10 Last Minute Gifts for Moms

10 Last Minute Gifts for Moms

Let me introduce you to the World’s Worst Procrastinator when it comes to gifting. ME. However, this year I am trying (emphasis on the word “trying“) to turn a new leaf and get all my Christmas shopping done a week in advance.  I’m setting the bar LOW.   Unfortunately, Christmas shopping falls to the bottom of the list when balancing clients, kids, and the other craziness life throws you.  If anyone else is falling behind and needs some Christmas gift inspiration for the mothers in their life - you’ll love these “Last Minute Gifts for Moms“. My hope is that this list will get into the hands of the wonderful partners and Kris Kringles in our lives, so they can gift us with things we will actually USE and WANT as health-minded moms.  And take some of the stress out of shopping. What I love most about this list is that it is supports mom entrepreneurs - mostly local moms who have been busting their butts to turn their passion projects into successful businesses.   Businesses I trust and am proud to support. So while you are gifting that special mom in your life, or yourself, know that you are also gifting a hardworking, health-minded mom (just like you). Last Minute Gifts for Moms – Products My Spice Box For the “Culinary Mom” These are the businesses I trust and am proud to support.We may only use a few sprinkles of spices in our cooking, but quality still matters.  Spices may not be on the “Dirty Dozen” but they should be! Unfortunately, conventional spice mixes can contain harmful preservatives and additives like artificial colours, MSG, wheat/gluten and salt. Even whole or freshly ground spices are...

New research: mercury toxicity in kids

When I scan my inbox every morning for newsletters and updates from other websites, I often hit the “delete” button.  But today, as a mother and someone who works with other little ones daily, you’ll understand why this subject line caught my eye: Mercury Toxicity, Kids & Fish Consumption  Chris Kresser (One of my favourites sources of research-based nutrition and health info) published this lengthy yet informative post on mercury toxicity in children.  If you have a few minutes, definitely read the article here.  At the very least, you’ll have the gist of his post with my coles notes below.   The takeaway: New research illustrates that mercury may be toxic in children at levels MUCH LOWER than previously assumed.   A study with kids aged 9 to 11 revealed new insights around levels of mercury toxicity in children. “Harmful effects were observed at blood mercury levels far below the current safe limit of 5.8 μg/dL established by the WHO and the US National Academy of Sciences and National Research Center. The kids in this study had an average mercury level in the blood of 0.77 μg/dL,  and, with one exception, all affected kids had a mercury level below 3.27 μg/dL. The side effects of mercury toxicity are long, but we know there’s a connection to ADHD, learning delays, insomnia, headaches, and many more.   Should you give your children fish? Yes!  The benefits of the healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients outweigh the risk (assuming you are choosing the best sources of fish).   Which fish should they/we avoid and consume? Focus on LOW mercury sources:  anchovies, sardines, clams, North Atlantic mackerel, herring, and salmon. Conveniently, many...

How to choose natural baby care products

“Organic”. “Natural”. “Non-toxic”.” Naturally-derived ingredients”. When you are looking for natural baby care products, there is enough marketing lingo to make your head spin. Unfortunately, this marketing terminology is unregulated.  Therefore, it can be hard to determine whether these statements are true or part of a greenwashing campaign - unless you know how to read ingredient lists. But between chemical names and scientific names of botanicals, it can be quite daunting when you start paying attention to labels. To help get you started, here are some tips on what to look for in common baby care products. Before I dive in, I want to add this sanity check that I think is missing from most resources out there: While there are chemicals in baby care products that are potentially harmful, concentrations are very small and it is unlikely that any one product will contribute to serious health problems (barring any allergies, of course). However, our little ones are exposed to numerous chemicals on a daily basis, and the interactions between these chemicals are not well-studied. Also, new chemicals are being introduced to the market so quickly that we don’t yet know what the cumulative health impacts are over the long-term. I think it’s important to be aware of this, and what ingredients are in baby care products. But, if you find out that the products you’re already using are less than ideal, I don’t want you to panic or feel guilt (seriously, what parent needs another reason to feel guilty?). Instead, I’m hoping you feel empowered to either make a change, or know that you are comfortable with the...