Eco-mama

The dark side of sunscreen…

The dark side of sunscreen…

Eco Mama – Day 22 I figured it was about time to tackle that big, bad bear called sunscreen.  As Americans, we love our sunscreen just about as much as we love our hamburgers, apple pie and GMO corn.  Sunscreen is now applied almost literally at birth (“The baby’s head is crowning!  Quick! Squirt some Coppertone 50 on it!”) and then worn continuously through out childhood.  The sun, once worshiped by our ancestors, is now just that big, glowing nuisance…

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An Eco Mama hits the big city…

An Eco Mama hits the big city…

Eco Mama – Day 21 On Saturday night, my friend Ann and I hit San Francisco to see my friend Frank (TV’s Frank!) perform in a show called Cinematic Titanic.  It’s a hilarious show and if it ever comes to your town, run, don’t walk, to see it.  Usually my Saturday nights involve my husband and I falling asleep in front of a movie we’ve rented, so for me, this was a special occasion — an occasion that warranted a significant…

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And the winner to the Halloween Fashion Challenge is…

And the winner to the Halloween Fashion Challenge is…

Eco Mama – Day 20 Lisa!  Congratulations!  You are the winner of this awesome shirt! Of course, there was no right or wrong answer to my question of, “What was your favorite Halloween costume?”  But I LOVED reading about all your creative and often hilarious homemade Halloween costumes.  How often people recalled how their mom broke out the sewing machine to help them make make something fabulous — that really inspired me and next year it is my pledge to…

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It’s time for a Halloween fashion challenge!

It’s time for a Halloween fashion challenge!

Eco Mama – Day 19 Thanks for all your comments about the sad evolution of slutty Halloween costumes.  I think I’m definitely going to modify mine into something that won’t make me horribly embarrassed for years to come. And I know I should’ve probably just made my own pirate costume with my daughter – that would have been a fun, bonding experience for both of us and would definitely ensure costume appropriate-ness.  But our youngest son, August, just turned four…

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A Halloween costume rant…

A Halloween costume rant…

Eco Mama – Day 18 It’s always baffled me why perfectly normal, intelligent women decide to dress completely slutty on Halloween.  I mean, seriously, what’s the deal?  Am I the only one without a tube top and a sexy “Where’s Waldo?” costume in my closet? Don’t get me wrong — I love Halloween.  I still have a unbridled, childlike feeling about the holiday — which means I’d rather dress like a bunny hopping around in a garden rather than a…

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The best and worst eco-friendly outfits…

The best and worst eco-friendly outfits…

Eco Mama – Day 17 The Best eco-friendly outfit award goes to me for the following look — Outfit highlights include a locally purchased, fair-trade skirt by Purple Moon, handmade sandals given to me by my friend Apryl from her trip to Greece, locally made jewelry, organic, fair trade belt and a “repurposed” Michael Stars shirt from my Euro Chic month. Now the Worst eco-friendly outfit award goes to my son, Buck, for his choice in Halloween costumes — Outfit…

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Me and my big, organic underwear…

Me and my big, organic underwear…

Eco Mama – Day 16 Okay, so the question of the day is, “Are organic bras and underwear better for you than conventional bras and underwear?”  And the answer is — it depends on who you ask.  I have looked all over the internet and found absolutely no official study that says if you buy your underwear from Target, The Gap or some other big superstore that chances are your naughty bits will eventually rot and fall off.  However, if…

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Natural deodorants that really work…

Natural deodorants that really work…

Eco Mama – Day 15 I just had to write a second post about smelly armpits because you all gave me so many great natural deodorant suggestions that I felt an “official list” had to be compiled.  I checked out all of these deodorants online and they all looked really great — no chemicals, only promises of armpits that smell so wonderful you could eat off of them. Just remember that natural deodorants don’t stop you from sweating, that’s a…

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Does it smell in here or is it just me?

Does it smell in here or is it just me?

Eco Mama – Day 14 In my quest to go all organic this month, I have made the bold decision to get rid of my beloved Secret Anti-perspirant… which means for the past fourteen days I have been one sweaty, smelly mess. Actually, I’m not sure if I smell to other people because no one has come right out and said, Oh my God, you smell so badly right now I just threw up a little in my mouth.”  I…

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And the winner of the PMS t-shirt is…

And the winner of the PMS t-shirt is…

Eco Mama – Day 13 … Marsha C!  Congrats!  You have won one awesome, angry shirt! Please send me a picture of you wearing this shirt during a bar fight or maybe a neighborhood leg wrestling tournament.  Or, since Halloween is coming, you could piece together a whole angry costume and go as “Scary PMS lady.”  Outfit accessories include a bar of chocolate, some pimples and looking really bloated.  If you want some pimples and don’t have any, you could…

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