Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Toxic Mattress Syndrome. Black Friday's the perfect time to remedy that

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation for the following post.

Photo by Vera Kratochvil

Have you ever woken up with a headache? How about body aches? An unexplained rash? Nosebleed? Perhaps you're currently going through a whole slew of tests to determine what is causing your migraines or the ringing in your ears. Did you ever stop to consider the possibility that your health woes all begin and end with the mattress you're sleeping on?

I'm not talking about a too-hard or too-soft mattress. I'm talking about a toxic mattress full of chemicals, like boric acid, formaldehyde, polyurethane foam, and PBDEs (which are banned in many other countries). Toxic Mattress Syndrome affects many, many more people that we realize. Maybe it affects you. Or your children. Or your parents.

There are so many issues with mattresses these days... so many things to consider. Look at the tag -- does it say "Treated Cotton"? Uh oh. You're most likely looking at boric acid. And unless the cotton is certified organic, you have the whole pesticide issue to consider. After all, of all crops, cotton is the most heavily sprayed with a multitude of toxins. As a matter of fact, approximately one-quarter of all agricultural chemicals are used to grow cotton. Do you really want to spend one-third of your life getting intimate with all those chemicals? Yuck. 

Then there are the flame retardants, mandated by the government. We've all been hearing about sofas loaded with these toxins, but did you ever stop to think about your mattress? Unless it was manufactured before July 1, 2007, your mattress is doing its best to not only protect you from being injured if you fall asleep while smoking in bed, but also to inflict all sorts of off-gassing and potentially serious damage to your system. That's a fact. 

Yikes! What can you do? Well, for one thing, you can buy a new mattress. Of course, certified organic mattresses are a bit costly. And you have to watch out for what the organic labeling means. The regulations are a bit lax here. Some of the materials can be organic, while others, like the cotton used, is not. So, just because it claims to be organic, does not necessarily mean it's safe. 

One thing you can do is get a doctor's excuse. Seriously. Your doctor or chiropractor can write a prescription for a mattress without flame retardants. That's one step toward a healthier night's sleep. Of course, that doesn't eliminate some of the other toxins, but it's certainly a step up.

Natural latex mattresses are another option. Organic latex is made from rubber trees. Of course, you want to steer clear of any synthetic latex, but many sleep experts give green thumbs up to natural latex mattresses.

Memory foam can go either way when it comes to delivering toxic mattress symptoms, so watch out if you're looking to go that route. You want to look for GreenGuard Certification. While that doesn't ensure a chemical-free night's rest, it does guarantee less emissions. 

With Black Friday breathing down our necks, maybe it's time to consider a healthier holiday season, starting with your family's mattresses. Even if you have to switch them one bed at a time, there's nothing like a good Black Friday sale to get you started. has a fantastic Black Friday sale going on this year, with $1200 off all of their 100% organic natural latex mattresses and $600 off their GreenGuard Gold certified memory foam mattresses.

With every purchase of a latex mattress or a memory foam mattress, you'll also receive extras valued at $376:
  • 2 free organic latex pillows
  • Free Egyptian sheet set
  • Free mattress protector
Every adjustable bed purchase includes a free 10 year extended warranty (valued at $349), as well as free white glove delivery (a $299 value).

The reasons for buying a new mattress are countless and the timing couldn't be better. Black Friday... the perfect time to upgrade your sleeping situation. Who knew?

Sleep tight,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cyber Monday sale at Earth Mama Angel Baby

This post contains affiliate links.

If you're like me (and you probably are on this one!), you love Earth Mama Angel Baby and their wonderful line of products for babies, mamas, and even grandmas! So get ready. One week from today, EMAB is offering a whopping 25% off every single thing. Note: that's every single thing, which means it excludes bundles.

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, December 1st, all regularly priced items are on sale at 25% off. This is one sale you don't want to miss. And you don't have to fight traffic or stand in long lines to grab some of these deals. Your feet will thank you.  

Just click here on December 1, 2014 and use the code CYBERMONDAY25. And don't worry... I'll remind you about it again on Monday. 


Saturday, November 22, 2014

e-cloth Pet Grooming Set Giveaway!

e-cloth Pet Grooming Set Giveaway

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Pet hair. Everywhere. That's how it is in our home and it seems like it's always been that way. Between the white American Eskimo we had for years to the menagerie of long- and short-haired cats, we have spent countless hours grooming our pets and removing fur from our furniture, rugs, and clothing. Anything that can help ease this problem has to be good, right?

The e-cloth Pet Grooming Set just might be the ticket. 
  • Dual sided Cleaning Mitt quickly removes dirt, bacteria and moisture while providing a gently massaging action, leaving fur clean and shiny
    • Remove dirt with the short pile side
    • Dry off with the fronded side
    • Fronded side will give a massaging feel to the pet, making cleaning a more pleasing experience
    • May be used wet or dry; use wet for all over use at bath time
    • Quickly and easily removes dirt and mud from all sizes of pets and all types of fur
    • Makes hard to clean areas such as legs, tail and underside easier to do
    • High capacity and rapid absorption makes it perfect for drying soggy moggy or a dripping doggy
    • Guarantee for 300 Machine washes
    • size: 11" x 5.9"
  • Dual sided Grooming Mitt removes dirt, bacteria and loose hair while providing a gently massaging action that leaves fur with a glossy natural sheen
    • Includes specially created grooming fibers to remove loose hair
    • Two-tone side (grayish cleaning and polishes - grooms away loose hair and debris from pet's coat
    • Cream side great for gently grooming around facial area
    • Guarantee for 300 Machine washes
    • size: 11" x 5.9"
  • Large Cleaning And Drying Towel does an excellent job of removing moisture, excess oils and pet dander from the coat
    • Quickly removes and locks away dirt, mud and bacteria
    • Absorbs twice as much moisture as a conventional towel and dries four times more quickly
    • Soft to touch and encourages pets to cuddle into
    • Guarantee for 300 Machine washes
    • size: 59" x 31.5"
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Disclosure: Green Grandma did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


Friday, November 21, 2014

IOTUT -- Have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

It's Friday. That means we're either talking about vinegar or about smarter, more earth-friendly ways to do do things. Today, I'm happy to feature a guest post by Katherine Lilly, a freelance writer currently based in California. When she's not writing, Kathy enjoys traveling around California and spending time with her family. Click here to follow her on Twitter. As you'll see, she offers plenty of smarter solutions to the ways things are usually done.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may involve a lot of excesses, but it doesn’t have to have an excessive impact on the environment. Here are a few ways you can green up your Thanksgiving festivities.

Shop Locally and Seasonally

It’s a given that a feast will end up on the table. One thing you can take into consideration, though, is the origin of that feast. Choose to shop locally and seasonally to cut down on the amount of transport that is needed to bring the food to your table. Buying from local farmers and food suppliers can reduce packaging as well as the preservatives and refrigeration needed to carry produce long distances.


Image by Junior Libby
Whether you’re peeling potatoes, scooping pumpkins or coring apples, you will likely have a lot of compostable materials piling up. Begin a compost bin to keep discarded produce parts from ending up in the trash can.

Decorate Naturally

Image by Vera Kratochvil

Send the kids on a scavenger hunt outside to locate natural decorations such as pine cones and acorns that can be brought back in to decorate in a natural manner. Pick up a pumpkin or a few squash to create a centerpiece. When the holiday is over you will have no plastic d├ęcor to dispose of or store and can likely compost most of the items.

Clean With Eco-Friendly Products

When you are prepping for the 17 aunts, uncles and cousins expected to infiltrate your home, cleaning every nook and cranny suddenly becomes a priority mission. This year do your deep cleaning with natural and organic products to ensure that you’re not only being earth friendly, but keeping potentially hazardous chemicals away from your loved ones. If you would rather not spend the extra money, you can create your own at costs lower than traditional cleaners. Check online to learn how to use items such as vinegar, baking soda and other household staples in your cleaning.**

Thanksgiving at Green Grandma's


With large numbers of guests it can be tempting to bring out the disposable dishes. If you can avoid that, though, you can reduce your amount of trash considerably. Then, when you are finished, clean the dishes with an environmentally friendly dish washing soap. If you absolutely must use disposable items, choose those made out of recyclable materials.


Thanksgiving is about connecting with the family and friends for whom you are so thankful. Do this by disconnecting from phones and computers and focusing instead on interacting with one another on a personal level. Instead of watching the afternoon game, turn off the television and send the gang outside to create your own friendly game of post-turkey flag football. 

Make this season a time to be thankful for everything the earth provides for you and the ones you love. Celebrate that by making a few tweaks to your event for an eco-friendly Thanksgiving.


**For more natural cleaning tips, check out my book, VINEGAR FRIDAYS, available online and in various retail outlets.

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