Free Ebook Download: Sleep Safe in a Toxic World

Whether you’re interested in a cleaner environment or improved health for you and your family, Sleep Safe in a Toxic World by Lifekind® co-founder Walt Bader is essential reading for a good night’s sleep. Learn why beds are one of the single most overlooked causes of chemical exposure. Download your FREE copy today:
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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.

45 Earth Day Resolutions

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the air smells brand new. It’s Earth’s promise of fertile prosperity, her reminder of new beginnings. Earth Day represents a time to reflect and find more ways to give back, above and beyond the good habits we’ve already adhered to for her benefit. Let’s think of it as Nature’s New Year and set Earth Day resolutions!

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This Earth Day, let me plant some seeds. We need to be thinking of our impact on Earth every day. It really is up to us to support her health. Our health is dependent on hers and vice versa. Here are some excellent things we all can do this year:

 

1. I will plant some of my favorite veggies in a garden or pots.

2. I will keep clean reusable produce bags in my grocery bags.

3. I will keep shopping bags in my purse or car and use them when I shop.

4. I will only use safe, biodegradable cleaning products.

5. I will teach my kids to read labels.

6. I’ll just get the economy car instead of the SUV.

7. I will stop buying single-use non-biodegradable trash bags.

8. I will replace all the incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs.

9. I will cook more foods from scratch, in order to use less packaging.

10. I will take a walk or hike at least once a week to connect with nature.

11. I will not buy another “bottled water” again, ever.

12. I’m going solar!

13. I will keep my air conditioner set 3 degrees warmer.

14. I will keep my heater set 3 degrees cooler.

15. I will choose organic cotton instead of conventional or synthetic material, at least once.

16. I will plant a tree and nurture that tree.

17. I will look for locally produced items before buying imports.

18. I will not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on my property.

19. I will purchase organic foods whenever my budget allows it.

20. I will start composting kitchen scraps.

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21. I will use reusable containers instead of plastic zippy bags.

22. I will sign those land-saving petitions each time this year.

23. I will ask a friend to sign those petitions too.

24. Instead of party favors, we’re doing planet favors.

25. I will consume less meat.

26. I will turn in a “litter bug” if I see one.

27. I will drive 5 mph slower on the freeway.

28. I will consciously slow down at times to take in Earth’s beauty.

29. I will buy more food in bulk in an effort to create less waste.

30. I will shop at farmers’ markets at least once per month (seasonally).

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31. I will focus on buying produce when it’s in season.

32. I will ride my bike to work/school at least once a week, because it’s only 2 miles.

33. I will never use chlorine bleach or ammonia again. Ever.

34. I will read the label of every garment of clothing I buy this year – where it was made and what it was made with.

35. I will not buy any more synthetic body care items. Ever. Because it is body pollution, it goes down the drain, and my body is her body.

36. I will turn my water heater down.

37. I will not buy a plastic one if there is a glass or metal one.

38. I’m just going to go ahead and get that hybrid or electric car I’ve been thinking about.

39. I will volunteer at my local watershed cleanup.

40. I will pick up random trash when it is within my passing reach.

41. I will subscribe to a new media source for Earth news.

42. I will take shorter showers.

43. I will eat more organic raw foods.

44. I will kick my big-box store shopping habit.

45. I will drop-kick my dollar-store habit.

Love Black Friday bargains, but hate crowds? Cyber Monday is for you!

I admit it, I’ve been one of the crazy people lined up outside a store at 4 am in the freezing cold, battling substantial crowds on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. What would possess me to do such a thing on the day after Thanksgiving? The answer is always the same: the bargains! I’ve gotten huge discounts and been able to stockpile gifts for Christmas jordan kicks
, and even my daughter’s November birthday (on the years it comes after Thanksgiving). I usually save so much money it makes the crazy crowds and long waits worth it (even if I always ending up catching a bug from all the people). Last year, though, I hit on something even better than Black Friday: Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) is typically the day when online retailers post huge discounts equal to deals you may find in stores on Black Friday.

Rather than mapping out stores, waiting for printed ads, and braving the blistering cold, I now do everything from my computer. I bookmark pages, create logins for faster purchases, fill and save virtual shopping carts, and print pages for my master list.

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. For items that end up in your cart without a recipient, remember: ‘Tis the season for those in need, as well. You can always donate purchases to a local charity. Saving money and doing good deeds? Sign me up!

One note is that Cyber Monday sales are often very short – just a set number of hours, instead of days like sales usually are. And just like Black Friday sales, once a deal is gone, there are no rain checks or backorders, so it’s worthwhile to set your alarm and start shopping as early as you can new balance running shoes for women
. A lot of stores even start their sales at midnight, so it doesn’t hurt to check before you go to bed on Sunday.

Another strategy I use is to search online for special promo codes to get even bigger discounts such as free shipping or specific discounts off featured items. Also, when items are no longer needed by me or my family, I take them to a local consignment store, sell them online, or have a yard sale. This adds to our holiday-shopping budget and passes along big savings to a fellow bargain shopper, both good things at this time of year.

We usually have a Cyber Monday sale here at Lifekind, and even though our marketing team keeps the actual discounts under wraps until the actual sale starts (they don’t even tell us Product Specialists!), the discounts are usually awesome. This year our SALE IS STARTING EARLY! Shop now to receive 20 percent off your order and free shipping on orders over $99. Save some green on your organic mattress and bedding!

Happy shopping!

My Top 10 Tips for Warming Up

Are you one of those people who gets cold easily, and has a hard time warming back up? I am! Here are my top 10 ways to warm up. Much of my advice is common sense, but my hope is that you’ll get at least one new warming idea that will enhance your autumn and winter experiences.

 

1. Get Moving: It’s simply the most effective way to warm up. Even 5 or 10 minutes does the trick.

2. Eat Something Warming: Each food ingredient has a warming, cooling or neutral quality. Chinese and Eastern Indian medicine uses this principle to help create balance in a person’s system. Spicy foods like cayenne, onion, ginger and garlic are warming–you can tell when your mouth catches fire and you break out in a sweat.

 

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But there’s also a slew of less likely foods that have warming qualities. I thought all mints were cooling until I viewed the charts. It turns out spearmint is warming and peppermint is cooling. Check out these links for more warming and cooling foods: Warming and cooling characteristics of common foods (Ping Ming Health)

Food as your Medicine (Le Shiatsu)

 

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3. Have A Cuppa: Bring a thermos of spicy tea with you to sip, as needed, throughout the day. Coffee is on the warming list (YAY!). So is black tea, but green tea is cooling. I love chai tea, the spicier the better. In the winter I enjoy chai lattes with a shot of espresso added. Herbal teas are a delicious and healthy way to bring warmth into your body. View the food charts to find warming herbs to add to your tea collection. You can also add a tiny bit of ginger or cayenne to your favorite tea or coffee (but be careful–HOT)! If you drink chilled water, stop it! Drink room-temp water instead.

 

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4. Get In Hot Water: If you have the time, take a hot bath or hot tub. Simply washing hands in hot water is good for an instant blast of warmth. When I’m cold, I’m the first (and only) to volunteer to do the dishes. I use a sink full of hot soapy water for the washing, and rinse in fresh hot water.

5. Layer Up: Wear breathable clothes that won’t collect sweat and make you cold. Wool naturally wicks moisture and will keep you warm and dry. Wear a scarf out in the wind, and indoors, as needed.  Fingerless gloves are great because you can wear gloves, but still use your fingers for typing or work.

 

6. Be Prepared For Your Environment: Keep a throw or an extra sweater and a space heater at work, especially if you sit stationary while working.

 

7. Use Warm, Breathable Bedding: Get the synthetics out of your bed. They’re typically found in mattress pads and comforters, and don’t wick out sweat, in turn making you damp and cold. Use 100% cotton sheets and mattress pads. Add a wool mattress topper and wool comforter and Zzzzz, you’re a cozy sandwich.

 

8. Tell Yourself You’re Warm: Adding warmer colors and images to your house and work environment, via paint, decorations, etc., will offer a warmer feeling. Picture yourself on a hot sandy beach in the tropics, baking in the sun… Yeah.

 

9. Invite The Sun In: Open the curtains and position a comfy chair and a throw in a sunny spot in your house. In the winter the sun is lower in the sky and will stream further into your house.

 

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10. Choose Cinnamon Over Peppermint: Toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, breath mints, etc. have warming, cooling, or neutral qualities, just like foods. You can also avoid using personal care items with mint: lotions and shampoos, for example.

 

What’s your favorite way to warm away the winter chills?

THE 2013 WHITE SALE IS HERE!

Our biggest, most anticipated sale of the year is finally here.  Our 16th Annual White Sale will not disappoint, with up to 60% OFF select items plus free shipping on orders over $99.

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Don’t wait till the end of January to take advantage of these great deals!

This year’s White Sale catalog introduces several new products at huge discounts.

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Our new Organic Cotton Jacquard Bedding Collection has a delicate diamond white-on-white pattern.  The diamonds seem to shimmer in the light, adding a touch of beauty to the silky-soft material. Made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, they’re free of dyes or synthetic components. The collection contains sheets, pillowcases, and duvets.  Each piece is sold individually for your convenience. The pillowcases and flat sheet have a 7″ attached hem, and the fitted sheet is elasticized all the way around with 15″ pockets. These sheets are imported from India. The major reason I love them is because there’s no guess work when it comes to which direction to put the sheets on after I wash them. During the White Sale, the whole collection is 50% OFF.

We are also pleased to introduce two new items in our Baby Department.

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The first is our new Organic Swiss Dot Crib Skirt.  This dappled organic cotton percale bed skirt finishes the crib on a sweet and simple note. Fits standard cribs, with a 16″ ruffle. (Imported from India). I love this cute crib skirt because I can hide all my baby supplies under the crib and no one is the wiser!  During the White Sale, the Organic Swiss Dot Crib Skirt is 50% OFF.

 

 

Lifekind Organic Cotton Fleece BlanketThe second new baby item is the Organic Cotton Fleece Baby Blanket. Super-soft fleece makes this the perfect snuggling blanket, lightweight enough for swaddling. This snowy-white crib-size blanket is sure to become baby’s (and your) favorite, made in the USA from GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton. During the White Sale, the Organic Cotton Fleece Baby Blanket is 50% OFF.  (I recommend stocking up on these blankets – in my experience, you can never have enough swaddling blankets). Swaddling can help your baby stay calm and sleep better.  Here’s a great refresher, or if you’re learning for the first time, check out Babycenter.com on how to swaddle a baby.

I could write a whole blog on how helpful swaddling is. Warning: Don’t watch the swaddling video too many times, or it will make your biological clock tick:)

Along with these great new items, we also have awesome staple items on sale.  Here is a list of just a few of our customer favorites:

 

Don’t forget:  Mattresses are on sale too!  Now is the perfect time to order the organic mattress you’ve always dreamed of. During our White Sale, you can purchase a top-of-the-line organic mattress for 20% off plus free shipping.  So what are you waiting for? Order online or call 1-800-284-4983 today!

 

Behind the Scenes: Where in the World is Lifekind?

Here at Lifekind, we’re blessed to be able to work in a beautiful part of the world. Our little town of Grass Valley is located in Northern California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s part of the “gold country,” or Mother Lode, region to which thousands of people came from all over the world during the 1849 Gold Rush. Grass Valley was the richest town in all the Mother Lode — at least if you talk to local historians. The Empire, its most profitable mine, operated until 1957, and is now a popular state park.

Most of the mining is over now, but vestiges remain. The Lifekind offices are located on the site of the Crown Point Mine, and rusted mining equipment and remnants of an old stone wall overlook our parking area. Our corporate offices are here, along with our warehouse, from which we send out smaller items such as sheets, pillows, and personal-care products. (Mattresses, pillow tops, and other made-to-order items are sent from our factory, in Yuba City, 40 miles away.)

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Grass Valley’s Victorian downtown, oak-covered hills, river canyons, and vibrant arts and cultural scene are major tourist draws, but there’s a fair amount of manufacturing here, too – especially high-tech and video-systems equipment. We’re surrounded by Tahoe National Forest, and our more cosmopolitan neighbor, Nevada City, is right next door. We can leave in the morning and be in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley, or Yosemite by lunch. It’s a good place to live.

 

All that AND being able to work at an organic company that’s truly making a difference in the world. What’s not to love?     🙂

What to do if the lights go out

I just spent my weekend in the quiet and candlelight… because the storms we had here in Northern California knocked my power out!

Here at the office, everyone knows to ask me if they have a question about the weather. Not only is my heavily-treed neighborhood very susceptible to power outages, I also try to keep an eye on winter storms across the country because they can directly affect our customers’ mattress deliveries.

Thankfully our town was spared major destruction, and the flooded areas drained once the rain stopped.  But, we are heading into another week of heavy rains, and even though I am ready for it, a friend called who’d been a bit more unprepared. He was without charged flashlight batteries or emergency candles, and was using his cell phone to light his way. It got me thinking: What are the most useful things to have on hand when modern life is interrupted by Mother Nature’s plans?

10 important ways to be prepared if you lose power during a storm:

1. Before the storm arrives, bring outside items inside if they could be picked up by the wind.  If they’re too big to be brought in the house, make sure they’re secured so they don’t blow around and cause more damage.

2. Clear gutters of debris so your roof can drain properly, diminishing the chances of your house flooding.

3.  Fill the gas tank in at least one car so you’re sure to have transportation even if you can’t get to a gas station or the lines are long.

4. Store important documents — passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, and deeds — in a watertight container, and make sure you know where it is.

Keep the following items on hand:

5. A three-day supply of water and food, allowing one gallon of water per person per day. Make sure foods are non-perishable and high in energy, such as canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, salt-free crackers, energy or protein bars, trail mix or nuts, dry cereal, and cookies or other comfort foods. (Don’t forget the can opener!)

6. Flashlights with extra batteries.

7. A battery-powered radio or weather radio, also with extra batteries.

8. A first aid kit that includes latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; and petroleum jelly. (In my case, I would also add Rescue Remedy flower-essence blend!)

9. Cell phones and chargers.

10.  Warm clothes and blankets stored in watertight containers.

For more tips and complete emergency preparedness lists, visit the American Red Cross, and Federal Emergency Management Agency online.

Eco-Friendly Clothes that Won’t Break the Bank

Most of us who enjoy and believe in an organic lifestyle try to incorporate our beliefs into every aspect of our daily lives. Making educated choices in food, cleaning products, furniture, and clothing are just a few ways we can do that. But buying organic usually comes with a price….literally.

Everyday organic item pricing is almost always higher than non-organic. With the increase of popularity in the organic industry, however, companies are coming out with low-cost options. This is even creeping its way into the fashion world.

Clothes are not only necessary, they’re what separate and individualize us, whether we realize it or not. For me, what I wear is a chance to express myself. Moods, seasons, personality, and priorities are all reflected in our choice of dress and represent us in the minds of others. A person is more likely to remember someone’s clothes than the color of their eyes.

If we put that much thought into our image, why aren’t we putting even more into what our clothes are made of?

As the public learns more about the benefits of living organically and demand increases, companies are coming out with organic clothing lines for a lower budget. But price isn’t all that matters! When looking into where products are sourced from, I found it troubling that even if the tag says “organic,” it might still come from a sweatshop, have been imported, or have been fumigated. (Yikes!)

Such issues are increasingly becoming public knowledge. In response, popular brands are unveiling organic lines. Some, like H&M, REI, and Jonano, are meeting the demand for organic choices while keeping prices reasonable. Levi Strauss offers choices that include organic cotton and recycled zippers and buttons, as well as natural indigo dyes. Products from popular t-shirt company American Apparel are made in the U.S. and are sweatshop-free. They’re a great place to find inexpensive basics like leggings, t-shirts, and hoodies. Their cotton products are made with 20% organic fiber, and they’re hoping to bump that up to 80% in the near future. They also recycle over a million pounds of scrap fabric per year and have solar panels on the roof of their LA headquarters. Talk about moving toward greener living!

So next time you’re picking out a new pair of jeans or strolling around the mall thinking about buying that lovely blouse, remember that there are choices in mainstream fashion. Don’t compromise your way of living just because the majority of the retail world does. You can focus on honoring the companies out there who are thinking organically, just like you!

A New Life

I just found out in June that I am pregnant. It is my first, and I am overjoyed! Dredging through the trenches of 24/7 queasiness, heartburn, and frequent headaches, knowing that there is a big prize at the end makes it all worthwhile!

I am thankful to have gained the knowledge of the importance of living an all organic lifestyle 11 years ago, as I feel it has really helped me coast through the past two months with more ease than those who eat poor diets. (Honesty, I can’t imagine living any other way!) My occasional slip-ups on my diet due to comfort food cravings are a reassurance to me that I should not eat processed foods filled with flavor enhancers, dyes, sugars, and preservatives. When I do, nausea usually gets worse than before and I just feel outright crummy as a result!

With another human being growing inside of my body, I become more sensitive to the outside world. As we all know, the media does a great job at pumping fear into most Americans. As with any mother, I feel extra responsible and concerned with this new life I will soon be watching over. Constant bombardment of news regarding wars, disease, pollution, and GM (genetically modified) farming can really wear on an individual’s psyche. But there still remains the glimmer of hope thanks to supportive community grassroots movements toward real democracy to protect our remaining freedoms, and education about the truth that much of the media tries to hide.

-Rowena, Product Specialist