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Last month Jessica Alba, the Honest Company founder (and, oh, you know, big-time actress) divulged her baby-friendly beauty routine – but her tips for making “honest” parents of us all don’t stop there. Next stop: the nursery.

cc_blog_jessica_nursery_tips1If you’re preparing a nursery to be a haven for you and your little one, take a couple months before your due date to make it fume-free from top to bottom and to let the dust settle—literally.

cc_blog_jessica_nursery_tips2Babies spend a lot of time on the floor, so, instead of wall-to-wall carpeting and synthetic area rugs in my daughter’s nursery, I used modular Flor tiles or natural-fiber Capel Rugs. If you have hardwood floors, try refinishing them in PVC-free options like tung oil or polywhey from Vermont Natural Coatings. Or, try cork flooring: it’s a renewable resource and it clicks together easily.

cc_blog_jessica_nursery_tips3Avoid that “new paint smell” (which is harmful) with Mythic Paint, which is VOC-free (volatile organic compound – look it up). Let a not-pregnant friend paint and run a HEPA air purifier for at least a week following (I actually still run one in Haven’s room). Also, Graham & Brown does wallpaper in gorgeous patterns made from recycled content and Phillip Jeffries makes cool textures in organic cotton – make sure to use non-toxic adhesive.

cc_blog_jessica_nursery_tips4Off-gassing is what happens when toxins from plastics and common household goods, from mattresses to furniture to paint, are released into the air. My husband Cash thought I was crazy for not letting some plastic baby gifts into the house, but they had that signature smell. If Auntie must see your baby in a pic with her plastic present, let it air out outside first.

cc_blog_jessica_nursery_tips5When I asked Honest co-founder Christopher Gavigan, author of Healthy Child, Healthy World, what is the most toxic item in the home, I couldn’t believe his response was mattresses and cushions. Look for materials like polyester, wool, down and cotton from brands like Naturepedic and avoid flammable polyurethane foam that is usually treated with toxic flame retardants.

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Saturdays With Lisa Greenwald

saturdays Lisa Greenwald
Lives: NYC, West Village 
Family: husband Eric Greenwald, sons Benjamin, 6 and Jordan, 3 
You might know: a little line called Madewell where she’s the VP of Merchandising; she’s also the founder of the smart line for teething babies, Chewbeads
Secret obsession: real-deal reality TV, like Hoarders and Intervention

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7:30am:

Jordan usually wakes up first and comes into our bed to cuddle. Benjamin usually joins within the half hour. Love this time of day.

8:30am:

Make coffee, get the Times at the front door, attempt to sit down and read some of the paper.

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9:30am:

Get kids (and selves) in bathing suits and head to Soho House.

9:45am:

Meet friends and settle in on the roof of Soho House. Swim, eat, repeat.

11:30am:

Movie time.Most recently Planes in 3D.

1:00pm:

Eric takes Jordan home for a nap. Ben and I head to Fellow Barber to get him a haircut.

2:00pm:

Head home.

2:15pm:

Ready for a run. Head down the westside highway around the tip of Manhattan (detour around the new World Trade Center shops/subway entrance – really impressed!).

3:45pm:

Shower and relax at home with the boys. We play a few rounds of 3D Super Mario Brothers when Princess Peach (aka mom) takes a break.

6:00pm:

Dinner for kids, quick baths, and pajamas on.

7:00pm:

Babysitter arrives.

8:00pm:

Meet up with friends at Bodega Negra for drinks. Love their Tequila selection!

9:00pm:

Dinner at Piora. Quaint, delicious – you must get the monkey bread!!!

11:30pm:

Time for BED

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On Our Radar: August 28, 2014

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WHO: Stylish moms with a penchant for handbags will drool over Leader Bag Co’s creation.
WHAT: A truly chic diaper bag (backpack if we’re getting technical) that also beats the competition in function, complete with downright brilliant stroller straps.
WHEN: Preorder now to get it in September.
WHERE: leaderbagco.com

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WHO: Breastfeeding moms with a stash of milk to keep up with.
WHAT: Eepples milk charms may sound silly, but keeping track of your milk’s freshness is serious business – no pens or stickers necessary here, just turn a dial.
WHEN: Now. There’s nothing worse than having to dump precious breastmilk.
WHERE: eeples.com

WHO: Moms and caregivers who need quick, healthy family dinner recipes will love the new cookbook from Dinner A Love Story’s Jenny Rosenstrach.
WHAT: Dinner The Playbook not only inspires but also gives you the tools to dominate dinnertime in a snap.
WHEN: Immediately if not sooner.
WHERE: amazon.com

WHO: Parents with iPad guilt.
WHAT: Tiggly (award-winning toddler apps) creators have designed educational toys that enhance their apps’ learning experience.
WHEN: No time like the present.
WHERE: tiggly.com

 

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She’s a supermodel, a philanthropist with her own nonprofit, a filmmaker, marathoner, student of Columbia’s Public Health masters program, one of TIME’s Most Influential People this year, wife of actor/director/hottie Ed Burns, and a mother of two, Grace (10) and Finn (8).

When we chatted with Christy Turlington Burns, we girded ourselves for a neurotic, Type-A go-getter. But she’s quite the opposite – an old soul with a gentle demeanor and fairly normal-sounding way of life (yes, truly). Totally inspiring and refreshing!

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Christy opened up about her path to do-gooder-ness, which started with her own traumatic postpartum complications, and shared her insights on a balanced marriage and staying in shape – inside and out. This supermodel’s stories are straight ahead…

Pregnant Perfect

I had a picture-perfect pregnancy – I was healthy and felt great. I also had a beautiful delivery in a birthing center with a doula, midwife, and a supportive OB as backup. I was nursing Grace right after giving birth and suddenly saw the tone in the room shift. Most people go into the fourth stage of labor, delivering the placenta, at this point, but mine had grown attached to my uterine wall (something you can’t screen or test for) and needed to be extracted. The doctor had to intervene and literally tear it out of me. It was so unexpected and excruciatingly painful (like more so than giving birth without drugs). I was rocked to my core.

Recovery

I had a postpartum doula (but no baby nurse) who is one of my favorite people on the planet. I lost a lot of blood, so she made sure I was given the right nutrition and got the proper bonding with my daughter – she totally took care of me, and I am eternally grateful to her.

Down The Rabbit Hole

Shortly thereafter, I jumped onto Google and discovered that 530,000 or so women were dying per year from delivery complications and postpartum hemorrhages.  I had no idea that women still died in pregnancy and childbirth in the 21st century. I thought that only happened in rare instances. I was determined to raise awareness for the many women who do not have basic care to save their lives if this happens to them.

On A Mission

A year and a half later, when I was 6 months pregnant with my son, I went on a humanitarian trip with CARE to El Salvador. CARE has been around for 50 years and does their work quietly, which intrigued me. I spent the last day with women who were also pregnant at a well. They were coming to retrieve water, and CARE had prenatal care set up onsite, so the women could receive it without missing work (a big reason many don’t get medical care). I saw this program in effect and working.

Aha Moment

When I got home, it really hit me then that if I didn’t have the fortune and resources I do – if I had been in a village like the one I visited – I could have died. Maternal health has to be a priority. I was so eager to do something.

On The Ground

I reached out to CARE to see how I could get more involved. Next I went to Peru and visited an area where they had successfully reduced high mortality rates. When I left, I wanted to share what I was seeing and learning, so I got inspired to make a film, and that’s where No Woman, No Cry came from.

Telling The Story

I wanted people to see the vast differences in maternity care around the world. We shot the film in Tanzania, Guatemala, Bangladesh, and the U.S., and it really put a face behind all the statistics, which is so powerful.

Keep It Going

Now, my nonprofit Every Mother Counts (dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother) lets people actually get to work and directly affect change. By purchasing a product, donating an old cell phone, or even running a race, you provide tangible things – transportation vouchers in Uganda, training for birth attendants in Haiti, and solar-power to clinics in Malawi – that are desperately needed. On the site people can see the impact they’ve made via short films, photos, and blog posts, bringing it all full circle.

Marathon Woman

I’m training for my fourth marathon – I’ve gotten obsessed because it’s connected to the work I’m doing, so it’s become symbolic. I’m hooked! I run without music, it’s become my quiet time to clear my thoughts.

Christy’s Sister Married Eddie’s Brother

My sisters are my best friends, and Eddie’s brothers are his best friends. My sister Kelly is mutual friends with one of his friends, so she’s sorta how we met, and then she met his brother Brian through us, and they got married at our house 8 years ago! We have kids around the same age, making them double cousins! It’s so cool, they’re blood donors for each other – perfect matches on all these different levels, and they sense it themselves. I see my sister 3-4 times a week, and her kids are always at our apartment. It’s such a nice arrangement.

Yikes!

My daughter is starting middle school, and I’m excited but also like oh god! such a huge step. She’s such a strong, confident, independent child who was born ready for the world. I’m nervous about how fast it goes, and I know the jump from 10-20 goes in a nanosecond.

Boys vs. Girls

I’m one of 3 sisters, so I’m really glad I have a boy. He’s such a gentle, emotional guy. I love watching his interactions with his male friends – they’re so sweet and tender with each other. It’s changed my perception of boys and girls because my daughter is the tough one and my son is the emotional one. They balance each other out and can teach each other a lot.

Model Parents

Our goal as parents is to show the kids what a balanced relationship looks like. I want them to see us equally share the responsibilities of work and child rearing. That’s much easier when they are older.

3 Hours Alone, No Kids, No Work

You’d find me at a yoga workshop, where you can go deeper than a regular class – it would give me physical exercise, mental clarity, and the benefits of massage.

Date Night With Mr. Burns

My husband likes to go to the movies, but I prefer dinner and a walk on the beach because that’s what we did all the time when we first met.

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