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Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama

San Diego, California
My name is Dawn and welcome to Small Footprint Family! As a new parent and longtime environmentalist, this blog is about my family’s adventures in learning to reduce our environmental impact, take good care of ourselves, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life so we can ensure an abundant,... Full Bio
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GIVEAWAY: 3 THRIVE Solar Flashlights by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I’m very excited to partner with THRIVE Solar to help support earthquake relief in Nepal, as well as offer you a chance to win one of three solar flashlights in this givea ... Read on »
How Safe is Your Sunscreen? by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living I've never blindly trusted the chemicals in sunscreens. Why should I trade short-term protection for long-term harm, especially when there are safer alternatives? If y ... Read on »
Eco Friendly Home Building by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Resources are dwindling, pollution is increasing, and energy efficiency has never been more important. With the world’s population predicted to exceed 8 billion by 2050, i ... Read on »
The Little Solar Flashlight that Makes a Big Difference by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living As an environmental blogger, I am often asked to review products. But honestly, most of them don’t make the cut, so you never hear about them. But I have a soft spot for e ... Read on »
How to Grow Snap and Snow Peas by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Peas are pretty easy to grow. Just give them cool, spring weather, composted soil that drains well, and some climbing support. If you’re short on space, peas can be grown ... Read on »
How to Grow Beets by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Both beets and Swiss chard are different varieties within the same plant family (Amaranthaceae-Chenopodiaceae) and their edible leaves share a resemblance in both taste an ... Read on »
How to Grow Winter Squash by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Winter squashes are members of the Cucurbitaceae family and relatives of both the melon and the cucumber. Winter squashes like butternut or pumpkin have hard shells th ... Read on »
Growing a Snap Pea Bounty {with Two Recipes} by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Peas are pretty easy to grow. Just give them cool, spring weather, composted soil that drains well, and some climbing support. If you’re short on space, peas can be grown ... Read on »
Why Vaccine Mandates Threaten Everything This Country Stands For by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Right now we are in the midst of a national feud about whether the government should mandate vaccinations for both adults and children. The main issue appears on the surfa ... Read on »
8 Hidden Sources of Toxins in Your Home by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe inside our homes and offices can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. This is becau ... Read on »
10 Things You Should Not Put In Your Compost Pile by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Composting is one of the most powerful things you can do for a sustainable planet—even if you don’t have a garden. We simply cannot continue to take nutrients from the soi ... Read on »
Uncommonly Good Coconut Chicken Curry from an Uncommonly Wonderful Cookbook by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living When I arrived in Seoul, South Korea almost 18 years ago, on my very first trip abroad—a teaching and traveling tour—I was shocked to discover that food was growing everyw ... Read on »
This Fire Cider Recipe Will Kill What Ails You by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Fire cider is a traditional folk remedy infused with powerful anti-microbial, decongestant, and circulatory herbs and spices. Adding a tablespoon of this to your diet ever ... Read on »
12 Eco Friendly Holiday Tips by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. All this waste is really ... Read on »
The Wonderbag Saves Trees, Water and Lives by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Did you know that 3 billion families around the world cook their meals over open fires every day? Or that the smoke inhalation from these cooking fires is the leading caus ... Read on »
24 Grain Free Holiday Cookie Recipes! by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Regardless of the holiday you celebrate in December, ’tis the season for… COOKIES!  I just love a good cookie, don’t you? But if you or your loved ones are gluten-free, ... Read on »
Breaking the Ice Without Scorching the Earth by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living In many parts of the country this week, streets and walkways are covered in snow and ice, and everyone is using salt, sand and other chemical de-icers to make their street ... Read on »
Black Friday Sale – Up to 80% Off Natural Living and Health E-Books by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Whether you are holiday shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, you don’t have to beat the crowds to get a good deal. I’ve teamed up with my fri ... Read on »
30 Ways to Use Less Paper by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Why should we care about our paper usage? Paper is pretty cheap and renewable, right? Unfortunately, paper is substantially more resource intensive than you would think. H ... Read on »
Is Borax Toxic? by Dawn Gifford aka Small Footprint Mama Posted in: Blog Posts in Green Living Many people are concerned about whether borax is a safe chemical. There are many sites on the internet claiming it is toxic. I disagree with these sites and believe that b ... Read on »