toxins-mattresses-plush-bedsThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plush Beds. All opinions are my own.

It seems everywhere we turn, we find out that something seemingly benign in our lives is actually exposing us to toxins. It can be pretty overwhelming if you don’t address one issue at a time.

We started our natural living journey in 2007 when I was diagnosed with melanoma an then 6 months later became pregnant with our oldest daughter. We haven’t gotten to where we are overnight, and we still have plenty of distance to cover. As much as I’d love to make every change overnight, that just isn’t feasible.

One of the latest things I have wanted to work on changing is our furniture and bedding. Did you know that most beds are full of toxic chemicals? You breathe these chemicals in every single night and probably aren’t even aware of it!

One of the biggest concerns for many parents is volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that VOCs can cause us to experience a lot of different health issues such as eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin allergies; nausea; fatigue; dizziness; liver, kidney and central nervous system damage; and even cancer.

Do you have a high-density polyurethane foam bed? Is it petroleum based? If so, then it emits VOCs. Yes, even some beds labeled natural or organic can emit VOCs. Yikes!

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straw-snowflake-ornaments-stripeds snow in the forecast where you live yet? We had our first mild snow, but nothing stuck. I’m excited for the snow to start falling so I can curl up in the house in front of the fire and watch the flurries out the front window.

As soon as the snow starts falling, I tend to start baking and crafting more. I want to start making more of our Christmas ornaments. I love unique ornaments on trees – it adds so much character and it’s fun to pass down ornaments.

If you’re just getting started with making your own ornaments, this is an easy one to get you started. You can create a simple and elegant straw snowflake ornaments using this step by step process. [click to continue…]


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