Your Mattress Is Making You & Your Family Sick!

                                                          How To Pick A Mattress!

Tips on what to look for when choosing a safe, healthy, non toxic and ethical mattress for you and your family.

Most mattresses are loaded with chemicals.We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed and yet don’t put much thought into buying one of the most important items of our life and the lives of our family. You will be astounded at the shocking facts of the chemicals and poisons most mattresses on the market are soaked in. One of my daughters has terrible allergies and I am convinced her old mattress worsened her condition.

Take a few minutes to find out what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a mattress. it’s important that we choose a mattress that is safe, clean and ethical. So, Here’s a couple things to keep in mind when looking to buy a mattress;

  • Our skin is porous, and dangerous chemicals can be absorbed into our bodies through our skin.
  • Stay away from Memory foam, which is so common now in pillows and cribs. Memory foam can contain a family of chemicals called isocyanates ( isos-io-nates) which can cause sicknesses like asthma and bronchitis
  • Stay away from animal based mattresses meaning that they don’t contain wool. Go vegan in your mattress. Besides being a completely and horrifically unethical product, wool is soaked in dangerous chemicals including pesticides. Anything originating from an animal is going to be very toxic in order for the material not to disintegrate, get infested with bugs or rot since it was once part of a living creature. Think of our own skin, when we get a scab, it flakes off – its dead skin. Same w animal based materials.
  • It’s proven that children, the elderly and pregnant women are more sensitive to chemical exposure.
  • Today, one in six kids in the US have a developmental or learning disability.1Some experts believe these issues may be due partly to early exposures to toxic chemicals in their environment, which for sure could be their bed.

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10 Unique Ways To Decorate Your Home Cruelty Free

Cruelty Free Entrance Summer Estate

There’s a difference between feeling as though you are in a house that you love and being home. Home is a place that conveys who you are, where you can be surrounded by the things that make you feel comfortable. It’s your escape at the end of a hard day where you can hide from the world.

While there are plenty of interior design trends that can make your house look like it’s straight out of a magazine, it takes something special to make a home. Here are some unique design elements to create your personal space.

Custom Art

Art prints have a time and a place. You can purchase recreations of your favorite paintings and find joy. You can pick up discount pieces from the department store to bring a room to life. Gallery walls and oversized art displays have long been a fan-favorite interior design element that adds personality to a room.

To truly make your house a home, you need pieces that no one else has. Have a photo of your favorite place mounted on a canvas and displayed in your living room. Commission the most amazing portrait painting of your parents on their wedding day or of your beloved pet lounging in their spot. Art should elicit an emotional response– the more true to you, the better.

Have a Signature Look

If there’s a pattern or color you love and wear often, incorporate it into your decor. If you have a yellow paisley scarf that you’re rarely seen without, have a similar fabric sewn into throw pillows. If you have a favorite shade of lipstick add an accent piece of the same color to various locations throughout your home.

There are many ways to add a common thread that connects all of your rooms without having cookie cutter designs throughout your home. Perhaps no one else will pick up on the theme, but it’s something personal that tells you you’re home.

Break the Rules

Mixed patterns are becoming more popular as interior designers strive to break the rules and shake things up. If you want a chevron rug with a polka dot pillow, do it. If you like the idea of having multi-colored quilts and patchwork curtains, do it. The years of conforming to a set of style rules are over. Now is the time to embrace your creative chaos and make a space that works for you.

Open Walls

Open concept isn’t for everyone, but closed walls can create a sense of claustrophobia. Work with a contractor to find ways to open the walls without removing them, whether it’s large archways, half-walls or interior windows. Interior glass walls are a particularly beautiful way to add separation between rooms without detracting from the natural light and ambiance. 

Center Bathtub

Rustic Bathtub

Bathtubs are traditionally something that’s cast to the side to create open space in the center of a bathroom. Rather than making your bathtub and after-thought, make it the focal point. Put it in the center of the room. Opt for something other than the traditional tub unit and adorn it with design elements that make it pop.

Add Plants

While some people have furbabies, others have plant friends. Green plants add life– literally– to interior design schemes and can aid with temperature control and air purification. Add plants to every room for a breath of fresh air.

Create a Bedroom Lounge

A bedroom is a private retreat within a home that should be used for more than just going to sleep. Create a small lounge area in your room, with a reading lamp, comfortable chair, and side table. If space allows, you can even have a coffee or tea station for those weekend days when you aren’t quite ready to leave your solitude.

Use Functional Designs

Homes are getting smaller and minimalism is becoming more prevalent. When incorporating design elements, prioritize functionality. Woven baskets tucked onto shelves add a rustic, humble look but also store extra wires and other unsightly gadgets. Adding a tall, thin cabinet between your fridge and the wall looks great but can also store your spices.

Add a Slide

Indoor slide

What child hasn’t dreamed of having a slide in their home? For those with a wide or open staircase, adding a slide is an entirely unique design element that adds fun and whimsy to your home. Had a bad day? Hit the slide.

In-Floor Seating or Storage

Don’t let the space between your floorboards go to waste. Create functional storage that will amaze guests and have your home feeling well-organized and functional. Alternatively, use that space to create a sunken seating area that can be uncovered when company arrives. This works especially well in bungalows and basements.

The most important element in making your house feel like home is personalization. Our home is a way to showcase your personality and create a space that welcomes you with open arms.

Tips for Designing Your Home For Senior Living The Vegan Way

How To Create Safe Spaces for the Elderly

SENIOR DESIGN

The uptick in a vegan lifestyle is no longer simply applying to just our eating habits; it’s in the way we live including our homes. It is expected that vegan home design will rise in popularity just as vegan food in the coming years and designers in the industry have already begun to make provisions for the shift. As homeowners, we take much pride in the design of our homes and strive for it to reflect our personalities and our needs, including our changing needs as we age. More seniors are opting to age at home and as a result, may need to adopt some changes in our home’s interior design. Just like we can now incorporate our vegan preferences in our paint choices or even our choice of natural home cleaning products, we can also create a vegan senior-friendly home using our interior design choices.

Start With Your Flooring

One of the most recommended changes for a senior-friendly and accessible living space is to change your floors. According to published work by researchers including those at Berkley Wellness at the University Of California, our balance changes as we age due to loss of muscle, declined reaction time and sometimes, poor vision.In addition, falls are one of the most reported incidents amongst seniors with 1 in 4 Americans reporting an occurrence. Therefore, you can start with removing and replacing any rugs with anti-slip options and opting for flooring made of soft material such as carpet in spaces such as your living room and bedroom.

When designing your home’s interior even the color scheme of your carpets can make an impact on your desired color scheme or theme so this is a great way to incorporate your taste. However, when it comes to choosing your carpets or rugs, avoid synthetic fabrics and opt for eco-friendly and non-toxic options instead. Chemical free carpets such as Earth Weave and Helios carpets are made from eco-friendly fabrics and treated with biodegradable treatments instead.

Opt For Sustainable Shower Curtains And Rails

As we age, our stability can also decline and tasks such as taking a shower can present itself as a potential hazard. Installing grab bars and shower railings are one of the simplest adaptations you can make to promote accessible living at home. Speaking of the bathroom, consider swapping out your plastic shower curtains for those made of organic cotton or linen. Hemp is also a great choice in for shower curtain liners since the nature of its material makes it more resistant to mold, a key issue in damp environments such as the bathroom.

Go Vegan With Your Accessories- Including Your Fabrics

Accent fabrics, pillows, and even your curtain choices play a part in not only your home decor but its accessibility to seniors. Many organizations such as PETA UK estimate that vegan fabrics   are the future of home interior design. Choosing fabrics made from cotton, hemp or even recycled polyester means you are avoiding the use of wool in the making of your throw pillows, curtains, throws, and even your couch’s fabric covering.

Not only are they more kind to the environment and its inhabitants, but some of them are also better. Organic cotton is lighter, more breathable and easier to take care of (think washing them). This eases the burden of care on seniors who may have impaired abilities and also promotes great ventilation. More specific to the needs of seniors, it is important to keep your decor thoughtful and avoid buildup and clutter. This means possibly adopting a minimalist attitude to avoid trip hazards and give free flow for navigation with the use of potential walking and movement aids.

Boost Your Lighting With Sustainable Options

Lighting in areas such as the kitchen becomes much more important as we age and our visions may be impacted. Having adjustable and strategically placed lighting can help seniors avoid accidents such as cuts when prepping their food or burns and spills when cooking. However, when are you choosing your lighting fixtures, go for the vegan-friendly lighting fixtures such as the Muulight Pendant Lightshade from London based Muunlight.com. The company promotes sustainability from production right up to its design (its lampshade is made from Japanese Kosuke paper). They are also lit using LED bulbs when is both energy efficient and negates the number of times you need to change the bulbs (yet another senior hazard).

Finally, consider accessibility in terms of your storage. This includes kitchen cabinets and closets. As we age, our reach may not be the same as it once was. This means lower placed cabinets can be a good idea. However, when designing these cabinets choose vintage or salvageable wood for your construction and natural water-based waxes or vegan paint in lieu of beeswax and other traditional finishes. Adapting your home as you age requires some changes but with a bit more consideration, you can still stay true to your belief of protecting the planet and its animals.

MOVING YOUR DOG: TIPS TO EASE YOUR FEARS

Lucca Swivel Vegan Chair


Moving to a new home can be a big change, and no one notices that more than your dog. Dogs can be so sensitive to new routines and environments, so it’s understandable that a new house could make them a little nervous. If you are a pet parent who is worried about how your pup will settle into a new environment, you’re probably looking for ways to ease the transition. Here are some words of encouragement and advice for you and your dog.

Adjustment May Take Some Time

As you move into a new home, you may notice some unusual behavior from your dog at first. Your pup may pace around, whine, or have a hard time settling down and resting, but don’t be alarmed. So many pups get overwhelmed with the “wow” of their new digs. With all of the new smells, new sounds, and new neighborhood cats to keep track of, it’s normal for them to act a little off during their first days in the new place. If, however, your dog’s behavior continues or escalates into destroying items around the house, it may be time to check in with a trainer or figure out some new tricks to help calm your pup down.  

Keeping Your Dog Safe Is Important

Moving into a new place can be an exciting adventure, and you wouldn’t want any mishaps to take away from that. If your dog is a bit nervous in the new home, he may be more likely to run away and get lost, but you can take steps to prevent this. Keep your dog on a leash whenever you venture outside together, no matter how well trained your pup may be. All it takes is one stray squirrel or loud noise to spook him into making a run for it. For even more security, think about adding a fence to your backyard so your dog can enjoy time outside off leash. It costs an average of $1,476 to $3,397 to install or build a fence in Miami, and the peace of mind is well worth the investment.

Find New Ways to Calm Your Dog

With a new neighborhood comes new sights and sounds, and dogs can be especially sensitive to noises. Some dogs may react to new neighbors dropping by or strangers being in your home if you are working with movers or contractors. Know your dog’s limits and put him in a closed-off room if needed during these stressful times. It may also be a good idea to play some music or background noise to help your dog feel safe. Wondering what to play? Some studies suggest that the key to getting your dog to relax may be a little reggae or soft rock.

Preparing for a move with your pup doesn’t have to be a burden for you or your dog. Your dog looks to you for protection and guidance, but it’s easier than you think to ease your dog into a new home. With a little patience and a few adjustments, you can help your dog feel safe and secure, and save yourself some stress in the process.

Eco Friendly Lighting

Looking for Eco-Friendly Lighting Option? Try LEDs

Deborah DiMare

Turning your house into an eco-friendly home is continually becoming an easier task. From updated and energy efficient appliances to the type of paint you put on your wall, more and more companies are creating products that fit an eco-friendly, child-and pet-friendly lifestyle.

There are some elements of the house that are more obvious to change. But then there are parts that are easily forgotten about. As you browse the checklist of needed changes throughout your home, be sure that new lighting is on that list. Find out more about Manifesto Times Table Tricks

How To Host a Vegan BBQ (both herbi- and carni- vores will LOVE!)

Deborah DiMare

Choosing a healthier and compassionate lifestyle shouldn’t get in the way of enjoying a holiday that celebrates independence, togetherness and sharing food. So we prepared the ultimate guide on what to bring to the table for all the Vegans out there – and we bet it would entice the carnivores out there too – because knowing no animals were harmed makes it so much more delicious!

5 Cinco De Mayo DIY Party Ideas

Deborah DiMare

Are you ready to take your Cinco de Mayo fiesta to the next level? Look no further! We’ve gathered our top 5 DIY fiesta party decor ideas. All of these ideas are easy, quick and can be made using resources you have laying around your home. Read our the 5 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas and let us know which are your favorites in the comments below! Or watch our tutorial video on YouTube channel – thanks to the possibility to buy views from professional online service, it become more visible for all interested people.

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