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This week I took Big Girl for a haircut at my favorite salon. We went inside and she went to the sink to get washed. When I was walking over to the other part of the salon — the area where she would be sitting — I noticed a pretty scary sight: a woman sitting [...]

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I’ve been the Queen of Used for a while now. Why buy new when there’s plenty of beautiful, like-new stuff out there at a fraction of the price? Still, I was cautious about who I showed my latest vintage score to. Plenty of people looked down on what I bought, equating it with garbage. My [...]

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I love a nice cup of coffee. As someone who tries to avoid BPA and chemicals in my food and drink as often as possible, however, it takes me a little longer to make coffee these days. You see, I gave up my mostly plastic coffeemaker a few years ago. Today, I use an all-glass [...]

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its Guide to Healthy Cleaning. The results really shocked me. I searched the database for some of my tried and true — and green, I thought! — cleaning products. Many of them have horrible ratings. Heck, my beloved Trader Joe’s liquid laundry detergent scored an F. Yes, an F! [...]

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These are the things that give me pause. That I wish I could avoid, but simply can’t. These are the things that I tell myself are okay since I am ec0-friendly otherwise. Am I deluding myself? One-time use contact lenses. Enough said. Plastic lenses plus plastic packaging equals lots of waste. I try and recycle [...]

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I belong to a new mothers’ group on Facebook. It was launched by a few local moms, and has been a great resource when it comes to recommendations — doctors, great restaurants, fun places to take the kids. Everything except dance studios. Those discussions made for some crazy threads! Anyway, about a week or so [...]

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Last night we were driving down my block when I saw something cute and pink sitting on the top of a garbage can. I stopped to take a closer look. It was an adorable little toddler Strawberry Shortcake doll carriage. I loaded it into my car even though we have five doll strollers in my [...]

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There has been plenty of news lately about the dangers of Tricosan, but many people are still puzzled about the chemical. I interviewed Dr. Larry Weiss, chief scientist and founder of hand sanitizer and soap manufacturer CleanWell about the topic. Here are his answers. KB: What is Triclosan? Dr. Weiss: Triclosan and the closely related [...]

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A few weeks ago Little Girl ended up in one of my old t-shirts at bedtime. It’s a long story, but the end result was that she loved sleeping in a “nightgown,” and wanted to know why she didn’t have one. The answer, of course, is that her mother doesn’t like nightgowns. I can clearly [...]

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It is HOT in New York. Notice my use of capitals. I was SCREAMING. It is HOT. Not, “whew, I could use an iced coffee to cool off.” No, more like, “please dump a truckload of ice on my body.” It’s that hot. I do not do well in heat. I hate it, actually. I [...]

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