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Join Me for the Mama Summit in Nashville

If I traveled to a busy metropolitan area like New York, I would expect to breathe in more ozone pollution and be cautious about keeping an inhaler around for my youngest child.  But I’m surprised to see that even the beautiful Knoxville area gets a failing grade for high ozone days from the American Lung […]

Continue Reading By on February 27, 2015 in clean air, climate change, environmentalism, health, mountains, Nashville, natural resources, nature, parenting 6

Green Goes Mainstream: Rodale Institute says Organic Agriculture Could Reverse Climate Change

World leaders, Fortune 500 executives and climate scientists are all discussing solutions to impending climate change chaos. They’re crunching numbers and exploring how new technology could help.  In our ongoing Green Goes Mainstream series, we hear from agriculture experts who’ve discovered that the solution to climate change could be right under our feet. Leading research […]

Continue Reading By on July 31, 2014 in agriculture, farm, farming, organic, pollinators, sustainable

Family Outing to Biltmore Estate with Kids

*Thanks Biltmore Estate for hosting us! It’s easy to picture weddings, anniversaries and other elegant couples getaways at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Adults regularly enjoy the home that George Vanderbilt first opened in 1895. What about the kids?  Biltmore recently gifted me a chance to visit and experience a visit through my children’s eyes. […]

Continue Reading By on October 25, 2013 in children, family, outing, Uncategorized, vacation

Visiting Eureka Springs with Kids

This is a sponsored post in cooperation with the Eureka Springs City Advertising & Promotion Commission & their affiliates in order to bring you more quality content! Picturesque rolling hills with romantic streets color the enclave of Northwest Arkansas called Eureka Springs.  Maybe you’ve visited, as I did years ago with my husband, when we […]

Continue Reading By on March 27, 2015 in Arkansas, family, travel, water 0

Book Review: Pre-Teens Grow Taller Through The Order of the Trees

Thanks so much for using my affiliate link below if you decide to buy this book.  It allows you to support this blog, at no additional cost to you. Pre-teen angst, a damsel in distress, an almost Disneyesque potential conclusion — all these elements are woven together by Vermont teacher Katy Farber in her new […]

Continue Reading By on March 23, 2015 in children’s books, education, green, natural resources, nature 0

Mothers Encourage Families Fighting Heart Defects

Imagine being told your tiny baby will need open heart surgery, and wondering what that means for your child’s future.  Kelli Poole’s daughter required three surgeries by the time she was just two years old.  This is typical for families of children with congenital heart defects. Tara Hall’s daughter has also need special medical attention […]

Continue Reading By on March 16, 2015 in health, Healthy Families, parenting 0

Forest Lichen & Other Sights in Snow

There’s just something magical about snow for creating a stark background for discovering forest growth!  This little bit of forest is always a bit damp. The trees tend to host partnerships of algae and fungi called lichen, while ferns anxiously pose, ready for spring. Here’s a look inside my quiet forest as the snow starts […]

Continue Reading By on March 14, 2015 in Appalachia, forest, green 0
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Who’s Playing Politics With Your Baby’s Health?

Maybe you’re expecting a baby or shopping for the children you already have.  You need to buy a crib mattress, food storage containers and toys.  You want to keep your baby’s play spaces comfy and clean.  You ought to be able to assume all of these products meet some measure of long-term safety for your […]

Continue Reading By on March 12, 2015 in conscious consumerism, motherhood, parenting, safer chemicals, safety, shopping 0

March Forth for Safer Products with Beautycounter!

Shop my online Beautycounter store here. 1938 was an important time in US history as the United States was climbing out of the Great Depression.  It’s a nostalgic time for my family to look back upon because my grandparents were then raising their young children.  Can you believe 1938 was also the last time the […]

Continue Reading By on March 3, 2015 in education, endocrine disruptors, safer chemicals, safety, women 1

5 Truth-Is-Stranger-Than-Fiction Films not at the Oscars

Red carpet glamour, superstar ballads and acceptance speeches get us all choked up each year when we watch the Oscars. Amidst all the larger-than-life gestures, we hopefully gain some bit of knowledge and understanding about global concerns. Movies are meant to make us think, of course. We also heard several acceptance speech messages reminding us […]

Continue Reading By on February 23, 2015 in climate change, environmental health, food, health 1