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Natural Year Challenge: Month Nine
Welcome to Month Nine of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! It's never too late to follow along on our 10-step journey to a healthier, more natural lifestyle. Join us for this month's topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Air. Most commercial air fresheners do little to purify the air and much to hamper our health. In our Month Nine Household Challenge we explore safe, natural ways to freshen the air in our homes and offices, while actually reducing the number of toxins we breathe. Baking soda, essential oils, houseplants, and more—you'll be surprised by the cost-saving simplicity of these healthy alternatives!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Healthy Snack. In our Month Nine Food Challenge we learn how to make natural, nutritious snacks that even your kids will love! Energy bars, fruit leather, dried fruit, kale chips—pick your favorite to try this month and see if you don't find yourself enjoying familiar foods in a whole new way! Great recipes and a video demonstration of Andrea's popular fruit leather are included to help you along the way!
Fall is a great time of year to buy seasonal, fresh, and locally harvested food. Find out if there's a farmers market near you and download a list of helpful questions in our article on Making the Most of Your Farmers Market. Enjoy the wonderful bounty that autumn brings by making a trip to your local market!
Have you discovered our Old-Fashioned EM Laundry Soap? Designed with extra cleaning power, this lard-based soap incorporates Effective Microorganisms for a unique cleansing action you're sure to love! And it's safe for HE machines, due to the low-suds nature of the formula. Available in bar or grated form, plus our money-saving 10-bar Economy Pack. Visit our Online Store to order yours today!
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.
All-Natural Pest Control
Insects and other uninvited pests are a time-consuming nuisance and may even present a risk to your health. The strong chemicals found in most commercial bug-killers and repellents may further compromise the safety of your environment. So how can you win the war against pests and still keep your family safe? See our Bug-Busting Bonanza for the four R's of natural pest control!
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!
Tips for House-Hunters
What should you look for when buying or renting a home? How can you choose a safe environment and avoid hazardous water damage that can lead to serious health issues? See our Guidelines for Buying or Renting a Home for 10 tips to help you find a living environment that will benefit your family's health for years to come! To hear a helpful conversation on this topic, visit our Radio Interviews page for our recent Toxic Talk on House Hunting.
"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 seventeen fellow travelers who have made it to the other side in our Mold Survival Stories.
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.