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Memo from the Elves: Reusing and Repurposing is even better than Recycling! (or How to be an Eco-friendly Wrapper)

By cherise udell

Okay, my  guest bedroom has been taken over by tissue paper, glittery ribbon and elves. Well, actually, I am THE elf, the wrapping elf, to be exact. As my daughters’ advent calendar countdown to Christmas continues, I am doing my best to be sneaky and preserve that Santa magic for another year.  But as I […]

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Waste-free School Lunches: Join the Movement and Save $$!

By cherise udell

How is this for an incentive: create a waste-free school lunch every day and save $250 per child! If you have two kids that is a $500 savings and essentially a free weekend away with your sweetie!  Four kids and your bank account will bulge with an extra $1000.  Hmmmm…what are all of the things […]

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Today’s Forecast: Red Alert in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah Counties

By cherise udell

Due to expected high levels of ozone today (Friday, July 16th), the Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued a health advisory for Salt Lake, Davis and Utah Counties: SALT LAKE / DAVIS Counties: Air Quality Condition: RED Ozone Forecast: Unhealthy Health Advisory: Sensitive people (those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children) […]

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BARBIES, POOL PARTIES AND the uninvited guest, OZONE

By cherise udell

Summer  brings us barbeques, pool parties, mountain biking, sundresses and wonderful balmy evenings, but it also ushers in ozone season. And unfortunately, this summer has already seen a run of yellow air days, in spite of the cooler-than-normal temperatures. Today, again the Utah Department of Environmental Quality has declared a Yellow Alert. But what is ozone […]

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Why Breastfeeding is an Environmental Issue

By cherise udell

Breast is best, not only for baby, but also for Mama Earth. So, all you breastfeeding mamas rejoice this Earth Month knowing you are making one of the best ecological decisions as a parent – even if no one gives you a green star for your effort! I chose to exclusively breastfeed my two daughters during […]

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Confessions of Carbon Addict — or how I lost 10,000 pounds in a month

By cherise udell

Okay, I confess, I am a carbon addict. I drive. I eat imported cheese. I like traveling to tropical islands. I use a washing machine and a dryer. I blog on the internet. But, I am also racked with Catholic-like guilt at the thought that I am contributing more than my share to the planet’s […]

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Easter Bunny & Dust Bunnies: A Green Chick’s Spring Cleaning Guide

By cherise udell

The weather is warming, the daffodils are peeking forth and I feel the urge to spring clean! But a clean home isn’t necessarily a healthy home and this is why: conventional indoor cleaning products contribute significantly to indoor air pollution, and can trigger asthma attacks, dizziness, fainting, increased blood pressure and can negatively impact a […]

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A Lovely Leprechaun Green (tarantula encounters included)

By cherise udell

Hello Utah Green Mamas – I am delighted to be the new green blogger for Todays Mama — and today, I literally am green! In honor of St Patty’s Day, I painted nearly a hundred little cheeks with glittery shamrocks and as a result my fingers are stained a lovely leprechaun green! My claim to […]

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