Best DIY Mosquito Repellants

Natural DIY Recipes And Hacks To Repel Mosquitos And Take Your Yard Back!

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When you live in the south, you’re plagued with some of the meanest mosquitoes in the country. And these little demons can be extremely active well into the month of December—which is no fun if you’re trying to enjoy the crisp outdoor air with some hot cocoa in the evening.

Aside from being a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry deadly viruses like West Nile, Zika, Malaria and Dengue. Mosquito bites can also spark allergic reactions in both children and adults called Skeeter Syndrome, which is similar in appearance to cellulitis. The bitten area can swell to a concerning size and cause intense itching.

With that said, it’s very important to protect yourself from mosquitoes—whether you’re outside or in your home. I can’t tell you how many times my children have woken up with mosquito bites in the past, because these pesky bugs have somehow made their way into our house. Needless to say, I did a lot of research to find preventable solutions.

Fortunately, there are several ways to deter mosquitoes naturally without having to resort to store bought products (like sprays), which may be effective in repelling these bugs, but aren’t so great for your health because they contain harmful chemicals like DEET, which has unfortunately been linked to neurotoxicity.

Hence, in this article, I’m going to share some natural tips, tricks and DIY recipes with you that will help repel mosquitoes safely, and allow you to enjoy the outdoors—because you shouldn’t have to be bullied by a bug.

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Homemade Mosquito Repellants And Hacks!

Mosquito Repellant #1

Catnip

Catnip—yes, catnip! Catnip happens to be 10 times more powerful than any store bought mosquito solution because it contains nepetalactone, an essential oil that’s more effective than DEET! In short, catnip triggers a pain receptor in mosquitoes and they flee.

Simply place several catnip sachets around your home (especially near entryways and windows) to deter them from entering your home. You can also make catnip tea, pour it into a spray bottle, and unleash this powerful solution anywhere in your home or even on your clothing and camping tent. I spritz catnip tea on my outdoor patio furniture and indoor curtains.

Mosquito Repellant #2

DIY Mosquito Sprays

Catnip Essential Oil For Mosquito Sprays

You can create your own homemade mosquito sprays using Witch Hazel, alcohol, vinegar and essential oils that mosquitoes absolutely hate. I find that even flies steer clear of my patio after I spray a good amount onto myself. Here are a couple of different recipes that you can try out:

Combo #1

1 Cup of witch hazel, 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 20 drops of lemongrass, tea tree, or cat nip essential oil.

Combo #2

1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, 1 cup of water, 1/2 tsp of catnip essential oil or any other essential oil such as lemongrass, lavender, or tea tree.

Mosquito Repellant #3

Bounce Dryer Sheets

Bounce dryer sheets are a staple mosquito repellant here in Florida. Wether you’re outdoors working on your garden, or out in the woods camping, stick a Bounce dryer sheet or two into your pockets (exposing them a little) and watch how mosquitoes steer clear.

Mosquito Repellant #4

Burn Some Sage & Rosemary

The next time you’re out on the patio BBQing, remember to throw some fresh sage or rosemary onto the coals (or metal grill if using a gas grill) and watch the mosquitoes steer clear of the area.

Mosquito Repellant #5

DIY Anti-Mosquito Lotion

You can create your own mosquito repelling lotion with one simple pantry ingredient and an essential oil. Simply mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and rub onto exposed body parts. This mosquito repellant is an all-natural recipe and can be used on children, but please do a small test area first to make sure that no irritation occurs. For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 15 drops peppermint, eucalyptus, lavendar, lemongrass or tea tree essential oil

Mosquito Repellant #6

Hang Some Herbs

Hang some herbs around your home and patio in cheese cloths or muslin bags. Flying insects (especially mosquitoes) absolutely hate the smell of basil and will avoid the area. You can hang either fresh basil leaves, or crush some dried ones which will also emit a strong scent. Roaches cannot stand basil as well!

More Interesting Mosquito Prevention Hacks

Avoid Leaving Out Water

Avoid having water sitting around anywhere on your property (pet bowls, birdbaths, etc). Mosquitoes need water in order to reproduce, and even as little as 1 pint is sufficient to nurture as many as five-hundred larvae.

Break Open Some Egg Yolks


If you happen to have a small pond in your yard, you can break open a few egg yolks and let them spread over the surface of the water. This solution suffocates the mosquito larvae and can be repeated every few days.



Stock Your Pond With Mosquito Eating Fish!

You can even stock your pond with mosquito-eating fish called Gambusia Affinis! These mosquito eating fish love to feast on mosquito larvae and are an excellent mosquito prevention source. If you can’t find them in your local fish store, you can surprisingly find a few retailers selling them on Amazon for a reasonable price!

Citronella Plants

Grow some citronella plants in your garden, or in plant pots around your front porch and patio. Mosquitoes despise citronella plants, and will stay away from the area. You can purchase citronella plants at your local nursery, or grow your own from seeds.

Dragonflies

Attract some dragonflies to your property by growing bamboo plants. Dragonflies love to live among bamboo and enjoy feasting on mosquitoes! In fact, they can eat around 100 mosquitoes in as little as 30 minutes!

Septoplasty Recovery Tips

My Septoplasty Experience With Latera Implants


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I have recently undergone Septoplasty surgery to correct a deviated septum. Due to trauma, it had basically shifted into my right nostril at age 13 and obstructed my breathing ever since. Needless to say I was tired of getting adult ear infections and having a difficult time breathing during exercise—particularly running. So I decided to finally correct it.

My primary care doctor referred me to an ENT specialist (ear nose and throat) and when the ENT doc examined me, he noticed a couple more things besides a crooked septum that needed to be taken care of.

In addition to enlarged turbinates that needed to be shrunk, my nasal valve was collapsing every time I sniffed or took a breath through my nose—so I needed an implant on both sides called a Latera implant.

Image source: Latera.com

Latera implants are polymers and get injected on each side of your nose and keep your nose stabilized when you breathe in—allowing you to get a full breath of air. And the cool thing about these implants is that after a year, they get absorbed by your body and create scar tissue that acts on behalf of the implant.

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Day Of Surgery

I arrive at the surgery center a week after my Septoplasty consult and I was pretty nervous. I’ve had quite a few surgeries before but never on my face—especially a delicate part like my nose. I was so nervous that I asked the nurse for a vomit bin and they ended up putting Zofran into my IV to keep me from throwing up.

Basically I had two huge fears while I was waiting on my hospital bed: the first was that I would wake up extremely stuffed up due to blood and the splints that they put up your nose to stabilize it, and therefore choke or suffocate, and the second fear had to do with pain—because let’s face it—even plucking one nose hair makes your eyes water, and in this case, they’d be taking out small chunks of cartilage.

POST SURGERY (Day 1)

After my Septoplasty surgery, I woke up actually being able to breathe through my nose—silicone tubes and all. And I wasn’t in any pain because of the local anesthetic that the doctor injected all throughout my nose—in addition to whatever was going through my IV line. So no worries, you won’t be in any pain at all.

However, when I stood up to get ready to go home, my nose began to drain blood and I instantly felt congested. I definitely had to go full mouth-breather. The nurse showed me how to tape gauze underneath my nose to catch the blood, and told me to begin using saline the next day to keep all the blood from crusting over—which also makes nasal splint removal more difficult later on (they removed mine 4 days later).

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At home I laid down and drifted in and out of sleep from the anesthesia. I used a reusable compress mask that went around my nose and not directly on it—trust me, any pressure on your nose is painful. And the ones that they give you at the hospital are awful because they leak, so I’m glad I preordered my own after reading about this in a facebook Septoplasty Recovery group.

I tried to eat, but my front teeth were sore, so I stuck to liquids and yogurt. I definitely used the pain meds that were prescribed to me when the local anesthetic wore off. I also took a capsule of turmeric/curcumin which is an anti inflammatory supplement known to reduce swelling.

That night was pretty rough. Not due to pain because the medication kept it under control, but because of the congestion. I had to sleep propped up, which wasn’t comfortable, and I kept waking due to dry mouth and a dry throat. I’m also pretty sure I stopped breathing a couple of times while I slept because I would jerk awake gasping for air. I’m pretty sure many people have experienced the same thing while recovering from Septoplasty surgery.

Day 2

I woke up tired and was pretty frustrated throughout the entire day. I wanted my nose to clear out, but that’s not possible. I used my saline nasal spray (very gently), but all that seemed to do was make my nose stuffier (I did that about 3-4 times that day). My nose still bled so I had to continue wearing gauze underneath my nose.

I also caved today and got a humidifier to help me sleep better at night and to keep my mouth and throat less dry. Prior to bed I took my first hot shower since the night prior to my surgery with the shower head turned away and it felt great! I had to have the shower head turned slightly away though.

Day 3

I’m having panick attacks from time to time because i can barely get air in through my tubes and it’s making me feel claustrophobic. Saline solution clears it out for a little while but then it begins to dry and crust over all over again. I tell myself to hang in there as I’m getting my splints out tomorrow.

I also went out today and absolutely had to wear sunglasses because it’s so bright out but, they hurt my nose due to the Latera implants which have become swollen and are poking out through my skin. Luckily, someone online told me about a headband that lifts the glasses off of your nasal bridge and I ordered a pair because I really need to wear my sunglasses when I drive.

Day 4

I went to get my splints removed today and it REALLY hurt. There’s really no subtle way to yank splints out, so having them taken out with force is pretty painful. I can honestly say that I was in more pain having splints taken out than the day I had surgery. The doctor also told me that I will have dissolvable stitches in there for a while, and to not tug on them.

Below are my before and after photos. You can definitely see how bad the septum was and how great of a difference Septoplasty made. It even changed the shape of my nose tip—making it more symmetrical.

Before & After

Even though Septoplasty splint removal was super painful, I was able to take in a huge whiff of fresh air, and it was wonderful.

The only concern were the Latera implants, which were looking too superficial, but the ENT doctor told me to wait it out and see if the swelling goes down. If it doesn’t, and the implants are still poking through, then I will have to go back and have them removed in-office. The removal might create a tiny scar, but makeup does wonders these days.

Day 5

Last night I slept great! My nose still feels tender and slightly congested, but nothing compared to the previous days. I barely have to use my saline solution, and there is only a tiny amount of blood tinged mucus when I blow my nose. It still kind of hurts to blow, but it’s getting much better.

Moving Forward

The next two weeks of Septoplasty recovery, I noticed my nose going back to a normal slim shape. The nostrils aren’t perfectly symmetrical, but it’s a huge improvement aesthetically. My nose also isn’t tender anymore. If my child accidently bumps it with their head I’m not crying in pain—I barely feel it.

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Overall, having Septoplasty surgery was a great decision. I am able to breathe freely without any obstruction and my sense of smell has improved also.

If you’re having Septoplasty surgery, or considering having a Septoplasty, just remember that the first 3 days are the worst, but after the splints are removed, it’s smooth sailing, and you’ll have a life changing new nose.

Below are the items I’ve used to help aid my recovery and to be more comfortable during the healing process—I call it my “recovery tool kit”. Hopefully, these items will help you as well!

My Septoplasty Recovery Toolkit

Reusable Heating/Cooling Pad

MyCare Cooling Pad

Pro-Optics Nose Guard

Pro-Optics

Cool Mist Humidifier

AquaOasis

How To Avoid Shopping Cart Germs With Baby

Do You Know What’s Really Lurking On Your Shopping Cart Handle?

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Let’s have a serious conversation about germs. Not only because of COVID-19, but because even prior to the outbreak, people still got sick from being in contact with unsanitary shopping carts.

When you think about it, we latch onto a shopping cart with a death grip for a good length of time. Sometimes we’re in that grocery store for a good 30-45 minutes—and the entire time, we’re clutching that shopping cart handle like it’s a safety bar on a crazy amusement park ride.

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Meanwhile, our exposed skin is coming into contact with some really nasty stuff. And if you have kids, it becomes even more problematic because kids like to rub their eyes, stick fingers in their mouth and noses, and sometimes even gnaw on the cart handle. It’s enough to give any parent anxiety.

A study conducted by the University of Arizona showed the following bacteria lurking on shopping cart handles:

Courtesy of Foodprotection.org

Why Are Shopping Carts So Dirty?

In a nutshell–they never get cleaned! If you think about it, aside from the handles being swiped with an anti-bacterial wipe from time to time, the rest of the shopping cart frame remains dirtier than a toilet seat. This is due to:

  1. Being used by multiple people throughout the day, everyday for 365 days a year.
  2. Being filled up with groceries consisting of packaged meat that ooze blood.
  3. Being sneezed on.
  4. Transfer of fecal matter from improper hand-washing.
  5. Children drooling and gnawing on the handles

How To Avoid Shopping Cart Germs

Use A Shopping Cart Cover

When I was pregnant with my first-born, one of my baby-shower gifts consisted of a shopping cart cover. I still have that little cover and use it with my second-born child. My daughter is 3 and I still use it. When I return home, I simply throw it into the washing machine and wash it in hot water. Simple.

Lumiere

Sanitize The Handles

This is a no brainer. Whenever I enter the grocery store, I grab a couple of sanitizing wipes (complimentary of the store) and wipe the handle. You should also bring your own supply of anti-bacterial wipes and sanitizer just in case the store runs out.

You can even buy a shopping cart handle cover that can also be used on shopping baskets, like the one below by Shopexzone. It’s incredibly convenient and can be stored in your car or tote bag when not in use.

Clip’N Shop

Don’t Let Your Kids Sit In The Back Of Shopping Carts

I often see a lot of parents allow their children to ride in the back of the shopping cart. And I didn’t think much of it until I read an article about all the bacteria that lurks in that part of the cart.

Packaged meat like pork and poultry products, are often placed into that area, sometimes leaking blood. This exposure leads to Salmonella and Campylobacter infections.

What does all this mean? It means that parents are literally pushing their kids around in a metal biohazard on wheels. To avoid contamination, it’s best to seat your child in the front and have the older ones walk beside you.

Fussy Toddler? Bring A Toy From Home

If you have a child who isn’t a very patient shopper and wants to tug at your shopping cart cover or reach for products in the back of the cart, give her something clean to hold; like a toy or object from home that they have great interest in.

My daughter enjoys holding a pair of my sunglasses or those silicone poppits. Knowing that she’s distracted allows me to concentrate on the items that I need to get. This makes our shopping trip quick and easy.

Wash Hands When You Get Home

When we return home, I have both my children get up on their little step stool and wash their hands with soap and water—myself included. They quite enjoy it. They love lathering and squishing the soap bubbles and it’s become a fun activity.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Dolls For Kids

Organic And Ethically Made Nontoxic Dolls For Sustainable Play

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Are you striving to be a more sustainable parent and making a switch to more natural and nontoxic toys for your little ones? You are not alone!

Many health-conscious parents are coming to the realization that kids spend a lot of time cuddling and sleeping with their toys—teething babies in particular enjoy biting them.

Now, most parents don’t think that those are big concerns, but, mainstream dolls have potential to be filled with hazardous material like flame retardants, BPA and PVC—all of which are considered to be hormone disrupting chemicals.

Because of these concerns, parents are opting for healthier alternatives when it comes to toys, especially dolls. And luckily, many eco-friendly brands are creating nontoxic and sustainable dolls that children can enjoy safely, without sacrificing any fun. Because let’s face it, aesthetics are important as well.

Though they may be more expensive than regular dolls, eco-friendly dolls are worth the investment. They are ethically made out of nontoxic and organic material, are void of synthetic chemicals, and are typically hand-made, which means there’s more attention to detail.

Dolls also help foster emotional development and teach empathy, which is an important trait. Hence, it’s a great toy for both genders to play with.

Below are several hand-picked eco-friendly dolls that were ethically manufactured, are nontoxic and completely safe for play and nighttime snuggles!

Best Non-Toxic Dolls For Sustainable Play

Hearts Of Yarn Hand-Made Plush Dolls

These charming eco-friendly plush dolls are hand-made and contain a cotton canvas body. Each doll also comes with a branded reusable cotton canvas bag that contains the doll’s name—which your child will love! You can find a variety of these beautiful dolls on Amazon!

Wise & Wonder Cotton Doll

Wonder & Wise

The Wise and Wonder cotton doll is made from cotton and comes complete with a removable knit cap, diaper and swaddle blanket. It’s a sweet little doll that little girls love to play with, and because it resembles a newborn, it’s perfect to use with a doll pram.

Gloveleya Non-Toxic Plush Dolls

Gloveleya

These super soft non-toxic dolls are great starter dolls for babies as well as older girls. These eco-friendly dolls are made of high quality safety environmental soft plush fabric and contain super-squishy material filler. They are machine washable and meet and pass CPSIA and CCPSA Standards.

Ogh Organic Stuffed Dolls

The eco-friendly plush Ogh dolls are handmade with organic yarn and stuffed with hypoallergenic polyfill. They are super soft to the touch and make a sweet non-toxic first doll for little ones.

Cuddle + Kind Cotton Yarn Dolls

Cuddle + Kind dolls are hand-knit from 100% yarn, and are stuffed with hypoallergenic polyfill for the softest snuggles. These super soft dolls are sewn in Peru using fair trade practice and are available in two different sizes. The brand also donates 10 meals to children in need with every sale, which is really amazing!

Apple Park Organic Cotton Plush Dolls

These adorable non toxic and eco-friendly plush dolls by Apple Park are perfect companions for toddlers and big kids. They’re made from soft GOTS Certified organic cotton and filled with hypoallergenic corn fiber. The clothing is also removable and washable! These sustainable dolls are available at EarthHero, and you can take 10 percent off of your purchase using code ECOMOMDIARIES at checkout!

Playdate Friends

These adorable fabric Playdate Friends dolls by Manhattan Toys come with a small little animal companion and are completely machine washable and dryer friendly. They can also be undressed when playing dress up! We love all the varieties that these dolls come in and they’re perfect for both genders!

Tikiri Organic Baby Dolls

These eco friendly and ethically made plush dolls are handmade in Sri Lanka and made from 100% organic cotton fabric and recycled polyester for stuffing. These dolls are absolutely beautiful and come in so many different variations! They’re also more budget friendly than other environmentally friendly dolls on the market!

Under The Nile Organic Cotton Dress Up Doll

These 13 inch eco-friendly baby dolls for toddlers by Under The Nile are handmade from 100% organic Egyptian cotton. They make the perfect first dolls for toddlers, and your little one will have a blast dressing them up since they come with an extra set of non-toxic clothing!

Zubels Woven Dolls

These sustainable dancing ballerina dolls by Zubels are environmentally friendly and made from 100% cotton—they also come in various sizes. Zubels dolls also contain environmentally safe low-impact dyes and have minimal packaging to reduce environmental waste.

EcoBaby Dolls

EcoBaby Doll

EcoBaby dolls by GaiaTree are made from all-natural rubber (which is biodegradable) and come dressed in organic cotton clothing. The eco-friendly doll featured in the image above is baby Cora, and she’s available on Amazon!

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Must-Have Eco-Friendly Breastfeeding Essentials

Non-Toxic Breastfeeding Supplies For New Moms

Updated February 10, 2022

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Breastfeeding aids are constantly evolving, and luckily, more breastfeeding accessories are becoming eco-friendly—resulting in safer, non-toxic products for both you, baby and the environment.

With my first born, I 100% didn’t know what I was doing and I wasn’t prepared for all the painful aftermath associated with breastfeeding. It was quite a shock how much work was involved. And it is especially hard if your baby doesn’t latch correctly.

In fact, it wasn’t until a few days after we brought our son home that I sent my husband out to get breastfeeding supplies which would help me breastfeed more comfortably. Things that I initially didn’t think I would need, but ended up needing.

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And that’s ok, because breastfeeding takes practice and you won’t know what you need until you and baby begin the journey. But, whatever you choose, strive for organic, non-toxic, and eco-friendly breastfeeding products. Not only are green nursing products healthier—they’re also kind on the environment.

Below, you’ll find my personal hand-picked list of environmentally friendly nursing supplies that you can add to your Amazon Baby Registry!

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Conscious And Non-Toxic Breastfeeding Essentials Guide

Rechargeable Milk Duct Massager

One major issue with breastfeeding that many new moms experience, especially in the first couple of weeks, is clogged milk ducts. That’s where a massager comes in handy. This milk duct massager by LaVie is made of hospital grade silicone, is USB rechargeable, waterproof, and is more effective than hand massage. It’s definitely a must-have item for breastfeeding moms.

LaVie

Reusable Non-Toxic Gel Compress Pads

Every new mom needs a hot/cold compress—especially if they’re breastfeeding. Breasts become sore and painful, and in some instances milk ducts become clogged. Applying a compress can relieve pain and get milk flowing.

These luxury reusable breastfeeding gel pads by Magic Gel can be used both ways: cold and warm. They’re non toxic and can be microwaved up to 300 times. Perfect for sore nipples, engorged breasts, mastitis, swelling and inflammation.

Magic Gel

Electric Breast Pump

A large majority of moms use high quality electric breast pumps—even those who breastfeed exclusively. It’s a great way to relieve engorged breasts and create an extra supply of milk if you’re away from baby and someone else must feed them via bottle.

I used Medela with both of my babies. Medela parts are non-toxic and BPA and DEH-P free.

Great quality electric breast pumps will cost you around $150-$200, but that’s also the amount that formula feeding moms spend in a month—so it’s quite an excellent investment. And you’ll also be happy to hear that most health insurance companies cover most or all of the breast pump cost.

Medela

Wearable Breast Pump

Some new moms don’t want to be confined to a chair and a loud breast pump with wires dangling from their chest. So a great alternative to a conventional electric pump is a wearable one—like Willow wearable breast pump.

Compared to other wearable pumps, Willow is the only one that offers complete mobility—360 degrees of motion enabled by their patented, continuous latch and Spill-Proof Milk Bags. That means you can pump in any position, even doing yoga or lying down!

Willow

Haaka Silicone Breast Pump

New moms absolutely love the silicone Haakaa breast pump. Haakaa is a hands—free silicone breast pump that uses natural suction to draw out that extra breast milk in-between pumping, or during a feed so that you’re not dripping valuable milk while baby is drinking from the other breast. It’s a really handy nursing tool to have on hand, and you won’t regret the buy!

Haakaa

Eco-Friendly Baby Bottles

You’ve spent so much time pumping and when the time comes, you, dad or another family member will be able to feed baby via bottle. And don’t worry, there are such things as breastfeeding baby bottles, which are specially designed to help baby transition between breast and bottle—and it won’t effect breastfeeding. 

Dr. Brown’s wide-neck glass bottles are one such variety with a very good reputation. I have used these with my babies and it did not discourage them from going back and forth. Plus, they’re glass and can be recycled!

Dr. Brown’s

You can also opt for stainless steel baby bottles, like this one by ThinkBaby, which parents are loving, not only for feedings, but for scalding frozen breast milk!

One Amazon reviewer wrote:

Bought this to use in our bottle warmer to scald breast milk due to high lipase. It works perfectly for that – the stainless steel heats up quickly and evenly and seems much more sanitary/safe than plastic.”

Think Baby

Silicone Breastmilk Storage Bags

After pumping your liquid gold, you’ll want to store it short-term in the refrigerator or long term in the freezer. And the best way to store your milk and save the environment is by ditching the reusable bags.

Go with silicone and save your breast milk over and over and over again in the same container without adding to the plastic waste crisis. Zip Top reusable storage bags are a great buy, and come in packs of two or more!

ZipTop

Silicone Sterilizer Steam Bags

Should you decide to purchase a breastpump, you’ll want to sanitize the parts on a regular basis. Now a days, you can purchase convenient eco-friendly, silicone steam bags that sanitize everything in minutes, like the Evenflo Steam Sanitizing Bag. You can also throw in a bottle or pacifier and simultaneously remove up to 99.9% of germs!

The Evenflo Feeding Silicone Steam Sanitizing Bag is designed to help eliminate harmful germs and bacteria from most pump parts, bottles, pacifiers, and more. Made from 100% FDA food-grade silicone, this eco-friendly bag is more durable than plastic alternatives and can be used over and over again, creating less waste for the environment.

EvenFlo

Organic Nursing Pillow

Unless you have arms of steel, holding a baby in a fixed position for 15-20 minutes is not a lot of fun! Breastfeeding support pillows helped me tremendously by allowing me to sit in a comfortable position while my baby chowed down.

Currently, the Nook Organic Breastfeeding Pillow is a great buy if you want to go the organic route. It’s made of organic cotton and comes with a washable slip cover.

Organic Nursing Bras

Nursing bras are essential for easy access. And it’s best to go with non-toxic fabric such as organic cotton or bamboo. Wearing organic fibers benefits both you, baby and the environment.

Organic cotton is free of pesticides, insecticides, and other harmful chemicals. It also requires less water to produce. Kindred Bravely manufactures ultra soft organic cotton nursing bras with wireless support.

Kindred Bravely

Another eco-friendly online store that sells organic breastfeeding bras made from cotton as well as bamboo is Our Green House, and they have quite a cute collection of non-toxic nursing bras and tank tops that are functional, comfortable and stylish.

Our Green House

Reusable Nursing Pads

These are not only a necessity—they’re a must-have. Your nipples will leak a lot, especially during a feed (when one isn’t in use) and will leave embarrassing and uncomfortable splatter marks that crust over when dried.

Plus, what no one will tell you, is that leaked milk that’s absorbed into your bra or shirt stinks. You’re going to smell like old, sour milk. And you will need to buy a few pairs because you will have to change them out throughout the day. Go with organic bamboo, like Eco Nursing Pads, as they are reusable, eco-friendly, and highly absorbent.

Eco Nursing Pads

Breathable Nursing Cover

Whether you choose to use a nursing cover or are brave enough to go ‘au naturale’, you should know that nursing covers now-a-days are multi-purpose. In fact, some are so versatile, that when you buy a “nursing cover”, you’re also buying: a car seat canopy, a shopping cart cover, a blanket, a scarf, a newborn swaddle—you name it. Talk about a great investment. And you can find beautiful nursing covers that are breathable, non-toxic and gentle for both mom and baby like this one by Cooper Pearl.

Copper Pearl

Non-Toxic Silicone Nipple Shields

Nipple shields are primarily used to help with latching. There are situations where a woman might have very flat nipples, inverted nipples or an improper latch has led to painful blisters and mom needs to heal—a nipple shield can help with such dilemmas.

The Yiyee Nipple Shield has a HUGE amount of great reviews on Amazon compared to other brands. It’s 100% thin silicone, BPA free and non-toxic. Moms seem to love how easy it is for their baby to latch and suck from a comfortable distance without putting painful pressure on the sore nipple.

Vegan And Non-Toxic Nipple Cooling Gel Pads

Nipple cooling pads—I literally love this invention. These were lifesavers for me when I breastfed. My nipples were so sore that slapping some cooling gel pads on them after a painful feed was the best feeling in the world. Imagine having a sunburn and then relieving it with some nice cool aloe vera gel—that’s the effect that gel pads have. Choose gel pads that are vegan and made from glycerin, which is non-toxic to human health and the environment—such as the Lansinoh Soothies Breast Gel Pads.

Lansinoh

Organic Nipple Balms And Creams

All that breastfeeding causes your nipples to become dry and cracked—much like chapped lips. And what do you do about chapped lips? You rub some lip balm on them to provide soothing relief and healing. The same goes with nipples. An investment in really good nipple balm or cream will make all the difference.

And because you’re basically sharing your nipples with another human being, you want to make sure that the product is baby friendly: organic and nontoxic, like Boob Ease Organic Nipple Balm and Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter.

Organic Breastmilk Supplements And Teas

I personally needed supplements to help with my milk production. In the first month, I wasn’t producing a sufficient amount of milk, and my baby wasn’t gaining weight. It wasn’t until after I began taking supplements that my milk supply began to increase. The only drawback was that I smelled like pancake syrup—which is something that all moms who take supplements with milk thistle and fenugreek experience (the two herbs responsible for the magic).

But, I won’t lie, some of them (the best ones that actually work) are a little expensive—but they do their job. I took MotherLove More Milk Plus. They are liquid capsules and have a really good reputation. And if you don’t like taking pills, lactation support supplements come in many other forms such as: cookies, teas (Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk Tea), chews, drink mixes and gummies. It really just comes down to personal preference.

Greenguard Gold Certified Recliner

Million Dollar Baby

One of my most favorite breastfeeding essentials has been a recliner; and it was literally a life saver during all of those middle of the night feedings. And if you’re going to invest in one, please make sure that it is Greenguard Gold Certified, which means that it was tested for over 10,000 different types of toxins, and is certified non-toxic (just like cribs should be). Many recliners like the one by Million Dollar Baby, have built in charging ports for your electronics as well, and are excellent quality!

Breastmilk Jewelry Kit

Lackto

One of the sweetest ways to commemorate your breastfeeding journey is to preserve your breastmilk, and you can do so right in your own home with a DIY breastmilk jewelry kit! And Lackto is the leading breastmilk preservation brand when it comes to home kits!

The LACKTO kit comes with all the essential tools that you need to create your breastmilk keepsake, and comes with easy to follow instructions. Their website also contains a FAQ’s page where you can read all the frequently asked questions regarding the entire process and sustainably of the preserved breastmilk.

Breastfeeding Tracker Phone Apps

There are many wonderful and convenient phone apps for tracking your breastfeeding, and a large majority are free. They are a useful tool because you can record and track the duration of your baby’s feed and which breast they used last—because trust me, when you’re nursing a newborn, you’re EXHAUSTED and lack of sleep messes with your memory. Thanks to the app, you’ll know which breast has more milk supply and begin with that one! The MyMedela Breastfeeding Companion app is a great place to start with tracking your feeds.

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Love Bottle: The Recycled Glass Water Bottle With A Mission

All About The Partially Recycled Water Bottle And How Each Purchase Makes A Difference


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Water seems to taste a lot better out of glass. Unlike metal drinking vessels, glass leaves flavor untouched—pure and natural. So I may be biased when I say this, but reusable glass water bottles are the healthiest to drink out of.

If you agree, and are searching for a new reusable glass water bottle to keep you hydrated throughout the day, then check out this beautiful water bottle brand called Love Bottle.

Meet Love Bottle!

Love Bottle is a partially recycled reusable glass water bottle with a hand-crafted ceramic swing top lid and beautiful artwork that represents love, kindness, humanity and the environment.

Love Bottle is made completely from nontoxic glass, safe to drink out of, leakproof, and scratch-resistant.

Ever since I laid eyes on this water bottle, I knew immediately that I had to share it with my readers, and secondly, that I had to buy one for myself.

Giving back

In addition sustainably and ethically manufacturing their beautiful reusable glass water bottles right here in the USA, Love Bottle donates 5% of its entire revenue to a great cause!


“We believe in giving back and helping people who need it. That is why we donate 5% of our revenue back into the world, both in monetary donations and in kind donations. Our monetary donations go to charity: water, helping to get clean water to people who need it” -Love Bottle

Take a look at the video below if you’d like to learn how Love Bottles are manufactured.

An inside look at how Love Bottles are Made in the USA with our glass manufacturer, Owens-Illinois

Love Bottles are available on Earth Hero, and as a special thank you, please take 10% off of your purchase with code: ECOMOMDIARIES at check out.

When you purchase a Love Bottle, you’re helping donate to a really great cause! Below are just a few of the many designs available for purchase.

Love Bottle

Love Bottle

Mandala

Mandala

Honey Water

Love Water Honey Water


Animal Love

Love Bottle Animal Love

Power Of Words

Love Bottle Power Of Words

Best Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture Finds

Non-Toxic Outdoor Furniture For The Eco-Friendly Outdoor Space Of Your Dreams

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Everybody wants to create the outdoor space of their dreams. Afterall, to some people, a yard is an oasis—their sanctuary and go to place to unwind, relax and take in the fresh air.

The backyard is also a space where one can entertain guests. So it’s understandable that most people want it to look stylish, functional and sustainable. Luckily, many outdoor patio sets are eco-friendly and made from ethically sourced material like bamboo, rattan and acacia wood.


Bamboo, rattan and acacia wood grow incredibly fast, don’t need fertilizer, don’t need a lot of water and rarely need pesticides. This means you’re buying environmentally friendly outdoor furniture as well nontoxic outdoor furniture.

Below are a few sustainable pieces of outdoor patio sets and furniture that are stylish, functional, and durable. They’ll definitely inspire you to work on that perfect outdoor space you’ve always wanted!

Best Sustainable Outdoor Furniture Brands

ZEW Bamboo Round Day Bed

ZEW

This luxurious sustainable outdoor daybed by ZEW looks fantastic on your patio or next to the pool. It’s made from 100% bamboo and rattan, and can withstand rain and other elements year round. It also comes with 4 square waterproof pillows.

Joanna Wicker Basket Chair

GDF

This extremely comfortable looking standing basket chair by GDF is made from sustainable rattan, which, just like bamboo, is one of the fastest growing resources on the planet and requires little water. This chair comes with water proof cushions and provides luxurious comfort and relaxation. Perfect for enjoying a book.

5-Piece Bamboo Patio Furniture

KaO0YaN

This sustainable outdoor patio set by KaO0YaN is a blend of elegance and simplicity. This set is constructed with durable powder-coated steel frames and all weathered rattan to make the table and stools durable enough for long time use. The stools can be stored underneath the table when not in use, and it’s compact enough for even small spaces.

4-Piece Acacia Wood Outdoor Living Set

Safavieh

This 4-piece minimalistic outdoor living set by Safavieh is made from sustainable acacia wood which is fast growing, does not need fertilizer and rarely needs pesticides. This set looks great both in and outdoors, but does take a while to put together, according to customers.

5-Piece Rattan Patio Furniture Set

Devoko

This classy and modern 5-piece outdoor furniture set by Devoko is made from sustainable rattan. This sustainable sectional is made of high quality PE wicker and is strong enough to withstand all weather conditions. The water resistant durable cushions and tempered glass are easy to clean. Perfect for the patio and entertaining guests!

Acacia Wood Outdoor Sectional Sofa

Great Deal

This sustainable sectional outdoor sofa by the Great Deal, is made from eco-friendly acacia wood. The cushions are made with water-resistant fabric and it’s a great addition to any porch or patio.

Acacia Wood Loveseat

Walker Edison

This eco-friendly and charming love seat by Walker Edison is made from sustainable Acacia wood. It’s an all-weather piece of furniture and has a stained finish. Perfect for the porch, balcony or deck.

Foldable Bamboo Rocking Chair

Wisfor

There’s nothing like sitting back and enjoying the outdoors on a rocking chair. And this sustainable and foldable rocking chair by Wisfor is made from durable and eco-friendly bamboo. It has an innovative headrest, retractable footrest, and the best part is that it’s portable!

Wicker Teardrop Lounge Chair

Christopher Knight Home

This charming and ultra comfortable looking sustainable lounge chair by Christopher Knight Home is constructed from all weather wicker wrapped around a metal frame. It adds style to any porch or patio and includes water-resistant beige cushions.

Wicker Storage Bench

Samu

This sustainable storage bench by Samu is made from wicker and doubles as a coffee table and foot rest. It’s perfect for storing outdoor pillows to save them from UV damage and adds style to your patio.

Acacia Wood Picnic Table

Great Deal

This durable and sustainable country style picnic table by Great Deal is a great addition to your yard and perfect for summer cookouts! It’s made from sustainable acacia wood and naturally withstands outdoor elements.

3-Piece Patio Folding Bistro Set

Tangkula

This eco-friendly 3-piece patio folding bistro set by Tangkula is perfect for minimalists who prefer a small patio set. This set is made from 100% sustainable and sturdy acacia wood and comes with removable cushions.

Tiki Thatch Tilted Bamboo Umbrella

Forever Bamboo

This sustainable and Hawaiian inspired patio umbrella by Forever Bamboo is a 6.5 lightweight umbrella that can be used with your patio table or at the beach. It offers excellent UV protection and is made of breathable bamboo fabric.

Lahaina Wood Outdoor Chaise Lounge Set

Christopher Knight Home

This sustainable chaise lounge set by Christopher Knight Home is made from eco-friendly acacia and eucalyptus wood. They look lovely in any outdoor space and come fully assembled.

Rattan Outdoor Day Bed

M&W

This massive sustainable day bed by M&W is made from eco-friendly rattan and has several cool features. For one, it’s a sectional and can be pulled apart. It also has a retractable canopy and a coffee table in the middle that that you can raise up.

KidKraft Double Chaise Lounge For Kids

KidKraft

We certainly can’t forget about the kids! This amazing double chaise lounge by KidKraft is made from sustainable composite wood and comes with a canopy and cup holders so your little one can relax and enjoy summer!

How To Repurpose Bicycle Helmets

Unique And Creative Ways To Upcycle Your Outdated Bike Helmet When Recycling Isn’t An Option

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Helmets have a limited lifespan—kind of like infant car seats. After some time, the parts of a helmet—such as the foam and adhesives, begin to degrade—resulting in a subpar level of protection.

Because of this, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recommends replacing a bicycle helmet every five to 10 years, which basically places helmets in the category of disposable products.

In that case, you absolutely must buy a new helmet, but what is the fate of the outdated one? What if you don’t want to send the old bicycle or motorcycle helmet off to the landfill? What are the alternative options?

Option 1: Recycle


One option is to call your local recycling center and ask if they recycle the plastic portion of the helmet. If that’s the case, you can take the helmet apart and place the plastic casing into your recycling bin. I’ll be honest, they probably won’t accept them. But don’t be discouraged, because there are other pretty cool alternatives to landfill disposal.

Ten years ago in Portland, Oregon, a helmet recycling program was in the works, but unfortunately, it never went anywhere. I believe the man behind the concept didn’t have enough investors or something to help him build a facility with necessary equipment. That’s too bad.

Another option is to send your helmet into a recycling program called TerraCycle who would take it apart and repurpose the components—BUT, I believe you have to order a special shipping box and it’s kind of expensive. A small zero-waste shipping box costs around $130.00 but, it can be filled with as many sporting goods as you can fit—so in addition to the helmet, you can get rid of other unwanted items that are just laying around in your garage. The question is, do you want to spend that much money?


Option 2: Donate

You can donate your old bicycle or motorcycle helmet to your local emergency response department (like the fire station) for training purposes. They will happily take your helmets and use them to teach their students how to safely remove a helmet when a motorist is injured.

Never donate an outdated helmet to an active motorist or cyclist—this is irresponsible and can cause a head injury and even death.

Option 3: Upcycle

Another great option is to upcycle your old helmet into something purposeful. Many people opt to turn their helmets into planters, which look unique and add charm and character to a backyard or garden. Simply line the bottom with some newspaper and add soil and seeds, or transplant an existing plant into it.

Many people also repurpose old bike helmets into unique lanterns and lamps that look awesome in a man cave, garage or even kids’ room.

Need a bowl? Bike helmets work amazingly well as fruit or popcorn bowls! You can paint them and use them in the home or break room at work for this exact purpose! Perhaps you have a Stars Wars fan in your life, in which case you can paint the helmet in the likeness of R2D2 or BB8 and create a Star Wars themed snack bowl!

And lastly, they can be painted and transformed into Halloween candy bowls or used for trick or treating! The strap easily works as a “bucket handle”. And they can most certainly be crafted into a costume accessory or scary yard display during the spooky season as well!

Until bicycle helmets are manufactured to be sustainable and recyclable, these are the best options for keeping old helmets out of the landfill—and they’re not such bad options.

Below are some amazing and creative examples of repurposed bicycle and motorcycle helmets to help inspire you! I hope you enjoy these ideas and please give these talented folks below a follow!

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Best Vegan Hair Dyes

These Ethical And Cruelty-Free Hair Dye Brands Will Leave You Feeling Fun And Flirty This Summer!

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Have you ever dyed your hair with traditional at-home hair color and almost had to call 911 because the fumes nearly killed you? I think we all made that mistake one time or another. Unfortunately, vegan hair dye wasn’t always available on store shelves. But, these days, they are plentiful, and some of the colors are incredibly fun, flirty and vibrant.

So what are your plans this summer? No, really! Let me know in the comments!


Last summer was a dud due to Covid, but this year, you get a chance to go out and actually live. And what better way to celebrate than to give your hair a little makeover with some ethical vegan hair color that’ll turn heads!

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Vegan hair dye is:

  • PPD Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Ammonia Free
  • GMO Free
  • Cruelty Free

And I wish that all hair dye consisted of these qualities, but unfortunately, they don’t. Not only is traditional dye horrible for your health, it’s also bad for the environment, because you’re rinsing it out in sink, and all of those chemicals go down the drain.

Vegan hair dye on the other hand, is nontoxic and eco-friendly, so you won’t feel bad about using it. And many are semi-permanent, which is great because you get to experiment with different shades without damaging your hair!

So this summer, change it up a notch, and enjoy life! Metallic type of shades like greys and silver are tending this year—and you’ll look great at the beach, raves or wherever else life takes you. Take a look below for some inspiration and have fun responsibly!

Punky Semi-Permanent Vegan Hair Colour

Punky

Punky semi-permanent hair dye has beautiful vibrant colors that can be applied to both light and dark hair—it actually leaves awesome highlights and shine on dark hair! This vegan dye lasts up to 35 washes and looks great with ombré hair!

INH Vegan Hair Dye

INH

This semi-permanent vegan hair dye by INH deep conditions as you dye your hair! It’s great for all hair types and all shades, and leaves your hair feeling soft and nourished, instead dry and unmanageable. It’s available in many colors and has really good reviews!

Brite Vegan Hair Dye

Brite

The Brite vegan hair dye comes in fun and flirty pastel colors—like this pastel pink! It lasts from 5-30 washes, depending on hair type and leaves your hair feeling hydrated! This vegan hair dye works particularly better on light colored hair, but the great news is that they also sell a vegan and ammonia free bleach kit if you’re wanting to go that route!

Arctic Fox Vegan Hair Dye

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Arctic Dye is another great semi-permanent vegan hair dye that deposits insanely vivid color! It nourishes as it sets and fades out gracefully. The cool thing about this brand is that 15% of all profits go toward charities who work to end animal abuse.

Smart Beauty Vegan Hair Dye

Smart Beauty

Unlike most vegan hair dyes which tend to be only semi-permanent, the this Smart Beauty hair color is permanent. It’s perfect for achieving a metallic pastel shade that looks fun and vibrant!

Manic Panic Vegan Hair Dye

Manic Panic

Manic Panic is a really fun hair care line and they have awesome vegan hair dyes as well! Their formula lasts for about 4-6 weeks and gradually fades. They have many shades available that are fun, vibrant and easy to apply!

Best Eco-Friendly And Non-Toxic Dog Beds

Sustainable And Non-toxic Dog Beds Made With Your Pet’s Health In Mind

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Pet owners go above and beyond when it comes to their dog’s nutrition. We will literally buy the most expensive dog food, or feed them a fancy raw diet if it means that they’ll have a longer lifespan and overall better quality of life. And dog food commercials do a great job of validating these concerns.

But why stop at dog food?

It’s a serious question. Why is dog food the only product that pet owners focus on when it comes to pet health. Why isn’t a focus on pet beds just as important as what dog food brand we buy?

Just like people, dogs sleep. They also age faster than humans and inherit physical issues like hip pain, arthritis, and skin issues like dermatitis, which can greatly be relieved with the right type of bed.

Dogs are members of the family who, just like people, need to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to live a long and happy life. If they sleep on something with cheap construction, then that will affect their physical health in the long run because certain chemicals in traditional dog beds can mess with your pet’s endocrine and hormone system.

Due to consumer demand, more and more pet beds are being made with pet health in mind. And that involves eco-friendly, organic, hypoallergenic, sustainable and nontoxic material that’s healthy enough for your pet to relax on. There are no toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, ozone depleters, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals that can be harmful to your beloved pet—yet many companies continue to make beds out of these ingredients.

Some of best ways to minimize skin problems in dogs is to actually stay away from cheap, synthetic dogs beds and opt for natural and organic pet beds. Bamboo, organic cotton, organic latex, and hemp are some of the best material that make up high quality dog beds.

If you have children, then consider what they sleep on. Surely they don’t sleep on hard cots, am I right? No! They have their own comfortable beds where they feel safe and cozy at night, and wake up feeling refreshed. The same should go for our pets.

With that said, below are some of the best eco-friendly dog beds that you can buy. It’s a good investment—especially because your dog’s health is worth it.

OMI Organic Cotton Pet Bed

OMI

OMI pet beds are made with certified organic cotton and natural rubber—two elements that are sewn in different compartments—allowing your pet to alternate comfort levels. The OMI pet bed also comes with a removable organic cotton canvas cover which can be purchased separately, or together with the bed. You can purchase these beds in various sizes and even a round shape—all available on EarthHero.com, where no plastic packaging is ever involvement.

Bean Products Organic Hemp Pet Bed

Bean Products

This soft and comfortable eco-friendly pet bed by Bean Products is available in various sizes—from xx small to XX large. It’s made from organic hemp and filled with pre-consumer recycled shredded CertiPUR foam. The cover is removable and washable, and since hemp doesn’t rot, you won’t have to worry about this fabric getting wet.

Green Breathe Eco

Green Breathe Eco

This odor-control pet bed by Green Breathe Eco is infused with activated charcoal, which absorbs and neutralizes pet odor. The removable and washable canvas is made from eco-friendly and biodegradable suede, and the mattress itself is waterproof.

NaturoPet Natural Wool And Cotton Dog Bed

Naturopet

The eco-friendly Naturopet dog bed is made from virgin wool and organic cotton. Virgin wool is naturally breathable, sustainable and helps control your pet’s unique body temperature—giving them a better night’s rest. The removable zippered cotton canvas is easy to clean and is machine washable. It’s the perfect dog bed for aging pets, as this natural and elevated dog bed offers luxurious comfort, helps relieve tension and pressure points, cushions the body, and provides premium orthopedic support

Molly Mutt Wool Filled Dog Bed

Molly Mutt

Keep your pet safe and healthy with this hypoallergenic, and anti-microbial dog bed by Molly Mutt. This dog bed is made with all-natural wool and helps curb dog odors. Molly Mutt pet beds are well insulated to stay cool in the summers and warm in the winters. They also provide excellent lumbar support for aging dogs.