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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Green Piece of Mind

It seems we're all trying to live a little greener this year, but it's hard to know where to start. Do you switch to organic food, homeopathic remedies or detoxify your home? Here are some wonderful websites that will help you evaluate your family's environment-

AIRNow: Rates air quality/ozone levels. Has an option to send a free email when air quaility is questionable.

Beyond Pesticides: Great news source. Also has info on each state's pesticide policies.

Children's Health Environmental Coalition: Info on children's vulnerability to chemicals. "Virtual House" allow you to click items in the home for information about potential unhealthy exposures

National Lead Information Center Brochure: Info on professional lead testing and resources in your state

National Library of Medicine's Tox Town: An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.

National Vaccine Information Center: Non-profit dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the right to informed consent to vaccination.

National Safety Council's Radon Page: Info on Radon hazards, contacts for questions and coupon for a home test kit.

Safe Water: Drinking water quality reports.

Skin Deep: News and safety ratings of popular health and beauty products.

Toxic Release Inventory: Lists companies in your area that have reported the release of toxic emissions to the EPA and bodies of water affected. Links to state specific websites.


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