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Nursery and Kids Room Design

Online Nursery Design Course

As my mom told me when my twins were born many years ago, “honey, you’re never ever going to sleep like you did before they came into your life.” Why is she always right???? That’s one of the reasons I created an online nursery design course

I believe most of us want to do everything we can for our babies and kids so they grow to be the best they can be. As a designer, I’ve learned over the years that the furniture, sheets, mattresses, paint and all the other endless items we surround our babies and kids with can seriously affect their mental and physical development. It’s true and very scary. Autism, asthma and allergies come to mind. There is Arsenic in tons of cribs and kid’s furniture!

Baby bedroom with yellow pouf and white dresser

I created an Online Nursery Design Course out of need. Yes, need! And it’s also cruelty free. Cause animal based décor is loaded with poisons so dangerous that it’s unimaginable that they’re legal to use. Like PFAS (that’s Pee – fas). Yeah.. That’s a common poison found in kid’s furniture made with leather and wool. It’s called the forever chemical. Cause it never leaves their body! The safest furniture and décor for your child is clean design – no toxins, no chemicals and no tragedy.

But can it still be trendy and fabulous looking you ask? Of course, it can! And I will show you how. What is so cool about this course, is that I approach it as a mom and designer. Meaning, it’s quick. It’s two hours only. Bada-bing, bada-boom! “Cause our kids run us ragged and we are tired and busy and don’t have time gosh darnit!” (another one of my mother’s sarcastic, but true quotes)

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Natural Alternative To Scotchgard

Natural Alternative To Scotchgard. I try my best to eliminate fabrics and furniture with chemicals. Our skin absorbs everything. Stain protectors like Scotchgard are very dangerous.  Stain repellants contain major lethal chemicals that can cause cancer, infertility, hormonal imbalances and can weaken the immune system. That’s just a few of the illnesses and sicknesses that fabric protectors can cause.

Alas, my never ending search for a stain guard that is non toxic, safe, eco-friendly and organic is over! It’s been a long journey. Here is my dramatic (yes – for me it was dramatic) review of a Natural Alternative To Scotchgard.


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Menopause Tips – How to Sleep Better

Menopause Tips – How to Sleep Better.

One of the most frustrating symptoms of menopause is hot flashes. Commonly, they lead to sleep disruptions and insomnia.

Fluctuating hormones are the trigger for hot spells. In the middle of the night, this can cause you to wake in drenching sweat and the inability to resume a restful night’s sleep. If this happens frequently, insomnia can take over, and anxiety can rise when it comes to bedtime.

If this sounds familiar to you, thankfully, there are various methods to help you regain control of your sleep during this changing time.

Below we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 ways to help you sleep better if hot flashes wake you up at night. Read on to find the solutions to your problem and get a peaceful night’s rest.

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CLEANING: HEALTHY SAFE SOAP. The doctor is in – Dr.Bronner that is! As a cruelty free designer who focuses on health & wellness, I’m always on the hunt for ethical soap & cleaning products. That’s where Dr. Bronner’s comes into the picture! The more I learn about the ethics and heart behind Dr. Bronner’s mission, the more I’m falling in love. Watch the interview below with Lisa Bronner. By the way, we are so proud to have had Lisa appear as one of our experts in our online nursery design course.  She is a marvel.

The soaps listed below are are all cruelty-free & non-toxic. They meet my personal ethical criteria. They’re safe for babies and fur babies alike. Keep scrolling to check them out:

Castile Liquid Soap

Cruelty-free & made with Sustainable Palm Oil(It’s true. No orangutans or children suffer for Dr. Bronner products)

Dr. Bronner 18-in-1 Soap

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Non Toxic Safe Vegan Baby & Kids Rooms

Non Toxic Safe Vegan Baby & Kids Rooms. We want our babies, from newborns on up, to be happy, healthy and strong right? The last thing we would want is to surround our children with is chemicals and toxins. Infants should be surrounded by love, safety and good energy.  Most of us understand that we need to make healthy, sustainable choices for our family. But also for the future of our children. Climate change is real folks.

A cruelty free nursery is one of those choices to make since it will affect your baby from now until they’re fully grown. A humane home ensures that your baby is in a space that is designed with materials that are less toxic, healthier and safer for you and your children. Less chemicals in furniture and decor are also gentler on the senses, the skin and a baby’s delicate, fragile body.  Overall, a vegan nursery is an ideal, healthy environment.  for your baby to develop mentally and physically. Here’s how to create a safe, non toxic nursery for your infant.

Do Your Research

A product may appear clean and cruelty free at first glance but beeswax or animal products may be used in the finishing process. In most cases, the only way to ensure that a product is actually safe is to make an enquiry with the manufacturer. Furthermore, don’t be misled. Just because a material is vegan, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthy. Low-quality man-made materials such as cheap leathers are made from synthetic materials that contain toxic chemicals. It’s important to research all the materials that you plan to use in your baby’s nursery. There are plenty of non-toxic materials that are safe for indoor use, you just need to look for them.

Look for Non Toxic Alternatives

It’s hard to imagine a nursery without a leather rocker, woolen blankets or down pillows.  But the good news is that you don’t have to.  There are plenty of safe alternatives. There are many substitutions you can make in your baby’s vegan nursery:

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The Doctor Is In – Dr. Bronner That Is!

The doctor is in – Dr.Bronner that is! As a cruelty free designer who is focused on health & wellness, I’m always on the hunt for ethical soap & cleaning products. That’s where Dr. Bronner’s comes into the picture! We all want to be happy, healthy and strong. So, surrounding ourselves with clean environments is a key factor of our mental and physical stability. The soaps listed below are are all cruelty-free & non-toxic. They meet my personal ethical criteria. So without further ado, here are our favorite Dr. Bronner’s cleaning products just in time for mother’s day! The Doctor Is In – Dr. Bronner That Is!

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The Truth About Greenwashing

The Truth About Greenwashing. Greenwashing is a term that is being loosely thrown around by companies to give consumers the impression that they are environmentally friendly, when in fact, they are not.It seems that almost all companies (95%) that claim to be eco friendly are greenwashing in some form or another. They are tricking the consumer by “empowering” them with the wrong information. For example, a company may claim its product to be chromium free. When in fact, chromium wasn’t a needed ingredient for the products manufacturing.

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Clean Soap – Good Energy! Meet Dr. Bronner

Clean Soap – Good Energy! Meet Lisa Bronner of Dr. Bronner Soap on April 23rd. Dr. Bronner is the maker of one of the largest top-selling ethical & vegan soaps in North America. The company was founded by  Dr. Emanuel Bronner who learned soapmaking in the 1920s in Germany.  His parents were killed in Auschwitz & Emanuel dropped the “Heil” from his name “Heilbronner.” The family & company history is incredible.
I’m counting the days until Lisa Bronner, the granddaughter of Emanuel joins me in our Facebook Group for a live chat.  I’m so excited to have Lisa as our guest. So many questions! Clean Soap. Good Energy. Meet Dr. Bronner.

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