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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.

DIY Aloe Vera Gel + Recipes

By Kim Robson: Aloe Vera is the name commonly applied to dozens of plant species in the genus Aloe. This succulent, used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years in Greek, Egyptian and Roman cultures, is prized for its thick interior gel — perfect for soothing burns and skin irritations. Today, …

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Sunscreen Chemicals in the Bloodstream

By Kim Robson: Here at Green Mom, we’ve been keeping an eye on sunscreens. Not just why they are important for kidsbut also about recent banson sunscreen in Hawaii, Key West, and Palau amid concerns about chemical damage to coral reefs. In particular, oxybenzoneand octinoxate, commonly found in over 3,500 sunscreens, are the most concerning. …

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DIY Dog Treats

By Kim Robson: Recently we’ve written about DIY dog food and DIY cat food. Store-bought pet foods are sometimes the subject of frightening recalls, health problems, downright misleading marketing tactics, and a suspicious lack of supply-chain transparency. Making your own dog food is a bit of a commitment, but the advantages …

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Takeout Food with Zero Waste

By Kim Robson: Bringing home takeout food from my favorite restaurants is one of my guilty pleasures. I can enjoy my meal in the comfort and privacy of my own home, wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers if I like.I bask in the knowledge that I didn’t have to lift a …

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DIY Green Superfood Powder

By Kim Robson: We all know we’re supposed to eat five servings of vegetables a day. Dark leafy greens are important sources of fiber, folate, carotenoids, vitamins C and K, and the minerals iron and calcium. Greens also contain coumarins, phytosterols, lignans, and flavonoids, chemicals that help with anti-oxidation and …

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Got Lemons?

By Kim Robson: Where I grew up, we had a prolific lemon tree in the backyard. At least once a season, I’d haul from the garage a fruit-picking contraption like this, with powerful snips at the end of a pole. The snips are activated by pulling a rope, and the …

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The Benefits of Music Therapy

By Kim Robson: When I was growing up, my family had one of those enormous hi-fi cabinets that anchored the entire living room. Large speakers defined the ends, while nestled inside were a record player, an AM/FM radio and an amplifier. Tucked below was enough space to store hundreds of …

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DIY Zero Waste First Aid Kit

By Kim Robson: For many years, I’ve always kept handy two tins of Burt’s Bees Wise Woman Comfrey Comfort Salve — one in the medicine cabinet and one in my purse. These days, it’s been rebranded as Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment, but it’s still exactly the same formulation: a soothing …

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DIY Cat Food

By Kim Robson: As a follow-up to our DIY Dog Food article, let’s turn our attention to homemade cat food. Store-bought dry kibble can be contaminated with bacteria, fungal mycotoxins, insects and insect feces, not to mention being high in carbohydrate-rich fillers and plant-based (as opposed to animal-based) proteins. Also, dry …

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