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Mother Honors Baby’s Memory at Stroller Brigade

The unmatched strength of a mother’s love propelled one Michigan woman to Washington, DC recently for the national Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.  Jennifer Canvasser traveled along with two registered nurses who had cared for her newborn twin boys and their special needs. After overcoming infertility challenges, Canvasser and her husband, Noah are […]

Continue Reading By on November 12, 2013 in babies, chidren, ecology, mother, parenting, pregnancy, safer chemicals, toxic, Uncategorized

University of Tennessee Physician Speaks to Group at Unacceptable Levels Screening

University of Tennessee physician Dr. Ragi Doggweiler is accustomed to questions about her integrative approach to healthcare.  She did not shy away from questions from the crowd who’d just screened the award-winning documentary film Unacceptable Levels in Knoxville.  The audience had learned reasons why we’re all surrounded by so many toxic chemicals, with babies born […]

Continue Reading By on October 24, 2013 in childbirth, environmental, environmental health, environmentalism, family, green parenting, health, massage, pregnancy, safer chemicals, Unacceptable Levels, Uncategorized

Blessing Way Ceremony for Expectant Mother

Humble gifts of beads and handcrafted items, sharing of food and blessings, a quiet setting…all are part of a tradition for new mothers that pre-dates typical baby showers. When friends gathered for a Blessing Way in anticipation of Robin Jones Alley’s second home birth, I was honored to be invited. The setting was the garden of […]

Continue Reading By on September 23, 2013 in baby, childbirth, children, mother, motherhood, pregnancy, pregnancy green

Michigan Family Making Organic Cotton Diapers in USA

What’s a parent to do when something’s troubling Baby’s sensitive skin?  When diaper rash bothers Baby, parents look for answers. And smart mamas like Christy Malone create their own solutions.   Malone shared, “We started cloth diapering with our second daughter and we had a hard time finding a diaper that really worked for her. […]

Continue Reading By on August 9, 2013 in baby, conscious consumerism, cotton, diapering, frugal, green, home, organic, parenting, pregnancy

Diverse Voices Speak Up for Healthy Families and a Healthy World

A concerned husband who wants his children to grow up healthy.  A wife worried about her husband’s mysterious allergies.  A former BBC filmmaker finding a painfully personal connection between toxins and the loss of her unborn baby.  A movie star compelled to share her passion for healthy living.  A young woman whose struggle with infertility […]

Continue Reading By on August 6, 2013 in baby, environment, health, Healthy Families, Mariel Hemingway, motherhood, parenting, pregnancy, safer chemicals, Toxic Baby, Unacceptable Levels

Viewing Mountaintop Removal Mining Devastation in Appalachia

View of Mountaintop Removal Mining Site from Black Mountain Looking straight down into it, the scene reminded me of a childhood picture of hell based on something I’d heard in Sunday school class.  Something about a pit and desolation and being devoid of life. “As Christians, this is the opposite of stewardship. This is foolishness […]

Continue Reading By on April 30, 2013 in Appalachia, babies, children, environment, family, green, health, MTR, parenting, pregnancy, sustainable

Young Lives Lost, At Risk in Mountaintop Removal Mining Communities

Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Virginia When a boulder crushed 3-year-old Jeremy Davidson to death while he slept in his Appalachia, Virginia home, the community responded with outrage. Activists marched in the streets, loved ones demanded more responsible rules for modern mining, and everyone had the sense that things might get safer around this proud community […]

Continue Reading By on April 29, 2013 in Appalachia, babies, children, environment, family, green, health, MTR, parenting, pregnancy, sustainable

Nonprofits Offer Parenting Resources

Tennessee parents have a wealth of resources and information available via thoughtful nonprofit groups.  I recently had the chance to meet some of the staff and volunteers who were sharing these resources at Knoxville’s Natural Parenting Expo, and wanted to tell you about them.  They were my table neighbors when I hosted a table for […]

Continue Reading By on April 25, 2013 in babies, birth, community, education, parenting, pregnancy

Knoxville Parents Make Great Cloth Diaper Change

Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013Knoxville, TN Adorable, colorful, comfy!  If babies could talk…perhaps that’s how they’d describe today’s cloth diapers.  They’re a far cry from the simple swaths of cotton fabric held together with precarious safety pins and covered by heavy, plastic pants decades ago. Even a few years ago when some of us were […]

Continue Reading By on April 24, 2013 in babies, children, conscious consumerism, education, environment, frugal, green, health, parenting, pregnancy

Great Cloth Diaper Change and More for Parents at Expo Saturday

Isn’t it amazing how things change in just a few short years?  I was telling another mom how I had to order cloth diapers for my first baby, how you couldn’t just walk into a local store and find them. Now, cloth diapers are quite the thing for savvy parents, saving money, natural resources and […]

Continue Reading By on April 19, 2013 in baby, community, education, family, parenting, pregnancy, safer chemicals