• Non-Toxic Cookware

    Credit: Jane Rix / Shutterstock You’ve probably heard that Teflon is bad for your health. But do you know why, or are wondering how bad it really is? Afterall, it does make clean-up a heckuva lot easier. Read more about non-stick coatings and what the alternatives are in my article for EcoParent Magazine.  


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  • Green Hidden Gems – Part 2

    Here’s Part 2 in my series, where I share with you small businesses that you probably haven’t heard of – but that deserve to be “found”. I focus on products and services that are doing their part to lower their footprint, while delivering greener, healthier services and products to their communities (and beyond). You can read about the jeweler, baby wearing expert, and resale clothing shop I featured in my…


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    5 Tips to Pack a Litterless Lunch… Like a Boss.

    If you’ve got school-aged kids and you’re anything like me, you’re in denial about having to start packing lunches on Tuesday. I got used to the lunch-making routine the last few years with our previous daycare but I have to admit: having a summer off (both for the kids and me since I now work from home) was…


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    Should You Feed Your Family Organic Food?

    Eating organic may sound like a good idea in theory, but with a family to feed and the higher cost of organic food, is it really practical? It’s a question I’ve discussed on my blog before. In this article for EcoParent Magazine, I clarify what it means…


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    The Dirt on Disinfecting Wipes

    Wipes used to be reserved for baby bums and rib fests. Now they’re on countertops and cleaning kits in 50% of homes. Studies continue to show that our obsession with killing germs has gotten out of hand and is actually doing more harm than good.


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  • Is Borax Toxic?

    Borax has been lining DIYer’s shelves for decades. It’s been a green cleaner staple and is even used to make kids’ crafts. But that is about to change. This month, Health Canada released its “Draft Screening Assessment for Boric Acid, its Salts and its Precursers”. It includes recommendations to avoid products like…


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  • 11 Non-Toxic Ways to Kill Weeds

      Weeds: the bane of a gardener’s existence. If you want a beautiful lawn, healthy vegetables or flourishing fruit, you need weeds to stop taking up valuable space. Chemical weed killers may be effective, but they can be toxic to the environment. Luckily, you’ve got options to get rid of weeds in eco-friendly ways. 1. Form a Blockade  


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  • 3 Common Indoor Air Pollutants

    Did you know that the air quality in your home can be many times worse than outside? This is significant, because while we can’t control what’s in outside air (other than doing our part to reduce air pollution), we can control what’s in our homes. In


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    Is Your Home Disaster Ready?

    The forest fires in Fort McMurray were devastating. The fire itself wasn’t all that news worthy – forest fires are a natural part of the forest life cycle. But with tens of thousands of people evacuated and facing the very real truth of having no homes and businesses to return to, these fires were front page news. As long…


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  • 4 Ways to Keep Your House Cool

    Summers are getting hotter, and that’s likely not going to stop any time soon. For some, running the air conditioner is the only way to get relief. Even if you do have the AC on, there are ways you can keep cool while saving energy (and money). Read…


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