Note: Giveaway is now closed to new entries. When I was first introduced to the Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database, I was reluctant to do a search for the products I was currently using. I had a feeling the results would be bad news and, while I’m not usually one to turn a blind eye, I just didn’t want to think about it right then. Eventually, however, I came around, especially when my daughter Ava wanted to start playing with my makeup too. If I wasn’t going to be concerned about the safety of my cosmetics for my own health, I was going to beRead More →

In keeping with the spirit of the Ditch the Disposables Challenge, I have to tell you about one of my new favorite eco-friendly paper towel replacements – the SKOY cloth. SKOY cloths are reusable, very absorbent, bright and fun, machine washable and microwavable, and at the end of their life, biodegradable. They are non-toxic, chlorine-free and made using water-based colors and inks. According to, “Using one SKOY cloth is the equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home.” I’ve been giving the SKOY cloths a try for the past several weeks and they really are great. I’ve mostly been usingRead More →

This giveaway has ended and is closed to new entries. A couple of weeks ago, I made my first batch of strawberry jam (from the organic strawberries we’d picked at a local farm) and tried my hand at canning for the first time as well. It was a lot of fun, but also a very time-consuming task as I learned the ropes. I decided to write up a how to guide with pictures up the wazoo to hopefully help someone else with their first foray into jam-making and canning. I think pictures would have helped me a lot. I know some people are firmly againstRead More →

This giveaway is closed to new entries. World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated by 120 countries worldwide Aug. 1-7, is just days away. This year’s theme is “Mother Support: Going for the Gold” and, in my opinion, is such an important one. Sure we can drive home the fact that breast is best and stress the numerous health benefits for both baby and mom, but if a mom don’t have the support she needs, the pressure from well-intentioned relatives or friends, the pressures of keeping a job, and the convenience and availability of f*rmula, coupled with the fatigue of caring for a newborn, can quickly become overwhelmingRead More →

This giveaway is now closed to new entries. Is it possible to throw a child’s birthday party (or any party for that matter) without piling up mounds and mounds of trash? The answer is most definitely YES. Throwing an eco-friendly party (or green party or nearly zero-waste party) is actually probably easier than you think. Like any party, it just takes some planning in advance. Here are some tips and ideas to get you started planning your next eco-friendly bash. 1) Invitations: Consider electronic invitations from Evite, which is what we did for my daughter Ava’s recent 4th birthday party, or EchoAge. Both options saveRead More →

UPDATE: This giveaway has concluded and is closed to new entries.  Every spring I have the best of intentions of keeping my yard and patio well-weeded. And every spring I do my best to keep up with the little suckers, but because I can’t make weeding my full-time job (after all I do have two kiddos to watch after and a little thing called a blog to tend to), the weeds eventually declare victory and I hang my head in defeat. This spring, however, I decided to get a headstart and try my hand at creating a natural weed killer. With two little kids andRead More →