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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.
Natural Year Challenge: Month Ten
We hope you've been enjoying the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! We finish up our 10-step journey to a healthier, more natural lifestyle with the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Make Liquid Soap. In our Month Ten Household Challenge we learn to make our very own liquid soap, with uses ranging from hand soap to dish soap, shampoo, and even laundry soap! With a few supplies and an adventurous spirit, you can save money and enhance your home with this easy-to-follow recipe. A helpful video tutorial is included!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Cultured Condiment. In our Month Ten Food Challenge we find out how to add probiotic nutrition to any meal by making fermented condiments: ketchup, mustard, and a special emphasis on fresh mayonnaise. See how simple homemade mayonnaise can be, using an immersion blender!
A Healthier Halloween
There's no need to hand out sugary treats when this year's trick-or-treaters come to call! In our article A Healthier Halloween, we consider 10 toxic-free treats—from stickers to glow sticks, from festive fall decorations to temporary tattoos—sure to bring hours of sugar-free fun to every child who comes to your door!
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.
You'll love the versatility of our all-natural signature Just So Clean Coconut Castile Soap! Use for safe personal care or try making your own liquid soap with shavings of this popular chemical-free bar. Check out our momsAWARE Online Store for this and other natural products to help you on your journey toward a healthier, less chemical-laden lifestyle!
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.
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.
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!
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.