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Addressing allergies naturally
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Celebrate Screen-Free Week May 5-11
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DC Birth & Babies Fair returns Saturday
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Getting clear on air quality
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DC Yoga Week April 28-May 4
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Arts and nature in early childhood education
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Showcase connects students to environmental realities
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5 Reasons We Love Our Nature Preschool
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Earth Day Welcome and Giveaway
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Welcome!

Addressing allergies naturally

The pollen count in the DC area went through the roof last week and will be continuing to climb for at least the next several days, according to both Pollen.com and Weather.com’s Pollen Forecast. Some of us don’t much notice except for the green film on our cars and perhaps a little stuffiness in our nose, which is getting a filtering workout with all the junk in the air.

Others react more strongly. For allergy sufferers, beautiful spring days wreak havoc on our respiratory systems. It can start at any time. For my son, his first experience of allergies was four years ago, when he was five. We’ve been on a journey since the second year to strengthen his system.

If this year’s pollen is causing you troubles, here are some natural remedies you might want to consider to help treat the acute symptoms and also to bolster your immune system and reduce reactivity.

  • Nettle and Eyebright (herbs)
  • Vitamins C and D
  • Elderberry
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Turmeric
  • Quercitin
  • Essential oils – eucalyptus can help open breathing passages and there are many other oils to help with seasonal allergies
  • Homeopathic blends for allergies, molds, tree pollen, etc. or focus on the specific symptoms and consult a book to see what fits
Taking homeopathy
I always recommend seeking the advice of a trained healthcare practitioner to discuss the right remedies for your child. Ones who use muscle-testing or applied kinesiology might really be able to find the remedy that will yield the best response.
A good practitioner can check for food sensitivities — which might be causing an inflammatory response — as well as other causes for the symptoms. It could be as old as preconceptual or in-utero issues, as I think it is partly with my son, or there could be a reaction to long-term exposure of chemicals, pollutants, mold or even synthetic fragrances. If you have not tried eliminating dairy, that’s a good place to start as it causes lots of people to make extra mucus.
Over-the-counter and prescription allopathic medication might help in the near-term, but if it’s putting undue stress on the liver, it might actually weaken the body’s ability to flush out toxins and could contribute to a worsening of the problem in the long-term.
Natural remedies
Gentle ways to help a child detox include:
  • Starting the day with warm water and lemon, or warm water and a few drops of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar
  • Baths with Epsom salt and dead sea salts (use a chlorine filter for the water)
  • Neti pots nasal rinses or nasal sprays — simple saline, xylitol, homeopathic, or those with colloidal silver if you’re comfortable with that
Other modalities that might help include bodywork, such as
  • Acupuncture (some practitioners can use needle-less approaches with children)
  • Osteopathy and craniosacral therapy to calm the central nervous system
  • Chiropractic to address structural issues that may contribute to poor drainage
  • Massage techniques and reflexology

And allergy elimination and energetic techniques like NAET, BioSET, NMT and Total Body Modification can also help reset the body and change its reaction. We’ll be looking for more posts on these alternative measures and will add more links and directory listings in the near future.

Finally, look at your home.

  • Rid your living space of any synthetic fragrance products — especially laundry detergent but also cleaning products
  • Keep the windows closed until the pollen counts go down and wash everyone’s hair as soon as they get inside
  • Consider investing in an air purifier

This is our fourth season with my son’s allergies, the second year we’ve worked ahead of time to prevent them through acupuncture, energetic medicine, bodywork, supplements, air purification, and more.

The duration of his allergies last year was much shorter and the intensity decreased, but he did still have to stay inside for several days and experienced some eye puffiness in addition to redness and tearing. This year, his eyes have still bothered him and have teared some, but so far we have not seen the puffiness of years past, and he’s not had to limit his outside time nearly as much.

My hope is that eventually his system will become strong enough and clean enough that it will not react so severely to the onslaught of air pollutants we get in the springtime. I think my many years of using allopathic allergy and sinus medications only contributed to health problems by artificially masking the symptoms of inflammation while stressing my system even more. A clean diet and other modalities have instead gone after the causes of inflammation.

What works for you?

Celebrate Screen-Free Week May 5-11

May 5-11, 2014 has been designated as Screen-Free Week, a program of the  Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood 

 

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If you’ve been waiting for a reason to unplug your family, take advantage of this week! (And if you haven’t been waiting for a reason, check out this NPR piece on how plugged-in parenting is negatively affecting our kids).

Maybe the weather will cooperate, and with a little planning you can extend after-school playtime all the way up to the time your kids help you make something fun for dinner.

See what’s growing in the garden. Weed it. Or plant seeds for the first time.

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Plan a picnic. Or just eat outside at a restaurant where you can’t see CNN or ESPN from the patio.

If allergies are keeping you from getting outside this week, consider spending some craft time to make mother’s day art projects for grandmothers, or get a jump on father’s day!

If going off screens seems nearly impossible, and you feel like you need some kind of input that is not you or your children with just each other (because not afternoon is full of skipping around the room with smiles), at least try just a soundtrack instead of the whole visual feast that is whatever movie your kids are begging for. Children could draw what they hear people singing about and make their own storybooks, act out the music with puppets, act it out in costume.

If you find yourself about to cave, consider limiting screen time to watching family videos or photo slideshows. (A little bird told me that Shutterfly has 40% off photobooks and other stuff through Tuesday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m.!)

And heck, I might even let my son read about Screen-Free Week on my screen for a few moments. I could print something, but if he gets to read on the screen and click a few times, that might buy me some, well, buy-in on skipping screens for the rest of the week. And maybe his little sister will listen to him.

Those of you out there who don’t have full-time childcare but still manage to regularly eschew screens of all types, please do let us all in on how you make it work! (And still feed your family. And bathe, at least sometimes.)

We’d love to hear in the comments and on Facebook about works for you. And for the rest of us, please let us know if you’re choosing to participate this week or not and why. Share your strategies and status updates! Or, better yet,
just share your planned-for strategies, then put down your device, and forget the updates until the week is over!

 

DC Birth & Babies Fair returns Saturday

Last year’s inaugural DC Birth & Babies Fair was a huge success and a great opportunity for expectant moms and newly postpartum moms. It was exactly what I wished I’d been able to attend before I became a mom 8 years ago. Having first had a c-section (after planning a birth center birth) and then a homebirth four years later, I felt like the Fair was a wonderful mix of all the resources a Metro DC mom might want to know her options and feel supported.

I took my toddler with me to the fair to staff a table for the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network, and I was beyond impressed with the class offerings and the exhibitors, not to mention the beautiful Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (near Eastern Market), where the event will be again this year on Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Lindsay Gonzales of DC Birth and Babies FairI was honored when event organizer and childbirth educator Lindsay Gonzales asked me to sit on the fair’s Advisory Board with a great group of women representing all aspects of prenatal and postpartum care. Earlier this week, I asked Lindsay to share a bit with our readers about the origins of the event and her plans for this year’s event.

Q: What made you decide to put on this event in the first place?

Lindsay: The story of where it came from was a mix of my experience as an expecting mom and as a childbirth educator. When I was pregnant in DC and alone without family nearby, I felt there was a lack of resources, that there just wasn’t that much out there for me. When I became a childbirth educator, I realized just how many wonderful resources there really are that many families don’t know about.

I realized there was a real disconnect. There’s a challenge for families to connect with resources, and I wanted to make those connections easier.

Birth Options Alliance (BOA) was one of the first resources I did connect with, and I immediately felt a strong sense of connection to their mission and that they were a great resource for families. When I created the event I wanted to support BOA and their mission. This year, the proceeds from the raffle will go to Birth Options Alliance, which has a Yahoo email group, information about birth options, and local provider lists for every kind of prenatal, birth and postpartum service you might want, including doulas, breastfeeding resources, loss support, and mood and anxiety support, among many other times.

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Q: What was the size of last year’s event, and what’s new at this year’s event?

Last year we had around 350 attendees and 100 professionals. With 23 programs — 10 drop-in clinics and 13 classes — and some 40 exhibitors, I think we’ll have over 100 professionals on site.

The drop-in clinic is something new we’re trying with hands-on sessions. Each hour we’ll have chat with one expert and a comfort session. They will be in the same place room so people can come for comfort and listen in on expert advice at the same time!

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Q: Who’s been helping you?

Lindsay: The composition of the advisory board is very deliberate to be able to have someone representing early parenting and natural living, postpartum doula work, a midwife, birth doula, parent counselor. I wanted to have people bringing in different perspectives from the full range and scope of what we’re trying to represent. This is about being our happiest and healthiest in these important times. One of the best things about the Fair is that it touches on people’s health across the spectrum of wellness. It’s about women and their families feeling their best mentally and physically and even spiritually.

Q: I could not believe it when I heard on April 3 — exactly one month before the event — that you had to have an emergency appendectomy. How has that affected your planning this year?

Lindsay: Fortunately, my surgery was laproscopic, so it could have been worse, and I’ve turned a corner in recovery in the past few days, which is good.

When something happens, like unexpected surgery, it’s so helpful to have everyone come out to wish you well and offer support. It’s actually been a really great experience. Not every kind of event would work like this except for this community coming together.

Last year, everything was a big experiment and just a hope, and there was still so much support. We saw this need, and there were so many people willing to volunteer their time and expertise not even knowing if it would work and how many people would come.

Organizing an event in partnership with doulas, midwives and parenting experts is the most supportive thing anyone could ever do! Everyone involved is involved because they want the families of the DC area have the best experiences of pregnancy birth and parenting. We’re all united with the same focus.

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The website for the DC Birth and Babies Fair is http://www.dcbirthandbabiesfair.com/.

Registration for the event is $10 per individual or $15 per family. Use the promotion code birthandbabies to save $3.

Photos taken by Kea Dupree Photography and used with permission.

Getting clear on air quality

What do you do when your daughter comes home from school with her hair and clothing infused with scent, and her teacher assures you there are no Glade inserts or other synthetic air “fresheners” in her trailer? In my case, I thanked the teacher for her kind offer to stop wearing perfume but, thinking it’s not likely that this sweet woman is the cause of something that pervasive, I would be doing some research on air quality issues in our county and in general.

Hand sanitizer

After we attended a birthday party in a play gym and I left with hair that had the same smell that permeates my daughter’s hair and clothing every day at school, I concluded that it has got to be the hand sanitizer! I had to step away when they squirted the kids’ hands with it.  Sure, I’m much more sensitive than others to noticing these things, but  just because kids and other adults don’t pick up on the smell, that doesn’t mean the synthetic chemical agents don’t exist or that our kids should be regularly exposed to something that might have endocrine disruptors or other toxic agents. I expect to soon spend some more quality time at the Environmental Working Group‘s website to get clearer on where I should focus my concern. But there are also a lot of other great organizations working on air quality, especially in the next few weeks.

 

Child with breathing treatment

 

April 28-May 2 is Clean Air Week or Air Quality Awareness Week. The Metro DC/Baltimore-area non-profit organization Clean Air Partners is sponsoring a Twitter chat focused on air quality and respiratory health on Wednesday, April 30, 12-1 p.m. The chat, which will include regional organizations, health experts, and influential voices, will “seek to educate people on how to protect themselves from poor air quality and what they can do to reduce the threat it poses.” Follow @CleanAirPartner and use the hashtag #AirMatters. To learn more, check out Clean Air Partners’ Air Alerts, Haze Cams, and tips for reducing pollution.

 On a national level, next week the non-profit organization Moms Clean Air Force is sponsoring Mama Summit 2014 on Wednesday, May 7 with rallies at state capitols and in other cities across the country. Locally, the closest events to DC are in Frederick, Maryland and Harrisburg, PA. There is a Virtual Summit and ways to get involved all week, including a Twitter chat on Monday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m. that will include EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and partnering organizations Clean Water ActionClimate ParentsEvangelical Environmental NetworkHealthy Child, Healthy WorldWomen for a Healthy Environment. Participate with the hashtag #MamaSummit and follow the organization at @CleanAirMoms.

Moms Clean Air Force suggests on Tuesday, May 6 to write a letter to the editor or a blog post on the subject “this Mother’s Day I believe that being a good mom means being an active and engaged citizen” and on Friday, May 9 to add your voice to the organization’s Thunderclap.

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I’ve joined the Environmental Health & Asthma subcommittee of my school district’s Safety and Health Advisory Board and look forward to learning what efforts our county has made with respect to indoor air quality … and also to outdoor air quality, especially during renovations and tearing-down of old schools next to newly-built schools.


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Let’s hear what action you’ve taken and what progress you’ve made in your district! It would be great to share resources across Metro DC school districts.  Leave a comment below or contact us about a more in-depth guest post.

DC Yoga Week April 28-May 4

If you’ve been meaning to get back into yoga classes but needed an incentive — like, say, a free class — be sure to enjoy some of the great opportunities with DC Yoga Week. Starting today, April 28, and lasting through Sunday, May 4, you’ll be able to try free and reduced price classes and special opportunities with the DC Yoga Week partners listed below.

On Saturday, May 3, participate in a huge group yoga event: Yoga on The Mall, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Kids Yoga. The main event runs 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon and will feature internationally known yoga teacher Shiva Rea. The event takes place at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall between the long reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Constitution Avenue (closest Metro Foggy Bottom).

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DC Yoga Week April 28-May 4, 2014 Partners

Arts and nature in early childhood education

Learning outdoors and creating with nature can be beautiful and fun, but for some educators, the how-tos are not obvious. On Saturday, April 26, the non-profit organization NoVA Outside is providing inspirational speakers and some hands-on professional development at its Early Childhood Outside conference, this year with the theme of “The Arts in Nature.”

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The event will showcase the teacher-created natural playspace at site host Westlawn Elementary School in Falls Church and will feature a Keynote by Amanda Whiteman, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist, breakout sessions, hands-on outdoor learning stations, featuring The Earth Loom, and practical ideas attendees can implement in their programs. A full schedule is available on the NoVA Outside website.

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Many teachers can get stuck in a rut of doing things in a way that feels safe and predictable, but NoVA Outside Early Childhood planning committee member Peggy Ashbrook argues that everything is better outdoors. “Outdoor experiences are so much richer than indoor experiences because changes happen every minute in nature. “

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The committee is excited to welcome their featured sponsor, Wolf Trap Early Learning Institute, for a day that will have educators and parents exploring dance, music, drawing, weaving and more as pathways to learning. Sandra Redmore, co-chair of the NoVA Outside Early Childhood committee, said, “Creativity naturally evolves and is strengthened outdoors.  Nature is dynamic, unpredictable and multi-sensory, full of easily observable patterns and relationships, making the outdoors an ideal setting for young children to learn through the arts.”

The event runs 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The third annual event is closed for online registration, but walk-ins are welcome.

Showcase connects students to environmental realities

Green teams, eco-clubs, Earth Force crews: environmentally-aware students of all stripes came out to the April 10 School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) held at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts and on the blossom-filled grounds around Mason Pond. The event was the third annual showcase organized by NoVA Outside, a coalition of environmental educators that is in the process of becoming a non-profit organization.

This year, some 800 people participated from over 30 schools in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church and 30 partnering organizations in addition to 40 invited VIPs. The lobby of the Arts Center turned into an expo filled with rows of tables where schools shared their pride in eco efforts on tri-fold displays. Students spent one of the rotations of the day staffing their table to explain to their peers what initiatives their schools had undertaken in the realm of environmental awareness. These included gardens, inventive recycling programs, energy awareness campaigns and more.

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Students shared excitedly what they’d learned from other schools’ exhibits. Some schools actively promoted action items; Arlington’s H-B Woodlawn’s Earth Force team is hoping to get everyone to Turn Out the Lights  from 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. on April 26 and circulated information about this energy-saving initiative.

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The event began at 10:00 with a keynote address by Cassandre Arkema and Antonio Mestre of Arlington’s Washington-Lee High School. Students then cycled through rotations that included exhibiting in the Center for the Arts and enjoying hands-on activities outside on the lawn above Mason Pond. It was the perfect day to celebrate learning outside!

Dozens of professionals committed to environmental awareness showcased their projects under two large tents. Exhibitors included nature centers and science-based organizations with microscopes and wildlife displays, education programs like Arcadia Farm and School for the Future, businesses with eco-friendly products including WormWatcher.com showing its compost bin and Tom Noll with his new children’s book, The Bicycle Fence (which he donated to our Earth Day opening giveaway), the first in the Recycling Creatively with L.T. series, to be followed soon by a book about raising chickens for eggs.

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NoVA Outside SEAS 2014 field guide coverThe Fairfax Stormwater Planning Division invited students to investigate pond water and displayed a Field Guide it produced last year that has been given to all Fairfax County 5th grade students. It seemed thoroughly possible to spend almost the entire day  outside doing experiments and talking to to experts in their fields.

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But there was so much more inside! Middle school students on Earth Force teams had the opportunity to showcase their own research on the question of “What can you do to improve your watershed?” The “Caring For Our Watersheds” competition gave out thousands of dollars to competing teams, including first- and second-place winners George Washington Middle School and third place Kenmore Middle School.

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This was the second year for the Caring for our Watersheds competition and the first year that SEAS hosted the KidWind Challenge, which has students explore the power of wind energy and design and create a functional wind turbine. The middle school winner was Lanier Middle School, and Jack Jouett Middle School won the open division. National KidWind Challenge takes place here in town on the National Mall on Saturday, April 26.

Last year I volunteered to help out at the event, but this year, with the busyness of launching this site, I made only enough time t show up and enjoy it! It was thrilling to see children so engaged and learning from one another and from people in positions they might someday hold, now that they know about all the ways one can make a career out of environmentalism. The day seemed like the best kind of field trip, one that helped students connect what they were learning to the real world, both in terms of consequences and environmental awareness and also awareness about opportunities to work in the field. For a nice snapshot of the SEAS event, check it out on Storify.

NoVA Outside is putting on its third Early Childhood Outside Conference  also on April 26 at Westlawn Elementary school in Fairfax with the theme “The Arts in Nature” and is also sponsoring a book discussion on May 13 about Adventure: The Importance of Risk in Children’s Play.

 

Related articles from TheDCMoms.com

2014 SEAS Event

2013 SEAS Event

2012 Green Schools Expo

 

5 Reasons We Love Our Nature Preschool

There are a number of preschools in the DC area that I call “outdoor-happy preschools” — places where children are expected to bring weather-appropriate clothing and go outside every day. I was heartened to learn about the options when I was doing research for an article on TheDCMoms.com.

I was inspired to do the piece after hearing about the newly formed Eastern Ridge School in Vienna, Virginia, a reimagining of what was previously called Discovery Woods and now a non-profit organization formed by teachers and parents. The program at ERS goes from age two through 10.

Two teachers from ERS came to a networking meeting of an organization of environmental educators called NoVA Outside. (Make sure to check out their “Arts in Nature” 3rd annual Early Childhood Outside conference on Saturday, April 26). It was at that meeting that I met Jessica Culverhouse, author of today’s piece and now a parent at ERS, which is having an open house on April 27 for prospective parents for school programs in 2014-15 and for summer camp.

Here is Jessica Culverhouse’s “5 Reasons We Love Our Nature Preschool”

Just a couple of months ago, my 2-year-old son, James, started at The Eastern Ridge School, a progressive, nature- and arts-based school in Great Falls. With my background in science and environmental education, I was already familiar with the research on the long-term benefits of unstructured outdoor play and constructivist and project-based learning on students. We knew that in choosing Eastern Ridge, we’d help our son to develop confidence, maturity, critical thinking skills, and a respect for the natural world. What I wasn’t prepared for were the amazing short-term benefits of such an environment on my young son.

Here are just 5 of the many reasons we love our nature preschool.

1. He is happy. What else matters, really? James loves school. He isn’t quite equipped to tell us this in so many words, but he sure tries! Each day we receive photos and videos of James learning, exploring, and having fun with his teachers and friends. When I drop him off in the morning, it doesn’t take long before he is busily engaged with an activity. When my husband arrives to pick him up, he excitedly shows his dad everything he has been working on that day.

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2. He eats better. We struggled for the first two years of James’ life with low weight – he was just not interested in food. He is now at a healthy weight and happily eats 3 meals and several snacks each day. Whether this is due to the active days at Eastern Ridge or the delicious, healthful food served for lunch and snacks is unclear, but we are happy to see his appetite grow. (As a side note, I must reiterate how amazing the food is at Eastern Ridge. Raw veggies for morning snack, healthful whole grains, proteins, fruits, and vegetables for lunch, and a yogurt parfait for an afternoon treat. We should all eat so well!)

3. He sleeps better. With plenty of fresh air and active outdoor play, James naps well at school and sleeps hard at night. Of course this is very important for his growth and development, but I must say I enjoy the additional rest, myself!

4. He is nurtured. The teachers and staff at Eastern Ridge School are caring, creative, and passionate. James is so well taken care of and the days are paced so naturally that I never worry that he is experiencing stress or needs additional attention.

5. He is dirty. Yes, we have lots of laundry, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Muddy pants, wet socks, and paint-soaked sweatshirts come home with James every day.  In my book there is no better indicator of whether a child had a great day than the (lack of) cleanliness of his clothing.

Eastern Ridge School toddler holding worm

Jessica Culverhouse works in fundraising for an environmental nonprofit. She is mama to James and wife to David, a volunteer Master Naturalist, and a former environmental educator and Biology teacher who loves nothing more than spending time outside with her family.

Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC would like to run more profiles of other special places that have found a way to get children in the shadow of the nation’s capital to connect to nature. Share ideas in the comments and check out our Submission Guidelines for more information.

Earth Day Welcome and Giveaway

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with books and music make it easy – and fun – to be green!

For the initial launch of Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC, we’re giving away a few homegrown gems: a copy of the wonderful CD Earth Day Everyday from Solar Publishing, a great company based in Maryland, and a copy of the wonderful children’s book “The Bicycle Fence,”  the first in the series “Recycling Creatively with L.T.” by D.C.-based landscaper Tom Noll.

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I first met Robyn Ringgold of Solar Publishing at the 2007 DC Green Festival (which returns to town this spring, May 31-June 1, 2014) and have loved her books ever since.  Back then, I bought and instantly loved My Mom Hugs Trees, and when I saw her read from My Mom Eats Tofu in 2010, I fell in love with the book’s message of caring about where your food comes from (whether you eat soy or not!). Robyn is a local treasure! I caught up with her last month at the second annual Grow Your Health Festival and was excited to get another copy of the fabulous CD our family loves.

Robyn’s newest book, My Mom Stands on Her Head is a beautiful celebration of yoga, with the same delightful artwork by Alexandria artist Vidya Vasudevan. I picked that one up at the 2013 Green Festival where I met Tom at a shared table and learned of his new book series that aims to share fun ways to get kids excited about recycling. When I ran into Tom again earlier this month at the School Environmental Action Showcase sponsored by NoVA Outside earlier, he donated copies of The Bicycle Fence for this giveaway and showed me proofs of the next book – about farm fresh eggs – due out in May. We’ll sit down with Tom for a Q&A and do a giveaway about that when it becomes available, and we’ll also be hearing from Robyn and Vidya in guest posts the near future about their work and how they balance it with parenting.

This is what we’re about here at Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC: sharing news about events and opportunities for involvement; showcasing local businesses, organizations and practitioners who are committed to health and well-being; connecting readers with great local resources that support healthy families, and giving a space for parents to share their own journeys, including the bumps along the way. After years of wishing a site like this existed to help me in my parenting journey, I’m excited to launch it to share news on local parenting topics and ways to live naturally as a family. The blog will include profiles of local businesses and organizations and guest posts by people who have made it their passion – and sometimes their profession – to be healthy and mindful in their own families and to help parents find a holistic way of living that feels vibrant and sustainable. We hope you enjoy what you learn here and that you will consider sharing your own story (link to submission guidelines) with us. And be sure to add events to our calendar and businesses and groups to our directory.

Welcome!

We’re so happy you found Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC. Our aim here is to make it easy for you to find the resources you need to raise your family in a natural and holistic way in the DC Metro Area.

This site is still in its infancy launching on Earth Day 2014, but we’re excited about the three components it will feature.

  • We’ll feature a blog with posts by and about local parents and practitioners with profiles of local businesses and happenings of interest to those pursuing a mindful, healthy life.
  • A calendar with listings for events that help support our health and our connection to nature.
  • A resource directory with listings of practitioners, wellness centers, studios and other organizations that support healthy family living.

Visitors are welcome to post events to the calendar and to submit entries to the resource directory. Please help us connect and to grow this community!

We’re happy to consider guest posts. Please see our submissions page for details.

Until we get our feet wet, we won’t be accepting ads or sponsored posts per se, but we are happy to offer giveaways and to do promotions. We appreciate all shout-outs and sharing about our site. Please sign up for email updates to the site via the “Subscribe” button on the sidebar.

We are just happy to be here for now but look forward to building this site into a sustainable business that would pay for itself and still allow its creator to pursue a healthy family life!

Please visit our About page for more about how this site began.

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