5 easy steps

14 Mar

HealthyChild.org has 5 easy steps to follow to reduce toxic exposures for children. Their website is a goldmine of information, and here is just a fraction of the information!

Step 1: Avoid Pesticides

Weeds, bugs, rodents – we call them pests for a reason. No one wants them around. But the convenience offered by a pesticide’s quick fix has its price. Pesticides are poisons, and in most cases, their negative effects can far outweigh any positives of being rid of the pests. Pesticides have been linked to a range of health problems, including asthma, hyperactivity and behavior problems, cancer, learning disabilities, reproductive disorders, and compromised brain development!

Step 2: Use Non-Toxic Products

Stop for a moment to consider how many different products you come in contact with every day: personal care products, cleaners, computers, carpeting, cabinetry, cushions, cosmetics and much, much more. These are the makings of modern life, but do you know what’s in them? Oftentimes, what’s in them ends up in you. Everyday you may be rubbing hormone-disruptors into your skin or inhaling carcinogens when you lay on your couch.

Step 3: Clean Up Indoor Air

We breathe more than we eat. We breathe more than we drink. We are breathing all the time, but how often do you stop to think about what exactly you are breathing? Probably not nearly as much as how often you consider what else you’re putting in your body. Yet, it’s no less important, especially for young children who breathe faster than adults – inhaling 50% more air per pound of body weight.

Air pollution is obvious when you’re caught in a plume of fumes from a diesel truck or when the wind blows smoke in your face from a camp fire or grill, but even when you can’t see the air, it can still be heavily contaminated. Even more importantly, the worst air is generally inside, where most people spend roughly 90% of their time.

Step 4: Eat Healthy

Today’s modern diet is grown, processed, and packaged using toxic chemicals. From the pesticides used on conventional farms to the bisphenol-A used to line the insides of aluminum cans, our food is heavily tainted before it hits the table. Pesticides, bacteria, industrial chemicals, and food additives all find their way into our children’s foods, often at levels that can be harmful to them in myriad ways.

Pound for pound, children eat and drink more than adults. Therefore, healthy eating is essential in order to safely nourish their growing bodies.

Step 5: Be Wise With Plastics
Plastics are everywhere and in most cases are very affordable and convenient. But, increasingly scientists are finding that a hidden cost may be our health. Some common plastics release harmful chemicals into our air, foods, and drinks. Maybe you can’t see or taste it, but if you’re serving your dinner on plastic, you’re likely eating a little plastic for dinner.

Beyond the immediate health risks, our increasing use of plastics is causing an enormous amount of enduring pollution. Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists (except for the little bit that has been incinerated, which releases toxic chemicals). In the ocean, plastic waste is accumulating in giant gyres of debris where, among other thing, fish are ingesting toxic plastic bits at a rate which will soon make them unsafe to eat.

Plastic is generally toxic to produce, toxic to use, and toxic to dispose of. Luckily, we can all make safer choices.

So much to say…so much to say

9 Mar

Sometimes I just cannot get into wordpress for some reason! I will try to play catch up on all my blogs!
Where do I even begin?

Well, we had a fabulous time at the Oscars gifting event in Beverly Hills. It is an event catered to celebrities who have small children or are expecting to expose them to new products. It is also good for product placement, hoping they will use it on a show! Both Christie Lynn Smith and Nicole Sullivan were at the last event we did and came back to tell us how much they love the product!

I was really happy to see Dapple there! Dapple is a line of natural-based cleaning products for households
with children. Dapple products are baby-safe and baby-specific -using ingredients found in nature that are also proven to tackle unique baby cleaning challenges, from dried milk on bottles to sticky fingerprints on toys.
Why I love Dapple:
Natural-based ingredients
Phtalate-free, paraben-free, SLES- & dye-free
Fragranced with pure lavender essential oil
Biodegradable
Not tested on animals
Certified to contain no detectable levels of dioxane

mommy review.com loves us!

22 Feb

We are always looking for the best skin care products for our children and this product is now at the top of my list. My daughter has had eczema since she was a baby. She has extremely sensitive skin and allergies. Some allergens make her eczema much worse and we have to battle it with gentle bath time (no hard shampoos / soaps or lotions) and good moisturizing. If any type of cheap product with too many chemicals hits her skin she flares up and is itchy for days. So, I am constantly on the search for the best skincare for sensitive skin. Oh Baby Organic Skincare did not make my daughter’s skin flare up or itchy – it was great to use on her sensitive skin! Our Allergy Dr. had given us some soaps to use but we weren’t very impressed with them, I’ve switched them out to use Oh Baby Organic Skincare instead!

Recommendation: Great organic product that is good for baby to child. Especially great for kids with sensitive skin.

Link: http://www.mommyreview.com/2011/02/14/oh-baby-organic-skincare/

We won an Award!

9 Feb

We would like to thank…
Metroplex Baby & Kids, who name the “Best & Hottest Products From Pregnancy To Preschool™” quarterly. The products for this signature event include the latest technology, toys and gear that are unique and/or that make parents’ lives easier. The products are described to readers through editorial and photos, presented in television segments and displayed at popular luncheon or moms’ night out events.
visit them at http://www.metroplexbaby.com
and guess WHO is going to BE at their next event!!! how exciting! We would TOTALLY be there if we weren’t alreday commited for the Oscar Boom Boom Room!
The one, the only Dr.Harvey Karp! His book and video The Happiest Baby on the Block is awesome!!! He teaches you all about how to calm your baby and it works like a charm! Might I add he wrote a lil something in my FAVORITE BOOK Healthy Child, Healthy World (more on that later!)

Whatcha talkin bout, woolfat?

7 Feb

Our proud press release.ta-da! drum roll please…

****Announcing the release of a new line of baby and child skin care products that are natural, organic and compounded in a green facility. Uniquely designed to be free of irritating and harmful additives such as parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemicals and other synthetic agents. After much study of available products in this niche, even ingredients like lanolin (wool fat) and citrus oils were avoided due to potential irritation or sun sensitivity. This left room for the addition of more moisturizing and skin protective ingredients. We proudly welcome a pure, safe and gentle skin care line-Oh, Baby Organic Skincare!****

I know…you are reading along and a word like WOOL FAT jumps out at you! Like everyone knows what that is, right??? It’s just a fancy word for Lanolin…aka wool grease, aka wool wax. It’s a component in many baby lotions and breastfeeding mothers are convinced that they should shmear it on their nipples for relief.

I’d like a raise of hands of anyone who has ever even questioned anything about it.
Bueller…Bueller? Well just in case you were wondering… here are some facts of how we go from fleece to grease:

In conventional wool production, the wool is dipped in pesticides to kill any mites and parasites, and then it is chemically scoured to remove the lanolin. YUCK!

I could go on to tell you about more fancy pesticide names like Organochlorine, Organophosphate, Pyrethroid that the sheep stand in, but I think Wool Fat is quite enough to digest for now. Pretty much the sheep ingest these chemicals and they they stick more to that lovely fat. From their fat to ours- kind of has a ring it!

Methyl Chloride as a solvent to extract the lanolin from the wool. Crude wool wax contains residues of water,detergent ,free fatty acids and their metal soaps ,pesticides environmental contaminants and particulate insoluble matters.There is more evidence to count than sheep to the toxic effects of this chemical!

This is wooly important to know so you don’t massage these toxins into your body or your baby!

footnotes:Agricultural Chemicals in Raw Wool and the Wool Textile Industry
T. SHAW BSc, PhD, CChem, FRSCArticle first published online: 26 JUL 2007

DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.1994.tb01106.x

testing 123…testing

5 Feb

Well it is about time I start sharing all the things I have been studying! I have been talking about writing this blog for the longest time more than Billy Joel ; )
My goal is to show anyone out there that there are safer products you can use and things to buy for your babies and children.
Why is this so important?
Because lots of companies do things that aren’t right. Some put bad chemicals in their products because it’s cheaper to make and they get more of a profit. A lot of people assume the FDA is there to protect us but sadly, they are not.

The facts are:
Babies and children do not have the ability to filter out toxins like adults.
Babies and children are constantly putting things, especially hands in their mouths, which in turn goes into their bodies.
Europe has banned things that the US allows. hmmmmm….
A lot of companies lie about their products or will say it doesn’t have something in it, but has a bunch of other stuff that is toxic in it. It’s important to be a savvy shopper!
There has been an increase in childhood diseases and thousands of untested chemicals- do you see a connection? It’s better to be safe than sorry! What do you have to lose?

Here are some things I will be writing about in my blog:

-toxins in skincare products for babies and children – which chemcials are bad and why

-lead, cadmium,pvc,pthalates,chlorine,mercury,bromine and bpa can be found in a lot of products and toys for babies and children- I will explain why these are bad and safe things you can buy instead

-healthy choices, which produce to buy organic and why