Green Living – The Mushy Mommy

Naturepedic EOS Standard Queen Organic Mattress Giveaway

By Sasha Savoy
on May 05, 2016

naturepedic-giveaway-may-squareWelcome to the Naturepedic EOS Standard Queen Organic Mattress Giveaway ($2599 Value), sponsored by Naturepedic and hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. Shopping for a new mattress can be an intimidating experience. It seems like there are so many mattress brands to choose from, and it can be dizzying to find the one that's right for you. Before you go mattress shopping, let's talk about why most mattresses on the market these days are toxic. Did you know that most mattresses are full of lots of toxic chemicals?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

For example, many beds – even many beds labeled as green or natural – are made from high-density polyurethane foams (often referred to as memory foam). These foams are made from petroleum and emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). According to the EPA, VOCs can cause a wide range of health problems, such as eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin allergies; nausea; fatigue; dizziness; liver, kidney and central nervous system damage; and even cancer.

Mold

Popular memory foam beds, like the Tempur-Pedic brand, often cause mold issues. Read Happy Mothering's experience with mold and a Tempur-Pedic mattress.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is often found in the the adhesives that holds mattresses together. Formaldehyde has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose and throat cancers, and can also cause fatigue, skin rashes and severe allergic reactions.

Flame Retardants

To meet a Federal Law that requires mattresses to put themselves out after having 39 lit cigarettes and blow torches held to the top and side for 30 seconds, many mattress makers use chemical flame retardants. Flame retardants have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and impaired fetal brain development.

Boric Acid

Many mattress manufacturers use boric acid – a pesticide often used as a roach killer – in the lining of their mattresses. Acute boric acid exposure can lead to skin blistering, convulsions and even coma. Long-term exposure has been linked to neurological and developmental problems, and inhalation could cause upper respiratory tract damage.

Pesticides

According to the Organic Consumers Association, 25% of all the pesticides used in the US are used to grow cotton. Many of these pesticides are known to be carcinogenic and cause reproductive problems in animals. Residues from these pesticides remain in your mattress and other bedding after they're made and delivered to your home. Fortunately, there are ways you can avoid all of these toxic chemicals in your bedroom.

Why You Should Choose a Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress

Naturepedic EOS Campaign_2If you're looking for a new mattress, consider the Naturepedic EOS organic mattress line. Naturepedic mattresses don't contain any of the harmful ingredients found in conventional mattresses. You can read Happy Mothering's review of the Naturepedic EOS mattress too, but here are some key points to keep in mind.

Certified Organic

The Naturepedic EOS line is not only non-toxic, but organic too. Unlike other companies who may use some organic ingredients, the entire EOS mattress is certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Additionally, all latex is certified to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).

Naturally Flame Retardant

In addition, the Naturepedic EOS organic mattress does not contain any toxic flame retardant chemicals or flame retardant barriers. That doesn’t mean it’s flammable though! It naturally meets and exceeds all federal and state flammability standards. Naturepedic does this by using a design that does not use any petrochemical foams.

Customizable

One of the unique qualities of the Naturepedic EOS organic mattress series is that it's customizable. You get to choose the firmness level for each side of the bed. There are four levels of firmness: plush, cushion firm, firm and extra firm. Cushion firm is the most popular level. If you choose the wrong level, you have 90 days to exchange the comfort inserts for free (and only pay for shipping). Even if you change your mind after 90 days, you can still order new layers and change the support or comfort of your mattress without having to replace the entire mattress.

Shipped to Your Home

Your Naturepedic EOS Standard Mattress will arrive packed in boxes - the California King, for example, comes in four boxes. It's so much easier than going store to store, shopping for a mattress, then trying to get it home. Now you can go on the Naturepedic website and order your mattress, and it will come right to your door. Read more about what makes Naturepedic organic mattresses different here.

Win a Naturepedic EOS Standard Queen Mattress

Ready for your chance to win a Naturepedic EOS Standard Queen Organic Mattress valued at $2,599? Enter via the widget below. This giveaway is open to the US only and will run through May 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. This giveaway is hosted by Happy Mothering. Please contact Chrystal with all questions about the giveaway, or to learn how one can be organized for your brand. naturepedic-giveaway-may-vertical

Spring Into Green Giveaway Hop (Smart Bottoms Giveaway)

By Sasha Savoy
on March 19, 2016

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Welcome to the Spring Into Green Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network! Each of the participating blogs is giving away a prize package to help you start spring in a green and eco-friendly way! Earth Day might just happen once a year but we want to give you ways to spring into green and care for the environment every day! After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post!    

So what are we giving away at The Mushy Mommy?     

We are giving away a Smart Bottoms Spicy Tuna Organic All in One diaper (retail value $29). If you have not tried Smart Bottoms yet, now is THE time to enter to snag this beautiful diaper up for yourself. I should add that this photo does not do this gorgeous diaper justice -- it's perfection! Smart Bottoms are made in the USA from organic cotton and are amazing! We love Smart Bottoms in our home and it's one of our best selling brands in the store! 

Good luck to all who enter! We can't wait to ship this beauty off to one lucky US winner. 

 

Enter to win below. 
Thanks for reading, entering and following along. 
And thank you for supporting small businesses and blogs! XO.

 This contest will run through April 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors may have provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was not under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to The Mushy Mommy and not to Facebook. Please note that The Mushy Mommy, The Pistachio Project, the Green Moms Network and the Spring Into Green event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Toxins From Your Home

By Sasha Savoy
on February 25, 2016

All day long we see article after article about all of the nasty chemicals in foods, our homes and our kid's stuff. We wonder just how on earth is it possible to escape it?! Unfortunately, toxins and nasty chemicals will always be around us as there are some things that are simply out of our control. However there are additional measures, some super easy, that we can take to rid our lives of some of those nasty things that can lead to respiratory problems, allergies, infertility and most often, cancer. 

It's all about finding the balance to do what you can while accepting that you'll never be perfect at the green living game. But knowing that you were proactive to live healthier and provide a healthier home for your family is one thing that you can be proud of years down the road. 

1. Switch all skin care and beauty products. Okay so maybe there is that one brand of eye shadow that you can just can't live without -- okay then. But if you want to nix toxins, skin care products are a great first step. Switch to lotions and washes that are paraben, phthalate, sulfate, chlorine, petroleum and synthetic fragrance free. Choose items that are plant based and have essential oils for fragrance. There are numerous makeup companies out there that carry completely natural makeup, or you can simply start by using face powder that is talc free. (Don't think it's a big deal? Johnson and Johnson's is now responsible for paying a family over $70 million in damages after research proved that the victim died of ovarian cancer caused by talc in their baby powder that she used for years- these ingredients ARE a big deal). 

2. Ditch the plastic. Ditch as much plastic as you can in your home, particularly plastic that is for food. Don't use tupperware; switch to glass products. Ditch plastic cups and switch to glass. It's healthier, prettier and will likely hold up longer. I still purge in this area regularly. 

3. Don't cook from the box. Sure there will be days where this may be much more unavoidable and I'm pretty sure that even the crunchiest of moms cooks from a box every now and then. However choosing fresh food to prepare eliminates tons of artificial ingredients that are awful in the long run for our health. 

4. Throw out air fresheners, plug ins and the like. Some places can get away with a small plug in if it's a large business where people come and go. However in your home, where you're confined with closed windows and small proximity, artificial air fresheners are a very bad idea. Did you know that the air within our home is much more dangerous than the air we breathe outside? It's because of all of the items in our home that off gas or produce their own chemical smell (like a plug in). Switch to essential oil diffusers, homemade beeswax candles, and many other things. 

5. Allow indoor plants into your home that serve a purpose. I won't lie, I suck at keeping most plants alive and I hardly have the room. However research shows that many plants are good at cleaning the air and some specifically help handle formaldehyde which is one of the most common carcinogens found in all of our homes because it's used in so many manufactured things. Plants like a Boston Fern, English Ivy and even small palm trees can clean the air. For more info visit this link. You can also use a Himalayan Salt Lamp to do the trick (coming soon to my home). 

6. Ditch the store bought cleaners. There are SO many different cleaners out there that are laced with the most toxic and deadly ingredients. While sure we may want to do a good bleach clean after everyone in our home has the flu (if that makes you feel better) but cleaning with these items regularly is awful. There are SO many good and natural cleaning solutions. It's cheaper and healthier to make your own cleaners or to search for the best plant based ones that you can fine. Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and hydrogen peroxide in another and spray one on top of the other and you have yourself a natural disinfectant! 

7. Choose organic if you can. Choosing an item labeled "natural" doesn't always mean anything because there are no guidelines or standards that are required for a product to have that label. However anything that is USDA certified organic is completely organic and much better for you. Produce is the place to start if your budget allows for some organic items, as it is the dirtiest of all. Not only do you rid your food of pesticides and toxins, but organic produce has recently been proven to contain a higher value of nutrients and antioxidants. 

While it may be quite an adjustment to do all of these things at once, it's definitely doable to make these switches if you start slowly and with just a few things. I recommend nixing the chemicals for cleaning and for skin care first and then go from there.

Trying to rid your life of toxins is a learning process and if you're really into, a never ending learning process. It is important to realize that you can never remove all of the nasty ingredients in your life and in some cases you may want to just enjoy that bag of Oreos (or you may get lazy for a few months). Part of this process is accepting that you can't be perfect and that it is okay. 

Do the best you can do each day to live a healthier lifestyle so you can live a longer, much more fulfilled life. Provide the best home you can for your family that is full of natural things, wholesome food and most importantly, lots of love. 

Eco Peace Swimwear (A Summer Boho Must Have)

By Sasha Savoy
on February 01, 2016

Down here in the south, we haven't really had much of a winter. I mean, we haven't even really had "frost" on the ground. It's kind of disappointing because each winter most southerns are secretly hoping for one beautiful, white day. So since winter doesn't seem to be making an appearance, let's talk about summer (yep, I'm totally skipping spring here). 

Today I'm going to share some swim suits that are just freaking AH-MAZING. They are trendy, cute, stylish and are perfect for my hippie loving heart. And even better, they are ECO FRIENDLY, American made and from an eco-conscious company. Woot Woot. Eco friendly swim suits, but how can that be?!

Aqua Green is a 4th generation family owned business that has been leading the way in swim wear fit, design and sustainability for the last 75 years. Their ECO PEACE line brings about brand new sustainable technologies to the swimwear market and their company is amazing at helping out our environment.

Just a few awesome things about Aqua Green and ECO PEACE:

  • They have removed over 5 tons of trash with beach cleanups 
  • They promote eco friendly fashion, volunteerism, and environmentalism 
  • The ECO SWIM line uses recycled nylon lining and recycled polyester shell fabrics
  • ECO SWIM uses eco cell foam bra cups and dry natural rubber elastics 
  • FSC Certified Tags made of recycled material
  • They basically turn your recycled water bottles into fabric for their suits! 

Aqua Green is MADE IN THE USA. Yes, it is actually manufactured here...holla. By simply manufacturing here, they have reduced their fossil fuel by 96.9%.

Along with green company initiatives and making every effort to use eco-conscious materials, which reduce ocean pollution and keep plastic out of our landfills, Aqua Green® is committed to several beach and river cleanups each year. Aqua Green® values volunteerism and activism, co-hosting beach cleanups with their retail partners, spreading their environmental message, promoting eco-fashion and creating community while helping to restore our oceans and waterways to health. Aqua Green and their partners have removed over 5 tons of trash.

And if these trendy, boho inspired suits aren't quite up your alley, then make sure to check out their ECO SWIM line for modern and stylish suits that don't have quite so much "edge" to them. For me personally, the ECO PEACE line is a must have. My hippie, boho heart swooned over every swim suit and I may have to restrain myself from getting like ten new swimsuits this year! 

Okay, so who is ready for the beach after all of this talk?

Please visit ECO PEACE for your swim wear needs this year! Be unique and wear a swim suit that has meaning, purpose and somewhat of a unique story behind it!

ECO PEACE® by Aqua Green® is a collection of thoughtfully created swimwear combining sustainability, glam, bohemian spirit and fun, festival-chic trends. The made-in-America young designers collection is locally designed, sourced and produced in sunny southern California using sustainable materials and new “water free” printing technology that gives the line its sustainable edge.


Here's to hoping that all of us look this chic and hip this summer! YES PLEASE.

Little Fox and Cheeky Cloth Diaper Giveaway

By Sasha Savoy
on August 12, 2015

Before Little Fox was born, I was approached by Cheeky Diaper Co to do a review and after browsing their website, I quickly knew that these were diapers I wanted to try! I mean first off, you can never have too many diapers and secondly, as a cloth diaper retailer I really enjoy testing products and knowing what is out there.

One of the things I love about Cheeky is the simplicity. While I love...

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No Kid, That Wasn't An Oreo {Mom Truths}

By Sasha Savoy
on August 03, 2015


I've evaluated life as a mom to two and especially to life as mother to a toddler. These are just some of the life changing things I have recently witnessed.

If you don't agree or can't relate, it's coming.

It's coming, I promise.

I'll text you back later. Like way later.Remember the days of texting back and forth with your BFF where you sent countless and pointless emojis or "hahahahas" like it was...

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The Mom Guilt of Motherhood {with baby #2}

By Sasha Savoy
on July 27, 2015


Today you woke up and fixed a lousy breakfast for the kids. Mom guilt. 

You kept the television on for way too long this morning. More mom guilt. 

The spunky toddler who ate the chalk that you may have snapped at. More mom guilt. 

The newborn that doesn't seem to be in your arms enough. Sigh, mom guilt.

The toddler running around that begs to be in your arms more. Freaking mom guilt. 

The laundry...

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Having a Voice for Your Baby's Birth

By Sasha Savoy
on July 16, 2015


Having a voice is important.

Having a voice during your labor and for your child is even more important. 


I recently had a friend tell me that for her first birth she didn't realize she had a say or all of these options. She just assumed you followed the doctor's orders and things that many think of as "routine" were just that, routine. This stunned me because it made me wonder just how many other...

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My Attached Baby Two Years Later

By Sasha Savoy
on July 13, 2015

"That baby will never be able to leave you."

"You're gonna have problems when she starts school."

"That's going to be hard as she gets older."

Blah, blah, blah.

Just a few of the things that I heard before my daughter was one. My first born, my baby, who was quite attached to me was apparently an example of "what I was doing wrong."

I say that because so often I'd hear these comments about her being so...

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The Breastfeeding Basics

By Sasha Savoy
on June 30, 2015

{Sasha is writing this post a breastfeeding counselor in training as well as a mama who has breastfed her firstborn for 18 months and is currently breastfeeding her second daughter} 

Let's face it, there are a million books out there to read about breastfeeding and truth be told it can all get a little overwhelming. Some books are long and intimidating and classes at hospitals aren't always...

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