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Eco Family News
announces the return of
Whole Children, Whole Planet Expo 2010
April 24, 2010

An Earth Day Celebration!

Mamas Munchies

Please join us on Saturday April 24, 2010 for the third Whole Children, Whole Planet Expo - for an forgettable 40th Anniversary 'Earth Day' celebration at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, CA.

This year's FREE event will feature non-stop education for all those willing to learn - kids, students, parents, teachers, friends, grandparents - with FREE workshops throughout the day, hands-on enrichment projects for kids, and healthy entertainment - for all ages.

That's right this year's event will be FREE to the community. Food, entertainment, workshops celebrities, prizes, samples, an amazing enrichment village and much more.

Workshops will include:

Water Wise - Learn about water conservation in relation to landscapes, gardens and in-home use, water pollution, oceans, drinking, and gray water.

Creating A Safe Environment
- Live, learn, work and play in a toxic-free environment.

- Risks and Benefits

Natural Solutions For Epidemic Problems
- Identifying and naturally treating autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD.

Childhood Obesity
- What's in the food we're eating? Join the fresh food revolution!

No Child Left Inside
- Learn about the incredible benefits of learning, and being in nature.

Media's Influence
- Learn how to navigate the challenges of parenting in a commercial culture.

To sign up for the FREE workshops - click here

Please help us spread the word, and come out and support us.

In appreciation,
Kathy Arnos
Great Ideas for Moms

Roxana Illuminated Purfumes


Roxana Villa's passion for the planet, it's resources and gifts, is evident in her life as an artist - both in the visual and aromatic arenas.

VeraRoxana has developed a collection of perfumes created from the highest-grade materials available; including pure essences sourced from the deserts of Arabia, tropical forests of Madagascar and Mediterranean meadows.
In the tradition of alchemists and perfumers of ancient times, Roxana creates an illuminated line of exclusive, signature fragrances along with extraordinary custom perfumes.

Every fragrance is created in small batches by hand - each batch resonating with a deep connection to the land, each embellished by intoxicating scents drawn primarily from the plant kingdom.Roxana logo

Liquid perfumes are created utilizing organic grape and grain alcohol, hand crafted tinctures and numerous chords of essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 extractions.

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"The Power of Your Child's Imagination"
by Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Mamas Munchies

Dr. Charlotte Reznick has mapped out an amazing tool box for parents to deal with every day stress (i.e. anxiety, stomachaches, bed-wetting, sleeplessness, etc.) in her new book, The Power Of Your Child's Imagination.

Imagine your frustrated four-year-old calming her own anger with a few simple breaths. Picture your fourth grader visualizing an ice
blue pillow to cool his hot headaches. Or your worried eleven-year-old improving her concentration by consulting a personal wizard to help with homework.

The Power of Your Child's Imagination will show you how to empower your child with easy, effective, and creative skills for surviving-and thriving-in a stressful world. This indispensable guide provides nine simple tools to help children cope with stress and anxiety by tapping into their imagination to access their own natural strength and confidence.

Congrats to the Dr. Reznick for making it to the a LA Times Bestseller list in just three weeks!

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Good For The Environment
Fuji EnviroMAX Batteries

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Did you know that batteries contain heavy metals, and are actually considered to be hazardous waste? Consequently, they shouldn't be thrown away in the trash, but rather disposed of through hazardous waste collection centers, or other responsible programs such as Waste Management's

Personally, I have been using rechargeable batteries for years. However, as a reporter one of the problems I have encountered is a reliable back up battery. For whatever reason my rechargeable batteries have not been able to service this need - they're usually empty of charge when I go to use them in the field. For a reporter this can be quite critical, not to mention embarrassing.

So when I learned about the new Fuji EnviroMAX™ battery, I was elated. The Fuji EnviroMAX™ battery provides a long-overdue dimension to eco-responsibility within the replacement battery market - at no added cost. Independent tests show Fuji EnviroMAX™ batteries equal, and most often exceed the performance and longevity of equivalent major brands.

The materials that make up a Fuji EnviroMAX™ battery are derived from the basic elements of the earth, and contain no harmful mercury or cadmium. All resources used in the manufacturing process are reused and recycled, and the batteries are labeled and packaged with recycled paper and P.E.T. plastic - not dangerous (and non-recyclable) PVC plastic. The company boosts that because there is nothing toxic inside, or around the battery all aspects of it can be responsibly disposed of through normal waste systems. They're battery plants are also said to be some of the world's most eco-respectful facilities, operating under strict standards of environmental responsibility.

Click here to learn where to buy the batteries, or for more information please visit:
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Upcoming Event

The 4th International Public Conference on VaccinationMamas Munchies
Oct. 2-4, 2009
Reston, Virginia
Hear what some of the top experts have to say about the hot topic of today's vaccines. Learn about vaccine science, policy, law, ethics and politics. Meet fellow vaccine safety and choice activists in your state and find out what you can do to ensure a safe vaccine program for the optimum health of your family.

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Cool 'Back-To-School' Ideas

ECOlunchboxesSandra Ann Harris yearned to avoid the throw-away plastic baggies, the plastic Tupperware food containers and the plastic/vinyl lunchboxes  that also carry the risk of chemicals and heavy metals such as PVC's and lead. As she searched high and low in sporting stores, big-box retailers and online, she was unable to put together a kit that met her needs. That's when she resolved to develop the ECOlunchbox kit a eco-friendly lunch bag for kids ages 3 to 103 ... filled with safe storage containers and responsible service ware - healthy for people and the planet.

Eco Lunch BoxThe kit starts with a 100% cotton, machine washable bag with matching cloth napkins. Inside the bag, which can be converted from shoulder bag, to sling bag to backpack, are reusable bamboo utensils, and a two-level stainless steel ECOlunchbox sized to fit a sandwich. You can always add other pieces to the kit from individual items offered on their website. The only thing missing of course, the lunch. That part is up to you!

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AusPen® Refillable Markers
Did you know that in Australia alone, there are around 40,000,000 white board markers thrown out by schools, universities and other learning institutions each year?

When the founders of AusPen® learnt about this, it sparked the idea of the refillable marker pen. That idea turned into AusPen®, a small Australian business (based in Melbourne) serving customers all around the world.

auspen refillAusPen® is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility and wants to challenge our culture's throwaway mentality and re-use, re-fill and re-cycle instead.

The company uses aluminum for the barrels to minimize pen life and plastic use, and steers clear of the commonly used toxic chemical Xylene to help preserve the health of its users.

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The Safe Sippy

Bret PlateBret  Plate is the founder of Kid Basix, the makers of The Safe Sippy™, The Safe Starter™ baby bottle and The Safe Sporter™ water bottles. After years of an award-winning position in the advertising world, and a decade long career as a screenwriter, Plate became a father. When his son Cooper was two-years-old, timely reporting alerted Plate to the fact he had been serving his son from cups containing Bisphenal A (BPA), a now well documented harmful chemical.  

Safe SippyPlate decided it was time to take action and developed a line of health conscious and eco-friendly products. While BPA has been eliminated from many products, Plate still has concerns about other chemicals that have yet to be studied, and their health consequences.

Another benefit of Plate's company is that it contributes to the downsizing of the  approximately 300 billion plastic water bottles discarded around the world every year - enough to power 12 million cars for an entire year. That's just the water bottles! What about plastic bottles used for sodas, sports drinks, fruit juices and the like. All told, the plastic bottles we throw away each year would reach to the moon and back - 1500 times. So using reusable stainless steel bottles makes sense on every level: personal, local and global.

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Healthy Body

Mamas MunchiesMeet K
im Walls, MS, CEO of Episencial, a unique skincare program specifically designed to address the unique vulnerabilities and needs of skin during pregnancy and the first five years of baby's life.

Luxuriously all-natural, Epicuren baby skin care products are made with the highest quality, certified organic ingredients and are completely free of unhealthy chemical residues. The trade marked Episencial aromatherapy essences also support bonding within the family.

Mamas MunchiesThe company's commitment to the environment is expressed with sustainably farmed, organic ingredients, solar-powered manufacturing, non-leaching plastics and recycled, or Forest Stewardship Certified paper packaging.

Episencial's actively healthy skincare™ products are available in California exclusively at Whole Foods Market and online at beginning October 2009. A percentage of sales goes back to Healthy Child, Healthy World, Episencial's Trusted Partner in the mission to create a Vivid Green Generation™.

(Packaging design in association with Anne Geddes.)
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Save Your World
Mamas MunchiesScott Cecil is president and founder of Save Your World, a company that produces a complete line of all-natural and biodegradable personal care products. The company has a unique conservation mission - "1 Product = 1 Acre of Rainforest Saved for 1 Year".  So, for every product sold, one acre of rainforest in South America is saved for one year from the destruction caused by logging, mining, or deforestation for agricultural purposes.

All of the company's products - Save Your Skin™, Save Your Body®, Save Your Hair®, Save Your Lips® and Save Your World™ - combine the unique ingredients of fair trade organic Yerba Maté with the highest quality of organic aloe. This combination of unique organic ingredients is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and exhibits exhilarating exfoliation along with moisturizing skin rejuvenation.
Save Your World also goes to extra lengths to ensure their products are made in an environmentally-sensitive manner and support fair trade practices, no animal by-products are used, no animal testing, all raw materials are biodegradable, all packaging can be of recycled, or is made from recyclable materials and all products are paraben-free, contain NO 1,4-Dioxane, or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

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Healthy Home

Earth Friendly Products

Mamas Munchies Earth Friendly Products is a family owned business founded in 1967 by Van Vlahakis (CEO). Today with the help of Van's daughter, Kelly (Vice President) and son, John (President) the company has been named the #1 'green' cleaning company in America. Their mission is simple: To provide high quality cleaning products that are absolutely safe for your family, your pets and the environment.

Everything Earth Friendly Products puts out is made with replenishable ingredients and can still compete in performance, price and convenience with today's "standard" household (toxic) products.
Earth Friendly LogoTheir award-winning products are based on pure, simple - and pronounceable - ingredients, including corn, coconut, citrus, plant oils and herbs. And because their products biodegrade quickly and completely, there is no further environmental impact or added cost for toxic cleanup, like that from petroleum-based products. Earth Friendly Products make everything from laundry detergent to drain cleaners, carpet cleaners and even silver polish!  They make it all, and they make it all-naturally.

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Good For You And Environment
All Terrain Bug Repellent

All Terrain logo Current research shows there is a direct correlation to time you spend outdoors and ones overall general emotional and physical health. In the summertime it's especially important to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of UV rays and insect bites, both of which could impact your health. Unfortunately, most of today's mainstream products  contain so many chemicals that you could very well be causing more damage to your family and the environment, by using them.

All Terrain has a line of products with all natural ingredients formulated for hard-core use without harsh toxic chemicals. They are field-tested to ensure satisfaction, and protection.

The company offers, insect repellents, first aid options, sun protection, latex-free bandages and much more.

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Food for Thought
Organicville Ketchup

Rachel Organicville Rachel Kruse is a third generation vegetarian who simply couldn't find an organic dressing that tasted great. She created 'Organicville' to offer a more exciting alternative to sugars, preservatives, and processed foods, all while maintaining the quality and taste she desired. Organicville is best known for their salad dressings, but today they also make sauces, unique salsas and a delicious organic Ketchup - made with the finest vine-ripened tomatoes and organic seasonings. Sweetened with agave nectar, this richly flavored ketchup has the fresh hearty taste and texture you'll love. (Editor's note: My personal favorite to date

SkylerOrganicville's Ketchup is USDA certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and containketchups no added sugar. With less sodium than other brands, their ketchup is fat and cholesterol free, and is also an excellent source of lycopene. Organic ketchups have higher levels of lycopene and anti-oxidant activities than other brands tested!

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Healthy Digestion
ReNew Life

Mamas Munchies ReNew Life founder and formulator, Brenda Watson, is among the foremost authorities in America today on natural digestive support, detoxification and internal cleansing. Her many public appearances, radio interviews, media productions, published articles, books and educational seminars have helped millions of people live longer, healthier lives through improved digestion.

Watson has studied many philosophies of health and natural healing with some of the great teachers of our time including renowned holistic nutritionist Dr. Bernard Jensen. So inspired by Jensen's work, in 1992 Watson established five natural healthcare clinics in the state of Florida that specialize in colon hydrotherapy and detoxification.

ParagoneI met Watson at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim (CA) in the mid nineties when a costumed parasite approached me in the isle and introduced me to the Kids and Adult Paragone herbal formulas that would change my family's life forever.

My daughter had suffered from ADHD, and I had symptoms of ADD all my life. After two months on the Renew Life program, which only consisted of three products - Paragone, Parazyme and FiberSmart - my daughters behavior and learning abilities improved two grade levels ... I knew we had found something very special. Today the company has a full line of digestive health formulas for kids, adults and even pets.

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