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    Gina Badalaty

    Gina Badalaty
    Gina Badalaty is the owner of Embracing Imperfect, a lifestyle blog for moms raising kids with special needs. She encourages parents to help their children thrive by sharing her experience with food intervention and healing therapies and is currently training to be a heath coach. She is a brand ambassador, professional blogger for numerous publications, and has formerly worked with the NonGMO Project, Mamavation.com and TheSoftLanding.com. She is an advocate the healing power of real food and the benefits of nontoxic living, and has worked on the campaign to label GMOs. This former web designer lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and her two amazing daughters.

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    Kristen Arnett, International Makeup Artist

    Health and beauty expert Kristen Arnett is an international makeup artist who has helped thousands of women around the world detox their makeup bags with amazing results. She’s been called a “Green Leader,” a “Top Eco Influencer” and a “Natural Beauty Guru” by some of the top magazines and leaders in the industry.  Not only are we giddy to share her video, but encourage you to download her Toss the Toxins kit. 

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    America's A-ha Moment: Not Just A Pretty Face | 10 Year Anniversary


    Baby shampoos linked to cancer? Hormone disruptors in our skincare? Lead in our lipstick?

    These questions and many more were brought into the public spotlight over the last ten years, turning educated consumers into protectors and activists.  An avalanche of progress rumbled - including a reduction of parabens and triclosan in mainstream products. While we aren't at the finish line yet, it is hard to push a cart through any big box store without seeing some of the impacts on product labels.  One of the avalanche triggers?  Stacy Malkan's  “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of Beauty.” 

    Not Just a Pretty Face is the true story of how Stacy Malkan, who along with several other at the Breast Cancer Fund (Breast Cancer Prevention Partners), Women's Voices for the Earth, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth and others formed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics creating the foundation for a national movement. The goal? To shift the $50 billion beauty industry away from harmful chemicals and toward safer products.  

    In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Not Just A Pretty Face we are proud to place this classic investigative deep dive on our Savvy Bookshelf.  How long has it been since you flipped through it? 

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    9 Short-Cuts For Cleaning With Vinegar

    Lovin' Short Cuts

    I’ll admit it – managing my daughter’s autism is more important than cleaning, and housework is a task that often can fall by the wayside. It’s important to our family, though, that our house is clean and toxin-free, so I need to keep up on it as best I can.

    But even that little bit of cleaning can be tiring – and finding safer products can be even more tiring.  So I’m on a mission to help moms like me, who are raising kids with disabilities, allergies and sensitivities, detox their family into a better life – AND find time to take care of mom. That means making short cuts that are simple and affordable. 

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    8 Ways to Clean With Baking Soda

    My two daughters are extremely sensitive. Certain chemicals can trigger negative behaviors or physical reactions so we need to take great care with the products we use around the house. I discovered that the more we removed harmful or questionable ingredients from our lives, the better my children did in school and in life. This has made me a mom on a mission to help others live a nontoxic life.

    Thanks to this discovery, over the years I refined our diets quite a bit but it took me longer to realize that there are toxins all around our home – including our household cleaners. Even more costly, “nontoxic” brands may contain ingredients that could be harmful for my children. The good news, though, is that there was a simple solution right in my cabinet.

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