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The Birth of Cool!

June 28, 2013
The internet is abuzz with the impending birth of Kate Middleton’s royal baby. Meanwhile, Rachel, Nina and Natalie, three amazing young women I know, are also welcoming little ones this summer. Like Kate, they want the best for their babies and are thoughtfully preparing their nurseries. This period of anticipation is the perfect time to think about how you, as a new parent, can give your baby not only the best start in life, but the best future. Because while parents may differ on life’s small decisions, every parent in the world can agree that we want our children to grow up and live life...
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President Obama's Plan on Climate Change Will Protect Children's Health

June 28, 2013
I am breathing a little deeper tonight. Why? Because we finally have someone who is standing up for public health in our country-- in the face of big polluter dollars, power, and lobbyists. And he just happens to be the President of the United States. There has been silence about climate change from our nation's leaders for far. Too. Long. World scientists have been sounding the alarm about climate change for years. There is more and more research linking climate change to extreme weather, increasing air pollution, increasing rates of asthma and preventable deaths , more heavy metal pollution...
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Let's Do This for Our Children

June 24, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the National Resources Defense Council Staff Blog . I was spending Saturday with my family preparing to go out and enjoy a long walk when I got the news that President Obama would be announcing a major plan to tackle carbon pollution and prepare our country for climate change. When you spend years working to fight climate change, this is big. I looked to my kids and broke the news. Not surprisingly I was met with blank stares. But soon after, they began to ask questions. Did this mean there was going to be less smoke? – asked my son. My daughter—in...
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10 Tips for Healthy, Toxin-Free Road Trips with Kids this Summer

June 24, 2013
This past Tuesday we had the Eco Tip Tuesday (#EcoTipTue) Tweet Chat at its new time, 9pm EST. Lots of parents turned out to share their best tips with MomsRising and yours truly of Non-Toxic Kids . Here's a recap of the best tips for hitting the road this summer with children and staying as safe, healthy, green and as toxin-free as possible. 1. Pack your useable water-bottles! This tip came from our friend Lori of Groovy Green Livin . When she is packing for her kids to go to camp, she always makes sure to include their useable water bottles and skips the bottled water. Why? Bottled water...
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Honey bees: We need 'em, and they're in trouble

June 19, 2013
Happy Pollinator Week! We're celebrating here at PAN by calling attention to the plight of honey bees, and what can be done about it. What plight is that, you ask? Bees are actually in serious trouble, and our food and farming systems rely heavily on these vital pollinators. One in three bites of the food we eat — including summer favorites like raspberries, strawberries and watermelon — are pollinated by these amazing little creatures. Since about 2006, bees have been dying off in droves, and scientists say pesticides are part of the reason why. The worst losses yet Our beekeeper partners...
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Proposed toxics law: Kids deserve better

June 17, 2013
There's a new toxics bill in town. A few weeks ago, a draft law emerged in the Senate to overhaul the dramatically outdated national rules that govern "industrial chemicals" — aka the thousands of impossible-to-pronounce ingredients in everyday products, from household cleaners to couches, water bottles to children's toys. Major reform of these rules is long overdue, but unfortunately the new bill is problematic . Unless significantly strengthened, it won't do enough to protect the most vulnerable among us — particularly our children — from the harms of toxic chemicals. We can, and must, do...
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Join us for #EcoTipTue on Toxin Free Summer Travel with Kids!

June 17, 2013
I'm thrilled to announce that I recently started working with MomsRising on the issue of reducing toxic chemicals in our world. I've been a member of MomsRising since it began, and since I took my first action with a tiny infant asleep on my lap. That activism spurred another birth--my blog, Non-Toxic Kids , where I have been writing extensively about how to keep kids safe from toxins in our food, products, air and water since 2008. I've always been a big fan of the platform of issues MomsRising represents-- maternity and paternity leave, open flexible work, toxin free families, health care...
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Similac - Remove GMOs from Your Infant Formula

June 13, 2013
Sign This Petition Abbott Labratories, the makers of Similac Infant Formula, had a shareholders meeting and voted down removing GMOs from their infant formula. And thus abandoning babies. *jaw drops to ground* I sat here completely stunned because not only does Similac Infant Formula contain genetically modified ingredients, which hasn't been proven safe by long-term independent testing (Yes, independent as in they have nothing to gain), it's also labeled OR BANNED in about 64 other countries, including Russia, China, all of Europe, India and Saudi Arabia. Those countries have made labeling...
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Interview with CNN and Leadership

June 5, 2013
Messing it up and Doing it Anyway! Posted by Zen Honeycutt 428GS on June 04, 2013 · Flag · Add your reaction I am willing to mess up. I am committed to being effective, but what I have realized is that being a leader means you have to be willing to mess up and just do it anyway. Your commitment to being effective has to supersede the fear of failure. Someone who is not willing to mess up does not take action. To be someone who speaks out for a cause like GMO awareness means being a leader. We have all kinds of fears attached to that word, "leader", and for many of us...

Great health care news from California!

May 30, 2013
Five years ago, when my husband was interviewing for his first job as a high school teacher, I remember my parting words to him were, "Go get us some health care!" Although we knew his teaching salary wouldn't be high, we did expect that the health coverage benefits would ease our financial worries. At the time, we were new parents who were independent consultants and responsible for covering the costs of our health coverage. Anything would be better than that situation, right? He did get that job and we got that health coverage but it didn't reduce our worries as we thought it would. In fact...
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