Welcome to Earth's Friends

What Is Earth's Friends?

Earth in Friends' HandsThis website was created to gather support for our planet, and to spread the word on climate change and anything that may adversely affect our friend and host in this life, planet Earth....  read more »

Apr 17 2014

My Almond Milk Recipe is Easy

Homemade Almond MilkSo I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow's milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you...  read more »

Apr 01 2014

My Beautiful Surrogate Baby Birth Story

35 weeks pregnant with surrogate baby

I had a scheduled c-section, so it's not an exciting story with any lead up! But, it’s my surrogate baby birth story (and the parents, but I’m sure their perspective is quite different!), and I want to tell it! We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am...  read more »

Mar 21 2014

What is Earth Day?

Hand Drawing of EarthEarth Day is April 22 - this year and every year. So in 2014, it is time to pay attention and be a part of the global movement towards celebrating and saving our planet from the destructive path it is on. This year and every year since 1970, we use this day to celebrate the earth but also to learn how we can do more to make a difference. It is a day to share our practices and ideals and find new ways to work together to change the path we are currently on. We look to make more sustainable choices as individuals, as corporations and as global citizens. Let this year be the year that you make a difference. Find out what Earth Day activities are going on in your town and get out to learn how you can do your part to make the world a better place for all...  read more »

Feb 24 2014

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary Recipe

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary

The cozy taste of Thanksgiving can be enjoyed any day with this delightful roasted vegetable with rosemary recipe. It is kind of one I made up along the way from many different inspirations and is highly adaptable to what to have on hand. It's especially nice in the fall and winter when root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips and the like are easy to find at the local farmer's market or grocery store. As I often tell my friends who have asked for this recipe, "if you like the vegetable, it can likely go into this dish". The more variety the better for the most health and nutrient-filled meal. FYI - This recipe is Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free...

Dec 03 2013

Oxybenzone: The Cancer of Sunscreen?

Summer Sunscreen on BeachGreat skin and maintaining a youthful appearance well in to your 30s, 40s and beyond depends on more than just the face moisturizer you are using. Many dermatologists will tell you diet and wearing sunscreen on a daily basis are probably just as, if not, more important. In summer, sunscreen is an essential part of life. But imagine my surprise when I found that there is a controversial ingredient, oxybenzone used in more than 600 sunscreens here in the United States. Here's my research on the potentially hazardous ingredient and some recommendations on the best oxybenzone-free sunscreens for you...  read more »

Nov 07 2013

Parabens in Lotion: The Slippery Truth

Parabens in Lotions in Medicine Cabinet

There are thousands of chemicals in your personal care products, everything from parabens in lotion to phthalates in nail polish to oxybenzone in sunscreen, the list goes on and on. So how can one tell which are harmful and which are not? It's not that easy because 80% of ingredients have never been tested for safety. Recently we have witnessed a growing concern regarding the use of parabens...  read more »

Oct 16 2013

Aluminum Free Deodorant: Three That Truly Work

DeodorantSo you're thinking about switching to natural deodorant. Aluminum free deodorant seem to be a sure-fire way to return to basics and reduce the increasing health concerns associated with aluminum and parabens in relation to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, respiratory and brain disorders. Yikes! We are right there with you - read our research on which aluminum free deodorants work best when it comes to smelling fresh while reducing your health risks associated with this sometimes sticky (& smelly!) situation...  read more »

Jul 12 2013

Doula Training: My First Birth

Pregnant Woman on Yoga BallMy title may be a little misleading. The birth I am referring to wasn’t mine at all. In no way was it mine. In no way did I do anything extraordinary. I didn’t feel any pain. I didn’t hold a baby in my arms seconds after birth. I really just stood there and uttered some words (to mom, dad, doctors and nurses), rubbed a back, suggested new positions, wet a wash cloth and shed a few tears when that sweet little girl entered the earth. This was my first birth I attended as a doula and a key milestone in my doula training. And, it was amazing! The rush I felt was second only to the birth of my own children. I’ll start from the beginning…  read more »

Mar 22 2013

Homeschool vs. Public School

Child Praciticing Alphabet in HomeschoolWhen my husband David and I met, I learned early on that he was homeschooled. He was smart, outgoing, socially aware. Everything I had heard homeschoolers were NOT! I knew one homeschooler that I met in high school and, while she was nice, she was certainly the picture of socially awkward. Also, shortly after we married, I went with David’s family to a homeschool convention in Richmond, Virginia. While it wasn’t as out there as I thought it would be, the kids all seemed so different to what I was used to. I was 19 years old at the time. At 19, different is, well, weird. Surely, my husband was an exception, right? He was the only “normal” (that's using that term loosely with him!) homeschooler I knew (I didn’t know his sisters too well at that point and his brothers were too young to tell just yet). As a result, I was very hesitant to embrace the idea...  read more »

Mar 08 2013

Juicing with Farnoosh Brock

Farnoosh BrockWe are pleased to bring you Earth's Friends exclusive interview with Farnoosh Brock, the author of the recently released The Healthy Juicer's Bible. Farnoosh is the founder of ProlificLiving.com, a website dedicated to "smart habits for rich living." The Health Juicer's Bible is Farnoosh's second juicing book. Join us as we learn why she loves juicing so much, her favorite juice recipe and more...  read more »