Category - Organic Living

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How to Snap Out of a Thanksgiving Food Coma
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Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?
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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?
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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids
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Special Delivery: Organic Food Delivery Services
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Organic Dorm Room Essentials
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5 Green Staycation Tips
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Designing An Organic Kids Room
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How to Breathe Easier at Home
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Go Green for Mom

How to Snap Out of a Thanksgiving Food Coma

We know you are tired. In fact, your eyes are probably straining to stay awake right now. If you can avoid that post-meal slumber just a little longer, we may be able to help. We know the Thanksgiving food coma is all too real for most of us, but it IS avoidable, especially if you are reading this before you sit down for dinner. Check out what you can do before, during, and after your feast to fight the food coma. Before you eat Before stuffing yourself, it’s about the drinks! Don’t skimp on the water before the meal, in fact, drink as much of it as you want. Drinking water helps you pace yourself and digest more efficiently. Hot water specifically is great for digestion. On the other hand, carbonated drinks such as sodas, will fill you up faster, so try to avoid those during meal preparation. While you are eating There are many ways to pace yourself to[…]

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Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?

People always talk about the monsters under your bed, but what about the spooky things hiding in your mattress? At Naturepedic we want to treat you to your best night’s sleep, so we aren’t going to trick you with false claims or promises. This Halloween, we explain how we treat you with our certified organic mattresses and how other mattresses may be tricking you. Are you being tricked or treated by your mattress? Find out if it’s time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?

Once upon a time, furniture and textiles were made using natural materials. Couches, mattresses, rugs, curtains—they all consisted of materials found in nature. “When you walked into a house back then, almost everything was natural,”  says Barry Cik, environmental engineer and co-founder of Naturepedic. “But now? Nothing is natural.” What changed? Where did we go wrong? Why did companies stop using natural materials? If you’re into pointing fingers or placing blame, you can (fairly) point towards petroleum and money. “Companies started adding petroleum to almost everything. Natural fibers aren’t nearly as flammable, but petroleum is much cheaper.” Check out this video to see the difference between a modern home fire with petroleum-based furnishings and a legacy home fire with more natural furnishings: Petroleum can be found in TV cabinets, plastic wood, detergents, paint, toilet seats, furniture, etc. (Click here for a list of more petroleum-based products that may shock you.) Because it is common in so many products, America saw[…]

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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids

By Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest Ahhh, summer time. Kids are home from school and living the dream of long summer days and nights. Maybe you have gotten your kids on a nice summer schedule during the day, but if you are like many parents the nighttime routine can be a bit of a challenge. For those like myself always looking for ways to encourage better sleep and improve the sleeping environment for their child, I have eight tips for summerizing your kid’s room. Each one addresses a unique touch point in the bedroom and if used in combination with each other should have your child falling asleep sooner, sleep easier and staying asleep longer. Lights Out How many times have I heard frustrated mom-friends curse the long summer days that make bedtime a virtual nightmare. With kids asking night after night why they have to go to bed so early and why can’t they keep playing since it isn’t even dark[…]

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Special Delivery: Organic Food Delivery Services

Remember how much fun it was to be a teenager and eat a large order of fries and chug a milkshake and still be able to fit into skinny jeans because our metabolisms were living up to their full potentials? There are dozens of reasons to avoid making changes. “I don’t have the time.” “Money is tight.” “I’m not home enough.” As valid as our reasons may be, it’s important to remember that if we don’t prioritize our health, the rest doesn’t really matter. We have to be good to ourselves before you can be good for anyone else. We want to stick around for the long haul. We want to be active. We want to make better choices and take better care of ourselves. So where do we begin? We know it can be difficult to commit to the healthy lifestyle. It requires research, meal prep, fitness, and possible budget adjustments. Figuring out how to start your new journey[…]

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Organic Dorm Room Essentials

As you prepare to send your kid off to college, there are a number of things you worry about. Will they adjust quickly and make friends? How will they fare away from home? Will they keep their grades up? One way to ease your mind is to help outfit your student’s dorm room in a way that makes it personal and comfortable for them, as well as healthier for you. We suggest seven organic and eco-friendly essentials for your kid’s dorm room. 1.) VAVA Hot Water Kettle Many college students go through caffeine like it’s water. Lots of coffee makers, however, are made with plastic. Opt for a metal hot water kettle so your child can still get their tea or coffee fix, but from a stainless steel alternative that also happens to be more durable. Stainless steel does not contain chemicals such as plastic so it’s better for your child and the environment. The VAVA electric kettle is BPA-free[…]

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5 Green Staycation Tips

Yes, taking a destination vacation is great, but have you ever tried relaxing at home? Hear us out. Do you ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation? Because let’s be honest, vacations are fun, but there is so much to do and see in such a short amount of time, and that can be exhausting. Avoid the vacation hangover by trading in the beach and amusement parks for a quiet week at home. And since you’ll be in full rest and restoration mode, it wouldn’t hurt to make it a healthy week—for your mind, body, and spirit. It can feel like a week at a wellness retreat! Here are some tips for planning the perfect Green Staycation. 1) Meditate. Think of this is a daily, mini-vacation for your mind. Whether it’s in the morning or at night, take at least 15 minutes a day to meditate. Meditation is a great way to manage anxiety and stress, helping[…]

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Designing An Organic Kids Room

By Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest I’m super excited to share this kid’s room design, how hip and cool is this spot for a young boy? Simply swap out a few items and you’ve got a room that works for a tween or even teen. But that’s not the best part, we have carefully curated furnishings and décor that are organic and better for both people and the environment. All pieces were selected with the intention of creating a healthier living space – naturally, we used the Naturepedic Verse Organic Kids Mattress as our inspiration and jumping off point. The Naturepedic Verse Organic Kids Mattress is an exemplary kid’s room product, the entire finished mattress is GOTS certified organic! As a premium mattress of course it provides a firm support, best for a growing child or teen. In addition, it goes above and beyond to ensure safe healthy sleep inside and out. From organic cotton filling to the quilted exterior made without[…]

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How to Breathe Easier at Home

Spring has arrived, so many of us are now flocking outdoors as much as possible. Even though you may be limiting your time indoors, don’t forget to keep the air in your home as clean as possible. In honor of May being Clean Air Month, we challenge you to try at least one of these tips to purify the air in your home. 1. Use Natural Cleaning Products While trying to clean all the dust and dander in your home, don’t add other irritants. Many conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that can irritate, so try switching to something more natural, such as vinegar, lemon juice or mild soap and water. We share other natural cleaning ideas on our blog as well. Your home will still be clean, and you can breathe easy. 2. Reduce Your Heat/Air Conditioning Usage in Your Home It’s warming up, so you no longer have to crank up the heat and keep the windows locked up.[…]

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Go Green for Mom

We know that shopping for the perfect Mother’s Day present can be quite the task. How are we supposed to thank the woman who gave us everything? Does a World’s Greatest Mom mug say, “Hey, thanks for giving me life?” Does a bouquet of flowers tell her “I appreciate you for feeding me all of those years?” Of course not. But lucky for us, Moms are an understanding bunch, and it truly is the thought that counts! This year, we want to help you do something a little different for the ladies who fill the mom role in your life. Because it is the thought that counts, let’s change that thought to something unique. Something a little healthier than usual—something that makes everyone feel good. We’re going Green this Mother’s Day, and you can too! Here is a list of healthier, more Earth-friendly products and ideas to make this Mother’s Day special. Does she like flowers? Because check this out.[…]

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