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Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités
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Are Organic Mattresses Worth The Money?
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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest
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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe
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Give Back With An Alternative Spring Break
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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?

Beet Cashew Dip with Crudités

In honor of Earth Month, our friend Emily from Recipes to Nourish, is sharing a stunning recipe that is the perfect and yummy way to celebrate our Earth! This delicious beet cashew dip is smooth and creamy, full of flavor, absolutely gorgeous, and perfect for spring celebrations. It’s quite the eye-pleasing show stopper served with seasonal crudités. Naturally vibrant pink and so pretty, this dip always has people asking about the stunning, bright color. Where does the color come from? Beets! They seem pretty fitting for the month that we celebrate our Earth. They’re grown in the ground, have a lovely earthy flavor and produce the most beautiful color! I absolutely love beets. They also happen to be one of my favorite things to eat. I try to incorporate them into as many meals as I can. Snacky-type food with dippy things is always fun. Who doesn’t love to dip yummy foods into special creamy dips? This type of meal[…]

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Are Organic Mattresses Worth The Money?

When you first discover the world of organic mattresses, there’s a little bit of sticker shock. What could possibly be so different about organic mattresses? What are the benefits you get from the cost? And the biggest question on everyone’s mind… is an organic mattress worth the cost? Obviously, we believe that organic mattresses are well worth the money you pay, and there are several reasons why. Organic mattresses are made with higher quality materials that often come at a higher cost than cheaply made synthetics. Organic mattresses contain natural materials that smolder instead of ignite, which means they are made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. And organic mattresses don’t off-gas harmful chemicals that can impact your health. We believe organic mattresses are an investment in your health, and we hope that by the end of this blog post you’ll agree with us and learn one new thing about organic mattresses that you didn’t know before. Organic Mattresses Are Made[…]

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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest

Debra Lynn Dadd is a well-known author who recommends safer, nontoxic products for people who want a healthier lifestyle. She literally wrote the book on toxic chemicals in consumer products! She’s been a friend of our company for years and we’re proud to be recommended by her program. Discover more about what she thinks of our company in this guest blog. I’ve been recommending nontoxic products for more than thirty years, so I have a pretty good idea of what to look for when choosing safer products. After three decades of recommending nontoxic products through books, and then in my online directory Debra’s List (www.debralist.com), In January 2016 I decided to create an official program called Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products. I’ve never been a fan of seals of approval because while seals say they meet a standard, they don’t ever give details. Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products goes way beyond a seal of approval. It’s a Letter of Recommendation[…]

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Kid Friendly Fruit Snack Recipe

This year we’re welcoming guest blogger, Renee from Raising Generation Nourished to the Naturepedic blog. Renee has a passion to see the next generation of kids growing up knowing where their food is coming from and how food affects their bodies. We reached out to Renee to put together some yummy kid friendly snack ideas that are sure to be a crowd and tummy pleaser. Stay tuned for lots of nourishing recipes from Renee on the Naturepedic blog in 2017! First up, a kid friendly strawberry fruit snack recipe. Strawberries and daylight! My favorite signs of spring! Spring has yet to decide if it is going to stay snowy or perk up a bit around where I live, but I can tell spring is around the corner when I’m seeing more sunshine, and strawberries from warmer climates arriving at the store. The snow clouded ceiling of winter is on its way out, and with the extra sunshine, my kids are[…]

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Give Back With An Alternative Spring Break

It’s so nice to daydream about trips to warm, sunny beaches to relax and warm up after winter, but have you considered adding a more charitable addition to your vacation plan? Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips are popular among high school and college students who perform volunteer work during their school break. You can take the idea and turn it into a family vacation or a solo mission! This post will explore options for service destinations within the United States and internationally, as well as “staycation” ideas that will let you design your own Alternative Spring Break. Service Trip Programs Great for older kids in middle and high school, a service trip for Alternative Spring Break is a great way for them to get some community service hours and great experience for their college applications. They don’t have to be just for the high school kids, either! Some programs accept younger children and you can go on a service trip[…]

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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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