essential oils
Ingredient Safety

What You Should Know Before Using Essential Oils

I have avoided this topic for a loooong time. Why? Because essential oils are contentious and there’s a lot of internet hate for those who share their opinions. But since I get asked about oils all the time, I decided I needed to have the answer. Welcome to the results of my latest deep-dive research project

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detox household cleaners
Cleaning

Detox Your Household Cleaners in 5 Steps

One of my recent clients suffers from respiratory issues and multiple chemical sensitivity. She was advised by a naturopathic doctor to detox her home to help alleviate her symptoms, and called me for support. When we started going through her cupboards, she was shocked at how many household cleaners there were – some of which she

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backcountry camping with kids
Babies & Children

How to Go Backcountry Camping With Kids (and have fun doing it!)

We just booked a 9-day backcountry canoe trip in Algonquin Park this summer. 4 adults and 4 kids ages 2.5 – 7 years. When I tell people that we go backcountry camping with kids, I usually get a response of raised eyebrows with an undertone of either “that’s amazing!” or “you’re crazy!”, or maybe a little

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better ways to spend Earth Hour
Green Living

6 Better Ways to Spend Earth Hour than Turning Off Your Lights

Earth Hour is a campaign by World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about and inspire action against climate change. The idea is to turn off as much power as you can for one hour from 8:30pm – 9:30pm; this year, Earth Hour happens on Saturday March 25th. Participating in Earth Hour is a nice gesture,

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non-toxic mattress brands and where to buy
Household Products

What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Mattress: Brands and Where to Buy

It seems crazy that something we spend one third of our lives on might be toxic. Yet while your mattress isn’t toxic in the sense that it’ll kill you  on contact (well, not likely anyways), it may have some less-than-desirable ingredients. Most people think of non-toxic mattresses for a new baby’s crib – but we deserve

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Organic kids' clothes
Babies & Children

mini mioche and More: Organic Kids’ Clothes You’ll Love

You know about organic food, but did you know you can get organic clothing too? Organic clothing, especially for kids, is increasing in popularity – even big brands like Costco’s Kirkland label and H&M sell organic. But what do those labels really mean, and are they worth it? Let’s take a look. Why Organic? Many proponents

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green valentines day
Green Living

How to Green Your Valentine’s Day

It may be a sea of red and pink as we head into Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a little green too! Unfortunately, conventional traditions for the day of love are less than lovely for your health and the planet. Let’s take a look at a few of the more

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non-toxic non-stick cookware
Household Products

Non-Toxic Non-Stick Cookware

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about non-toxic non-stick cookware in my Facebook Group, the Green Product Forum, so I wanted to share some tips and specific product recommendations here. If you’re like most people, you start to think about toxins in your food before other areas of your kitchen. Maybe you’ve heard that

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green gift guide
Green Living

Green Gift Guide: 23 Ways to Give Better

It’s a common theme in parenting groups these days: what can I ask for or give that won’t add to the clutter in my home? We already have so much “stuff” that the thought of an over-flowing Christmas tree isn’t as joyful as it was when we were kids. But if you’re like me, you

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