Friday, June 26, 2009

Smart Mamas Green Guide Review and Giveaway



Smart Mama's Green Guide by Jennifer Taggart of The Smart Mama blog gives parents and easy to read guide to reduce our children's toxic chemical exposure. The book is nicely laid out with areas of the home clustered together: kitchen; food; nursery; playroom and bathroom. She also covers topics of the risks of chemical exposure; lead issues; cleaning products and pesticides. Each chapter has subtopics in bold so it is easy to skim and find the areas of concern. There are also "smart mama tips" and easy to read charts sprinkled in. The book ends with an index, so this can easily be used as a reference book. Want to know about copper pipes? Check out page 57. Vitamins? Page 77. ADHD and lead exposure? Page 53.

This book brought up a lot of issues I had not considered. I am not usually one to be too concerned with toxic chemical exposure, but I definitely see that that needs to change. This is a great tool to help me start making small changes to protect my kids. "Simple steps" are liberally spread throughout the book to give us a starting off point.
Parents often feel overwhelmed and defenseless against a never-ending recall list of toys and baby products. Deciphering unpronounceable chemicals they encounter every day can be daunting if not impossible. With environmental exposures being closely linked to 70 percent of birth defects, new parents faced with the overwhelming responsibility for their babies' health frequently turn to organic products. But they quickly find they don't have the time to practice a completely green or natural lifestyle.

THE SMART MAMA'S GREEN GUIDE delivers the information busy parents want and the tools to make informed, individual choices without the demand to go all-out green. Packed with practical tips on eliminating or reducing the hidden dangers of toxic chemicals that lurk everywhere, this book will empower readers to control what comes into their homes and make informed decisions instead of relying on government regulation of harmful chemicals.
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49 comments:

budletsmom said...

I am concerned about so many chemicals that we use today from ant sprays to fertilizers and weed killers. I would love to find greener solutions.


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RavenousReader said...

I am developing a concern about products that don't fully disclose their ingredient list. What are they hiding?

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

am at the point where I really look at labels and wonder if I have exposed my kids to cancer- I have had cancer and can absolutely link alot of links back to spray paont- working on cars..absestos, etc so I am careful beyond belief

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Susieqtpie said...

I was at Smart Mama's site warming and she spoke of her book! I would love to read it! Our home is 70 years old. We've lived here 3 years. I'm concerned as to what is there in our home that we aren't aware of.

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Sammie said...

My main concern is that with the OLD people diagnosis are these coming from all the chemicals that have been used in our daily lives?


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sweetsue said...

I am wondering what to do with my old chemical cleansers. Should I use them, store them, or toss them?
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danosor said...

I will not buy from companies that don't disclose an ingrediant list and are not up front about hidden agenda's.

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Nickolay said...

I would like to know more about how to dispose of my bad old chemicals as I switch over to green products

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cherdon said...

I am concerned about chemicals in products used years ago when our children were young, what effect that may have had or will have now that they are young men and women

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Gabriel J. said...

This is great to be more green-friendly.

It's a Hard Knock Life said...

i am very concerned about the world we leave for our children, going green is the only way to improve it.

susan1215 said...

I'm concerned abut the chemicals in the foods we eat

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kngmckellar said...

I am very very concerned about the sprays that farmers use to kill weeds. If it kills the weeds it must go into the crops that they harvest and we are eating them. This is very disturbing. I believe that is where a lot of cancers derive from.

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Ardy22 said...

We should all be very concerned about toxins in the environment and make every effort to keep them out of the landfils for sure

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kathy pease said...

i worry about cleaning carpets with harsh chemicals being bad for my pets since they always lay on the carpet

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Maja said...

i'm concerened about cleansiness of water

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mrstrooper said...

There are so many chemicals that we use today that we need to stay conscious of this and keep them out of the reach of children!

chazvgo said...

I have locks on all the cabinets with cleaning supplies, but Im always worried about things in the garage. :)

lilyk said...

I am interested in learning more about safe alternatives to pesticides.