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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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A woman posted a For Sale on my local Facebook selling group: Naturals Kids Bath Time Finger Paints. Draw designs on wet skin, inside tub, or in bath water for colorful bath time fun. My daughter loves these, especially writing with them or squeezing out swirly designs and making art! For ages 3 & up. [...]

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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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This weekend my husband got mad at me. The kids wanted to bring two juice boxes each along to the beach. I said no, substituting one reusable water bottle for one of the juice boxes. “What are you worried about,” he wanted to know. “Our kids are so skinny. I will be pissed if you’re [...]

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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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Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that’s found in antibacterial soap as well as mouthwash, toothpaste, toys, and lunch bags. It’s also found at higher levels in the blood of allergic kids, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, solidifying the fact that you really need to avoid the stuff — if you aren’t already. [...]

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There’s a diner close by that makes THE best lentil soup. I love lentil soup. I could eat it every day. About a week ago I asked the owner if they did take-out in larger quantities. I wanted at least a quart so I could freeze small portions for later use. Yes, she said, showing [...]

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Tripledge Green Wiper Blades; Price: $7.99 to $12.99. Pros: Long-lasting (I’ve had mine for more than a year); inexpensive; completely recyclable. Cons: You need to mail them back in your own packaging if you want to recycle them. (Making me wonder how many are actually being recycled.) I don’t really think about wiper blades all [...]

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