Archive for the ‘Health & Wellness’ Category

Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak FAQs

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Editors Note: On October 7, 2013, the USDA issued a health alert regarding Foster Farms Chicken.  Subsequently, on October 13, Costco recalled Rotisserie Chickens jointly branded with Foster Farms. The following Q&A was provided by the Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).   Q: When did FSIS first learn of [...]

Secondhand Gift Giving is Trending, Would You Give Used?

Secondhand Gift Giving is Trending

Secondhand gift giving is the new green trend.  With so much great, gently used merchandise available for a fraction of the new price, we can easily reduce the stress of gift giving on our planet and our wallets. “Isn’t that tacky; can I really give a used gift?” you ask.  Actually, many families have begun [...]

Packaged Salad Blamed for Cyclospora Outbreak, but No Recall

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Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. As of August 9, 2013 (5pm EDT), the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been notified of 514 cases of Cyclospora infections from 17 states, as shown in the map above.  At least 30 people reportedly have been hospitalized in five states. So [...]

How Long Do Easter Eggs Last?

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Hard boiled eggs can be fun to eat and even more fun to decorate, but it is wise to avoid keeping them around for too long.  If the Easter Bunny left those eggs out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, it’s best to sneak them into the compost when wee ones are looking [...]

Natural Cleaner Recipe Roundup Just in Time for Spring

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As the weather starts to warm up and winter clothes go back into storage, spring cleaning is right around the corner. This year, instead of using store-bought cleaners, which often include harsh chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family, why not try making your own natural cleaners from ingredients you likely already [...]

So, What is a Consignment Sale Event Anyway?

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When we think of consignment, small neighborhood boutiques, thrift stores and antique shops come to mind.  Each of these locations generally operate on the same, simple concept – sellers (ie, the consignors) bring in items they no longer need; the shop owner places the items on store shelves;  then, when the item sells, the shop [...]

Put All That Halloween Candy to Good Use

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By now, the kids have had their fill, and you are beginning to realize that your own waistline cannot take much more, but throwing out all that “food” just doesn’t seem right.  Sound familiar?  We have a solution.  Donate your Halloween candy to our troops overseas!  A rather fitting gesture as we head to the [...]

Tips for Selling Your Baby & Toddler Gear

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As your children outgrow their gear, selling it at a consignment sale or in an online marketplace is a great way to reduce waste, promote reuse and make some extra money to help pay for that next batch of “stuff” they will need. But not everything is suitable to be passed along. Before putting your [...]

Baby Registry: Top 5 Tips for Thinking Outside the Box

Baby Registry: Top 5 Tips for Thinking Outside the Box

Editor’s Note: Thanks goes to Felicity Hernandez, the founder of Encore Baby Registry, for this helpful guest post on creative ideas for gift giving to expectant mothers. In addition to her informative blog, you can find Felicity on twitter @EncoreRegistry.  * * * The phrase “creating a baby registry” often conjures up images of scan [...]

Guidelines for Healthy Eating during Pregnancy

Guidelines for Healthy Eating during Pregnancy

Editor’s Note: Thanks goes to Renee Leonard-Stainton, the creator and editor of Renee Naturally, for this helpful guest post on what to eat & what to avoid during pregnancy.  In addition to her informative blog, you can find Renee on twitter @ReneeNaturally.  * * * The miraculous concept of creating another human life takes some careful [...]

Is My “Green” Cleaner Really Safe?

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While natural, homemade cleaners using ingredients such as water, lemon, vinegar and baking soda are the healthiest way to go, most of us rely on ready-made purchased cleaners at least some of the time. How do you know if the cleaner you purchased with good intentions is really safe for you and the environment? Sure, [...]

KinderCycle, Save Money and Protect the Environment while Helping Others

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When I first heard about KinderCycle, I fell in love with the idea.  In a nutshell, KinderCycle is an organized swap of kids’ toys, books, gear, and clothing.  You bring the items your child no longer needs and pick up a few things he or she does need.  Brilliant, right?  What better way to keep [...]

Do Your Purchases Meet Your Social, Environmental & Safety Standards?

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If you are like me, you have, on more than one occasion, picked up a product in your home and thought, “What’s in this thing anyway?”  Or, “Who made this? Were the workers treated fairly?”  Animal lovers may also ask, “How was this product tested?” A new tool by GoodGuide called “Purchase Analyzer” helps answer [...]

Green Resolutions: Tips for Sticking to Them

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Editor’s Note: The following post was provided by Marcella Campbell and Ryan Pilat of Citrus Lane. We are thrilled to be working with Citrus Lane to bring you this week’s Safety Points Reward, a three-month subscription to their incredible parent/baby care packages AND their all-organic “Fresh Start” care package designed in collaboration with Healthy Child [...]

Going Green for Child Safety

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Editor’s Note: Thank you to Scarlet Paolicchi, founder of Family Focus Blog, for this helpful information and simple tips for reducing our children’s exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals. * * * A lot of parents, upon being handed the most perfect thing they have ever held- their baby, feel the weight of responsibility.  Many people who [...]