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Lounging–Highly Recommend It! May 8, 2010

Filed under: healthy home — michelleodonoghue @ 12:46 am

Although you need to use your imagination a little— that book, that lounge chair and I had half an hour of gorgeous sunshine together today .

I should have done this more often during the past 21 mos, as stealing half an hour of downtime translated to a very productive and happy afternoon for my whole team.

And as some of you may remember, the non-organic landscaper was fired last spring so when I sit out in my backyard I am truly hanging out in an oasis of health and happiness. If you or anyone you know still hasn’t gone organic on the lawn NOW is the time. The chemicals in pesticides are extremely damaging to our health and its really easy to switch over to organic care.

lounging = good health! (as long as you’ve got an organic lawn)

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Kids’ After School Sports–Go Chemical Free As Many Ways As Possible May 7, 2010

Filed under: healthy baby,healthy school — michelleodonoghue @ 4:39 am
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choose sports that are comfortable for the parents

Our 7 yr old skates at a local indoor rink where we have loved the weekly games and practices and the whole-family atmosphere.  It is sort of a joke—that the parents should be comfortable (i.e. note the beer)– but the more important thing we’ve  learned about our commitment to kids’ sports is making sure to be as chemical-free as possible…. Things like avoiding pesticides, thorough hand washing, drinking from stainless steel water bottles, healthy snacks….these ideas all play into our families commitment to our kids sports.

When our daughter joined soccer we were really concerned about the use of pesticides on the fields she was playing on. During some team meetings we discussed the ideas that could minimize pesticide ingestion.  The most effective actions were  hand washing (use water bottles right before the end- of- game snack and then thorough washing at home ) and removing cleats before getting into the car and the house. Also, if the players have open scrapes or cuts, make sure they are well covered before playing. There are teams who have successfully eliminated pesticides from their playing fields altogether,  and had Riley stayed on the team after that first season that would have been our priority to make sure that happened. Another thing to consider, turf fields may even be worse, as they are made out of old tires (Hazmat) and the dust and particles are constantly being released into the air as the kids play.

For some really thorough coverage of this topic check out the following websites:

Grassroots Environmental Education

Healthy Child Health World

It's been so much fun to have a family hangout every week!

 

Is it Me May 6, 2010

Filed under: healthy baby,healthy home,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 1:55 am

or are there pregnant ladies everywhere right now? at school, at the grocery store, at the field…..pregnant ladies abound! I love it (although thrilled its no longer me :). Must have something to do with springtime!

Whenever I see new life I think chemical avoidance…In utero  is a really vulnerable time for the growing baby, who so easily absorb all that mom’s breathe in.  The best way to eliminate chemicals  in our lives is by making sure they don’t exist in our own homes and schools. At one point I hesitated to push the organic mattress, being that it is so much more expensive than the normal (chemical-laden) ones. I don’t feel that hesitant anymore as I believe this may be one of the most important things you can do while your pregnant and for your baby afterwards. Even though moms-to-be don’t sleep very well during pregnancy, they still spend a lot of time in bed. Breathing toxic fumes from regular mattresses, 8 hrs/ night/ 365/ days a year is just not good for anyone.

In California, we have organic mattress stores to shop in directly. If that isn’t an option, please do an online search and get on the phone with a rep who can  explain the best match for you. When I purchased mattresses for our family I really liked the comfort and breathability and low maintenance of the rubber ones.  They are low maintenance and last a long time. They are so so comfortable. There are also wool / organic cotton options that are great as well.

Sweet dreams, happy breathing, healthy beginnings!

 

A Beginning, An End, and a Beginning May 4, 2010

Filed under: healthy home,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 5:25 pm

In 40 days we will move back to NY  (after 21 mos living in California). We are filled with so many emotions over this, but mostly we are happy to be moving back to our roots…..to put down roots. Mike knew this back in January when I was sure I wanted to stay for another year. I love when he knows something I don’t and I love even more that it is really easy to trust him on some of the “big” decisions in life. So, with misty eyes and a very emotional heart, I’ve decided to capture our last 40 days here so that they will be imprinted in our lives forever.

California has given us a fresh beginning in our lives and as our days here come to an end, we know and trust they will lead us to even brighter beginnings in NY! I’ve learned to take time to smell the roses……

Today, I woke up to these flowers in our back yard……

roses in my yard

and filled every room of my house with vases….(this is green, right? nothing store bought, plastic-free, the theme continues….)

California vases fill our house

I took the time to smell the roses! (and the camilla, and lillies, and mums, and hydrangea….) Such a happy end result!