Friday, April 4, 2014

Crib Mattresses Release Harmful Chemicals

So you're saying, "Let's go tuck our little baby in to her crib...all snug as a bug!"
Little do you know the potential dangers now in the crib mattresses!

I found this recent article. Crib mattresses are releasing high levels of chemicals and our babies are highly susceptible to the effects of these indoor pollutants. Given the results of the study the authors said,  "We need to better understand the complex sleep micro environment to improve it and reduce the harmful effects of related pollutants on infant.”

Take matters into your own hands and do your homework if manufacturers aren't going to be forthcoming of materials used. Here's one website I found on an organic crib mattress.

Don't forget the same potentially harmful chemicals that are in these mattresses are also found in household cleaning and consumer products. Watch the video and learn more here.

Read the full article here:  

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pregnant Women With Higher Exposure to Phthalates

We have so many conveniences and benefits in our world today, but those conveniences can come with cautions. Fortunately we have research-based information that can help us make healthier choices especially for our babies and young children. 

Potentially hormone-disrupting phthalates are found in lotions, personal care products and children's toys. According to research, pregnant women with higher exposure to phthalates, have children with more behavioral problems and lower test scores. I found information in Rodale News notes -  that while we likely will not find phthalates listed on product labels, they hide inside the majority of personal-care products, air fresheners, scented candles, laundry products and more. 

Thankfully there are other products that are phthalate and BPA free.Email me to learn more.

More Cautions
Here's another current study warning that well-child doctor visits are a risk for contracting flu-like illnesses within two weeks of the visit. When visiting the doctor, try not to let your child play with the office-toys. And most importantly wash hands as soon as possible. 

Be informed!
Watch The Toxic Brew!

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Baby Wipes Causing Itchy, Scaly Rashes in Some Babies

I've known for a long time that the chemicals in so many consumable products can be irritating and even dangerous.  I recently found this article on baby wipes.
Consumers just assume that if it's on the grocery store shelf it must be safe. Not So!! Be informed!!

Baby wipes may cause some kids to develop itchy, scaly, red rashes, a new study shows.
Until now, there haven’t been any reports of allergic reactions to moist wipes in kids in the United States, researchers noted in the study published Monday in Pediatrics. But that may be because reactions have been mistaken for other conditions, such as eczema, impetigo, and psoriasis.
“I think it may be more common than people realize,” said study coauthor Dr. Mary Wu Chang, an associate professor of dermatology and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Chang reported on six children who had developed mysterious rashes and came to the UConn Health Center for help.
The first, an 8-year-old girl, showed up with an angry red rash around her mouth and on her buttocks. She had initially been treated with antibiotics and steroids. Each time she was treated she improved somewhat, but the rash always came back.

Read the rest of the article here from NBC News.

Watch this following video to learn more about household chemicals and what they can do to your family.


If you'd like to know how to make some changes like I did just let me know!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to Make 3D Ornaments

I was commissioned to make ornaments for my company's logo's and decided to make some 3D.
It is a bit time consuming but in doing these I found that this open's up endless possibilities!

Here are a few of the logos:

I took it a step further and made a personalized ornament. I searched online for a "house", cut it out, cut out the windows and put family member photos in the windows. Use Foam Adhesive Squares over a duplicate of the photo for that 3D effect. I used Snow-Tex for the fake snow and Confetti Party Ice to sprinkle on the snow for that shimmer. The possibilities for decorating are endless. Choose your background.

From these came this 6 inch acrylic ornament.

This is the back of the family photo half.

This was the background. I cut out more trees to decorate. You can pick anything for the background.
The large house just went over top the log cabin. Take time sizing it under the ornament half.

Lots of fun and the result is so satisfying.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eating Nuts May Help You Live Longer!

I've always loved nuts. All kinds of nuts. I remember my mom buying the big bags of mixed nuts in the shells for the holidays.
We'd sit with the bowl on our laps cracking away and picking the tasty meat out of every crevice and savoring the flavors. Little did we know mom knew best!

Just yesterday, a study found regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study. You can read the entire study at the New England Journal of Medicine

     Now we already know nuts have been called heart-healthy but I think this just shows how eating foods in their natural state is so beneficial to our health. Making small changes can make such a difference in your life!

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