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!

Sneaky Stuff: Mott’s Applesauce Has High Fructose Corn Syrup

The pear variety has artificial colors, sugar, AND high fructose corn syrup.

Hungry for some arsenic-laced apples from China, mixed with high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors? Look no further than Mott's! At a recent birthday party for a 5-year-old, my own 4-year-old ate three slices of the pizza being served, and turned up his nose at the cup of Mott's applesauce at his place setting. I grabbed a spoon and started to peel off the tinfoil lid so I could feed it to my baby, thinking "sure, it's not organic, but it'll do." Then I glanced at the ingredients list--which I hope you can see in this picture to the right. Mott's original applesauce contains apples,

Win a bar of homemade soap and a bottle of olive oil body lotion!

This week's giveaway! We will ship out a bottle of the olive oil lotion and grapefruit soap as soon as a winner is picked on Sunday, June 6. Christina Maser's products are handmade in Lancaster, PA, and are of the highest quality. They contain no scary chemicals, and you'll be immediately hooked on the citrusy smell. (It smells like Fresh products, but minus the toxins.) Click on the images below to learn more about these awesome products.

Comet’s Tale

toxic comet

Comet disinfectant cleanser is just one of several products sold that are meant to “gently” scour our bathtubs, showers, sinks, and tile. Others include Ajax, SoftScrub, and more. These cleaners are effective because they rely on chlorine bleach, and/or a bunch of other chemicals that are often not even listed on the label (which is somehow legal). A chemical analysis of Comet Disinfectant Cleanser Powder showed that it, “…emitted 146 different chemicals, including some thought to cause cancer, asthma and reproductive disorders. The most toxic chemicals detected – formaldehyde, benzene,

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: Is it Toxic?


My client looked sheepish as she swung open the door to the closet that held her cleaning supplies. We had just been through her pantry, where all  of her stored foods--exclusively organic items, of course---were housed in glass tubs...from quinoa to oat groats to seaweed, nothing lived in a plastic container of any kind. After moving to the playroom, where I spotted only one piece of plastic (in the form of a miniature beach ball) amidst a sea of beeswax, untreated wood, and felted wool, I started to worry that I wouldn't be able to help this woman at all. Her home seemed devoid of all

Ruby Rocket’s ice pop giveaway

Ruby Rocket's

We had a great response to our first giveaway, so here's another one! Win a full Fourth of July supply of Ruby Rocket's ice pops--they are made with fruits and veggies (but really just taste like fruit), and have no added sugar. Everything is organic, and they even contain probiotics. I'm quick to point out Sneaky Stuff when it comes to kids' snacks. Every other brand of popsicles has cane juice or sugar--even the ones in the health food store. My kids love Ruby Rockets, so I'm happy to give away 54 of these bad boys to one lucky reader--that's nine boxes of pops for your July 4th plans.

Our first giveaway! Win some facial cleanser

Acure argan mint face cream cleanser

It's hot in New York City, and that means that before bed, instead of just using a facial towelette--as some of us had been doing all winter, too lazy and tired at the end of the day to deal with anything more--it's time to use a moisturizing cleansing cream to slough off the dirt, grime, sweat, and well....the city itself. This cleanser from Acure Organics does the trick, and leaves skin feeling soft and dewey too. We are happy to send a bottle to the winner of this giveaway, and plan to offer more giveaways in the coming weeks!

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