Author - Hilary

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Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone
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Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun
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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening
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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)
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Making Better Decisions: Sustainable Thanksgiving Table
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Making Better Decisions: Back to the Office
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Making Better Decisions: Makeup Removing Wipes Recipe
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Making Better Decisions: Choosing Safer Toys as Gifts
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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys
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Making Better Decisions: Safer Wood Toys for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone

You’ve heard the saying “slept like a baby,” but have you ever thought about it? Babies sleep peacefully, alone. They don’t have someone in the crib snoring or playing on their phone or watching TV—it’s silent. And the best sleep happens in quiet places. Sometimes there is nothing better than sleeping in a big bed all by yourself. Here are five reasons to love sleeping alone. 1.) Savor the silence. One of the biggest benefits of sleeping alone is the peace and quiet. You don’t have to worry about hearing your partner coughing, sneezing, watching television, or snoring. If you’ve ever slept next to someone who snores, you understand how disruptive it can be. If you’re sleeping next to a snorer, you are losing a half hour of sleep every night, on average. One BSAA study found that snorers cost their partners an average of two years of sleep during the course of a relationship. 2.) Stay cool or warm—it’s[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun

In our household, we love Halloween. I start asking the kids what costumes they want in advance so I can make sure they’re properly fitted and we don’t have any last minute surprises. Our neighborhood does a fall festival every year so the kids get an extra opportunity to wear their Halloween costumes, eat snacks, and do some fall crafts. Between pumpkin patches, apple picking, and kids’ activities, there’s still an opportunity to make better decisions for a healthier Halloween this year! Costumes and Accessories In a Pinterest-perfect world, it would be great to make my kids’ costumes from scratch or upcycle items from a thrift store, but we don’t always have the time for homemade outfits. I usually ask the kids in September what they’d like to be for Halloween and find their costumes online. To cut down on questionable ingredients and materials I try to steer them toward costumes that don’t require makeup or lots of plastic pieces.[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening

Now that spring is here, we are getting excited about planting our annual garden. We started our seeds inside a few weeks ago and they are starting to sprout already. We can’t wait to get them in the garden outside. The kids love to watch the progress of our fruits and veggies growing (plus they love to play in dirt, typical kids!) and I love saving money on our summer groceries by growing a lot of food for us to eat! As we continue to make better decisions for our family’s health, we have shifted a lot of our food purchases to organic ones. Organic produce means fewer pesticides and the kids are happy with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies to snack on. Where Does Your Garden Grow Organic? – Indoor vs. outdoor: The location of your garden can change the types of plants you grow. Indoor spaces can grow plants that need a warmer environment since the[…]

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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)

Sometimes it’s hard not to get swept up in the commercialization of a holiday like Valentine’s Day: what’s not to love about giving the ones you love a symbol of your affection? Whether or not your recipient is environmentally conscious or organic-minded, here are some ideas for an organic Valentine’s Day. Organic Valentine’s gift ideas for your significant other: – Organic flowers from Organic Bouquet or California Organic Flowers. Commercial flowers can be heavily sprayed with pesticides. – A date at a farm-to-table (or farm-to-fork) style restaurant. These restaurants try to source their food primarily from local farmers. Bonus points for organic sourced produce and meat! – Adopt an animal. Zoos and endangered species organizations have a variety of ways you can “adopt” an animal to support the care of wildlife. – Looking for a gift that you can wrap and top with a bow? Sustainably-made sunglasses are a classy gift. – A more practical gift for your partner (and[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Sustainable Thanksgiving Table

By the time November comes around, my little backyard garden produce is exhausted, and my summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) weekly shares are complete too. How can I create both a healthier, more sustainable Thanksgiving spread without the convenient access of my weekly farmers’ market or backyard garden? I know all the benefits of eating local produce. They are fresher, tastier, and there is more variety. I know I can get heirloom tomatoes or a particular variety of pumpkin known to make a fluffier pumpkin pie from my farmers market. Local means I’m avoiding a lot of emissions from shipping, too. Not to mention that when I am also buying organic, I know it is safer for my kids and I. When Thanksgiving comes around and my usual channels are overwintering so-to-speak, I find myself stuck in the same annual traditions and same Thanksgiving fare, which is not local, sustainable, or organic. This year, I promised myself we’d do better[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Back to the Office

It’s that time of year! Kids are back to school with blank, crisp notebooks and colorful supplies. Here at Naturepedic I’ve been inspired to update my office space in an eco-friendly way. FOR THE KITCHEN & WATER COOLER If you have input into your communal kitchen or kitchenette spaces, consider Fair Trade Organic Coffee for your office. Fair Trade certification ensures farmers are given a fair price for their beans and certified organic means you are getting a product that is better for the health of you, the farms, and the farmers. Brew your coffee at home with a French press and avoid coffee filters! Bring it with you to work in a reusable travel mug, like Joco glass cups. Similarly, bring a reusable water bottle in glass or stainless steel. I love these glass ones by Lifefactory. And if you can, supply your kitchen with paper cups instead of Styrofoam, with a recycling bin conveniently close by. Use refillable,[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Makeup Removing Wipes Recipe

– DIY and Reusable – Organic Ingredients – Made in USA   After starting at Naturepedic, I’ve been on a mission to clean up my home life one segment at a time. One-third of my life was cleaned up instantly when we got our Naturepedic EOS organic mattress. But the other daily items that touch my skin or my food took a little more time and energy. Household cleaning products were a mere switch of a shelf at the store… but personal care items? I really had to focus, do some research and talk to friends and peers. Some things – like shampoo – were quick and easy. But convenience items, like makeup removing wipes? Not so much. I liked some conventional brands but I wanted the wipes with products I trusted. In the meantime, a friend of the family shared her at-home recipe for facial cleansing wipes. I know what’s in them, they’re reusable and easy? Win-win! In lieu[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Choosing Safer Toys as Gifts

When beginning your research for safer toys, start here to learn more about wood toys, and don’t forget my key questions to ask yourself before purchasing a plastic toy. While we can’t replace everything in our house immediately (it’s too expensive for me, even if I could get my kids to give up many of the toys they love at once!), we can strive to make better choices going forward, and holidays and birthdays make a great opportunity to do so. 1) Tell your friends and family that you are looking to make more conscious decisions about the toys you’re bringing into your home. Recommend some brands you’re interested in (here and here are some suggestions), and offer key terms they should look for on packaging and websites. Key terms: Organic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free or nonphthalate, type of plastic (food grade preferred) Terms to avoid if they are unsubstantiated: Eco-friendly, Green, Natural, Non-Toxic. Ask yourself why they are Eco-friendly, Green, Natural[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys

Thanks for joining me on our hunt for safer toys! Last week, we talked about wood toys for toddlers and preschoolers, like my own 19 month old daughter and nearly 4 year old son. I was on a mission to find safer action figures and dinosaur toys my son might still be interested in playing with. The wood toys I found didn’t meet that criteria, though there are some available. We all need to find our own level of comfort with what we provide to our children, so I began to look for some safer plastic toy options. PLASTIC TOYS Here are the questions I ask myself when looking at plastic toys, in order of what I personally consider to be the most important factors regarding safety. 1) Is it BPA free or non-detectable? Generally, I only thought of Bisphenol A as it relates to baby cups and bottles, food storage containers, etc. However, BPA is a phthalate, and a[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Safer Wood Toys for Toddlers & Preschoolers

About 6 months ago, I came to work for Naturepedic just a few months after purchasing my own new mattress (sadly, non-Naturepedic). Imagine my surprise and disappointment as I began to learn the complexities of this industry and the chemicals that surround us on a daily basis. I quickly learned that organic is not just about food. Working here, I’ve had the benefit of being exposed to a lot of knowledge about toxic chemicals, regulations, and above all, the impact chemicals can and do have on my children. I won’t pretend to be an expert: I’m a mom learning to reevaluate the world I live in day-to-day. One of the most important lessons I learned early on was to pick one thing important to me to begin to change. Re-stocking and replacing an entire household is too overwhelming (and expensive). Since that time, I’ve changed a few things from cleaning products to my kids’ pajamas. I’ve recently begun tackling my[…]

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