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Can Your Jewelry Make You Healthier?

By Uma Campbell: There have been reports on the dangers of costume jewelry. In fact,CBS News reportedthat some of those baubles may contain lead and other hazardous chemicals. But what about real jewelry—fine jewelry. Is it safe or even beneficial for the wearer? Unless an individual has an allergy to …

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What You Need to Know About Perfluoroalkyls

By Kim Robson: Is the EPA hiding reports on a class of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyls? They’re called PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl substances, and the two most worrisome of this group are perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). EPA emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act suggest that …

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Here’s What Going Green with Food Really Means

By Kacey Mya: More people are considering their daily impact on the environment. One of the simplest switches you can make is to go green with your food. While wise first steps are recycling more and taking canvas bags to the grocery.However, going green with food means understanding what it …

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Why Visiting Libraries When Traveling Is Great

By Fredrica Syren: Last year when we traveled in Europe, we ended up In Malmö in the south of Sweden during a few rainy days. Of course with three kids this meant we could not be out exploring, but we still wanted to have some fun. We decided to go …

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Alternatives to Sudsing with Traditional Shampoos  

By Larraine Roulston:  It was once quoted that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. So why do we smother it with so many chemicals? If you are seeking alternatives to shampoos and conditioners, why not test the benefits of using a shampoo bar or the “No Shampoo”method that uses …

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One Pan Mexican Quinoa

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green mom: Quinoa is one of those foods I find to be most misunderstood. People either don’t know how to eat it or how to cook it. I love quinoa, and we eat it at least once a week. Native to South America, it is a …

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How To Dehydrate Food

By Kim Robson: Summer’s bounty is just around the corner, and we may find ourselves with far more garden produce than we can consume. Canningis a good option for preserving food, but many people feel intimidated by the whole process. Dehydrating food is an inexpensive and simple way to store …

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Food Bill Too High? — How to Lower Your Cost of Food

By Fredrica Syren: Many people struggle with food costs and try to lower them. Eating healthfully on a budget might seem like an impossible task, especially with children. Believe me, I know because I’m raising three hungry children, and I’m focusing on organic and healthy plant-based food. A year ago, …

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Products Made from Ocean Plastic

By Larraine Roulston:  Approximately 40 years ago, scientists began to study ocean pollution. During the 1990s, they discovered the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch — an array of discarded floating plastics that have formed an island.  Today, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. …

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Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel

By Fredrica Syren: Witch hazel, a shrub that grows in the eastern and midwestern U.S. as well parts of Canada, has been used by native Americans as medicine for a long time. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory properties because it contains tannins that help reduce swelling and fight bacteria. …

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