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Clean Green Talk is a podcast for you – the working mom, stay-at-home mom or concerned grandma. If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, and ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or "me" time, Leslie Reichert along with Marie Stegner delivers. Each episode brings you a leader in the cleaning-organizing world who shares their journey and their expertise. Each week you will get exactly what you need to keep you focused on your journey towards a cleaner greener lifestyle. We cover topics like Green Living | Clean Living | Organic | All-Natural Food | Organizing.
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Dec 13, 2016

Take a look at why we love bObsweep! This heavy-duty hair handler is always reining in the cats' and dogs' fur. Like a magician it makes pet hair disappear. 

Large and in charge, Bob PetHair excels with busy families with constantly shedding pets. Upgraded controls and a more intuitive interface set him apart from Bob Standard.

If you are thinking you need to get a bObsweep of your own - use the code:GREENBOB60  to get 60% off the list price on  You want to adopt a bObsweep today! 

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Bob’s heavy-duty build tackles all the shed fur, pet dander, litter, and kibble that our furry family members leave behind. The perfect pet care companion.
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Longest main brush in the industry covers more gound while lifting up more dirt in just a single sweep.
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Bob's 1000 mL dustbin packs more dirt than any other robotic vacuum's in the industry.
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Dec 6, 2016

Diabetes And Your Diet gives you the power to make healthy choices. This comprehensive guidebook will help you to create long-term, sustainable, and life-enhancing strategies for preventing or reversing diabetes through nutrition and lifestyle. In this book, #1 bestselling author Nancy Addison inspires, motivates, and teaches easy-to-implement suggestions, as well as offers incredible insight into health and wellness for diabetics of all ages. Her book includes more than 65 diabetic-friendly recipes! Healthy foods combined with positive lifestyle tips equals a healthy life!

Join me as I talk to the author and my friend, Nancy Addison who is a Keynote Speaker, Raw Food Chef, Certified Health Counselor and Founder of Organic Healthy Lifestyle. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and travels internationally speaking at employee wellness programs, schools and corporate workshops. She has worked with celebrities and doctors internationally and has consulted in the wellness industry for over 20 years. She now commits her practice to exposing and educating audiences and clients on the effects of toxins found in our daily environment and eating healthier to stay younger looking and have a more energetic, optimum lifestyle. Nancy is an expert in diabetes, heart disease and cancer diets.

Download your sample of Nancy's book here

Nov 29, 2016

Maid Brigade and I just worked on a 20 day challenge to get your home guest ready for the holidays.  By committing to work on one area of your home every day for just a few minutes you can have your home "guest ready".  You can read the entire blog post on Maid Brigade's blog and download their free PDF as well to help you keep on track. In 20 days you are going to be READY!

Here is a sample of the first steps:

Nov 22, 2016

Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 400 stations, worldwide. 

Ed is also a humanitarian. He has traveled the world, making a difference with his music and aid items. He and his wife recently went to Jamaica where they delivered humanitarian aid items and shot a music video.

“Jamaica is one of those places that is hard not to get involved. It boasts some of the most incredible musicians from our past and present like Bob Marley and the Chronixx, Jamaican culture oozes mystique and electricity that is unparalleled by most, it has beauty that is overwhelming everywhere you go from the simplicity of lifestyle to the incredible vegetation and horticulture all over this rock. Without sounding selfish Jamaica is one of those places which makes me feel human again. It allows me to live my life really without the constraints and technical lifestyle that I’ve been forced into in the Western Hemisphere or the quote unquote Babylon as Rasta culture tends to call it. There’s something sublime, erotic, alarming and ambrosia like about this beautiful place and my heart goes out to all the people of Jamaica for fighting the good fight and continuing on with their lives despite what happens to them. Jamaica, you made me stronger than I ever thought I could be. Thank you.”

You can see more about Ed, his music and his touring schedule at  The song and the video are what we discussed in the interview. 

Nov 16, 2016

Ali VanderBaan is an acupuncturist and herbalist with a passion for educating and empowering her patients to cultivate sustainable wellness in the midst of their busy lives.

Ali graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Psychology.  After working in psychiatric research at Brown University, she decided to pursue a career in which she could have a more direct impact on the health and well-being of her patients.  She received her Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest accredited institution for Oriental Medicine in the United States.  She completed over 700 hours of clinical internship in Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine with renowned Chinese medical practitioners, Winnie Chow and Yan Ping Jin.  

She also received her Master's Degree in Pain Management from Tufts University School of Medicine, culminating in her dissertation on mindfulness meditation combined with acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain.  

Ali continues to enhance her practice with extensive post-graduate continuing education training inWomen's Health, Infertility, Pregnancy, and Pain Management.  

Combining a passion for whole health with her academic and clinical expertise, Ali provides a truly integrative style of care with comprehensive and customized treatment plans to help her patients achieve their unique wellness goals.  By partnering with her patients, Ali aims to empower them to take an active role in holistically restoring balance and cultivating sustainable wellness. 

You can visit her website at  She is also offering you a "Free Starter Guide to Health", which you can download at this link for my show freebie

Nov 8, 2016

This is a different show for me. I'm actually sharing an interview I did with Solutionsology Radio.  We talked about the fact that people are really realizing the cleaning products they use in their homes really does affect their health. I share some simple solutions for pest control, weed control and even my "Happy Hour Cleaner' recipe. 

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All the listeners were offered a free copy of my newest book - The Joy of Green Cleaning for New Parents. You don't have to be a new parent to enjoy the recipes in this book. Just go to my free book offer and enter your email and you'll get my free book in minutes. 

You can learn more about Solutionsology Radio at 

Oct 13, 2016

This show is one of my favorites (and not because it's just me on the show). I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at the Gloria Gemma event in Providence called Passport to Wellness. This event is a free healthy living expo offering health, wellness, cancer care information and resources. 

One area that is never talked about with cancer patients or survivors is the toxic chemicals that are found in your home. Carol, the administrator at the Gloria Gemma Foundation, was a two time cancer survivor when I met her. She came to one of my workshops and was surprised to learn that Comet has 7 known carcinogens in it. (Per   I showed her how to mix up a simple substitute cleaner with just baking soda, salt and oxygen bleach that works better than Comet. This led to me teaching other survivors and patients that we really need to look at what we are using in our homes and try to remove those things that can hurt our families. 

This year I did a presentation called Detox Your Home.  I am including the slide show along with the audio. This is a simple overview of some simple steps to help you get started detoxing your home.  I hope you enjoy the presentation and if you have any questions you can always email me at 

If you want to get started switching out your cleaning chemicals, download my free new book called, The Joy of Green Cleaning For New Parents. Even if you're not a new parent, there are lots of free DIY recipes that you can use to detox your home. 

If you need some tools to get you started on your path to a toxic-free home, you may want to invest in my Green Clean Starter Kit. This gives you 101 DIY recipes, bottles, tools and a DVD to get you started and it's only $49 (free shipping)

Happy Detoxing!!

Oct 5, 2016



Silent Spring Institute's new study reveals the top 10 consumer product chemicals in dust that can harm humans.

"Household dust exposes people to a wide range of toxic chemicals from everyday consumer products, according to a new study. These are chemicals found in consumer products and building materials and have been associated with numerous health effects including cancer, hormone disruption, and development and reproductive problems.

The study is the first comprehensive analysis of toxic chemicals in house dust, compiling data from more than two dozen studies throughout the United States. It reveals what the average American is likely exposed to on a routine basis. “We’ve known, from our previous research, that these chemicals can end up in indoor dust,” says co-author Robin Dodson, an environmental exposure scientist at Silent Spring Institute. “Now we can say with confidence that these chemicals are in fact pervasive in U.S. homes, which is highly concerning given the possible health effects.”

Want a cleaver way to avoid toxins in your everyday products? Download Silent Spring's new app called "DETOX ME".  It's been called the most reliable clean lifestyle guide that empowers you to eliminate toxic chemicals from your daily use.

Robin Dodson is a research scientist with expertise in exposure assessment and indoor air pollution. She is currently working on developing innovative exposure assessment methods for cohort studies and intervention studies aimed at reducing indoor pollution.

Dr. Dodson recently completed her doctorate in environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Working with Drs. Deborah Bennett, Jonathan Levy, James Shine, and Jack Spengler, she designed and conducted an exposure study in the Boston area focusing on residential and personal exposures to volatile organic compounds, such as chloroform from heated tap water, benzene from attached garages, and formaldehyde from home furnishings. She developed a model to evaluate the potential impacts of chemicals on residential exposure in secondary areas, such as basements, attached garages, and apartment hallways. She developed a personal exposure model based on time-weighted microenvironmental concentrations to determine how people are exposed to volatile organic compounds. In addition, she evaluated methods for leveraging existing residential concentration data to model residential concentrations for potential study populations. As a graduate student, she also contributed to two studies focusing on asthma in lower-socioeconomic-status urban residences in the Boston area.

Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Dodson worked at Menzie-Cura and Associates, where she contributed to both human and ecological risk assessments and the development of environmental health educational materials under a grant from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Dodson holds a bachelor’s in environmental studies from Bates College, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, and a master’s in environmental science and risk management from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Sep 23, 2016

WOOLZIES was started in 2011 when Kathy, a mother of 5, was frustrated with all the chemicals that were contained in household products – even products that were considered ‘natural.’ Being a woman of action, she decided to address this problem: starting with fabric softener and then moving onto other essential household products.Maid Brigade.comMaid BrigadeToday's podcast was brought to you by Maid Bridgade

Since then, their best-selling product – WOOLZIES All Natural Dryer Balls – has become the #1 wool dryer balls in America. Their full range of WOOLZIES products deliver great results – all without harming your health or the environment.

they continue to be a small family-owned and operated company nestled in the picturesque Hudson Valley region of Southern New York. And more than ever, they are committed to operating a responsible, socially sustainable and environmentally-friendly company.

In my conversation with Kathy we discussed how the Woolzie balls are made and how much work it takes to bring a high quality product to the market. Kathy has just developed a new laundry soap and an entire line of essential oils.  She is giving my listeners 15% off their orders by using the coupon code WOOLZIES15  that you can use in the checkout of her site:

You can also see the actual products we talk about in this youtube video I created. Sometimes, its fun to actually SEE what we are talking about!

Today's podcast was brought to you by Maid Brigade


Sep 13, 2016

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This quote says it all when it comes to starting out your day with a super food smoothie - "You don't know how bad you feel until you start feeling good". 

You can start feeling better by starting your day with a healthy smoothie. But who has all the right ingredients ready for a smoothie every morning. Well if you subscribe to GreenBlender you'll have everything you need to start your day off with a fresh - healthy smoothie. It's absolute genius!  Getting supper food smoothie ingredients delivered right to your door.

You can look inside the box with me here:

How it works: Each week, you'll get 5 new smoothie recipes and all the pre-portioned ingredients you'll need to make 10 smoothies. Their recipes are hand crafted (by Jenna, the smoothie guru) to ensure they're packed with flavor and nutrients. They only use the best produce and super foods, and focus on working with organic and local farms, to create a uniquely balanced menu.

Jenna tells me all you need is water, ice and a blender. They believe it's important to build a relationship with what you consume. That's why their recipes are more than just a list of ingredients, but a course in micro-biology. As you blend, you'll learn how their carefully crafted smoothies will nourish your body and mind. That's knowledge you can taste.

Jenna says you are what you drink. Their smoothies are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins and fiber. Their benefits are endless: clearer skin, heightened mental clarity, increased energy, and weight loss. And, their nutrients are known to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Each original recipe yields two 12oz servings. It's the perfect size to share with someone you love. You can find a "smoothie buddy" and share the subscription.

We also talked about getting the right blender. Jenna loves her Vitamix and highly recommends them, but any good quality blender will do the trick.

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Jenna wants you to try some of her recipes for smoothies for free. She gave us 5 recipes to try. You can download them here.  Or you can just send me a text at the number 44222 and text me the message download119 - I'll send you back a link to download them!

If you like the idea of getting all the ingredients delivered to your door, then you want to go to and when you check out - use the coupon code: greenclean. Jenna is giving us all 20% off our first box!

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Sep 6, 2016

Lauren Singer is author of the Zero Waste blog Trash is for Tossers and founder of organic cleaning product company The Simply Co..

An Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the amount of trash that she has produced over the past four years can fit inside of a 16 oz mason jar.

Through her blog, she has empowered millions of readers to produce less waste by shopping package free, making their own products, and refusing plastic and single use items.

Her work has been profiled by New York Magazine, MSNBC, NBC, AOL, Vogue, CNN, Yahoo, Fox Business, BBC, and NPR amongst others.

 In this interview we talk about her TED Talk which you can see here


And we also talk about her YouTube videos which are great instructional videos if you want to DIY and use less trash. Trash is for Tossers - YouTube Videos

Her blog, Trash is for Tossers, gives you lots of things to think about as well as alternatives to some of the things you don’t think you can live without.

After talking with Lauren, I took my stainless steel thermos to Dunkin Donuts and asked if I could get a refill instead of using a disposable cup. Not only did they say yes, but they also gave me a discount. I’ve found that every Dunkin Donut’s franchise will give you a discounted price for refilling! I’ve learned that is actually saves money to save trash!

Lauren also told us about her laundry soap company called The Simply Co.  

About a year into blogging, she noticed a trend. Many of her readers were writing to her saying that they loved the idea of her toxic free and sustainable cleaning products, but they didn’t have the time to make them themselves. They wanted to know what cleaning products they could buy in stores that were as sustainable as the ones they could make at home.

So Lauren searched high and low. She began reading the label of every cleaning product and researching all of their properties, and then she learned a few things that changed her life forever:

There are over 85,000 industrial chemicals out there and a majority of them are not even tested for safety and on top of that cleaning product manufacturers are not legally required to list their ingredients on their packaging.  

Lauren knew that was not okay. Consumers, unquestionably, have a right to know what is in the products they are using in their homes and on their bodies, so she decided to do something about it. She quit her job as Sustainability Manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, launched a Kickstarter campaign, and The Simply Co. was born.

Lauren is giving all of my listeners a 10% discount on their orders. Just go to and in the checkout use the code "greencleaning".  Thanks for all your support. Please feel free to share this coupon with your friends and family. Together we can change the world!

Aug 25, 2016

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of Whole30.

What is the Whole30?* (

Established by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is an original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff.

So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.

In this interview Melissa talks about the very FIRST Whole30 as well as gives us a sneak peak into her new book: Food Freedom Forever, which is what to do after you've finished your Whole30.  Her book won't be out until October, but if you want to get started, you can order her first book which is called, It Starts With Food.

After trying the challenge you may find that you want to continue eating "cleaner" and if that's the case you can get Melissa's Whole30 Cookbook.

Melissa also offered us a free shopping list, so that you know what to buy during your first "Whole30" visit to the grocery store. Shopping during the Whole30 can take a lot of time and research. You'll learn to read labels and find you'll have lots of questions. This shopping guide will make your first Whole30 a touch easier. Get your free shopping list here  Or you can text the words "download117" to the number 44222 and I'll send you the link to the free shopping list.

Have you done a Whole30 already?  I'm in the middle of my forth and I'm actually loving it. I have dealt with inflammation in my lower back for years and now that I'm eating cleaner, I'm feeling great. I do notice that when I'm not on the program, and eat something with gluten or sugar, I tend to get a flair up. Eating cleaner has changed my life and my body. Doing a Whole30 is not hard. As Melissa says "It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime."

What you will find out about doing the Whole30 Challenge? It really does start with food.

You can find out more about the Whole30 at:

There is lots of support on their facebook page too.

And great recipe ideas on instagram


Aug 17, 2016

Today I'm talking with Sarah from Service Master by Gilmore which is located outside of Boston, MA. Sarah has been with the company for quite a while and has some great tips on avoiding accidents in a home as well as some great advice should a disaster happen. 

Our freebie for today is a list of do's and don'ts you need to know should you have a water damage loss in your home. Download this special PDF from Service Master and put is somewhere safe so that if you have a water loss you can refer to it. 

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Aug 2, 2016

Have you ever heard of "oil pulling"?  This is a simple yet very effective way to detox your mouth and your body. By simply putting a teaspoon of olive oil in your mouth and swishing for 1-2 minutes you can see immediate results.  The olive oil pulls toxins out of your mouth and tongue and leaves your with whiter teeth and fresher breath. 

Make sure you are using an organic olive oil. Remember, everything you put in your mouth goes straight into your blood stream so you want to use a pure, organic olive oil.

I interviewed Allison, from Bragg's Live Foods in this short interview.  After interviewing Patrica Bragg, her assistant, Allison came on and I recorded her experiences with oil pulling. Allison is very knowledgeable and I know you will enjoy her comments about using Bragg's olive oil for everything from a moisturizer to an ear cleaner. 

Bragg's Live Foods is giving you a free sample of their organic olive oil if you click the link below and fill out the order form. You do need to enter a credit card, but it's just to validate your shipping address. There will be no charges entered to your card. This sample is absolutely FREE!

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Jul 18, 2016

In today's show I interview "regenerative farmer", Wenona Boucher from Chockalog Farm in Uxbridge, MA

We discussed her term, regenerative farming, which is not just organic, but also leaving the land better than you found it. She advises that we should look beyond organic and go back to heritage breeds of chickens and cows.

Wenona told us what we should be looking for when buying eggs. Labeling has become very deceptive and buying cage free or free range may not be your best choice.  She said you want to buy an egg that has come from a pasture raised chicken. This means that the chicken is eating grass and bugs versus feed.  You can download my shopping guide for eggs at this link. Or you can text me at 44222 and send me the word download114 and I will send you the infographic about shopping for eggs. 

We also talked about grass-fed beef which for Wenona means nothing. You can have a cow that has been grass fed most of it's life, but they can finish it off with grain and antibiotics. Grain causes "leaky gut"  symptom in cows which is why they need the antibiotics.  This also causes the contents in their bowels to leak into their blood stream.  You can listen to her description of how this affects us as human beings in the podcast.

You can find out more about Chockalog Farm on Facebook.

In this show I also mentioned the new private Facebook group I have started with 20+ of my green living experts. We are called "The Green Crew" and together we are going to help you with all your questions about living a cleaner, greener lifestyle. You can join for free and after the first 30 days it is a small monthly investment. This group offers information that you won't find anywhere else as well as a weekly live FB chat with me or one of our experts. You can ask us anything during the chats. What a great way to have direct access to experts that can help you! 

If you want to get your free first month, just use this link and you'll be on your way to a cleaner, greener lifestyle. 

Yes, I want to join "The Green Crew"!

This episode was sponsored by

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Jul 5, 2016
 Patricia has been health a pioneer for decades. The  Bragg company campaigns for a diet and lifestyle that is focused on natural live foods and a healthy regime for a vital and long life. These ideas, based around natural and organic foods, are gaining praise and acceptance world-wide. Patricia and paul

The Bragg Healthy Lifestyle Motto: "You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do".

This is Patricia's second visit to Clean Green Talk. You can listen to her first interview in episode #50. In this interview you get to hear a little more about her private life and some of the celebrities she has helped in the past, including Steve Jobs and Katy Perry. Patricia has a wonderful, caring personality and she is  motivated every day to keep getting the word out about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

I wanted to talk with Patricia about water and discuss her book: Water, The Shocking Truth. She shares with us some of the principles in the book and reasons that we should purify our water.   

Along with being with me on this interview, Patricia has giving you a "freebies" which is a handout called "What is Apple Cider Vinegar?" It is a three page handout that answers all your questions about ACV and it's just for you from Patricia. You can either text me at the number 44222 with the message "download 113" or you can click this link and enter your email address and I will send it to you right away.

Jun 28, 2016

Dr. Jason Marshall is the director of the TURI Labs at the UMASS Lowell campus. The Cleaning Laboratory tests the performance of both industrial and janitorial cleaning products to encourage companies, institutions, and product formulators to choose and develop safer substitutes. Whether you're a metal finishing company, product formulator, facility manager or any organization looking for safer cleaning products and processes, the TURI Laboratory can help.

The Cleaning Laboratory's mission since its inception in 1994, is to focus on cleaning methods and chemistries to evaluate the effectiveness of different cleaners and equipment for a variety of substrates and soils.

EPA's Design for Environment, now Safer Choice, recognized the Cleaning Laboratory's work by designating the Laboratory as a champion in its Safer Detergents Initiative.

How They Do It

The Cleaning Laboratory uses standardized testing procedures for testing both industrial cleaning and janitorial cleaning products. We work with your existing conditions -- substrates, soils, contaminants, and cleaning equipment, in the lab and at your site. We offer performance validation testing for label certifications such as Green Seal or government purchasing programs. And, we can work with your product to identify an effective alternative formulation when necessary to fully meet the green certification that you seek.

We provide onsite piloting with your equipment and your staff to make sure that the product and the process work well together.

Search their CleanerSolutions Database for performance data on thousands of cleaning products.


Today’s freebie is two handouts about the TURI Labs and their work. You can click here to get them downloaded to you.


Jun 21, 2016

While attending the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago this spring, I was lucky enough to meet and interview Chef Rick Bayless.

Most people know Rick from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, beating out the French and Italian with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated Public Television Series,Mexico–One Plate at a Time, has wrapped its 11th season and is broadcast coast to coast. In 2012, Rick was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Culinary Host.


Rick has nine cookbooks. His second book, Mexican Kitchen, won the Julia Child IACP cookbook of the year award in 1996, and his fourth book, Mexico–One Plate at a Time won James Beard Best International Cookbook of the Year award in 2001. Fiesta at Rick’s spent a number of weeks on the New York Times best seller list.

Rick’s side by side award-winning restaurants are in Chicago. The casual Frontera Grill was founded in 1987 and received the James Beard Foundation’s highest award, Outstanding Restaurant, in 2007. The 4-star Toplobampo served its first meals in 1991. And the wildly popular, LEED GOLD-certified, fast-casual Xoco has been around since 2009, serving wood-oven tortas, steaming caldos, golden churros and bean-to-cup Mexican hot chocolate. Rick’s quick-serviceTortas Frontera have changed the face of food service at O’Hare International Airport, whileFrontera Fresco has brought Frontera flavors to several Macy’s stores and Northwestern University. His award-winning Frontera line of salsas, cooking sauces and organic chips can be found coast to coast.

Rick and his staff established the Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003 to support small Midwestern farms. Each year, grants are awarded to farmers for capital improvements to their family farms, encouraging greater production and profitability. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 200 grants totaling nearly $2 million. In 2007, Bayless and his team launched theFrontera Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship that sends a Mexican-American Chicago Public School student to Kendall College to study culinary arts. In 2007 Rick was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his many philanthropic endeavors.

Jun 14, 2016

Today you will meet Robyn and she is  the blogger behind Less This Mess. She's a mom, wife and pupper mom to an all boy household. She transformed her OCD tendencies into a passion of inspiring others to live a more organized life.

Robyn says, "Our homes are representation of who we are, if our home is cluttered so are all areas of our life. Our home is the heart of our life and it needs to be functioning at its best to provide our families and ourselves with optimum support. I look so forward to our journey together, a journey that will inspire change within your home resulting in an Organized Life! Are you ready? Let’s get started and begin a new normal!"

Listen as Robyn takes us through the house and gives us simple tips to getting ready to organize and then doing it. You'll get some great tips and love her energy. She does coaching calls, so if you enjoy this show and want to get started you can see more at her web site;

This show is sponsored by Maid Brigade

and also by Speed Cleaning


Jun 1, 2016


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MADE SAFE screens ingredients against our Toxicant Database of known harmful chemicals, which is made up of thousands of chemicals found on scientifically authoritative lists from organizations and agencies around the world.

We then go above and beyond to examine ingredients for bioaccumulation, persistence, and general and aquatic toxicity.

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  • Harmful VOCs
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Amy Ziff, Founder and Executive Director Amy is a healthy living educator with a genetic predisposition to toxicity. She’s also mom to three young kids who share the same trait. Determined to make the world less toxic, Amy reached millions of parents and caregivers with her “buy better” advocacy campaigns. She blogs about the chemical world we live in on Amy Ziff’s NoTox Life, and prior to founding Nontoxic Certified, taught classes on living a nontoxic life and co-founded the Veritey Shop, a site comprised of safe, nontoxic products. Amy is changing the world for the healthier one product at a time, one person at a time, one home at a time.

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May 24, 2016

At Southeast Green, their priority is to create a dynamic business dialog and communicate how businesses, non-profits and governments in the Southeast are growing, changing and influencing sustainability. The mission of is to promote a sustainable economy. - See more at:

Southeast Green is providing the platform to tell the story of companies, non-profits and governments who are committed to impacting their environment and communities in the Southeast. As the largest website of it's kind you will find an ever changing landscape of news, interviews and information on how you or your organization can participate in this growing shift of how we all conduct business and life sustainably.

Southeast Green is the proud and honored recipient of the 2009 Advocate of the Year from the Sustainability Division of the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Georgia. In 2011, Southeast Green received the Award of Excellence from Southface for it's distinguished service as a media partner to the Sustainability community.

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Beth Bond, the Curator of Green and Sustainable Business News at Southeast Green, is the driving force of Southeast Green. As a Southerner, Bond was tired of hearing about everything "green" happening outside her native region which is what drove her to create the website.

Owning her own marketing company for over 15 years and working with sustainability groups, Beth knew the story of sustainability and green resided here in the Southeast. There was just no one place to tell the cohesive story of all the things that are happening in the Southeast. Since relaunching Southeast Green in September 2008, Bond has been establishing even broader liaisons and partners to help continue the story of green and sustainability.

Beth Bond - Curator of Sustainable NewsBond serves on a variety of boards and committees in the Atlanta sustainable community. In 2011 she joined the board at Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and started a second term in 2015. In 2009, Southeast Green won the Advocate of the year award from the Partnership for Sustainable Georgia. In 2010, Southface awarded her the Media Partner of the Year. In December of 2011 the Georgia Solar Energy Association awarded Beth with a Solar Advocate of the Year award. In 2014 Bond was a finalist for the Trident E3 Award presented by the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on host committees for This is Market, River Revival, Earth Hour, Green Law's Environmental Heroes and Get the Lead Out to name a few.
Bond spent her formative years in Mobile, Alabama. She graduated from Florida State University and then served in Bouza, Niger as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She is active in her neighborhood and serves on Community Council for District 3, DeKalb County. When not working to better her community she participates in her church where she serves as Co-Chair for the Creation Care committee. She is an avid tennis player and college football fan.

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May 17, 2016

Betsey Brewer is V.P. of Marketing and Executive Director of Conservation and Research through EARTH Ltd. at Southwick’s Zoo. She has been an Executive at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA for 30 years. Growing up in a family owned and operated zoo has given Betsey years of experience with many exotic species. She has successfully raised domestic animals as well as, parrots, kangaroos and other marsupials, many primates including several prosimians, a giraffe, a camel, lions, tigers, leopards, warthogs, bearded pigs, and porcupines.


Ms. Brewer is also Executive Director and founder of EARTH Ltd. (Environmental Awareness of Resources and Threatened Habitats). Dedicated and educated in animal behavior and wildlife conservation, she has given thousands of lectures to audiences of all age groups. She holds a B.A. degree from Wheaton College and a Master's of Arts degree in Wildlife Conservation from Vermont College of Norwich University. She has worked with many television and radio programs. She also worked on a show for Animal Planet titled "Growing Up Camel."


Being extremely passionate about rhinos, Betsey developed the program “Rhino Encounters” in 2014 for Southwick’s Zoo in support of EARTH Ltd. and the International Rhino Foundation. A rhino encounter is an hour long session of facts about rhino conservation, a video clip and a hands on experience meeting the zoo’s resident rhino’s, Thelma and Louise. It is Betsey’s hope to create an awareness about these amazing creatures while encouraging an awareness to save all 5 rhino species.


Betsey Brewer is a member of the Audubon Society, The Chestnut Hill Meeting House Association, Alumni of the Blackstone Valley Leadership Program, Board of Director for the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Past Board of Directors for the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce, an active member of the Board of Directors for the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, an active Board of Director for Ocean Matters and a Corporator for Milford Regional Medical Center. 


In the past Betsey has spearheaded the "Trips to the Tropics" to bring educators and students to Central America where biodiversity and a variety of eco-systems are celebrated and protected. She would like to continue this project in the future. The Blue Moon Beach House and Lodge in Utila, Bay Islands is one of her projects which exists to spark an awareness about coral reef ecology while bringing visitors to a beautiful and peaceful part of our planet.


Betsey Brewer lives in Mendon with her husband, Robert Bethel and their two dogs, Charlie and Emma. She has two grown sons, Seth and Luke Weatherhead who are also an important part of the Southwick’s family business.

May 10, 2016

Bonnie Combs is the Marketing Director for Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor is dab in the middle of southern New England! Easy to reach from Boston, Hartford, and all of the northeast.

What does the Blackstone Heritage Corridor have to offer?

Be surprised!


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Bonnie is the marketing director for the nonprofit Blackstone Heritage Corridor, has launched a new program to encourage anglers to clean up after themselves. Called "Fish Responsibly," it aims to get people to clean up used monofilament fishing line, which is particularly harmful because it can entangle wildlife. Once it’s collected, the line can be recycled by monofilament manufacturer Berkley.  Read more...


The BHC is preparing a new Strategic Plan.  Why?  It will:

  • Create a regional perspective for resource conservation and promotion that will inform state and local planning processes.
  • Become the backbone of BHC’s work plan for federal contracts.
  • Be used to create grant application/solicitations for corporate and foundation funding.
  • Be used to justify support for partner projects.

To facilitate this planning process, the BHC Board of Directors has created several mission-related subcommittees.  The work of the subcommittees will be viewable on this section of the website.  Public input is encouraged and there will be many public meetings on both the elements of and full draft of the BHC Strategic Plan.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact Charlene Cutler, BHC’s executive director at 401-765-2211 or

Using a model that responds to the debates over the past decade, the United Nations now uses a method of 4 Circles of Sustainability, distinguishing economic, ecological, political and cultural sustainability.

Ideally, every action we take and every decision we make will consider the impacts on these 4 Circles. A sustainable activity is one that can be repeated; it will not use more resources than are being created.

The mission of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor is to work with community partners to preserve and promote the Valley’s historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources for current and future generations.

Historically, when mills used the power of the river and disposed of hazardous materials into the same water, the ecology of the river system suffered. Our actions today seek a balance through creativity and innovation that supports and promotes development which, in turn, supports and promotes our environmental systems, as well as our social and cultural systems.

This results in strong, resilient communities that embrace all 4 elements of sustainability. The future will provide opportunities for communities that are stronger and more creative than the ones we have today.

If you are local to the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, save the date for their open house. They have just moved to Whitinsville and want you to see their new home!  June 15 4 to 7pm!



May 3, 2016

HEX founder, Drew Westervelt, was playing professional sports when he noticed that his apparel and tech gear would still stink, even after they had been washed. He discovered that odor meant bacteria was alive and well in his laundry.

After researching traditional laundry detergents, he couldn’t find a solution (traditional laundry detergents haven’t evolved in 50 years, and most simply mask odors rather than eliminate the bacteria that cause recurring smells). Furthermore, bacteria plus the scratches and scrapes of sports could mean infection – even illness.

Drew searched for a solution and partnered with scientists in the cleaning industry. And that’s where HEX Performance was born.

Instead of relying on old methods to clean new fabrics, HEX started from scratch to develop the best clean inspired by today’s active wear. The result is an evolved science that works on all fabrics, delivers a better cleaning experience, proactively protects fabrics against future stink and stains, and offers a host of extra benefits. It could be the biggest breakthrough in laundry cleaning in decades.

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As a 9-year professional lacrosse player, Drew Westervelt has traveled the world competing and performing at the highest level, discovering first-hand the challenge of washing performance wear and athletic gear.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Drew has deep roots in his hometown. After graduating from UMBC, it was only natural to build HEX in the city he loved.

Drew’s rejection of the status quo and his experience in team management both on and off the field led to the development of HEX products that are changing what clean means for laundry today.

Drew is offering a coupon for any of my listeners through June 1, 2016.  Just go to and use "cleaningcoach" in the checkout to recieve $2.50 off your order. 

We also have a giveaway set up here. Enter to win a box of Hex Performance products.

Apr 26, 2016

Bonnie Tragakis and Claire Duckmanton are dynamic health coaches who share a love for eating nourishing foods, finding balance in their lives, and making peace with cooking for their finicky families. With their passion for all things food, Claire and Bonnie launched Food Becomes you – a venture to help people make their way back into the kitchen in a practical way while guiding them through the minefield of mysterious food marketing and health messages we hear every day. Coming from very different viewpoints (Claire eats mostly plants; Bonnie eats everything!), Bonnie and Claire give you a balanced approach to what many consider a difficult way of eating.  This motivating program helps you reconnect with wholesome, minimally processed, real food and move away from calorie-counting, a dieting mentality, and the less-than-optimal food choices widely available in the supermarkets.  Practical tips, loads of recipe ideas and a firm grounding in eating for health are the cornerstone of their approach. 

With their combined knowledge, warm approach, and sense of humor, Bonnie and Claire share a passion to inspire you to change your life through food!


Welcome to Food Becomes You! What started as a project with me and Claire has blossomed into a full-blown passion – we love to help people connect with real, whole, close-to-nature food, as well as identify the “stuff” that gets in the way of eating these foods and truly nourishing ourselves. My path to this passion began with a lifelong obsession with food, starting with an eating disorder as a young person, and continuing with disordered eating most of my life. When I finally made a true connection between the food I was choosing and how I was feeling, I was able to stabilize my eating and fall in love with food in a new way. No longer tied to restrictive eating habits and food-industry prescribed boxes and meals, I branched out to organic options, grass-fed meat and mouth-watering, made-from-scratch recipes. This new-found love of food and my awakened awareness led me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Claire, and Food Becomes You!
The first thing people notice about me is my English accent, even though I’ve lived in New England for almost 20 years!  I have always loved food, so arriving in the States to boxed cake mixes, pasta with delightful packets of orange cheese and the aroma and ease of Dunkin Donuts had me absolutely convinced that my husband and I had made the right decision to move here.  I loved it all… until I started putting on weight, experiencing mood swings, and feeling anxious too much of the time. I turned to Weight Watchers to help me lose pregnancy weight – and returned to it time and again to re-lose the weight that just kept coming back.  I had been a vegetarian on and off my entire adult life, but not a healthy one. I loved bread, cheese, eggs, quiche; everything that wasn’t green. One day I came across a vegan cookbook and decided to work through the recipes. After eating more greens and smoothies, I started feeling better; my mood swings and anxiety decreased and the weight came off…and stayed off! I decided to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, met Bonnie, and the rest is Food Becomes You history!  My passion is to help people connect to an eating style and healthy lifestyle that is the right fit for them in a fun and realistic way.
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