On 40 and winging it

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I recently turned 40 and like any good narcissistic Gen x-er I feel as though all the world is turning 40 with me. Every where I turn there are books, op-eds, blog posts, TV shows and films about this wondrous new chapter in life. It’s like we invented it. Which makes sense if you consider that our parents perfected the mid-life crisis, so maybe we can lay claim to the anti-crisis. Most days, I feel so terribly stable and (almost) happy, but there is also an overwhelming sense of relief that I can’t seem to Read More →

Happy nontoxic Valentine’s Day: clean kissable lips

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If you’re new to the clean world of nontoxic cosmetics you may not know how nasty mainstream lipsticks, glosses and balms can be. Many have tested for significant amounts of lead and most contain preservatives, artificial colors and fragrance. Gross. And if we’ve learned anything this week, we know that when fragrance or a perfume is listed on an ingredient list you will never really know what’s making that smell. P.S. it’s usually a cocktail of synthetic additives that you don’t want anywhere near your precious lips. Best to stick with a few tried and Read More →

Happy nontoxic Valentine’s Day: bubble bath

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Is there anything more indulgent than a bubble bath? Hands down, my favorite place in my home is the soaking tub. It gets a ton of use. Even a quick foot soak after a long day is enough for me to feel nourished and refreshed. I stock up on bubble baths to   care for every mood and beeswax candles (they purify the air) like it’s my job. That way, bath time always feels like a retreat and a reset. Whether it’s for me or my 5 year old, I make sure tub time is Read More →

Happy nontoxic Valentine’s Day: flower oils, serums and perfumes

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  Yesterday we established that mainstream, found in your mall or your drugstore perfumes are a thing of the past. Even your fancy pants Chanel #5 needs to go. *See below for a quick reminder about why it’s best to avoid ALL personal care products that list “fragrance” or “perfume” in it’s ingredients. Today I’m loading you up with tons of indulgent options. Whether it’s citrus, vanilla, spice or rose notes you are sure to find a new, clean signature scent – sans synthetics. 1. Tata Harper Love Potion, $80 Tata Harper’s mission is to Read More →

Happy nontoxic Valentine’s Day: roses

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I have a confession to make. I already bought myself a Valentine’s gift. Romantic, huh? I’ve had my eye on a David Austin rose bush for about a year now. It’s a gardener’s cult favorite and I’ve been lusting for the beautiful Heritage variety. Nothing makes me happier than cutting roses throughout the growing season for the house and for friends and neighbors. So I’m actually being super generous with my Valentine’s gift, right? In all seriousness, I highly suggest you treat your Valentine, yourself, your best friend to a rose bush for the big Read More →

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