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Three favorite parenting resources

If you care for children, here are some excellent resources with helpful, warm and effective approaches and tips: 

1. Kim John Payne, director of the Simplicity Project. Here’s how much I loved his book “Simplicity…

"Take Care: The Balance Guide" is finished and available

Are you interested in creating a more balanced life? A simpler life? Experiencing more freedom, peace, contentment or joy? A more intentional way of living? Less stress? 

The fifth book in my series, "Take…

Change your home, improve your health, vote for a future on Earth

Research continues to mount linking the everyday chemicals used in consumer products to a wide range of health conditions, including ADHD, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. And consumers' choices about seemingly innocent products have contributed to the fact that indoor air is typically two to five times…

A different sort of love letter for YOU!

When my kids are playing together and a tiff bubbles up, my go-to response is to ask, “Are you treating each other the way you would like to be treated?” I sometimes follow this question up with, “What can you do right now to start treating each other the way you would want to be treated?”

I was thinking about how many of us--kids and adults--would benefit from taking this golden rule about…

Six quick, easy steps for better sleep

Sleep is such an incredible tool for health and happiness, but in our culture and in these times it’s severely under-rated and has become a challenge for many. I’ve had lots of people tell me that they’re on the hunt for ideas to get better quality sleep, or that they wish they could make more time for bed.

In honor of the upcoming winter solstice, here are six quick and easy steps for better…

For your inspiration

If you’re ready for a dose of inspiration, or an uplifting new thought, or a refreshing laugh about serious things, or a new tool to help you remain sane and healthy, you must check out the “Life Gets Better Now” podcast with spiritual teacher Mary Hayes Grieco and her student Erin Warhol, a talented producer. See

Guide to safe, natural sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of those strange things where you think you’re doing the right thing by using it, but in fact most sunscreens contain harmful chemical ingredients. More natural sunscreens are coming into the market though, and the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 sunscreen guide is a great place to learn more and find some of the best brands: http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/

Why…

Save money on healthy snacks: nut and seed butters

I love nut and seed butters because 1. They taste great, 2. They provide protein and healthy fats, which are an important part of a balanced diet, 3. They’re rich in nutrients and 4. They’re an easy snack you can scoop out into a spoon and enjoy.

But they’re also expensive, and some have refined sugar or other not-so-healthy ingredients. We started making some of our own and found it’s super…

The natural deodorant championships!

When I talk with people about healthier body care products, the most common question or barrier they have is about deodorant. People often tell me they’re on board with everything else but complain that their natural deodorant just isn’t cutting it.

I have many years of experience with all kinds of natural deodorants so I understand the downfalls! And, I am happy to report that I recently…

Bone broth: a trend that's worth its salt

Bone broth is one of those things that people ages ago intuitively knew to be healthy. That knowing is finally coming back, which is a very good thing. Consuming bone broth regularly is a great way to maintain or boost health and to help heal illness and states of dis-ease.

The health of your gut, or intestinal lining, plays a tremendous role in the rest of your physical and mental / emotional…

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