• Organic sheets in a green bedroom

    Organic Sheets and Non-Toxic Bedding

    When it was time to up-size my kids’ beds, I spent my time worrying about the mattresses and forgot about the bedding until the last minute. In fact, my daughter’s new bed was assembled, with the mattress in place, before I clued in that we had no sheets. So, I took my her on a little shopping trip….


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  • essential oils

    What You Should Know Before Using Essential Oils

    I have avoided this topic for a loooong time. Why? Because essential oils are contentious and there’s a lot of internet hate for those who share their opinions. But since I get asked about oils all the time, I decided I needed to have the answer. Welcome to the results of my latest deep-dive research project to help illustrate what you should know…


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  • detox household cleaners

    Detox Your Household Cleaners in 5 Steps

    One of my recent clients suffers from respiratory issues and multiple chemical sensitivity. She was advised by a naturopathic doctor to detox her home to help alleviate her symptoms, and called me for support. When we started going through her cupboards, she was shocked at how many household cleaners there were – some of which she couldn’t even remember buying. I’ve found…


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  • backcountry camping with kids

    How to Go Backcountry Camping With Kids (and have fun doing it!)

    We just booked a 9-day backcountry canoe trip in Algonquin Park this summer. 4 adults and 4 kids ages 2.5 – 7 years. When I tell people that we go backcountry camping with kids, I usually get a response of raised eyebrows with an undertone of either “that’s amazing!” or “you’re crazy!”, or maybe a little bit of both. Given how surprised…


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  • better ways to spend Earth Hour

    6 Better Ways to Spend Earth Hour than Turning Off Your Lights

    Earth Hour is a campaign by World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about and inspire action against climate change. The idea is to turn off as much power as you can for one hour from 8:30pm – 9:30pm; this year, Earth Hour happens on Saturday March 25th. Participating in…


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  • non-toxic mattress brands and where to buy

    What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Mattress: Brands and Where to Buy

    It seems crazy that something we spend one third of our lives on might be toxic. Yet while your mattress isn’t toxic in the sense that it’ll kill you  on contact (well, not likely anyways), it may have some less-than-desirable ingredients. Most people think of non-toxic mattresses for a new baby’s crib – but we deserve…


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  • Organic kids' clothes

    mini mioche and More: Organic Kids’ Clothes You’ll Love

      You know about organic food, but did you know you can get organic clothing too? Organic clothing, especially for kids, is increasing in popularity – even big brands like Costco’s Kirkland label and H&M sell organic. But what do those…


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  • green valentines day

    How to Green Your Valentine’s Day

    It may be a sea of red and pink as we head into Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a little green too! Unfortunately, conventional traditions for the day of love are less than lovely for your health and the planet. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common traditions and how you…


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  • non-toxic non-stick cookware

    Non-Toxic Non-Stick Cookware

    I’ve been getting a lot of questions about non-toxic, non-stick cookware in the Green Product Forum, so I wanted to share some tips here. Many people think first of reducing or eliminating plastic from their kitchen, to reduce exposure to chemicals like BPA. But the conversation is moving now to…


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  • green gift guide

    Green Gift Guide: 23 Ways to Give Better

    It’s a common theme in parenting groups these days: what can I ask for or give that won’t add to the clutter in my home? We already have so much “stuff” that the thought of an over-flowing Christmas tree isn’t as joyful as it…


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