Creating a Healthy World

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Words that resonate with me? “Nothing is more important than your child’s health”. True that!

Last week I had the opportunity to sit in on a conversation with Seventh Generation and Healthy Child Healthy World. I had heard of Seventh Generation. We have used many of their children’s products and have recently begun using their plant-based cleaning products . Healthy Child Healthy World however was an organization that I was not all that familiar with. I have to say, the conversation about creating a healthy world and environment for your children really got me thinking.

As moms, there is nothing we care more about than our children. This is true, no matter what you do or how you look at it.

Every decision that we make, we choose the thing that has the best outcome, as we know it, for our children. Key words, as we know it. In fact, these words are one of my biggest mottos as a mom. There are many things that I look back on and think, “Man, I wish I would have done that differently.” In retrospect, things always look different than they do when you are making the decisions. So, we do the best we can in the moment.
Having this conversation really made me start thinking more about the products that I am using on the kids and the environment that I am creating in our home.

We have all heard about how chemical exposure begins in the womb. It doesn’t stop there, it continues through childhood. In fact, of 10 face paints tested, all 10 tested positive for lead. All 10. When was the last time you had your child’s face painted? I know for me, we have face paint in our house and my kids ask for me to paint it often (not that we do, but they ask). Awareness like this has made me think about how important it is to take a look at EVERYTHING we put on our children. Or at least try to.

Sometimes I think about how unaware I really am. We see chemicals out there and use them everyday. We assume that they are safe. Well, maybe not all of them, but we assume that most are safe. Because doesn’t it seem like common sense to check a chemical for human/environmental safety before you put it on the market? Yeah, clearly it isn’t common sense.

With over 80,000 chemicals on the market in the U.S., there is NO Federal Law that requires this pre-market safety testing. In fact, there are only 11 chemicals banned for use in the U.S. where in the E.U., there are 1,328 banned. Obviously, they do a bit more testing.

Knowledge is Power.

With this knowledge, start off with some easy things that you can change in your life. Start first with prioritizing the things that you are willing to give up/change.

Here are ones that I am going to make an effort to work on:

1.  Buy safer body care – Last year I started using all-natural deodorant. This year, we moved to all-natural Badger sunscreen for summer fun. Now that I know Seventh Generation is carrying their body care products in Targets all over (including an awesome Lavender Body Bar), I am on it. We are switching over to soaps and lotions this winter.

2. Open a window – Now that it is fall, I need to do this more often. Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.

3. Ban the Can – I have been working on this one for awhile. Between freezing TONS of tomatoes and other veggies in the summer, this is getting easier. This also goes into eating more whole foods. I need to start thinking off the cuff like enchilada sauce and other fun ones!

4. All chemicals are guilty until proven innocent. Just think about it.

5. Urge Senators to strengthen and pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA). The current law (Toxic Substances Control Act) was last reviewed in 1976. Needless to say, it is outdated. The CSIA, bi-partisan bill opened a dialogue about the need for reform.

Just in case you are in PA and wanted to write to your senator;) (hint hint) here is the address! Alternatively, here is an easy form.

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What do you do to make your piece of the world a little safer? 

Twitter Party

If you are on Twitter and would like to continue this conversation, join Seventh Generation (@SeventhGen) on November 14th at 1 p.m. (ET) with the hashtag #HealthyBabyHome. The discussion will be focused on all-natural baby product options and you can win a month’s supply of baby diapers and wipes! Here is the Twitvite to RSVP.

*Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Seventh Generation and The Motherhood. All opinions about healthy living and my passion for it are my own.











About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Great tips – I especially like “all chemicals are guilty until proven innocent.”
    Heather S. recently posted…Tablets and Tikes {What Do You Need to Know for the Holidays?}My Profile

  2. Those are FANTASTIC tips, Lauryn. I agree about watching what you put on your body, and I’ll definitely be checking out the new body care products from Seventh Generation– didn’t know they had them!
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  3. I’ll definitely check out the body care products from Seventh Generation; I bet they carry them at Target.
    Barb @ A Life in Balance recently posted…motivation monday: girls’ self estem and energy transitionMy Profile

  4. Fantastic! I’ve really been trying to get back to basics when it comes to the kids. Thanks for all the great tips!
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  5. Great tips! I think we easily just tow the line without thinking sometimes, but if you always have “all chemicals are guilty until proven innocent” in your mind your outlook will definitely change!
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  6. I really want to do better with household products. These are great tips!
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  7. Love your tips, will be adopting them too!
    Claudia Krusch recently posted…It’s My Time To RiseMy Profile

  8. Love this!
    Jessica @FoundtheMarbles recently posted…Get Ready for #GivingTuesday!My Profile

  9. Great list! We are striving toward buying less and less plastic, including toys. We already live a chemical free/ real food lifestyle so that is a bit easier. Plastic is our biggest challenge to date and I think the hardest one to tackle.
    Amanda @Natural Living Mamma recently posted…Gingerbread Cookie Lip PolishMy Profile

  10. Thank you for a great “heads-up!” post. I’m with you on the “keep your windows open”: we love fresh air. Don’t forget your car windows, and try to stay away from that “new car smell”, which is mostly the smell of toxins.
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  11. Chemicals definitely are guilty until proven innocent! I wish that was a rule that companies needed to follow before putting products on the market!
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  12. Excellent tips!! Especially opening a window – you wouldn’t think it would make such a difference, but it does.
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  13. Great tips! My family recently moved and I love that I can keep my windows open on a daily basis!

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