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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

Visit HERE to hear Will talk about the current Love Canal Disaster
This Seriously Cannot be Happening Again...Can It? 

My friend Mike Schade from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families was kind enough to refer Will Battersby, the producer of a documentary about the Love Canal to me and I am very happy he did.

I thought the whole Love Canal disaster ended decades ago but I found out from Will that it is an ongoing environmental disaster that is continuing to ruin the lives of families. Apparently the fix, a plastic sheeting placed over the ground where the chemicals were placed did not work (wow what a surprise) and the area was redeveloped drawing unsuspecting families back in to build their lives.

The sad thing is, those families are dealing with the very same thing that the Love Canal stay at home moms fought against years ago. Will's documentary is a story about the power of mothers who rose up in the 1970s to fight for their families when no one else would and it’s a story about the continuing need to protect our children and ourselves from the ever-increasing number of toxic chemicals in our everyday products and waste streams.

They have just started their crowd funding campaign to raise the money to finish the film and a shout out on social media and any donations to the cause would be extremely helpful. I made a small donation and was kind of embarrassed about how little it was but Will said every amount helps and he is absolutely right.   Here's the link to their Indiegogo campaign where you can see more about the documentary from Will himself. so please check it out.

This is just one more way you can work to make a difference. I know that "make a difference" is such an overused catch phrase but I don't know about you, I like it. I like to feel a little bit of power in this world where our children are being inundated with toxic chemicals that are killing them slowly.

You in?


P.S.- People always ask me where I get my organic food and personal care products and I love to tell them about The Green PolkaDot Box! Backed by the Organic Consumer's Association and, you can easily buy NonGMO organic groceries, including Harvest Fresh Organic produce, at wholesale pricing online.  It's like a Sam's club but focused on products for green, healthy living! You can even shop by dietary restrictions like gluten free, vegan or diabetic and it all comes right to your front door. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to Protect Your Kids from Ebola

We Moms Are Freaking Out But Seriously, Should We? 

First let me say I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. So therefore it follows that this advice is just one mom trying figure out this Ebola threat to her cubs and sharing what I know. 

Next let me say that I am writing this post from my iPhone bc my computer flipped out on me again today and looked like this...

which was thoroughly thrilling to say the least. 

Of course the first appointment I could get at the "Genius Bar" was not until Friday so I schlepped over to Millenia's Apple store, briefly stopping at the Microsoft store and wondering why the Apple store looked so different and was so empty. 

Once I realized I was a total airhead I found my way to the actual Genius Bar which is not very ingenious if you ask me since you can't get by the guard dog without am appointment. Yes I know MB you have connections but I don't and I had to use my charm which at my age is not as easy as it was just a few years ago and...I was dealing with trying to charm a twenty-sometjing girl NOT a twenty-something guy who at my age is surprisingly easy to charm.

I was able to get by the girl guard dog by explaining that my computer was the means to my paycheck and I needed to try to get it fixed ASAP and long story short, I was able to drop it off. They think it is a bracket of some sort but if not that, it's the hard drive again and they will have to wipe it clean. 

Luckily I have two back ups (maybe) and I'm hoping to be off of this phone tomorrow and back to my MAC. 

So...give me a break with any typos as these 46 year old eyes are not what they used to be and as usual, I cannot find my glasses. 

Whew. So Anyway Back to Ebola

I had drinks with my girls LJ and Amy K today after work and my girl LJ who has three kids was a bit concerned about how exactly to go about protecting her kids from the threat of the a Ebola virus. I have not really seen her so concerned before over a possible threat to her kids. 

The funny thing is, she just recently started to pay closer attention to the mainstream media and it is freaking her out. 

Now I think there are two sides to the hype that is out there about Ebola. First, it is scaring the holy hell out of moms and dads, and possibly kids, across the country. This is not good. It serves no purpose. 

Next, the media hype surrounding the Ebola virus is hopefully giving people the information they need to protect themselves and their children from the virus. And from what I can gather, there are three ways we can take personal action to currently protect ourselves and our children from this virus and it's the same orecautions we are already taking to protect ourselves from many viruses out there. 

How To Protect Your Kids from Ebola

1. Wash Those Hands - According to the the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website, Ebola is spread through direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth. Help your kiddos learn the importance of proper hand washing. This is imperative to get them to do througout the day and especially after returning from school or being out of the house. This is an easy behavior to model for them and I believe this is the #1 thing we can do to protect ourselves and our kids from the threat of Ebola. Also, keep any cuts or boo boos covered with a bandaid. 

2. Up The Resistance - Keeping the entire family healthy by building up their resistance is a must. There are lots of ways to do this and I am sure you have your parental arsenal at your fingertips. Elderberry supplements, eating a healthy whole food organic diet (Lord knows this is a tough one for my kiddos especially when I find myself running to Panera    instead of cooking), vitamin D supplements if your doctor agrees, exercise, and trying to decrease stress are some ways to work to increase resistance to illness.

3. Sleep Sleep Sleep - My favorite thing to do in the world (well almost) is an adjunct to #2 but I feel it is important enough to stand alone. Again, this is one I struggle with but my little bit is going to bed early tonight because she has a bit of a sore throat and I want to nip it in the bud before it gets worse. Sleep is exceedingly restorative not only for our parental sanity, but to keep illness at bay. 

You can check out the CDC website for more information at (sorry for the ugly link but I'm mobile and have no idea how to hyperlink) but you know I like to do my own research and I encourage you to do the same with an eye on keeping the hype in check. 

Finally, if your kids are having trouble fighting off a fever even with medication, run them to the doctor. There are a lot of "bugs"out there right now and it makes sense to stay vigilant without scaring the hell out of our kids or ourselves.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How to Change One Light Bulb and Change the World...No Seriously This is Good

Do You Feel Buyer's Remorse with Your Energy Efficient Bulbs? 

Well first you may be wondering if I fell off of the face of the earth as I have not posted since July. YIKES!  I am still around and working on so much that I have let my blogging slide. But no more! The last year has been quite an adventure with finalizing my divorce, becoming a single mom, dating, a new job and my three girls, life is very busy but very very good.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Want to Feel Powerful Today? Here's How It's Done

Join with Me and Call Walgreens for Safer Products!

We need you to join with us today and give 5 minutes to your future health.  It's so easy and there is no more powerful form of communication than picking up the phone and talking in real life.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families(SCHF) is asking everyone to call Walgreens headquarters today to let them know that you want them to take action on toxic chemicals.

This call in day is part of the SCHF (so far successful!) national Week of Action.

After over a year of reaching out to the company and 150,000+ emails, Walgreens finally responded and told SCHF that they were thinking about the issue of chemicals in their products. This is a great first step but they are still a long way from putting into place a plan for consumers that will eliminate toxic chemicals from our products.

Walgreens Needs to Hear from YOU Today

Here is their toll free number: 1 (800) 925-4733. Just press 4 for “customer service issues.”

Sample message: I’m a Walgreens customer and I’m concerned about toxic chemicals found in the products on your store shelves. I’m calling as part of a national campaign asking Walgreens to Mind the Store for safer chemicals. Can you let the CEO and Sustainability Team at Walgreens know that this is a very important issue for your customer base? I strongly urge the company to take a leadership stance on toxic chemicals. Thank you.

It's that easy and I have already done it.  I will tell you that there is a high volume of calls today...YAY...and I did have to wait about 5 minutes but it certainly makes you feel powerful to take action doesn't it?

P.S.- People always ask me where I get my organic food and personal care products and I love to tell them about The Green PolkaDot Box! Backed by the Organic Consumer's Association and, you can easily buy NonGMO organic groceries, including Harvest Fresh Organic produce, at wholesale pricing online.  It's like a Sam's club but focused on products for green, healthy living! You can even shop by dietary restrictions like gluten free, vegan or diabetic and it all comes right to your front door. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What Is Aquaponic Gardening? Is It Organic? Is It Easy? Sylvia with The Aquaponic Source Is Glad You Asked

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My Latest Green Intrigue...Aquaponic Gardening 

I get the pleasure of meeting the most amazing green folks from across the planet in my work with EB and the thing that makes me feel very satisfied with my work is that I get to share all of those amazing people and their green vision with you.

When I was first introduced to Sylvia Bernstein with The Aquaponic Source a few months ago, I was very intrigued with what she was doing. I had been to a trip to Epcot a few years ago and really took interest in their aquaponic exhibit. The symbiotic relationship seemed to make so much sense so when Sylvia reached out with an option that we can all use, I was all ears and decided to take you into the conversation.
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