People often say it takes a village to raise a child, but in today’s modern world, it often feels like having a group of supportive people who can be physically present is rare.
As a mom, I’ve learned that online communities can have an extremely positive impact on our mental health as humans and parents. But it’s important that I fill my cup and social feeds with things that inspire, people that make me smile, and educational content that keeps my family healthy.
Today I’m sharing five valuable resources that will hopefully help you feel healthier and happier when you can’t gather with your village.
1. The Slightly Greener Method by Tonya Harris
The Slightly Greener Method is the perfect manual when you’re first starting out toward green and sustainable living. I love Tonya’s mindset of baby steps and removing the idea that you have to overturn your home (and your budget) to be healthy. Tonya shares her knowledge as an award-winning environmental toxin expert to break down small, actionable changes you can easily make in three areas of your home—the kitchen, bathroom, and cleaning products. Tonya offers swaps and suggests companies that produce environmentally-friendly products so there’s no guesswork.
Tonya also has a fantastic podcast that educates and tackles topics like endocrine disruptors, the expiration date of cosmetics, and the dangers of artificial colors.
2. The YUKA app
This free app allows you to scan beauty and food product UPCs and it gives them a rating based on data collected about the ingredients. YUKA will give you a rating out of 100 about the product and explain why.
For example, harmful chemical additives that cause endocrine disruption and lead to bigger health problems over time. (No thank you!)
I find YUKA to be a huge time saver when I’m looking for a new product at the grocery store. Simply scan, see the ratio, and make a good choice! You can also purchase a version that allows you to search for products without having to scan.
3. The Food Babe on Instagram
Vani Hari a.k.a. @thefoodbabe is absolutely amazing. A mom of two, Vani recently published her 4th book featuring 100 family-friendly recipes. I love Vani because she provides substitutes for common pantry items and explains the hidden ingredients in shelved items that can negatively affect our bodies. Vani is bold and not afraid to take on big organizations when it comes to healthy eating. She also initiated a public transparency of ingredients from companies like Starbucks and Chipotle.
4. The Birds Papaya on Instagram
It’s so easy to get lost in comparison while scrolling through social media. Sarah Nicole Landry of @thebirdspapaya is an exceptional human who consistently reminds us how to love ourselves. A body confidence advocate, Sarah reminds us that it's okay to be human and imperfect, every step of the way!
5. Big Little Feelings
As a mom of two littles myself, the ladies at @BigLittleFeelings have been especially helpful around my desire to practice gentle parenting. Deena is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) specializing in children ages 1-6 and Kristin has a background in international maternal childhood education. This power duo is extremely knowledgeable about the new psychology behind parenting in the early stages through age six. has been the most beneficial thing I have done as a parent. They offer free content and online courses for potty training and winning at the toddler game.
When I can’t gather with my village of supporters, it’s important for me to have other ways to support my journey towards cleaner living and help foster a healthier mindset and a more positive outlook on life.
Know of other great resources? Let me know in the comments or message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author:
Zoe Sherwin is a mom of two and a fierce advocate for feminine health and body positivity. From a young age, Zoe's Greek grandparents played a large role in her life. They displayed constant reminders that the simple way of living truly creates joy and pride.
Zoe is passionate about creating a life free of chemical additives and enjoys sharing her discoveries of products.
When Zoe isn't playing with her babies or researching products, she is baking high-quality and organic cupcakes for her home business, Harmony Bloom Home Cakery.
Need help to find a clean swap for your pantry? Message Zoe at email@example.com