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Toxic Talk Tuesday: The Big Event
Join momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry on Tuesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. CT, as she looks back at her daughter's recent wedding and offers five suggestions for surviving the stress of a big event. Are you anticipating a big event in your own life? Some tips for surviving and thriving on our next Toxic Talk! Tune in to Moody Radio or visit the Chris Fabry Live! website to listen online.
Natural Year Challenge: Month Three
Welcome to Month Three of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! Our 10-step journey toward a naturally healthy lifestyle continues with the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Use Healthy Oils and Fats. This month we take a careful look at these important nutritional building blocks. With all the conflicting information regarding fats and oils, how do we choose confidently? What is the truth about animal fat, canola oil, saturated fats, and coconut oil? See our Month Three Food Challenge for the facts you'll need to know and a helpful video by Andrea, including a Lego demonstration explaining the different options for oils and fats.
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Make Household Soaps. We continue our transition to natural, chemical-free cleaning products by making our own household soaps: liquid dish soap, automatic dishwashing powder, liquid hand soap, and more! See our Month Three Household Challenge for recipes, a fun demonstration video by Andrea, and some bonus tips for creating your own "rebatched" castile bar soaps.
Water is always eager to make its way into our living spaces. As temperatures rise after a snowy winter, homeowners should be aware of vulnerable areas such as rooftops, windows, and other possible ports of entry. Learn how to Prepare for Melting Snow and discover how a little awareness and pro-action can go a long way toward enjoying the spring thaw!
What About Chocolate?
Feeling guilty about your love of chocolate? Wondering if you need to forsake your habit? Perhaps there's a way to "have your cake and eat it too"—with raw cacao! In What About Chocolate?, we look at where chocolate comes from, what happens when it's processed, the nutritional benefits of raw cacao, and more. Links to helpful resources and recipes will guide you into guilt-free enjoyment of that special treat you've always loved!
Are you one of the many who are trying to use fewer chemicals in your home? The good news is that switching to natural cleaning and personal care products can actually save you money! See our article on Five Cheap, Natural, Accessible Products for Your Home and discover a few common items that will go a long way in your household!
Thinking (and Eating!) "Outside the Box"
Have you made a resolution to eat healthier this year, but find yourself having trouble getting away from processed, pre-packaged foods? Check out our Ten Reasons NOT to Eat "Outside the Box" as we look at 10 doubts you may be experiencing, along with 10 encouraging truths to counter them!
Keep your home safe this winter by protecting against frozen pipes. What happens when pipes freeze and then temperatures rise suddenly? What other factors in your home, school, or workplace can provide favorable growing conditions for mold? Find out in our recent article on Understanding Mold Growth.
Open a Window This Winter!
Ventilation is one of the biggest factors when considering the health of a living environment. Unfortunately, ventilation takes a back seat when winter hits. Instinctively we close the windows and turn up the heat. In doing so, are we putting our comfort ahead of our well-being? See our article Open a Window, Even in the Winter! and find out why allowing in a bit of fresh outdoor air may offer an important health boost during the winter months!
Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States? The good news is that this naturally occurring toxin is relatively easy to identify and mitigate. See our article on Radon: What You Need to Know to learn more about what radon is, how to test for it, and what to do if it's a problem in your indoor environment.
After numerous visits to doctors, coming away with no explanation for the ill health of their four children and themselves, Ryan and Julie finally made the connection with water damage in their home. Follow the journey of a family's discovery of toxic mold, and the resulting loss of their home and possessions, in Ryan and Julie's Story.