Winter Solstice’s Gift

Earth’s annual cycles hold a myriad of hidden meanings just waiting for us to crack open and unfold, making life on this planet even more meaningful and interesting! Viewing through a farmer’s lens, we see the unmistakable effect the seasons have on our very existence. Thank you, farmers, for really knowing the seasons and keeping us alive!

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But, for most of us, keeping up with the seasons is about adapting our wardrobe and outdoor activities, and if we’re in tune with the local farmers, eating food that’s in season. All seasons bring us abundant gifts, we have only to open them.

As the Earth tilts us furthest from the sun, Winter Solstice brings us the darkest day all year. It’s an end, an axis point flinging us into another year. Bring it on! We can adopt all phases of life within one year, even winter’s ominous endings, because we know spring is just around the corner to bring forth new beginnings… Again.

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Tapping into that darkness. Observing the stillness, the quiet. Embracing the inner hermit. Early to bed.

We will get through this… All of this! Because life would be too easy and imbalanced without challenges. Winter allows us time to reflect without action, plan what’s next, and rest before spring’s awakening.

How to Buy an Organic Mattress Online

Searching for the most comfortable mattress can be super challenging, whether you’re looking online or in stores or both. Make it an organic mattress search to avoid toxic chemicals like flame retardants and petrochemical foams, and you’ve got a multi-layered puzzle to solve.

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With so many companies advertising “natural” and “organic” mattresses, there’s the added challenge of sifting through false claims. Use the search terms “certified organic mattress” instead of “natural,” “green,” “eco-friendly,” or even “organic mattress.”

Since Lifekind mattresses hold third-party organic certifications – GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) for our natural rubber latex mattresses, and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) for our innerspring mattresses – there’s no way toxic chemicals can be used in the growing or processing of the materials or be added to the finish product. So that makes them a natural choice for those seeking the purest mattresses available.

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Customers call us up and ask, “How can someone pick out a mattress over the phone?” The short answer is, “Have an in-depth consultation.” While there are a number of people who absolutely must try them in stores, most people feel very confident they’ve made the best choice after a 10-20 minute conversation with an organic-mattress product specialist. While we try our best to get it right the first time, we do offer a 90-night comfort exchange policy so you won’t end up stuck with a mattress that doesn’t fit your needs. Three months is a much better trial period than 5 or 10 minutes in a store!

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If you’re ready for a free, personal sleep consultation, or simply have questions, please call our friendly product specialists at 1-800-284-4983.

A Nod to Earth, Mother of Us All

This is about how WE are all in it together. How every action leads to reaction. It’s about balance and responsibility. And grounding.

On a physical level – if we break down human needs – food, sleep and shelter are at the top of the list. Take care of those needs, add some love, hard work and fun, and life is good. In the West we place a great deal of value on shelter, and food is pretty important, but we may take sleep for granted.

While we go about our days fulfilling our needs we’re reminded of the needs of homeless people in our community or starving children in Fallujah, and the ominous climate change that will undoubtedly slash a new path for future generations (whatever that looks like). And we go, “What in the world can I do about all this!?”

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We look to the stars for advice, pray to the gods above, and may even take part in solutions first-hand. But what I’m asking you to do is quite unconventional: get down and dirty. Go outside, find some dirt, sand, or grass, and take off your shoes and socks.

What you are doing is called earthing, or grounding. It feels good. You are literally connecting to the Earth (a very big thing) without the barrier of man-made, synthetic, energy-blocking materials holding you at a distance. You’re experiencing the benefits of contact with a vast supply of free electrons that have been found to reduce pain and improve sleep!

Picture the dirt below you under a microscope, teaming with life! One scoop of dirt contains as many microorganisms as there are people on the planet. So, there you are touching millions of life forms with your bare skin. Now picture the web of life that flows beyond you, through the soil, roots, and water, and you are connected energetically and physically to the rest of the planet. Nice. Now is also a good time to deepen your spiritual connection and pray, commune with Nature, or simply worship the dirt we all walk on.

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Why is dirt so important here? It is earth, which is exactly everything to us. Our planet is called Earth. We grow our food in earth. We build our houses from trees grown in earth. Our water is filtered through earth, and protected by earth. We are Earthlings.

Affecting climate change is about sequestering more carbon than we are losing, keeping it in the earth. We hear about the problems causing high levels of carbon loss, like deforestation and extracting and burning fossil fuels. When you dump a load of pesticide on a crop, it kills the beneficial microbes in the soil. Do that season after season, scraping and tilling in between, and the poor soil struggles to bear any life at all, holds less moisture and erodes. So synthetic fertilizers are added to replace nutrients that could have been there all along if the land had been managed organically.

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We shouldn’t be eating food, clothing our bodies, or outfitting our homes with goods grown in dead soil. And petrochemical-based plastics are obviously not the answer for a healthy future. Let’s start conversations about solutions.

How do we build healthy soil to sequester carbon while doing our daily life? Learn about permaculture and spread the word. Think about it like this: permanent + culture = permaculture. It’s a design for living, really. A permaculture perspective is to study the elements in nature and use the power and cycles of sun, weather, and biology to benefit life, not damage it. Permaculture principles can be used on a small scale – at your home – or on a massive scale, the way Nature intended and already manages life on Earth by itself.

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Source: Wikipedia

A “food forest” is a good example of permaculture principles used to grow food while building living soil that regenerates itself, and the air we breathe in return. We’re quickly moving beyond the need for global sustainable agriculture because of the spike in greenhouse-gas levels. To sustain current levels is not enough. What we need now is regenerative agriculture, in which we build healthy soil everywhere we grow by keeping deadly chemicals out and using Earth’s biology first, sequestering carbon in the earth faster than we can burn it up.

No matter how you look at it, Earth is quite awe-inspiring. She will outlast humans in a blink. We need to learn how to support and respect her great power while caring for ourselves.

GOT GOTS? The Logo to Look For on Cotton Products

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By now it’s clear to most Americans that organic food is more healthful, and organic farming practices are safer for the Earth than conventional methods. When we shop organic it’s always comforting to see third-party organic certifications, because “natural” can mean whatever the manufacturer would like it to. If a food product is labeled “organic,” however, it must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.

Soft, breathable cotton — our favorite textile to wear and wrap up in bed with — has dirty secrets that have long gone unchecked, a fact about which most of America has no idea. Cotton is considered the world’s most toxic crop. (Check out the approximately 20 million results for “toxic cotton” on Google.)

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Organic cotton, like organic food, uses less water, doesn’t poison the soil and its farmers, and isn’t treated with toxic chemical finishing agents. In the U.S., the claim “organic” on textiles is protected by the government. Only textiles labeled with a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) logo can be claimed as organic.

Check out this simple GOTS video to learn more:

Below are some resources to help you learn about the toxic cotton industry.

Let’s start a clean cotton revolution!

How to get rid of chemicals in fabrics (Hint: trick question)

Chemical cotton 

Fact sheet on U.S. cotton subsidies and production

Lifekind Contest: Thanks-Giving-Away

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Last month’s giveaway of a cozy organic cotton Chenille Throw and Natural Shredded Rubber Neck-Roll Pillow was just the start of us ramping up comfy giveaways for the cooler season. This month we’re giving away a Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow, in standard size, to one lucky winner, drawn at random. See details and enter to win below.

Hands down, the Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow is our bestselling pillow. It combines the best qualities of natural rubber and wool, creating a divinely comfortable pillow with medium support. The pillow’s zippered closure makes it possible to remove some of the rubber to customize it to your best comfort level. Made from natural rubber latex, with Naturally Safer® pure wool in the outer chamber. Handmade in the USA.

Like our natural rubber mattresses, the natural rubber used in our pillows comes from the sap of the rubber tree and does not contain synthetic rubber, often referred to as “latex” or “styrene-butadiene rubber” (SBR).

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Kale Demystified

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Still wondering about how to incorporate kale into your diet? Below are five easy ways to actually get kale into your body!

1. Blend it in a smoothie. Bam! Green smoothie.

2. Wash, dry, and toss with oil, salt, and pepper. Bake in a single layer, uncovered, at 300º for 10-15 minutes. Instant kale chips!

3. Add it to a salad, or use it to replace lettuce in a salad.

4. Put it on a sandwich.

5. Chop it up and sauté  with fresh garlic and soy sauce. Yum.

Don’t forget: Buy organic kale. Conventional kale is on the EWG’s “dirty dozen” list.

Growing kale is easy! It’s hardy, and can grow in a pot or garden bed. Harvest the lower leaves and it keeps growing and produces for 3-4 seasons. It will become a Dr. Seuss-looking thing with all the growth on top of the strong stalk.

Uncomplicated Kale: A Haiku

Kale is delicious,

just add it to your dishes.

Don’t overthink it.

Lifekind Contest: Enter to Win an Organic Throw and Neck-Roll Pillow

Here at Lifekind, we’re about coziness all year long. But Autumn brings with it a special coziness factor. It’s that layering-up, in-between time, with cool mornings and warmer days. Maybe you haven’t broken out the comforter and fuzzy slippers yet, but you may want to have a light blanket around that you can throw here or there.

We’ve got you covered either way, but this month we’re giving away an organic cotton Chenille Throw and a natural rubber Neck-Roll Pillow to one lucky winner!

Lifekind Blanket & Neck Roll GiveawayThe Chenille Throw‘s rich autumnal color – the natural color, as it grows on the organic cotton plant – is a gift from nature. It has never been bleached or dyed, minimizing its global footprint. The fact that it was grown and made in the U.S. further enriches its eco inner beauty. Our customers’ five-star reviews rave about its softness, durability, and generous size.

Our U.S.-made, versatile Neck-Roll Pillow is stuffed with shredded natural rubber, and can be customized to any preferred softness level. Great for neck support in bed or as lumbar support in a chair, it comes with a washable GOTS-certified cotton sateen drawstring pillowcase.

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Lifekind Contest: Win four of our most popular organic laundry and cleaning products!

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Detox Your Laundry – Giveaway

Discover Lifekind‘s awesome, clean and simple Naturally Safer™ laundry products! Enter the raffle below to win a free 64-ounce bottle of Laundry Liquid, a 10-pound box of Laundry Powder (with oxygen bleach), a 2-pound tub of Oxygen Bleach, and a 32-ounce spray bottle of Stain & Odor Eliminator. Combined, these quantities will wash 164 loads of laundry! Giveaway runs 9/8-9/22/15. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Naturally Safer™ laundry products are kind to humans, animals and the environment, and are formulated with the highest-quality ingredients, from natural sources. They rapidly biodegrade, leave no skin-irritating residues, contain no known cancer-causing ingredients or dyes, are cruelty-free, and are septic and gray-water safe.

New to nontoxic laundry cleaning? Click here for tips and tricks to prevent wearing toxins all day and sleeping in toxins all night.

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Lifekind Contest: Organic Baby Basket Giveaway

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Our new baby gift baskets fall right in line with other healthy Lifekind baby products, like our certified organic crib mattresses. Conventional cotton contains loads of chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and heavy metals, just to name a few. Not what we want to wrap babies up in!

This month we are offering a free Swaddler Set, which includes a cute one-piece, washable teething doll, elephant-print romper, and muslin Organic Baby Swaddle Blanket, all made of super-soft Global Organic Textile Standard-certified organic Egyptian cotton. Enter to win below.

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Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends August 26, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Open to residents of the U.S. only, age 18+.  Products offered for the giveaway are free of charge; no purchase is necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The winner will be selected at random (by Random.org) and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+. Lifekind will use the information provided in this form only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Lifekind Contest: July 4th Travel Pillow and Personal-Care Kit Giveaway

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It’s Giveaway Time! In the spirit of healthy things for all Americans, Lifekind is giving away a gift each month…for FREE! July’s giveaway includes one organic Travel Pillow, available in tan or sage, plus one Naturally Safer™ Personal-Care Travel Kit, available in lavender or unscented. Total retail value is $103.95!

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This patriotic, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)-certified organic cotton travel-size pillow is made right here in California, has a removable colorgrown organic cotton gingham cover, and is filled with Texas-grown, NOP (National Organic Program)-certified organic cotton. View full description here: https://goo.gl/l0qRDQ

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travelkit800_04 Skip the chemical laden hotel soap and hair care and wash up Naturally Safer™ with travel size shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, liquid soap, and bar soap – designed to meet airline restrictions on carry-on luggage. View our Personal-Care Travel Kit here: https://goo.gl/O2lSoF

 

Here’s to good health and safe travels, and thank you for participating!

 

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