Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Healthy Baby Healthy Home - This Mom's Mission #HealthyBabyHome

I have always been pretty aware of how eco-friendly and healthy our home was when it came to the products we used.  But when I became a mom, the responsibility of making sure our home was safe and healthy for our baby became a top priority.  But honestly, I've learned more over the last several months then I ever imagined I would.  Some of the things I learned about chemical exposure and whats in the every day products we use just blew my mind.  We were definitely not as environmentally friendly as I thought we were.  My mission now as a new mom is to turn our home upside down to rid our home of as many toxins as possible!  And I'll be able to do it with a little help from Seventh Generation and Healthy Child Healthy World!

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Seventh Generation has partnered with Healthy Child Healthy World to help educate and empower moms!  They've created a special-edition Healthy Baby Home Party Kit to provide moms with the tools they need to create a safe and healthy environment for their families and future generations to come!

I was so honored when I was selected to receive one of the Seventh Generation's Healthy Baby Home Party Kits!   The kit includes everything you need to host your own Healthy Baby Home Party including samples of Seventh Generation products, coupons, literature and information about creating a safe environment for your generation and the next, educational tools, party planning tools, games to play and learn from as well as postcards and stamps to use to contact your senator to show your support of strengthening the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013.  Plus, as a Healthy Baby Home Party host, you'll receive an amazing host gift for your support in this great effort!

  You can apply to be a 2014 Healthy Baby Healthy Home Party Host!  Click HERE to apply for your own kit!

I was also fortunate enough to have been invited to a Virtual Healthy Baby Healthy Home Party, where I learned some amazing tips and information about creating a healthy home environment.  We do a lot of things in our home now in order to be safer and healthier.  We recycle everything were able to, we've converted a lot of our once paper products into reusable cloth products.  We compost our kitchen waste, grow a lot of our own food and I also can a lot of that home grown food for us to use during the winter months.  We've eliminated a lot of cleaning products that are toxic and use more natural body care products.  But in reality, these are only a few things out of a million things we could do to be more environmentally friendly, safer and a healthier family.

Here are five easy steps you can take to reducing your family's chemical exposure:

#1   -Take off your shoes at the door!
 Did you know that 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes?  It’s not just dirt, but toxins such as lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and so many more.  I have an 8 month old who is learning to crawl so keeping these toxins off of our floors is vital!  So remove your shoes before you enter your home!  It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.

#2  -Buy safer body care products!
Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products that contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, synthetic fragrances, triclosan and many more. For a full list of the most toxic offenders, download Healthy Child Healthy World's free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery."
#3  -Open a window!
People spend an average 90% of their time indoors, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside air. So, open up your windows!  Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality by allowing polluted air to vent out.
#4  -Eat more whole foods!
Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors, artificial colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These processed foods lack key nutrients that our bodies need and many of them are also linked to serious health issues such as ADHD and cancer. Reduce your exposure by eating more whole foods!

#5  -Ban the can!
Bisphenol-A, also more commonly known as BPA, is a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer and it is found in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods, from soups to sodas. Avoiding canned food significantly lowers exposure to BPA. Look for foods packaged in glass or better yet, eat fresh, dried, and frozen food options instead!

Taking these simple measures can drastically improve your family's health and well being!  For more information and most likely, a much needed wake up call, watch the video below from Healthy Child Healthy World!

There is one other thing you definitely wont want to miss!

The Seventh Generation Twitter Party

If you've never participated in a Twitter Party, then this would be a great first!  Twitter parties are a great way to connect, spread awareness about a cause or topic and learn a lot of great information as well!  Plus, you'll have a chance to win some amazing prizes!

So join Seventh Generation on 
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14th at 1:00pm ET!

The Twitter Party will focus on all-natural baby product options and well also be talking about the Healthy Baby Home Parties that are making it possible for moms to get together, engage and educate their friends and families on some valuable topics such as creating a healthy environment for their family and the next generation!

Be sure to use Hashtag 

Here are your fabulous party hosts:
@TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

 I mentioned PRIZES earlier!  By attending the Seventh Generation Twitter Party, you'll have a chance to win a month's supply or baby diapers and wipes!  Prizes will be awarded to FIVE lucky winners chosen from the U.S. participates who answer the Twitter party trivia questions correctly throughout the party!

Disclosure:  I participated in this program on behalf of Seventh Generation and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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