Find a Pediatrician Who Shares Your Environmental Health Concerns

By: Janelle Sorensen, courtesy of Healthy Child Healthy World Looking for a pediatrician is no easy task, especially if your concerns and parenting methods aren’t exactly the same as mainstream America. My husband and I scoured the city for a full year before finding the right one for our daughters. But, it totally paid off. We found an amazingly supportive and brilliant pediatrician whose philosophy was to tell us everything she knew and then let us choose what to do. She had only one provision; if she ever thought the results of a treatment were sub-par, then she would intervene with an alternate recommendation. That never happened and I was always overwhelmed with how much she knew. She could rattle off statistics about best practices in the EU, pertinent studies regarding alternative remedies, and recent outbreaks that could put my children at risk. She was a dream come true. But, alas, we moved. Now we are on the hunt again.

Hollywood Hair Trend: Ombre Hair

By Sahar Ghaffari, LuxEco Editorial Assistant There’s a new trend in hair fashion that’s sexy, earthy, and may actually be easier on your pocket book. It’s called ombre, which in French means shaded or graduated in tone. The look involves darker roots which gradually become lighter as you go down the hair; giving a natural, sun-kissed look.

The Brothers Red Barn Brings Back That Lovin Feelin…Again

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World   The Brothers know how to bring home the...

Easy Chocolate Recipe for Vegan Chocoholics

Vegan and non-vegan chocoholics can all huddle around the campfire with this easy chocolate recipe for Vegan Smores. By Nancy Chuda, Co-founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving.com and Healthy Child Healthy World I have so many fond memories of being huddled around a beach bonfire, making smores with friends and family. There were never enough ingredients or coat hangars to go around. But if you are like me you will want to treat your friends to a new twist on an old delectable standard with delicious vegan smores. With this easy chocolate recipe for vegan smores, you will win the favor of every chocoholic!

A Cancer Victim Finds A Canine Cure

Cancer Patient’s Best Friend By SULEIKA JAOUAD reposted from The New York Times Blog  Suleika Jaouad writes about her experiences as a young adult with cancer. When...

Solar Tube Lights: A Great Way To Bring Natural Light into a Windowless Room!

By Trish Holder Courtesy of Greenspiration Home One of two solar tube in kids’ bonus room.  “Is that a solar tube light or have tiny flying saucers...

Amy Dixon Bakes the Very Best at The Baker’s Table

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World Santa Ynez California breakfast at The Baker's Table 3563 Numancia Street COME HUNGRY! You...

Growing Up Green: Get on NatureTrack and Veggie Rescue for a great cause

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World  Gainey Winery Santa Ynez California It was truly a gift of nature! Standing...

You Are What You Eat

I love food. I mean, I really love food. Good food. This is no puppy dog love relationship: it is a border line obsession.

Fashion Styles Recycled

By Dow-Yung Kou, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Vintage is a very affordable eco-alternative, because it is giving clothes a second life, while reducing the amount of waste both during production and post-consumption. What it boils down to is good old fashion recycling. An average American throws out 65 pounds of clothing a year, and cumulatively as a country we add 11.8 million tons of clothes to landfills a year.

PHOTOS: The Green Youth Movement does LA Fashion Week

By Shelton Cheeks, LuxEco Editorial Assistant and Fashion Stylist On October 16th, Los Angeles Fashion Week forged its alliance with the Green (R)evolution by featuring a showcase of designers, produced in part by The Green Youth Movement, or otherwise known as GYM. This organization, headed by the beautiful Chole Mills and Vice President Ema Gersh, is 600 members strong nationwide. They are dedicated to educating the younger generation about environmental awareness, promoting common sense approaches to adapt an eco-friendly lifestyle and participating in events much like LA Fashion Week to amplify their message.

Reflecting on The Home Within Us

By: Leslie Harris, Interior Designer, Leslie Harris Interior Design and LuxEco Advocate As I wind down for the year I find myself thinking about a book called The Home Within Us and how much that says about my design philosophy. Everything I approach as a designer lies first and foremost in the feeling of comfort, well being, creating a place of safety and sanctuary. Problem solving, space planning, furniture and color selection comes later but it is driven by these things.

Jefferson Woeste’s Passion for Gardening: If Not Now When

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World Gardening is my therapy " A garden to walk in and immensity to...

Celebrating Eco-Dads This Father’s Day with Christopher Gavigan of Healthy Child Healthy World

By Christopher Gavigan, CEO and Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World and LuxEco Advocate Interview Conducted By Nancy Chuda, Founder of LuxEco Living and...

Autism is America’s Fastest Growing Disability for Children

An introduction by Nancy Chuda Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEco Living and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World. In the last two decades, Healthy Child Healthy World has sounded many alarms to awaken parents to the prevailing problems of chemicals in our environment. With an influx of untested chemicals in commerce, coupled by a regulatory system that is stymied by scientific knowledge, the time is now for a complete overhaul of the laws which permit the inhumane testing of chemicals in our air, water and food which affect our most vulnerable citizens. Children are suffering due to these exposures and their health and life expectancy is being altered by an inept system of governance which supplies the demand for agriculture and consumer products without oversight. Years ago, many of us testified in Congress to prevail upon

Chemicals Linked to Thyroid Disease; Ten Tips To Protect Your Health

By Lorri Ballance Laird, LuxEco Advocate Three summers ago, I suddenly found myself exhausted and depressed.  I slept for four to five hours a day...

Nancy’s Organic Kitchen: Home for the Holidays

When it comes to the holidays I am always looking for an excuse to make something different.

Sustainable Design: Green Cabinetry

Sustainable Design: Green Cabinetry By: Lisa Adams, Designer and CEO of LA Closet Design and LuxEco Advocate So much is said about going green, but what exactly defines green? In short, green design (also referred to as "sustainable design" or "eco-design”) is the art of designing and building environments that comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. The goal of designing green is to produce places, products and services that significantly reduce or eliminate negative impact on the natural environment, while creating healthy places to live and work. When it comes to your home, educate yourself and make conscious choices about the materials living with you. Do they meet these goals?

First Lady Michelle Obama Sends Green Message with Vintage Black Dress

By Mary Elizabeth Williams-Villano, LuxEcoLiving Editorial Assistant "In donning this well-preserved classic dress, I believe the First Lady is not merely paying homage to a long-forgotten American designer. She's accessorized this exquisite black lace cocktail dress with an understated Green brooch."

Joanna Staniszkis Creates Fine Art Fashions Spun From Cocoons

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World "All that is authentic and true to one’s...

The 5 Worst Ingredients in Kids’ Body Care Products

By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group, www.healthychild.org. From shampoo to toothpaste, sunscreen and lotion, the...

Sex And The City’s Eco-Friendly Fashion

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant The Sex and the City ladies each seem to have a sixth sense: fashion. As the world continues to grow eco-conscious,...

Abcense and Cangiari: Two Top International Fashion Designers as seen in Paris LuxEcoLiving Style

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World New York, London, Paris, Milano A Models Portfolio Then and Now- Catherine Harle...

History reveals orchids are orchidellic

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Orchids can be orchidellic     Santa Barbara International Orchid Show And...

Breathing Easy With Bhakti Ware

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Yoga mat. Check. Pony-tail. Check. Comfy and easily removed flip-flops. Check. Bhakti Ware…Check? “Wait, what is Bhakti Ware?” You...

The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento wags great tales for dog justice

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento is a dog friendly,...

Nancy’s Organic Kitchen: The Best Bread Pudding in the World

Cook with Nancy's Organic Kitchen and learn how to to turn everyday recipes into tasty and healthier new ones.

Kimberly Jones purveys the best affordable wines from France

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in Chief LuxEcoLiving and co-founder Healthy Child Healthy World Queribus Castle and the Cru overlooking Maury France If you had to...

Anna Getty Gives Tips For Enjoying A Green Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us, and people everywhere are gearing up for the holiday. In her book, I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas; Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes That Use Less and Mean More, author and LuxEco Advocate, Anna Getty shares with us her ideas on how to create memorable traditions while taking small steps to reduce our carbon footprints, minimize waste, and creatively use what we already have.

Hats off to history on Derby Day

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World What's a hat got to do with it? The Kentucky...

Gaia Retreat & Spa In Australia Wins Top International Honors

Gregg Cave is a brilliant creative pioneer in the travel industry. He literally just stepped off the plane having received the most prestigious award yet, Best Oceanic Day Spa and Best World Day Spa.

The Poisoning of our Planet: A Dog’s Lifesaving Journey Helps Save Lives

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World   We had a terrible scare!!! Journey, our 18 month old adopted yellow...

Irresponsible Care: National Children’s Study faces changes which may put children’s health at greater...

Introduction by Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World In 2000, many children's health advocates applauded Congress's decision to...

The Trouble with Disinfecting Wipes

By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy World Reproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.org They’re cheap, appealing and easy to find. They...

The Frightening Truth Behind Cosmetics

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Have you ever wondered how your shampoo fulfills its magnificent claims to give you “shinier,” “sleeker,” “frizz freer,” “blonder,” “brunetter,” (…the list goes on) hair? Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff and The Story of Bottled Water, wondered this of her personal favorite, Pantene Pro-V. She looked at the ingredients on the bottle post-lather and thought, “Sodium laureth sulfate? Tetrasodium EDTA? Methylisothiazolinone? What is this stuff?” After doing some research, she found the truth behind her shampoo was disheartening, to say the least. In her most recent short film installment, The Story of Cosmetics, Annie Leonard tells us how it’s not just shampoo, but many personal care products that contain toxic ingredients. From sunscreen to lipstick, there are disease-causing chemicals in our daily product regimen responsible for cancer, learning disabilities, and much more.

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