Pesticides in Produce — Yick!

fruit1.jpegTrying to limit exposure to pesticides in the produce we eat is often easier said than done. For one thing, buying organic can be expensive and it can also be a little harder to find. And yet, knowing that children are the most vulnerable to the toxic effects of pesticides, I also feel that I can’t afford not to buy organic produce for my family whenever possible.

Luckily, there’s a guide available to help shoppers make smart choices when they can’t buy all of their produce organic. The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce is an invaluable resource when grocery shopping. The wallet-sized guide lists the 12 types of produce that are highest in pesticides and the 12 that are lowest, based on thousands of tests conducted by the FDA. Just in case you can’t take the suspense, peaches have the highest pesticide load of any fruit or vegetable so if you were planning on buying some, you might want to add them to your mental must-buy-organic list. Or, if you like to do things the easy way, just consult your handy-dandy wallet guide.

Find It Here: EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce

Put Your Fabkin in Your Lapkin

FabkinsPaper napkins may be convenient but they’re not at all earth friendly, as many big name manufacturers use wood from virgin forests to make their disposable napkins and other paper goods. Plus? They’re not particularly festive and definitely not as fun as a funky cloth napkin from Fabkins. Made just for kids, Fabkins make mealtime a little more colorful, a little more fun and a lot more eco-friendly because paper waste is reduced and we get to keep breathing oxygen thanks to all the trees that have been spared. Yay for oxygen! Yay for Fabkins!

Find It Here: Fabkins

Congratulations to Amanda and Amira, winners of a set of five cloth Fabkins! 

This Cat Rocks!

crispycatbarsIs Crispy Cat an energy bar? Nope. Some kind of fruit roll-up thing? Nyet. Crispy Cat is actually the world’s first organic candy bar, developed by a guy named Joel in his kitchen. A former rock guitarist, Joel found his real groove making a new type of candy bar which was deemed an awesome tree huggin’ treat and became a local sensation. Crispy Cat is now available nationally and comes in three flavors: roasted peanut, mint coconut and toasted almond. Joel says that his organic, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, kosher and non-GMO creations came from a love of being healthy and a love of candy. We dig them because of our love of yummy organic stuff that rocks!

Find It Here: Crispy Cat Candy Bar

Vegging Out

vtcover_mar08.jpgAs an on-again, off-again vegetarian, I’m always on the lookout for tasty new meatless meals for my family. Enter Vegetarian Times magazine. Month after month it arrives filled with tantalizing vegetarian recipes, articles about health, wellness and green living, as well as enough food porn (you know, pictures of scrumptious food!) to satisfy the lusty appetites of foodies everywhere. Whether you are a full-fledged vegetarian, looking to cut back on your meat consumption or even just looking for new and interesting ways to make veggies more appealing to the kids, Vegetarian Times is one resource that’s sure to tempt your taste buds.

Find It Here: Vegetarian Times

Super Safe, Super Soft

103.jpgFinding a lotion for children, babies in particular, that is safe and effective is easier said than done, especially since so many lotions out there contain carcinogenic ingredients. But I’m happy to report that I’ve found a lotion that I feel great about using on my boys – Natural Baby and Kids Body Lotion by Aubrey Organics . Made without the use of any synthetics, this lotion smells great and has ingredients that you will actually recognize. The lotion also gets a good safety rating from the Environmental Working Group. Another good sign? The Aubrey Organics Baby and Kids Shampoo, which we also use, received a safe rating from The Organic Consumers Association’s recent study on 1,4-Dioxane in body care and household products. The bottom line? The Aubrey Organics lotion is a safe choice compared to many of the alternatives on the market and it leaves my children’s skin super soft; softer than any other lotion we’ve tried, and it makes my skin feel pretty darn good, too.

Find It Here: Aubrey Organics Natural Baby and Kids Body Lotion

Where the Rubber Meets the Duck

natural-rubber-duck-big.jpgIt may be yellow. It may be cute. But is that rubber ducky in the tub actually rubber? Or some icky PVC facsimile covered in lead paint? I know it’s distressing to think that even the beloved rubber duck has not escaped being tainted by cheap, greedy manufacturers but there’s good news — actual rubber duckies are not yet extinct! Crafted in Spain of sustainable latex rubber and devoid of any toxic paints or phthalates, the Natural Rubber Duck is soft and safe for babies to chew on and even gives a little squeak when squeezed. I’ve already ordered one to replace the not-rubber duck that my daughter used to love to play with before it accidentally disappeared from our bathroom. Not that I would know anything about that. Ahem.

Find it Here: Parenting by Nature

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