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It wasn't too long ago that I was completely oblivious to the dangers lurking in our everyday use items. In fact, it was just a few short months ago that I learned about the majority of them (and am still). I guess we all know that there are organic and natural options - we see those all around - and how documentaries like "Food, Inc." (though I haven't personally seen it) gave light to the dangers and common practices in the foods we consume. But I never really took the time to research all of it. Hey, ignorance was bliss.

What sparked the change for me? A simple little article about the toxins in disposable diapers that a friend sent me. Then a quick glance at an article about the toxins found in newborn babies' blood, and wham! It hit home (I had my newborn in my arms at the time). One thing lead to another, and it seemed the more I discovered, the more I wanted to research.

After our move from an arid to a humid climate last summer, my son had croup more often than not, it seemed. He was constantly ill with this croupy cough and with fluid in his ears. Doctors explained it as an allergic reaction to something, possibly in the air. So this summer I am taking extra precautions as to avoid what happened last year. Perhaps he can avoid the so-called allergies if we make some changes and become an even healthier family.

Thus my family and I (okay, mainly "I") started our journey towards healthier living by first making "dream" goals or ideals. We wanted to:


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