Running like a dog

As many of you already know from my work with Shaklee last summer, I am a runner.  Well, most of the time I am a runner.  Lately, though, I really haven''t felt like much of one.  What used to be fun and freeing has become a real drag. This past spring, I ran the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach with the goal of making this the first in my "Four for Forty" attempt to run four … [Read more...]

Feeling Crummy?

I sure have been.  Which, in case you were wondering, is one of the reasons that this blog has been so shamefully neglected as of late.  On Christmas Eve, I felt the first throat-tickling, eye-itching, nose stuffing sensations of a cold coming upon me.  And today, almost 3 weeks later, I am still coughing and sneezing the last of this nasty bug away. This was no ordinary cold!  It was a hateful, … [Read more...]

How to Safely Dispose of Prescription Medications

Do you remember that post a few weeks ago about the alarming levels of prescription medications in our water supply? Did it leave you wondering how you should dispose of your medications so that they don't wind up polluting the planet? It did for a couple of motivated high school teachers and students. And the good news is they've decided to do something about it. Pontiac High School's Paul … [Read more...]

Green Your Dry Cleaning

Kids and dry cleaning? You’re joking, right? These two go together like oil and water (literally). But for those of you who are adventurous enough to mix kids and dry cleaning, here's what you need to know about the toxic chemicals used at traditional dry cleaners and how to find a greener alternative. Why Go Green? The standard solvent used in 85% of the dry cleaners in the U.S. is is … [Read more...]

Hold The Beef!

Skip the beef at dinner tonight and opt for a veggie meal instead. A vegetarian diet is not only healthier for you, it is also better for the environment. The production of beef makes more of an impact on the environment than any other type of food. According to a report produced by the World Wildlife Fund, more pasture is used for cattle than all other domesticated animals and crops combined. … [Read more...]

When To Buy Organic

Just a few years ago, the organic section in my small town grocery store was limited to a dated funky looking package of tofu and a few dried up herbs. Now, organic foods are all over the store, from coffee, to eggs, to salad dressing. Organic foods are produced without all of the chemicals and genetically modified ingredients that are common in traditionally produced foods, so they are bound to … [Read more...]

Ban The Junk!

I find it incredible that in this day and age when we are battling with issues like childhood obesity, ADHD, and environmental degradation, the majority of schools across the nation still support the use of vending machines loaded with sugary-sweet and nutritionally-voided foods. Sodas and vending machine fare are not only terrible for our children’s health; they also create waste and use … [Read more...]

Eco Paw Prints

Got pets? According to the Humane Society, there are currently 73 million dogs and 90 million cats in homes across the U.S. That's not to mention the birds, bunnies, ferrets, turtles, hamsters, and lizards that are also popular pets in families with children. Just like children, pets create a significant impact on the environment in the food, toys, and pet supplies used to keep them healthy and … [Read more...]

No Idling!

A recent Yale University study found that children who ride a school bus are exposed to up to 15 times more particulate pollution than average. That’s bad news for the 24 million American children who ride a school bus each day. Researchers estimate that this increased exposure is due to the idling and queuing of school buses. In other words, as school buses line up and wait in front of our … [Read more...]

Why Go Green?

As a parent, I knew that I did not want to raise my kids in a world full of toxins. And I wanted my kids to respect the planet and the other species that share it with us. But let's face it, there are days when it is all I can do to keep my girls clean, safe, and happy and I just don't feel up to the monumental task of saving the planet. But the reasons to go green are inextricably linked with my … [Read more...]