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Maia James
Maia James is the founder and president of Gimme the Good Stuff, Inc., a free online resource that gives busy moms peace of mind by helping them easily navigate the confusing world of “natural” products. Maia also works as a consultant, helping conscious moms make their homes greener and safer.

Maia grew up in Vermont in a household without a TV or microwave, where her family followed a vegetarian, organic diet and eschewed most Western medicine.

Left to her own devices in college, Maia gravitated towards a more conventional way of living, but once adulthood hit, she drifted back to her flax-seed-grinding, wheat-grass-drinking roots. Now a parent herself, Maia strives to find the balance between the convenience of a standard American childrearing style and a more natural—but often more difficult—approach.

Before becoming a mother in 2009, Maia was the communications manager at Philanthropy New York, a nonprofit organization in New York City. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Daylon, and 3-year-old son, Felix.

Entries by Maia James

4 Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 5:06 PM

Many of us--especially city dwellers--worry about the pollution in the air outside of our homes. But get this: the air inside your apartment or house may actually be more toxic than the air outside of it! Paint, furniture, flooring, and cleaning products all degrade the purity of the air we...

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20 Baby Names Straight Out of Brooklyn

(5) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:41 PM

We recently moved from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Brooklyn, and despite being less than five miles away, it feels like we've relocated to another planet.

Perhaps the biggest change is that, in this borough, no one recoils when we introduce our son as "Wolf." I've stopped...

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Burger This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:54 PM

If you're a foodie, when you think of August, the first thing that comes to mind might not be swimming or catching lighting bugs, but rather picnics and barbecues. Many Americans enjoy grilling, and hamburgers are often the go-to. Even in New York City and without a grill, I find...

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Is Breastmilk Not Actually Superior to Formula?

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Have you heard the news? It turns out that nursing your baby is a big waste of effort because formula is just as beneficial as breastmilk. At least that's the conclusion you could reasonably draw from recent headlines that assert that there are "no long-term benefits of breastfeeding," and "breast...

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Here's a Healthy Food Your Kids Already Eat

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 5:31 PM

My mom, Suzanne, is a health coach and my go-to resource for help getting my very picky 4-year-old to eat! Recently, I was lamenting the fact that he has now decided to cut out even broccoli, which historically has been a favorite green. My mom reminded me not to forget...

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How to Cope When You Don't Fit into Pre-Pregnancy Jeans

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 12:59 PM

My second son is 6-months-old, and I'm just about back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I think it happened slightly faster this time, probably because instead of lying around nursing and stuffing my face, I'm schlepping two kids around the city for all of the 4-year-old's activities. I found the following...

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Meep's Cranberry Sauce With Maple Syrup and Chia Seeds

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 4:21 PM

Growing up, my mom did most of the cooking in our exceedingly health-conscious kitchen. At Thanksgiving, she delegated a share of the labor -- grate this daikon radish, rinse these aduki beans, scrub this large hubbard squash that will serve as our turkey, roll out this cardboard-like pie crust made...

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Breastfeeding My Second Baby: No Pump Needed

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:51 PM

I recently completed a Safe Infant Formula Guide for my website, Gimme the Good Stuff, and have thus been living and breathing this topic for weeks, hoping to uncover a formula that every mom can feel totally guilt-free about feeding her baby, and perhaps even one...

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How to Quit Sugar

(11) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 10:45 AM

I know two things for sure about sugar. One is that it is toxic (I'm not being hyperbolic -- that's really the word health experts are using these days), and two is that I love it and need it after every meal (until recently, anyway). My parents, both...

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5 Weird Places Toxins Are Lurking

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 10:46 AM

We all know the health risks posed by environmental toxins, and you probably do a pretty good job of avoiding many of them -- you buy organic food, wash your hair with shampoo from the health food store, and serve your child water from a BPA-free sippy cup. Annoyingly, toxins...

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The Secret Reason I Didn't Have an Epidural

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:45 PM

I recently gave birth without the use of any pain medications for the second time. While recovering and getting to know my new son, Wolf, I've been reading over the journal entries I penned right after Felix's birth nearly four years ago. Here is that birth story, with an admission...

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What if I Don't Love My Baby?

(8) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:45 AM

I had forgotten that during Felix's infancy, and before I had launched Gimme the Good Stuff, I sometimes wrote about my pregnancy, birth and postpartum period before falling asleep at night. I recently found the entry below, and it brought me some comfort as I have again been...

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5 Easy Ways to Detox Your Prenatal Beauty Routine

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 11:37 AM

I'm eight months pregnant with my second child, and all of the clichés about how different the prenatal period is the second time around have been spot-on. For instance, I barely remember which week of pregnancy I'm in, I've not yet taken any baby clothes/blankets out of storage (let alone...

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Indoor Garden for City Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Last weekend, my parents came to visit, and my dad brought an indoor vegetable garden for Felix. It was such an incredible surprise for all of us, and again, I was reminded that my son has the world's best grandparents. We live in a small New York City apartment, and...

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The Ins and Outs of a Spring Cleaning Detox

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 6:17 PM

We just returned from a two-week road trip, and with the exception of a few good meals in Savannah, Charleston, and Asheville, the food we got while traveling -- and especially the food we got at Disney World -- was categorically terrible. Here in New York, juice bars with $13...

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The Hidden Danger in Recycled Toilet Paper

(5) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 8:15 AM

Would you guess that the product recommendation I struggle with most in my consulting practice is toilet paper? Most of my clients hire me because they are worried about chemical exposure in their homes. Of course, they also care about the environmental impact of what they buy, but when I...

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10 Ways to Get Your Kids Off Junk Food and Demanding Vegetables

(9) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Organic snacks are ruining my son's diet. With so many junk food options now sold in health food stores, it's tempting to allow him to subsist on cheddar bunnies, super sweet yogurts and organic gummy fruits. While these choices are obviously better than artificially flavored cheese curls or trans-fat laden...

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3 Weird Reasons to Skip the Stroller

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:54 PM

Illustration by Graham Goss

If you're a parent in 2013, you probably own a baby carrier or two. We've got a Moby, an Ergo, a BabyHawk and a BBslen, all of which were well-used during Felix's infancy and toddlerhood. (OK,...

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How to Avoid Phthalates (Even Though You Can't Avoid Phthalates)

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 1:12 PM

If you're like me, you're already failing at most of your New Year's resolutions (I'm still not making my bed every day, and I haven't been to a yoga class yet in January). One goal that I am tackling in earnest? Banishing phthalates from my home once and for all....

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Wrapping It Up This Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 8:27 AM

The holiday season is thick upon us, and I'm scurrying around searching for the perfect gifts -- ones that will not only please the receivers, but also say something about my unique talents as a giver. Many of us make ourselves crazy around the holidays, but we do it because...

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