Author name: Jamie Ervin

Being green comes naturally for Jamie, a Native Oregonian. Educated at Oregon State University she is now a UofO Ducks fan, but remains true to her Alma Mater, the Beavers. Jamie lives vicariously through her husband, a developer of shoes for little feet, who travels the world over and prays she doesn't blog about him. She is the mother to five children, aged 4-16 and a Registered Daycare Provider. Her long term goals include traveling Asia, completing her first novel, obtaining her Master's Degree in English Lit and Education, in addition, Jamie would love to start a natural household and body product line, or maybe just pour some (organic soy) candles. Visit Jamie's personal blog, Looks Good In Polka Dots where it's not just about mothering, gluten free cooking and socially conscious living.

British Government Study Says: Organic is not Healthier

Really, folks?Β  Were we questioning the possibility that organically grown foods were more nutritious than traditional grown?Β  I think not.Β  We (being fully informed consumers) know that food is food is food.Β  Raw food is healthiest (as in lots and lots of produce in its natural state).Β  That’s a no brainer.Β  We also know that …

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How to Guide for Local, Sustainable, Safe Foods

Confused by all the information regarding natural eating?Β  You’re not alone! When you are out at the Farmer’s Market, get to know your farmer.Β  Ask pointed questions, find out if they have an open door policy (can you tour anytime), are they certified organic or do they go beyond organic (beyond organic is a philosophy …

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Sweet Table: Environmentally Sustainable Disposable Dishes

I avoid paper and plastic toss out dishes like the plague.Β  For my children’s parties I search Goodwill for china and other tableware. However, I have still purchased toss out dishes when I don’t have a reasonable alternative.Β  So, I was thrilled to be introduced to Sweet Table while visiting my sustainable friend, Meg. We …

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Half Raw Eating: A Moderate Path to a Healthier Family

I’m a firm believer in moderation.Β  It is through moderation that we are able to make big changes in the lives of our families, society as a whole and improve the well being of our planet.Β  Our family strives to eat at least 50% Raw, over time we will slowly increase the amount of Raw …

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Mainstream Gluten Free: Betty Crocker Give-Away, Elisabeth Hasselbeck & Celiac Genetic Testing from Home

When we discovered that Celiac was the reason our daughter was so ill, the world was just starting to gain awareness of the disease and it’s cure, being completely gluten free.Β  In the two years that have passed since our family began its journey into gluten free living, the world has grown leaps and bounds …

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Go Raw… Phytonutrients Are Good For You

By now everyone has probably heard something about this trend called the Raw Diet.Β  Surprise… it is good for you and here’s why. Phytonutrients (plant nutrients) are found in fresh, uncooked plant foods.Β  These nutrients include antioxidants and are important for prevention of disease, especially cancers.Β  When food is cooked (above 130 degrees Fahrenheit) many …

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Confused About Which Produce Should Always Be Organic? There’s An App For That

I’m a relatively savvy Green Girl.Β  That said, there are still times when I can’t remember which produce should always be purchased organic (strawberries, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, celery, sweet bell pepper, potatoes, spinach and lettuce) or which fish is more eco-friendly (Farmed Abalone, Pacific Halibut, Alaskan Wild Salmon, more).Β  When my (formerly) photographic brain …

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Almond Butter Oaties and an Earth Balance Give Away

My favorite vegan, GMO free margarine is Earth Balance.Β  It works well with the many allergies and celiac in our family.Β  Because soy is among the eight most common allergens, Earth Balance now has a soy free spread and to get the word out we get to give some free coupons away. Earth Balance Soy …

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