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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!
Toxic Talk Tuesday: Lawn Care
On our last Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry looked at the health hazards associated with Roundup, the world's most popular weed killer. We also considered some natural solutions for weed control and found out what others are doing to keep their lawns safe and thriving! If you missed the live August 18 broadcast, visit the Chris Fabry Live! website to hear the archived conversation!
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.
Natural Lawn Care
How can you care for your lawn without using harsh chemicals? Can how you mow and water make a difference? What are some natural alternatives for weed control? And are all weeds necessarily "bad"? Don't miss our article on Natural Lawn Care for numerous resources to help you maintain a safe, attractive lawn for your family's enjoyment this summer!
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? ERMI testing analyzes dust samples to identify and quantify the mold species present, and it's a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. momsAWARE is pleased to offer two levels of this laboratory testing through our Online Store. To learn more about the testing process, check out our article on How to Interpret ERMI or HERTSMI-2 Mold Test Results.
Choosing a Mold Remediator
Tackling a serious mold issue yourself can often make matters worse, as opening up a wall without proper containment can easily exacerbate the problem. But finding a qualified mold remediator who understands the potential hazards of improper remediation can be difficult. See How to Choose a Mold Remediation Company for eight questions to ask before making a hiring decision.
Can exposure to mold cause health issues? Many mold-exposed individuals are met with skepticism by physicians and even friends and family. See our Mold Illness Studies article for a downloadable listing of over 300 studies linking exposure to toxigenic contaminants found in water-damaged buildings with adverse health outcomes—a valuable resource for those seeking to validate an illness or educate the medical community.
Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps
Are you enjoying the benefits of natural, chemical-free soaps, but noticing they don't last as long as you'd like? Truly natural soaps are super-fatted, which means they retain the glycerin and include extra moisturizing oils, making them tend to dissolve more quickly. For three simple ways to extend the life of your soap, check out our article Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps.
Late summer 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 for Making the Most of Your Farmers Market. Enjoy the wonderful bounty this season brings by making a trip to your local market!
Healthy Summer Fun
With summer in full swing, it's time to enjoy some healthy fun in the great outdoors with all-natural, chemical-free sunscreen and insect repellent! Check out our helpful articles on Summer Sun Protection and Summer Bug Protection. No need to stay indoors with a myriad of non-toxic outdoor protection options to choose from this summer!
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!
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 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.