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When Are Men Too Old for a Baby?

Recently, an issue so-powerful-it-could-only-be-emailed was batted around the hallowed halls of EcoSalon. The issue was complex, kind of like asking 24-to-39-year-old women to name their favorite Jonas Brother. Sure, the middle one seems a bit cute, but is it really okay to have an opinion on the matter? And while […]

Name That Eco Baby!

A for Apple, B is for Beluga, C is for Chullo. Pretty baby! Parents on planet Hollywood and elsewhere are headed in that fruity, foamy and woolly direction in declaring devotion to Mama Earth via naming their young. In the roaring Nineties, when real estate and dot comers were soaring, […]

Shade Grown Hollywood: The Dark Side of Hollywood Babies

ColumnWhere celebrity becomes conscious. As my grandmother used to mysteriously intone over her crochet needles, “Even kittens can scratch.” Are we really inferring that the adorable, cuddly spawns of joy positioned on celebrity hips everywhere are anything but angels from above? No, the innocents of Hollywood’s loins are blameless. But […]

Hand-Me-Downs Come Out of the Closet

A friend of mine wants to keep it hush-hush when her daughter is gifted a hand-me-down dress, as if wearing used garb signifies poverty or shame that might not fly in her affluent social circle. My friend is a European whose family often struggled to make ends meet. And although […]

Good News for Women Everywhere

In the West, the advent of motherhood is usually cause for a flurry of showers, brunches, shopping trips, parenting classes, and anticipatory bouts of wrestling with crippling feelings of inadequacy. In the developing world, it’s all too often still a life-threatening endeavor. Infection, high blood pressure, obstructed labor, and hemorrhaging […]

The Little Seed

While waiting in line at Whole Foods recently I broke down and bought Us Weekly.  After I got past the latest starlet arrest and whether or not Jessica Simpson was responsible for the fate of football, I was pleasantly surprised to find some green information.  The actress Soleil Moon Frye […]

Surprise: Cloth Diapers Carry a Big Footprint

I’m sorry everyone, but this is going to be a difficult read for proponents of the cloth diaper. Apparently, they’re not as easy on the environment as we’d all wish (or assume) them to be. A study by the British government to find out the real carbon footprint of diapers […]

With a Name Like Celery…

…it has to be green! I love this Chalkboard End Panel toddler bed made by Celery Furniture, a company committed to making mod kids’ furniture without harmful materials and sealants. Available in delicious pastel shades, the transitional bed features an updated sleigh design with a chalkboard and eraser/chalk tray for […]

Mid-Week Eco Links

Weekends are precious things: we don’t work them. But we’d still like to click around and have some fun during the week, right? So… Explore how you feel about the way cities blend into the natural world, by watching it happen with Chicago over at urban/rural/wild, hosted by walkinginplace. Eco-houses […]

ZoLi: Baby Tested, Eco-Mother Approved

Many moons ago I wrote about an eco-conscious baby product company by the name of ZoLi. Now that I have a little baby of my own I’ve had a chance to try out some of ZoLi’s products and promises, and let me tell you, they deliver. Health-conscious parents will be […]

Pure Green Plaid

There’s nothing more fetching than a ruggedly handsome man in a little tartan kilt. The original 007, Sean Connery, is a grand example. Great Scot! May I fasten that giant safety pin for you, Mr. Bond? I’m personally mad about plaid, probably because I wore so many wool jumpers as […]

Whole Foods Announces Premium Body Care Seal

When it comes to organic foods, federal standards define what can be called organic; not so in the world of personal care products. A few intrepid companies are making skincare products that are actually certified to organic food standards (Origins Organic is one), and others are using ingredients from nature. […]

A Nutrition Guide for the Pregnant Vegetarian

I have a vegetarian friend who just found out she’s pregnant. She immediately looked at me and asked “Does this mean I’ll have to start eating meat?” Her worried family had sternly advised her take up an omnivorous diet again, but I assured her I’d heard plenty of stories about […]

Yo! Yo!

We all got a major wake-up call last year about imported plastic toys for kids. They’re made from non-renewable oil, there’s a risk of lead or other contaminants, and some plastics may have cumulative harmful effects when ingested – and we know those toys are going in tiny mouths. Keep […]

Bow Wow and Baby

Nothing is more exciting than bringing home your brand new bundle of joy! But for your dog or cat, a new baby can be a stressful change. However, there are a few steps you can take before and after your baby comes home to make the transition easier on your […]

Reduce Your Child’s Carbon Bumprint

In a perfect world, all parents would use cloth diapers and reusable baby wipes to greatly reduce the footprint their baby’s bottom leaves on the planet during the diapering stage. But in reality, one-time-use baby wipes are a staple in every parent’s bag of tricks. Used for wiping up messy […]

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

After a morning spent watching National Geographic Carnivore with my 9-year-old future vet (lions preying upon a limping, unsuspecting buffalo), I was happy to encounter this gentle Jungle Friends Mobile in which the only thing eaten is the blankie by the little thumb sucker inhabiting the crib. I love the […]

“Cry-It-Out” iPhone App Makes Me Want to Weep

The saying “there’s an app for everything” has become part of our cultural vernacular, and while some apps serve great purposes and provide handy information, the one I’m referring to in this post should have never been created, as it reduces parenting to dismissive gadgetry. Sadly, now you can use […]

Catch the Wind

I love to watch babies, enchanted and giggling, as they gaze at mobiles moving gently above their cribs with every breeze and breath. So I was happy to discover an artist who makes stunning, airy mobiles for grown-up rooms, each a tribute to nature’s most graceful branches, leaves and flowers. […]

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Social Media Activism Helps Women Reclaim Their Bodies

Social media activism can be done anywhere.

You might not think that a social media platform would be the place where women go to reclaim their bodies. But that’s just what the following women did.

Mashable recently published a great article detailing the stories of three women who harnessed the power of social media activism to claim their identity by discussing their bodies. Each woman’s story is incredibly moving but totally different:

6 Recycling Benefits That Put Your Lame Excuses to Shame

Recycling benefits everything and everyone. Here, 6 common myths to throw away. Like, right now. Maybe you started off with a passionate mission to recycle and do your part for the environment, but it’s since fallen by the wayside with an apathetic “thud.” Or maybe you’re one of the many […]

Trust Your Gut: Using Intuition for Good Health

Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t figured out yet. ~Unknown We are programmed, here in the West, to run to our physician whenever we aren’t feeling well. Of course, there are times this is warranted. But many times our gut is trying to tell us something. […]

Jemima Kirke Shares Her Abortion Story [Video]

Jemima Kirke, of HBO’s “Girls” recently shared her abortion story with the Center for Reproductive Rights. Kirke’s story is similar to many women’s abortion stories as it was very difficult for her to afford the procedure. As she said: It wasn’t totally unavailable, and that’s the tricky part — there […]

Big Tobacco Sues FDA Over Labeling Requirements

Does big tobacco have a legal leg to stand on with labeling requirements? On Tuesday, big tobacco filed suit against FDA over tobacco product labeling, claiming that the agency had overstepped its authority. The lawsuit is in response to a guidance issued in March which requires that tobacco companies submit […]

A Little Bit of ’70s Home Decor that Goes a Long Way

70s home decor, wallpaper

In the past few months, we’ve reported quite frequently that the 70s are back in a big way. While we’ve given you plenty of tips to master personal 70s inspired looks, we’ve yet to give you some fab 70s inspired ideas for the home. Well, that time has come, readers.

The Real Reason Men Who Clean the House Have Less Sex

Science says men who clean the house have less sex. Here’s why science can suck it. Back in the day—okay, 2013—a study came out that said men who do more chores around the house have less sex than husbands who don’t clean the house as much. (Can I meet the […]

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Should Babies Be Exposed to Plastic Bottles?

While we’re on the topic of milk today, here’s a related issue that deserves serious consideration. With all the recent news about BPA (bisphenol-A, an endocrine disruptor) leeching from plastic bottles and into bottled water, it’s time to look at plastic baby bottles, too. The most obvious alternative to plastic […]

Hand-Me-Downs Come Out of the Closet

A friend of mine wants to keep it hush-hush when her daughter is gifted a hand-me-down dress, as if wearing used garb signifies poverty or shame that might not fly in her affluent social circle. My friend is a European whose family often struggled to make ends meet. And although […]

Bow Wow and Baby

Nothing is more exciting than bringing home your brand new bundle of joy! But for your dog or cat, a new baby can be a stressful change. However, there are a few steps you can take before and after your baby comes home to make the transition easier on your […]

Reduce Your Child’s Carbon Bumprint

In a perfect world, all parents would use cloth diapers and reusable baby wipes to greatly reduce the footprint their baby’s bottom leaves on the planet during the diapering stage. But in reality, one-time-use baby wipes are a staple in every parent’s bag of tricks. Used for wiping up messy […]

With a Name Like Celery…

…it has to be green! I love this Chalkboard End Panel toddler bed made by Celery Furniture, a company committed to making mod kids’ furniture without harmful materials and sealants. Available in delicious pastel shades, the transitional bed features an updated sleigh design with a chalkboard and eraser/chalk tray for […]