We'd like to share some of our favorite links, and encourage you to visit these fine sites. All support a natural and healthy lifestyle. Many provide useful information or services, others offer specialty or hard-to-find items, and some are just for fun.
Real Diaper Association (RDA)
The mission of the Real Diaper Association is to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers through education and information. They're a non-profit, member-supported resource center that organizes cloth diapering advocates, distributes educational information, and supports local groups promoting the use of cloth diapers.
The premier website for natural family living. Independently owned, Mothering's original publication had a wide reach for many years and was read in over 65 countries. Primarily a print magazine since 1976, they added an online presence in recent years. Then in Spring of 2011, Mothering shifted their focus entirely to their online community where they could reach even more natural-minded families. As a part of this transition they ceased publication of their print magazine. As faithful Mothering readers and advertisers since the start of Baby Bunz & Co. in 1982, we can attest to Mothering being an invaluable resource for both inspirational and practical advice. One of the first natural parenting magazines of its kind, Mothering is unique in the way they address health, personal, environmental, medical, and lifestyle issues in an upbeat, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous way. They provide helpful information and resources so parents can make informed decisions and thoughtful choices.
An organic family lifestyle and parenting magazine. Kiwi is another parenting resource for raising families healthy and naturally. They introduce the latest in natural and organic living, and show how healthy living practices can be easily integrated into a family lifestyle. They provide useful info to help parents make the best choices, and offer ideas to help families find a healthy balance in everyday life.
Living Crafts is for anyone who consciously chooses natural materials for handwork projects because of aesthetics, quality, and the environment. They promote the use of Mother Nature's supplies and provide craft enthusiasts with information, ideas, and inspiration. They suggest projects for the entire family, including fun crafts for parents and children to do together. Their website is wonderful but if you're a knitter or crafter, don't miss their print publication - it's just gorgeous!
Lilipoh ˜ The Spirit of Life
With a name derived from the phrase ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness', Lilipoh is a quarterly publication featuring an anthroposophical approach to health, encompassing holistic therapies, the preservation of childhood, education, the arts, community, agriculture, nutrition, and social renewal. You could say Lilipoh is basically all things ‘Waldorf', and contains thought-provoking articles and Waldorf-related resources.
Andrew Weil, MD
Dr. Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. His website offers lots of useful information, forums, a newsletter, and his own line of products.
Dr. Joseph Mercola is trained as an osteopathic doctor, and is the founder and editor of a natural health website and online health newsletter. He advocates being informed and proactive, and implementing dietary and lifestyle changes in the pursuit of good health. His website offers information on health issues from a natural perspective, a blog, a newsletter, and specially selected products.
Vital Choice ~ Wild Seafood & Organics
If you strive to eat the purest foods possible and include fish in your family's diet, Vital Choice is our recommended source for wild Alaskan salmon. The salmon are caught in the purest waters, immediately flash frozen for freshness (also makes it sushi-safe), and arrives packaged in individual vacumn-sealed portions that can easily be defrosted, cooked, and on the table in no time. This Pacific Northwest based company is a stickler for all things healthy, organic when possible, and eco-friendly. Their foods are routinely tested for purity, they use no artificial additives, and all their seafood comes from certified-sustainable fisheries. Just peruse their FAQ's and you'll see they've thought of everything! Although we're mostly vegetarian here, some of us include wild Alaskan salmon in our diets for its outstanding nutritional benefits. And due to concerns about consuming the purest fish possible, Vital Choice has been our main salmon source for years. They also offer other healthful and organic fare such as flash-frozen berries, dried fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, and other culinary essentials. All of their products are of superb quality, and their customer service is excellent.
Pura Vida ~ Create Good
Pura Vida offers premium certified fair trade, organic, and shade-grown coffees, organic teas and cocoa. We love their company story! The origin of Pura Vida goes back to 1998 in a small coffee shop where two students first dreamed of using business as a means of helping at-risk children. Because they specialize in fair trade organic coffee, they help the farmers sustain their families and also protect the environment. They know and work directly with farmers, selecting only highest quality beans. Then for best flavor and fullness, the beans are carefully roasted in small batches. This company is one of the few places to find organic coffee that's flavored, like their wonderful Cinnamon Hazelnut Light Roast. Supporting Pura Vida through your purchases will provide more than just great coffee. Their website has more info on their charitable endeavors, a blog, and suggestions on how to join them in their efforts to 'Create Good'.
Purple Haze ~ Organic Lavender Farm
Well this site is all about lavender, our other passion! The Annual Sequim Lavender Festival is hosted every July in Sequim, Washington. Located in the Dungeness Valley, this charming little town is nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the coastal waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Their annual festival is an incredible experience no lavender lover should miss - but if you can't attend the actual event, the next best thing is visiting the Purple Haze Lavender website. It's a lovely website about all things lavender - and their online store offers special fare of items made of lavender--from organic dried lavender to lavender lip balm and salad dressing! All items are natural, many organic, and two of our 'can't live without' favorites are the 'Herbs de Provence with Lavender' in a lovely little tin, and their 'Lavender Body Lotion'. This site is fun, informative, and we think you'll enjoy their unique offerings.
WaldorfShop.net ~ For Those Who Believe in a Gentler World
The Waldorf Shop features Waldorf Education inspired and related goods and services for parents, teachers and homeschoolers -- from books, toys, and crafts to homeschooling curriculum, childcare, and musical intruments. The Waldorf Shop is more than a one-stop Waldorf shopping experience. It's an opportunity for the world-wide Waldorf community to take stock of its true resources, move beyond competition -- toward mutually supportive service, and welcome outstanding providers not directly connected with Waldorf education. The Waldorf Shop is a network of folks creating a more beautiful, purposeful, and wonder-filled world. We recommend visiting this wonderful resourceful site!
GreenPeople.org ~ A Directory of Green & Eco-Friendly Goods and Services
GreenPeople is the world's largest online directory for green, eco-friendly, and holistic goods and services, non-profit organizations and eco-events, serving consumers since 1998. Their mission is to help consumers and green businesses connect, and to guide people through a crowded marketplace
to find eco-friendly and healthy products and services. GreenPeople Directory businesses are reviewed against stringent eco-criteria, examining ingredients, supply sources, organic or other certifications, and the effect the product or service has on the environment. Toxic, or 'greenwashed' products or services are weeded out, resulting in a trusted directory of 20,000 members and growing. The Directory covers a broad spectrum of both consumer products and business-to-business supplies and services. They also support eco-friendly, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies by providing free listings, promoting services and supporting their causes. GreenPeople.org is also a community service, enthusiastically promoting their motto: ‘Buy Green, Sell Green, Be Green’.