyday life and Holiday gifts! 

10 Green Ways to Get Through Winter’s Days

by @ Green Home Library

Winter is here in full swing and sometimes it can take its toll both physically and financially. It can also become so uncomfortable for some that remaining green is difficult while just trying to forge through inclement weather, stay warm, or cope with the lack of sunlight. Obviously the Northeast and Midwest do get the brunt of it, however, even if you are in a warm weather belt winter changes are relative to what you are used to. Below are 10 green ways to get through winter’s days which may hopefully remind you to stay the course as well as possibly give you some new info.

Layer Up

Before you run to the heat dial, crank it up and deal with the high utility bill later, put on some layers. So many people get used to the convenience of traipsing around in light, comfortable clothing they forget that a few layers will save money, save energy and keep you healthy as blood circulation stays warm and flowing.

Do Not Retire the Bike

Most folks store away their bicycle until better weather emerges. Why? Save gas all year round and winterize your ride with fatter tires, slip-free pedals and tight, warm, riding duds.

Be Nice When You De-Ice

Don’t pollute the environment with toxic chemical de-icing salts. Use calcium magnesium acetate or calcium chloride instead.

Have Non-Electric Fun

Sitting home and using more energy than you need can have you lethargic and gaining weight in no time. Get out and sled, ski, snowshoe, anything physical.

Re-Light

Winter is the best time to change all your incandescent light bulbs and replace them with bright, vapor-free LED bulbs. Bright white or cool blue can help the dark doldrums that come with winter.

Feel the Seal

Any simple sealing of drafty spots will go a long way in keeping expensive energy in.

Keep it Cold

Some estimate that upwards of 90% of washing machine energy is used to heat the water for a hot wash. Plus, in the winter months it takes more energy due to frigid water temperature.

Essential Aroma

Being indoors during the winter means smelling more odors. Don’t succumb to land filler, chemically treated, electricity depleting room deodorizers– get some essential oils. Sprinkle such scents as lavender, jasmine, lemon, peppermint and more on old porous wood (driftwood works great) or even dab on cotton and place in a tea strainer. Your room air will naturally blossom.

Get Board

After your outdoor activities, get out the board games and stay off the electronics even longer.

Empty the Fridge

If a bunch of glass and plastic containers are eating up your refrigerator space, use the cool outdoors to do the work.

Why make the winter an energy guzzling world of boring hibernation. Keep the television to a minimum and connect through everyday green practices as well as coming up with some of your own. There is always an opportunity to embrace our planet.

A Natural and Non-Toxic Mattress From Avocado Green Mattress | Garden Betty

A Natural and Non-Toxic Mattress From Avocado Green Mattress | Garden Betty


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A hands-on review of a safe, healthy, and natural mattress with no synthetic materials or VOCs. Avocado Green mattresses and pillows are made in the USA.

Paleo Dolmas Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Dolma meditations… Growing up, my mom would occasionally bring out the family recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls and my younger sister and I would help her roll the cabbage leaves. My sister and I interpreted the responsibility of this task with solemnity and reverence. With diligence and focus, we fell into a silent meditation while rolling up cabbage […]

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5 Reasons Why We’re All Wrong About Snacking

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Is snacking bad? Motivated by an article I recently read, I decided it was time to clean up and publish this post which as has collected dust in my Drafts folder for a month. The HuffPost article titled Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? compared the mealtime habits of Americans to Koreans: In Korea, eating is […]

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National Alliance of Safe Pest Control

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

A series of guides that will help you control many common pests in your home. All types of natural pest controls are compared for each pest. All in easy-to-read language.  

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What is Natural Latex and What is a Natural Latex Mattress?

by Admin @ New Living

When most people think of latex, they think of synthetic latex. Synthetic latex, is completely man made from petrochemicals. It can be commonly found in rubber gloves, condoms, balloons, band-aids, medical equipment and surgical devices just to name a few. Some people can develop allergies to synthetic latex after just a few exposures. These allergic reactions […]

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Healthy Benefits of Neti Pots and Nasal Salt Inhalers

by Kate @ Real Food RN

Ah, the nose. Such an undervalued appendage…until it’s stuffed up. Our nose takes a beating each and every day as we breathe in pollutants, germs, and allergens that build up in our nasal passages. This buildup sets the stage for congestion and infection. Fortunately, salt can save the day! If you only use salt on […]

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5 Things You Can Do To Be A Conscious and Ethical Consumer This Holiday Season

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

You have the power to make a meaningful impact on humanity’s greatest challenges, particularly during the holiday season. There are things you can do that will make your purchases better for the planet and humanity, as you shop. Shop Local and Small Businesses There are many benefits to gain when you choose to shop from local and/or small businesses. Local shops and small businesses tend to carry Read More

Which Mattress Is Highly Recommended By Chiropractors and Orthopedic Specialists?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Restful sleep is essential for overall health and well being. It plays an important role in your physical health, mental health and quality of life. But, for many Americans, getting a good night’s sleep is a challenge, particularly for those with back pain, and particularly for those whose mattress is working against them, rather than for them. The American Chiropractic Association reports that at any Read More

Healthy Food for Kids – What You Need to Know

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  What do you need to know to provide healthy food for your kids? Here’s an important new finding: After reducing GMOs in their diets, 3,256 people reported improvements in 28 health conditions. Amazingly, many of these conditions were “nearly” or “completely” resolved. Jeffrey Smith, executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), summarizes …Read More

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See You In 2018!

See You In 2018!

by Amanda Morgan @ Blog - Healthy Wifestyle

Well, I’m officially 41 weeks pregnant, writing what will be my last blog of 2017. So crazy!

Don’t worry, I’ll still be hanging out on Instagram, but my maternity leave will be from blog writing and my nutrition clients as I ease into motherhood over the next several months. I plan on coming back around February—make sure you’re following me on Instagram so you can see when I’m back in action!

This year was full of ups and downs, highs and lows, and some of the most exciting times I’ve ever experienced.

Interestingly enough, many of those exciting times were simultaneously the most challenging, and a vast majority of them had to do with pregnancy.

I’ve been pregnant for most of 2017 (total cliché but our conception date was right around Valentine’s Day!), so this year was all about the little babe I’ve been growing in my belly.

Prior to getting pregnant, I’d really been struggling with what my next move would be in my business. I wanted to step back from coaching nutrition clients virtually since I didn’t feel as connected when coaching this way compared to doing it in person. I decided to keep my virtual programs open (check out Eat Your Way Thin here and Food or Fiction here) and focus more on in-person coaching, all while still having an avenue to connect virtually that felt more authentic and real. Alas, Healthy Wifestyle was born and I’ve been loving the new community that’s come this way over the past year.

I was also searching for another outlet for my business, which is where the yoga sculpt teacher training I did back in January came in. This was a total game changer for me, and even though I was only able to teach a few classes, I’m so excited to jumpstart this in the New Year! If you’re local, come find me at Oxygen Fitness and Halo Studios in New Canaan starting in February.

And then, there was the whole “I want to start a family” versus the “I want to be a badass business woman” argument that was constantly circling in my mind. I really didn’t think I could do both simultaneously, despite watching many friends and colleagues conquer it all with ease. This held me back from starting a family for months—even though Ryan won’t outright say it, he was ready to start a family long before I was.

Mother Nature didn’t give us much of a choice, though, since my pregnancy was a total surprise. I certainly am grateful and wouldn’t have it any other way, especially considering the amount of infertility going on all around us. I feel very fortunate to have had that decision made for me.

Everything changed with my pregnancy. I stopped caring so much about my business and putting all of my eggs in one basket, and realized that there was a role I was clearly meant to play above all else: MOM.

Pregnancy hasn’t been easy for me, and not gonna lie—I envy those women who seem to love being pregnant and feel great all the time. In my case, something “weird” seemed to happen every month that none of my friends had experienced (like extreme belly button pain with growth of baby and veins in weird places to name a few). But I know every hardship will be worth it once I see this little baby’s face, so I’ve done my best to remain positive and remember that my journey is my own!

I’ve gone from a business and success-hungry woman who was trying to prove herself constantly to a chilled out mama-to-be who truly enjoys her work and can’t wait to see what the future holds. I took my own advice for once and remembered that my uniqueness is what will make magical things happen in my own life and in my family’s life. It’s no surprise that I got pregnant while I was in San Diego doing a yoga training. San Diego is my happy place, and I was at peace with myself at that moment in time.

I could go on and on about this year, but let’s save it all for my reflections once the New Year hits and I’ve got our baby girl in my arms. I’m so excited to be a Mom!

I want to thank you guys for being here and for supporting me as I’ve built Healthy Wifestyle—it’s been so amazing connecting with you both here and on Instagram and truly makes my day. Your messages, comments, DMs—all of it pushes me to do what I do, and I couldn’t be more grateful for you!

We’ll be announcing the baby’s birth on Instagram, so stay tuned! Until then, love you lots, and cheers to a happy and fun-filled end to 2017.

Hugs,
Amanda

Best of The Blog In 2017

Best of The Blog In 2017

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Hey, you’re blurry! Wait, you’re actually fine, that’s just the month of December moving way. too. fast. Before we close out this year I thought it would be fun to look back at the top ten most popular posts written in 2017 – thank you so much for being part of this community and sharing your […]

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Paleo Taco Salad with Dairy Free Ranch

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Better than Chipotle I’m on a mission to save you the two bucks on guacamole with some Chipotle favorites you can make at home. For example, I shared a recipe for a colorful, veggie-based Burrito Bowl. I love Chipotle’s salads so much that I set out to make a copycat version at home. I’ve used […]

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This is Why You’ll Fall in Love with Nigerian Dwarf Goats

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

They’re adorable, they’re naughty, and odds are you’ll be taking one home soon. Nigerian Dwarf goats are the puppies of the goat world, and they’re becoming the goat to get. With their small, furry bodies and zest for jumping on everything, they’re pretty much irresistible. So, where does this breed originate from and why are they rising in popularity? Well, that’s where I (the Nigerian Dwarf goat expert) comes in.

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How to Reduce Back Pain During Sleep

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Are you one of the 80% of people who experiences back pain from time to time? Back pain has reached nearly epidemic proportions, with nearly […]

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DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Inside: My two-ingredient DIY dry shampoo recipe, which I carry in my purse for those days when I don’t get to lather up my coconut oil shampoo bar and then realize I’m going to run into every single person I know.   In my dreams, little elves clean my house every night while I’m sleeping, and […]

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Creamy Paleo Salad Dressing, Three Ways

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

If salads leave you unsatisfied and hungry, you’re doing salads wrong. Raw spinach tossed with a vinegary, low-fat dressing and three sliced almonds lacks nutrients and stick-to-your-ribness. Nobody enjoys eating that for a meal. The secret to a satisfying salad is the dressing. Low-fat dressing is a perversion of the modern diet, and it guarantees that you’ll feel hungry shortly […]

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New Report: BPA still in 1/3 of Kroger & Albertsons food cans

New Report: BPA still in 1/3 of Kroger & Albertsons food cans

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Some of the largest grocery and dollar stores all around the country still sell products that test positive for BPA, a highly toxic chemical in plastic which is linked to multiple cancers, obesity, endocrine problems and other serious health issues.

DIY Corner Floating Shelf

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

DIY projects. Just the thing to test the strength of a marriage. And ours was definitely tested with this DIY corner floating shelf. I’ve often wondered how people like Chip & Joanna Gaines can pull the endless-project-ness off.  Oh, that’s right. They have a crew of 30 experts to help them. Alas, we do not. But what we do have is an idea-producing gal and an shortcut-engineering dude — so you

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Instant Pot Keto Lunch! Asian Inspired Chicken Soup

by Erica Jones @ Elevays

Depending on your situation, keto lunches can be somewhat of a challenge. Typically, to keep keto lunches (and lunch in general) pretty simple, I recommend taking some leftovers from last night’s dinner. But what if ...

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5 Unquestioned Myths We Often Believe About Healing

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

How we forget to trust our body A devastation occurs when we face an ongoing or severe health challenge: we forget how to trust our body. I struggled for five years with a severe autoimmune disease, and my worsening symptoms were extremely painful and inconvenient. I felt helpless, as if my wellbeing had been hijacked […]

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Bioperine: Powerful Synergistic Compound

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Bioperine is the trademarked name for a powerful black pepper extract named piperine. This potent natural compound is manufactured by Sabinsa and now commonly found in many supplements such as curcumin, coq10, and resveratrol. Bioperine has been shown to increase the overall bioavailability of these compounds by as much as 20 fold. This remarkable herbal extract is […]

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Paleo Creamy Chicken Stew with Turmeric

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I am really excited to be sharing this Cream Turmeric Chicken Stew recipe over on Empowered Sustenance. I have been following Lauren for years so it is quite an honor to be guest posting today. A quick introduction before I tell you about the recipe. My name is Jessi and I run a food and […]

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Why You Get Hungry & What To Do About It: How To Defy Overeating, Conquer The Buffet, Stop Cravings In Their Tracks & Much More!

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Although most of us strive to eat well and

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How to Prevent and Treat the Flu and other Viruses

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Are you worried about getting the flu? The press is spreading fear around like they do every year. Did you know that out of the hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples taken from patients in the US every year, only a small percentage show the presence of a flu virus? Most people diagnosed with …Read More

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Fall Activities That {surprisingly} the Whole Family Can Enjoy

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Fall Activities Don’t you just LOVE fall? Most people would probably cry tears of sadness thinking about the end of summer, but for us folks in Arizona, where the temps make us cry tears of sweat, we welcome the fall with open arms. I tell ya’, this summer has been rough for lots of people — with the dry weather, scorching sun,  & strong monsoons & storms.  I think it’s

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Doubling Your Testosterone Levels, Tactics From The World Of Speed Golf, Primal Endurance & More With Brad Kearns!

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Brad Kearns, at 52 years old, has doubled his

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6 Ways to Troubleshoot the Ketogenic Diet

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Recently, I shared my own experience with the ketogenic diet, which triggered a significant healing reaction for me.  I was grateful to trouble-shoot the following areas of challenge. Awareness and supplemental support for the following trouble spots will improve your success on a ketogenic diet. Ketogenic Diet Success Checklist The following factors determine the success of […]

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Nectar Sleep: ‘The Best Mattress Offers the Best Sleep’

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Getting good sleep isn’t easy; stress keeps your mind racing, chronic pain makes you body ache, and there’s always too much to do with too little time to do it! Many of us aren’t getting the restorative sleep we need each night. Natural sleep aids like melatonin, magnesium glycinate, and GABA all help but oftentimes fall short […]

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The Best Probiotics: Insider Insight From Klaire Labs

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Probiotics are powerful supplements that are quickly becoming recognized as being able to offer many health benefits. To ensure you are using the best probiotic possible, it’s important to consider several important factors. These considerations include how many good bacteria (CFU) were present at time of manufacture, was the probiotic kept refrigerated and was it shipped refrigerated? To help offer […]

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Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s recipe is from Jean Choi, who contributes a creative recipe each month. Chocolate pudding used to be one of my favorite after-school snacks when growing up. Nothing beat that velvety chocolatey texture and flavor. Back then, I use to get the kind that came sealed in little plastic cups. God knows what […]

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How to Kill Dust Mites Naturally with Cold

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

If you’ve got allergies or asthma, you probably are wondering how to kill dust mites naturally. The tiny insects create allergens that can cause health problems for kids and adults. Dust mites can be somewhat difficult to kill. The good news is, you can naturally kill dust mites with cold temperatures. Do You Have Dust...

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Is Your Mattress Making You Sick? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress & Top 3 To Choose

Is Your Mattress Making You Sick? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress & Top 3 To Choose


Natural Living Ideas

Flame retardant doesn’t necessarily mean fire-proof or less fatal Ironically, if a mattress that’s been doused with flame retardants catches fire, which it can, it gives off higher levels of carbon monoxide, soot, and smoke than it would if it hadn’t been treated – and those things are actually more likely to kill someone in a fire than getting burned. That means that a mattress… [read more]

Pure Grow Wool – Raising the Baaaa-r

by Mariah Bankemper @ SleepLily

Pure Grow wool is SleepLily’s favorite fiber. It is completely natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. What’s so great about Pure Grow Wool? Wool can do incredible things, which is why Pure Grow wool is featured in our non-toxic mattresses. Wool has been used all over the world for centuries because of it’s incredible properties. Here are 3 of the... Read more »

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Edible Cookie Dough Bites

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

Today’s recipe was suppose to be granola bars but then I remembered that everyone’s Halloween parties are THIS weekend so you would probably want a Halloween treat this week instead of next week. Who am I kidding? This is a […]

Healthy Sugar Alternatives for Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

    Children love sweet foods, and we like to delight our kids with special treats. But too much sugar depresses the immune system, making your child more susceptible to getting sick. Sugar causes spikes in blood sugar levels, which can create imbalances leading to chronic health problems. It can also affect behavior, attention, and …Read More

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9 Winter Blues-Busters and Mood Lifters

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

The winter blahs and blues. Just about all of us get them at some point – be it for a few moments, weeks or worse, a few months. No doubt, it’s not easy to remain mentally and physically buoyant when winter’s icy temps, grey skies and darkness collide. Even the sunniest souls among us can get pushed to the brink, but, fortunately, there are ways to make the dark days seem a little less so. Here are a few of Team Be Well’s best blues-beaters to help you take on winter and emerge victorious—and ready for spring:

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9 Best Mattress Foundations and Box Spring Online

9 Best Mattress Foundations and Box Spring Online

by Karen Mulvey @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

Review the best perfect memory foam mattress foundations from brands that have designed these smart foundations and platform beds for your needs. When looking for a foundation for your memory foam mattress you want one that can keep it comfortable and also help extend the life of the bed too. PlushBeds Orthopedic Foundation, Puffy Mattress Foundation, Keetsa Gold Brushed Steel Bed Frame, Brooklyn Bedding Simple Life Tri-Fold Foundation, The VersaBase by Nest Bedding, Platinum Base Foundation by Hyphen, Helix Foundation, Simple Foundation by Eightand many more.

3 Weight-Loss Rules to Rethink

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

Every day new patients arrive at my office with a variety of health issues that need to be addressed — and weight problems are close to the top of the list. One of the things that always surprises me is the durability of the weight-loss myths that so many of us were raised on. Here are three of the most common weight-loss myths out there — and why they’re wrong!

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Nature is Good Medicine for Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

Being in nature has proven benefits to the health and wellness of your whole family. Especially if you practice Shinrun Yoku (or Forest Bathing), which is a way to immerse all of your senses while walking in forests and other naturally healing environments. This weekend I had a wonderful experience of Forest Bathing. As I walked …Read More

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A Day in the Life of a GAPS Family

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s post comes from my friend Melanie Christner, NTP, a gifted practitioner and creator of the GAPS Class. Scroll to the bottom of the post to learn about this resource for healing.  Sometimes the only way to wrap your head around a new idea/change…is to see it. Many families are contemplating the traditional-foods-based […]

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Austin Mattress Store (512) 452-4444 - Organic / Natural

Austin Mattress Store (512) 452-4444 - Organic / Natural


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A Non-Toxic Bed - Green and Clean Mom ™

A Non-Toxic Bed - Green and Clean Mom ™


Green and Clean Mom ™

My daughter is 21 months and she’s climbing out her crib. Why? Why can’t she just stay in her crib until she is three like her brother? He never tried to climb out. He was happy in his crib. Not my little girl. She wakes up and out she climbs. All times of the night, …

What Is The Best Natural Organic Mattress?

What Is The Best Natural Organic Mattress?


Ben Greenfield Fitness - Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Is your mattress slowly killing you? What is the best natural organic mattress?

The Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist {2018 Edition}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Hi mama, and welcome to the Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist! Putting together your baby registry is a process in and of itself, and it can be really fun and exciting. It can also easily consume weeks or even months of your pregnancy. I want to make it easier for you. My goal is to help you […]

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Ben Greenfield’s Ultimate Supplement Guide – Your Complete Resource For Supplementing Choice, Timing, Dosing & More.

by Alyssa Siefert @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

I'm often asked what supplements I take, why I take them, and if we really need supplements at all. After

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Homemade Cough Drops With Honey And Lemon

Homemade Cough Drops With Honey And Lemon

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

If you’ve ever tried making pure honey cough drops, you know it’s nearly impossible not to scorch the honey. I’ve tried every winter for the past three years, but have never actually succeeded. These soothing sore throat meltaways are as far as I’ve gotten . . . until this year, that is. You see, one upside of packing […]

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Find the Best Labor Day Mattress Sale in 2017 from Sears, Macys & More

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

See what major retailers have in store for Labor Day mattress sale events… This summer holiday seems synonymous with the end of summer, barbecues and a lazy three-day weekend, but as it marks changing seasons it also brings big deals in retail, including Labor Day mattress sale events. As one of the biggest shopping holidays […]

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Ketogenic Diet Review: What Went Wrong, What Went Right

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

WARNING: Long post ahead… I won’t be offended if you skim it. But if you want to understand my experience of keto, and avoid misinterpreting sections here, you’ll need to read the whole thing. I tried the ketogenic diet for 2 1/2 months. I was a hot mess. If you watched my Instagram stories during […]

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How to Detox Your Armpits When Switching to Natural Deodorant

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

How's your natural deodorant working? If it's not quite getting the job done, it may well be that you need to detox your armpits!

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30 day cleanse with doTERRA

by Healing in our Homes @ Healing in Our Homes

Healing in Our Homes

30 day cleanse with doTERRA Do you know you are going to feel terrible after over-indulging during the holidays? Ready for a fresh start for 2018? A 30 cleanse with doTERRA is the perfect way to kick your year off right! I’ve done doTERRA’s cleanse several times, with great results, and many of the included... [Read More]

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Burn 600 Calories Sitting, and 6 other Infrared Sauna Benefits

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Effortlessly burn fat and detox, while just sitting I’ve never titled a post or newsletter with terms like melt the fat! or burn the calories! or get the six-pack! I prioritize the health of my body over aesthetics or athletic performance. Those, I believe, arise as side effects of  a healthy body. But I thought you would be […]

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Are You a Super Sleeper or Sleep-Deprived?

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Have you ever heard someone boast about being able to function normally on very little rest, or hear the phrase “super sleeper”? Before you get […]

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How To Soak and Dehydrate Nuts and Seeds to Improve Nutrition

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

What we eat vs. what we digest Diet is not the same as nutrition. Diet is what we eat, while nutrition refers to the nutrients we absorb from our food. The phrase You are what you eat is only partly true. We’re not what we eat, we are the nutrients that we absorb. When it […]

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WOCA Woodcare

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Quality wood care products from Denmark. “We carry everything you need for all of your wood floor finishing needs, repair, and maintenance. Our website contains all of the information you need for wood floor finishing, furniture restoration, or to maintain your floors to a beautiful shine. All of our Finishing Oils are VOC free, plant […]

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Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?

Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?


Dr. Axe

We spend close to one-third of our lives sleeping, yet for most of us it's on a mattress that turns out to be pretty toxic, let alone often uncomfortable. I wrote up this article all about the common ingredients in most mattresses — caution, it might freak you out — plus how exactly to pick the healthiest bed to your sleep and health go hand-in-hand like they should.

Joyce Farms

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

This family-owned comapny is dedicated to providing “the finest, most flavorful poultry, beef and game raised on small farms using humane, all natural methods…We raise every single animal with one guiding imperative: that there is nothing added EVER – no pesticides, animal by-products, hormones, growth stimulators or antibiotics. This allows us to produce meats the […]

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How to Find a Healthy, Non-Toxic, Low or Zero VOC Bed Frame for your Organic Bedroom

How to Find a Healthy, Non-Toxic, Low or Zero VOC Bed Frame for your Organic Bedroom


The Natural Sleep Store

Low VOC, zero VOC, non-toxic and low outgassing healthy organic bed frame. How to find them and information on VOC.

How To Throw an Awesomely Organic Baby Shower

by Mariah Bankemper @ SleepLily

Throw a Hip, Eco-Conscious Baby Shower and Build Your Perfect Organic Nursery! We’ve all been to those classic baby showers where diaper bouquets decorate the tables, pink and blue cray-paper lines the ceiling, and there are one too many games *eye roll*. Forget the pacifier games and let SleepLily help you throw a baby shower that is... Read more »

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Pain Relief

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

Choosing essential oils for pain relief is a safe, natural way to help reduce some of the symptoms you may be experiencing, especially when it's localized

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10 Best Natural, Environmentally Friendly & Organic Pillows To Buy Online

10 Best Natural, Environmentally Friendly & Organic Pillows To Buy Online

by Mary Daniel @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

Finding the best organic, eco-friendly and natural pillow online is hard to do, but we are here to help.  We researched, tested, tried, slept on, crushed and even had a few pillow fights.  We completely love finding the pillows that are non-toxic and made without bad chemicals and toxic fire retardants. 

The Best Food Storage Containers That Are Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

Leftovers: They're pretty much a fact of life. So what do you do with them? Your grandma probably stored hers in Tupperware bowls or reused plastic packaging like margarine tubs and cottage cheese containers.What your grandma didn't know, however, is that those plastic items aren't the best food storage containers. Sure, they're reasonably priced and […]

Everything You’ve Asked Me About Water Filtration

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Want to make your tap water safe? These toxins are nearly ubiquitous in tap water: Chlorine is a toxin used to sanitize water.  Sanitation is necessary but drinking chlorine is not. Fluoride is a neurotoxic chemical banned in Western Europe, and linked to a lower IQ in children in 50 studies. Microorganisms, bacteria and viruses circulate […]

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The Complete Guide to Non Toxic Mattresses

The Complete Guide to Non Toxic Mattresses


Elevays

You spend a third of your life in your bed. There are major bonuses to sleeping on a non toxic mattress. Find out what they are in this article.

How Essential Oils Can Help You Sleep Better

by Admin @ New Living

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to the body, mind, and soul. For most people, it’s easy to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep throughout the night. However, many struggle with falling asleep and resting soundly. Often times it’s difficult to shut off the mind from all the day’s thoughts and stresses and […]

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Good Posture and Happy Holidays!

by Carolina Goldberg @ Hästens Los Angeles

Take a moment and check your posture. Go to a wall, simply stand with your back against a wall. Can you stand up straight? Roll your shoulders back. Lift your chest. Take a deep breath. Elongate your spine and on the exhale draw your lower frontal ribs down to find your core. Take a few […]

The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/27 – 2/2

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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Valentines Day Sale 2018

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

20% off full price merchandise. Use code: VAL2018. Excludes products already on sale. We are required by manufacturer to exclude Naturepedic, Savvy Rest, Sueno/Sleeptek, Royal Pedic, Green Sleep, OMI, Pacific Rim, and Austin Air. Sale ends February 14th at midnight MST. Not valid on any past purchases. Not valid with any other discounts, offers, or […]

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Sequins Never Go Out of Style (+ special discount!!)

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

Is it too early to start thinking about New Years Eve already? Wait, hear my out. This year we decided to do New Years in Mexico, so all the holidays leading up to it are being a bit ignored. Halloween […]

The Benefits of a Natural Mattress

The Benefits of a Natural Mattress


Hästens Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a non-toxic mattress that will improve your sleep and your health, you should consider purchasing an organic, natural mattress. Natural mattresses are crafted from non-toxic, chemical-free materials, like cotton, wool, or horsehair. Here is a look at the primary benefits of a natural, organic mattress.A Natural Mattress is Supportive and Comfortable

DIY Cream Blush And Lip Tint Recipes

DIY Cream Blush And Lip Tint Recipes

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

If you love the fresh, dewy glow of cream blush but not the slew of parabens and phthalates that are used to achieve it, I think you’ll love these simple DIY cream blush and lip tint recipes. They create a dewy finish that makes skin glow, and are made with 100% non-toxic, natural and/or organic ingredients. Also, […]

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[Transcript] – Exoskeletons For Human Performance, Will Robots Rule The World, Ketosis For Muscle Gain & Much More.

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/anti-aging-podcasts/the-ken-ford-podcast/ [00:00] Introduction/Molekule.com [02:38] Human Charger [05:19] About Ken Ford [09:17] IHMC/How Ken is Developing an Exoskeleton for

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21 Gluten-free + Dairy-free Christmas Menu Ideas

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

I try to eat healthy all year and don’t like to make an exception for the holidays, so this deliciously dairy-free + gluten-free Christmas menu is perfect!

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[Transcript] – How To Reverse The Damage From Cell Phone Radiation, Hidden Sources Of EMF, The Best Way To Measure Your EMF Exposure & Much More With Dr. Joseph Mercola!

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/lifestyle-podcasts/dr-mercola-emf-recommendations/ [00:00] Introduction [00:47] eHarmony/GAINSWave [04:54] About Dr. Joseph Mercola [06:46] Does Dr. Mercola Only Talk On His Smart

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Savvy Doggy Organic Pet Beds: Because Your Fur Baby Deserves Non-Toxic!

Savvy Doggy Organic Pet Beds: Because Your Fur Baby Deserves Non-Toxic!


Organically Becca

I’m not ashamed to admit it, but my dog Dexter is my baby (or, fur baby). He is spoiled to the max and he deserves the best! He even gets organic coconut oil multiple times a week. We want our pets…

An Open Letter to Skeptics of Alternative Medicine

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I wrote this letter following a discussion I had at a recent nutrition conference. I was exhibiting for my company Meo Energetics, and I had the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the speakers in the exhibiting hall. I met ones speaker whose work I’ve admired for years. He was as authentic and articulate […]

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Organic Mattresses - Green Conscience Home

Organic Mattresses - Green Conscience Home


GREEN CONSCIENCE HOME

Organic matresses by Green Conscience Home include latex mattresses and organic, non toxic materials. Learn why an organic mattress can help your health.

Bella Sera Firmness Guide

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

You can choose whether you want your three layers to be soft, medium, or firm. Additionally, if you are purchasing a Queen or King size mattress, you can customize each side to be a different firmness level. For more detailed information, please read about customizing your mattress.  After you have slept on the mattress, if […]

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9 Sleep Disorders that Seem Spooky

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

A high-pitched scream breaks the silence of the night. A zombie stalks the streets as the clock strikes midnight. You wake unable to move away […]

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[Transcript] – Doubling Your Testosterone Levels, Tactics From The World Of Speed Golf, Primal Endurance & More With Brad Kearns!

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/fitness-podcasts/doubling-your-testosterone-levels/ [00:00] Introduction [01:13] GainsWave/GetKion [07:18] About Brad Kearns [09:40] How Speed Golf Works, and How Brad Gets

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Can Practicing Gratitude Improve Your Sleep Quality?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Gratitude. It’s a simple word that often gets lost in the shuffle of trying to get through your daily life. When life weighs heavily on you, practicing gratitude can bring about bigger changes and benefits than you realize. According to Psychology Today, there are seven benefits to practicing gratitude that have been scientifically proven. One of the benefits is better sleep. The following are also Read More

Spanish Rice in the Rice Cooker

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Living in Arizona has its benefits. We arguably have the most authentic Mexican cuisine this side of the border. Here in Arizona you’re not gonna find “Tex-Mex wanna-be” recipes. Nope, here you’ll find amazing flavor that is as authentic as they come. Well, as authentic as us Americans can make it 😉 One of the best adaptations I’ve discovered is how to make Spanish rice in a rice cooker. Rice

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Healthy Energy

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Healthy Energy | The alternative energy drink you need to try.Read More ...

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Olga’s Organics

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Beautiful makeup made with USDA certified organic plant-based ingredients that you can actually eat, plus natural minerals. The face powder, for example, is made from arrowroot, cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, bentonite clay, ginger and other organic ingredients. Customer reviews are *****. Affordable prices.  

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Product Review: Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

by organicallybecca @ Organically Becca

Since switching to cleaner products, I’ve been so surprised at how many non-toxic shampoos there are available! Maple Holistics is one of them. I had not heard of this brand but they reached out to me asking if I’d like to try their Tea Tree Oil shampoo. I’ve been using it for a month now, … Continue reading "Product Review: Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo"

Delicious & Easy Grain Free Lefse Recipe

by Kate @ Real Food RN

I grew up eating lefse during the holidays and it was always a favorite treat. We have been gluten-free for years now and I decided it was time to come up with a grain free version of this holiday favorite. This recipe took a bit of work, but it was worth it because these grain […]

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Paleo Thumbprint Cookies with Cassava Flour (AIP)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Did you know that there is a term for the sense of peace one experience when baking?  It’s culinary art therapy. A huffpost article explored the expanding popularity of baking as a mindfulness practice. “'[When you bake, it can mean] you’re not spending time ruminating over your thoughts, we know that rumination leads to depression and […]

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Paleo White Chicken Chili

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This recipe for Paleo White Chicken Chili is from regular contributor and fellow NTP Jean Choi.  What is it about creamy soups that make us feel instantly warm, cozy and nourished? Packed with veggies and bone broth, and I just don’t know if I could survive winter without a bowl of yummy soup […]

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What Kind of Vinegar to Clean With

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

Cleaning with vinegar is one of the best ways to clean your home naturally. Not only is vinegar cheap, but you’ve probably already got a bottle in your cabinets. The biggest question I’ve always received, though, is what kind of vinegar to clean with?   How Does Vinegar Kill Germs? Before you decide what kind...

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WTF?! is with Toxic Mattresses?

WTF?! is with Toxic Mattresses?


Non Toxic Revolution

Flame retardants, which reports claim lead to female reproductive problems, thyroid issues, hormone level changes, and decreased sperm quality, are a common chemical found in many conventional mattresses. 

The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/20 – 1/26

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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Five Spice Paleo Lamb Meatballs

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

When I want a quick protein boost for simple meals, I make a batch of meatballs to add to soups and salads throughout the week. I’ve also enjoyed this meatballs atop my rice-free Parsnip Ristotto… now that is a winning combination! The natural sweetness of the parsnip rice works beautifully with the warming Five Spice blend and […]

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Have You Met HTX Made – Handmade Furniture?

by Admin @ New Living

We wanted to introduce you to our collaborators HTX Made. HTX Made is a local company that handcrafts the furniture you can shop at New Living in Rice Village. They are a micro production facility that produces clean socially conscious goods. Housed in the East End, this small company is all about environmental responsibility and […]

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The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!

The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!


The Gentle Nursery

A list of the best non-toxic + organic crib mattresses for your baby. Choose a healthier mattress for safer sleep!

Lennox Ultra-Low NOx Gas Furnaces

by Janelle Sorensen @ Elemental Green

Tell Albertsons (and all the stores they own) That You're Tired Of Toxic Products!

Tell Albertsons (and all the stores they own) That You're Tired Of Toxic Products!

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

A growing body of science has linked exposure to hazardous chemicals, commonly found in some products, to chronic diseases like cancer and asthma. Chemicals that can harm our families shouldn’t be lurking on store shelves. New research shows that Albertsons sells products containing toxic chemicals like formaldehyde-releasers, lead and parabens. Researchers even found harmful chemicals in store brand products, such as sensitive skin body wash and kids’ bubble bath, sold by [STORE’S parent company] Albertsons.

Paleo Parsnip Muffins with Orange + Goji Berries

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Move over, cauliflower… In the paleosphere, you’ll frequently hear the mantra make ALL the things with cauliflower! I lived diligent to that call for years before I realized, quite recently, the glorious versatility of parsnips. Now, I’m making all the thing with parsnips. I’ve make rice-less risotto with parsnips, and also a potato-free topping for Shepherd’s Pie. […]

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Our Leesa Bed Review For 2018 – Should You Buy It?

by Jill Thompson @ The Sleep Advisor

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Non-toxic vs. Organic Mattress Review | Wellness Mama

Non-toxic vs. Organic Mattress Review | Wellness Mama


Wellness Mama®

There are many organic mattress choices but not all are really chemical free and sometimes a non-toxic mattress may be better (& cheaper!)

A Simple Guide to Vegan Protein (You probably already get enough!)

A Simple Guide to Vegan Protein (You probably already get enough!)

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

A big misconception about protein is the notion of “complete” and “incomplete” proteins. For some reason, “complete” has become a synonym for meat and “incomplete” one for plant-based, but that’s not accurate!

Choosing an Organic Kids Mattress

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  One of the most important decisions a parent can make is choosing an organic kids mattress. Sleep is critical to your child’s health and well-being, and since kids spend more than one third of their lives in direct exposure to their mattress materials it’s crucial to their health that those mattress materials be safe, …Read More

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Hitting the Road: Eco-Friendly Winter Car Tips

by @ Green Home Library

Conventional methods of dealing with harsh, winter season driving include using a variety of toxic chemicals. Try these eco-friendly winter car tips that do less harm to people and planet.

Better Antifreeze

Antifreeze is a byproduct of winter that many do not realize can be replaced with a greener alternative.

Old antifreeze (ethylene glycol) is very dangerous, capable of injuring pets and children due to its bright color and sweet taste. It should be completely removed from your radiator and recycled.

Replace with propylene glycol antifreeze, a far less toxic alternative that is even found in some foods as well as health and beauty aids.

Note: Switching antifreeze should be discussed beforehand with a mechanic that understands the workings of your particular vehicle.

Fight the Fog

Naturally stop your windows from fogging due to extreme inside/outside temperature changes by using a saltwater and vinegar solution (1:3). Dip in a sponge and rub on the outside of your windows before driving to safely fight the fog.

For other natural window cleaning choices look for N-13 ammonia-free products as well as natural streak-free window glass cleaners.

Snow Away

A simple way to clear the snow and ice from around your car is by shoveling and then sprinkling rock salt or urea-based de-icers throughout the area.

However, it is estimated that,

“The heavy use of road salts can lead to damage to vegetation, to organisms in soil, to birds, and to other wildlife. Almost all chloride ions from road salts eventually find their way into waterways, whether by direct run-off into surface water or by moving through the soil and groundwater.” (Green Venture)

If you must use road salt, look for those containing calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) or potassium acetate (KAc) which are less toxic. Otherwise, try these snow melting alternatives:

Brick Sand - Brick sand, which can be purchased at your local building supply store, is coarser, and more granular enabling it to work faster than regular sand. Plus, it offers excellent traction and has a low albedo which means it can absorb sunlight and melt snow faster.

Ash - Wood burned ash from a fireplace can also be used to melt snow. It too provides traction and has a low albedo.

Cat Litter - You can use new or old (strained) cat litter to melt snow as well. This material offers high traction. Keep a bag in your trunk for getting out of stuck-in-the-snow situations.

Electric Mat - The Ice-Away Snow Melt Mat works great for cars parked in a driveway surrounded by snow. Simply set it up before snowfall and turn it on when the white begins. It’s durable, inexpensive to operate and is designed to be left out in harsh weather all season long.

Go Pro Wash

Many people think that washing their own car is a better alternative to professional car washes. In reality, it is more expensive, wasteful and toxic to wash your own car. A car wash uses about 40 gallons of water per car while filtering and recycling it as well (5 minutes of garden hose use releases about 63 gallons). They also remove salt and debris from the undercarriage which can reduce corrosion. This winter (and beyond) use a car wash instead.

This Eco-friendly winter car advice is a small example of the few efforts you can make to create a clean, green, less toxic season.

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Bars

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

My spirits rose sky high this week, after receiving your outpouring of encouragement from my post 6 Things I Would Tell My Old Self About Healing Chronic Disease. When I hit “Publish” on that post, I felt like I had leaped into new territory, and I didn’t know where I – or the post – would […]

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Watermelon

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

Watermelon | Four health benefits and two hydrating drink recipes.Read More ...

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How to Stop Mindless Snacking, FINALLY

How to Stop Mindless Snacking, FINALLY

by Brittany Mullins @ Eating Bird Food

During my last healthy habits challenge, the one question I got asked most from participants was how to stop mindless snacking. To be perfectly honest, the whole reason this habit is part of the program is because it’s something I’ve struggled with, and I know it’s something that affects almost all of us from time... CONTINUE READING

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5 Reasons to Avoid Sleep Loss

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

We all neglect sleep sometimes, whether for our jobs or for movie marathons, but many of us don’t fully understand the seriousness of sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep obviously decreases vitality and makes you more irritable, but sleep loss can affect much more than that. Sleep loss can severely harm your memory, health, reasoning skills, and even ability to lose weight. Here are 5 reasons to get a good night’s sleep every night. 1. Sleepiness leads to serious accidents. Chernobyl – what some consider to be the world’s worst nuclear disaster – was caused by lack of sleep. Three Mile...

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Mattress Safety - Natural Fire Barriers v. Chemical Fire Barriers | PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Mattress Safety - Natural Fire Barriers v. Chemical Fire Barriers | PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog


PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Mattresses require a fire barrier to be legal for sale. But, you can get a mattress with a natural, chemical-free fire barrier.

Simply Scrub

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Four unique blends of organic ingredients create body scrubs that exfoliate and nourish your skin. Their chocolate body scrub, for example, is made with cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and healing honey. [Read about their organic ingredients here.

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Paleo Pumpkin Brownies

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today, Becky from A Calculated Whisk is sharing this gorgeous Paleo Pumpkin Brownie recipe. I asked her to guest post here, so you can have her site as a resource. Becky is a skilled food photographer who shares grain-free, foodie-friendly, creative recipes. She’s also written a cookbook featuring international paleo-ified recipes called Paleo Planet. A […]

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Organic on a Budget

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Organic on a Budget | Eat organic without breaking the bank.Read More ...

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The 11 Best Organic Bedding and Sheet Sources

The 11 Best Organic Bedding and Sheet Sources

by Meggan Knowles @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

You spend about one-third of your life in bed, so it's an important place to invest in clean, healthy, and beautiful products! These 11 makers of natural and organic bedding offer a range of designs to suit every taste and budget.

Sapo Company

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

A family owned and operated business that offers 100% Natural & Organic Soaps that are made right here in the USA. “Each bar is made with at least 85% organic ingredients and no artificial colors, fragrances, ingredients or preservatives.” Choose from unscented or mostly non-floral scents such as lemongrass, peppermint, shea honey, thyme, and oatmeal […]

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5 Simple Steps You Can Take To Live Longer, Banish Blood Sugar Swings & Massively Enhance Energy Levels.

by Ashley Broas @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Yeah, yeah, I know it's risky to begin a blog post with a big scary phrase, but I'm going to

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Why It’s Important To Sleep On A Chemical-Free Mattress

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping in your bed. If you think about it, that’s a lot of time spent snuggling up to your mattress. Your bed should be your sanctuary, allowing you to get the rest your body and mind need, without putting your health at risk. Unfortunately, not all mattresses are healthy to sleep on. Today, all U.S. mattresses must meet federal Read More

Why We Switched to Non-Toxic Mattresses from My Green Mattress - Mom Saves Money

Why We Switched to Non-Toxic Mattresses from My Green Mattress - Mom Saves Money


Mom Saves Money

Find out why we switched to non-toxic mattresses from My Green Mattress for our kids.

How to Prevent and Treat Mastitis Naturally

How to Prevent and Treat Mastitis Naturally

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Inside: The symptoms of mastitis and blocked ducts, plus home remedies that may help and tips for preventing mastitis.  Did you know that when you kiss your baby, your breastmilk changes as needed to combat pathogens? It’s true. “When a mother kisses her baby, she ‘samples’ those pathogens that are on the baby’s face – […]

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Your Guide To Sustainably Farmed Flowers For Valentine’s Day

Your Guide To Sustainably Farmed Flowers For Valentine’s Day

by Katherine Oakes @ The Good Trade

Opt out of the traditional bouquet of roses this year and instead choose sustainably-grown flowers for your Valentine's sweetheart. By choosing fair trade, organic and sustainably-grown bouquets, you'll be making less of a negative impact on the planet and a very positive impact on your loved ones. Here's our guide to what to look for and where to shop!

Keeping it Clean

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Keeping it Clean | Reducing microplastics in our oceans.Read More ...

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How To Make A Paleo Thanksgiving

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

As my fifth grain-free Thanksgiving arrives, I feel wise and weathered in my experience. I’ve perfected each of these recipes, and I look forward to sitting down to a feast with plenty of flavor and no gluten. 1. Turkey and mashed potatoes, as usual I’m not in charge of the turkey this year, and the family […]

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Pregnancy-Safe Makeup {Safer Cosmetics for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

You know that innate feeling of responsibility that you develop when you first become a mom? For me, it developed almost instantly after I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I suddenly had this overwhelming sense of responsibility to give my babies the very best. MY best. My mama bear instincts kicked into […]

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Holistic Health Care for Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Are you interested in holistic health care or functional medicine but have some fears or concerns when it comes to using it for your kids? Let’s look at the myths and fears around holistic health care. First, I’ll explain what holistic medicine is NOT. It’s not an alternative to conventional medicine. It’s not a question of either/or. …Read More

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Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowls

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s guest post is shared by my dear friend Kari at Whole Life, Full Soul. You may remember her gorgeous Paleo Blondies she shared here. Kari is not only a talented cook and photographer, she is a strong and compassionate soul. One of my favorite way to spend an afternoon is with Kari, recipe […]

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The Best Natural & Organic Mattresses: A Buyer's Guide & Review | Organic Newsroom

The Best Natural & Organic Mattresses: A Buyer's Guide & Review | Organic Newsroom


Organic Newsroom

Mattresses are one of the most-unknown sources of toxins in most households—required by law to be coated in toxic chemicals. Organic mattresses are sourced from organically-grown materials, are hypo-allergenic, and utilize natural flame-retarded materials such as organic wool. This combination of features allow organic mattresses to provide a great degree of health-conscious comfort ideal for anyone …

10 Tips for Starting Keto

by Healing in our Homes @ Healing in Our Homes

Healing in Our Homes

10 Tips for Starting Keto Considering the Ketogenic diet? I thought the whole concept was totally crazy when a friend first told me about it.  While I’ve given up sugar for months at a time and done several rounds of Whole 30, I have never been a fan of giving up food God made, like... [Read More]

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What Is The Best Eco-Friendly Way To Clean Your Mattress?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Is It Important To Clean Your Mattress? You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping on your mattress, so it’s important to keep it clean and fresh. Cleaning your mattress, in the best eco-friendly way, may seem complicated. However, it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Many people don’t realize the importance of cleaning their mattresses regularly, even though there may be dirt, dust Read More

EMF Protection for Your Family

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  I remember a time when cell phones, laptops and the Internet didn’t exist – and it was not that long ago. Now most of us are so dependent on our cell phones, tablets and laptops that we can’t imagine being without them. EMF protection is something we now need to consider. Scientists are beginning …Read More

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Inner Work For Self Reflection: Letting Inner Beauty Shine

by Deborah Burnes @ Dr Frank Lipman

The month of February evokes thoughts of couples, roses, chocolate, date nights, and romance. We want to impress, spoil, and dote on loved ones. During this time it’s important to remember that real love starts within. I see February as a time for self-reflection, growth, and change—a time to connect with who we are, who we want to be, and feeling comfortable in our own skin. This inner work is what illuminates our outer beauty.

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Baba Ganoush Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Baba ganoush, and paleo-friendly dips Before I began a grain-free diet to address my autoimmune disease, I relied on hummus and carrot sticks for many travel-friendly lunches. As my new diet excluded legumes, however, hummus was no longer an option. I couldn’t go long without a staple dip recipe, because I needed something for picnics and easy appetizers. […]

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Green Business Security

by @ Green Home Library

When it comes to security, there are several alternative green options that are just as efficient as conventional ones which currently support pollution and waste.

Green Hacker Security

These days it is essential to hire an online security company to protect your small business computer system. The problem is that many of the energy sources from these huge servers are a significant drain on natural resources, threatening water conservation, clean air and global warming.

When shopping for or switching to an online security company ask if they support any alternative energy platforms to run their business. Whether solar or wind, hydro or hydrogen fuel, there are no more excuses why non-alternative would be a better choice.

Lock it Smart

Smart locks are taking over the security industry, reducing material waste and extra energy use. You may not think of keys as a problem but like any raw material they are a small part of excessive steel production.

By using smart locks you do not need a key or even a card to enter and exit, instead access is granted via computer or smart phone, speeding up production and increasing revenue. No more lost keys, broken doors or long gas guzzling drives to open a lock or handoff a key.

Work in Motion

Installing motion detectors can significantly cut back on wasted light energy. Rather than a light that burns for hours straight, a motion detector only illuminates when the security beam is breached. This saves energy as well as elongates the life of your light bulb. Many motion detectors are solar powered storing enough energy during the day to operate throughout the night.

Get an Umbrella

Most insurance companies offer full coverage which includes vehicles, property and damage. By bundling all of these under the same plan your financial security becomes a financial and environmental win. This is because it requires less office supplies, power and so many other intricacies which would most likely double if you had separate plans. If a security team is needed, ask if your insurance company provides and covers this part of your small business as well.

Utilize AI and VR

The future is practically on top of us as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) permeate beyond gaming and into the medical, transportation and military sectors as well. When it comes to environmental benefits, these two technologies are poised to be the ruling factor on how you run your life, business and what carbon footprint you emit.

AI is currently taking over the home improvement industry with the smart home application by controlling temperature, lighting, and appliance usage. This is now being applied to small businesses and is showing a significant impact. Whether kitchen adjustments, bathroom water utilization or office space energy control, AI has taken the guesswork out of energy use, automatically saving resources and money. When it comes to small business security, AI offers real time audio alerts regarding intrusion, both physical or online and brings more user ease for smart lock applications as well.

VR is offering an opportunity for the small business and/or consumer user to enter worlds that are both engaging and educational showing front and center how global warming, pollution and lack of social consciousness is affecting our planet. This can be a consumer draw as it is capable of “wowing” customers while at the same time keeping them in your space.

VR is also being used to reduce small business ordering waste by allowing “virtual stock” to determine space allocation as well as reordering prompts. On the security platform, VR brings night vision as well as bird’s eye and around corner viewing. Add in drones to the mix and VR combined with AI can cover security for small businesses that include zoo layouts, large warehouses or farm spaces.

Loud and Clear

Any green addition to your small business is also an opportunity to alert your consumers or clients to how you are on-board with sustainable solutions. It has already been studied how a large subset that is rapidly turning mainstream embraces and supports green businesses, especially small businesses. By utilizing and advertising your green security system you are adding to your potential future business while helping save our planet at the same time.

 

Green business security is changing for the better. It offers environmental benefits as well as bottom line increase, consumer draw and peace of mind.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

It’s ironic, right? You put clothes and towels and sheets into a washing machine to get CLEAN. But what happens if you’re washing machine is the reason your stuff is coming out DIRTY? It’s a real problem – and one that’s not visible to the naked eye. That’s why you need to know how to...

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This Winter Commit to Your Optimal Health

by @ Green Home Library

With a nationwide freeze in play, now is a great time to start an activity program that will tighten and tone so when the snow starts to melt, you are ready to hit-the-ground-running. From yoga, to sports, or cycling there are a variety of activities you can utilize to propel your mind and body toward a more optimal health status. Find your inner passion activity that inspires you to get moving, and commit to your optimal health.

A Stressless Slide

Whether it's a New Year’s resolution or an, “I’m gonna do it this time” attitude, you just may be putting too much stress on yourself. This is why high numbers of good intentions quickly fall short particularly when it comes to diet and exercise. This winter, take the time to commit to something you really want to do for all the right reasons. If you are joining a gym just to lose weight you could be putting more pressure up front than you should. Instead, approach an activity commitment with as much passion as you can add to it. For instance, if you love playing softball then join or form a team and spend your time at the gym revolving around softball training. Maybe you need more peace and solitude in your life so why not choose a yoga class to get you there. Try and keep trying until the class or activity is a fit for you. There is no need to follow the pack just because it's easy, instead, think outside the box and find an activity that makes you look forward to it, not dread it in your gut simply to shave off a few pounds.

Keeping it Green

As you embark on finding your inner passion activity, take some time to consider the tools you will choose to get you there and keep you going. Whatever activity you choose, there’s an Eco-friendly accessory that can accompany it. No need to succumb to wasteful trends that use petroleum based rubbers and plastics. No need to purchase sneakers, workout clothes, and other essential gear manufactured in conditions that don't support fair wages and rights. Now, you can choose products that will support your inner goals while reinforcing a healthy planet at the same time. For instance, carry your own water bottle made from recycled steel; it that will stand up to the rigors of everyday wear and tear while being sustainable and supporting your health.

Science Daily reports on a study by Concordia University in Montreal which found that companies manufacturing green gear are sought after by consumers like you. Published in the Journal of Retailing, co-author of the study Maryam Tofighi commented, “Our findings indicate that consumers expect products with ethical attributes -- be they environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced or fair trade -- to come with a higher price tag. Companies would be wise to take advantage of those expectations,”

 

Don’t let the winter blues pull you down but rather look at this season as an opportunity to re-shift and reboot. From the balance of yoga, to the excitement of a team sport, this spring could be the new start you are looking for. Take your time to find the right activity you are passionate about, choose your green gear, and then enter your new path, fully loaded with a steadfast commitment to the most important commodity...you.

14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online

14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online


Citrus Sleep

Review the best organic, natural and eco friendly mattresses and brands that have been designed by these top mattress companies so you can have a soothing night's sleep regardless of your income. Live and Sleep Eco-Friendly Mattress. Layla Sleep Memory Foam Mattress. My Green Mattress. Avocado Organ

Why You Should Care About Restorative Sleep

by Jenny Stoddard @ Intellibed

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Best Soft Mattress for Your Needs

by Candace Osmond @ The Sleep Judge

How to Find the Best Mattress for Back Pain

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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Are Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients Safe?

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on January 13th, 2018Before we talk about Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients, let me tell you something.   When I started writing this blog, it suddenly hit me.   I knew that whatever we put on our skin gets … Continued

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Crystals for the Home: Healing Stone Decor

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

Can your home décor affect your health? That’s something that I have always been interested in. I truly believe that some items can make you feel bad (both physically and/or emotionally) and some are very beneficial to your mood and well being. When I started reading about crystals for the home, I was intrigued …...

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How Does Sugar Negatively Impact Our Health?

by Kate @ Real Food RN

You may believe you don’t eat much sugar, certainly not as much as most people. Even the most health-conscious people eat more sugar than they think they do though because it’s everywhere. It’s hidden in condiments, soups, and even meat! So even if you faithfully abstain from sugary ice cream treats and sugar-laden cereal, you […]

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WTF?! Is The Truth About Soy?!

WTF?! Is The Truth About Soy?!

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Some research has shown that chemical components in GMO soy may actually promote dementia, cancer, reproductive system problems, and thyroid disorders.

Turkey BLT Salad with Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I invited Lauren from Wicked Spatula to guest post here, because I want you to discover the wealth of creative recipes on her site! This week is Thanksgiving, which means turkey leftovers… so pull out this recipe on the 25th.  Hi! I’m Lauren, the author and owner behind the health conscious website Wicked Spatula. I write […]

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Mould Testing Overview - Pros and Cons of Different Methods

by noreply@blogger.com (Corinne) @ My Chemical-Free House

First I want to talk about the most reliable test which is how you feel in the house compared to other places. Unfortunately this is not always as simple as it sounds to execute. There are different ways to undertake this experiment. The simplest way is to stay in your backyard in a tent or all metal trailer without bringing any possessions from the house. The most obvious complication here is that you will need to go inside to use the washroom unless you get a porta potty! You may also be so sensitive that the house has contaminated the air outside (I have experienced being outside of a house and being able to smell the mould).

The next option would be to stay somewhere where other people recovering from mould illness (and MCS) have felt better. This could be a campground, KOA cabin, Airbnb or other rental. I have a lot more details on this in my post on the Locations Effect and Mould Sabbatical.

Once you have gotten "clear" and done some recovering you might be wondering how do you test a house to find out if it's good? Some people can walk into a house and know if it's good for them. But even the most sensitive people usually need to request to spend 3 nights trialling the house. This is not always an option, but you should ask. Usually people sleep better in a house that is mould free, but me and other CIRS patients have found that there is some mould that puts you into a zombie sleep where you sleep more (and then get sicker). So even a three-night test can be tricky.

It is also good to verify the house is safe with mould testing. The most common test for CIRS (mould patients) is the ERMI. It is highly recommended by Shoemaker certified doctors as the test to use. The range of the ERMI scores goes from minus 10 to positive 20. You need a score or 2 or lower to be treated and recover from mould illness according to Dr. Shoemaker.

Other types of mould tests can also be useful. A tape lift will get you definitive results on visible mould. I look at the options below. This is a very simple overview just to give you the general idea of what is out there in a way that is not overwhelming - you may want to look more into each of these different methods. Please note that my sources were biased towards mould advocates Lisa Petrison from Paradigm Change, Greg Muske from Biotoxin Journey, Dr. Shoemaker and Cheryl Ciecko, an architect who specialises in mould. I have attempted to cross-check their information. However, going with information from the companies that do house inspections can be biased and contradictory. (All sources at end of post, which you can read for more detail).

ERMI

Cons

- Doesn’t work well in brand new houses.

- You need dust that has settled for a while (wait 4-6 weeks to re-test an area).

- Having very little dust or a high amount of dust can skew results.

- Having a high amount of outside dirt inside can skew results. Having high or low outdoor spores counts can skew results.

- May not be an even distribution of spores throughout the house if mould is only coming from one place and the house is large.

- It is known to miss major mould problems when people are very sick in their house. Similarly, after a remediation, a CIRS patient can still be sick from the mycotoxins left behind despite a low score.


Pros

-"Only the ERMI and HERTSMI have been associated with sequential activation of innate immune responses, not air testing.” Dr. Shoemaker. Meaning it is the only test that he found that is consistently in line with lab results for CIRS, despite its drawbacks.

- Vacuum method can pick of heavy spores like Stachy and the Swifer method can also be used to pick up places with accumulated dust that has been there for 4 months. John Banta always tries to use the vacuum method over swipe method.

- It's pretty affordable at $300. You do it yourself. The lab recommended is Mycometrics.

HERTSMI-2

-Similar to ERMI but tests for a handful of moulds most commonly associated with water damaged buildings. It is cheaper than ERMI. I would go for the full ERMI and you can still calculate your HERTSMI value from that. Shoemaker certified doctors will consider your HERTSMI score as well as ERMI score.

Tape Lifts

Cons

- You need to have visible mould.

- It assists you with what type of mould it is and not how widespread the problem is.

Pros

- Tells you what kind of mould you have when you have a visible sample.

- Allows you to know if this is a toxic mould.

- You can do it yourself.

- It's the cheaper way to test for visible mould.

I used this DIY Tape Lift to test a few areas in a house I go into often. The results came back showing me what type of mould it was. It confirmed that the mould was one that is toxic that comes from water damage. Though you need to get a decent amount of mould on the tape otherwise your results will just show scattered pieces.

Spore Traps (Air Test)

Cons

- Needs to be taken near the source, so you have to know where the source is.

- Shoemaker says: "The industry standard of sampling the air for spores is not an acceptable substitute for many reasons. One of the main limitations is that over 99% of the particles that carry the inflammagens from water damaged buildings are smaller than 3 microns. Spore traps can only detect particles that are larger than 3 microns and therefore, miss over 99% of the inflammagens.”

- Spore traps identify round, intact spores. So they will not catch evidence of past problem that have left mycotoxins.

- Can miss/underreport certain heavy species like stachy.

- Expensive.

Pros

- The test is more standardised than tape lifts, swabs, cultures, and mould-dogs, they claim.

- It is the most widely used mould test.

- You can compare inside and outside air.

Dishes

Cons

- Hard to know where to place the dish to get capture the mould if you don’t know where the mould is coming from.

- Doesn’t get you an accurate relative reading since some mould is harder to catch and some proliferate faster in the dish than others.

- Stachy is a slow grower compared to other moulds in the dish.

Pros

- Can be used in multiple places to compare and for general observation.

- Can give you more details on the exact type of mould than other tests.

- Inexpensive.

- John Banta does a culture of the dust used for ERMI to compare and get more details

Here is one you can do yourself.

Mould Dogs

Cons

- Can only detect a handful of moulds.

- Hard to know if they are well trained, look for good references of the company.

- They can’t tell you if it’s high amount of mould or a trace from after a remediation.

- The dog can only sniff in areas where they can reach.

Pros

- They are good at finding the source if it is within their reach.

- The dog can smell both live and dead mould.

- You can pinpoint the area where you need to do further testing.

VOC testing

Cons

- There is controversy around the accuracy of this testing.

- Not widely used.

Pros

- Test the levels of mycotoxins and other VOCs in the air.

Here is a company that does this kind of testing that is recommended. It goes to an AIHA accredited lab.

Sources:

http://biotoxinjourney.com/mold-testing/
http://paradigmchange.me/testing/
https://www.nachi.org/tape-sampling-mold-inspection.htm
http://healthybuildingscience.com/2013/02/14/mold-testing-air-quality/
Public postings by Cheryl Ciecko (Architect)
John Banta interview
Dr Shoemaker Q&A

Disclosure: Some of the links to products and supplies on this page go through my affiliate partners. This post uses Amazon Affiliate links. Buying through these links helps support this blog and does not affect the price for the consumer. I was given the Tape Lift test to see if I liked and recommended it.

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Groundwork Coffee Organic Grounds!

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Groundwork Coffee Organic Grounds!

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

What's better than gifting something you made with your hands? We made some non toxic holiday coffee scrubs with organic Groundwork Coffee!

3 Easy DIY Vegetable Wash Recipes (Spray Or Soak)

3 Easy DIY Vegetable Wash Recipes (Spray Or Soak)

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Despite what lawmakers say, pizza sauce is not a vegetable. For starters, tomatoes are fruits.:) Now, there have definitely been times when I’ve put egg drop soup on the table with pickles (also a fruit!) because it’s all I could pull together, but I try to include veggies as much as possible – creamy kale […]

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EPA: Don’t let industry write the rules on toxic chemicals

EPA: Don’t let industry write the rules on toxic chemicals

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Get this: Nancy Beck has been appointed to the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Beck has previously advocated for chemical companies like Monsanto! Her interests lie in protecting the chemical industry, rather than public health.

Cultured Cranberry-Orange Chutney

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

This simple cultured cranberry-orange chutney is an excellent way to add a fermented boost to your holiday or family gathering! Cultured Cranberry-Orange Chutney Ingredients: 3 c. frozen or fresh cranberries 1-2 fresh oranges, peeled and de-seeded 1-2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 2-4 tbsp. whole cane or other unrefined sugar (honey is also an option... 

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Cultured Cranberry-Orange Chutney

Quinoa Salad

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Quinoa is a grain-like seed, one of the few vegetarian foods that contains a complete protein (all of the essential amino acids). It lends itself well to a quinoa salad! When sprouted or fermented, quinoa is often tolerated well by those who follow a grain-free or gluten-free protocol. (I buy Thrive Market’s organic sprouted quinoa.)... 

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Quinoa Salad

How To Reverse The Damage From Cell Phone Radiation, Hidden Sources Of EMF, The Best Way To Measure Your EMF Exposure & Much More With Dr. Joseph Mercola!

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. My guest on this show first appeared on the

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Paleo Zucchini Flatbread

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Paleo Zucchini Flatbread This flatbread is inspired by various recipes I’ve Pinterested upon (Pinterested is officially a verb in my vocabulary) for zucchini tortillas. Similar recipes contain cheese or breadcrumbs as a binder. I created a version bound with coconut flour and arrowroot flour. With a sturdy texture, this flatbread stands up as a side dish for rich meat […]

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Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018

Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018


Nontoxic Reboot

If you were to only pick one item to switch in your journey for a nontoxic reboot, I would say that you should get a nontoxic mattress. Why? It by far has the most impact out of any other single it…

What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress

What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress


Dr Frank Lipman

If you're in the market for a non-toxic mattress--whether it's for a crib or a California king--here is what I suggest you avoid:

How Often Should I Change Hand Towels?

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

In our house, we use hand towels in the bathroom, kitchen and guest bathroom. Cloth hand towels are so much nicer and luxurious than paper hand towels. (They are also more sustainable and less expensive, too.) When cold and flu season starts, though, I always find myself wondering how often should I change hand towels?...

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Vivapure

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Raw organic superfoods from around the world. “Here at Vivapura, there are no secrets about how we operate. As a company, we’ve made a huge effort to make our processes transparent. This is very important, because our competitors do not tell you how they source and make their products.”..Vivapure superfoods are ALWAYS RAW. Unadulterated. Nutrient […]

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Sneak Peak and Q&A

by noreply@blogger.com (Corinne) @ My Chemical-Free House

I made a short video tour of my tiny house and will follow with some Q&As below!


Everything You Need to Know from Latex Bliss on Vimeo. If you are searching for a mattress in Austin, you owe it to yourself to come in and take a look at Austin Natural Mattress. Yes, we pride ourselves on natural & organic mattresses, because they are non-toxic, and just smarter. You are not giving anything up by buying a cleaner product. But outside of that, it should be mentioned that our mattresses are also on the cutting edge of technology and quite simply the highest quality mattresses on...

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Granola Bars

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

I’m not sure where the weekend went but I don’t remember any of it. Most likely because I was poisoned by my friend’s smoke machine at his Halloween party on Friday. This guy goes ALL OUT for Halloween and he […]

How to Fluff a Bamboo Pillow Two Ways + General Pillow Care

by Review Team @ The Sleep Judge

Finding the Perfect Materials for Non-Toxic Mattress

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Building the perfect non-toxic mattress starts with finding the safest, most natural materials. Because no matter what other companies do in the manufacturing process, or how many fancy marketing names they create to make their products “sound” more organic, if you don’t start with pure, wholesome materials, you can’t create a truly non-toxic mattress. So when... Read more »

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Is That Rash Really Eczema or Contact Dermatitis?

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

Is that rash really eczema? Try this simple test to make sure it's not just a case of contact dermatitis caused by irritants in skin care or laundry detergent or fabric softener.

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A Day in the Life on our Urban Farm

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Seven years ago we were newbies at urban farming… We didn’t know how to grow anything and, truth be told, I was a teensy bit afraid of chickens. I had always been interested in urban farming, but it wasn’t until I was married and had kids of my own that I took my farming dream seriously. At the time my dream developed we were living in a small condo, and

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Let’s Celebrate! We’ve Created the First Certified Non-Toxic Sofa in the US

by Admin @ New Living

We’ve got big news that we are so excited to share! Our very own Tilly Sofa is officially the first certified non-toxic sofa in the USA! At New Living, we care about health and not only feature organic and natural mattresses from lots of health conscious brands, we also create pieces with our partners HTX […]

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Top 5 Serta Adjustable Mattresses

by Star Newcomb @ The Sleep Judge

What’s In Houston’s Air?

by Admin @ New Living

Toulene, Benzene, o-Xylene. Do these sound healthy to breathe? Do you know how much of them in Houston?         Thanks to Air Alliance Houston & Sketch City, you can find out what and when chemicals in your air in almost real time. The most common of which are: Benzene Toulene Ethylbenzene o-Xylene […]

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5 Toxic Effects of Botox and Cosmetic Surgery

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

This article focuses on the effects of cosmetic surgeries primarily aimed at women. I understand that women get plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. My goal is to provide information so women can make well-informed choices about their body. I also aim to identify the unquestioned beliefs that allow the cosmetic surgery industry to […]

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Breakfast to Go

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Breakfast to Go | 13 make-ahead breakfast recipes.Read More ...

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Why You Need a Non Toxic Mattress

Why You Need a Non Toxic Mattress


Real Food RN

What’s on Your Mattress? Toxic Mattress Facts Revealed: Why You Need a Non Toxic Mattress!

Screen Time

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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Importance of Green Baby Bedding

by @ Green Home Library

You have been living in progressive times with technological, medical and industrial advances happening practically daily. Yet, with all this forward movement, when it comes to pollution, health, and safety, some free-enterprise ventures remain off course.

Serious health risks are now connected to the toxins from many plastic products which, studies are confirming, have continuously leached into our lives creating accumulative effects linked to disease. Now, plastic toxin exposure is showing to be a threat to our children which is why the importance of green baby bedding is an essential protective first step.

Off-Gassing Risks

When home improvement materials such as paints and plastics are manufactured, the risk of dangerous fumes subtly emitting from some of these products should be concerning. These off-gassed fumes are volatile organic compounds or VOC’s such as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), phthalates and phthalate alternatives. Breathing VOC’s could cause the body to embed toxic residue in muscles and other tissue. Due to an underdeveloped immune system and fragile state, new and existing data show that infants are the most vulnerable groups for contracting these off-gassed toxic emissions.

In a study by researchers at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, published in Environmental Science & Technology (12/16/14), the abstract states,

“In infant sleep micro-environments, an increase in the temperature of the mattress can cause a significant increase in emission of phthalates from the mattress cover and make the concentration in the infant's breathing zone about four times higher than that in the bulk room air, resulting in potentially high exposure.”

Phthalates and phthalate alternatives are linked to causing disorders of hormonal regulation which may include health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Early puberty
  • Infertility
  • ADHD
  • Cancer

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) interviewed Dr. Brandon E. Boor, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Purdue University who commented that,

“We need innovative research to come up with manufacturing practices and ingredients that put children’s health first and ensure that we don’t end up with a new toxic chemical.There is now a real movement on the state and federal level to reduce Americans' exposure to flame retardants in furniture, foam and other items, because research shows that these chemicals accumulate in the bodies of people, increase the risk of cancer and can harm hormones”

Off-the-Grid

Mainstream consumerism is continuously bombarded with slick advertising and many manipulated words such as “natural” and “safe.” In reality, most people have no idea that many products they trustingly purchase are ticking time bombs of off-gassing exposure.

When it comes to merchandise for baby and kids, thinking twice about utilizing “off-the-grid” manufacturers, especially for crib mattresses and bedding, could be life saving.

Off-the-grid products come from unconventional companies that offer a variety of alternative options beyond the possible dangers associated with mainstream choices. These might include materials like:

  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Organic cotton
  • All-natural green tea
  • Organic Merino wool

Many green crib mattresses are also made in the USA and meet the same fire safety standards as synthetic choices. Be sure and ask questions when purchasing a green crib mattress such as:

  • Is it organic?
  • Has flame retardant been added to this material?
  • Is this material a good deterrent for mites, bedbugs, etc.?
  • Are there any levels or citations that confirm the authenticity and safety of this mattress?

 

Baby furniture, bedding and blankets do not need to be a danger zone for your child. The importance of green baby bedding is imperative and can only start with you. It offers peace mind that your child is starting out on the right foot before they can even walk.

Best Mattress Reviews of 2018 – Yearly Report

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

If you plan on buying a new bed soon, you might be curious to know who has the best mattresses, and which ones to avoid. […]

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10 More Essential Oil Myths Every Oil User Must Know

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

One of the leading essential oil educators, Jimm Harrison, has been my mentor and instructor in aromatherapy. Jimm created and teaches the aromatherapy program for Bastyr University, one of the most well-known naturopathic universities. He teaches across the globe, is the author of Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics, and has 30 years of experience […]

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Our In-Depth DreamCloud Bed Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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20 doTERRA Christmas diffuser blends

by Healing in our Homes @ Healing in Our Homes

Healing in Our Homes

20 doTERRA Christmas diffuser blends Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year”! It can be magical and lovely but it can also be stressful – especially if you are the one making all of the magic happen. Getting amazing Christmas diffuser blends in your diffuser can change the entire mood of your home.... [Read More]

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POPs, Those Toxic, Manmade Persistent Organic Pollutants

by @ Green Home Library

But This Time It’s Nature Doing the Dirty Work!

In the late 1970s, the U.S. government banned a group of manmade chemical compounds known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) thanks to scientific evidence that they caused harm to both people and animals.

This group of toxins, along with DDT, PCBs, and PBDEs, are all classified as POPs, or persistent organic pollutants – chemicals with such serious side effects that nations around the globe joined to ban them in 2004 in what is known as the Stockholm Convention.

Nature Makes POPs, Too

It was a magnificent effort, but one that Nature herself may be undermining. According to some scientists, certain bacteria, fungi, plants and waterborne organisms may now be making their own, counterfeit versions of PCBs, PBDEs, and other banned compounds.

Scientists don’t yet know whether their production is part of a natural process or some response to the chemicals we have already introduced into earth’s biosphere. The most burning question, however, may be why Nature is reproducing these POPs?

Take a group of chemicals called organohalogens, which are being found in seabird eggs along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, according to researcher Sheryl Tittlemier of Carleton University.

These organic halogen compounds are structurally very similar to manmade DDT, halogenated dioxins, and brominated flame retardants. In nature, they are produced by marine organisms such as the acorn worm, for example, and production is verified by carbon-14 dating – a highly conclusive method for anything less than 50,000 years old.

The list of naturally produced POPs currently approaches 6,000, and challenges the perception that humans have produced more of these toxic compounds than Nature!

Natural POPs Making Their Way Up the Food Chain

Most scientists support the idea that these Nature-made POPs are as harmful to species as the ones chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow and 3M once made.

Several studies – one from the University of Missouri – have found trace amounts of POPs in pet food (and, of course, pets). The worst offender is BPA, or Bisphenol A, found in the lining of far too many pet food cans. The most troubling aspect of this problem is that at least two of the manufacturers lied about the presence of bisphenol A in their cans.

Traces of hydroxylated PBDEs have also been found in humans. The greatest risk is to people eating a marine diet, including fish; shellfish like oysters, crabs and lobster; whales and dolphins; seaweeds and microalgae; squid; sea cucumbers; jellyfish; and frogs.

Women in the Faroe Islands, who commonly ate whale blubber, had traces of these “natural” PCBs in their breast milk. Unfortunately, these naturally produced compounds can’t be banned as easily as manmade PCBs, so scientists are using analytical techniques like genome sampling to figure out which organisms are synthesizing the chemicals, how they do it, and why.

So far, the worst culprits appear to be marine sponges, whose bodies harbor 10 percent or more (by dry weight) of polybrominated compounds! Good reason, if you needed one, not to buy bath sponges.

But Why?

The immediate question is what risk do these “Nature-made” chemicals present. The biggest question is why would Nature manufacture toxic chemicals man has already banned?

The answer, suggest scientists, is the result of chemical warfare, this time by bacteria.

“Bacteria use chemicals to protect themselves from threats and to taste bad to predators,” notes Vinayak Agarwal of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The same aptitude that makes bacteria able to engage in chemical warfare may also make them highly adept at breaking down similar manmade chemicals in the environment. Take, for example, a General Electric Superfund site along the Hudson River in New York, where some naturally occurring microbes have learned to break down PCBs released into the river for three decades.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Nature could reverse our carelessness with chemicals? It might even make the extra body burden of persistent organic chemicals acceptable.

Or would it?

Why we carry Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattresses.

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

When Does “No Flame Retardants” NOT Actually Mean “No Flame Retardants”? Many commonly used flame retardant chemicals are being connected to health and developmental issues. Want a mattress without flame retardant chemicals? Get one that’s certified organic from your mattress store. Otherwise, flame retardants will probably be in that mattress, even if greenwashing marketing suggests otherwise, and you’re going to need to guess what they are. It’s not easy to find out what flame retardants are in your mattress. Let me explain with a little compare and contrast. We say “Naturepedic mattresses meet all government flammability standards...

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The 6 Best Mattress Picks For Under $1000 – 2018 Edition

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Phosphatidylserine: The Brain Nutrient That Changed My Life

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Medication submerged my personality I empowered myself with nutrition at age 19 in order to eliminate pharmaceutical drugs from my life. At this young age, I had already been on countless drugs to manage my “incurable” disease. I was taking drugs to treat the side effects of those drugs. This medication cocktail made my mind a […]

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How to Use Vinegar to Clean Your Toilet

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

The next time you notice a ring around your toilet, don’t reach for a bottle of smelly chemical cleaner. Instead, look to your pantry. Because you can use vinegar to clean your toilet! That’s right. This pantry staple that costs just pennies per use is an all-star in the cleaning world. Even on toilets. How...

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Our Nectar vs. Purple Bed Comparison for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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5 Myths About Toxic Mold

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

What is the truth about toxic mold? Can it be hazardous to our health? Why all the fear-mongering? 5 Myths About Toxic Mold Myth #1: Mold is everywhere. While it’s true that mold is an essential part of nature, it is not true that mold exists everywhere indoors. If this were true, why would mold... 

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5 Myths About Toxic Mold

5 Natural Ways To Help Your Child Focus and Thrive at School

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

We strive to meet the individual needs of each of our kids in order to be successful in school, and we've found several effective ways to help your child focus and thrive too.

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Butternut Squash Noodles with Kale and Chévre

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Five ingredient butternut squash noodles This vegetable spiralizer turns a butternut squash into vibrant, paleo-friendly pasta in just seconds.  In addition to the stunning color, butternut squash noodles offer a sturdier alternative to the ubiquitous zucchini noodles. The starchier, sweeter texture holds up to heavier pasta sauces, but works just as well with this light cream […]

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Non-Toxic Bedroom: Latex Mattress

Non-Toxic Bedroom: Latex Mattress


EverydayMaven™

Part 1 of my Non-Toxic Bedroom: Latex Mattress. Not all latex is equal. I'll help you wade through the info so you know what to look for!

Have Your Earth-Friendly Baby Wipes Been Greenwashed?

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

Have your earth-friendly baby wipes been greenwashed? It's come to our attention that two brands are using questionable ingredients and advertisements. Learn what you can do about it!

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Is Great Sleep Worth It?

by Jenny Stoddard @ Intellibed

  What Is Your Bed Really Worth?   One of the considerations people make when purchasing a mattress is how long it will last. Factoring into that consideration are materials, warranty and general wear and tear. Many people feel that if you can get about 10 years out of a mattress, you’ve found something reasonable.…

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The Best Food For Your Dog!

The Best Food For Your Dog!

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Most commercial pet food is feed-grade rather than human-grade. Feed-grade is less regulated and lower quality than human-grade. So, even if companies claim that their products are healthy, they may still use subpar ingredients.

5 Reasons Why We Must Search Beyond Science for Healing

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

What if there is an option that does not cause side effects? If you’ve taken pharmaceutical drugs, you may have noticed a common theme: side effects. Consider all the pharmaceutical advertisements you’ve seen on TV, and how the narrator drones on about possible side effects may include, but are not limited to… The most popular […]

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12 Toxic Hormone-Altering Chemicals And How To Avoid Them

12 Toxic Hormone-Altering Chemicals And How To Avoid Them

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies. Here are 12 of the worst hormone disruptors, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them.

The Power of Napping

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

As most of us know, it’s very difficult to fit in the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. However, there is a great substitute for this that a lot of us tend to overlook: napping! This little nugget of luxury is something that gets thrown by the wayside upon adulthood. It’s unfortunate since adequate sleep provides so many benefits and even contributes to longevity. Research by NASA shows that naps escalate performance. Their pilots who took 25 minute naps were twice as focused and more attentive than those who didn’t. NASA also found that taking naps enhanced reaction times...

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Autoimmune Paleo “Cheese” Crackers Recipe

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This week’s recipe is from Michelle, who is regularly contributing Autoimmune Paleo recipes. I heard your many requests for egg-free recipes. Since I’m not an expert in egg-free baking, Michelle is coming to the rescue.  There are few things more nostalgic to me than cheese crackers. Extra points if they’re shaped like cute […]

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Non-Toxic Baby Toys {How to Buy Safer Toys for Your Baby}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

In an ideal world, all toys would be safe and there would be no need for worry. There would be no toy recalls and no toys with unsafe levels of lead or BPA. Obviously, that’s not the case and most toy manufacturers won’t think twice about using PVC in their toys or paint sourced from […]

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6 Kinds of Sheep’s Milk Cheese You Should Try Today

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Sheep’s milk cheese? Is that a thing? Although sheep’s milk seems rare and hard to find, sheep cheeses are available in almost every grocery store. You may have already eaten sheep’s cheese without knowing it, as some of the most famous imported cheeses are (or, at least, can be) made from sheep milk: Feta (Greece, Italy, and France), Ricotta and Pecorino Romano (Italy) and Roquefort (France). Increasingly, you may encounter

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30 Day Declutter Plan for a Healthy Home

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

Want to declutter your life? Wondering how to organize your home quickly? Wish you had less stress in your house? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably need a 30 Day Declutter Plan. Why Is Clutter Bad? Clutter is bad for your home in so many ways. You probably already...

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13 Healthy Ways To Fight The Flu, Without Getting A Flu Shot

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

Though the flu season rages on, I’m not a fan of flu shots. I don’t get them and rarely recommend them to anyone (with the possible exception of the very elderly or frail). The effectiveness of flu shots on otherwise healthy people is questionable, their ingredients include plenty of toxins, and the flu viruses in the shots aim to protect against mutate so quickly that the strain you were vaccinated against probably won’t be the one that makes you sick. Flu vaccines are, at best, hit or miss, and certainly not the cure all they’re made out to be.

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4 Reasons You Should Never Use Petroleum Jelly & What To Use Instead

by Lindsay Sheehan @ Natural Living Ideas

Found in medicine cabinets throughout the country for more than 150 years, petroleum jelly (also known as petrolatum or mineral oil) is a topical ointment used to treat everything from dry skin to nose bleeds to chest colds. Originally packaged and sold as a cure-all, scientific studies on petroleum jelly have revealed that it really doesn’t measure up to the hype. Here are four reasons… [read more]

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The Best Protein Powder: A Review & Buyer’s Guide

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Protein powder is a wildly popular class of supplements that offer a wide array of essential and non-essential amino acids. The best protein powder supplements have been shown to offer many health benefits and can help maintain a balanced nutritional diet. These products have began to challenge the long-held notion that whey protein powder is the superior choice, and are […]

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How to Buy a Non-Toxic Mattress for a Safe Night's Sleep

How to Buy a Non-Toxic Mattress for a Safe Night's Sleep


Mindful Momma

Learn what to look for in a non-toxic mattress, the best healthy mattress brands, and why conventional mattresses are not smart to sleep on.

Interview with Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied – Episode 57: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast

Interview with Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied – Episode 57: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

Today on the podcast, I’m talking to one of my favorite people to follow on instagram. Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied is hilarious, beautiful, intelligent and one badass B. She works hard to produce amazing content on her website every single […]

Four Simple Steps To Remember All The Influential, Inspirational & Important Sections Of Books That You Read.

by Marge Aberásturi @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

I’m asked how I actually keep track of all the books that I read, and how I constantly keep top-of-mind

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How I Got My Life Back After Our Toxic Mold Exposure

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

When we vacated our home and everything in it in 2008, I assumed life would get back to normal. (Read our story here.) At last, we had figured out the reason for our family’s numerous illnesses and did the hard thing by leaving it and starting over. Surely we’d fall back in step with our... 

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Flourless Cardamom Cake with Figs and Pistachios

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Flourless and dairy free looks like this… You may not believe it but this stunning Cardamom Cake is made without any flour, dairy or sugar. As a matter of fact, the only sweetener is an optional drizzle of honey. Well-ripened plantains provide all the sweetness necessary to the cake. This recipe features one of the […]

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How To Find An Affordable Natural Organic Mattress

How To Find An Affordable Natural Organic Mattress


Rodale's Organic Life

4 tips for buying the best non-toxic bedding for a healthier night's sleep.

Are There Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) In Your Mattress?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

What Are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are used, in the manufacturing process, of many items found in our homes. The term “volatile” means that these are chemicals that can easily get into the air that you breathe each day and end up inside of your body. “Organic” means that they are carbon-based. U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have discovered that VOCs Read More

New doTERRA kits 2017 – November sale!

by Healing in our Homes @ Healing in Our Homes

Healing in Our Homes

New doTERRA kits 2017 – November sale! New doTERRA kits 2017 : DoTERRA has some brand new starter kits as of November 2017 and there are several on sale! If you’ve been waiting to join doTERRA due to budget reasons now is the time to get the very most for your money. Which doTERRA kits... [Read More]

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Best-Rated Memory Foam Mattresses for 2018

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Compare the current top-rated memory foam mattresses and get tips for picking the right bed. Over a year ago, we conducted an in-depth analysis of […]

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Organic Cloth Diapers 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Cloth Diapering

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Welcome to Organic Cloth Diapers 101! Cloth diapering, especially with high-quality organic cloth diapers, is a great way to reduce your baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals and reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the environment. Even knowing how beneficial it can be, cloth diapering for beginners can still be pretty intimidating. After all, there […]

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The 8 Highest Rated Bamboo Pillows in 2018 – Our Review Guide

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Make-Ahead Paleo Salmon Cakes Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

My Make-Ahead Paleo Lunches Although I work from home, I prepare my weekday lunches in large batches to avoid a mid-day cooking session. For the last few months, my lunches primarily consist of one the following: A cauliflower rice or parsnip rice “grain” bowl, with variations on quickly sautéed veggies and the protein. I make the veggie […]

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The 3 Best Digestive Supplements that Test Well For Everyone

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Are DIY supplement protocols a good idea?  I remember when I first began self-experimentation with digestive supplements. Five and a half years ago, I jumped into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to address my autoimmune disease. As I began to experience dramatic shifts with my new diet,  I wanted to support my recovery in all ways […]

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Egg Free Paleo Waffles

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Perhaps my favorite recipes to create are egg-free baked good recipes, like this Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake. They’re hard to find, and thus enthusiastically received! As a blogger it feels great to meet people’s needs! My own son eats a Paleo egg-free diet. My daughter is dairy-free. So AIP baked goods are welcome and helpful in our […]

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How Natural Mattresses Help Your Health

by Hästens Los Angeles @ Hästens Los Angeles

The “green” movement has helped motivate a lot of people to make smarter decisions about the products they use and consume, which has also lead to people generally feeling better and leading healthier lives as a result. All-natural cleaning products and chemical-free foods are a great place to start, but don’t overlook the importance of […]

How to Find Long Term Shelter During Hurricane Harvey

by Admin @ New Living

Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been spending the last few days visiting shelters and helping people find long term housing with our partners at Airbnb. We wanted to introduce you to Open Door Houston an initiative to help those in need to get people out of the shelters and […]

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The Best Non-Toxic Lipstick You’ll Love

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Because lipstick goes onto our lips and we ingest small amounts of it, I am very picky about which lip products I use.  After reading ingredients and asking questions of numerous manufacturers of makeup products made with natural and organic … Continued

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Bacon Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

  This quiche makes a classy and simple breakfast, brunch, or dinner. It also makes an easy portable meal, if you pack a lunch for work, and you can enjoy it without re-heating. Also, it’s a hearty breakfast that meets all my Reset Your Breakfast guidelines. How to make a spaghetti squash crust This spaghetti […]

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6 Must-Follow Mommas & their Top Tips for Non-Toxic Living

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Here at SleepLily, we know that there are just too many blogs to read through to find content that is relevant for you and your little one. As avid mommy blog readers, we did the hard part for you. Below are 6 Mama’s you must be following and their helpful tips for you. The blogs... Read more »

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Flourless Plantain Cake Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I discovered the alchemy of baking when I was 6. After diligently petitioning Santa in numerous letters, I received an Easy Bake Oven. When I pulled my first cake out of the pink plastic box, I felt as If I had participated in the birth of something radiant and sacred.  A few years later, when I grew tall enough to […]

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Beautycounter Free Shipping {Special Offer}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Did you know that the average woman absorbs 5 lbs. of chemicals from her makeup every year? What you apply on your skin goes directly to your bloodstream – within 26 seconds. These statistics blow my mind. I’ve used mainstream makeup and skincare products since I was a teenager and never gave it a second […]

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How To Track Your Cycles for Non-Hormonal Birth Control

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

This post is sponsored by the Natural Cycles app. This app fits my philosophy of honoring the wisdom of our menstrual cycles. This content reflects my story and my opinions, particularly when it comes to avoiding hormonal contraception. The company Natural Cycles is not against hormonal birth control, but is an alternative choice to hormones. […]

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Paleo Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

This week’s recipe is a contribution from the creative Jean Choi. I’ve only recently learned about sheet pan meals. I saw them floating around Pinterest, and was instantly hooked on this genius idea. While I love to cook, I absolutely despise washing the dishes, so I was completely on board with cooking everything in one […]

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Smoothie Roundup: Our Favorite New Cleanse Smoothie Recipes to Try Now

by the Be Well Team @ Dr Frank Lipman

Whether you are cleansing or not, these cleanse smoothie recipes are sure to become your favorites as well. Read on for our roundup of our favorite cleansing smoothies...

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Paleo Chicken Apple Meatballs with Fig Bacon Jam

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

This week’s recipe is from contributor Michelle, who shares her recipes created for the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol. It’s finally fall! Or so the calendar tells me. Truthfully, I don’t know the difference in Dallas, TX at this point. Our summer tends to extend into mid to late October, and it’s still in the 90’s as […]

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About Us- Sleep Naked Organic Mattress Co in Boca Raton Florida

About Us- Sleep Naked Organic Mattress Co in Boca Raton Florida


Sleep Naked Organic Mattress Store

Sleep Naked Organic Mattress Co opened its doors in 2014 with the desire and passion to educate people about toxic mattresses. Assisting thousands of customers choose a dunlop or talalay latex mattress. We are open 6 days a week NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED

Pastry Chef Follows SCD To Put Her UC In Remission

by Steven Wright @ SCD Lifestyle

When conventional treatments weren’t doing a thing to touch her ulcerative colitis symptoms, Michelle decided to try SCD - a must-read story!

5 “Healthy” Habits to Ditch If You’re Having Acne on Paleo

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: today’s post is shared by Amie Tollefsrud, a nutritional therapist and who runs Rebelle Nutrition. Amie and I have both used nutrition to heal our severe acne, and we share a passion for supporting others in doing the same.  Are you eating paleo, but still having acne? Despite the fact I am now a real-food […]

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Paleo Peppermint Patties (Just Four Ingredients!)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

One of the earliest recipes I mastered, at age 5, was a peppermint candy recipe made by mixing powdered sugar, butter, and peppermint extract. I remember turning the batter pink with a few drops of food coloring, and then rolling the candies into balls and scoring each ball with a fork. This version of paleo peppermint […]

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379: Biohacking Addiction, Training For Power & Endurance At The Same Time, Drinking Water On Airplanes & More!

by Brock @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Feb 1, 2018 Podcast: 379 – How To Increase Power

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20 Planet Saving Items That Pay For Themselves Tenfold

by Lindsay Sheehan @ Natural Living Ideas

There’s a high cost for living in a throwaway culture. The never-ending appetite to consume and toss away only to consume again is not only expensive in the long run, it drains the earth of finite resources and creates environmental and ecological disasters like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The glut of cheap, disposable goods may be a thing of convenience for the end user… [read more]

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The Be Well Recipe: Wild Salmon, Kale, and Shiitake Mushroom Green Curry

by Betsy Nelson @ Dr Frank Lipman

This Cleanse-friendly recipe features a DIY curry paste — without any sugar or green chilies, which are nightshades.

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The Best Non-Toxic Mattress on the Market (it feels great and you can afford it)

The Best Non-Toxic Mattress on the Market (it feels great and you can afford it)


SCD Lifestyle

In this article, I review the all-around best non-toxic mattress on the market. But is it safe, comfortable, and affordable? Yes, to all three!

Don’t Be Fooled by Greenwashing (+ 33 Brands to Watch Out For!)

by organicallybecca @ Organically Becca

What in the world is greenwashing? You may have heard this term before, especially if you’ve been switching to more natural products. It’s something that a LOT of people fall victim to, so listen up! Greenwashing is when companies mislead consumers by claiming that their products are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and natural, when in reality … Continue reading "Don’t Be Fooled by Greenwashing (+ 33 Brands to Watch Out For!)"

3 Reasons Perfume Stinks for Your Health

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

Perfume has become a industrial, virtually plant-free affair, far removed from its nature-bound beginnings. Modern day perfumes and fragrances, be they the ones you spray on, shampoo into your skin or moisturize post-shower, have morphed into vehicles that deliver numerous petroleum-based synthetic toxins into our bodies, making most scents little more than ugly subverters of health, wrapped in pretty packaging.

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Hastens Auroria Bed

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Continental Style Bed.
Visit our showroom to try the many models Hastens has to offer.

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Bunk Bed vs Loft Bed: How Do You Know Which One is Best?

by Candace Osmond @ The Sleep Judge

Guest Post: Health Coaching with Jessie Golden

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

Hey guys!! I’m so excited to share this guest post with you guys today! I’ve known my friend Jess for a few years now because of my CrossFit gym and I’ve watched her create her own business and follow her […]

How to Find Safe Furniture + Mattresses for Kids Rooms

How to Find Safe Furniture + Mattresses for Kids Rooms


The Soft Landing®

Finding safe furniture for your home can be a daunting task, so we looked far and wide to find manufacturers that meet our standards to make your job easier

5 Quick and Natural Ways to Beat Heartburn

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

Are you a heartburn sufferer? Suppressing stomach acid with antacids isn't always the best way to treat it, so reach for these 5 quick and natural ways to beat heartburn instead!

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5 Ways to Boost Your Bedtime Routine for Better Health

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

One of the most important things you can do for good physical health and your overall well-being, is to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends that school aged children get at least 10 hours of sleep daily; teens between 9 and 10 hours daily; and adults between 7 and 8 hours daily. Establishing a healthy bedtime Read More

Is Tamiflu Dangerous?

Is Tamiflu Dangerous?

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Note: In the five years since I first published this post, more families have come forward with stories that I believe need to be shared. I’ve updated the post with them, plus additional comments from researchers.  Watching your cholesterol levels? Take some Lipitor and forget about it. Like, ACTUALLY forget about it. As in, develop […]

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How much does a Goat Cost?

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Goat life. There ain’t nothin’ like it. Sure goats are mischievous, but their cuddly, playful nature can win over anybody. So, the question is, how much does a goat cost, and will one fit easily into your life? Goats are hilarious, and trust me, after you see the cost breakdown I think you’ll be ready to start your goat-shopping adventure. Purpose vs. Play Traditionally, people have owned goats for a purpose

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25 Genius Ways to Use Veggies, not Grains

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

No bread? No problem! I’ve followed a grain free lifestyle for for years now, to successfully address an autoimmune disease. The avoidance of medication and surgery is motivation enough for me to maintain my eating habits, but the inventive and delicious food that I enjoy would provide motivation of itself. A grain free diet has both nourished my body and […]

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The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/6 – 1/12

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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Customize Your Organic Mattress

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Three firmness options are available for each layer of latex: "soft," "medium," or "firm." You can then decide whether you'd like solid layers of latex, or whether you'd like it split down the center to allow for different firmnesses on each side of the mattress. The latex is wrapped in an organic cotton and organic […]

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Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Intentional Outfits With Allison Karaba Of The Thoughtful Closet

Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Intentional Outfits With Allison Karaba Of The Thoughtful Closet

by Guest Contributor @ The Good Trade

The Good Trade's Week of Outfit Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention! Each woman takes her own unique approach slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Allison Karaba, the conscious blogger behind The Thoughtful Closet!

Paleo Green Curry: Easy One-Pot Meal

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Grain free eating incentivizes unusual recipes In the four years that I’ve used a grain-free diet to address my autoimmunity, I’ve explored the unconventional uses of…. Cauliflower in wraps Parsnips in risotto Parsnips in sushi Eggplant in French Toast (yes, really) …and that’s just to name a few! While I’ve incorporated new versions of old favorites in my diet, I haven’t […]

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Easy New Year Resolutions

by @ Green Home Library

You probably know that most New Year’s resolutions never make it to spring. However, if it is an easy fix that you can incorporate into your busy life, it usually lasts longer. When it comes to the planet, there is no better way to practice some simple adjustments for a green impact no matter how insignificant you may think it might seem.

These easy Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions give some practical options to simply do your part without a lot of fuss. You can keep it at this level or use it to propel you deeper onto a green path that continues to support a clean environment for you as well as future generations.

Bottled Water Reversal

There is no reason to purchase, let alone produce, plastic bottled water anymore. By now most people are educated on the ravages this product is having on our oceans, land and even air quality. Not to mention the approximately twenty-million barrels of oil per year used to make these bottles. Yet, the greed machine continues produce bottled water taking advantage of an assumed uneducated public.

It is time to stand up to poor manufacturing; poisoning your planet and your body. Stopping your  consumption of bottled water and switching to a recycled steel, plastic, aluminum, glass or wood water bottle is a simple step you can take. Simply fill with clean water from an at-home filtration system or tap (many cities and states are proud of a clean, safe municipal water record) and take it wherever you go.

If carrying around a personal water bottle is out of the question, at least use them at home rather than fill your fridge with evil plastic waste. When on the road, look for more friendly packaging such as boxed water options or compostable bottles.

Paperless Towels

Another perverse depletion of natural resources is lumber used for the manufacturing of paper towels. Over fifteen billion pounds of these one-wipe wastes are found in landfills daily. Instead, using cotton cloths in place of paper towels saves trees and gets the job done at the same time.

Some argue that the water used to launder cotton cloths is a greater Eco-threat than felled trees which are replanted. However, the technological Eco-friendly upgrades to appliances such as washers and driers save more water and electricity than ever before. Add in non-toxic cleaning supplies and your cotton cloth replacements easily remedy the environmental atrocities of paper towel production.

Fix Phantom Power and Old Bulbs

Make this year your Eco-experiment by eliminating phantom power. Phantom power is the constant electrical drain on your home appliances even when they are shut off. The National Resource Defense Council put out this list in 2015 to give the homeowner an idea of the accumulated financial waste due to phantom power:

Annual cost of “phantom power”

  • Water recirculation pump - $93
  • Desktop computer - $49
  • TV - $38
  • Cable set-top box - $30
  • Audio receiver/stereo - $22
  • Printer - $11
  • Furnace - $8
  • Coffee maker - $6
  • Dryer - $4
  • GFCI outlets - $1 each

You can easily save money and energy by implementing simple home improvement fixes such as:

  • Installing smart power strips
  • Unplugging appliances until needed
  • Installing a digital power timer
  • Adjusting appliance settings such as shutting off power hogging “quick start” options

In addition, swapping out incandescent lightbulbs and replacing with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and/or light emitting diodes (LEDs) can also save money as well as reduce significant energy waste. The US Department of Energy estimates that, “green lightbulbs” can save upwards of 65%-80% energy usage as compared to incandescent bulbs.

 

Try these Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions to start of your year with an Eco-bang. They are simple ways to save money and the planet all at once without you exerting yourself all that much. Then, when you realize how much extra energy you have you can join an activist association and travel the world fighting the good fight, or just go to work and be happy you're doing your part.

 

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

My two food groups… When I was a child, I ate primarily two foods groups: foods one ate with ketchup, and foods one at with ranch dressing. Vegetables nearly always fell into the latter food group, and setting the table included bringing out the bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch. Loaded with sugar and MSG, it’s […]

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Hastens 2000T II Bed

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Continental Style Bed.
Visit our showroom to try the many models Hastens has to offer.

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6 Things To Know Before Becoming an NTP

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

 Do you want to change lives with nutrition? We need voices sharing a new story of health. The old story goes something like this: You are fundamentally disempowered to improve your health. The only option you have is to take medications to quiet the symptoms, without addressing the underlying cause. This is the new story: Your […]

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Ginger Spice Muffins

by Erica Jones @ Elevays

It’s getting to be that time when winter is a real drag. The holidays are over, so snow and ice are not quite as magical in the middle of January. We have had an unusually ...

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DIY Air Freshener Spray

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Trying to steer clear of chemically-laden air fresheners? Try this simple DIY air freshener spray! You’ll need three simple ingredients: Filtered water Vodka Essential oil(s) You need only a tiny bit of vodka, so if keeping alcohol in the home is a problem, be sure to buy the smallest bottle. The vodka works as a... 

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Hastens Superia II Bed

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Frame Style Bed.
Visit our showroom to try the many models Hastens has to offer.

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Better than a Dentist: 10 Ways to Heal Your Teeth

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

A healthy mouth begins with nutrients I owe my life to nutrients. Due to a severe autoimmune disease, I was weak, malnourished, and facing the surgical removal of my colon. Thanks to nutrition, I am now strong and medication-free, with colon intact. My story is extreme, but it is not rare – I am one of thousands who choose nutrition […]

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What is the Best Toothpaste That is Safe and Non Toxic?

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

Everyone loves a healthy smile. That's why most of us are big fans of minty fresh toothpaste that foams in our mouths and leaves us with pleasant breath. If it feels and tastes so good, it must be good for our teeth, right?It might come as a surprise to you, but many of the ingredients […]

Nontoxic Hangers

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Question from Kate Hi Debra, Do you have any recommendations for nontoxic hangers? Have you found any wood ones with a nontoxic finish?  Can’t seem to find anything! The finishes are all polyurethane finishes and they are generally nickel or chrome plated hooks.  Not sure how you feel about the nickel hooks and if they […]

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Paleo Peppermint Bark with No Refined Sugar

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

Paleo peppermint bark that's actually good for you? Bring it ON! It's ready in about 15 minutes and it's perfect for holiday parties.

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The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources

The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources


Apartment Therapy

Buying a new mattress is a big investment, and knowing where to go to find the best options for your health and for the planet—not to mention for a sound night's sleep— is key

Easy, Non Toxic, DIY Holiday Scent Gifts: Room Spray & Sachet

Easy, Non Toxic, DIY Holiday Scent Gifts: Room Spray & Sachet

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

What's better than gifting something you made with your hands? We made some non toxic holiday gifts that you would be proud to give your loved ones this season.

What is the Institute of Integrative Nutrition?

by Kate @ Real Food RN

One of the biggest questions I get is about where I went to school and how that knowledge landed my in a position to start my blog. My story starts way before I even went to Nursing school, but I told that part in another post: The True Story of My Nursing Career. Today I’ve […]

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Best Non-Toxic Mattress Brands

Best Non-Toxic Mattress Brands


Healthy Wifestyle

Looking for some insight into the best nontoxic mattress brands? I've tried nearly all of the top brands out there first hand and am so excited to share my take with you. No matter your budget or cushion preference, there's a nontoxic mattress brand out there for you!

Bedroom Pet Peeves

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

There are a lot of things that could be keeping you up at night. While some can have a bigger impact on the quality of […]

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Autoimmune Paleo Pumpkin Granola

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s recipe is from Michelle, who contributes an AIP-friendly recipe each month. I heard your requests for egg-free and nut-free recipes. 🙂 I’ve always loved granola. It’s crunchy, sweet, and perfect for adding to creamy snacks like yogurt… how could you go wrong? Granola was always one of my go-to snacks in school, […]

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COILS, LATEX, DUNLOP & TALALAY OH MY!

by SleepNaked @ Sleep Naked Organic Mattress Store

Hi folks, thanks for visiting our blog today. In this blog post I would like to address some questions we frequently get about organic coil mattresses vs organic latex mattresses dunlop and talalay hopefully this will help you make a better buying decision. “SHOULD WE REPLACE AFTER 8?”  OH….. Dear… NO! Only if you buy […]

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Leesa vs Lull Mattress- What You Need To Know

by Frank Apodaca @ The Sleep Judge

22 Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes

22 Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes

by Brittany Mullins @ Eating Bird Food

Get creative this winter with 22 healthy spaghetti squash recipes. Spaghetti squash is a delicious, low-carb seasonal vegetable that can be used a variety of ways — even for breakfast or dessert! Spaghetti squash is one of my all time favorite things to eat during the fall and winter months. As soon as I see... CONTINUE READING

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Zero-VOC Sheathing & Subfloor

by noreply@blogger.com (Corinne) @ My Chemical-Free House

Here is an overview of low-VOC and zero-VOC sheathing and subflooring options.

Structural Plywood

Structural plywood (Softwood Plywood - SWPW) can be used for exterior sheathing, roof decking and subfloors. It is made with phenol-formaldehyde glue (PF) in the US and Canada.

The Rate of Formaldehyde Offgassing in PF Plywood

"Formaldehyde levels in this test chamber were well below 0.1 parts per million (ppm) in air from all tests of fresh panels, and emissions rapidly approached zero as the panels aged. In fact, the levels were so low and so close to the "background" levels in the test chamber that is was not possible to measure them accurately." Source APA

The rate in outdoor air is about 0.0002 - 0.006 parts per million (ppm) in rural and suburban outdoor air. Source

While 0.1 ppm is high for someone sensitive, the fact that the panels rapidly offgass should make them tolerable for someone with MCS. I would suggest testing plywood that is a few months old.

A Note on Purebond Formaldehyde-Free Plywood

Purebond plywood is not rated structurally or moisture-wise for sheathing, subfloor or decking. I have spoken to the company and they don't recommend it used for this purpose though I do see people building with this product. I am not sure the consequences of building your subfloor or decking with a non-structural plywood.

Non-Wood Options:

Exterior Sheathing

A non-wood option is Georgia-Pacific DensGlass, which is around 3 times the cost of OSB. It is very low VOC; they are going for GreenGuard certification. It is also a lot more mould resistant than OSB or plywood. Make sure with all materials it fits the codes where you live (in terms of high winds and earthquakes). Make sure it is also compatible with your exterior finish.

MgO board is now starting to be used as exterior sheathing. Another zero-VOC option. It is heavy, structural and more expensive than plywood.

Rigid foam can also be used as exterior sheathing without any ply or OSB. The rate of XPS offgassing is very low, but it does contain a flame retardant. The other option is Polyiso. The Johns Manville brand does not contain a flame retardant. Here is some info on how to brace when using rigid foam as sheathing. This is not structural and should be checked against local codes.

Another structural option is Rewall which is made of recycled beverage cartons and cups shredded and compressed. It claims zero-VOCs. It is paper-faced.

Subflooring

It is possible to use structural cementitious sheeting board (MgO) as a zero-VOC option however when I did this in my tiny house I needed additional framing support underneath. It worked out well for me. Here is an example of the support you need underneath. This is probably only suitable in a tiny house.

For those who can't tolerate wood it is possible to pour a concrete upper floor.

Roof Sheathing (Decking)

Purlins or skip sheathing can be used as an alternate form of roofing which eliminates the need for solid sheathing. This will only work with certain roof types (metal vented attic, in some cases cedar).

Pre-Plywood Options

In the days before plywood, solid wood was usually used:

For exterior sheathing, 1-by lumber laid diagonally was used. This is not an airtight option so humidity and energy issues should be considered. Make sure to use housewrap. Consider double sided housewrap tape so that you get more of an air barrier.

For subfloors, 1-by subfloor were laid diagonally to the floor joints. The subfloor could be planks or tongue and groove. Here is a little more info and a pic of planks. This is a zero-VOC option but it will cost you quite a bit more. If you use this method make sure you use a subfloor adhesive otherwise you will have a very creaky floor. Liquid Nails is the lowest VOC option I have seen at less than 20g/l, but I find Almighty Adhesive to be more tolerable.

For decking, 1x decking butted up to each other can be used. This is how roofs were built before plywood or OSB. This will allow for many types of roofing types over it.

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35 Fair Trade & Ethical Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion

35 Fair Trade & Ethical Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion

by Staff Guide @ The Good Trade

Four years following the Rana Plaza tragedy, dozens of slow fashion brands have emerged dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices. These 35 companies have made it a central part of their mission to approach fashion in an ethical and transparent way that considers both people and the planet.

What’s Your Favorite Morning Ritual?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Morning routines. They can make or break your day before you’re even out of the bed – especially if something interferes with that first cup of coffee, or someone beats you to the bathroom. A morning ritual; however, is something different. It is deeper. It gives you the opportunity to start the day on a positive note – no matter what the rest of the day Read More

25 Gluten-Free Pizza Recipes (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan Options)

by Tracey Black @ Don't Mess with Mama

Craving pizza? You don’t have to compromise taste with healthy options with these 25 Gluten-Free Pizza Recipes. They are all made with real food ingredients, with options for low carb, grain free, Paleo and even vegan. So whether you’re looking for a low-carb Fat Head pizza crust (seriously you need to try it – so […]

5 Ways I Made 2017 A Year of Transformation

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I’m moving into 2018 feeling a bit bruised but expansively joyful. 2017 presented me with huge opportunities for mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. I know I’m not alone in this experience, as 2017 was a turbo-charged emotional rollercoaster for many others in my life. In this post, I’m sharing five tools and practices I used […]

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Episode #378 – Full Transcript

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/378-30-second-fat-loss-trick-brain-shrinking-myth-weed-lower-testosterone-much/ [00:00] Introduction [05:15] News Flashes/Little-Known Strategy to Survive an All-Nighter [10:38] The Brain Shrinking Myth [15:54] Compression

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3 Small Business Green Savings

by @ Green Home Library

If you're a small business owner you know what it takes to keep afloat. You don’t have the luxury of Big Corp money pouring in to fund frivolous decisions, your business needs every penny in the right place, at the right time, all the time. This is why going green can sometimes be a challenge for small businesses. It requires switching a variety of choices that have been set in place to keep your company running at an even pace.

Changing a workable format is a risky venture but when it comes to going green, the numbers speak for themselves. These small business green savings show how you can integrate green products and green practices that just may, eventually, increase your bottom line.

B2B Reach Out

Business to business communication can be essential as a green money saving tip for small businesses. By reaching out to adjoining companies there is the possibility of working together for a variety of incentives.

European marketing company Imfuna reports that,

“By making environmental friendliness a priority of your business partnerships, you not only encourage other companies to reduce their carbon footprint, but also to reduce their own expenditures; and when companies with which you partner save money, those cost savings are passed along to you.”

Talk to your counterparts about:

  • Combine supplies - Combining green purchases, like industrial cleaning supplies in bulk, can make starting off together financially more feasible.
  • Patriotism - Joining with your suppliers, vendors and B2B neighbors to purchase and show USA made support can be a huge win, particularly when it comes to solar installations and wind power.
  • Beautification - When businesses band together in the name of the environment they must walk the walk, and it will show. Whether outdoor shopping or indoor building office space, the surroundings of your small business should have basic upkeep that you probably pay for, however, there are additional options.

You can work with other small businesses to install green extras such as:

  • Composting bins - Can be sold to local farms for profit.
  • LED public lighting - Saves everyone money on electric bills.
  • Solar powered garbage compactors - Saves on excess garbage costs and fossils fuel use.

Scale Down

Obtaining larger space may be a misstep when it comes to keeping your small business green. Lowering your carbon footprint means less consumption, yet startups and small thriving ventures  are often pressured to expand for more money and stature.

It may seem anti-business but keeping your company at a manageable level that embraces green practices, such as energy efficient lighting, wind or solar power, recycling and more, is a green money saving move. With less overhead you use less energy, create less waste and, if managed well, can increase profits on a low carbon footprint.

Happy Employees

Whether working at a zoo, an office, or any small business, employees that see how you run your company are apt to follow your lead. Moreover, if that lead is a positive message, like Eco-friendly practices, money saving benefits could very well follow.

CNBC reported that,

“A study by UCLA and the University of Paris -Dauphine found that employees at Eco-friendly companies are 16 percent more productive than average.

Professor Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management commented on the study,

“Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment, It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line. Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training, and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms.”

 

As more small businesses, consumers and Big Corp. embrace the green movement, cost is finally coming around to a more conventional playing field. These small business green ideas show how jumping on the Eco-friendly band wagon can be good on all fronts.

Top 10 Ways to Increase Lymphatic Drainage

by Kate @ Real Food RN

Our lymph passages run all throughout our bodies. They are responsible for moving lymph carrying internal and external toxins and pathogens to be excised. Environmental toxins, as well as bacteria, viruses and cellular waste, travels through these pathways to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are cleansing stations where lymph is filtered and purified. When […]

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PROPER SPINAL ALIGNMENT AND SLEEP POSTURE; THE SECRET TO A BETTER (AND HEALTHIER) NIGHT’S SLEEP.

by Bridger Kanenwisher @ Intellibed

TRADITIONAL MATTRESSES DON’T PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUPPORT. (NO WONDER YOUR BACK HURTS IN THE MORNING) As children, we’re told to sit up and to stand up straight, and for good reason. Proper posture aligns our hips and shoulders, reducing stress on our lower back and unhealthy curvature of the spine. But what happens when we lie…

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Reasons to Buy a New Mattress

by intelliBED @ Intellibed

If you’re still using that lumpy old mattress, chances are you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. When you a buy a new mattress from Intellibed, you’re purchasing a product made from Gel Matrix™, the best pressure relieving material ever created. Our mattresses are ideal for anyone suffering from sleep-inhibiting ailments like chronic pain or…

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Gluten-free, Grain-free Sourdough Bread

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Who doesn’t love the smell and taste of fresh bread straight from the oven? Enjoy this gluten-free, grain-free sourdough bread! This recipe uses a combination of quinoa and chickpea (garbanzo) flour. Kombucha is used to ferment the quinoa flour and create a sourdough starter. (See this recipe for brewing your own kombucha.) Once the quinoa... 

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Super Easy Buffalo Chicken Pizza

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

When I started paleo, I was pretty devastated that pizza was out of the question. And I’d have to make crappy cauliflower pizza any time I had a Friday night craving…which was never the same. But that was 7 years […]

6 Reasons To Never Use Disposable Baby Diapers & What To Use Instead

by Lindsay Sheehan @ Natural Living Ideas

As the great debate over cloth versus disposable diapers rages on, new parents may be wondering which option presents the best choice for their child’s health, the environment, and their budget. The disposable diaper is a relatively new invention. Prior to the 20th century, babies were clad in cotton or terrycloth materials cut into geometric shapes and fastened with a safety pin. The first disposable,… [read more]

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Delicious and Award Winning Grain Free Lemon Bars

by Kate @ Real Food RN

Back in high school my friend Alisha’s Mom made THE BEST lemon bars on the planet! Completely binge-worthy! She would lure me over to her house with them. If you are familiar with anything Minnesotan, then you know we LOVE us some dessert bars! Over the years I changed up my way of eating, and […]

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Instead of Supplements, Strengthen Your “Digestion Muscle”

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

If your chronic digestive problems have led to cull through alternative health websites and wellness books, you may have heard the name Dr. Datis Kharrazian. He is one of the leading educators on brain and gut health, the author of bestselling books, and the developer of a line of cutting-edge supplements used by holistic practitioners. “If a […]

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One-Step Baked Plantains (Move over, baked sweet potatoes!)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

No-fail baked plantains I followed a grain-free diet for years before I tried plantains. If you are late hopping on the plantain bandwagon, here are three reasons to make them your friend: Plantains offer a paleo-friendly source of starch. To reap the best physical and mental health on a grain-free diet, it’s crucial to find your optimal […]

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Cure Anxiety Naturally

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

Treat Anxiety Naturally | The best essential oils for anxiety.Read More ...

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Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Orange and Mint

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I was in charge of bringing dessert to the dinner gathering… …probably because I was the food blogger with all the lovely desserts in my Recipes archive. But I had been testing recipes the whole day before, and I didn’t have want to make a complex ordeal. I asked myself, “What feels celebratory and looks beautiful, […]

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Paleo Thai Curry Meatballs

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: I’ve admired Jean’s creative and grain-free recipes, and am delighted that she will now be a monthly recipe contributor on Empowered Sustenance. You can learn more about her at the end of this post! For years, I never cooked a curry dish at home because I was intimidated by all the different spices […]

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8 Easy Ways to Make Your Mattress Last Longer

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

See how to protect your investment and get the most out of your mattress. The average person spends anywhere from $500 to $3000 or more […]

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How to Avoid Triclosan

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Triclosan has been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in certain products, after years of controversy surrounding its safety. While the chemical will no longer be present in a variety of soaps and body washes, it is still permitted in products ranging from toothpaste to sports helmets. Find out how to avoid... 

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Old Fashioned Homemade Polish Potato Pierogies

by Kate @ Real Food RN

My Grandma was mostly Polish and I remember her cooking fondly. Her dumplings were one of my favorite meals ever! One meal that I always wanted her to make was pierogies because I had seen them in the stores and I knew they were a Polish food. She never made them, unfortunately. So when we […]

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How Posh & Lavish’s Obsessive Engineering Made them One of Our Most Popular Brands

by Admin @ New Living

If you’ve stopped by New Living Healthy Bedroom Store lately, you may have tried Posh & Lavish. It’s one of our newest brands that we carry and one of the most popular. If you haven’t tried out a Posh & Lavish you must! The mattress is cozy and of the highest quality. And their company […]

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New Year, New Deodorant

New Year, New Deodorant

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Revolutions, not resolutions! Make this one change to jump start a non toxic 2018.

6 Things I Would Tell My Old Self About Healing Chronic Disease

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Dear Lauren, As I write this to you, I see you at age 19. Your autoimmune disease, ulcerative colitis, is no longer responding to the cocktail of medications you take each morning. The doctors have told you that you face the inevitable surgical removal of your colon. You flushed blood down your dormitory toilet for […]

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Rise and Shine

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

We’ve all heard it – there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep. And experts tend to agree, advocating our sleep habits have a direct correlation with how well we think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. But what about our waking habits? Are we repeat offenders when it comes to that snooze button? […]

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Frank’s Favorite Paleo Breakfast Recipes

by Janice Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

When you are on a paleo diet, breakfast can seem a bit restrictive without most grain-based carbohydrates, but there are plenty of paleo breakfast recipes filled healthy fats to keep you feeling full and satisfied and well fueled until lunch.

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Magniflex Allegro Gel 12 Mattress, Queen – King

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Made in Italy since 1964

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Antidepressants: The New Tobacco?

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

At age 12 or 13, before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I was silently struggling with emotional upheaval and an eating disorder.  In response to my symptoms of emotional volatility, social withdrawal, and digestive complaints, I was prescribed anti-heartburn meds, laxatives, and an antidepressant. Even in my emotional turmoil, I felt my intuition fiercely rebel each time I […]

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A Tribute to Dr. Jack Thrasher

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

I first spoke with Dr. Jack Thrasher on a Saturday morning in October of 2008. He told me to call his office after seeing our family’s timeline of events I sent to him on the recommendation of an online friend. I knew he was a toxicologist and a leader in the field of toxic mold,... 

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Essential Oil Myths Every Oil User Must Know

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I’ve had the privilege to train in aromatherapy with my friend Jimm Harrison, a leading expert who has 30+ years of experience in the essential oil industry. As an uncompromising connoisseur, Jimm is renowned worldwide his essential oil expertise. He travels throughout the world to source directly from small, independently-owned, artisanal essential oil producers. Jimm created […]

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The Best Essential Oil Diffuser That Is Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

We all say that we want to breathe in clean, fresh air and that pollution is bad. Despite that, many of us are intentionally bringing air pollutants into our homes.These aren't big, scary pollutants like industrial smoke and urban smog. Rather, they come into our house in pleasant canisters and in packages bedecked with pretty […]

Episode 3: Samantha Lee Wright — Essential Oils

by Kate @ Real Food RN

I was lucky enough to be a guest on Samantha’s #1 ranked Essential Oil podcast! She is a brilliant business woman, a mom, a doula, and an amazing podcaster. I am so happy that she agreed to come on my show and talk all about her journey! Show Notes Samantha Lee Wrights’ Bio: A free-spirited, multi-passionate […]

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Urban Roots Handmade

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Handmade-to-order basic clothing for women made from pre-shrunk linen and organic cotton thread. Styles are simple and loose, natural linen and colors. French seams. Wow. These are the clothes I want to wear. Not inexpensive but beautiful. Plastic-free shipping. Sizes P-XL. Also kitchen linens and bath linens.

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Easy Peasy Paleo Ketchup Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I never tried making paleo ketchup because I thought it would be impossible to replicate the true flavor of the refined-sugar-laden original. I had perused a few recipes for paleo ketchup and gave it a pass. “Tomato paste flavored with apple cider vinegar?” I thought. “No thanks, I’ll just have my sweet potato fries plain. […]

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3 Reasons Why A Restricted Diet is NOT Restricting

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Have you said or thought the following? “I know that changing my diet would help me feel better, but it’s not practical for my life.” “I’ve tried taking X, Y, or Z out of my diet, and felt a little bit better. But it wasn’t worth the effort.” The reasons you give to avoid or […]

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Is Food Combining Healthy? (Myths vs. How Your Body Works)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Is food combining healthy? Buying and preparing nutrient-dense foods is a lifestyle challenge in itself. Pair that with the practice of food combining and you’ve got a complicated mealtime dance. Over the years, I’ve been emailed and messaged with this question: Is food combining really worth the effort? The movement of food combining purports that certain food groups […]

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10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Mattresses

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Change the way you look at your mattress with these ten odd and fun factoids. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your […]

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Top 5 Organic (Natural) Crib Mattress Picks For 2018 - Reviews & Ratings

Top 5 Organic (Natural) Crib Mattress Picks For 2018 - Reviews & Ratings


The Sleep Advisor

Searching for a crib mattress that's organic and chemical free? With our buyers guide you can find the safest pick for your baby in a couple of minutes.

Target Up & Up Sensitive Skin Baby Wipes Ingredients

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Target Up & Up Sensitive Skin Baby Wipes contain a formaldehyde-releasing preservative called 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, which may cause contact allergy in some babies.  The typical symptoms of contact allergy include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters.   Why are there preservatives … Continued

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Green Business Spawns More Green Jobs

by @ Green Home Library

They said it would happen and now it is coming to fruition. Starting with small business ventures and then catching the eye of Big Corp., green entrepreneurship and activist movements have begun spawning more green jobs in America and throughout the globe.

Although the current administration is supporting coal production, the need is no longer there. Since mechanization, coal industry jobs have diminished putting many out of work. The average number of employees at US coal mines dropped by 12% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration.

However, there is more demand elsewhere to put workers back on the map in the green sector. According to The Department of Energy's Energy and Employment Report it is predicted that green energy employment will have a 9% growth rate over the next 12 months — higher than any other energy sector.

Currently, Europe and Asia are taking the helm as the US trails, but hangs on to, green sector job growth until hopefully the White House comes to its senses, or succumbs to change.

They’re Blowing in the Wind

That’s right, wind energy jobs have increased from 3.4 million in 2011 to just over 4 million in 2017 according to a report published by the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program.

Business Insider writes,

“The report estimates that solar and wind jobs are growing at a rate 12 times as fast as the rest of the US economy and suggests that 46% of large firms have hired additional workers to address issues of sustainability over the past two years.”

If you have a small business, look into a wind energy choices from your local electric company. It is required in most states for the consumer to be able to choose their electricity source.

Smart Cities

With the steady growth of smart technology and smart homes, smart cities are on the parallel. Europe has recently reported of a “green jobs for a greener future” initiative citing several urban applications that will inevitably take over many conventional careers.

Some of these include:

  • Municipality - “We have identified, especially from the municipalities side, that there is a need to create new skilled jobs for the creation of specific cross-department teams to work on defining action plans for cities, supporting the design of solutions and an understanding of the needs," says Miguel Garcia, from the REMOURBAN project, which is pioneering new approaches to urban regeneration in the Spanish city of Valladolid, Nottingham in England, and Tepebasi/Eskisehir in Turkey.” (reported by Phys.Org)
  • Building Retrofit - Perfect for green small business startup jobs, retrofitting buildings with clean energy options and fixes has risen in demand due to money saving incentives.
  • Electric Car Infrastructure - As the alternative energy infrastructure rises in demand, more people are becoming electric car charging station installers and maintenance workers.
  • Solar Installation - As solar technology falls in price more commercial and residential installations have been sought after.

Cleanup

It's unfortunate that many will profit from man’s decades long environmental abuse, yet that is exactly what is happening. Certain sectors, small businesses, local organizations and even Big Corp. have finally wrapped their heads around the lucrative potential for green beautification, waterway cleanup, non-toxic cleaning, pure air initiatives and so much more.

One example that was originally considered a job killer is a mandate to cut pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay by 25 percent by 2025. A study of potential cleanup for 6 bay states that includesDelaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia stated,

“If history is any guide, environmental regulations will once again nourish job creation, not bury it,

 

As more small businesses go green it will inevitably lead the way for business to business and consumer to business green job increase. Add in activist movements and environmental cleanup for more job opportunities and, regardless of antiquated, bottom line only thinkers, more people will see and reap the job benefits of Eco-friendly opportunities.

What Chemicals are In Your Mattress?

by Admin @ New Living

We think of our home a sanctuary. It’s a comfortable place where we are safe. But unfortunately toxins can lurk all around us in hidden places. Bedding, mattresses, sofas, and household cleaners and paints may be a hidden place for these chemicals. Here is a list of the chemicals that can be found in common […]

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The Resurgence Of The Kettlebell: How An Old-School Tool For Strongmen Became A Must-Have Piece Of Equipment For Athletes And The Average Person.

by Ashley Broas @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Walk into any gym in the country and the chances are good that you will see treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary

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Terralite

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Candles made from organic coconut oil and rice bran wax, scented with “organic, wildcrafted, pure essential oils and extracts from plants that were grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers…Our hemp wicks contain absolutely no lead, are not chemically treated, and are braided with pure unbleached cotton.” All candles are white and come […]

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3 Ways Traditional Herbalism Surpasses Conventional Medicine

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I am beyond delighted to share this post from my sister, who has a background in permaculture, horticulture, and herbalism. Joy opened my eyes to traditional herbalism, and I invited her to share how herbalism can profoundly shift our mindset about healing. Do you have questions about herbalism and plant healing? Leave them in the […]

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Magniflex Allegro 10 Mattress, Twin – Full

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Made in Italy since 1964

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Exoskeletons For Human Performance, Will Robots Rule The World, Ketosis For Muscle Gain & Much More.

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Meet Kenneth Ford, an incredibly well-read, highly accomplished and

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Memory Foam Mattresses: Are They Safe?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Memory Foam Mattress Ingredients: are the dangers real or exaggerated? Are the chemicals in your life freaking you out or have you found yourself wondering if products like memory foam mattresses are safe? If you’ve been looking into this type of mattress or any other, you may be wondering whether chemicals and odors could represent […]

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13 Fair Trade Chocolate Companies For Your Conscious Valentine

13 Fair Trade Chocolate Companies For Your Conscious Valentine

by Staff Guide @ The Good Trade

We agree with the Fair Trade chocolate brands below that chocolate should be oh so much more than candy. This playful, nutrient dense treat is the perfect pick-me-up and superfood recharge. These Fair Trade Chocolate brands have also made it an integral part of their mission to develop lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships by employing Fair Trade and Direct Trade practices with the farmers who cultivate their cocoa crops.

Our Aviya Bed Review: Is This America’s Favorite for 2018?

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Vitamin B12: Why it’s Important and What You Need to Know

by Marcus Clarke @ Organic Newsroom

The Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a micronutrient that’s vital for our healthy functioning. From a modern perspective, a review suggests that its uses include brain/cell function, red blood cell levels, and nerve cell health. 1  A lot of the time, we only become aware of its importance when we’re suffering from depleted levels […]

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Autoimmune Paleo Hamburger Buns

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: I’ve heard your requests for egg-free and Autoimmune Paleo recipes. I’m happy to introduce you to Michelle, who will be a regularly sharing AIP-friendly recipes here.  Before I started following an autoimmune protocol diet, I had a serious meat aversion. I refused to eat any type of meat unless it was paired with […]

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Magniflex Allegro 10 Mattress, Queen – King

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Made in Italy since 1964

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How To Make A Superfood Spirulina Face Mask For Blemish Free Skin

by Jamie Larrison @ Natural Living Ideas

Being green in the face usually isn’t a positive thing, but when you use this nourishing spirulina face mask it is. It’s packed with raw food nutrition to keep your skin glowing and fresh. It’s great for all skin types, from acne prone to dry. It’s quick and easy to whip up, making it the perfect weekday mask for some extra pampering! Spirulina This green… [read more]

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Paleo Banana Ice Cream Pies (Sweetener Free)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

These mini banana ice cream pies are like a good hair day, but a reliable good hair day. Which is, of course, an oxymoron (unless you are using raw, holistic hair care… but that’s a story for another browser tab). In my book, a good hair day is defined when one’s tresses appear more impressive than the entailed effort. Minimal time […]

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Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Capsule Wardrobe Outfits With Chloé Lepeltier From Conscious by Chloé

Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Capsule Wardrobe Outfits With Chloé Lepeltier From Conscious by Chloé

by Guest Contributor @ The Good Trade

The Good Trade's Week of Outfit Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention. Each woman takes her own unique approach slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Chloé Lepeltier, the blogger behind Conscious By Chloé!

The BEST Keto coconut flour cookies

by Healing in our Homes @ Healing in Our Homes

Healing in Our Homes

  The BEST Keto coconut flour cookies What’s keto and why are we talking about it here where it’s usually all about  essential oils? Because following a ketogenic way of eating has changed my health! Before I ate “healthy” (gluten and dairy free) but I was still fat and unhappy …but not anymore! I’ve lost... [Read More]

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How to Get Rid of a Cold Naturally

by Dr Isaac Jones @ Elevays

There are few things more frustrating than that initial tickle in your throat or congestion in your nose – it’s that second you realize “oh no… a cold!” You’re in a panic to figure out ...

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8 Ways to Get Better Sleep and Wake Up Refreshed

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

The search for better sleep proves a popular one these days, between busy work and social lives. And why not? Nothing beats the feeling of […]

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Help Finding a Safe, Natural Mattress

Help Finding a Safe, Natural Mattress


Kitchen Stewardship | Real Food and Natural Living

You don't want to sleep on offgassing chemicals! Readers' tips from three years of looking will help you find the best natural, organic (or not) mattresses for your family.

5 Tips to Keep Your Sex Life Toxin-Free

5 Tips to Keep Your Sex Life Toxin-Free

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Have you ever considered for a minute that chemical ingredients related to your sex life could be equally as (if not more!) harmful to your long-term health and well-being?

EcoBugFree Non-Toxic Bed Bug Spray, Bed Bug Killer

EcoBugFree Non-Toxic Bed Bug Spray, Bed Bug Killer


BeyondBeds.com - Providing High Quality Comfort Since 2005

EcoBugFree for Bed Bugs&amp;#153; is an effective, environmentally friendly, non-toxic treatment that exterminates bed bugs without the use of pesticides.

5 Best Essential Oil Diffusers Of 2017 – We Reveal The Best

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

In a hurry? If you don’t have time to read our in depth guide to each essential oil diffuser but simply want to know our pick of the best – then the answer is the AromaFuse Essential Oil Diffuser from Plant Therapy available here. With its super long runtime, whisper quiet operation and one year warranty, it won this years pick as “Best Essential Oil… [read more]

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Baked Almond Flour Donuts with Rose Petals and Dark Chocolate

Baked Almond Flour Donuts with Rose Petals and Dark Chocolate

by Brittany Mullins @ Eating Bird Food

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, these baked almond flour donuts with rose petals and dark chocolate are gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar. Plus, they only take about 30 minutes to whip up! Thank you to Simple Mills for sponsoring this post.  I don’t know if you are a Food Network fan, but if... CONTINUE READING

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Sleep and Relationships: How More Rest Makes Happier Couples

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

From emotional blowouts to a lower libido, a lack of sleep hurts often spells trouble for relationships. This article explain what happens to couples’ communication […]

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10-Minute Thai Red Curry Soup

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

A while ago, I shared my One-Pot Green Curry. That recipe has held the position as my go-to for a simple supper. It also converted me to all things curry, and let me to create this simple curry soup. I’ve relied on this vegetable-laden dish to bring warmth, color, and comfort to the grey Seattle January… and grey Seattle February to come. […]

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How To Keep Feeling Great Long After You Cleanse

by Kerry Bajaj @ Dr Frank Lipman

You've just finished your cleanse, and while you feel great, the question is how how to maintain those results. Here are our step by step tips to feeling great long after you've cleansed.

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Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy. If you were to only pick one item to switch in your journey for a nontoxic reboot, I would say that you should get a nontoxic mattress. Why? It by far has the most impact out of any other single item on reducing […]

How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Your children are constantly exposed to germs that could possibly make them sick. People talk about a cold or a flu “going around” as if it were making the rounds infecting every child in its path. This is never the case. Exposure to viruses does not mean your child will get sick. The reality …Read More

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The Bone Broth Diet – It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle

by Erica Jones @ Elevays

I’m sure older adults throughout your life (probably grandma) have shared old wives’ tales with you about how to get healthy… but you know what wasn’t an old wives’ tale? Chicken soup. Maybe granny didn’t ...

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Parasite Cleanse: A Review & Guide

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Parasites are an unavoidable part of life, inhabiting millions of Americans, and can be found in nearly every type of environment. [1] Many parasitic conditions such as Babesiosis, Cryptosporidiosis, and Giardiasis often bring with them  a slew of symptoms and health issues.  However, parasites can thrive in the human body for years without causing any noticeable side effects. […]

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The Benefits of a Natural Mattress

by Hästens Los Angeles @ Hästens Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a non-toxic mattress that will improve your sleep and your health, you should consider purchasing an organic, natural mattress. Natural mattresses are crafted from non-toxic, chemical-free materials, like cotton, wool, or horsehair. Here is a look at the primary benefits of a natural, organic mattress. A Natural Mattress is Supportive and […]

3 Ways To Successfully Re-Introduce Foods After Elimination Diets

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

What do you get when you combine a “Recovering Perfectionist” with the GAPS Diet or Autoimmune Paleo Protocol or other form of elimination diet? You get someone who is great at removing foods from her diet, and following the food rules, but who is hesitant to add foods back into her diet. That was me. […]

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How To Buy A Non-Toxic Mattress (And An Inexpensive Alternative)

How To Buy A Non-Toxic Mattress (And An Inexpensive Alternative)


Mommypotamus

Hey mamas! Boy did you have questions after I posted on a possible link between sheepskins, mattresses and SIDS. Today I’ve compiled the most common ones in Q&A form. If you’re going to skim, make sure to check out question #6 for a confession about what I put my babies to sleep on. Hope you …

Special Episode: How I’m Going To Completely Detox My Body In 2018 (Detox Myths Busted, Detox 101, Advanced Detox Strategies & Much More!)

by Ashley Broas @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Well, I've been at it again folks: putting my mind and muscles through a brutal ringer for the sake of

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3 Ways to Detox Hair for Healthy, Natural Volume

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Have you ever had a bad hair day… …that lasted a year? I have. Years ago, when I threw out all the toxic body care products from my bathroom, I was determined to find a hair care line that met my new ingredient standards. I started with DIY hair care, and walked around with my hair displaying […]

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Keto Friendly Snacks! Keto Jalapeno Poppers

by Erica Jones @ Elevays

Looking for one of the best keto snacks known to man? Try these keto jalapeno poppers. They are so simple to make, so if you’re looking for easy keto snacks that are sure to satisfy ...

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A Mattress With Customized Firmness and Support Is Best

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

  Buying a mattress is a very personal choice. There is not one mattress thickness, firmness and support which is perfect for everyone. Therefore, it’s important that you are able to customize your mattress, so that it is perfect for your particular sleeping pattern and body type. One of the wonderful things about PlushBeds 100% natural latex mattresses is that they are hand crafted and customized Read More

Mattress Sales: The Best Reviews on Sale Priced Mattresses and Memory Foam Mattress Sales

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Are you looking for the best online mattress sales, including those on memory foam? Depending on the time of year, there are some incredible deals offered by various manufacturers that should help you narrow down your choices. If you plan on taking advantage of mattress deal prices, it’s also important to consider the overall value […]

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Seven Overlooked Hair Loss Causes and What to Do Today

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Here you will learn about seven overlooked hair loss causes and practical solutions you can start implementing today.   A few months ago, I panicked.  I had been losing more and more hair for some time.  When I washed it, … Continued

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The Shocking Dangers Of Plug-In Air Fresheners & Homemade Alternatives

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

Many people don’t even think twice about using a chemical air freshener. They plug it in and enjoy “Summer Breeze,” “Autumn Spice,” “Cleansing Rain,” or what have you, thinking it’s a great way to fill the air with a pleasant scent, without realizing that it could very well be harming their health, as well as the health of their family, pets and unborn children too.… [read more]

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4 Common Mattress Materials Filled With Toxic Chemicals

4 Common Mattress Materials Filled With Toxic Chemicals


SleepLily

Is your mattress emitting toxic chemicals into your bedroom? You may be surprised to learn that the most common mattress materials are also the most toxic.

The Best Breast Pump that is Comfortable and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.New moms feed their babies in a variety of ways, and giving expressed breastmilk is a common approach. If you are choosing to give your baby breastmilk, it's probably because you want the best food possible for your little one. To do that, it's […]

Ten Things They Don’t Tell You About Homesteading

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Oh, homesteading. You crafty little bugger. You’ve got my heart, but you’ve also got my blood, sweat, & tears.  As a seasoned homesteader, I thought I’d share some things most people don’t talk about when it comes to homesteading. Because you need a farmy friend to tell you the truth. So that’s what I’m’a gonna do. Whether you’ve been homesteading for a while, or you’re itchin’ to start farming on

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Best Organic Mattress Reviews 2018

Best Organic Mattress Reviews 2018


The Sleep Judge

Natural and organic mattresses are just what they sound like. The construction of some or most of the materials is made up of natural components such as wool and cotton. If you are prepared to make a sizable investment in a product that will feature some of the best quality materials in the industry, I'm excited to walk you through the various types of natural and organic mattresses on the market. There is a lot more to consider than meets the eye to help you find the best natural and organic mattress to meet your needs, so let's jump right in! Comparison Table Why the Popularity in Organic Mattresses? Highly Durable What Makes an Organic Bed? Check the Expiration Date on Certifications Latex and Control Union Common Organic Components Organic cotton Organic wool Understanding the Manufacturing Process Adhesives, Flame Retardants, and Other Man-Made Materials You Won't Find Organic vs. Non-Organic vs. Eco-Friendly Pros and Cons of Organic Mattresses Understanding Volatile

My Autoimmune Condition Recovery

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

As you might know, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (a type of autoimmune condition) in 2010, and before I discovered functional medicine, I thought that I would be taking a thyroid medication for the rest of my life. With … Continued

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The 6 Best Rated Hybrid Beds – 2018 Reviews & Comparisons

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Cauliflower Rice Pilaf with Mint and Peas

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Straight-up cauliflower rice does not appeal to me. I love using veggies for grains when possible (even in more unusual dishes like Squash Breakfast Porridge and Bread-Free Stuffing). But I prefer my cauliflower rice heavily doctored, to make it satisfying and flavorful. This recipe uses rich, umami flavors, bright herbs, sweet peas, and crunchy pistachios […]

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Healing Green Spring Soup with Lemon Dill Pesto

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Green spring cravings The turn of the weather and vibrant abundance at the farmer’s market correlates with my transition to lighter meals. I crave salads, I crave light soups, and I crave green. This spring soup features the seasonal asparagus and zucchini, which seem to flood the stalls at my farmer’s market. I whipped up a […]

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Paleo Coconut, Cranberry and Cardamom Cookies

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I have Danish roots on both sides of my family tree. Growing up, I looked forward to the special treats at our holiday celebrations from Seattle’s treasured Danish bakery, Larsen’s. My favorites included the melt-in-your-mouth kringle, the lefse that oozed cinnamon-butter filling, and the cardamom-scented butter cookies. My family still gets brings these treats to […]

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Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad

Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad

by Brittany Mullins @ Eating Bird Food

This blackened chicken Cobb salad tops the charts in my book. I love how much flavor is packed in each bite and how simple it is to create. Bonus points: it’s a great salad to prep ahead of time! Paleo, grain-free, low-carb and keto-friendly.  As you all know, I’m on a mission to make salads an... CONTINUE READING

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Our Birth Plan

Our Birth Plan

by Amanda Morgan @ Blog - Healthy Wifestyle

In photo: Breastfeeding Pillow, Boppy // Newborn Onesie, Nordstrom (one similar)

Hello, loves! Thank you for being patient with me over the past few weeks. Blogging has definitely taken a back seat as I prepare for baby, and my schedule is a little off whack.

I’ll also be taking maternity leave until the New Year, so my last blog will be November 7th (unless baby comes before then!).

There are so many pregnancy-related blogs that I had intended on writing, but many of them had been done before. Hospital bag contents, prepping for labor, etc. Instead, I decided to give you the real deal with our actual birth plan, which you can view below.

Labor and delivery are very personal choices. I want you to remember that as you read through what Ryan and I decided as a couple.

It was extremely important to me to understand exactly what I was getting into before labor, so I read plenty of books and did research. I couldn’t be one of those women who just showed up at the hospital with my bags and trusted everyone around me. I knew I needed more control, so I really put in the time and effort to make myself feel comfortable.

I shared a post on Instagram the other day about choices. Many women believe they don’t have a choice when it comes to things that are recommended to them by their doctors during pregnancy or by their nurses in the hospital during delivery. You absolutely have a choice, and should always feel empowered to ask questions and lean on your doctors or midwives for support. If you feel that you are being pushed into something you don’t want to do, then it might be time to look for a new practice.

There have been many instances where I did things differently, but I’ll share two examples. My doctor recommended the gestational diabetes test at 28 weeks and the flu vaccine at some point in my third trimester. I explained I wasn’t comfortable with the flu vaccine (both Ryan and I haven’t gotten it ourselves in over a decade) and I knew the gestational diabetes test would make me sick from all of the sugar at one time (I had passed out once in pregnancy and didn’t feel like going through it again!). She supported both decisions, and for the diabetes test I simply did a finger prick on an empty stomach.

Obviously, these choices won’t work for everyone, but they worked for me and for us. Do your research and follow your intuition!

Below is a summary of our birth plan and brief explanations of why I made certain decisions. I’m totally up for questions or discussions in the comments below the blog, but please be kind. I would never judge anyone’s choices, and I hope mine won’t be judged either! :)

Enjoy darlings, and looking forward to reading your thoughts.

Love,
Amanda

FYI, our doula recommended that we bullet point our birth plan and keep it within one page so it’s actually read. I added a “my notes” section after each stage to explain things further for you. Here ya go!

Baby Morgan Birth Plan

We are planning for a natural birth, but are also open to possibilities knowing that there are things we cannot control in the birthing process. We would appreciate your support in this endeavor and can’t thank you enough!

People in the room and environment

  • We’ll be using Hypnobabies techniques
  • To keep the environment calm during hypnosis, I request low lights, quiet voices, and minimum interruptions
  • My husband Ryan and doula Dawn will be the only people present for labor and delivery (family will be in waiting room)

My notes: I’ve been practicing Hypnobabies for months and am looking forward to seeing how it goes. It’s a home study course that requires time and commitment. I’ll let you know if I believe it’s worth it after all is said and done!

First-stage labor

  • Coconut water during labor for hydration. May have honey and mashed banana in case of low blood sugar
  • Intermittent fetal monitoring is ideal (20 minutes per hour)
  • No routine IV—a saline lock is fine
  • Would like to avoid an amniotomy unless water is not fully broken and labor progression is slow. If this does not work and things are still moving slowly, we may be open to Pitocin after a discussion

My notes: I get low blood sugar if I don’t eat every few hours, so I put this in here even though I realize I’m not “allowed” to eat. I’ve heard the nurses don’t mind what they can’t see (ha!), so if I sneak in a snack here or there, all is fine! I also don’t want to be hooked up to a machine or the bed, so intermittent monitoring is a must—especially since I’m planning to labor naturally and will be moving around a lot. I’d like my water to break on its own, but am letting them know that I’m open to discussion depending on how labor progresses.

Second-stage labor

  • I would rather risk a tear than have an episiotomy
  • If I do end up getting an epidural, we would like to use the peanut ball (may be bringing our own) to avoid any intervention
  • If I require a c-section (even though we would like to avoid this at all costs), I would like my husband to be present during the operation. I would also require my doula or doctor to swab my vagina (a process they now call “seeding”) and place the gauze in a sterile container for immediately after baby is born, and rub said gauze on baby’s skin, mouth, nose, etc. to transfer essential microbiota that would be missed due to a c-section. Lastly, I would like to hold my baby right after the operation before exams.

My notes: I’ve been doing perineal massages since week 37, and am going to have Ryan or my doula hold a warm compress on my perineum as a I begin to push to help with tearing. I would rather tear naturally than be cut surgically, so this is important for them to know. My hospital uses peanut balls to help assist women who have had epidurals—sometimes dilation can stall if you’re simply sitting in the same position, but the peanut ball helps open up the pelvis and change your position to keep the momentum going. You can also ask your partner or nurse to hold your leg up while lying on your side. I got the idea for the last bullet point in a book I read called “Let Them Eat Dirt,” which is all about creating and maintaining a healthy microbiota for baby from birth. This is super important to me if a c-section is deemed necessary and I OK’d it with my doc.

Post-birth

  • No matter what the end result of labor, I would like to hold my baby right after birth skin to skin
  • I would like to wait at least one minute to cut the cord (or until stops pulsating)
  • Please postpone routine newborn procedures until we’ve held the baby for some time, at least an hour (including Vitamin K shot and eye treatment). No vaccinations will be administered at birth (Hep B).
  • I plan on breastfeeding

My notes: Delayed cord clamping is performed by most hospitals these days, but I wanted to make sure they waited at least one minute. I also desire to hold my baby right after birth and don’t want any interventions until we’ve had some bonding time. We decided against the Hep B vaccine but are doing the other procedures (I wasn’t a huge fan of these but Ryan was, so this was compromise for us).

Avocado Mint Tahini Dip (Move over, mayonnaise)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

“You left the mustard out of the avocado and peanut butter dip?” Every time I make guacamole or another form of avocado dip, I think of that line from 60’s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. Yes, I was the child who grew up without cable and who watched every episode of that show,  along with I […]

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10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Gotu Kola

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

Gotu kola may not be all that well known to westerners, but it enjoys legendary status in Asia, where it’s sometimes referred to as the “fountain of life,” thanks to the story of an herbalist who was said to have extended his life by more than 200 years by taking it daily. This plant that comes from Asian wetlands, contains a high concentration of unique… [read more]

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How to Learn The Language of The Body

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

The answers for healing are within the body We’re facing an enormous challenge: the Western diet has failed us, and now Western medicine is failing us. The only person who has the answers for our health is our own body.  It’s time we start asking our own body “What are my symptoms telling me? What […]

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Our Voila Hybrid Mattress Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Episode 2: Marie Houlden — Energy Medicine, EFT, and Healing Your Emotions

by Kate @ Real Food RN

Marie Houlden is a gifted practitioner, who seems to be put on this earth to do her work! She is one of my tools in my toolbox and has seriously changed my life! I am so excited that she agreed to be on the show! The work she does touches so many lives, I only […]

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Why do Mattresses Have Toxic Chemicals in Them?

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Why do mattresses have toxic chemicals in them? It’s a fair question. On a lot of levels it seems improbable – impossible even – that something as important as a mattress could be the source of toxic chemicals in our bedrooms. The mattress is, after all, the place we spend over a third of our... Read more »

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Eat The Whole Damn Egg!

by admin @ Maria's Farm Country Kitchen

I’ve often said if nature made an egg with a white and a yellow, there was probably a good reason and you should not be afraid to eat the whole thing. But still, people in search of a “perfect” body or those who feel guilty about something else they ate either avoid eggs altogether because […]

Collagen-Boosted Paleo Protein Muffins

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Collagen-boosted protein muffins Many of you are familiar with collagen protein, the only protein powder I use and recommend.  At my home, you’re much more likely to find meals that include collagen protein than meals without this superfood addition. For example, at breakfast I’ll spike my coffee or grain free porridge with this protein boost. If lunch […]

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Paleo Cranberry Sauce (3 Ingredients!)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Until I began a grain-free lifestyle, I thought homemade cranberry sauce was a role for Martha Stewart. I believed only someone who could fold a fitted sheet was domestically gifted enough to make homemade cranberry sauce. When I cut out refined sugar from my diet, the traditional canned cranberry sauce became off limits.  Fortunately, homemade paleo cranberry sauce requires […]

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Off-Gassing 101 – How to Keep Toxins Out of Your Home & Nursery

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Choosing the right furniture and decorations are critical to preventing off-gassing chemicals in your new nursery Getting ready for your new baby is exciting. You want to bring baby home to the perfect nursery and so you get to work painting the walls, laying down new carpet, and picking out furniture. When everything is all done,... Read more »

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Paleo Bacon Cauliflower Soup

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

Today’s post is another contribution from Jean. Enjoy this ultra-comforting bacon cauliflower soup!  Now that Fall is officially here, I’ve been upping my soup intake exponentially since a month ago and I don’t hate it at all. I love how grounding and comforting a warm bowl of soup is and it’s a great way to […]

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How To Make Non-Toxic Granite Cleaner

How To Make Non-Toxic Granite Cleaner

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

I love the bright, crisp scent of this Lemon & Lavender All-Purpose Cleaner, but vinegar is too acidic for granite and can cause etching over time. Store-bought options often contain problematic ingredients – frequently earning a rating of C or even F from the Environmental Working Group – and can cost anywhere from $7-$27 dollars. […]

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Why Everyone Is Suddenly Using Crystal Deodorant (& You Should, Too!)

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

Back in the 1980s, before the term “natural” was cool, a pioneering company known as Crystal developed a natural deodorant from a hunk of French-sourced mineral salt that looks like a crystal and deodorizes without harmful chemicals. While it’s had somewhat of a cult following in the decades since, with healthier, alternative products now all the rage, Crystal deodorants have been thrust into the spotlight… [read more]

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STOP! Don't buy that new TOXIC mattress!

STOP! Don't buy that new TOXIC mattress!


Weed 'em & Reap

Don't buy that conventional mattress. It's toxic! There are cheaper and healthier options that won't pollute your personal environment.

Best Organic Mattress - Natural Latex Mattress Organic Furniture

Best Organic Mattress - Natural Latex Mattress Organic Furniture


Natural Sleep Luxury Organic Latex Mattress Store

Natural Mattress Matters offers Handcrafted, GOTS & GOLS Certified, the best Organic Mattresses, Natural Latex Mattress, Luxury Organic Furniture & Sofas. Also Chemical Free Bedding, European Beds, and Pocketed coil mattress. Natural Sleep starts with healthy non toxic mattresses. We offer near 100% talalay foam and dunlop latex with organic cotton and wool near Atlanta, GA. See our customized latex mattresses, adjustable bed foundations, all wood foundations, baby crib, futons, toppers, and pillows.

The Case Against Sugar: Is Gary Taubes Full Of Sweet Lies & Deception, Or Is Sugar Really Making Us Fat?

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. My guest on today's podcast – Gary Taubes –

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Collagen: Protein for Healing Soft Tissues

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Collagen is the name given to a range of proteins produced by the human body to help build and repair tissues such as muscle and cartilage. Over 30% of all protein found in the human body is collagen, consisting mostly of type 1. This compound is quickly gaining favor among consumers as an effective way […]

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Best Rated Rize Adjustable Bed Reviews

by Frank Apodaca @ The Sleep Judge

What You Need to Know About EMF Protection

by Dr Isaac Jones @ Elevays

Most people are already aware that spending too much time with our devices is bad news… from blue light health issues to social media addiction. But it doesn’t stop there. Mobile devices – as well ...

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How to Make Bone Broth (And Where to Buy It)

by Andrea Fabry @ It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Broth made from beef or poultry is a powerful, nutrient-dense food. Find out how to make bone broth and where to buy it if you can’t make your own! The Difference Between Bone Broth and Bone Stock The terms bone broth and bone stock are often used interchangeably. Technically, bone broth is made with meat as... 

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How to Make Bone Broth (And Where to Buy It)

The 5 Highest Rated Firm (Hard) Mattresses in 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Bella Sera Organic Materials

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Our mattress cover consists of a layer of carded organic wool quilted between two layers of organic cotton. Then we place natural dunlop latex between the organic cotton and wool quilted cover. Please email us with your name and address if you'd like a sample of our materials. Organic Cotton We use only 100% certified […]

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Autoimmune Paleo Pesto Chicken and Spaghetti Squash

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This recipe is a contribution from Michelle, who shares an autoimmune-friendly recipe each month. I remember the first time I ever made spaghetti squash. I was in my teens, newly gluten free, and exploring new options. I was preparing my plate when my dad walked in the kitchen and ask, “How are you […]

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How to use Copaiba oil – doTERRA essential oils

by Healing in our Homes @ Healing in Our Homes

Healing in Our Homes

How to use Copaiba oil – doTERRA Hopefully you’ve gotten your hands on a bottle of doTERRA’s newly offered Copaiba oil (pronounced Co-pie-EE-ba). It’s a tremendously powerful oil both for mind and body. It can calm you when you feel anxious, boost your immune system and help with digestive and respiratory issues. It’s very effective... [Read More]

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How Non-Stick Cookware Can Be Toxic & How To Avoid It

How Non-Stick Cookware Can Be Toxic & How To Avoid It

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Have you ever wondered about the components of non-stick pans that make them, well, non-stick? As it turns out, it’s a combination of chemicals which release toxic gasses and particles into the air WHEN HEATED.

5 Healthy & Eco-Friendly Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Everyday Life

5 Healthy & Eco-Friendly Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Everyday Life

by Courtney Jay Biebl @ The Good Trade

Plastic does not biodegrade and plastic gives off toxic chemicals that when ingested or worn, can have long lasting consequences. We're beginning the quest to open our minds to alternatives, in both what we use and what we throw away. If we ask more questions and look deeper, we can change our approach to plastic use and chase the negative impact we may have on our environment and ourselves.

Environmental Toxins May Contribute to Aging

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

Chronological age is determined by birth date. Biological age is established by physiological and molecular cells within the individual. The latter is influenced by the exposure of damaging substances in the environment, such as chemicals, cigarette smoke, or even stress (gerontogens). Aging occurs when the body goes through a biological mechanism called senescence. During this process, healthy cells become impaired and they lose their ability to divide. Over a period of time, these impaired cells begin to compile, using resources and releasing hormones with inflammatory characteristics. This majorly contributes to aging and age related diseases. Someday, scientists hope that blood...

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3 Ways Holly Quit Antidepressants and Reclaimed Her Life

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Note from Lauren: Please meet my friend Holly. I knew she was a Soul Sister when I read her post, “How My Health Crisis Became My Identity Crisis.” We connected over email and she told me we had met before. I immediately remembered the nutrition conference earlier this year where I first met Holly for only a brief moment. She had looked at me […]

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The Best Way to Make Bone Broth

by Erica Jones @ Elevays

If I only ever knew how to make one thing from scratch…it would be bone broth. It’s hands down one of the best things you can do to promote your health and wellbeing. Want an ...

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The Benefits of a Bamboo Pillow and Its Cons

by Review Team @ The Sleep Judge

Paleo Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars (AIP Option)

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This holiday recipe is a contribution from Michelle, who shares an autoimmune-friendly recipe each month. The holidays are finally here, and that means it’s time to start decorating, planning, shopping, and of course… cooking! There’s no better time for an indulgent treat to share with family and friends. Holiday meals and treats have […]

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WTF?! is This I Hear About Cell Phone Toxicity?

WTF?! is This I Hear About Cell Phone Toxicity?

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

The FCC hasn’t updated their cell phone radiation standards in 17 years! This concerns folks due to speculation regarding cell phone radiation and possible links to brain cancer. 

How to choose the safest cosmetics

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on February 6th, 2018 Ever since I read the FDA test results of 400 lipsticks back in 2010, heavy metal contamination in cosmetics has been my concern.  In the FDA test, most lipsticks contained some amount of lead, and the … Continued

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8 Benefits of Yarrow – And How To Use It In Your Kitchen

8 Benefits of Yarrow – And How To Use It In Your Kitchen

by Heather Dessinger and Dr. Lori Valentine Rose (PhD), Certified Nutrition Professional (CNP), Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition @ Mommypotamus

Old Man’s Pepper. Soldier’s Herb. Knight’s Milfoil. Thousand Weed. Nose Bleed. <<– Yarrow has a colorful list of names, and an even richer and more colorful history of use in European, Native American, and Chinese medicine. The ancients called it Herbe Militaris – the Military Herb – because it was often used to staunch bleeding and […]

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What’s the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn how to find the best mattress for a bad back. Are you trying to find a good mattress for back pain? One of the hardest medical conditions to cure and treat are those relating to chronic back pain, and it’s something that affects millions of people around the world every day. Over and over, […]

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Paleo Avocado Toast

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

  Yes, avocado toast is a fad… …and it is one you don’t want to miss. After seeing avocado toast pop up in every corner of the internet universe, I had a bad case of avocado toast FOMO. (That’s Fear Of Missing Out. It usually refers to missing out of parties and social engagements. For me, […]

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Get Some Sleep: Naturally

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

Everyone needs to get a good night of sleep. This is no surprise to anyone I’m willing to bet considering a lack of a good, healthy night of rest is easily to recognize, and when the opposite occurs, easy to bemoan. Getting up after a restless battle of tossing and turning can have the same effect as operating in a nearly intoxicated-like state. Sleep deprivation is often caused by stress from your job, a long day of work, or just your mind struggling to keep the tasks of tomorrow straight in your head. Sleep aids are nothing new and we’ve...

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Kids Beds Chemical Exposure Organic Mattress

Kids Beds Chemical Exposure Organic Mattress


Healthy Child

Is the toxicity of your kids beds a concern? Learn how to choose a safe non toxic organic mattress for your kids and avoid chemical exposure.

Alan Bell’s Story: Healing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Note from Lauren: When I received Alan’s book, Poisoned, I read it in just a few sittings.  I’m regularly sent books for publicity consideration, and rarely do I feel so gripped by a review book that I can’t put it down. Alan’s story left me stunned with his journey, and horrified that the toxic materials in an office building could […]

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Non-Toxic Organic Pet Beds for Dogs and Cats

Non-Toxic Organic Pet Beds for Dogs and Cats


Mercola.com

These durable and non-toxic organic pet beds can give your furry family members a comfortable, safe place to rest and sleep.

Paleo Green Bean Casserole

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Traditional Green Bean Casserole requires a complete makeover job to make it paleo-friendly… or rather, human-being-friendly. After all, there are very few items of actual, recognizable, pronounceable foods in the popular Campbell’s Mushroom Soup and French’s French Fried Onions. Take a look: Cream of Mushroom Soup contains  Mushrooms, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Cottonseed, Canola, and/or Soybean), Modified […]

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No Bake Paleo Lime Bars

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

A couple of other recipes are waiting in the Drafts folder of Empowered Sustenance, waiting eagerly to be shared, but these paleo lime bars immediately jumped to the top of the queue when I made them a few days ago. The recipe refuses to wait its turn, in proper order, because it is that good. I’ve experimented […]

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Why Healing Doesn’t Happen (The Healing Journey)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Actually, I can’t give you the answer to why healing doesn’t happen. While I may have some, “been there, done that” insight, I can’t tell you exactly why healing isn’t happening. I’m not God or Oprah, after all. But the information here is critical to healing, and a missing piece in health protocols. It’s about […]

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WTF?! is with Toxic Mattresses?

WTF?! is with Toxic Mattresses?

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Flame retardants, which reports claim lead to female reproductive problems , thyroid issues, hormone level changes, and decreased sperm quality, are a common chemical found in many conventional mattresses. 

Home Trends from 2018 KBIS

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

I just wrapped up an epic visit to the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) along with the International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida. It was an overwhelming experience, to say the least, but what I’m thrilled to have walked away with are ideas (and confirmation of my own trend picks) for the...

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10 Ways You Can Give Back and Make a Difference This Holiday Season

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

As we gather with friends and family during the holidays, we tend to look back on the year, reflect on our blessings and give thanks. This is also a good time to look for ways to give back to others and make a real difference for the holidays. You don’t need to look far to find meaningful ways to give back this holiday season. Here Read More

Paleo Burrito Bowl

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

DIY Chipotle! Imagine a Chipotle meal where you don’t have to hear, “The guacamole is $2 extra, okay?” This is my kind of meal, as I prefer to stuff my face with guacamole without being reminded of the price of avocados. This is my current go-to lunch. I keep a big batch of the chicken in […]

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All About Hästens Natural Beds

by Hästens Los Angeles @ Hästens Los Angeles

At Hästens, our luxury mattress craftsmen have been designing and manufacturing mattresses out of durable, all-natural, non-toxic materials since 1852. Each one of our premium beds is crafted by hand out of the finest flax, cotton, wool, the highest quality Swedish pine, and genuine, hypoallergenic horsehair. Each one of our organic mattresses is naturally resistant […]

ThredUp Goody Box Review: What Is Inside?

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

The online secondhand clothing store, thredUp, has just created a new product for clothes shopping from home. The thredUp Goody Box is a way of receiving secondhand clothing right to your door and selecting what you like and don’t like without shipping fees or commitment to keep the clothes. This sustainable fashion alternative might not...

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Is Stevia Safe or Addictive?

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Why I quit stevia Is stevia addictive? “No it’s not! I use it every day in my very healthy diet and I’m just fine, thankyouverymuch, stevia is not addictive and couldn’t possibly be harmful.” If that is your gut response to the question I’ve just asked, then consider the fact that reactions speak louder than words. […]

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Are there Cons of Juicing? 4 Reasons to Skip this Popular Way to Cleanse

by Dr Isaac Jones @ Elevays

It seems like everybody and her sister has gone on a juice cleanse. Juice bars are the new bars – the hip place to go, drink, and socialize (minus the alcohol, plus the kale). So ...

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by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

It happens to the best of us… …even food bloggers. Our vegetables, sometimes, get BORING. I finally got sick of my thai vegetable curry, which I put on replay for months. With that way of dressing up veggies temporarily out of commission, I went to my own Paleo Flavor Boosters post for new ideas. But Herbamare […]

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Flame Retardant Mattresses – FAQ

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Flame Retardant Mattresses – Your questions, answered. Having a fire in the home is a nightmare scenario. In 2015 alone, there were 365,500 house fires an estimated $7 billion dollars in direct property damage. Don’t forget about the destructive emotional cost that comes from having your home and sense of security destroyed by flames. Thankfully,... Read more »

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Thanks for Signing Up

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Thanks for signing up for our newsletter! You're almost done, just click the link in the email we just sent you. Our Best Sellers Naturesoft Organic Flannel SheetsThe Naturesoft Organic Flannel Sheets are made from a 165 gsm flannel and are a natural color. Made from GOTS ...Read More$82.00 – $112.00Select optionsSale Nomad Furniture Bed […]

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Tips for Choosing the Right Mattress Support for Your Aches and Pains

by Hästens Los Angeles @ Hästens Los Angeles

Being able to get a good night’s rest is important to many people, especially to those who suffer from arthritic pain or aching muscles. Chronic pain can make your life miserable, so you don’t want to worsen the situation by sleeping on an uncomfortable and unsupportive bed. With all the bedding options on the market […]

Hastens Proferia Bed

by Katy @ Beds & Mattresses – The Century House – Madison, WI

Continental Style Bed.
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Building a Goat Pen: Step by Step Videos

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

In all my years of owning goats… Never has anything proved quite as frustrating as building a strong goat pen. You’d think that goats (being relatively small & docile) wouldn’t be so tough to contain. But oh no. It’s like Jurassic Park over here. Except, instead of being killed and/or eaten, you just have a goat staring at you silently through your kitchen window. Nobody dies, but it’s still hella

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Biosteel Sneakers

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

"Spider Silk" Sneakers? | Adidas debuts shoes made from biosteel.Read More ...

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Our Nectar vs. Leesa Bed Comparison for 2018

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Are quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) safe?

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

There is a secret I learned while reading numerous shampoo/conditioner labels.  I’d like to share it with you today because it will help you choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type without even trying them.  Hint:  We … Continued

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Are These Toxic Materials In Your Mattress?

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

One of the most surprising things about toxic chemicals in mattresses is how incredibly common they are. In fact, mattresses that are off-gassing harmful VOCs, and emitting toxic chemicals seem to be the norm, and not the exception. Even worse, this is true even of many mattresses claiming to be “organic” or “all-natural.” How can this... Read more »

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378: The 30 Second Fat Loss Trick, The Brain Shrinking Myth, Does Weed Lower Testosterone & Much More.

by Brock @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Jan 18, 2017 Podcast: 378 – The 30 Second Fat

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14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online

14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online

by Staff Guide @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

Review the best organic, natural and eco friendly mattresses and brands that have been designed by these top mattress companies so you can have a soothing night's sleep regardless of your income. Live and Sleep Eco-Friendly Mattress. Layla Sleep Memory Foam Mattress. My Green Mattress. Avocado Organic Mattress and many more. 

DIY Night Cream

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

DIY Night Cream | An all-natural recipe that won't clog pores.Read More ...

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Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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How to Choose a Non-Toxic Mattress AND Why You Need One!

How to Choose a Non-Toxic Mattress AND Why You Need One!


Rubies & Radishes

This is the MOST comfortable mattress I've ever slept on! It's not only a non-toxic mattress, made of safe materials, but it has improved my sleep!

Interview w/ Diane Sanfilippo – Episode 65: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast

Interview w/ Diane Sanfilippo – Episode 65: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast

by juli @ PaleOMG – Paleo Recipes

Today on the podcast, I’m talking to New York Times Best Selling Author Diane Sanfilippo. Diane was one of the first people I started following when I first started eating paleo and she really helped change my life when I […]

[Transcript] – The Case Against Sugar: Is Gary Taubes Full Of Sweet Lies & Deception, Or Is Sugar Really Making Us Fat?

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/nutrition-podcasts/the-case-against-sugar-gary-taubes/ [0:00] Introduction [0:33] Wild Mountain Paleo/Purathrive [07:35] The Difference Between Glucose and Fructose and How It’s Related

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Do Founders Sleep Better?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

You may already be familiar with certain sleep patterns of high-profile businesspeople across the U.S. Bill Gates and Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly get seven hours of sleep each night, though Cook is known as more of an early riser since he wakes up at 4:30 a.m. Anna Wintour, the longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, […]

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[Transcript] – Why You Get Hungry & What To Do About It: How To Defy Overeating, Conquer The Buffet, Stop Cravings In Their Tracks & Much More!

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/fat-loss-podcasts/the-hungry-brain-outsmarting-the-instincts-that-make-us-overeat/ [00:00] Introduction/Oak/CrossPolitics [05:44] About Stephan Guyenet [07:45] Why What Stephan Presents in his Book is Absent From

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The Best Water Filter Pitcher That is Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.There's nothing quite like a cold glass of ice water to quench your thirst. Not only does it taste refreshing, but it's important for hydration too. In fact, men should consume 13 cups of liquid every day, and women should get 9.So, yes, downing […]

Lacey's Birth Story

Lacey's Birth Story

by Amanda Morgan @ Blog - Healthy Wifestyle

November 22, 2017

I can’t believe my little Lacey is two weeks old. Everyone was right—the first two weeks are difficult. Figuring out how to keep a tiny human alive is no simple task! But alas, we’ve done it, with a little help from my mom and our night nurse. Woohoo!

I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to Lacey’s birth. I would describe the experience as “the plan that went according to plan unexpectedly.” You’ll know exactly what I mean once you read through the post!

If you read my birth plan, you know that I wanted to attempt a natural birth. I was hoping for little intervention and a calm and peaceful birthing experience. Here’s what really went down…

THE WATER BREAKING

My water broke around 5:00am on Wednesday, November 22nd. This was so exciting initially, because I knew in that moment our baby girl would be making her debut without me having to be induced the following Sunday. Lacey was 11 days late, and the clock was running out for her to make her way into this world without intervention.

Being induced isn’t the worst thing in the world, of course, but it wasn’t what I wanted. So my water breaking was a great sign of things to come. I also had decided to do two membrane sweeps—one the Friday prior (my mucous plug fell out the next day) and one the following Monday (my water broke less than 48 hours after this one). Lacey was born Wednesday evening. After trying nearly everything to get things moving, this was the one thing that did work. My doctor did the sweeps in a more gentle manner than most so I wasn’t in too much pain the next day. I would do it again in a heartbeat after seeing the results!

I called my Mom and my doula around 5:30am, and was told to try to get some rest. Yeah, right! I was too excited. I decided not to wake Ryan up knowing it would be a long day, then laid in bed until 6am. My contractions started around that time, but they were super manageable, around 10 minutes apart. I got up, showered, and made cupcakes for the nurses at the hospital. I woke Ryan up and he was so excited. We decided to just hang out and wait for things to evolve on their own.

THE MORNING

My contractions stayed at 10 minutes apart for a few hours. Again, these were pretty manageable—I would have to pause and breathe through them, but I was ready for these types of contractions. As the hours passed, I wondered what was happening. I would have contractions 7 minutes apart, then 20 minutes apart, and so on. They were completely sporadic for most of the morning.

THE AFTERNOON

At one point, I hadn’t had a contraction for 30 minutes. I called my doula because I was getting tired and really wanted to get the train moving. Ryan was also growing anxious, since my doctor said not to wait longer than six hours after my water broke to go to the hospital.

My doula recommended walking up and down the stairs while simultaneously doing lunges, along with cat/cow poses to get things flowing. The first time I walked up the stairs I had a contraction again. Ryan and I walked the stairs several times and alternated between several different positions, but it seemed my contractions were still in a funky 7-30-10 pattern and not making any sense.

Around 4pm, I decided to call the doctor since it was almost 12 hours after my water broke. Naturally, she wanted me to come in but told me not to rush. I decided to lay down while Ryan made himself dinner.

My body said hellllllll no to laying down and as soon as I hit my pillow, I had the worst contraction of the day. Like, debilitating-want-to-poop-and-throw-up-at-the-same-time type of contraction. I walked outside our bedroom and yelled down to Ryan saying, “Well, that’s not happening.” 

THE EVENING

My Mom and Dad arrived and pushed me to go to the hospital. We started getting our things together and the contractions were growing stronger and more nauseating. I would have to completely stop what I was doing and either get on all fours or lean on our kitchen counter during them.

Things went from six to midnight REAL quick.

It was time to drive to the hospital around 5:45pm and from what I can remember, this was one of the worst parts of my labor. Being in the car during contractions is no fun! But we made it. I walked out of the car, went into the hospital and leaned on a poll during a contraction.

The woman at the valet stand just looked at me and said, “I’m not even going to ask how you’re doing!” and proceeded to grab a wheelchair to bring me up to Labor & Delivery.

Things start to get blurry at this point. They checked me as soon as we got there and guess what…I was 8 centimeters dilated! So listen up, ladies—don’t listen to that math they give you to wait until your contractions are 5-1-1 before you go to the hospital (especially if you want the drugs). Every body is different, and in my case, my contractions went all day and weren’t close together until VERY late in the game.

The nurse asked if I had a birth plan, and my Jersey self said, “F*ck the birth plan, give me the drugs!” My husband laughed and said to everyone, “This is the real Amanda, in case anyone was wondering.” It was an entertaining moment for everyone involved.

They hooked me up to some fluids to prep for the epidural. If you’ve had one, you know it takes time to get this situated. So within the 80 minutes it took for them to do this, have me sign the paperwork (which was a pathetic scribble on my part), and get the anesthesiologist in the room, I was 9.5 centimeters dilated. My body was ready to go!

I was doing some crazy moves at this point during the contractions. I would squat and breathe through them as my doula massaged my low back. The pain was so intense.

I remember at least five people surrounding me asking me what I wanted to do, but also suggesting I forgo the drugs because issues could arise from doing the epidural this late in the game. After several minutes, I decided to go at it all natural.

During those squats, I was already making grunting sounds, so my doctor and doula asked if it felt like I needed to push. I didn’t know what that sensation was supposed to feel like, but they checked me one last time and I was 10 centimeters dilated.

The next two hours (maybe a little less) were a total blur. I went from pushing on the toilet, to using the squat bar on the bed, to leaning over the bed. Lacey’s head was coming out, and it was time to really, really push. They had me on my side on the bed, holding up my top leg and pushing through every contraction. She was almost ready to come out, but my doula suggested I switch positions one more time to adjust her. I laid on my back with my legs spread apart, knees towards my armpits. During contractions, Ryan would lift my head up and the nurses would hold my knees.

At this point, I was sweating, exhausted, and could feel EVERYTHING. I was ready to get this baby out. In one contraction, my doctor counted down from 10 several times, and with those breaths, I pushed Lacey out completely with the loudest screams you could ever imagine. It’s funny, because after practicing Hypnobabies for months before her birth, I didn’t use the recordings at all. By the time we got to the hospital, I was in my own zone and the “peace” I longed for was out the window. It didn’t matter, because the experience went exactly as it should’ve.

It was like instant relief after she was born, but mentally, I was slightly traumatized. They put Lacey on my chest, but all I could concentrate on was what was going on “down there.” I pushed the placenta out, and it was time to stitch me up. The local anesthesia barely did anything because all of the nerves were so stimulated, so this part was almost as rough as her birth itself! Within a half hour, it was over, and I could finally concentrate on my baby girl.

I held Lacey and breastfed her for a bit before they took her away to do a few standard procedures like weigh her, Vitamin K shot, etc. We did everything by the book except the Hep B vaccine and her bath. We waited a few days to give her a bath and will be determining what to do about Hep B down the road.

Ryan and I ordered food and my parents came to meet Lacey. It was so amazing seeing my parents with their first grandchild. Those first few moments made that entire day well worth it.

THE AFTERMATH

I had a lot of trouble sleeping initially, both from the pain and the anxiety I was experiencing. Lacey’s birth was amazing but also slightly traumatizing. I had flashbacks at night for the first week! It took me several days to mentally feel normal again—outside of the regular exhaustion every woman experiences post-labor.

There is no right or wrong way to give birth, and it’s so important to listen to your body and do what works best for both you and baby! You can plan as much as you want, but always know that things will never go as planned and deviating is more the norm when it comes to labor and delivery.

As far as breastfeeding is concerned, I feel fortunate because feeding came relatively easily to Lacey and I. This was only after I started using a nipple shield that was provided by the hospital—before this, we struggled for a few days because I have flat nipples (maybe TMI but it’s true!). The shield doesn’t seem to bother her, and the only issue I have with it is the convenience factor. I’m working with a lactation consultant and we’ll be figuring out how to move forward soon.

Lacey is an amazing little girl who is already so alert and has a sweet personality. I can’t wait to share more of her with you!

Thank you so much for reading through this and for being a part of Healthy Wifestyle. I’m thrilled to be able to incorporate more motherhood pieces into my writing for the blog and look forward to your requests!

I’d love to hear your birth story below, or anything you’d like to share as it relates to your own experience or future experience of labor and delivery. Heart you all!

Xoxo,
Amanda

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by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Cauliflower for breakfast? If I text “it’s recipe testing day, wanna eat here?” to most of my friends or family members, they’ll usually agree enthusiastically. After all, I would say that most of my recipe experiments, even if the recipe is not yet perfected, are enjoyable. But after a certain  incident, I have ruined all of my cauliflower […]

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The Best Juicers: A Review & Buyer’s Guide

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Juicing is a powerful dietary practice used by a quickly-growing amount of people to lose weight fast, get proper nutrition, and help fuel their healthy lifestyles. If you planning on introducing juicing into your diet, or perhaps already have, then you are well-aware of the staggering number of juicers available on the market now. Finding […]

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