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Why Natural Sunblock Matters

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green Mom: Goodbye winter clothes and hello sandals, swimsuits and long days at the beach. I know we all have been lectured about the importance of sunblock to prevent skin cancer and premature aging, so I’m not going to preach about that. However, natural sunblock is …

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Tick Prevention and Safe Removal

By Kim Robson: This time of year, we’re spending a lot of time outdoors, and we’re likely to encounter ticks. I’m grateful that my pup has short, light-colored fur, as it makes spotting ticks on him that much easier. Tick bites are not only painful and annoying, but they can …

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How to Avoid Hormone-Harming Endocrine Disruptors

By Fredrica Syren: As a woman with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, I’m always concerned with hormones or anything else that disrupts my hormone system. So, I immersed myself in learning more about what disrupts hormones and how I can reduce exposure to those things. Well, the more I learned, …

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Sunscreen Ban in Hawaii

By Kim Robson: I’m one of those weirdos who hate to wear sunscreen. It’s expensive, smelly, greasy, sticky and full of toxic chemicals; and the SPF ratings are not to be trusted. I feel disgusting with it on. You have to reapply it every two hours (more often if you …

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Natural Cosmetics

By Kim Robson: Recently we’ve discussed natural fabric dyesand natural perfumes. But what about the makeup we apply to our faces? You may be surprised to hear that makeup — especially lipstick — can contain dangerous chemicals, toxic heavy metals and animal byproducts. Studies conducted by the Campaign for Safe …

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Chemical Free Beauty– Say Hello to Natural Perfumes

By Kim Robson: Recently, a friend gave me a delightful and unexpected gift: a bottle of aromatherapy body spray  called “Hippie Bitch”from herbalist Raven Bella Zingaro.I love the refreshing scent comprised of lavender, lemongrass, geranium, sandalwood and a touch of patchouli. It lasts for only a short while before dispersing, …

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My Zero Waste Hair Care

By Fredrica Syren:  Ok, just because I am a natural mom does not mean I do not care about what I look like. I think there’s a misconception that we “granola moms” live a natural life and do not care about our appearance. Since going zero waste, I have tried …

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Zero Waste Fashion

By Kim Robson: I’ll freely admit it: I’m a big fan of Goodwill Industries. They take discarded clothing, accessories, furniture, books and housewares; and they use the funds from their thrift stores to provide job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who are difficult to employ. …

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Benefits of Active Charcoal

By Fredrica Syren: Active charcoal might not sound very appetizing. These days, though, it seems to be featured a lot in beauty magazines and DIY websites as a must have for all its home, beauty and health benefits. Active charcoal is not new. As a matter a fact, this odorless, …

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Fatal Beauty-Lead In Lipstick

By Amanda Wilkes: As I  look at that perfect shade of lipstick and feel it smooth along my lips, I only wish that it was poisoning me. We have removed lead from our paints, our homes and our gasoline, how on earth is it still allowed in our lipstick? It’s …

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