Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Well, The Benner Daily is giving one away! Head over here and enter for your chance to win one! And be sure to check out her Etsy shop too! Good luck!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
EcoBaby also carries the above collection and offers it as a set for $349 which includes: 1 small blanket, 1 bumper cover, 1 fitted sheet, 1 organic wool bumper insert 9" high
Our Green House
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sorry about all the changes lately, I have been looking for a template background that I like and the blue one with flowers just wasn't working. It was difficult to see some of the fonts and I just wasn't "feeling" it. So what do all you think, even those of you who are lurking out there *grin*.
I would love to hear from those of you who read this blog, is there anything you would like me to do or questions you have that I can try to answer or get the answers to. I am in the middle of developing a new series on babywearing and there will be more to come soon.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
These are just temporary changes, I am still looking for a custom design!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
2. Babies who are worn are smarter.Because sling babies spend less time crying, they spend more time in a quiet-alert state. This is the optimum state for a baby to learn. It is also the easiest state for parents to interact with their baby. Babies who are worn typically develop speech faster than babies who are not worn.
3. Wearing your baby helps them adjust to life outside the womb.Wearing baby tightly in a sling or carrier mimics the sensations that baby experienced inside the womb. For 9 months baby enjoyed the gentle sway of mom's movements. When baby is worn s/he continues to experience those sensations, only externally. S/he also gets to hear the sound of mother's heart beating and feel the rise and fall of mother's breath. These all help baby regulate to life outside the womb.
4. Babywearing enhances parental bonding.I t is easy to bond and nurture a baby who is always close to your heart. The proximity enhances interaction between baby and parent.
5. Babywearing is convenient.A mother can easily breastfeed her child in a sling. She can do this while shopping, doing the dishes, catching up on work or resting in a chair. A parent can walk her baby to sleep, hands free, while keeping up with other duties.
6. Babywearing makes sibling care easier. You can easily tend to the need of a toddler or older child with baby in a sling.
7. Babies enhances emotional developmentBabies who are worn are more likely to develop strong attachments to their parents and become more independent as adults.
8. Babywearing enhances physical development. Carrying baby helps to develop balance and head/neck control.
9. Babywearing is fun and you look great while doing it! Ok, this one is a selfish reason, but the slings/carriers that are available today look gorgeous! Everyone will comment on it. I promise. Besides, its a lot more fun to go out shopping with your little one when they are right there close to your heart and experiencing everything with you. Plus, you are close enough to enjoy their sweet baby smell and they are in the line of adult vision for everyone to comment on what a little darling you have!!
Waddle n Swaddle
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Britax Carseats are also on sale this week at various locations. This is important to know because they do not go on sale often.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Websites (these websites have done a lot of the research for you already.)
- greenercars.org This site offers driving tips, buying green, and over 10,000 vehicle ratings
- greenerchoices.org This site is an offshoot of Consumer Reports
Look for the terms: Organic and recycleable
Look for these seals:
Most of all read the labels, research what your buying and if it's too good to be true then it is.
I hope you find this as helpful as I did and good luck with this very personal decision.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Just the other day I was driving to work and there was a bad car accident on the other side of the highway and the same thing: no one had stopped to see if the people were okay.
My challenge to all of you who are reading this is do something nice for someone else; it could be as simple has holding the door for someone, helping someone with their packages, paying the toll for the person behind you, buying a bottle of water for someone on a hot day or even stopping to help someone when no one else has. Pay it forward as they say and be a good neighbor.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The first 500 bags will be fully loaded with all sorts of Seventh Generation and Healthy Child Healthy World goodies to get you even further down the road toward a living, healthy home. Each bag will contain $100 worth of eco-friendly treats, including a copy of Naturally Clean, the Seventh Generation Guide to Safe and Healthy Non-Toxic Cleaning, a Wee Generation baby T, healthy household tips from Healthy Child Healthy World and coupons from Seventh Generation.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Please be sure to watch this and then give your kiddos big hugs and kisses, I know I did!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Well here we go... you have to check out the Green Bag Lady, she makes handmade bags that she will give you for FREE as long as you promise to use it instead of paper or plastic bags.
And if you have any left over or extra fabric she is always excepting donations.
Things to Come I am happy to say that in the next several weeks there are some great things coming; Stroller Shoot Out Review and a High Chair Shoot Out Review as well.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sorry for the delay. I just had a lengthy conversation with QC so I could better understand the issues.We had a third party laboratory test the bowls for our Food Processors and Mini Choppers. These are sometimes made with Lexan and sometimes made with another plastic. Yes, BPA is in these plastics. However, the issue isn't whether BPA is actually in the plastic- but rather does it leach. In fact most tin cans, most hard plastic cups you would use at home (in fact any harder plastics will have BPA - it is what gives it the "hardness") would have BPA. But most will not have the leaching. And some will apparently leach the BPA more than others.
When the third party tests were done by the lab - they would have run the bowls through numerous tests - to determine amount of leaching and what they found was that none was detected. So in other words no leaching of BPA. In Canada, Health Canada is looking at setting parameters to levels of leaching - in which case obviously our bowls will be considered safe no matter what level they choose in the end as none was detected. We aren't sure at what level they will determine is safe...but obviously what is safe for infants is different than for adults. As far as the Cuisinart bowls - we are confident that these are 100% safe for you and your baby.
I hope that this helps you make a decision. I know as a mom I have found my food processor and mini-chopper indispensible! Michelle"
I have read and will personally consider the above comments. More importantly, I will continue to investigate this matter. I am specifically interested in who performed the third party testing and how the testing was conducted. I believe our children are worth the extra effort needed to make sure that the products we use are 100% safe.
The first place that I went was the Environmental Working Group Cosmetic Database, I have to admit this was helpful but also somewhat overwhelming. I narrowed my choices down to California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance and Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen. Then I started my search for these products locally. Well this was easier said then done; I finally found California Baby at several local health food stores, but wasn't able to find Badger anywhere locally. In my search for these two sunscreens I realized how few sunscreen options are available on the local level.
I have finally decided on California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance. The biggest reason for this decision is that it has no scent. The Badger doesn't have fragrance in it either, it's just that after smelling the Badger (a girl friend of mine bought some) I just don't think that I would like it all over my kiddos. It's not that it smells bad, it's just a strong essential oil type scent that doesn't really work for me.
The California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen is thicker than mainstream sunscreens; this is because it is a physical barrier sunscreen and not a chemical barrier. When applied it leaves a slight ghostly white film. We have been using the California Baby Sunscreen now for almost two weeks and other than getting used to the slight white film on the skin, which does disipate after it soaks in and dries, I really like it. I like the fact that it is a safe sunscreen and that it has no fragrance.
Good luck to you all in your search for safe sunscreen. Be sure to check out the EWG Report on Sunscreen.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Far more leeching of BPA occurs in ready-to-serve canned liquid formula than in baby bottles. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the FDA, testing has shown that the BPA that leaches into formula and other canned goods subjects babies and pregnant women to harmful exposure. The EWG has calculated that 1 out of 16 children fed ready-to-eat formula from steel cans have exposures to BPA that exceeds doses which are harmful in animal studies. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has also expressed concerns about infant exposure to BPA. A panel of 38 BPA experts expressed grave concerns related to human exposure to BPA that are at or above levels that have caused harm in animal studies. The Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) has concluded that brain development and behavior can have adverse affects when there is infant exposure. This suggests that parents should avoid exposure to BPA until there is futher information.
According to the EWG's Formula Buying Guide
1. Your first choice should be powered formula in a can with as little metal possible, such as the brands listed below
Better: Nestle, Enfamil, and Similac powdered formula
(BPA is in the top and bottom of the can).
Good: Earth's Best and Bright Beginnings powdered (BPA in the entire can).
Avoid: All liquid ready-to-eat formula in metal cans.
2. Second choice: concentrated liquid formulas
View the EWG's full report on BPA in infant formula here and print there printable PDF. Just because the FDA deems BPA safe does not mean that it is; recent studies have suggested that there is "some concern" read this related article on the review of how the FDA has been handling BPA in baby products.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The reversible 4-in-1 skirt go top was one of my favorites, I wore mine all the time, you can wear it as a skirt or as a strapless top and it is reversible. My other favorite was the 2-in-1 dress go skirt.
I definitely recommend checking out this clothing line and Baby Center has a decent selection and a lot of it is on sale. Happy shopping!
Friday, May 2, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
- "The FDA isn't recommending people stop using BPA, says Laura Tarantino, director of the FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety. But the agency will take another look at the safety of baby bottles, formula cans and other products made with BPA, which has been shown to leach into food. Depending on their findings, she says, the agency could require changes in the way these products are made or the amount of BPA that's allowed to be used."
Rep. John Dingell and Rep. Bart Stupak both democrats of Michigan and leaders of the energy and commerce committee are investigating the FDA's handling of BPA and are calling for a safety check as a result of recent reports expressing "some concern" about the effects of BPA .
- "Scientists don't have much evidence about how BPA affects people. But environmental organizations such as the Environmental Working Group note that 100 studies have found harmful effects in animals at very low levels. Many researchers are concerned that BPA, which acts like the female hormone estrogen, causes profound effects on animals in low doses, especially during pregnancy and infancy. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found BPA in 95% of Americans tested."
Dingell and Stupak expressed concern that the FDA is basing the alleged safety of BPA on two industry funded studies. Both reports were done by the American Plastics Council and one of the reports has not even been released to the public.
- "This raises serious concerns about whether the science FDA relied on to approve the use of bisphenol A was bought and paid for by industry." Dingell.
Further more, according to the USA Today article, the American Chemistry Council, which is also an industry group states that, the FDA should clear up the fear and confusion about BPA, which it says has been safely used for decades. A new FDA statement, the council says, will "help explain the extensive scientific review that has already been conducted." Seems like the American Chemistry Council thinks that they have this one in "the bag" or should be say in the bottle.
Senators Charles Schumer and Diane Feinstein introduced a bill yesterday that would ban bisphenol-A in all children's products. Seems like our government is finally catching up with our neighbors to the north.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
5 Ways to "Be Green"
1. Recycle, everything from aluminium cans, plastic bottles to your clothing.
2. Switch to compact florescent bulbs. CFL's use up to 66% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last ten times longer. If every household changed just one bulb, it would be about the same as, Removing 85,000 cars from California's roads for one year. That's AMAZING!
3. Use a reusable water bottle instead of a single use bottle; preferably one that is either stainless steel or BPA-free and Phthalate free plastic bottle.
4. Do full loads of laundry and use the cold cycle as much as possible.
5. Use a reusable bag, instead of plastic or paper bags.
Find a way to share the day with your child.