We Need Your Help!

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Readers, I need your help!

A few years ago, I posted a very informational piece on the off-gassing present in one’s car, particularly during the summer when the sun and accompanying heat can cause indoor plastic components to off-gas, many of which contain a toxin we all know as formaldehyde. As part of my research, I included a study from 2012 on the least-toxic cars on the market.

The good news is that many manufacturers had noted they were phasing out some ...

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Is Your Car Making You Sick?

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I recently learned that the temperature inside a car on a hot July day can be 40 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. So, if it’s 90 degrees outside when I jump in the car, inside it’s a raging 130 degrees! Of course it’s hot and most everyone’s first move is to turn on the A/C to cool down. Not so fast, everyone! We’ve all heard how it’s not healthy to leave a water bottle out in the sun. The ...

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Summertime!

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Summer to me is about lots of things that start with the letter “S”! In today’s post it was easy to select categories that have “significance” and that offer “savory accents” to our summer experiences.  Food is so much a part of what we all enjoy – food is “social” as it brings us together; the “seasonal” bounty offers us a huge range of produce we don’t see any other time of the year. Summer also means we get to ...

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The Art of Doing Nothing

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Could this period of “social distancing” actually be considered both physical AND mental health gifts during these challenging days and those ahead? While many of us are working from home in our attempts to ease the spread and the risks of contracting this nasty virus, I am going to be bold and present a few of the gifts in this period.

Consider reduced stress of transportation to and from a demanding work environment. Consider being able to squeeze in a 20-minute ...

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CHOCOLATE! Share the “Yum” this Valentine’s Day!

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With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I was thinking about how we might “share the yum (and love)” to include everyone, not just children and those in romantic relationships. Don’t most of us love chocolate in some form? I indulge only for the health benefits. (yeah, right!)

So for today, here are some health benefits, some ideas for more inclusive Valentine’s Day celebrations, some chocolate fun facts and a few of my favorite local chocolate companies!

Proven reasons Chocolate, especially ...

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Five “Touchdown Healthy” Super Bowl Snacks!

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According to Healthline News, roughly 11.2 million pounds of potato chips and 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips will be consumed, packed with fat, carbohydrates and sodium on Super Bowl Sunday. The Calorie Control Council, a trade group representing the low-fat and sugar-free food and beverage industries projects that the average Super Bowl watcher will scarf down 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat in snacks alone. And then there’s the alcohol and soda. Think about it: A four hour ...

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How did I get PERC on my party dress?

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“Tis the season…” of holiday parties and getting dressed in our finest clothes, often clothes that can’t or shouldn’t be just tossed in the washer and dryer. Is traditional dry cleaning safe? I don’t think so. Heard of PERC? Read on….

What is PERC?

It’s an acronym for tetrachloroethylene, also known as perchloroethylene. (If you can pronounce these you’re a rock star!) PERC is the primary solvent used in 85 percent of the approximately 35,000 dry cleaners in the U.S. (Green American)

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How Healthy Is Your Self-Cleaning Oven?

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Okay, so as the days turn darker earlier and we get ready to hunker in for the holidays and winter to come, I don’t know about you but I’m getting in baking mode. Let the baking begin! My friend Karen’s pumpkin bread is first on the list! However, as I open my oven after many months of non-use, I am reminded that it’s time for a good cleaning. Many of us have self-cleaning ovens, but wait, what’s that nasty smell ...

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Art Meets Non-Toxic!

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Don’t you love art shows? Like many of you I love supporting local artists and have picked up their work a special gifts for friends and a few for us. Of course, I’m always on the lookout for products using non-toxic materials. This past July I was beyond delighted to stumble on a beautiful collection of handmade felted, super soft merino wool bags that are totally toxin-free and with a minimal impact on the environment. And they’re made here in ...

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My Hair Trip!

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Okay, so who wants organic hair “color worthy of whippin’ your hair back and forth”? I love this description on Paul and Nicole’s website!  For months I’ve promised you all that I’d speak to healthier hair coloring! In the past three months I’ve had two “Aha Moments!”

First, I found a salon here in Denver that offers an amazing line of healthier hair coloring products!  And they’re available at other salons throughout the U.S. What I really liked was that this ...

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