What's New at momsAWARE . . .
Are you curious about the hype over toxic mold? Have you experienced a mold exposure and are unsure of your next step? This valuable resource from momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry is designed to help you navigate your way through mold testing, remediation, exposure symptoms, detox methods, cross-contamination issues, legal recourse, and much more! It's a handy, concise guide offering hope and help for anyone concerned about indoor air quality and its effect on human health. Now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions: Is Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner's Guide to Toxic Mold.
Natural Year Challenge: Month Two
We hope you're enjoying our momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! Our step-by-step journey toward healthier living continues with the following Month Two topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Make Laundry Soap. Our transition to natural household products begins with making our own laundry soap. We'll use three simple ingredients to create a natural laundry alternative that's free of chemicals and fragrances, and will also save you money! See our Month Two Household Challenge for recipes, a how-to video by Andrea, and additional laundry tips.
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Meat Stock. We'll begin our transition to a healthy, natural, and flavorful diet by making a nutritious meat stock. We'll also give you a few tips on the healthiest ways to prepare meats. See our Month Two Food Challenge for everything you'll need, including a how-to video you won't want to miss!
Concerned About Mold?
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? ERMI testing analyzes dust samples to identify and quantify the mold species present, and it's a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. momsAWARE is pleased to offer two levels of this laboratory testing through our Online Store. To learn more about the testing process, check out our article on How to Interpret ERMI or HERTSMI Mold Test Results.
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!
Vinegar of the Four Thieves
Vinegar of the Four Thieves has been passed down since the time of the Black Plague, when robbers rubbed a mixture of herbs and vinegar on their bodies to protect themselves from certain death. Antibacterial herbs are combined with raw apple cider vinegar to create a natural cleaner effective in the kitchen, bathroom, and any room that requires disinfection. See our article on The Naturally Healthy Bathroom for the DIY recipe and a helpful how-to video from Andrea!
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, how 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!
Life with Less Plastic
Looking to reduce your use of plastic around the home? You're not alone. Many of us are aware of the increasing concern over endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other hazards associated with plastics. See Life with Less Plastic: 10 Simple Steps for resources to help you become better informed and practical ideas for cutting back on your use of plastics in the home.
Choosing a Mold Remediator
Tackling a serious mold issue yourself can often make matters worse, as opening up a wall without proper containment can easily exacerbate the problem. But finding a qualified mold remediator who understands the potential hazards of improper remediation can be difficult. See How to Choose a Mold Remediation Company for eight questions to ask before making a hiring decision.
What Is Building Biology?
How important is the relationship between our health and our indoor environment? Can natural building materials really make a difference in our homes, offices, and schools? Building Biology studies these questions and offers 25 guiding principles for safe, health-supporting building practices. See our article explaining What Is Building Biology? to find out more!
Building Relationships: Toxins in Our Home
momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry joins Dr. Gary Chapman to tell her compelling story of sick children, a sick home, and the radical decisions that affected her marriage, family, and future—and led her down a path toward helping others with the knowledge she gained on the journey. If you missed this inspiring broadcast, listen online to our Building Relationships Interview.
Toxic Mold: You Are Not Alone
Those who have experienced ill health due to toxic mold exposure often feel isolated, and even crazy. Toxic Mold: You Are Not Alone will assure you that many are struggling with feelings of isolation, desperation, desolation, and panic. We share excerpts of emails received in a three-week period in 2018 in hopes that, if you're dealing with a mold exposure, these will validate your own experience and help lessen your feelings of isolation.
"How I Survived Toxic Mold"
Have you experienced a serious toxic mold exposure or know someone who has? These stories will encourage anyone walking through this difficult valley. Read the accounts of several fellow travelers who have made it to the other side in our Mold Survival Stories.