Mister Rogers Neighborhood

10 Random acts of Neighborliness

  A home is not just the four walls inside which you live. Your home is also your neighborhood. Saying this out loud means that I am outing my age, but I clearly recall watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with much the same interest at young children today watch Thomas the Train. He opened every show with his well-known theme song. Mister Rogers tried to give us a daily reminder that in reality we are all neighbors, and that neighbors help each other. Building a sense of community … [Read More...]

Dangers of Triclosan

Is Your Soap Harming Your Health?

What about your toothpaste? Depending on what brand you use, it certainly might be possible. A new study out today from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is focused on triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Researchers found potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to triclosan. So if you have been loyal to the same brand of soap, for example, over much of your life, you may … [Read More...]

Giftts that give back holiday gift guide 2014

The Gifts that Give Back 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

  Welcome to the 3rd annual Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide! This curated list has become one of my favorite posts of the year. Why? Because gift giving is fun, and giving a gift that gives twice is even better! So let’s get right to it. Shall we? Here it is, the 2014 list of gifts that give back: At Gift of Happiness, a portion of your purchase gives back to charity. You can search the site by item, category, or by charity. The site also has an entirely eco-social … [Read More...]

Peace sign

In Celebration of World Kindness Week

Today begins World Kindness Week, a topic that has been covered immensely here over the past few years. Whether you choose to call it acts of kindness, paying it forward, or giving back, it is all about lifting someone else up. An act of kindness does not have to be anything elaborate or planned out. It does not take an act of great skill. Kindness can be as simple as extending a hand, or giving a compliment. All you have to do is be a little more generous toward others than is necessary. … [Read More...]

Get the Behavior You Want, by Deborah Gilboa

The Key to Getting the Behavior You Want from Your Kids

Last time I saw Dr. Deb Gilboa, we chatted for a while about teaching our kids how to pay it forward. It’s important to both of us that our kids have empathy and understand … [Read More...]

Give Back to First Responders this Holiday Season

Tis the Season to Give Back to First Responders

  This is the time of year when we all start to focus a little more on giving. There are so many people who could use some good cheer that sometimes, it’s hard to know … [Read More...]

Non-toxic household cleaning

What You Should Know Before the Next Time You Clean Your Home

Love the way your house smells so clean and fresh after you’ve given it the once-over? Perhaps it’s that citrusy-pine fresh smell you enjoy? Well, as it happens, cleaning … [Read More...]

How I am lowering my breast cancer risk

12 Ways I am Lowering my Breast Cancer Risk

  Breast Cancer Awareness Month  may be over, but it is vital that we continue to be vigilant all throughout the year. There is not a known genetic risk for breast … [Read More...]

Heart of Haiti Collection at Macy's

How You Can Support Artisans in the Heart of Haiti

Five years. 1,826 days. It seems like a long time, doesn’t it? That is, until it flies right on by in a flash. While a lot can be accomplished in 1,826 days, it can also pass … [Read More...]

A Very Hershey Halloween

Halloween at Hershey Park and Chocolate World

Here on this site, I talk a lot about acts of kindness, though I am not quite used to acts of kindness when they happen to me and my family. Last weekend, however, we were the … [Read More...]

Why Turmeric is Important in Your Diet

The Health Benefits of Turmeric and How to Get More in Your Diet

Turmeric is the spice that would have been chosen last in gym class. What you may not know about turmeric, however, is that this spice is like the king of the dodgeball game. The health benefits of turmeric have been long known but little utilized in western society. Also known as curcumin (a property of turmeric), this herb popular in eastern cultures is thought of as a natural antibiotic. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to treat inflammation as well as digestive issues such as … [Read More...]

Keeping Families Healthy

7 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Stay Healthy Naturally

With cold and flu season approaching, the enterovirus 68 on the loose this year, and a nasty stomach bug going around schools all over the United States, it is getting harder and harder to keep germs at bay and our of our homes. Here’s what we are doing to in my home to try to prevent and fight off illnesses: Wash hands frequently. This one is the most obvious, but it is super important. Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid and eliminate germs. We aren’t into using hand sanitizers … [Read More...]

The Teal Pumpkin Project #TealPumpkinProject

The Teal Pumpkin Project from a Food Allergy Parent’s Point of View

Being a food allergy parent and a writer, people have asked me for years why I don’t just start a blog about food allergies. The reason for me is simple. My son’s food allergies have pretty much run my life for the past eleven years. That may sound extreme to you, but it is 100% true. Having so many severe food allergies, some of which were potentially life-threatening, and a food allergy related disease, my thoughts were constantly on planning ahead and on keeping him safe. So for me, the … [Read More...]

Go Purple Now for Spirit Day

Show Your Purple to Support LGBT Youth Against Bullying

Are you dressed for the day yet? Are you wearing purple today? If not, head on back to your closet and grab something purple. It is important to show your purple today, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here. The reason why purple is the color of the today is that this is Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is vital that we take at least one day support LGBT youth, who are often a … [Read More...]

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