Paint strippers containing the dangerous chemicals methylene chloride and NMP have made a lot of headlines lately – most of them negative. However, thanks in part to the Mind the Store Campaign, there is positive news to report. Effective January 1, 2019, a host of national retailers have agreed to pull products containing these harmful chemicals from their shelves. Read More »
How Can I Make A Difference In My Child's School?
A question we hear often at the Savvy Women's Alliance. It's not easy, but it can be done. We see it happen often and when we do, it is worth celebrating. Mesmerized by Janna Said's safer wipes initiative in her school, we are delighted to share her success and approach.
Before Janna had her children, she was an elementary school teacher, educating little people. Her nontoxic journey began when she was pregnant with her first child. She stopped wearing nail polish and stopped cleaning bathrooms at her husband’s insistence. She bought organic milk and eggs. And now her journey has found roots in one of her biggest campaigns yet: a safer wipes initiative. Little things added up. Now, she’s educating adults.
Step One: Learn From JannaRead More »
Mmm…I love the smell of coconut, says Robin as she hands off the jar to Erin.
Nine women stood around a kitchen island laughing. Sharing. Venting frustrations.
Sounds like a gals’ night out, for sure, only this one had a special twist.Read More »
It's No Secret Chore Rhymes With Bore
As a kid, my responsibilities including vacuuming and dusting the living, dining, and family rooms of the house. I hauled around a heavy canister vacuum cleaner, relishing when it “accidentally” slammed into the furniture. I used my dad’s old t-shirts saturated in Pledge or Windex on the tables and hutches. My life improved considerably when I learned how to mow the lawn and used that as an excuse to shirk my indoor chores.Read More »
Worth Every Terrifying Moment
The last two months of Savvy themed topics were pretty intense! Not only did you take a leap of faith to subscribe to Savvy during our wee-starting months, but we explored some fascinatingly hot topics like Fragrance and BPA & Cannned Food! At Savvy, our novel and risky approach to the traditional blog features one topic over a full month. It can be scary at times, but much easier when we take the first steps together. Enter trapeze photo bomb of "someone" who had to be "encouraged' off the ledge due to a paralyzing fear of heights. #puttingmyselfoutthereRead More »
If only everything were as easy as placing a romantic classified!
"Just got out of long-term toxic-cleaner relationship. I am looking for a new product that doesn’t leave me with a thumping headache or sneezing fit after our encounters. It’s not too much for a girl to ask for, is it? A cleaning product that doesn’t need to be locked in cabinets or used with “adequate ventilation?” I promise I am not needy; a casual weekly rendezvous for a spin around the bathroom sink is fine by me."Read More »
Myth Busting: College Apartment Style
Savvy is touting that baking soda and vinegar are the magical products of the week. Yes, baking soda, like the stuff you put in cookie dough, and vinegar, like the stuff you drizzle on your fries. They are raving about how baking soda and vinegar could be used to clean almost anything! I was hesitant to believe the whispers of the superpowers of such basic products, so I armed myself with a box of baking soda and a bottle of white vinegar. I was nervous to begin my mission and appropriately dubbed it “The Grand Experiment.”Read More »
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.Read More »
An Ode To Our Olefactory System
Sneezer, smeller, sniffer, snotter, snuffer or schnoze; snubbed or pointy, dear lovely nose how we love you so. An information inferring machine that, with barely a flare of the nostril, can lead us from garage to kitchen on the waft-and-promise of home cooking. You can detect the slightest dab of perfume on a wrist, or the powdery fresh deodorant application during a snuggle. We rely on your keen sense for protection: fresh paint? Don’t touch! Dirty diaper? His turn. Mildew? Time to investigate. The list goes on. Plywood to photocopiers, new couches to new cars. You are constantly sniffing around, and thank goodness, because there is a heck of a difference between old soured milk and a freshly poured glass. Honestly, our taste buds prefer the nose does it's job first.
Fragrance is part of the beautiful human experience. Recently, the fragrance experience has twisted into human deception.