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Kim Robson

Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at kimkiminy.wordpress.com. Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.

The Dangers of E-Cigarettes

By Kim Robson: Use of smokeless electronic cigarettes, commonly called “e-cigarettes” or “vaping pens,” is on the rise among the general public, particularly among young people. Juul markets their product as a “satisfying alternative to cigarettes,” and now stresses in its advertising that it contains nicotine, an addictive chemical. The come-on …

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Boosting Kids’ Immune Systems

By Kim Robson: Now that the kids are back in school, they will be much more exposed to germs and viruses from being in close daily contact with their classmates. And cold and flu season is nearly upon us. Those dispensers of hand sanitizers are just about everywhere now, but …

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Demystifying Food Labels

By Kim Robson: We’ve all seen these marketing stickers on fresh produce or even prepared foods, labels touting their eco-friendly attributes, such as Non-GMOOrganicFree-RangeEthically HarvestedFair TradeGrass FedPasture RaisedGluten Free In the past, we’ve covered the various and often confusing labels on egg cartons. Today, let’s delve into the claims seen on …

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Hosting a Community Cleanup

By Kim Robson: It’s a sad fact that many people rarely meet or get to know their neighbors. We have our busy lives, and sometimes it’s hard to reach out to strangers. Hosting a community cleanup event, however, is a perfectly eco-friendly way to beautify your neighborhood AND meet your …

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Risks of Fluoride in Drinking Water

By Kim Robson: Fluoride is found in many oral hygiene products. A mineral compound, it is used in topical and systemic fluoride therapy to prevent tooth decay. While trace amounts of naturally occurring calcium fluoride can be found in some water supplies (about 0.25 to 1 mg/L), many water supplies …

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Eco-Friendly Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages

By Kim Robson: Summertime is fully upon us. It’ll be a few more weeks before the kids go back to school, and I bet they’re already whining about being bored. Here are some ideas for eco-friendly summer activities for kids, teens or even adults! Outdoor Activities Plant Trees: Order a …

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Power Greens and How to Get Your Kids to Eat Them

By Kim Robson: We hear a lot these days about “superfoods,” but what exactly makes a food so special that it gets this designation? Is it a scientific term or just a casual one? Certainly there are marketing departments out there playing fast and loose with the word “superfood” and …

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Eco-Friendly Barbecues

By Kim Robson: This is the perfect time of year for throwing a backyard barbecue with plenty of food, drinks, music, and games with friends and loved ones. The weather is perfect for hanging around in nature and firing up the ole grill. But how to do it with zero …

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Creative Composting

By Kim Robson: Compost is like miracle soil. It helps sandy soil hold nutrients and moisture, and loosens heavy clay so plants can breathe. The beneficial microorganisms in compost help your plants grow strong and healthy. As it decomposes, compost feeds your plants naturally and organically. Those of us who …

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Natural Sunburn Relief

By Kim Robson: We all know that sunscreen is essential for protection from sun exposure. Recently, some sunscreens and the toxic chemicals they often contain have come under scrutiny, not just in light of human healthbut also that of the environment. Mineral sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are the safest, …

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