Why We Should Avoid Cooking with Non-Stick Cookware

Do you remember when non-stick cookware first came out? Most of us were thrilled and even thought of it as helping improve our health by reducing the need for cooking oil. That and Teflon pots and pans are easy to clean which is a time saver all of us can appreciate. Unfortunately, there are some legitimate health concerns associated with what used to be most household’s favorite cookware.
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End of Summer Watermelon Salad

6 cups of seedless watermelon cut into 1 inch cubes
½ cup of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
6 oz. of feta cheese
Fresh lime juice
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Place watermelon in a large mixing bowl
Squeeze in the lime juice from half a lime
Add freshly ground black pepper to taste
Rinse, pat dry and remove the leaves from mint sprig and finely chop – add to watermelon
Toss all of the above in the mixing bowl.
Transfer everything over to a serving platter and sprinkle with crumbled feta
Serve and enjoy.

Helping Your Kiddos Make the “Back to School” Transition

Regardless of whether their summer days were filled with fun activities, vacations or complaints about having nothing to do, children sometimes have a tough time going back to school. As you may have experienced yourself, even parents will tell you they have mixed emotions about their little darlings going back to school. It’s even more heart wrenching if it’s first time, watching your little preschooler walk into the classroom, a backpack in hand that looks impossible large. The following tips will help you both make the transition into new school days.
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Natural Bathroom Cleaner

To remove stubborn soap scum, mold and mildew from bathroom tile try the following natural bathroom cleaner recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup of vinegar
1 cup of salt
2 tbsp. of all natural dishwashing soap
1 cup of hot water

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Spread the mixture onto the tile and grout, and let it sit for 20 minutes or more. Rinse thoroughly.

How Common Chemicals Endanger Child Brain Development

Chemicals contained in common products that an alarming number of families use every day are raising concerns among researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. These dangerous chemicals can be found in everything from pesticides to food packaging and personal care products. In a recent report published in the Environmental Health Perspectives NIH journal, 47 child health advocates, health practitioners and scientists have made a consensus announcement in Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks). The said announcement highly recommends that renewed attention be given to the escalating evidence that numerous widely available chemicals commonly used in our homes and schools are endangering neurodevelopment in children of all ages, including the fetus stage.
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Is Bacteria Lurking in Your Showerhead?

When was the last time you cleaned your showerheads? Maybe never? That would be what most of us would say. What you probably don’t realize is that there’s a good chance that, if you haven’t been cleaning them, your showerheads are harboring potentially infectious bacteria and encouraging their growth. Showerheads provide the ideal wet, dark and warm environment for bacteria growth, including Mycobacterium avium, known as “non-tuberculosis mycobacteria”.
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Cleaning Hairbrushes and Combs

Hairbrushes, combs and makeup brushes can help you look beautiful, but they can get pretty dirty if you don’t clean them once in a while. There are plenty of good reasons to do so, from extending their life to keeping bacteria that causes acne from developing on your makeup brush. All you need to get the job done is a bowl of clean, warm water with a small amount of natural dish detergent mixed in. If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned them, let them soak for about 10 minutes. To remove stubborn build-up on hairbrushes and combs, gently scrub them with a toothbrush, rinse clean and then air dry. NOTE: Before you clean hairbrushes or combs use scissors to cut away excess hair.

Awesome DIY Shower Curtain Cleaner Recipe

This homemade shower curtain cleaner recipe does a great job of removing mold and mildew.

What You’ll Need:

• A good sized spray bottle.
• 1/2 bottle or so of white vinegar, depending on the size of the spray bottle
• 5 drops of your favorite Pure Care dishwashing detergent
(the essential oils in it will leave your shower smelling clean and fresh)
• Water

Directions:

• Fill the spray bottle halfway with vinegar
• Add 6-7 drops of the dish detergent and fill the bottle with water
• Shake well to mix ingredients
• Spray down the shower curtain.

Keep the spray bottle handy in the shower and give the shower curtain a good spray after each use.

Healthiest Vegetables to Supercharge Your Health

The following nutrient rich vegetables are considered some of the top choices when it comes to being the healthiest. Each offers a long list of benefits including helping you feel more energetic, fight disease and even lose weight. So – go ahead, fill your plate and supercharge your health. We’re even including a tasty (and easy) recipe or cooking suggestion to try with each vegetable listed.
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