Being a working parent is no joke. When I first went back to work after having my son, the struggle to manage it all definitely hit me hard. There was stress at work, stress at home, minimal sleep, and so much to do! I barely made my way through that first year, and I knew something needed to change. I needed to find calm in my life as a working mom.
We live in a world where chemicals are present in almost every product we use. They’ve been put there to serve a purpose, but at what cost? Are the benefits really worth the risks to our health and the well-being of the environment? This post highlights five common types of harmful chemicals that can be found in everyday household products. I’ll discuss where they can be found and why they’re unhealthy for us and the environment.
Dryer sheets serve a useful purpose. They keep our dresses from sticking to our thighs, and fleece jackets from sending electric currents through us when we pull them from the dryer. But – are they safe? In this post I'll discuss potential health concerns and what I've found to be suitable alternatives to conventional dryer sheets.
It might be surprising to hear that the quality of drinking water in our country is not very good. After all, most people in this country get their water through municipalities that regulate how the water is treated before it reaches our homes. Unfortunately, the treatment systems aren’t perfect. Sometimes the water supply can be contaminated by outside sources. Chemicals are added to water to treat other harmful contamination. And sometimes the pipes that deliver water from the treatment plant to our homes leach harmful chemicals into the water (think lead).
Healthy indoor air quality is a necessity for healthy living. We breathe in over 15,000 liters of air every day! A lot of people think that outdoor air is the most polluted air we breathe, but in most cases the air in our homes is more polluted than outdoor air. Outdoor air pollution is caused by traffic, farming, industrial practices, and construction. But that outdoor air pollution doesn’t stay outside. It finds its way into our homes through doors, windows, and all the tiny holes in the walls, roof, and foundation. And believe me, even though they can’t be seen, houses are generally full of tiny holes!
A healthy kitchen is a kitchen that promotes good eating habits and reduces your exposure to harmful toxins. A healthy kitchen is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a healthy home. In my last post I covered many key elements for designing a healthy kitchen, but what if you aren’t doing a kitchen remodel? Luckily, you don’t need to tear your kitchen to the ground to create a healthier space to prepare your meals. Follow these strategies to give your kitchen a healthy makeover right now.