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2023 Non-Toxic Back-to-School Supplies

2023 Non-Toxic Back-to-School Supplies

From backpacks to erasers, and hand sanitizers to sandwich baggies, we’ve compiled 25 items that will have you all set for a non-toxic back to school season!

6 Back-to-School Immune Boosters

6 Back-to-School Immune Boosters

I didn’t think that by September we would still be dealing with Covid-19 and be somewhat quarantined, but here we are. Because of my age (69) and my husband’s age (66), we have been mostly only leaving home to take our daily walks. There’s so much we can’t control right now, but I have been…

Back-to-School Energy Bars

Back-to-School Energy Bars

If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I try to avoid processed sugar. I am very busy, and I like to keep my energy level consistent and high throughout the day, without resorting to caffeine. In the summer, I will sometimes have an ice cream cone, and even less often I will order a…

7 Ways You Can Make School Safer from Covid-19

7 Ways You Can Make School Safer from Covid-19

Many of us are still in the thick of debating what school model makes sense–fully remote, hybrid, pods–but if you’d decided that your child will be spending some amount of time physically in the classroom, here are seven ways to reduce the risk of catching COVID or bringing the virus back into your home. 1)…

Non-Toxic School Supplies

Non-Toxic School Supplies

A lot of effort goes into keeping kids safe in school–from sprinkler systems to spongy “concrete” under the jungle gym. If you’re a reader of this blog, you are probably worried about other dangers—and specifically toxins–that might be found in your children’s school. Not all of this can be easily controlled, but you might as…

5 Strategies for Staying Healthy During the School Year

5 Strategies for Staying Healthy During the School Year

Every year when school starts, the runny noses and illnesses begin, too. I used to be a classroom teacher, and I saw it every year. Are you already fed up with the endless runny noses, coughs, and (worst of all) stomah bugs? Do you feel like you’re just bracing yourself for the next illness to…

Plastic-Free Lunch Packing Supplies for School

Plastic-Free Lunch Packing Supplies for School

Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about back-to-school? I think some of you have may have even already started?! Talk about waaaaah! In my kids’ public school in Brooklyn, teachers collect money at the beginning of the year to pay for supplies, which makes life easier for sure. All I have to…

Healthy Yogurt Guide

Healthy Yogurt Guide

For this version of the yogurt guide, we reviewed our 26 brands to find the healthiest yogurt.

Healthiest Popsicles Guide

Healthiest Popsicles Guide

Making your own will result in the very healthiest fruit popsicles, especially since every store-bought one comes in plastic. Sometimes it makes sense to buy fruit pops to have on hand in the summer. Read on for our picks for the healthiest fruit popsicles you can find in a grocery store.

Safer Summer Camp Supplies 2023

Safer Summer Camp Supplies 2023

If you’re sending your kids to day camp this year, read on for my top pics for toxin-free, Earth-friendly camp supplies in our store.

How to Choose the Best Air Filter

How to Choose the Best Air Filter

There are few things as elementally important as clean air. Each of us takes up to 30,000 breaths a day. What our bodies want is oxygen, but what we actually inhale often contains all sorts of less-than-good stuff. This is especially true of our indoor air, where a wide variety of contaminants can accumulate. Indoor…

Safe, Non-Toxic Toy Guide

Safe, Non-Toxic Toy Guide

Happy holidays! We hope this non-toxic toy guide is helpful for those of you looking to have a toxin-free and environmentally-responsible holiday! This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure page. Toys, like evvvvverything else, can introduce toxins into your home, to say nothing of the environmental impact of producing and disposing of…

Baby Food Pouch Guide

Baby Food Pouch Guide

Baby food pouches are much easier to handle than jars of food, and both of my kids enjoyed them well into their preschool years. In addition, pouched baby food is probably more nutritious than jarred foods (more on this below).

Staying Healthy for the Holidays…And Thoughts on Omicron

Staying Healthy for the Holidays…And Thoughts on Omicron

Once again, December is chugging along with Covid cases ticking upwards across the country. A handful of my friends are currently sick with Delta, and many more are stuck in quarantine from an exposure. Omicron is all over the news and it now seems almost certain that this variant is both more contagious and better…

Is Blistex Toxic? (And What to Buy Instead)

Is Blistex Toxic? (And What to Buy Instead)

Every time the weather changes, my and my kids’ lips become miserably chapped. Related: Shop safest lip balms. Blistex lip products definitely soothe super chapped, sore lips. Perhaps this explains why Blistex sells more than $100 million worth of their “medicated” lip balm every year! But is Blistex non-toxic? While Blistex offers short-term relief from…

Ideas for a Healthy Valentine’s Day

Ideas for a Healthy Valentine’s Day

It’s February! I like this month because although it’s always hideously cold in NYC, it’s also short, and by the time March 1 hits, I feel like winter’s end is in sight (even if it always ends up being freeeezing for the entirety of March). I also love February because we get to celebrate love…

2020 Non-Toxic Gift Guide

2020 Non-Toxic Gift Guide

This year’s natural gift guide has been a true labor of love, and below you’ll discover a whopping 137 creative, toxin-free gift ideas for everyone you love. This year, we tried to find gifts that were good for the planet in addition to being good for the person receiving them. We also have highlighted products…

Natural, Non-Toxic Easter Baskets (Optional: Real Grass!)

Natural, Non-Toxic Easter Baskets (Optional: Real Grass!)

The last few years, instead of filling my kids’ Easter baskets with tacky plastic “grass” and cheap toys, I’ve taken the time to make Easter more about the Good Stuff. Here’s what’s on my shopping (and growing!) list this year, plus some ideas for younger kids. Real Easter Grass! My mom always grew really grass in…

2019 Natural Gift Guide

2019 Natural Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! We are proud of this natural gift guide, which was months in the making. We’ve beaten prior records and this year have 99 gifts to recommend at a variety of price points. A few of these gifts area available in our online store, where we will cover shipping if you…

Safe Toothpaste Guide

Safe Toothpaste Guide

Written by Maia, President Toothpaste is one of those everyday essentials, and one that goes in our mouths, so I’m never surprised when a client or reader asks for help finding the best non-toxic, natural toothpaste. Finding a truly safe toothpaste goes far beyond looking for a “fluoride-free” label. (And even the fluoride thing can…

5 Days of Healthy Packed Lunches

5 Days of Healthy Packed Lunches

I hope you all are having a wonderfully relaxing holiday break! I always enjoy the week where my kids have lots of new stuff to play with from Christmas, and stop asking for screens! If you’re like me, you’re also spending this week getting organized–from new toy storage systems to winter gear organization to getting…

Healthy Go-To Quesadilla Lunch

Healthy Go-To Quesadilla Lunch

In an effort to avoid serving my kids macaroni and cheese twice a day, I came up with what I think is a more healthful–but equally yummy and tasty–quesadilla recipe. Sometimes I make this in the morning (or the night before) to go in their school lunch, because it’s even tasty cold. When I serve these for…

5 Simple Ways to Pack Healthy, Yummy Lunches

5 Simple Ways to Pack Healthy, Yummy Lunches

It’s that time of year again! The newness of back-to- school is wearing off, and my grown children have started to complain about how hard it can be to pack healthy, tasty lunches for their own kids. I remember getting discouraged when my kids were young. At one point, all they wanted for their lunches…

Pros and Cons of Mompreneur Life

Pros and Cons of Mompreneur Life

This is the second post in our three-part series about mission-driven mompreneurs. Because I get so many questions about my business—how Gimme the Good Stuff got started and why I do what I do, I decided to spend some time writing about my experiences as a “mompreneur.” And because it would be lame for me…

5 Fresh Strategies for Screen-Free Play

5 Fresh Strategies for Screen-Free Play

Kid-friendly activities are a big topic for my husband and me because we’re lucky enough to have four young grandsons who are a regular part of our lives. We’re always looking for ways to engage them, and often this means luring them away from the glow of screens! This is particularly true as the weather…

Green Chef Meal Kit Delivery Review

Green Chef Meal Kit Delivery Review

After a laid-back summer with only a couple weeks of camp and lots of wide open days, my kids are now back in full over-scheduled mode. Swimming, piano, parkour, Taekwondo, soccer…I went a little overboard signing them up for after-school stuff this fall, and am finding it hard to squeeze in time for homework (let…