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Charlie Banana

Fergus shows a clear preference for reusable cotton wipes over disposable wipes.  A little warm water on a soft Charlie Banana organic cotton wipe and his bottom is clean with less irritation. Amazon has them at a great price.  “Subscribe & Save” to get a two-pack (twenty wipes) for $16.80 with free shipping. No fabric […]

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Notes from the Kitchen

EWG has posted easy tips for making Thanksgiving healthier for your family. Don’t worry — I don’t mean “eat less stuffing” or “hold the whipped cream!” Click here to learn how to choose food that’s low in added chemicals and pollutants, to avoid toxic cookware, and to safely store and reheat those tasty leftovers.

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Why My Family Actively Avoids PVC

From the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a refresher on PVC, a “toxic plastic that is dangerous to our health and the environment across its lifecycle: from production, to use, to disposal.” (August 2011) PVC is unique among plastics because it contains dangerous chemical additives. These harmful chemicals include phthalates, lead, cadmium, and/or organotins, […]

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Envirokid Nap Mat Falls Short

I like to think I’m getting pretty good at analyzing toys and kids products, but it can be such challenge to catch the hidden hazards. Forget needing an advanced degree to understand the chemical components — sometimes it’s hard to remember even the basics. I recently purchased an EnviroKid Nap Mat for Sweet William. EnviroKid […]

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Headlines: Perc remains in dry-cleaned clothes

A Virginia high school student’s science project, supervised by a Georgetown University lab and published in a peer-reviewed journal, revealed that perchloroethylene (perc) stays in fabric and that levels increase with repeat dry cleaning. It’s something to think about when baby buries her face in your sweater. Read the Washington Post article here. Perc is […]

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Home Economics

Sweet William, now 14 months old, is running around and getting into things every time I turn my back. This morning he brought me a bottle of air freshener that was left within reach. Here’s why I didn’t panic. AIR FRESHENER 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vinegar 2 c hot water squeeze of lemon […]

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Shoes Off

A baby in the house is a great excuse to leave shoes at the door. Your guests will be happy to comply, especially if you offer them slippers or cozy socks. One of our friends brings a fancy pair of boudoir slippers when she comes for dinner. Our no-shoe policy has led to a cleaner […]

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