The Savvy Path

    Spa Party for Girls

    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.

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    A Lunchbox Makeover In Three Steps

    By the time your child finishes high school, he or she will have eaten around 2,340 school lunches. That's a lot of baggies and other pieces of plastic thrown in the trash. A more earth friendly lunch is definitely possible, and in the long run it can save you money, too.

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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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    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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    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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    My Famously Fantastic Simple Weed Killer

    It is a Jungle Out There

    A few summers ago, when lawn services pushed warning flags of caution into suburban lawns (alerting children and animals alike to STAY OFF!) I headed out to pluck and cuss. My fingers and thumb engaged in a weed tug-of-war; with me being determined to prove which of us species was the stronger. Knowing that if I plucked only its little weed-neck, spidery roots would return with a vengeance in a matter of weeks.

    One season, I convinced myself the tiny green plants looked “quaint” growing between the bricks. I told myself I was going for the “cottage-y” look. When I returned from a vacation, my quaint brick décor was 23 inches high. Our home moved right past “cottage-y” and straight into “abandoned lot,” which I’m not sure the neighbors appreciated.

    There must be a better, and better-for-you, option than the herbicides we had sprayed over previous years. Staring at my 100-foot long brick walkway, I tapped my flip-flopped toes. How to make this…fun?

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    BPA: The Basics

    The journey toward nontoxic living is akin to standing in the hub of a 10 speed bicycle wheel.  Each degree we turn we see yet another path, another topic, and another area to learn about, sometimes leaving our minds spinning just as fast as that wheel.  No more. We are taking this on together, at a nice pace. 

    The purpose of the Savvy Path is to take a step down one path, one topic a month. We’ll learn what we can, figure out what we need to know, and who we need to support our growth.   (It’s our own getting Savvy version of 99 Bottles of Toxins on the list…“Take one down, pass it around, 98 toxins left on the list…”) 

    For our inaugural, themed month (sound the trumpets) we introduce you to the ubiquitous, Bisphenol A, a.k.a. BPA.

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    Not Ready to Embrace Nontoxic Living? That's Cool.

    Are you a little skeptical about 'nontoxic living?'  

    We get it. We used to be, too. We had thoughts like “If the products are on the shelf, they must be safe” and “if this nontoxic living thing is legit, why didn’t I know about it before now?” We used to go into the grocery store and think the organic strawberries were nothing more than a scam for more money. We filled our carts with personal care products and assumed they were safe because, well, why wouldn’t they be!?

     And most of all we would read stuff about nontoxic living and think “this is bizarre, crunchy, woo woo stuff.” And seriously, who has the time for this? Or the money?

    So you know what? It’s not wrong to think like this.

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