Our Favorite Gifts for New Moms

Having your first child is like entering a whole new world. Although 2 billion other woman inhabit this new-mom planet, it feels completely foreign until you yourself walk its surface. At least that’s how I felt. For me personally, it was never lonely or scary – just so new, and thus the biggest learning curve […]

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2 Things Parents Can Do to Dramatically Improve School Air Quality (& Your Child’s Health)

Branch Basics 2 Things Parents Can Do To Improve School Air Quality

Is the air quality in your child’s school making students sick? Marilee Nelson’s son, Douglas, was dramatically affected by pesticide exposures at school. In December 1989, at age ten, he was exposed to high levels of pesticides, which devastated him mentally and physically. Doctors offered no hope of recovery from the extreme chemical injury and […]

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Pics ‘n Praise: Puppy Love

  We LOVE hearing from you! Whether it’s a post, a tweet, an email or a snail mail, there’s rarely a comment that’s not shared and enjoyed amongst us three owners. But why keep them all to ourselves?! We figured this season, abounding in Christmas cards, is a great time to share pictures and praise […]

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Let’s hear it from some Baby Mamas!

Two of our favorite young mamas have put Branch Basics to the ultimate test: their babies! Both girls strive to use the safest products around their little nuggets, but also need something that works, especially for the…well…”tough stuff”. Let’s hear it straight from the mamas’ mouths: “Baby Charlotte and Mom love Branch Basics! From washing […]

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Benefits of Hiking/Walking

This past weekend Sam and I hiked Humpback Rocks, which is just outside of Charlottesville. It was so beautiful!! And quite the hike. It’s only a mile up and a mile down but it’s pretty much straight up. You gain almost 800 feet in just that one mile. Getting used to the altitude at the […]

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Happy Birthday, Will!

The week for celebrating our boys! While nothing tops Kelly’s engagement festivities, I thought I’d give a little shout out to my sweet husband. Happy Birthday to the most bestest, fantabulous, marvetastical, wonderfulest boy a girl could ever ask for! For nine (wow) years, you’ve supported me in all my endeavors, passions and pursuits and I […]

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Our Main Squeeze

“How do I do a liver cleanse?” I can’t tell you how many people ask/email/text us this question. With our frequent indulgences in heavy food and drinks, it’s likely all our livers are congested and need a little TLC! But there’s no short answer to this question because so much depends on each person’s diet, […]

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