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Plan A Picnic

 

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Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect occasion to pack a picnic and head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. First you have to decide what dishes to bring. Typical picnic foods can include hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and cookies, which are not the healthiest choices (though they may be delicious). If you’re looking for better options, here are 10 healthy finger-food ideas for your next picnic outing!

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1. Edamame

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2. Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)

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3. Grilled Vegetables (zucchini, squash, mushrooms, etc.)

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4. Pita Chips with Hummus

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5. Homemade Trail Mix (dried fruits and nuts)

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6. Turkey Sandwiches with low-fat ingredients (whole-grain bread, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and low-fat cheese)

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7. Shrimp and Lemon Skewers

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8. Yogurt

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9. Fruit Salad

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10. Angel Food Cake (low in calories) with fresh fruit and fat-free whipped cream

Now that your basket is packed with delicious foods, it’s time to head out and enjoy the beauty of nature!

 

Allergy Season

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Spring is here, the flowers are in bloom, and it’s a beautiful sight, except for those who suffer from allergies. Allergens such as pollen can cause all sorts of symptoms for allergy sufferers, such as itchy eyes, congestion, and sneezing. Many people take prescribed or over-the-counter medicines that help allergy symptoms, but some of these medicines can cause side effects that are worse than the original problem. For a more natural solution to ease mild, spring-time allergy suffering, here is a list of 10 home remedies that may be helpful:

  1. It’s hard enough to avoid allergens outdoors, so try not to bring them into your home, too. Keeping windows and doors shut during allergy season can help keep pollen out of your house. Eliminate any cross breeze by shutting off fans that circulate air in and out of the house. Indoor air purifiers/HEPA filters are a great added step to keep your house as allergen-free as possible.
  2. While being outdoors it is difficult to avoid allergens, so one great step is to wear eye protection. Wearing sunglasses (with side shields) or goggles while outside will keep pollen and other allergens from landing in your eyes and causing swelling or itching.

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  1. Taking a steaming-hot shower has two major benefits for allergy sufferers: First, the steam soothes sinuses and clears nasal passages. The second benefit is that the shower washes away pollen and allergens from the skin and hair, preventing the spread of contaminants into your home.
  2. Peppermint tea has essential oils that act as an anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and mild antibacterial. A nice warm mug of peppermint tea can help alleviate irritated nasal passages and a sore throat.

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  1. For those who don’t want to take a shower every time they feel congested, a steam bowl is a simpler way to get similar results. Fill a large bowl with steaming water (add eucalyptus oil for added relief), place a towel over your head, and take deep breathes of the eucalyptus steam.

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  1. Another way to clear your nasal passages is to use a saline nasal rinse. There are many different methods of delivering the solution into your nasal cavity, but the basic concept is to flush out the congestion and keep the passages dry.
  2. For those who can handle spicy foods, wasabi and horseradish are great for clearing your sinuses. Allyl isothiocyanate is the ingredient in these two foods that activates your sinus and tear ducts to promote mucus flow. Also foods like walnuts, flaxseed, and cold-water fish, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, are great for fighting inflammation when eaten regularly.

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  1. There are a variety of herbs and supplements which have been studied for allergy relief, such as spirulina, goldenseal, and eyebright. The plant extract butterbur has had strong results with reducing airway inflammation, as well as bromelain, which is an enzyme found in pineapple. The stinging nettle is a plant with natural antihistamines, which can be extracted, consumed through tea, or absorbed a variety of other ways.
  2. Consuming locally produced honey on a regular basis is thought to build up your body’s immunity to local pollens. When bees transfer pollen from your region into honey and you eat it frequently, it can slowly inoculate you against regional pollens.

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  1. Since you spend a third of your life in bed sleeping, it is important to protect yourself from allergens in your bedroom. Dust mites are microscopic pests that live in warm, humid environments and feed on discarded human skin cells, therefore your mattress and pillow are an ideal location for them to live and thrive in. The excrement and buildup of dead dust mites can be the cause of allergic sensitivity. To protect yourself from being exposed to dust mites and bed bugs, consider purchasing OMI’s certified-organic cotton Bed-Bug and Dust-Mite Pillow and Mattress Barrier Covers. The tight micron weave prevents these pests from invading your mattress and multiplying, giving you peace of mind and a healthier night’s sleep. Here is a link to view more information about our barrier covers:

http://www.omimattress.com/Accessories.php#Barriers

 

Spring is in the Air…

Spring is finally here! After an unusually bizarre winter with the “polar vortex” swirling around the east and the dry skies in the west, we’re all ready to enjoy the pleasures of springtime. The sun is shining, maybe a little rain is still falling, but warm weather is here, hopefully to stay!

 

Here is a list of 10 things to do, get outside… enjoy the weather and your family and friends.

1. Read outside on a blanket in the sun

2. Go fishing with your buddies

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4. Make these beautiful spring centerpieces, using simple glass jars and lemons for a touch of color!

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6. Plan a “staycation” with these cool ideas

7. Take pictures of wildflowers

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10. Make a fairy garden like this one!

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Providing a Safe Sleeping Environment for Children

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Infants, toddlers and children spend anywhere from 35% to 50% of their time sleeping during their developmental years.  An organic crib or youth mattress from OMI will provide your child with the most comfortable and healthful sleep environment imaginable.

Our organic crib mattresses and youth bed are the purest you can buy, with no compromises in materials or construction. As with all our organic mattresses, our organic crib mattresses carry a 20-year limited warranty, and they meet the GREENGUARD® product emission standard for children.

Organic Quilted Innerspring Crib Mattress

A super-firm 780-coil innerspring assembly is covered with 100% certified organic cotton and organic Eco-Wool™ padding, then hand-tufted between four layers of certified organic cotton fabric. Our innerspring crib mattress offers a comfortable and truly non-compromising organic mattress that is built to last.  The dimensions of our crib mattress are 28″ x 52″ x 6″.

Natural Rubber Crib Mattress

The choice for baby when parents are concerned about dust mites or wish to give baby a metal-free bed. Our extra-firm 100%-Natural Rubber Crib Mattress offers a comfortable, solid support, and will last for years. Great for cribs that convert to toddler beds.  The dimensions of the standard crib mattress are 28″ x 52″ x 6″. 

MSRP (crib mattress only): Natural Rubber $595 • Innerspring $595

Oval Crib and Bassinet Mattress

A new version of our classic Natural Rubber Crib Mattress. We have designed these oval crib and bassinet mattresses to fit popular oval cribs, such as the Stokke® Sleepi™ and Stokke Sleepi Mini™. These mattresses offer firm support and comfort that will last for years. The dimensions of the bassinet are 23” x 29” x 2.5” and the oval crib 27” x 47” x 4”.

MSRP (mattress only): Oval Crib $459 • Bassinet $259

 Once your child is ready for his or her own “big kid” bed, the youth bed makes a great transition.

 Youth Bed

The OrganicPedic® Youth Bed is a two-sided, 4” flat-surface mattress. Optional natural rubber topper offers surface softness as children grow. Available in twin and twin XL, this mattress is made with a single core of 100%-natural rubber latex and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.

MSRP (mattress only): twin $995 • 2″ topper $475 
Foundation sold separately.

For more information on OrganicPedic® mattresses, click HERE.

2011 Mom on a Mission

Healthy Child Healthy World is a movement to empower parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals. More and more evidence is found connecting everyday environmental contaminants to asthma, learning disabilities, obesity, cancer and more. The organization was founded in 1991, by James and Nancy Chuda after their daughter Colette died from Wilm’s tumor, a rare non-hereditary cancer. Read about their touching story HERE.

OMI has joined forces with this wonderful organization to help children sleep safe and honor moms who, through love and perseverance, help to create a healthy future for our children.

Mom on a Mission is a program that honors parents working within their communities to create healthier and happier environments for children and families.  On October 28th Healthy Child Healthy World announced their 2011 Mom on a Mission winner, Tamara Rubin, at Stella McCarthy Kids boutique in New York City.  Tamara Rubin is the founder of the Lead Safe America Foundation that raises awareness to the hazards of lead based paints in and around the homes. Watch the video below to learn more about Tamara’s selfless mission.

Over 125 people attended the private event earning more than $500 from the raffle alone! OMI donated a 100%-natural rubber Youth Bed for the raffle. Alexandra Zissu was the winner of the Twin size mattress made with a single core USDA certified organic natural rubber latex sap, covered with our signature OrganicPedic knit quilting. We were excited to be able to give Alexandra’s children a healthy and chemical free bed to enjoy many peaceful nights of dreams in!

Read more about the OMI Youth Bed as well as other wonderful products on our website and make sure to vote for next years 2012 Mom on a Mission nominees by clicking HERE.

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Baby Maternity Magazine – What’s Hot? OMI Crib mattress!

OMI’s Organic Crib Mattress was featured in the October 2011 issue of Baby Maternity Magazine.  Get your digital copy now by clicking HERE and turn to page 14 to learn more about our healthy and safe mattresses made specially for infants.

Celebrities Stand Up For A Healthy World

One of our favorite nonprofit organizations Healthy Child Healthy World has always teamed up with celebrities to promote a healthy world.  This week, HCHW is giving a nod to 3 celebrities that are truly making a difference and spreading the word about living healthier.

From the Healthy Child Healthy World website:

Actress Jessica Alba

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“Healthy Child Healthy World has been rallying moms to fight for more protective policies for nearly two decades and this week we were thrilled to see celebrity mom, Jessica Alba, promoting the Safe Chemicals Act on Capitol Hill. ‘You can’t hire a team of scientists to do your shopping for you. . . I mean, I barely have time to brush my teeth with a toddler and another one on the way. At some point the government has to step in and ensure that chemicals are safe before our children are exposed to them,’ said Alba. Thanks to all of our colleagues at the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition for spearheading this effort and to our former CEO and Executive Director, Christopher Gavigan, for facilitating Jessica’s involvement.”

Join Jessica in showing Congress that Americans care about this issue by asking your Senators to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act!

Actress Jessica Capshaw (Grey's Anatomy)

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“Earlier this month, Jessica Capshaw acted as moderator for the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center’s (CEHC) Greening Our Children luncheon – the fourth annual fundraiser to support the important work of this distinguished institution. And last week she spoke up about mercury pollution and the dire threat it poses to children’s health during the Moms Clean Air Force Clean Air for Our Kids webinar. Jessica’s been an active supporter of Healthy Child Healthy World (another nod to Christopher Gavigan) and it was wonderful to hear her passion and knowledge of the issues in these types of forums.”

Support clean air for our kids by signing our petition to tell America’s #1 polluter to clean up their act!

Actress Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl)

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Celebrities are concerned parents, too. That’s the message behind our new Luminary Advisory Board, which counts Laila Ali, Gabrielle Anwar, Amy Brenneman, Laura Dern, Jenna Elfman, Mariel Hemingway, Josie Maran, Kelly Rutherford, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Taylor as members. These concerned parents have joined Healthy Child to inspire small steps to big change.

“I joined the Luminary Board of Healthy Child Healthy World to shine some light on the issues that affect my children and me everyday. Be it the environment we live in to the foods we eat or the products we use, all of these things have an impact in our health and well being. It’s important for me to do my part as a mother to keep my children healthy and myself healthy—so I can be here to watch them grow up. Creating awareness is so important.” –Kelly Rutherford, “Gossip Girl”

Take a look at what other Healthy Child Healthy World Luminaries have to say!

Thank you to HCHW and all of the celebrities who are fighting for a safer world!

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