Category - Organic Living

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10 Ways to Feel Accomplished Today (While You’re Really Just Relaxing!)
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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe
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5 Creative Ways to Eat Avocado
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Don’t Judge A Bed By Its Covers
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Organic Challenge Wrap Up
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Daily Checklist for Kids
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Kid-Friendly Fruit Treats to Beat the Summer Heat
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Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items
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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies
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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products

10 Ways to Feel Accomplished Today (While You’re Really Just Relaxing!)

When’s the last time you really took time for yourself and made an effort to just relax? As a parent, you’re probably much more familiar with the mentality of “Go! Go! Go!” than the attitude of “I’m going to take 30 minutes for myself.” Being a parent means giving – constantly – and this can make it difficult to take a break from your fast-paced and hectic routine. Lucky for you, today is National Relaxation Day. There’s no better day than today to start putting yourself first. But don’t worry—you can still feel accomplished at the end of the day even if you spend the entire afternoon relaxing. You just need to modify your definition of what being productive really looks like and realize that being a parent is enough! Here are 10 ways to feel accomplished today (while you’re actually relaxing!) 1. Clear out your inbox Trust us, there’s no better feeling than no unopened e-mails. 2. Find a[…]

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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe

It’s almost time to head back to school and we’ve partnered with Eating Bird Food to bring you a super filling and easy lunch recipe! Serves: 1 Prep time: 10 minutes These banana and nut butter roll-ups make for a fun and filling lunch. Pair the roll-ups with cheese cubes, fresh veggies and fruit for a healthy and colorful plate. You can chop the roll-up into bite-size pieces and top with hemp seeds for a little extra protein or simply skip the hemp seeds if you don’t have any on hand. 1 whole grain tortilla or wrap (larger ones are best) 1-2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter 1 banana, peeled hemp seeds, optional side items: cheese cubes, chopped veggies and sliced fruit Spread a thin layer of the nut or seed butter over the whole grain tortilla/wrap. Place banana at the bottom third of the tortilla and start rolling it up. Once completely rolled, slice the roll-up into bite-size pieces.[…]

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5 Creative Ways to Eat Avocado

While spreading smashed avocado on a piece of your favorite toast and making homemade guacamole are two delicious ways to eat this trendy fruit—why stop there!? We’ve got some quick recipes for avocado that will put a spin on the normal eating methods. Avocados are an incredibly versatile fruit (that’s right, they’re not actually veggies)! Eating just one ounce (28 grams) provides a winning combination of healthy protein, fiber, and fats. Plus, studies have found that eating avocados can help with weight control and heart health. This nutritiously green fruit can be eaten in plenty of fun, creative ways. Here are our 5 favorite ways to eat avocado: 1. Seasoned The simplest way to eat an avocado is with a little salt and pepper! You can also season them with spices like cayenne pepper and turmeric or with dressings like balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. 2. Grilled If you’re having a summer BBQ, grilling avocados can make a great side[…]

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Don’t Judge A Bed By Its Covers

Mattresses have become one of the most statistically dreaded products to shop for. Usually, this is because the average buyer feels out of their comfort zone—even though, in reality, they should be focusing on nothing but comfort when it comes to their new mattress. If you’ve ever felt like you paid way too much for a mattress that isn’t doing the trick, you probably didn’t ask the right questions when making your decision—and that’s totally normal. You shouldn’t be expected to know the ins and outs of what makes a great mattress, but you should spend more than 20 seconds resting on one at a showroom. Since most mattresses look the same on the outside, it’s important not to judge a bed by its cover. What actually matters is what’s inside. Do you know what materials went into the making of your mattress? At Naturepedic, clarity is critical. Instead of letting our customers judge a bed by its covers, we[…]

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Organic Challenge Wrap Up

Your daily routine probably looks a little like this: you rush to get ready for work, you run a few errands after the workday ends, you grab a quick bite to eat or cook something easy. Even if your routine feels fruitful, leading a productive—but busy–life can take a toll. In the midst of taking care of your day-to-day responsibilities, you may neglect the one thing that matters most: your health. That’s why we challenged our readers to embrace our Organic Challenge throughout the month of May and reevaluate what it means to truly lead a healthy, organic lifestyle. Each week, we focused on a different area of daily life that’s affected by potentially dangerous chemicals. With over 80,000 chemicals produced in the United States, it’s nearly impossible to know whether the items you’re putting into and onto your body are safe—or toxic. At Naturepedic, we know how difficult it is to study each and every chemical that may be[…]

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Daily Checklist for Kids

As kids grow older, they also grow more capable of doing little tasks around the house to make family life easier. It’s important for kids to have fun, play with friends, and explore their hobbies, but it’s just as important to teach them practical life skills. With the kids home for summer, there’s no better time to get started with an organized daily task routine. By using our Daily Checklist for Kids, you can pass some responsibilities onto your kids and give them the chance to confidently contribute to the household. How to Use the Daily Checklist for Kids: 1. Each time your child completes one of the 6 daily tasks, they check a box. You can print out multiple copies of the checklist so each child has their own set of daily tasks to complete. 2. Choose a Weekend Reward your child can work toward as they complete their daily tasks. (We provided a few examples!) 3. By the[…]

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Kid-Friendly Fruit Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here, the kids are home, and the heat is right around the corner. Between summer activities and the ice cream truck playing it’s frenzy-inciting tune—your kids are going to get their fair share of ice cream treats. We’re sharing some of our favorite quick, healthy, and kid-friendly fruit treats that will save you from some of those sugar-infused meltdowns! Frozen Fruit Frozen fruit is a great way to quench the need for that mid-afternoon, sugary frozen treat. Blueberries, grapes, and watermelon are just some of the fruits that taste amazing after some time in your freezer. With organic frozen fruit options, this is a great tasty treat to have in your freezer all summer long. Fresh Fruit Pizza Put your pizza decorating skills to the test! Watermelon slices double as pizza dough, with small berries and cut up fruit as the toppings! This also doubles as a fun activity for those bored kiddos. Apple Cookies Satisfy those cookie[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items

Welcome to the fourth and final week of our Organic Challenge! This week, we’re focusing on some household item transitions that will dramatically cut down your exposure to toxic chemicals. Many of the chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities. Just like the other Organic Challenge products, many of the chemicals listed below have never been adequately tested for negative health effects. For example, products that kill 50% of lab animals through ingestion or inhalation can still be designated “non-toxic.” The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals. This is more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. We’re here to help you start removing these toxins from your home. Here are our 5 non-negotiable items to trade out to get you moving towards a healthier lifestyle. 1. Cookware Companies that sell cookware are notorious for marketing themselves as “safe” or “clean” when they aren’t. Cookware is[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies

Welcome to week three of our organic challenge! In the ever changing world of what we should eat or not eat, what we should put on our skin or not put on our skin, and what we should sleep on, there are a few areas in the home which we overlook: cleaning and yard products. We are here to help guide you to make better buying decisions for a happier and healthier life! The first thing to remember is to read labels. At Naturepedic, we are always concerned about companies that use “greenwashing” as a marketing tactic to sell you products. Greenwashing is when companies make unsubstantiated or exaggerated claims about their products being natural, green, eco-friendly, or organic. It’s always important to be leery of companies using these descriptors on their products, and to check for government regulated certifications. If you have questions about what is actually in a product, head over to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products

Our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it. That is a large percentage, especially for women who use, in some cases, 2x the beauty products that men do. Using organic beauty products substantially lowers your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients present in non-organic products. These harmful ingredients include synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, and toxic chemicals that are associated with endocrine disruption, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other health concerns. Studies have shown that the toxic ingredients in beauty products have been found in biopsy samples from breast tumors, ovarian cancer and more. Many of the chemicals and components that are in our everyday products have not been tested extensively for health affects. The minimal testing that has been done yielded some frightening results, so we’re encouraging you to trade out some of your common beauty products for our non-negotiable beauty products. 1. Deodorant No surprise that conventional deodorants contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to health issues over the[…]

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