• Woman in flower field natural dryer sheet alternative

    5 Natural Dryer Sheet Alternatives

      One of my first tips for anyone starting to detox their homes is to quit using fabric softener and dryer sheets. These products coat your clothes with chemicals linked to hormone disruption, asthma, and even cancer. Not to mention what they do downstream in our environment… And while more…


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    How to Choose the Best Natural Skincare Products

    I see this question ALL the time in mom’s groups: “What’s the best natural… lotion / make-up / shampoo / deodorant…” You may have asked that question before too. What did you do with the answers? It’s helpful because you’re getting feedback from other people who have been there before you. But just because a product works, and fits one person’s…


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    Fertility and More: How Flame Retardants in Our Homes Affect Our Health

    Chemical flame retardants are in electronics, children’s pyjamas, car seats, mattresses, carpeting, and most other petrochemical-based materials (i.e. foam, polyester, etc.). Halogenated flame retardants have been around for 40 years, and we are now learning how hazardous they are to our health. In fact, they are found in just about everyone across North America, at concentrations that are…


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  • No, Your Shampoo Isn’t Killing You

    I started my own green living journey because of environmental reasons, nearly 15 years ago as an engineering student. 10 years later when I was pregnant with my first child, I realized that there were some pretty good health benefits to what I was doing too. But the messaging was all wrong. Maybe you’ve seen them too? Those click-bait headlines telling…


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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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