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Looking for that perfect gift for someone who enjoys cooking fresh foods? Check out our holiday feature, Top 10 Gifts for the Health-Conscious Cook. You'll also find helpful suggestions in our Twelve Treats for the Toxic Trainee. You may even find something that makes an ideal gift for you!
Awareness plus creativity can go a long way toward a healthier holiday! From poinsettias to Christmas trees, find out how to avoid common problems associated with holiday decorating. Check out our Holiday Awareness Tips for suggestions for making your home both beautifully festive and safely toxic-free this holiday season!
Healthy Holiday Recipes
Looking for a comfort beverage this holiday season that is gluten-free and sugar-free? Visit Rejuvenating Recipes for our Hot Cacao Drink and Coconut Milk "Eggnog." Don't miss our many other healthy, festive recipes your family will enjoy, including Crustless Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie, Grain-Free Stuffing, Avocado Ice Cream, and Andrea's delicious Cacao Almond Balls (pictured at left).
Our Christmas Beauty Balm is a luxurious, all-natural face and body cream featuring highly nourishing shea cream along with avocado butter, which offers excellent anti-aging properties. The added frankincense and myrrh essential oils make this an ideal Christmas gift! Visit our momsAWARE Online Store for this and other natural products you and your holiday gift recipients might enjoy!
The Holidays and Your Health
Have you given up all hope of healthy eating this holiday season? Would you like to make it through the holidays without sacrificing your health or your sanity? Don't miss our article on The Holidays and Your Health. We offer five simple suggestions for navigating the holiday food maze and starting out the New Year better than ever before! For additional helpful tips on de-stressing your holidays by making good food choices, check out our article Better Food, Better Mood.
Is your immersion blender contaminating your food? A recent study by Stockholm University suggests that some hand blenders leak chlorinated paraffins, a type of chemical found in flame retardants, plasticizers, and metal-working fluids. Find out more, including the tested brands that showed chemical leakage, in Hand Blenders: Cause for Concern.
Life with Less Plastic
Looking to reduce your use of plastic around the home? You're not alone. Many of us are aware of the increasing concern over endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other hazards associated with plastics. See Life with Less Plastic: 10 Simple Steps for resources to help you become better informed and practical ideas for cutting back on your use of plastics in the home.
How concerned should we be when our children's schools spray pesticides and herbicides on a regular basis? Are these chemicals as harmless as we're led to believe? To learn more about how pesticides work, the possible health hazards involved, and the safer natural options available, see our article on Pesticides and Schools.
Five Natural Products
Are you one of the many who are trying to use fewer chemicals in your home? The good news is that switching to natural cleaning and personal care products can actually save you money! See our article on Five Cheap, Natural, Accessible Products for Your Home and discover a few common items that will go a long way in your household!
Do you find yourself overwhelmed or confused by the abundance of health information on the Internet? Whether facing a health crisis or just looking for ways to improve your family's lifestyle, sifting through the masses of online data can be a daunting prospect. What's a healthy way to approach your research? How do you know what to believe? momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry draws from her own experience to offer five sanity-saving strategies in Who's Right? Navigating Online Health Information.
Amy tried the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge, but grew discouraged and stopped. Encouraged by Andrea's Toxic Talk tips, she tried again and came up with a great system for making healthy changes in her household! "I am a visual learner and so are my kids. Even though two of them are too young to read, they know if they see a green card, there is a change happening and I can teach them about it." Find out more in Natural Year Challenge: One Mom's Journey.
"How I Survived Toxic Mold"
Have you experienced a serious toxic mold exposure or know someone who has? These stories will encourage anyone walking through this difficult valley. Read the accounts of several fellow travelers who have made it to the other side in our Mold Survival Stories.
Natural Year Challenges
Did you miss our Natural Year Challenges? Our Food Edition looks at the benefits of sprouting, dehydrating, and fermenting your food, and includes many great recipes and how-to videos. Our Household Edition helps you integrate chemical-free products into your home for safe and natural cleaning and air purifying. If you're hoping to live more naturally in 2015, why not get a head start and check out the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenges!