Archive - February 2018

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The Environment and Your Child’s Mind
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How To “Hygge” Your Bedroom
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When Do you Need To Replace a Mattress?
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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Bedtime Habits
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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea
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9 Organic Beauty Brands To Know
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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Recipe
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Valentines For Those Who Love Sleep
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DIY Organic Valentine’s Day Gifts

The Environment and Your Child’s Mind

What We Now Know about Which Chemicals Can Damage Brain Development All parents are aware that so many of our children face the risk of serious cognitive troubles. The threat of developing various degrees of autism spectrum disorders, of experiencing ADHD, or of struggling with a variety of learning disorders is all too much present. We are aware. What is Causing the Increase of Abnormal Development of the Mind? Now, in the last year, a group of the nation’s most distinguished experts in epidemiology and the toxicology of various chemicals, have teamed together to publish real evidence that neurodevelopmental disorders can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals. To make this urgently important more clear, we make poisons that damage our baby’s developing brains, causing autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disorders. This is a very hard point to prove. We all are constantly exposed to a wide range of chemicals, how do you know which if any cause complex[…]

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How To “Hygge” Your Bedroom

You have probably seen or heard the word “hygge” by now, but may not be sure of the definition. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is the Danish word for a moment that is special, warm or cozy. While the Danish focus specifically on creating these hygge moments during the winter and holidays, finding ways to hygge your bedroom, quite possibly the most important room in the house, is great for year-round coziness. Stock up on Books Nothing screams hygge more than curling up with a good book. Set up a bookshelf in your room (a natural wood shelf adds an extra layer of welcoming hominess) and fill it with some of your favorite reads. It will not only inspire you to read more, it will make your room feel more like a cozy home. Only Wear Pajamas in the Bedroom Your bedroom should always be the one room guaranteed to provide you comfort and relaxation. While you may walk around[…]

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When Do you Need To Replace a Mattress?

Not feeling your best when you wake up? Is achieving good sleep becoming harder to do? The remedy could be as simple as it’s time to replace your mattress. When do you know it’s the mattress and not you? We share some tips for deciphering when it’s time to replace a mattress. Pain While Sleeping If you are waking up in pain, particularly in the back or neck region, it could be an alignment issue, meaning your mattress isn’t providing the proper support. Before it becomes too big of an issue and you end up in a severe amount of pain, consider if a different mattress and comfort level may be the solution to your problem. We also recommend consulting with your doctor to make sure it is not something more serious. Excessive Tossing and Turning We all eventually toss and turn at night. Everything we do and eat during the day has an effect on our sleeping patterns. If[…]

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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Bedtime Habits

Sleep shouldn’t be a chore, it should be easy! Making slight changes to your habits during the day and right before bed can make sleep easier to achieve and bedtime more enjoyable. Here are 5 winding down tips to help you achieve a better night’s sleep. 1. Be Active During the Day It’s not just your actions right before bed that affect the ease with which you fall asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 150 minutes of physical activity during the day can improve your sleep at night. The more energy you burn during the day, the more tired you will be at night. So from the minute you wake up, your actions affect your quality of sleep, so get out there and move! 2. Change the Way You Think About Sleep The more you fight sleep, the more challenging it will be for you to achieve. If you view sleep as a chore, it’s going to[…]

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Waterproof Mattresses – A Good Idea

One of the inevitable charms of infancy is that babies are messy. Whether it’s a diaper blowout or a spit-up debacle, you’re almost always cleaning something up. Diapers help tremendously, whether you choose cloth or disposable, but there’s always a risk of extra leaks at night while baby is sleeping. Since babies aren’t always convenient to keep clean, it’s a good idea to get a crib mattress that is. For some reason, many companies that make infant crib mattresses are moving away from making their mattresses waterproof. The market seems to be moving towards seeking a softer, quilted look and feel. The problem is that this look and feel, so nice for grown ups, invites problems when it soaks up urine, stool, and other messes. Once these contaminants get into the inside of a mattress, this invites mold, mildew, and bacteria to proliferate, which leads to potential health concerns (and a pretty yucky smell). Urine and stool should have no[…]

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9 Organic Beauty Brands To Know

Your personal care products affect a lot more than just your appearance. Since you are applying these things directly to your face and body, the ingredients in them make a big difference in your skin and sometimes even your health. Whether it’s the skincare products you use before bed or the makeup you wear throughout the day, we suggest trying one of these nine organic beauty brands to treat your skin how it deserves. 1. BeautyCounter Started by a wife and mother, the founder of BeautyCounter quickly realized that the personal care industry uses a lot of harmful ingredients, with the toxins causing skin and health issues for users. BeautyCounter was created to avoid using such ingredients and has even gone above and beyond the United States health and safety standards, making sure they are providing the safest products possible. BeautyCounter offers everything from skincare to makeup to even products for babies. For those who really believe in the BeautyCounter[…]

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Recipe

Extra special, and made with love, these luscious chocolate raspberry truffles are so easy to make and so much healthier than store-bought chocolates! Did you know that February is National Chocolate Lovers Month?!! Not that you need an excuse to enjoy some chocolate, but it’s certainly a great reason to indulge in some delicious, homemade, chocolaty goodness. Plus Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time for you to make some special treats for yourself or for your loved ones. You can even drop some homemade truffles off at your neighbor’s house and surprise them. A small “random act of kindness” like that always puts a smile on someone’s face. These healthier chocolate raspberry truffles are super easy to make and don’t take a lot of hands-on prep time. You’ll only need 4 to 5 ingredients to make these sweet truffles that are made with no sugar! Yes, no sugar! And you won’t be able to tell.[…]

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Valentines For Those Who Love Sleep

What better way to express your love to your Valentine than through sleep analogies! For those sleepy heads out there, we’ve created some fun Valentines that you can download, print out and give to your loved ones.   If you truly love sleep, this is saying a lot. Download To Print Valentine (PDF)   If you are going to lose sleep, it better be for love. Download To Print Valentine (PDF)   For those couples who prefer nap dates. Download To Print Valentine (PDF)   Couples who relax together, stay together. Download To Print Valentine (PDF)    If all you want for Valentine’s Day is to not have to set an alarm. Download To Print Valentine (PDF) Happy Valentine’s Day, let us know in the comments who you are giving your sleep Valentine to!  

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DIY Organic Valentine’s Day Gifts

This Valentine’s Day, you can run to the store and buy your loved one a gift, or you could make it more personal and try a DIY option. Your valentine will love that you took the time to make them something by hand! We share some of the easiest and most romantic DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas to consider this year. Plus, we explain how you can make each one organic or sustainable! 1.) “Reasons I Love You” Book or Love Jar There are probably a million and one reasons you love your partner, but how often do you express these reasons? If you aren’t as good at vocalizing these throughout the year, try making a DIY “reasons I love you” book for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a particularly fun option since it uses recycled playing cards–you just need to have 52 reasons! Another fun upcycle idea is to take an old jar and fill it with love notes, promises or[…]

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