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Natural Year Challenge: Month Two
We hope you're enjoying our momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! Our step-by-step journey toward healthier living continues with the following Month Two topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Make Laundry Soap. Our transition to natural household products begins with making our own laundry soap. We'll use three simple ingredients to create a natural laundry alternative that's free of chemicals and fragrances, and will also save you money! See our Month Two Household Challenge for recipes, a how-to video by Andrea, and additional laundry tips.
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Meat Stock. We'll begin our transition to a healthy, natural, and flavorful diet by making a nutritious meat stock. We'll also give you a few tips on the healthiest ways to prepare meats. See our Month Two Food Challenge for everything you'll need, including a how-to video you won't want to miss!
Are We Roundup Ready?
Most of our soy and corn crops are Roundup Ready, but the question is: Are we? Since the introduction of glyphosate into our food supply in the 1970s, it has been assumed that this popular herbicide is harmless to humans. See our article Are We Roundup Ready? to find out why this assumption may be proving wrong, and what steps you can take to protect your family from the increasing contamination of our food and water supplies.
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? The ERMI test analyzes dust samples to identify 36 different species of mold, and is a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. Thanks to the support of our donors, momsAWARE is pleased to begin making this laboratory testing available at a discounted price. Visit our Online Store to find out more!
Open a Window This Winter!
Ventilation is one of the biggest factors when considering the health of a living environment. Unfortunately, ventilation takes a back seat when winter hits. Instinctively we close the windows and turn up the heat. In doing so, are we putting our comfort ahead of our well-being? See our article Open a Window, Even in the Winter! and find out why allowing in a bit of fresh outdoor air may offer an important health boost during the winter months!
Do you have high hopes for the New Year when it comes to food and diet? Would you like to move away from processed, "boxed" foods toward healthier, more natural alternatives? Many times the desire is there, but we get overwhelmed with the prospect of change. If doubts are creeping in and keeping you from taking action, you'll find encouragement in our Ten Reasons NOT to Eat "Outside the Box."
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.
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.
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.