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Green Bedrooms for Big Kids

paint2.jpgIf you’re like me and don’t have babies or toddlers in your household anymore, you may have heard the plea for a “not so babyish” room from an older child.

While we do focus a lot on things for babies and younger children here, that doesn’t mean big kids don’t also need special care when we re-do their bedrooms!

Here are some things to consider when updating your child’s bedroom:

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Use No-VOC or natural non-toxic paints. No-VOC (or Zero-VOC) means “no volatile organic compounds” which really just means none of the toxic stuff that contributes to indoor air pollution and that you don’t want your child (or you!) breathing in for years to come. Natural and No-VOC paints are more typically more expensive than regular latex interior paint but for a bedroom, one gallon may be enough and it’s money well spent. No-VOC paints are available at most home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes and you can find a list of natural non-toxic paint brands here.

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Splendor in the Non-Toxic Grass!

pesticidefreezone_medium.JPGWhen we bought our first home, many moons ago, I was very keen on the idea of having a lush green lawn and I’m ashamed to admit I used pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers with impunity. You see, I’d grown up in the suburbs, where having good grass is paramount. Additionally, as a new homeowner, I was slightly intimidated by the nastygrams from our HOA (home owners association)—they were sent immediately should one’s grass fall to the wayside and practically insisted we use chemicals on our property lest we be in “violation” of the sacred HOA rules.

In my ignorance, I believed the home improvement superstore employees who insisted those products were fine—that once you watered it in and it dried, your grass was safe. In reality, nothing could have been further from the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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