How YOU Can #FightToxins and Help Create Change!

Disclaimer: This post is a part of a sponsored awareness program and campaign by Seventh Generation via Mom Bloggers for Social Good to raise awareness, #FightToxins, and demand change to the Toxic Substances Control Act.  All opinions expressed are my own.

As a mom who is trying to raise my children to understand and live green, I am excited to help Seventh Generation raise awareness about the hundreds of toxic chemicals in our products that are hurting our families and our world.

Help fight toxins and create change by simply signing your name! Seventh Generation needs our help to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, and we need 100,000 signatures by April 30, 2014. Help spread the word! #FightToxins

I’ve worked with Seventh Generation before by sharing how I teach my kids to live like The Lorax. I strongly believe in Seventh Generation products and what they are doing for the earth, our children, and our health. I try to live a little greener every day, and do what I can to buy environmentally friendly and safe products to use in my home. So there are lots of  Seventh Generation products here! I also try to make my own cleaning products and buy organic foods to avoid toxic chemicals. We have solar panels on our home and have changed light bulbs to be more energy efficient. We have an organic garden that the kids help with, recycle, compost, and reuse.

I  know I’m taking baby steps towards helping my family and the environment in the big scheme of things and I feel like I’ve educated myself about chemicals, but I was still shocked to learn about how many toxic chemicals we are exposed to daily. Here’s why we need to #FightToxins…

Did you know that of the 85,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the American market since the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, only a mere 10% of them have required testing by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). That means thousands of synthetic chemicals are currently being used in our products that we have no idea whether or not they are safe to our bodies and our planet. Scary, huh?

Help fight toxins and create change by simply signing your name! Seventh Generation needs our help to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, and we need 100,000 signatures by April 30, 2014. Help spread the word! #FightToxins

Not only that, but over 80,000 chemicals currently in use in the United States have never been tested. Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems.

How YOU Can Help Create Change and #FightToxins

TSCA should protect us, but it was written in 1976 and has never been updated. So that’s where we come in. Seventh Generation is working to push a reform on TSCA which would have all of these chemicals studied, evaluated and tested. FightToxins is dedicated to making that happen. Sponsored by Seventh Generation, it urges Congress to make meaningful reform to protect all of us. We need 100,000 signatures to stand up for safer chemicals by April 30, 2014.  Here is how you can help #FightToxins and push Congress to act:

  • Visit fighttoxins.com 
  • Sign your name
  • Encourage all your friends and family here in the US to #FightToxins. All we need is 100,000 signatures to get Congress to act and change necessary laws!
  • Follow #FightToxins on all social media to spread the word.

Think of the difference YOU can make! If you share this, and one person you share it with and on and on, we’ll have 100,000 signatures in no time! Help create change, better health, and a better world by simply signing your name. You’ll be glad you did.

How To Stop Getting Junk Mail (You Can Thank Me Later)

If it weren’t for junk mail, most days I probably wouldn’t even get any mail. The flyers, the sales, the catalogs, the deals…all junk that I rarely even glance at. I subscribe to (too many) magazines, and so of course my name gets put on LOTS of mailing lists. And mailing lists equal LOTS of junk mail. But you can stop the madness. I’m gonna tell you how to stop getting junk mail…and it won’t cost you a penny.

Tired of weeding the junk mail out of your mailbox and all those trees that are killed to send you mail you don't want? I'll tell you how to stop getting junk mail delivered to your mailbox. It takes some time to see it working, but it's worth it!

Junk mail (technically referred to as direct mail) includes all of those credit and insurance offers, catalogs, magazine offers (including subscription offers, newsletters, periodicals and other promotional mailings) and “other” mail offers like donation requests, bank offers, retail promotions and all of that kind of stuff. Some people like getting this type of mail because it keeps them in the know about new products and services, allows them to see the money saving deals that are out there, and connects them with local merchants. If you are one of those people, no need to read on!

A few years back, CBS News asked a regular person like you and me to “document all the junk mail she and her family received in a month. And then weigh it. At the end of the month, she had received 15 pounds of junk mail. She received only three-and-a-half pounds of mail she actually wanted or needed. That number doesn’t even include the free newspapers she doesn’t want.” What a waste, right?

Not only is junk mail irritating to have to sort out of the real mail, it’s also a waste of paper, energy, and all kinds of other environmental things. If you are one of those people who actually like to get junk mail, please recycle it or compost it when you’re done with it. If you are one of those people who love getting catalogs in the mail, consider getting online catalogs delivered instead. And if you’re like me and hate getting junk mail, let’s begin…

How To Stop Getting Junk Mail In Your Mailbox

If you would prefer to never get another piece of direct mail again, there are a few great websites out there that can help you get rid of it for free.

Tired of weeding the junk mail out of your mailbox and all those trees that are killed to send you mail you don't want? I'll tell you how to stop getting junk mail delivered to your mailbox. It takes some time to see it working, but it's worth it!

With Catalog Choice, you can decide whether you want to remove your name(s) and address(es) from company mailing lists, as well as whether you’d like to not release your name(s) and address(es) to any unaffiliated party for advertising or marketing purposes.

Tired of weeding the junk mail out of your mailbox and all those trees that are killed to send you mail you don't want? I'll tell you how to stop getting junk mail delivered to your mailbox. It takes some time to see it working, but it's worth it!

OptOutPrescreen.com is a centralized service that accepts and processes requests from consumers to “Opt-In” or “Opt-Out” of firm offers of credit or insurance. You can request to opt out for five years or even permanently. It’s worth it if you want to get rid of all types of credit and insurance offers. Super simple to do, and just takes a minute. But you do need to also include your social security number.

Now maybe you aren’t comfortable giving your social or maybe you want to continue getting some direct mail – you want to manage your direct mail. You can do that to with DMAchoice.org.

Tired of weeding the junk mail out of your mailbox and all those trees that are killed to send you mail you don't want? I'll tell you how to stop getting junk mail delivered to your mailbox. It takes some time to see it working, but it's worth it!

DMAchoice allows you to manage what types of direct mail you want to get. You can even manage emails that you receive! Note: This site will direct you back to OptOutPrescreen.com for some services.

I’ll be honest – it does take some time before you will notice that the junk mail in your mailbox is decreasing. But the wait is worth it! So tell me, are you going to change the junk mail you receive or do you enjoy getting it?

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World’s Best Shower Cleaner (Make It Yourself With Just 2 Ingredients!)

I’ve shared with you before my favorite Make Your Own All Purpose Cleaner, and now it’s time for me to share the world’s best shower cleaner that you can make yourself.

My sister recently said to me “You have got to try this shower cleaner! It’s the best stuff EVER!”, which of course meant that I would go right home and make it and try it. With just two ingredients, this shower cleaner is truly amazing. It’s also super cheap to make.

If soap scum is your enemy, than this shower cleaner is perfect for the job. The longer it sits, the better it seems to work.

World’s Best Shower Cleaner

12 ounces white vinegar
12 ounces liquid Dawn dish soap (the blue colored regular one)
24-ounce squirt bottle

Heat the vinegar in the microwave until hot and pour it (carefully!) into a squirt bottle. I used a large measuring cup to do this.

Add the Dawn soap. Put the lid on and gently shake to incorporate.

Spray it all over your shower walls, floors, and glass. Spray it on everything! Let it sit a few minutes, and then wipe off. It won’t even take much scrubbing on your part because this shower cleaner does all the work for you! For really, really tough built-up soap scum, spray the shower cleaner on and let it sit for hours or even overnight. Then, scrub and rinse.

You might think there would be a ton of bubbles and a huge mess but surprisingly, there’s not. It’s really easy to clean up.

You can also use this shower to clean tubs, sinks, appliances and anything else in the bathroom.

Follow Natalie Hoage – Mommy of a Monster’s board Make Your Own Cleaning, Beauty, Household Products on Pinterest.

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent Is Every Mom’s Must Have!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Arm & Hammer. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

arm & hammer laundry detergent

The holiday season is here! That means lots of parties and entertaining and fun. It also means more housecleaning (to impress all of those guests) and more laundry since everybody (and by everybody I mean the kids) loves to getting dressed up in their best outfits – and then proceed to play and spill and stain them. Thank goodness for Arm & Hammer.

I use Arm & Hammer to clean around the house as I prep like a crazy person to have family and friends arrive on Christmas morning. I’m one of those people who like to have guests over because it forces me to clean. I try to use non-toxic cleaners and Arm & Hammer baking soda can be used to clean counter tops and bathrooms.

arm & hammer laundry detergent

One place I haven’t tried to make-my-own cleaners is in the laundry room. I’ve been using Arm & Hammer laundry detergent for several years now. It works just as well (if not better than) other more expensive brands, it smells great, and most importantly, it is SUPER cost effective. I don’t need to use a lot of it for it to get the job done.

And the new Arm & Hammer Ultra Power 4X Liquid Laundry Detergent is “ultra” concentrated and packed with two scoops of baking soda. The small, conveniently shaped bottle delivers more washes per load than 2X concentrated detergents.  It will get your clothes 50% whiter and 50% fresher compared to the leading value detergent per load. You can also get it perfume & dye free, which I do because Lila’s skin is sensitive.

Arm & Hammer laundry detergent let’s me get bigger laundry piles done with less detergent because it’s so concentrated and works so well. This saves me money, and even more importantly, time.

christmas-dresses

So Ethan, Lila, and Mia’s Christmas outfits can be worn to their school plays, to our big family get-together, to the holiday party we were invited to, AND on Christmas Day. I know Arm & Hammer laundry detergent’s got my back and I don’t have to worry about stains or dull colors.

If you haven’t tried Arm & Hammer laundry detergent, go check it out. Sign up to get Arm & Hammer savings to help stretch your dollar even farther.

Kitchen Secret: How To Keep Berries Fresh Longer

I’m pretty sure my kids could live on berries alone. They like them all, and strawberries are a staple in our kitchen. I love finding berries on sale, and often buy more than we can eat in just a day or two. The problem is, they seem to mold way too quickly. There’s nothing worse than paying 5 bucks for a pint of berries, only to find that fuzzy mold growing on them the next day. So I wanted to share how to keep berries fresh longer.

A tip on how to keep berries fresh longer and prevent molding. This tip will save you money and also make your berries stay fresh for much longer!

How To Keep Berries Fresh Longer

You might not believe me and it might sound way too easy, but the tip for how to keep berries fresh longer is this simple: wash them with vinegar.

Yep, it’s really that easy.

When you get your berries home, prepare them like you are going to eat them (meaning remove the stems and any yucky ones there may be.) Then put your berries into a bowl filled with one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Gently mix the berries around, then drain them. Rinse them in cold water and put them in the fridge.

Now that you know how to keep berries fresh longer, stock up! Berries will stay fresh and mold free for well over a week. I couldn’t believe it until I tried it myself!

Vinegar kills mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit. You can use vinegar to kill any type of mold…it’s a safe alternative to using harsh chemicals. For more info on vinegar and mold, check out this article on How To Kill Mold With Vinegar on wikiHow. For other recipes to make your own cleaning products, you can visit my Make Your Own Cleaning, Beauty, Household Products board on Pinterest.

If you are looking for other cool tips like this one, you can visit my Kitchen Tips and Tricks board on Pinterest.

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