Cooling Growing Pain Spray

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My five year-old son is growing like a weed these days. He is eating everything in sight and all of his pants are getting way too short, both of which are tell-tale signs of long nights ahead. As with many kids, whenever he is in the throes of a growth spurt, he suffers from horrible [...]

Making Your Own Rosewater and Rose Oil

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Legend has it that Emperor Djihanguyr once ordered all the fountains and canals in his gardens to be filled with rosewater  in order to celebrate his marriage to Nour Djihan. Dreamily floating down the canal, her hand trailed in the rose water, the scent lingered on her hands, and humanity began its love affair with [...]

Garden Variety Vinegar

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I am fairly convinced that distilled white vinegar is the nectar of the gods! I fell in love with vinegar when I purged my home of all toxic chemicals and cleansers years ago and I have never looked back. If I have a particularly yucky or potentially disease-spreading spill, I do keep a spray bottle [...]

Preggo No-Nos in the Kitchen!

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It’s very easy to maintain a pre-pregnancy and pregnancy diet that is healthy and supports both the needs of mother and baby. But there are few foods and other things around your kitchen that should be avoided in order to reduce risk of abnormal development, miscarriage, or a sick baby (or mom): 1. Big Fish - [...]

The Microwave Went to Heaven

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Our microwave broke on Christmas Day. Out of the clear blue it started beeping and honking, then, just as quickly, fell silent. Evidently, the keypad died. Who knew, right? Considering we were having 15 people over for Christmas dinner later that day, my husband was worried that we wouldn’t be able to replace it right [...]

My Goals for the New Year

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I am not very big on New Year’s resolutions. Honestly, I kind of hate the holiday. I have never been one to stay up late and I am always cold in those spangly, sequiny dresses we’re supposed to wear in the dead of winter. I am a New Englander; I pretty much wear L.L. Bean [...]

Avoiding Carrageenan with Homemade Almond Milk

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As I mentioned last month, nothing is as disturbing as consuming something for months, years even, thinking it was healthful, only to realize that “current research” has shown the ingredient or the food itself is harmful. As you know, I began making my own yogurt for this reason. Last month, I decided that we will [...]

Consider Giving Homemade Gifts this Year

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While the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, they also can become the most stressful and, most definitely, the most expensive. Why not use this holiday season to dip your stocking into natural living? It’s rewarding, cheap, fun, healthful and environmentally-friendly. The best part? You can make some and keep some for [...]

Safe Packaged Tomatoes: BPA-Free Options

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The debate over the chemical Bisphenol-A began raging about 6 years ago when my first son was an infant. At the time, BPA, as it’s called for short, was found in everything from hard plastic baby bottles to pacifiers, causing major concern. As the debate hit a fever pitch, companies (and even entire countries!) took [...]

The Best Foods for Breastfeeding Mamas

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While dreaming about motherhood and all of the amazing things that I imagined would come along with it, breastfeeding seemed so natural and beautiful. But what happens when it’s not as easy and natural as you expect? Breastfeeding just doesn’t come as simply to some as it does to others. I know as, sadly, I [...]