12 Days to a Green, Clean 2018

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On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, one croupy toddler, and the dreaded stomach virus!

Tis the season, they say! The season that brings warm tidings and visions of sugarplums, often brings sniffles, stomach viruses, and flu. Over the next 12 days (did you know the 12 days of Christmas are actually 25 December – 5 January?) I will count down to reveal how you can keep your home clean and green in 2018!

Join me on Sunday Jan 7, 2018 at 8 PM from the comfort of your own home as I introduce the most effective way to keep your home green and clean.

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3. We saved $364 the first year we switched to Norwex….744CD96B-63CD-4E08-8072-F6C2BDEDFB17

4. Oh and…..it’s completely chemical free so your kids can use it! 🙌🏻1C0B65E4-E3DE-4D5A-B612-7D5DBA8DDCC5

5. Even good ol’ “clean” bleach 

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6. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials like detergents and cleaning products.

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9. I can’t even tolerate the smell, let alone the work involved! 63F715C5-DBCF-474A-969C-8110BED200F5

10. That nice clean “smell” you get from your cleaning products? They’re VOC’s…..Volatile Organic Compounds….in your home. Once these chemicals are in our homes, they are released into the indoor air we breathe.A7B676C6-A3C5-4EA6-BBD6-D4A31FDEEFF3

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For those of you who missed the online event but want to learn how to keep your home clean and green in 2018, read on…..

As a Holistic Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and mom, I am asked about safe cleaning products and how to rid homes of chemicals that illness and exacerbate conditions such as asthma and eczema nearly every day.  When I was  introduced to this incredible little cloth that can rid your house of every chemical based cleaning product you have ever used…using just water….I had to join the movement to have a true impact.

It was important to me to spread the mission of Norwex , “To improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes,” with my patients, family and friends.

With Norwex you will
A) Eliminate chemicals, making your home a Safe Haven for you and your family
B) Help save the environment (and your carbon footprint) by eliminating waste
C) Save money $$$ We saved $668 last year🙌
E) Cut cleaning time in at least half!
F) Reduce allergens
Oh! And they’re FDA and EPA approved, by the way.

The Norwex Microfiber System: Cleaning with just water and a cloth!

The Norwex Microfiber is 1/200th of a human hair and can hold up to 7 times its weight, making it incredibly absorbent. Using only water (no more toxic chemicals) it removes 99% of what is on the surface, including dust, bacteria, allergens and virus and collects it within the cloth. Because of the tight weave of the microfiber, these pathogens get locked into the cloth and can’t come back out, so you can’t cross-contaminate. There is a microsilver agent that is embedded deep inside the microfibers that deactivates the bacteria and virus that you just picked up. It self purifies as it dries so you really only have to wash them every 1-2 weeks. The silver in the cloths has been tested effective for 500 washings, so washing once/week, is 10 years with proper care.

Norwex Chicken Demo…hold onto your hats!

I challenge you to make bacon or something REALLY greasy on your stove. Or hairspray!  Get out your Envirocloth with water–No streaks or residue!

Green the Clean: Butter Demo

Here are a few pictures my friends have sent me of their Norwex success…

Do you know what the most toxic thing we have in our homes is? Hint: it’s not even these horrifying “chore baskets” 🙈

chorebasketFABRIC SOFTENER is most toxic thing you can have in your home!!!

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Instead, choose a laundry detergent that is biodegradable, phosphate and filler free – and say “bye bye” to chemicals and lint build up in your dryer!  You will notice your lint screen in your dryer is cleaner (6-7 loads before you have to clean it out).

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Got kids?! I do

Green the Clean: Sharpie demo

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Are their any eczema sufferers out there? The body cloth has been a game changer for my patients with eczema, acne and diaper rash.

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My favorite product of all….and how I got here

The Norwex Mop

Aside from the obvious, ridding our home environment of chemicals, this was huge for me. We used to buy the Costco pack of paper towels and use it up in 1 WEEK! I was so upset with the waste I was creating but just couldn’t get into using with the stinky, bacteria laden sponge in the sink!

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Ready to turn your home into a Safe Haven? Here’s how….

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You can browse Norwex here
http://meganjolin.norwex.biz

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to speak with myself or one of my friends or patients that swear by these.

I wish you peace and good health in 2018! ~ Megan of Mother Earth Mama
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Megan Jolin of Mother Earth Mama is a board certified Holistic Pediatric Nurse Practitioner whose passion is to bring health and wellness to the whole child.
Megan provides evidenced-based, family centered care in:

-Prenatal health and wellness

-Lactation counseling

-Newborn care

-Infant feeding

-Infant massage

-Vaccine consultation

-Nutritional analysis and counseling

-Toxin free home environment

-Self care for parents and children

-Children’s yoga

-Natural/integrative approach to common childhood illnesses

Disclaimer: Content on this site is for reference purposes and is not a substitute for advice from your health care professional. You should not rely solely on this content, and Mother Earth Mama assumes no liability for inaccuracies. These products and recommendations are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.

Kindness Elves: A Take on the Elf on the Shelf Tradition

As the holidays are now upon us, how many of us sit and wonder how we can teach our children the meaning of the old adage, “It’s better to give than to receive”?

In December 2013, when our first son was 21 months old, we were gifted the ever popular “Elf on the Shelf”. A gift of great fun that encourages a sense of magic and wonder for our children.

In keeping with what we said we always wanted for our children, to be happy and kind, we came up with a a twist on that tradition in our home.  In our world full of  entitlement and “I want”,  we look for every opportunity to send our children a positive message emphasizing kindness, sharing, and gratitude. And so evolved, “Dot”,  our Kindness Elf.

Dot arrives in our home each year on the first of December with an empty cradle, straw, and a note for the kids to find and read. Each act of kindness earns them a piece of straw to lay in the baby’s manger, preparing for His arrival at Christmas.

 

Many are simple, everyday gestures such as smiling at those we pass, saying please and thank you, holding the door open, or playing with a new friend at school.

Many of our ideas are for celebrating and thanking those in our local community who serve us, such as leaving a box of coffee for our DPW workers, fresh baked cookies for our postal worker, fire and police departments, and sending Christmas cards and socks to the men and women serving our country.

There are also grander gestures of good will, such as filling a box with unwanted stuffed animals and blankets for our friends in the local animal shelter,  delivering groceries to the food bank and holiday shopping for a family we sponsor, who is in a less fortunate situation than our own.

Some mornings they may wake up to find their elf has put away their shoes or fixed a broken toy, modeling direct ways to be kind and helpful.

Of course, kindness is not just for Christmas and I love the open ended way our little friend has left us each year to continue our celebration with a weekly “Thoughtful Thursday”.  Every Thursday for the entire year, we choose something kind to do for someone else.

The Kindness Elf has been a very valuable tool in helping our children learn and focus on the positive attributes that we try and teach them in everyday life…”love your neighbor as you love yourself.”