The Savvy Path

    Open Call for Seven Friendly Volunteers

    Join the Welcome Wagon!

    Next week, Savvy will launch a novel hybrid strategy to connect women, creating the foundation of our association. By harnessing two powerful social tools we will offer an online engagement platform (our revolutionary Savvy Cafe) along with optional traditional communities (our Savvy Chapters.) 

    The success of the Savvy Cafe depends on the momentum generated over the first year.

    Would you like an easy way to be involved and learn at the same time?  

    While the experience is visually powerful, we are building a volunteer team - an online welcome wagon - to stimulate positive discussions and encourage others who are joining the movement of 'nontoxic living.'  

    Online Welcome Wagon Team 

    As part of the 'welcome wagon team' you will leave encouraging comments and add to conversations in your own genuine voice

    • Number of Positions: 7
    • Location: Remote 
    • Time: 1-2 hours a month 
    • Skills: Friendly. Do not have to be an expert in nontoxic living, but interested in learning while being social, and encouraging others with a welcoming heart.  
    • Interested? Email:

    The Savvy Women’s Alliance ensures that every woman who is interested in learning about, participating in, and making meaningful healthy changes in her community will have access to the educational tools she needs; most importantly, we see to it that she has the wholehearted encouragement to do so.

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    Shopping Organic On A Budget At Whole Foods

    Pinky Swear 

    I’ve been on the receiving end of many an eye roll when people find out that I shop at Whole Foods. You probably rolled your eyes when you saw the title of this blog post.  I get it. Whole Foods has a reputation for being pricey. I used to roll my eyes at the mention of it, too. But now I know that Whole Foods is an essential stop when trying to eat organic on budget. Really. I pinkie swear.

    Here are my tips for not spending your whole paycheck at Whole Foods Market: 

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    Stacy Malkan: Fearless & Determined

    The Red Flag That Shifted Our Future

    Stacy Malkan was looking for a story. She was the co-publisher of a monthly newspaper in Colorado, and was looking for something to feature on her next cover. She thought the controversy over the county’s plan to spray pesticides along a popular bike path might fit the bill and decided to attend an informational meeting intended to put the publics’ fears over the spraying to rest.  Stacy and the residents at the meeting were treated to a video portraying pesticides as a safe solution to the terrible scourge of weeds. When the film was over and the credits rolled it was evident that the video was produced by chemical companies, including Dow and DuPont.

    “That’s when the yelling started,” says Malkan.

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    How To: Shop Organic On a Budget  At Target

    Target: a bullseye for the health-conscious shopper

    When you think of shopping for healthy food products, what store first comes to mind? Whole Foods, maybe, Trader Joe’s perhaps… Did Target fall anywhere on your mental list? Well, it should.

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    Shopping Farm Stands and Farmer’s Markets 101

    The more you learn about what’s in your food and how it’s grown, the easier it is to question the food you buy at the market each week. Where did it come from? How was it grown? Is it safe for me to eat? Can I afford it? Is the the only option I have to buy food for myself and my family? 

    Luckily, there are other places you can get your food and get the answers to your food questions. Farm stands and farmers markets are great, local alternatives to buying your produce and meeting the people who grew it. Farm stands and farmers markets are different than buying from your local grocery store, so let’s talk about what each are and how you can prepare and shop for your produce there.

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    Making Veggies Fun: Toddlers To Teens

    Infuse Your Inner Ila

    Carving cucumbers into caterpillars and making sockets for raisin eyes just wasn't cutting it.  I wished to plant genuine-veggie-appreciation in my children but it seemed to be an ongoing battle. It had to, so I turned to "Ila." 

    “Ila” as the grandkids call her, is my dad’s wife and she has a way of turning every task into a delight. As a stay-at-home mother of three in the 70s, Pam was a self-professed slob and wrote Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise," leading her to appearances on the Today Show, Live with Regis, and Oprah.  Housework became manageable as she infused her mantra, “Make it fun and it will get done.”

    It was time to infuse my inner-Ila to tackle the reputation of veggies. This process had to be fun or it wasn’t going to happen at all. Over time, we found our own path. Here are our favorite four tips-turned-into-good-times from the parenting toolbox. 

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    Reluctant To Grow Food?  Start Here

    Do You Like Your Organic Veggies Cheap? 

    I know a lot of people who’d love to grow their own food, but strongly adhere to the following misperceptions:

    • Growing food is hard
    • I don’t have time
    • I have a black thumb
    • I don’t know what to grow
    • I don’t have space

    Let me just say, that I’m a firm believer that anyone can grow food. Yes, I mean you with the black thumb. You with no time. You who hates to get dirt under your nails. And I’m also a firm believer that once you have luck growing the easy vegetables, you’ll want to live in overalls and quit your day job to farm 24-7. Well, maybe that’s hyperbole, but I’m still betting you’ll love it. 

    For reluctant gardeners (or kid-focused fun), I recommend growing the following three vegetables first.

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    Food Can Be Your First Love

    Health Was Becoming So Much Bigger Than The Food I Loved  

    As a food blogger, I knew the dangers of white sugar, refined foods, preservatives and super long words to avoid in foods. I knew how animals were treated in factory farms and how pesticides had caused health problems with field workers. I was eating and cooking healthy, shopping at my farmer’s market and buying organic or no-spray produce, eating less processed foods, working out. I thought I knew it all when it came to healthy living. 

    The more I explored the healthy eating community, I found more voices. And they had a lot to say, and they had facts to back it up. The voices started to get louder, and I couldn’t ignore them anymore. Health was becoming so much more than the food I ate.

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    Tea & Crumpets

    Tea Party? 

    Downton Abbey may be TV history now, but my obsession with all things Brit still lives on. While there are many reasons to be a fan of the BBC, I am not ashamed to admit that one of the reasons I listen is for the accents. (Well, okay, maybe a little ashamed.) Sometimes I add a “u” to favorite and color, just for fun. My fantasy bucket list includes a pub sing-along with Jude Law and a mug of Newscastle Beer sloshing to and fro.

    So with anglophilia like mine, it makes sense that my party plans for this year include tea and crumpets and dainty china cups. I am a huge fan of tea, but even so I don’t think my consumption comes close to what they down across the pond. While we in America are big on coffee, Brits drink over 60 billion cups of tea every year.  Tea is, in fact, the most consumed beverage worldwide, after water.

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    A Before & After With Ursa

    The Before...

    Way back, ten years ago, I did what everyone else does –

      • visit the pediatrician when my kiddos were sick and on schedule,
      • take myself to the doctor when I was (REALLY) sick,
      • filled my prescriptions,
      • used the food pyramid as a guide – lots of grains and dairy,
      • colored my hair,
      • used off-the-shelf vitamins and supplements,
      • stocked microwave popcorn in the pantry and Yoplait Go-Gurt™ in the fridge, along with conventional meats,
      • bought all our personal care products at the local big box store
    … you know, the ‘normal’ life.

    The After....

    How does my life look different now?

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    When Kids Make Water Bottle Refill Stations #Do-Able

    Selfish or Selfless? 

    A quick search on Amazon displays dozens of books touting how to market to,  manage or inspire Millennials, describing them as selfish, self-centered and self absorbed.  We believe this generation is actually profoundly Savvy, open to embracing ways to protect the health of this planet and all that call it home. Did you know while we explore tips and tools to create healthier homes, teens across the country discuss GMOs or watch “Food Inc” in philosophy classes, often continuing the discussions outside of school with their parents?  And colleges offer environmental health, science and technology majors across the nation?  When given a support system, Millennials’ fresh outlook and ‘can do attitude’ can lead to a range of creative solutions,  as seen in Maxwell Sheldon's story.

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    Clean Water Action's (Surprisingly) Wide Reach

    Lead in water. Air pollution. Toxic chemicals in the products we use every day. Climate change. Drought. Congress.Sometimes being an environmentalist is enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and binge on Friends.

    But then you take a breath, look around, and realize you're not alone. You're surrounded by people who are fighting for commonsense solutions to protect our families, our water, and our communities. You know they've got your back and you've got theirs. And you know you're going to win (even if it takes a while).  Because we are strengthened by walking in partnership with amazing community leaders and coalition partners in these battles.

    That's life at Clean Water Action. And it has been that way for more than 40 years.

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    Rain Barrels of Fun


    Since water is one of our most precious resources—and certainly our most needed—it is imperative to not only be smart about our water consumption, but also reuse and repurpose our water where we can.  

    Investing in a rain barrel is a great way to repurpose rainwater in and around your home. You can use rainwater to:

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    We Have  A Sweet Deal For You!

    Would You Like to Make a Difference Outside Your Home?  

    We have just the fundraiser for you!  We would like to offer you a 35% discount on a  Sweet 6-Pack of autographed Little Changes as a way to raise funds for Savvy's upcoming fall launches.  

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    When The Urge to Share Keeps Surfacing

    My name’s Katie Dalton. A Massachusetts-native now living in Scottsdale, AZ, I’m a former integrative health coach turned environmental-health blogger at  I created ALO as an educational platform committed to arming you with compelling, scientifically-driven information about the toxins in your everyday environments and empowering you to eliminate or reduce your exposure with practical, accessible solutions. Today, I feel so incredibly lucky and energized to join the brilliant minds behind Savvy Women’s Alliance and be able to contribute to the vision of making non-toxic living mainstream.

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    Eve_profile.jpgI love seeing how we women band together to change the world. Savvy reflects so much of my own personal beliefs and the conclusions I’ve drawn after years of study. I love that we can share and learn together. It’s not a “my way or the highway” kind of place. Join in.Find your home.You’re always welcome here! 

     ~ Eve Bynum  Founding Savvy Writer 

    Andrea_Fabry_1-185589-edited.jpgMy goal is to encourage every woman to listen to her instincts as she seeks to sort through the complexities surrounding today’s toxic world. I look forward to sharing the Savvy Women’s journey with all of you.

    ~ Andrea Fabry, Author of It Takes Time Blog & Founding Savvy Writer 



    It wasn’t until I sat in on a Savvy Board meeting that I truly understood the complex workings of this amazing organization and the scope of their efforts. I was immediately proud to be part of something so much larger than myself, and a company that I believed would truly change the world. I knew from that day forward that I would take any opportunity to be a part of Savvy again as it was established and grew.

    ~ Julia Condon Founding Savvy Writer 

    I wish I had had a network like this when I started my health and fitness journey. I want to help other women just starting out to cut through the endless pages of Google results, confusing articles, and conflicting information that have lead many to give up or never start. I want to empower women to take their health into their own hands and become aware of what they’re eating and how what they’re eating can change their mood, energy levels, and bodies. As I continue my own journey, I want to share what I’m learning with health, nutrition and other allies that are dedicated to making the world and our bodies a cleaner and healthier place.

    ~ Aimée Suen Founding Savvy Writer