Most of my focus is now dedicated to the launch of the Savvy Women’s Alliance. Please join us there where we dish on the latest going-on in personal environmental health – what we need to know about what comes into our homes and onto our bodies. Sometimes it is about current events, sometimes about things we can do in the home, but I try to always include a smidgeon of Kristi-humor and answer the question: What do we need to know and what can we do?
Otherwise, feel free to browse past blogs here.
Savvy is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit association dedicated to leading & nurturing mainstream women who are curious and new to nontoxic living.read more
This September I join a couple dozen amazing women on overnight hike in the stunning White Mountains of New Hampshire. I am inviting you to join me on this get-crazy, why-not adventure of a lifetime. Surrounded by autumn at its most magnificent, the invitation includes sunrises, meals, encouragement, sunsets, laughs, deep breaths, moments of reflection and a night’s sleep in the “Lake of the Clouds” hut. Wild, isn’t it? Before you dismiss or delete the idea, I have to share… 1) I am not a hiker, but life is too short to not get out and try something new. It’s time. 2) Exhilarating as it might seem, it isn’t even about us. Peaks for Prevention is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Fund. Every step we take will honor loved ones, our personal fight, or you can be arm in arm with your fighting-survivor best friend and all raising money towards breast cancer prevention. 3) Even if we haven’t met, this invitation stands. “Team Little Changes” is intimate and welcoming. Come by yourself or bring a friend. Why would I choose Breast Cancer Fund in this world of walks, runs and fundraisers galore? Margie Kelly, former Media Campaign Manager for the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, brings real tears to my eyes as we talk about what is unfolding in our world. Her natural grace and purpose resonated deeply with me as we talked pressing points including: What has happened over 10 years with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Why not knowing about this topic isn’t your fault. Our favorite book recommendation. Breast cancer #’s: It doesn’t have to be this way. Video w/ @choosewiser & @breastcancerfnd Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Learn more: Peaks For Prevention, my Team Little Changes Page, or (my favorite ) browse the Hike Itinerary . You can also contact Deb Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 525-1778. Let’s do this together! If you aren’t joining Team Little Changes: Would you consider donating $25? I know a few ladies who might be sheepsish to raise funds and your donation might give them the courage to join a team – of course 100% goes to the Breast Cancer Fund. Donate 2 Help a Hiker In the mood for more Safe Cosmetics education? Check out this ‘retro’ video circa April 1, 2010. While my hairstyle is oh-so different, the message is only stronger and more imperative...read more
With pocket-change pricing and persuasive marketing, junk food is a topic powerful enough to flip mother-knows-best guidance into an ongoing Home-Sweet-Home battlefield.read more
I would follow Lindsay Dahl anywhere. Thousands of women already have (including Jessica Alba!). Lindsay’s powerful quest on creating change for safer products, chemicals, and families started in environmental education and has led her all the way to Washington D.C. Lindsay Dahl, former Deputy Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, and now Director of Policy & Partnerships with Beautycounter, has spent the last ten years on the front lines of creating protective change. She is bold, smart, perceptive, and incredibly likable. Recently, I sat down with her to capture her insights and to share them with you. Some of the highlights from our conversation include: · A lovely, weight-lifting ‘a-ha’ moment understanding a crucial perspective between politics and policymaking · A gem of a family dinner discussion · How to dissolve the ‘bubble’ I have deep respect for everything Lindsay has accomplished and eagerly look forward to what is still to come. Learn more about Lindsay on her blog, or watch her journey evolve in her new position at the on-fire, gift-to-the-world, recently-launched Beautycounter. Just as important, support and learn from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families as they continue to push forward. If all this nontoxic talk is making your head spin, start with my very favorite Every American’s Once Upon A Time video. “Just tell your story. It’s that simple – and that Powerful.”~ @LindsayDahl & @Choosewiser Watch!Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This I love the simplicity of Lindsay’s insight: “It is our elected officials job to listen. It is our job to speak up. We have to let them know what the rest of the world is talking about.” Do you agree? If elected officials aren’t listening, are we showing up at the elections? Or, dare I say, lead the way? Are we stirring the conversation enough at the dinner table? What do you think? ...read more
I was surrounded by scissor wielding stylists and photographers with fan-blowing assistants during a Prevention Magazine photo shoot. Prevention was celebrating my journey as a chemo-survivor turned health-advocate. I left with two gifts: the Calvin Klein dress packed in my rolling suitcase, and a desire to celebrate women tucked away in my heart.read more
Sometimes I wish I could shake my obsessed yearning for every American to have an awareness of environmental health, but I can’t. So I’m just like Scrat after the acorn in my relentless pursuit to provide the latest information in healthy living for you. From the core of my being I want you to have the most current knowledge available so you can make healthier choices about your health and the health of your family.read more
As a passionate Let-Me-Decide-about-the-food-I-bring-into-my-home activist, I mentally prepared to take the stage and emphatically state: “It is okay that you do Not Know about GMO’s.” This is my very good reason for saying so. I’m not always a ballsy person but inspired by the enthusiasm at the rally in Copley Square in the heart of Boston, MA, I decided there was no better place to crank up the heat of my message than smack dab in the center of history. Copley Square, just 19 miles from where the famous “Shot Heard Round the World” happened in Concord, MA, is usually scattered with street musicians and homeless. The last time I was there it cradled 1000’s of running shoes and bouquets, left as silent observances shortly after the horrific Boston Marathon bombing. Today, a crowd of nearly a thousand gathered, and not so quietly. On this day, with my 16-year-old son Tanner, it would have been awfully nice to just sit on Boston Common’s grass or meander on the Freedom Trail. This day was going to be about standing up for freedom: freedom of our food system and freedom of speech. Tanner might have preferred that I wasn’t always so literal. “It is okay that you do not KNOW about GMOS.” The inspiration for my mantra came to me during a fifth grade school field trip to Concord. This California-raised girl learned writers and advocates used bar stools and broadsheets (old-fashioned blogs) to activate, inspire and unify colonists. And the American Revolution wasn’t two sided – Redcoats and Rebels – but complex and dependent upon the heart and soul of everyday-militia and…women. Women had a significant role, earning the name, Homespun Heroes. They boycotted goods, voted by protesting merchants, finding local sources for what they brought home and creating their own whenever possible. (Sound familiar?) That inspiration turned into words, and here is what I had to say captured on video: I understand. We don’t want to fight. The ranger, standing in 18th century clothing, explained that the militia and the Homespun Heroes didn’t want to fight. They didn’t want to raise arms-and-voices against their British brothers. This wasn’t their happiest moment or something on their “To Do” list. I’m right there with them. We don’t want to get caught up in a negative, snarly downward spiral of online comments. We don’t want to spend our evenings debating. Or rare spring days in New England marching. Our time is precious; I would much rather ask my kids how their day was and count my small blessings. Imagine a conversation between John Adams and his wife Abigail… “John Adams, darling, must you bring up the redcoats at every supper? It is the only time we are together as a family.” “But Abigail dear, this is important. This affects our land, our economy, our children. It is their future! They need to know it as well as I do. Who knows, even lil’ John Jr. may just grow up to lead this colony of ours!” But when it comes down to protecting our families and our farms, regardless of what century we live in, we stand up and fight. And protect. And win. But we don’t have to be angry (all the time.) We can brush off our scraped knees, learn and carry on. You see, I believe...read more
The Evergreen Medal category was created to honor and commemorate books published in this new millennium, ‘to identify truly world changing books and bring them further recognition’. The difference between this award and the other 108 honored books is this includes books published not just in a year, but since the year 2000. Three books were selected for Evergreen Medals and awarded a Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Evergreen Gold Medal was awarded to Little Changes.read more
When it comes to choosing a tampon, it’s exciting to discover safer products AND find that they are accessible and affordable. A Choose Wiser grand slam! The next time you are running errands, take a look around and have a little non-toxic feminine care products scavenger hunt. Here is where I can find them so far…read more
Michelle Obama (almost) called me a few weeks ago.
Okay. Maybe it wasn’t so much the First Lady as it was the First Lady’s office, but still. And to think I almost didn’t answer it because the called ID said, “Unknown.” Clearly if it had said, “Office of the First Lady,” I would have picked up the call on the first—not third—time they called my cell.)