Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
I always look forward to April because I have a renewed sense of responsibility to further my efforts towards preserving our planet and its precious resources. Years ago, we made the commitment to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," but lately, I'm looking for new ways to repurpose items we can't recycle. For example, I could recycle the glass jars we have used for jam an... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
I'm often asked what I've had to give up in order to live a life with a mind towards the environment.
Does that paraben-free shampoo leave your hair dry and unmanageable?
Do your botanical cleaning products actually remove tough dirt and disinfect your home?
Don't you miss "real" food?
These are just a handful of questions I've been asked over the years. ... Read More »
Published on Saturday, April 28, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us. ~Henrik Tikkanen
Many of you know that my son was the main reason I started becoming more purposeful about the products we use in our home. We were living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and on one particular afternoon as we were preparing to go home, my husband started cleaning our flat. The c... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
A trusted friend recently introduced me to the 100 Thing Challenge, a means towards achieving a simpler life. The basic premise is to get rid of some stuff in order to free up time, space, and energy to invest in things that really matter (like relationships). I love it. And, since Spring is always an optimal time to clean and de-clutter, I am committing to the ch... Read More »
Published on Friday, April 22, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
It's Earth Day, and I spent the day taking care of the teeniest babies in Orange County. They are the children...teenagers...adults who will be living on this Earth in the coming years. What I am doing to the Earth today matters for these teeny, tiny babies.
I like Earth Day because of the awareness it brings to eco-issues like sustainability and conservation. ... Read More »
Published on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
Sustainability has traditionally been defined by "policies and strategies that meet society’s present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (EPA). I often hear the term used by companies whose practic... Read More »
Published on Thursday, March 24, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
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Last week, I read an article that made me want to weed through our fridge and cupboard to rid our home of these 7 unsafe foods. While I strive to purchase organics, I can't say that even 50% of the foods we consume are organic. I, along with many consumers, fin... Read More »
Published on Monday, November 15, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for stopping by. The winner is Rachel C. Congrats!
Over the years, I've tried a number of different eco-friendly cleaning products to find the one that gets the job done. Method is a brand I've used off and on throughout the years because it's effective, affordable, and most importantly safe! In the midst of cold and flu season... Read More »
Published on Monday, November 1, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
It seems easy enough. Reduce...Reuse...Recycle. But I always feel like I could be doing more.
Phillips recently launched A Simple Switch, a website designed to help you cut back on your personal energy consumption. After answering a series of questions (which takes about 5 minutes), A Simple Switch will assist you in finding your personal color, and offer tips ... Read More »
Published on Sunday, October 24, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
Bosch wants to know, Watts Your Green Tip? At the beginning of October, the company launched a new Facebook contest and one person with the best green tip will win a green suite of Bosch kitchen appliances valued at $6,000 which will include the following:
Integra dishwasher (SHX45P05UC)
Evolution gas range (HGS7282UC)
Over the range microwave (HMV5051U)
... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for stopping by. The winners are Martina and Lisa. Congrats!
As an eco-minded mom to a child with food allergies, I find that shopping at natural markets such as Whole Foods makes it easy for me to pick out foods and products that are healthy and fitting for our family. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you'll likely see m... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
Every year, we get our son (and this year our daughter) a Halloween costume. My husband and I enjoy celebrating holidays with our children and strive to create meaningful memories with them. But I can't help looking at holidays and the stuff we buy through my eco-glasses.
I stumbled upon National Costume Swap Day and felt compelled to share the details of the d... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for stopping by. The winner is Mandala. Congrats!
A couple of weeks ago, I received a phone call from a little production called The Today Show! They wanted to interview me for an online segment detailing my top three tips for health, fitness and being green. What ensued was a conversation that unfolded about going green this s... Read More »
Published on Friday, July 23, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
When my husband and I moved into our home, we had a lot of work to do. It was a foreclosure and had not been occupied for a long time. While it definitely could have been much worse, we did have to do a deep clean, paint it from top to bottom, and install new carpet on the second level. I really liked the laminate flooring downstairs (which was still in grea... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
As an eco-minded mom, I try to purchase organic, local, sustainable foods and products. But what doesn't immediately come to mind is to shop for organic clothing. Cotton contains 25% of the world's pesticides, many of which are "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens (Environmental Protection Agency). When I think about the fact that over ... Read More »
Published on Thursday, June 24, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
As a "green" parent, I'm always interested in learning what companies are doing to protect and preserve our planet. I recently learned that Crayola is using renewable energy, reducing waste, and protecting rainforests in an effort to work towards providing a healthier environment for children. Additionally, solar panels are being used to provide power to make 1 bi... Read More »
Published on Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for stopping by. The winner is Ellen B. Congrats!
With two children under 3 and a husband in the house, I do a lot of laundry. I probably wash at least one load a day, which means at any given time, our daughter's crib is a reservoir for clean laundry. As you can imagine, all of that laundry consumes a lot of water, soap, and... Read More »
Published on Thursday, May 6, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
Earlier I wrote about how I stared blankly at my husband when he asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day this year. I find it incredibly difficult to offer gift suggestions to my husband. What I do know is that I like flowers, chocolate and shoes. Diamond Organics can help with at least two of those!
Diamond Organics, a company that provides certified organic... Read More »
Published on Sunday, May 2, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
"I want a snnnaaaccckkk!" I can't tell you how many times my toddler says that in one day! And finding something healthy (that he'll eat) is always a challenge. I recently wrote about the types of food we eat and how we grocery shop. Because we avoid things like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and trans fats, we're limited when it comes to package... Read More »
Published on Friday, April 30, 2010 by Caryn Bailey
There are moments when I feel like reading a nutrition label is more like a science experiment. It's come down to this...if I can't understand it, I don't buy it (generally...unless I'm having a craving!). We've managed to simplify our shopping routine simply by avoiding the following: high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, MSG, dyes, and trans fats. E... Read More »