How to Get Your Water as Safe as New York City Drinking Water

New York City drinking waterLeonardo da Vinci once wrote, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” But in the case of New York City drinking water from a tap is the driving force behind NYC Water-On-the-Go, a program to promote staying hydrated at portable fountains.

In a world where people spend a fortune to stay hydrated by drinking healthy, safe tap water, some of the healthiest tap water available, according to New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (http://www.nyc.gov), is in the Big Apple. [Read more…]

How to Make Bath Time for Babies More Fun

bath time for babiesWhen my son was a toddler bath time was accompanied by the lyrics of his favorite song, “Splish splash I was taking a bath, long about a Saturday night!” But when he was an infant, he made bath time for babies much less of a reason to party.

No matter what we tried, our son hated water! From using various types of bathtubs, to using a baby sponge instead of a washcloth, to bringing him into a warm, gentle shower the result was the same. He would begin screaming the moment water touched his skin. [Read more…]

How to Decorate a Kitchen Countertop and Breakfast Nook

how to decorate a kitchen countertopAmerican celebrity chef Alton Brown once said, “The kitchen’s a laboratory, and everything that happens there has to do with science.” But when looking at how to decorate a kitchen countertop  mine looked like a science experiment gone wrong.

First of all there was clutter everywhere. Old recipes, expired coupons, old bread tags, empty spice jars – you name it and I had hoarded it.  And the breakfast nook was not much better. I should have joined www.hoardersanonymous.org. My family could not ever eat breakfast in the kitchen due to the clutter.

It really got to the point that just the thought of walking into the kitchen to cook a meal caused something akin to a full out anxiety attack. It was time to make a change for the healthier.

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Sprout Gardening – How to Cultivate Fresh Sprouts Right in Your Own Kitchen

Sprout gardeningRoman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “If you have a garden and a library, then you have everything you need.” I agree, except my library is in the form of e-books and my sprout gardening takes place in the kitchen.

The benefits of growing your own food are endless. Even if you do not have a large yard and your garden is limited to your patio or a rooftop, you can use containers to grow some things like tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs.

However if you are planning on adopting a more raw diet in 2013, then perhaps it’s time to try sprout gardening. They come in a wide variety and are packed with vitamins and minerals as well as acids and enzymes necessary for good physical health. [Read more…]

How to Eliminate BPA Dangers in a Child’s Nursery

BPA DangersFamily friends recently welcomed a baby girl into their home. The nursery was lovely except for one thing.

Along with the pastel-hued mobile over the eco-friendly crib and matching organic bedding, the room was filled with hidden BPA dangers!

On Pinterest there’s a quote attributed to A.A. Milne’s famous character Winnie the Pooh that says, “To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.” It’s true. And to the uneducated, BPA-laden plastic is just another baby bottle or teething ring.

However there are a lot of hidden dangers to letting children handle plastics that contain BPA. Sure it might seem economical to hand down bottles and toys from one child to the next, but the money you save now could cost your child’s health on down the road. [Read more…]

How to Achieve a Healthy Indoor Environment within Your Home

Healthy Indoor EnvironmentThere is a Native American proverb that states: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. With that in mind, shouldn’t everyone desire to provide their family with a healthy indoor environment?

When you suffer from allergies, or even asthma, living in dirty air is a problem that can interfere with your daily lives. Your everyday tasks can seem to be more strenuous to get through and getting a deep breath can be impossible.

Clean air can help you breathe easier, and even help to reduce your allergies. But most people have no idea what the air quality is inside their home. Could you answer that question? At one time, I could not answer it either. [Read more…]

How to Remove Air Pollution in Your Baby’s Nursery

Clean Air ProductsAmerican editor and author Carl Sandburg once wrote, “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” Another way we can guarantee that the world will go on for generations is through the use of clean air products.

Do you really want your family, especially the new baby, to breathe in air filled with dust, dander, mold spores, and other minuscule bits of pollution? I don’t want my family to breathe in those harmful micro-particles!

One of the ways that families can make the air cleaner inside their house is by using clean air products, like an allergy machine. This will help not only if you have someone with allergies to things such as dust and pollen, but also for those who suffer from asthma. [Read more…]

How to Find the Best HEPA Vacuum for Your Family

Best Hepa VacuumEven if your home looks clean, unless you are using one of the best HEPA vacuum cleaners available then the air inside your home might not measure up.

While most people think of outdoor air when they think of air pollution, many are surprised to find that it is just as common indoors!

Pollutants inside the home come from things like dust and pollen people track in from outdoors, pet dander, and even volatile chemicals emitted from the products that you use to clean your family’s home. For people in older homes, the problem is even worse due to things like lead paint and old building materials.

Microscopic particles like seasonal pollen, dust mites, and mold spores floating in the air not only cause allergic reactions and asthma-like symptoms. But they also promote the growth of mildew and other bacteria, which also cause allergic reactions. Nobody wants to watch a family member suffer through those!
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How to Lower Your Eco-Footprint With Dry Cleaning Alternatives

Dry Cleaning AlternativesI love fashion, but even the most gorgeous piece of clothing will make me second guess purchasing it if it has those three little words on the label: “Dry Clean Only.”

Not only is dry cleaning a major inconvenience, it’s also not very eco-friendly! Unfortunately, they still somehow make their way into my never ending pile of laundry.

When I came across my husband’s dress uniform – dry clean only, of course – buried in the closet, I decided to seek out some dry cleaning alternatives to get it looking (and smelling!) fresh.

What makes dry cleaning not-so-green? Dry cleaning uses a harmful chemical called Perchloroethylene (PERC.) This chemical is petroleum-based and is linked to health problems, especially for those who work in the dry cleaning industry. It’s been labeled a “probable carcinogen” by the International Association for Research on Cancer. It’s also an environmental pollutant – according to www.epa.gov, “Because it is a liquid that does not bind well to soil, PERC that makes its way into the ground can move through the ground and enter groundwater. Plants and animals living in environments contaminated with PERC can store small amounts of the chemical.” [Read more…]

How to Make an Eco-Office with Green Office Supplies

Green Office SuppliesSince I work from home, I spend a significant amount of time in my office. That’s why part of making my home as eco-friendly as possible involves choosing green office supplies.

If you work a standard 9 to 5, 5 days a week, then you spend at least 40 hours in that space—and many of us are in there even longer.

If you would like to decrease your carbon footprint, you need to pay attention to how green your workspace is.

Making your office green can also save on utilities while making the planet a little nicer too. A new study even shows that an eco-friendly workplace also equates to almost 20 percent higher productivity when at work. How can that be? Those conducting the experiment noticed that employees considered the workspace a more positive environment when it was more environmentally friendly, and you probably would too! The same effect can be had in your home office. [Read more…]