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Everything you needed to know about magnesium

Everything you needed to know about magnesium

Don’t be bored already. I know, I’m going to talk about magnesium, but I’ll make it fun. We’ll make it fun. Because magnesium can be fun. (No, it can’t.) But magnesium is important. So let’s do this. Magnesium has been called the most important nutrient for human health and most of us are magnesium deficient. Why? Because in order for a food to have magnesium in it, it needs to be grown in magnesium-rich soil. Commercial farming and pesticides have ruined…

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5 vegan foods that aren’t disgusting

5 vegan foods that aren’t disgusting

“Hey, I just made cookies?  Want one?” “Sure!” “They’re vegan.” “Oh.  No, thanks.  I’ll just chew on this old shoe instead.” This is what vegan has always meant to me.  Hard flavorless objects that crumble and grind in your mouth in unpleasant ways.  But recently, I’ve noticed that vegan snacks have come along way.  I’m not talking about the perfect vegan snack of an apple or a carrot — I mean, a vegan processed snack.  A snack where humans are…

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What I carry in my summer tote arsenal

What I carry in my summer tote arsenal

Summer vacation is right around the corner.  Emerson and August are already out of school and Buck has 13 days left.  Which means I’m about to officially take on the full time job of “Mommy Activities Director” for the next three months.  I will be questioned about the location of swim goggles.  I will make ice cream that will taste not nearly as good as the kind you buy in the store.  And I will make a daily ritual of…

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5 easy ways to help the environment on Earth Day

5 easy ways to help the environment on Earth Day

I’ve always felt a lot of pressure on Earth Day.  You know, like I should be doing something really major to help the environment to make up for my lack of doing anything major the rest of the year.  I’ll think, I should’ve organized a climate change march or helped replant the rain forest or traded in my car for a walking stick and a pair of comfortable shoes.  I imagine Mother Nature shaking her head, knowing how many ziplock…

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The healthiest nut butters for kids

The healthiest nut butters for kids

I hated to write “nut butter” in the title of this post because that phrase sounds sooooooo unappetizing to me.  Like if somebody said, “Hey, you want a nut butter sandwich?”  I’d have to say, gross, no….  But that’s what they are — the stuff you get when you smoosh nuts into a paste.  Maybe they should be called nut paste?  Smooshy nuts?  Pete’s Schwetty balls?  No wait, that’s something else. My kids eat a lot of peanut butter and…

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The best afternoon energy boost

The best afternoon energy boost

As a mom, I have a preoccupation with things that give me energy in the afternoon.  I wake up at five every morning, so by three in the afternoon, I am sooooo done.  And yet, I have so much more of the day to go.  The hardest part of the day, as far as I’m concerned — making dinner, helping with homework, playing legos (a sure-fire way to get me to pass out) and the worst, bath time.  If one…

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What you should know about BPA-Free products

What you should know about BPA-Free products

Recently when I went shopping for back to school lunch box items I noticed that everywhere I looked — from online, to Target to Toys r Us to Rite Aid — all products were splattered with happy “BPA-free!” labels.  This is meant to tell consumers that products are safe because they don’t contain the harmful chemical known as bisphenol A. But just because a product is BPA free doesn’t mean it’s safe. Here’s where I get technical.  BPA is necessary…

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How I got my kids to eat spirulina…

How I got my kids to eat spirulina…

Okay, I know what you’re thinking.  I can hardly get my kids to eat a carrot and here she is bragging that her kids eat spirulina.  Show-off. Well, it’s not like that at all.  I, too,  can hardly get my kids to eat vegetables, but I can get them to eat spirulina… thanks to this recipe. And it all started with Woody Harrelson. Last year, I was reading an article about Woody Harrelson and he was talking about being a…

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Let’s all try to be Healthy – Part One

Let’s all try to be Healthy – Part One

Eco Mama – Day 28 As an Eco Mama this month, I’m really doing my best to be healthy and it’s something that I think I will continue to do after this month is over.  Why?  Because as a mom I get pretty freaked out about getting sick for a day, much less getting an actual disease like cancer.   How would I take care of my kids?  How awful that must be. I find the “Big C” so scary…

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