Karin Brooks is not only mom to two daughters, but she’s also a Brownie Troop Leader, a teacher and head of her church’s religious school. It’s in her nature to be creative, organized and prepared. So when her daughter, Amelia, requested a pampered spa party and sleepover to celebrate her 8th birthday, Karin remembered she had saved the July/August 2015 issue of American Girl magazine (just in case…prepared for anything, remember?) That issue profiled a DIY spa party and offered suggestions from facials and sugar scrubs to finger soaks and snack ideas.Read More »
Yes, I said, “pee.” And not just because I’m trying, and failing, to potty-train my three-year-old at the moment.
I’ve always had a fascination with health and science. I’ve lived with ulcerative colitis for nearly 30 years, grew up the daughter and stepdaughter of parents in the pharmaceutical industry, and currently work not only as an independent consultant for a better-for-us business but also as a writer and media relations consultant for health IT and consumer health companies.
That’s why I knew I needed to participate in Silent Spring Institute’s crowdsourced biomonitoring study on exposure to toxins. Pass a cup please...Read More »
We Trust Nurses
What happens when we seek help for our children, our loved ones or even our own health in this new world of 'nontoxic living'? Nurses are often the first line of defense for patients and, as such, become our most trusted sources for health information. Many nurses are having to respond to questions about the environment and its relationship to health and their response? It can be very powerful.Read More »
Founder's Note: Not many of us were born with a 'sustainable bamboo spoon' in our mouth or raised crunchy green. Many 'arrived' to Savvy after an a-ha moment that shook our beliefs about health. Meet Amanda. Amanda exudes joy but behind her constant twinkle is the story of a fighter. I am proud to share Amanda's story knowing many will identify with the hurdles she faces.
It Makes Me Physically Ill...
Stress doesn't just make me irritable or snappish with my husband and young children, ages 7, 6 and 1 – it makes me physically ill. I have ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disorder that causes severe pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and fatigue. The more stressed I get about stuff like mounting deadlines for the public relations business I own or the writing contracts I’ve signed, or just navigating the complicated waters of parenthood while working from home, the more likely I am to have a flare-up.Read More »