Naturepedic Blog

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Advice & Tips for Single Parents
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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits
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Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies
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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps
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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Sleep?
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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual
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How to Unplug for Healthier Sleep
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How Endocrine Disruptors Impact Women
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Ask Naturepedic: Which Organic Pillow is Right for Me?
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Finding the Perfect Couples Mattress

Advice & Tips for Single Parents

March 21 is National Single Parent Day, a day to celebrate the hard work of parents raising kids on their own! We interviewed some single parent members of the Naturepedic community about their advice for other single parents. From meal planning to self care, we hope you’ll find at least one tip that reminds you that you are doing enough, even if you’re on your own. Find a Support System You may not have family or your co-parent close to you, so it’s important to find a supportive network that has your back. This is especially important if you’re newly single and feeling lonely in your new paradigm. “Find your tribe. It’s important to find who you are without the other person and find people who appreciate and embrace that person.” – Lydia R. “[My single father] wasn’t afraid to ask friends for help to watch me.” -Rachel C. “Trade ‘night off’ babysitting with another mom once a month, or[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits

I am not sure what causes the biological urge to clean in the springtime, but it’s a very real thing for me. At the first sign of warmer days and singing birds, my house’s windows are open to let in the fresh air and I start to clean up and declutter the house. Maybe it’s about the renewing energy of spring, or maybe it’s that I am officially out of excuses for why I can’t clean out my car. Either way, spring is finally here, and it’s time to clean up. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to get burnt out when you’re doing a whole house’s worth of spring cleaning, and most people don’t have efficient cleaning habits. This blog post will help you clean up your spring cleaning habits to stay efficient and on-task, as well as environmentally-friendly! Plan Your Project I am a person who needs a list, a plan, and maybe even a binder before I get started[…]

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Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies

Who doesn’t love pie? In honor of Pie Day we’re featuring a recipe from our friend Emily at Recipes to Nourish, a wife and mommy who is dedicated to making nourishing food and using safe products for her family. Rustic Savory Breakfast Hand Pies are a fun and delicious way to enjoy breakfast. These beautiful mini pies are filled with shredded meat, Brussels sprouts, flavorful celery root, sweet apples, vibrant thyme and a hint of maple. Pies are just one of those things that are celebrated and loved by all. Everyone loves pie! Most of the time when we hear the word pie, we think of delectable sweet treats like seasonal fruit pies, meringue pies or autumnal/holiday custard filled pies. But pies can be so much more than just sweet. If you think about it, just about every different culture has their own version of meat stuffed pies or pastries. Latin cultures have empanadas, Eastern European cultures have pirozhki, the[…]

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9 Things You Need To Know About Naps

Naps. Us parents love them. It’s our chance to have a little breather during the day, to recharge our batteries and get ready for the next round. And for the little ones, naps are essential. Babies and young children need to get enough sleep in a 24 hour period for many reasons- to aid physical and mental development, to boost brain power, and to aid in rejuvenation and growth. So in honor of this much needed daily occurrence, here are 9 things you need to know about naps. 1. Naps are not just for babies and children. Yes, we’ve all been given that gem of advice to sleep when the baby sleeps- and we all know that in reality that just isn’t going to happen often. But consider this. A sixty-minute nap can improve your alertness for up to ten hours. That’s ten whole hours more that you can keep going, on just one hour’s nap. An hour’s sleep will[…]

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Sleep?

You probably know that not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your physical and mental wellbeing, but did you know that getting too much sleep can be harmful too? When you’re well rested, you feel better and can perform better in your daily tasks. Getting the right amount of sleep is one more tool in your healthier sleep toolkit, and we’re here to help you figure out what’s just right for you. How Much is Too Much? For starters, let’s define “too much” sleep. The ideal amount of sleep will differ from person to person and will depend on health and age factors. Remember, babies and young children will sleep many more hours than an adult. For adults, the average range is anywhere from seven to nine hours. At a minimum, you should be getting at least six hours of sleep per night, and an average of seven to nine hours is a healthy target. Ten hours is about the[…]

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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual

Yoga is becoming a popular activity to help people improve their fitness, practice mindfulness, and reduce stress. It turns out that a yoga practice can also help you be more rested! We reached out to Jesi Verchota, the founder of Altruistic Yoga, for this guest post that will help you create a simple morning and evening routine to feel rested and refreshed. — Most of us lead lives working busy days and then collapse in exhaustion –or- stay up late overstimulating ourselves with television, internet, or using our mobile devices. Yoga encourages balance between pure exhaustion and overstimulated days. Taking time out to rest and restore is imperative to living well, and can lead to improved attitudes and increased productivity. The more often you practice, the more you will feel the effects and notice any change. Below are some yoga poses you can do to create a ritual and stick with it. Restore: Poses for waking up in the morning[…]

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How to Unplug for Healthier Sleep

March 3 is National Unplug Day, a day when we should put our phones down, stop checking social media, and relax without screens and electronics. It’s tough, because gadgets make our day easier between making plans with friends, checking the weather, getting important messages, and scheduling appointments. But going screen free for a day won’t hurt you – and it can even help you sleep better. Our unplug tips will have you resting better, stressing less, and getting more done, and you can take advantage of them any time you’re feeling overwhelmed by technology. Why not make it an unplugged weekend to try out all of our tips and find what works for you? How to Unplug 1. Turn on Airplane Mode: If you can’t go all day without checking your devices, try to schedule designated hours to unplug, and put your phone on airplane mode during this time. Knowing that your phone isn’t about to ring or beep will[…]

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How Endocrine Disruptors Impact Women

We met Dr. Eva Martin and quickly related to her passion for health, education, and safety. She’s the founder of Elm Tree Medical, Inc., which focuses on women’s health, and she had a lot to tell us about the impact endocrine disruptors have on women and babies. We reached out to Eva with a few questions to get her professional opinion about these chemicals and how to avoid them in daily life. What is an endocrine disruptor? Simply, an endocrine disruptor is a chemical that interferes with a hormone’s action. One example is the EDC diethystilbestrol (DES). DES was prescribed to women to control nausea during pregnancy, but, unfortunately, the world later learned that DES interferes with key hormone actions in gestation, and led to serious birth defects. Should we be concerned about endocrine disruptors? Yes. Research on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) is still in the early stages. From what we know so far, EDCs can have long-lasting effects on[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: Which Organic Pillow is Right for Me?

We offer a variety of organic pillows to suit your needs, with varying levels of comfort and support. With all these options, sometimes people ask us for some help deciding which pillow is right for them! This blog post will provide a guide to our different organic pillows and accessories that provide Safe Healthy Sleep™ for adults and children. Organic Cotton/Non-GMO PLA Pillow Great for children and adults, our organic cotton/PLA pillow is light, soft and resilient. It has low-medium loft, which is the pillow’s height on the bed. A medium or low loft pillow is ideal for back sleepers so that your neck doesn’t roll uncomfortably toward your chest with a higher, fluffier pillow. It’s also good for stomach sleepers to maintain a healthier postural alignment while you sleep. Again, a high loft pillow might leave you with a sore neck. The PLA pillow comes in a Junior size for toddlers and kids, as well as Standard, Standard Low-Fill[…]

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Finding the Perfect Couples Mattress

Finding the right mattress for you and your partner has more to it than just picking a comfort level that sounds nice and feels okay in the showroom. You can customize your experience with toppers or different pillows, but sometimes couples just sleep differently, making the search for the perfect mattress more difficult. We checked in with three couples to learn about those differences that can make finding the ideal mattress a little more challenging. Read on to hear from Rose, Audrey, and Beth about their family’s sleep habits and their solutions for a better night’s sleep. 1. Rose and Matthew have a preschooler, a kindergartner, and a puppy at home. 2. Audrey and Tom have a preschooler, a baby, and two dogs. 3. Beth and John have six cats and no kids (yet). First, we asked about general bedtime routines. Do you and your partner go to bed at the same time? Audrey and Rose both said no, while[…]

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