Seven Tips to Go Green this Summer

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Make your own sunscreen.

It might sound weird, but it’s actually really easy to make your own sunscreen. There are tons of options online, and the ingredients are pretty common – coconut oil, essential oils, etc. Not only will it help the environment, and keep your kids healthy, but you also only need to make as much as you need – so much less waste!

Frequent the famers market

Buying local is always in. The farmers that sell at your local market are usually within driving distance of your house which means you’re helping the local economy, giving your family healthy options, and supporting your businesses in your own neighborhood.

Swap regular charcoal for Cowboy Charcoal (cowboy

Traditional charcoal and briquettes might make your food tasty, but the particulates emanating off the grill are pretty harmful to the environment. But, trying a brand that’s made from all natural resources, and has a track record of environmentally friendly business decision is a sure fire way to grill up some great BBQ.

Try citrus plants to ward off mosquitos

You’ve seen the “mosquito control” planters all over Pinterest for good reason. They work! Filling up your deck, patio, porch and backyard with mosquito hating greens just might make your summer plans that much sweeter. Try bunches of Citronella plants, Lemon Thyme, and Lemongrass placed around your outdoor areas for some much needed relief. We can’t guarantee that you won’t get bit, but we’re pretty sure your yard will be the nicest smelling place on the block, with the least amount of pesky critters.

For small yards, use a reel mower instead of an electric or gas version.

This is simple – if you can, swamp out a simple push mower for your electric or gas mower. You can mow the grass and get a work out!

Forget the dryer and hang your clothes outside to dry

Another easy change – just hang a clothesline between two pillars, and voila! Instant outdoor dryer. Your clothes will smell like the great outdoors, and your wallet will thank you.

Use a rainbarrel to collect water with which to water your plants

Rain barrels collect the runoff from your gutters allowing you to use all that water to keep your plants and grass hydrated without running up your water bill. Thus saving water and money.

3 Quick Tips for Caring for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

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“Baby Skin Sensitivities: What You Should Know.” How do you know if your baby has sensitive skin? What can you do to ensure that her skin doesn’t become irritated?

Our babies are such sweet, delicate creatures, aren’t they? They seem so defenseless when they first arrive in this world, and we fret about anything they come in contact with, fearful of what could happen as a result.

Babies’ skin is especially delicate, much like their immune system, and can flare up for seemingly no reason at all. It can be hard to find the culprit for the sensitivity, but it’s important so that your child is comfortable. Below, we’ve listed some ways to protect your little one’s skin, safely.

  1. Wash baby’s clothes and bedding separately, with a mild detergent. Because their immune systems have not fully developed, the harsh chemicals in regular detergents can irritate your child’s skin, causing rashes and discomfort. Avoid the situation by using a detergent that’s dye-free and chemical-free. You may also want to cut out any itchy tags on baby’s clothes.
  2. Avoid bathing too often. While it may seem you’re doing your little one a favor and keeping him clean, too many baths can dry out his skin and remove the natural oils which protect it. Pediatricians recommend 1-2 baths a week to avoid conditions like eczema.
  3. Know what’s in your baby products. Many hair and skin care ingredients contain additives that can result in irritation, or even an allergic reaction. Limit your child’s exposure to harmful chemicals by reading labels, and garner knowledge about what’s in the products.

Products from Greenplicity are ideal for babies with sensitive skin, because they’re made with food-grade ingredients which feature essentials oils and all-natural ingredients. Gentle and nourishing, they’re products that you can feel good about using on your baby—and yourself!