Why Beef Tallow Soaps Aren’t Gross

Tandi's Soap Trio

My friend L. wrote to me the other day, and told me she was boiling beef tallow to use on her newborn's dry patches, and that her husband, "as usual, thinks I'm insane." While L. did have a natural birth and encapsulated her plancenta, she also lives in Manhattan and wears high heels and is actually a sorority sister of mine (yup, I was in one). So it appears that tallow is no longer just for the babes named Twig or Rainbow that my friends in Vermont are popping out. Tallow has made it to New York City! I've been selling tallow soaps in our online store for a few years now, and they have a

Nontoxic Deodorant Roundup

natural deodorant

Deodorant is probably the very toughest product for me to source for my clients. If you're going to switch to safe, natural deodorant products, you're going to have to accept the fact that none of them will not work as well as Secret. I am not a big sweat-er, so natural deodorants work fine for me--I use baby wipes to freshen up once or twice throughout the day, after which I reapply whatever natural deodorant I'm trying out that day (one big perk of this job is lots of awesome product samples arriving at my door every week!). I am working on producing a Safe Product Guide for

Win Natural Hand Sanitizer and Nose Wipes!

jackson-reece-hand-sanitiser

Like it or not, back-to-school season means colds and other viruses are in your future. Help stop the spread of germs without gross chemicals by using Jackson Reece Mucky Mitts Hand Sanitiser...and when your kids DO get the sniffles, gently clean noses with Jackson Reece Nose Nuzzles. Next week, one lucky reader will win both of these products! Ps: Speaking of getting sick, you might like to read these blog posts: -Children's Tylenol Linked to Asthma -Fevers: To Treat or Not to Treat? -This Cold/Flu Season, Just Say No to Antibiotics! -7 Ways to Enjoy a Cold or Flu

The Healthiest Gluten-Free Grains (and an Awesome Millet Burger Recipe)

millet burger

Many (in fact, most!) diet books today recommend avoiding carbohydrates and particularly grains. Grains have been cultivated by ancient people and eaten for thousands of years. My opinion is that whole grains contain many nutrients essential for human development, vitality, and prevention of disease. (I do feel it's important to soak all grains before cooking to make them more digestible.) With that said, I generally don't recommend grains that contain gluten when someone is trying to eat healthier or suffering from health problems. I occasionally eat gluten grains myself, especially

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Burger This Summer

Sprouted burger bun

  As a foodie, when I think of summer, the first thing that comes to mind isn't swimming or catching lighting bugs, but rather picnics and barbecues. When I was a child, we often had cookouts with burgers and hot dogs. For those of us who continue to enjoy cookouts and perhaps even summertime meat, I invite you to upgrade those burgers (or hot dogs) in the following ways): Always buy organic, grass-fed (pastured) beef. Opt for unsweetened ketchup. Most at the healthfood store have lots of sugar, but here's one I like. Go better than whole wheat with a sprouted whole grain

Win a Moso Bag air freshener/filter/purifier!

Moso-charcoal

One lucky reader is going to win a large 500-gram Moso Bag on August 11th! The Moso Bag air freshener and purifier naturally removes odors, bacteria, and harmful pollutants, while also dehumidifying the air to prevent mold, mildew, and excess moisture. Eliminate odors and purify the air with Moso Bags. The carbon in each Moso Bag is self-activated to absorb and filter, and within days you will notice a difference. Within a month, odors from smoke, pets, or mildew will be entirely neutralized. The Moso Bag has been scientifically proven to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants emitted from

Paleo Carrot Cake Recipe (and My Take on the Caveman Diet)

Paleo Carrot Cake

When my first grandson, Felix, turned two, we shared our favorite sprouted carrot cake recipe on this blog (Maia made the cake for that party). When Maia's second baby, Wolfie, turned one a few weeks ago, I offered to make the cake (Maia is quite busy with Gimme the Good Stuff and two active boys out of school for the summer). I stuck with our carrot cake tradition, because we always try to make our children’s birthday cakes a little healthier, and this time I tried one from a Paleo cookbook that I have. What is a Paleo Diet? Americans have an obsession with diet books, and there are

Win Summer Essentials Kit from Poofy Organics!

poofy summer

This may be our best giveway yet! We love Poofy's super safe , natural skincare products, and were psyched when they offered this bundle as a giveaway. The winner will receive: Non-nano sunscreen lotion Zinc sunscreen sport stick Pest Protection Spray Clean Clappers Hand Sanitizer

Why You Should Drink MORE Water When it’s Humid (and a Problem with Air Conditioners)

Eco Vessel 25 ounce water bottles

I don’t know how it is where you are, dear reader, but it is officially hot where I am. Really hot…and humid. We’ve all heard about the importance of staying hydrated, and in this kind of weather it is even harder to do. Yes, the heat is a problem, because it causes us to sweat and therefore we can quickly lose a lot of water…but heat combined with humidity causes our sweat glands to go into hyper-drive. Here's why: Unlike many other animals, we humans sweat as a way of maintaining a healthy core temperature. Whenever a liquid evaporates into a gas, cooling occurs. In a humid

Win an Under the Nile Veggie Crate!

under the nile toy veggie crate

Under the Nile is definitely the Good Stuff. All GOTS-certified organic cotton, Under the Nile's clothes, linens, and toys are among our favorites. And this week, you can win this adorable veggie crate!

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