Tag - making better decisions

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8 Tips for Better Summer Sleep for Kids
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Picking the Right Organic Kids Mattress
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Earth-Friendly Gifts for Dad
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Designing An Organic Kids Room
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Go Green for Mom
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Earth-Friendly Product Swaps
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Functional Medicine Webinar with Naturepedic Founder, Barry Cik
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How To Start and End Your Day Right
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Five Mindfulness Challenges For 2018
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Making Better Decisions: Healthier Halloween Fun

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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Picking the Right Organic Kids Mattress

Think about how much time your child spends in bed. Sleeping at night. Napping during the day. Reading. Playing. It adds up quickly, doesn’t it? Rather than considering a mattress a purchase, consider it an investment. You are investing in your child’s health and safety, and we want to help you make the best choice possible. Naturepedic’s line of organic kids mattresses feature comfortable, medium-firm support and quality materials throughout. From luxuriously quilted organic cotton fabric to waterproof and dust-mite proof fabric, Naturepedic has you covered. Interested? Let’s take a closer look at our organic kids mattress options. 1) The Organic Cotton Quilted Deluxe Mattress This Organic Cotton Quilted Deluxe is available in both a one-sided (non-flippable) and a two-sided (flippable) design. The one-sided design uses less raw material and is therefore a lower price. The two-sided model has a quilted sleep surface on both sides. Both designs are built to last and backed by a 10-year warranty. This Quilted[…]

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Earth-Friendly Gifts for Dad

Trying to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day? Have you ever considered Earth-friendly gifts for Dad? Every year, we all seem to ask ourselves the same questions while shopping. How many ties does he actually need? Would it be weird if I got him another “World’s Best Dad” mug? What size t-shirt does he wear again? Is a gift card really too impersonal? No more ties. He has enough mugs. Stop with the shirts. And yes, you can do better than a gift card. It’s 2018, and we’re all trying to live a healthier, happier life—including dads. So why not treat him to something different this Father’s Day? We’re giving you some Earth-friendly gift ideas. Gift Bags, Galore. Cooler Bags, Gift Baskets, Customized Tote Bags, and more! Once you pick the perfect bag or basket for dad, fill it with his favorite healthy (or organic) goodies. Start filling his basket at Its Only Natural Gifts. All-Natural Grooming Essentials. Beard[…]

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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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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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Earth-Friendly Product Swaps

This Earth Month, we want to celebrate the little things because even the smallest switches can make the biggest difference on the Earth. How do you make these changes? Simply look through your house and look at what ingredients are in the products you use. Is there a brand you can switch to that is more Earth-conscious? To help you get started, we share some of our favorite planet-loving brands you should try this Earth Month. Afterglow Cosmetics Makeup and cosmetics are things many of us use on a daily basis, so switching to an organic, eco-friendly brand would be a wise swap to make because we use it so frequently. Many makeup lines use non-renewable resources in both the actual product itself and the packaging. Brands such as Afterglow Cosmetics, however, source certified organic materials that align with the company’s focus on sustainability. Badger Balm Balms, moisturizers and other skincare products are things that we make use of every[…]

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Functional Medicine Webinar with Naturepedic Founder, Barry Cik

Ever wonder more about Naturepedic’s beginnings and what exactly it means for a mattress to be organic? So did Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. (FCMA), so they brought Naturepedic co-founder Barry Cik in for a discussion on the organic space. During his segment “Organic Mattresses & The Environment” on FCMA’s webinar, Barry explains the inspiration behind Naturepedic as well as the state of the environment and why many companies still use toxic chemicals. Specifically, Barry dives deep into the mattress industry as a case study, looking at the chemicals some mattresses contain and why to look instead at an organic mattress. Watch it Now:

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How To Start and End Your Day Right

Your day begins and ends in your bedroom. If you have resolutions for the year, the choices you make first thing in the morning and at the end of the night can affect if you succeed in these goals. Trying to improve your ability to follow healthy routines in 2018? Start by making your bed every day! Whether you are trying to make it a habit to go to the gym on a more consistent basis or you are trying to set aside time each week to clean, making your bed first thing every morning will get your mind on track to have a successful day. By starting off the day with one good habit, you will be more inclined to continue positive habits throughout your day. Trying to cut down on screen time? Remove the television from the bedroom. You may be cutting down on screen time in 2018 for a number of reasons, including reducing anxiety or improving[…]

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Five Mindfulness Challenges For 2018

Most of us start off the year with a variety of goals. This year, improving mindfulness is a popular resolution for many. But as is typically the case, getting started and figuring out how to carry out this resolution can be quite the struggle. Accountability and routine are two keys to keeping up with your goals, and that’s why “challenges” are fun and effective ways to succeed in your resolutions. We have rounded up a few of the most popular challenges to improve your mindfulness in 2018. Whether you go it alone or convince a friend to join in, have fun challenging your mindfulness this year! 1.) Yoga Challenge Starting the year of with a yoga challenge is a great way to reset both your exercise routine and your mind. Luckily, there are a number of different monthly yoga challenges you can do on the internet, through apps and at yoga studios. Whether you want to do 30 days or[…]

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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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