Get Ugly: Skin Rejuvenating Facial

It’s out of control. Probably because I’m part of a demographic that will spend what seems like any amount of money to regain some semblance of our once-youthful appearances, but I am blasted daily by advertisements for creams, potions, serums, and injections that claim to be the fountain of youth. And they don’t come cheap: Many of these at home skin rejuvenating facials cost $30 a pop! I recently read about a skincare “protocol” (omg that word, even) that costs TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS a month. That’s a house payment, people! Don’t get me started on those individualized at-home facials — many made with toxic chemical ingredients — each packaged in its own little pod of totally non-recyclable plastic.

You might remember one facial that went viral when Drew Barrymore published photographs of herself with the tight and crackling skin that is the mask’s hallmark. So I did a little research, and realized that one key ingredient in her facial — among many others — is also found in the facial that I’ve been using on the regular since I was a teenager. It doesn’t come in plastic, it’s totally and completely natural, and it costs THIRTY CENTS. Yes, really. 

Want to get the scoop on my secret skin rejuvenating facial? Read on!

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Father’s Day Gift: Nordgreen Eco Watch

nordgreen eco watch for father's day gift

I was looking for the perfect sustainable Father’s Day gift online, when I discovered Nordgreen eco watches. Designed by Danish designer Jakob Wagner, formerly of Bang & Olufsen, these watches have just the kind of streamlined, minimalist design that resonates with my husband.

Then I started reading up on Nordgreen’s sustainability cred. The hardware is crafted from recycled metal. Packaging is FSC certified, including cardboard from responsibly managed forests and felt upcycled from plastic water bottles. Lifestyle  photographs include reusable glasses with stainless steel straws, a subtle endorsement of the #plasticfree movement. Even the name has sustainability at its core, combining the words “Norwegian” and “green.”

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How to Thrift Shop

thrift shop tag discounted 50%We’ve talked about the environmental impact of fast fashion. Plus, how to sell your used clothes—and make money. But what will you do with that cash in hand? Please don’t turn around and drop it at the mall, where it’s difficult to find brands that don’t wreak environmental havoc. Save your closet—and the planet—and buy preloved! I’ve been buying used clothes since high school and at this point 95% of my closet is from a thrift shop, consignment store or swap party. But for a lot of people, just the idea of shopping preloved gives them the heebie jeebies. Fear not, friends! You can save yourself a ton of money and time if you learn how to thrift shop properly. Here’s how. [Read more…]

Easy DIY Natural Skin Scrub Recipe

natural skin scrub on gray backgroundMy teenaged daughter gave me the best holiday gift last year. In a small recycled jar, she’d mixed together sea salt, grapeseed oil and mint essential oils into a natural skin scrub. This heavenly blend not only turned my shower into a spa, it transformed my skin: When I scrubbed it on and then let the oil soak in before toweling off, my cracked and chapped winter skin was suddenly soft, smooth and hydrated. With this miracle in mind, I discovered a natural skin scrub recipe that’s easy to make in minutes. [Read more…]

How To Sell Used Clothes

mommy-greenest-how-to-sell-your-clothes-photo-600We all know to avoid the fast fashion habitrail of buying a five-dollar t-shirt because it was on sale, only to have it sit at the back of your closet for decades. And now that so many people are jumping on the Konmari bandwagon—finding joy, everyone?—there’s a lot of closet clean out going on. But what do you do with those clothes you’ve rejected? People, listen up: Here’s how to sell used clothes. [Read more…]

Sarah Jane Morris: Why I #ShopDrop2016

sarah jane morris headshotI first met Sarah Jane Morris when she rolled up to an EcoStiletto party in her biodiesel Mercedes—and confessed that she’d spent the morning dumpster diving for biofuel with her rock-star husband. I thought she was the coolest girl on the planet. Eight years and two kids later, the former star of “Brothers and Sisters,” soon to be seen on NBC’s “The Night Shift,” is even cooler. Especially now that she’s taking the Shop Drop Challenge with us! Sarah shared her philosophy on shopping, swapping and her favorite place to score preloved fashion in this Mommy Greenest exclusive. [Read more…]

Rachelle Carson-Begley: Why I #ShopDrop2016

rachelle carson-begleyYou know her as the skeptical wife of uber-environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. on Discovery’s “Living with Ed” and the Bite Size TV web series “Our Green House.” But did you know that Rachelle Carson-Begley is an ecoista in her own right? The actress and television personality opens up about her motivation for taking the Shop Drop Challenge in this exclusive Mommy Greenest interview. [Read more…]

Hey Taylor Swift, Tell Us What’s In Wonderstruck?

Taylor Swift launches Wonderstruck perfumeMy eight-year-old daughter went to a birthday party recently and came home with a bag full of goodies inspired by the “spa day” theme. Now, most moms might see a little stash of perfume roll-ons and thank their lucky stars their daughters grew out of the Webkins phase. To me, finding tween beauty products in my baby’s overnight bag is like discovering she’d brought home bottles of poison. That’s why I’m asking her hero, Taylor Swift, to tell us exactly what’s in her bestselling Wonderstruck perfume so that parents everywhere can be sure it’s safe. Want to join me? [Read more…]