The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Hygienic Kitchen

Let’s face it- out of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen probably sees the most action. (Unless you happen to have a newly potty trained child.) Yet, sometimes it simply becomes overlooked. Sure, you do the dishes everyday and you make sure to wipe your cooktop off after meals, but do you ever dedicate some time to really get all up in your kitchen’s business? Instead of devoting a few hours to deep clean your kitchen from top to bottom, here’s the busy mom’s guide to keeping a hygienic kitchen- broken down into an easily managed weekly plan that can quickly become routine (+ a few of our favorite “tips and tricks” thrown in for good measure!)

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10 Quick & Healthy Snacks For Toddlers

You want to help your kids nourish and energize their little bodies with the best foods that you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, fresh doesn’t always go hand in hand with quick and easy. Luckily, there are many food companies out there that take using the best ingredients in their snacks very seriously. Today we have compiled some great snack options for your kids when you need something that is not only great for grab and go but also delicious.  

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10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market

Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.

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5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Sneezing your head off? Watery eyes? Runny nose? Congested? We know the feeling.

Having all of these symptoms at once usually means you have allergies, whereas, if it were a cold, you would typically have each of these symptoms separately. Also, a cold commonly comes on during the winter months, and seasonal allergies are more common in the spring, summer and fall, since this is when trees, plants, and grasses are pollinating. Unfortunately though, indoor allergies can cause symptoms all year long.1

So, what do we do about these allergens making our life miserable?

First, we can start where we spend so much of our time. Today we discuss a few ways to reduce allergens in the home.

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5 Reasons to Ditch Your Cheap Shampoo and Conditioner

5 reasons to ditch your cheap shampoo and conditioner

Taking a stroll down your local grocery store’s shampoo aisle can be very intimidating. Between specialized formulas for hair types, chemically treated, or even curly hair, well, needless to say, there isn’t a shortage when it comes to shampoo and conditioner being accessible to everyone and their mom’s hair type. But, whether you’re shopping in a drug store, health store, or even your beauty salon, you need to arm yourself with knowledge to combat the toxic chemicals or irritants that lurk inside even the most popular brands of shampoo and conditioner!

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8 Reasons to Choose Recycled Plastic for Your Outdoor Activities

Summer has finally arrived, and if your family is anything like ours, you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors.

While many adventures need nothing more than a good imagination, we’d be lying if we told you that our backyards are free of a few simple items. Interestingly enough, most of them are made from recycled plastic! And, while we’re all for avoiding plastic when it comes to anything that might get close to our children’s digestive system, we’re 100% confident that recycled plastic is the way to go when it comes to outdoor activities. 

Need a little convincing? Here are 8 reasons you should choose recycled plastic too.

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Chic & Snugly Sleepwear by Skylar Luna: Spring/Summer 2015

Organic and Adorable Sleepwear by Skylar Luna2
Searching for affordable yet adorable organic pajamas for your little one? Look no further than Skylar Luna, a sleepwear company featuring super cute pajamas and no flame retardant chemicals. With dozens of adorable styles, patterns and colors, all at affordable prices, Skylar Luna has what you need to safely outfit your babies, toddlers and preschoolers for bedtime.

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10 Ways to Garden with a Toddler

You’ve been waiting all winter long to whip out your green thumb, to visit the nursery and pick out your favorite flowers and seeds, to feel the cool soil between your fingers, and to let the sun warm your back. It’s finally time, and you’re just about to drop the exact number of microscopic seeds into a perfectly measured hole when you’re startled by a happy yell and an ice cold stream of water pummeling your back, knocking you over and sending the organic seeds flying through the air. In your garden zen, you forgot for a moment that you have a toddler.

Whether you have a half acre garden or a raised square foot bed, one toddler or three, you can still happily tend to your garden this year with your toddler underfoot. Here are some ways to garden alongside your little one with less stress and less mess.

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40+ Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

If you are on a mission to rid your house of unwanted chemicals, a great first place to start is your cleaning cabinet. There are many excellent natural cleaning products out there on the market that not only look great but are very expensive. While these products are great to have on hand, why not save yourself some money and make some at home? We’ve already addressed all the amazing uses of vinegar when it comes to cleaning, but did you know that baking soda has almost as many surprising and natural uses? Baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and CHEAP and can be used in cleaning, baking, cooking, and even medicinally.  

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12 Interesting Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide – chemically known as H2O2 – is one of the most common household disinfectants used in all parts of the world. In fact, the odds are pretty good that you have a bottle in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink right now! Most people typically use hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing small cuts or even as a whitener for delicate items, however there is much more to this little brown bottle than most of us realize. Because of hydrogen peroxide’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, it makes it one of the most valuable $2.00 purchases you can make at the drug store!

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Introducing Tea To Toddlers

For centuries, people have been drinking tea. Aside from the titillating flavors of the masterfully crafted blends on the market today, there’s no denying the immense amount of health benefits attached to tea. There are specially blended herbs, flowers, spices and leaves that aid in just about every ailment or situation you might find yourself in- from a stuffy nose to achy joints to sleepless nights. 

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i play. And Green Sprouts – Your One-Stop Eco Shop For All Things Kids

While more and more children’s companies are beginning to produce greener, more non-toxic products, it’s still an overwhelming task for parents to find every essential item they need for their little ones with full confidence that they are providing them with the safest, healthiest products possible. i play., and its branch company Green Sprouts, is literally a one-stop-shop for all essential baby, toddler and children’s items – using only the greenest and safest elements to create quality, lasting products that children will love and parents can feel confident in using.

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Homemade Goldfish Crackers

The famous Goldfish crackers are probably a staple in your house if you have children. They fly off the shelves and into your children’s mouths in a second. Those little bags just aren’t big enough for the addicting fishies. Not to mention, they probably are addicting for a reason, possibly due to the high amounts of sodium packed in, along with other ingredients that you might not be a fan of. Don’t deprive your kids of the bite size, cheesy goodness they have come to know and love. Just change up your game. It’s super easy to make your own homemade Goldfish crackers, surprisingly with only 5 ingredients! You wish there were only 5 ingredients listed on the back of those bags. Now you can not only give your kids what they want, but you can rest assured knowing exactly what they are eating.

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