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The Importance of Chemical-Free Toys and Where to Buy Them

By Fredrica Syren: In past years, there have been many toy recalls because of high amounts of chemicals and heavy metals found in them. Sadly, there are very few guidelines or regulations regarding chemicals in toys in the U.S. However, the good news is that, thanks to recalls, more attention …

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Creativity Without Worries—Nontoxic Art Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: My kids have always loved to produce art. They love everything — painting, drawing, sewing, building and sculpting with playdough or clay. It’s just great to see how creative they get and have so much fun. Especially during our summer break, we spend more time creating art. …

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What Are BPAs and How Can They Be Avoided?

Fredrica Syren: As you may have read this month, I have joined the Plastic-Free July Challenge. One very good reason for avoiding plastic is that it is chemical laden. Most of us have heard of BPA and that we should avoid it. Many people assume that BPA is only in …

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What You Need to Know About Lead

By Larraine Roulston: Lead (chemical symbol Pb) is one of those hidden pollutants that could be in your home — especially if your house was built prior to 1980. If left untouched, lead in wall paints most likely will not cause a problem at all. Should you start scraping off old paint around windowsills …

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Eco-Friendly Tips: Make Your Backyard “Greener”

By Victoria Lim: Going green and organic is no longer considered a fad. As global warming is culminating into a very real problem, more and more people feel the need to help in whatever way they can. Tending to your garden in a more eco-friendly manner may not help on …

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Homemade Popsicles and Best Nontoxic Popsicle Molds

By Fredrica Syren: We’re having some nice warm days here in San Diego. On these kinds of days, I love to treat my kids to ice cream or popsicles, but I’m not a big fan of store bought ice cream because it tends to contain too much sugar and too …

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This Is How Your Child Is Exposed to Toxins

By Aradhana Pandey: Children are precious — and they are also extremely vulnerable. Childhood is when their immunity takes shape, and any issue during this phase can have serious consequences to their health in the long run. As parents, you endeavor to protect your children and to ensure their health …

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Let Bee’s Wrap Be(e) the Alternative to Plastic

By Fredrica Syren, aka Green Mom: As my family continues our journey toward a plastic-free life (or, as we like to call it, a “plastic diet”), we have replaced almost all plastics in the kitchen. Food storage had been one area I struggled with at the beginning — only because …

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Tips for Buying Safe Christmas Toys 

By Fredrica Syren:  When I was 8 years old, my grandfather gave me a baby doll for Christmas. She was so pretty, and I could feed her and change her. I named her Mia. I still remember the joy of my special doll. Now I am the mom of a little girl who loves dolls, and last year Santa brought her an American …

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