Baby’s 1st Art Supplies: Safe Options for Your Little Artist

Introducing art to your baby at a young age not only gives you something fun to do with them on a daily basis, but it is also a great way to help develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Since little ones are all about the tactile experience, there’s a good chance any product you give them will enter their mouth at some point. This is why it is so important to invest in safe, non-toxic art supplies. Read on for some amazing eco-friendly products and fun art ideas that you can introduce to your soon-to-be budding artist.

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Surprising Factors To Consider When Buying A House

So, you’re ready to take the big plunge into home ownership. You’ve made a thorough checklist of the most important factors to review with your real estate agent:

  • Location
  • Property Size
  • Number of preferred bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Important upgrades

You think you have come up with every possible question to ask… You’ve found your dream home… the stars have aligned and a few short months later, you’re pulling the moving truck into your very own driveway. But over the course of the next few weeks, you start to notice things about your new home that you hadn’t even considered before… little things that bother you; minor inconveniences… and maybe even some big issues. The following is a list of three important factors to consider when buying a house that you might not even think of before you sign on the dotted line.

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Best Products to Add Natural Oil to Your Hair


As women, we do everything imaginable to repel and ban oil from our hair. We know that too much oil can make our hair look greasy, hang limply, and give our overall appearance a “dirty” look. We use products such as dry shampoo, clarifying shampoo and we wash our hair every morning to keep oil at bay. What is all of this doing to our hair? It is drying the hair shaft, clarifying shampoos with sulfates are stripping the proteins, and we are damaging our hair to the point of breakage and fraying. We don’t want to look oily but we do want healthy hair. What’s a girl to do?

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The Shelf Life Of Your Cosmetics

Let’s face it; makeup is expensive. A well stocked makeup bag is often the sign of years of hunting and gathering. Your friends might be jealous of your drawer of MAC eye shadows that represent the entire line since their first store opened in 1991, but is your 20+ year stockpile actually doing you more harm than good? While most makeup contains antibacterial ingredients and preservatives, the chemicals and ingredients still have a distinct shelf life. While companies are not required to include an expiration date on their cosmetic products, research over the years suggests that they should be tossed over time to avoid health risks. The following is a helpful list of basic makeup products and their suggested replacement time frames:

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Naturalmat USA: Safe, Natural, & Comfortable Sleep for Baby

You have read about why choosing organic bedding and mattress for your baby can be one of the most important things when it comes to your precious one’s safety. You have educated yourself on the Toxic Gas theory of SIDS and all the chemicals that go into making a conventional mattress. It’s very scary and very sad. You want change!

Now what? Where does one start in their search for better organic bedding? There are a handful of organic mattress brands on the market. Some are more or less natural than others. We’d like to introduce you to Naturalmat, our favorite maker of organic bedding and mattresses.

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Sweet & Simple Bedtime Routines

Gone are the days of rocking your baby to sleep, but even now that your little one is a “big kid” snuggled into his or her own bed, having a nighttime routine is just as important as ever. Establishing a routine helps set the stage for a good night’s sleep for your child and for you. At its best, bedtime is a calming ritual. At its worst, it’s bedlam. Learn how to avoid chaos and bring on the calm.

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The Importance Of Choosing an Organic Mattress

A baby can spend anywhere from 12-16 hours per day sleeping, sometimes even more. Because a baby spends so much of his time asleep and because a baby’s lungs are still developing in infancy, it’s important to create a safe environment for sleep and rest. A mattress can be a big investment, but investing in a quality, organic mattress is one of the best investments for your child.

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Simple Strategies to Support Creativity at Home

In such a rapidly developing world, creativity is quickly becoming a sought-after trait.  Did you know that creative thinking promotes self-actualization, independent thought, and problem solving?  Even though everyone already has some level of creativity, it is something that can be encouraged and developed.  In other words, it does not matter whether or not your child has demonstrated a strong sense of creativity in the past.  You can still help to encourage creative behaviors in your daily life.  Not sure where to start?  Here are a few ideas to get the creativity flowing in your home.

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