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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!
Toxic Talk Tuesday: Lessons from a Tow Truck Driver
On our last edition of Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry joined her husband, Chris, for a sobering look at a serious car accident Chris and their daughter were in over the weekend. Thankfully everyone involved was able to walk away, although their vehicles didn't fare as well. Andrea shares some lessons learned from a tow truck driver that may help us all to navigate the roadways more safely! If you missed the live broadcast, visit our Radio Interviews page to listen to the archived conversation.
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 Mold Test Results.
Looking to extend the life of your natural bar soap? Our eco-friendly Wood Soap Dish will help by keeping the soap dry between uses. Natural soaps are super-fatted and must be drained properly, and this minimalistic, sustainable pine soap dish is an ideal way to protect your investment! Visit our Online Store for this and other natural products to help you on your journey toward a healthier, less chemical-laden lifestyle!
Our modern clothing industry is a $7 trillion enterprise utilizing more than 8,000 synthetic chemicals. Are we paying a price with our health? What are the hidden hazards of polyester, spandex, and acrylic fabrics? Don't miss our look at Friendly Fabrics for Toxic-Free Fashion, including a helpful list of natural, organic clothing manufacturers.
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 positive changes 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."
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.
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!
"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.