Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Only Non-Toxic Beauty Brand You Will Ever Need...Meet BeautyCounter.com



The Search Is Over For Safe Cosmetics and Skin Care...Meet BeautyCounter.com 

My friend Lindsay is one powerhouse when it comes to helping consumers live a non-toxic lifestyle. Her work in Minnesota banning BPA and then her work with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has firmly planted her as a thought and change leader in living a non-toxic lifestyle.

I always thought she would stay in the non-profit or lobbying arenas and she totally threw me for a loop when she moved all the way across the country from Washington, D.C. to Santa Barbara, California to work with BeatyCounter.com.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Props to Home Depot! Commits to Phase Out Harmful Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

World’s Largest Home Improvement Retailer, Home Depot, Commits to Phase Out of Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

This is so huge I can barely believe it but once again, all of our hard work is paying off yes? Although our government is moving slowly to protect consumers, including the youngest and oldest among us, private industry is taking action but there is still much work to do.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ford Set to Divert 5 Million Plastic Bottles From Landfills In 2015...Here's How

How Ford Rocks The F-150 With Recycled Bottles 

You know I love Ford and here's just one more reason why. They walk the green talk and they are doing it again with the F-150. According to the EPA,  in 2012 about 32 million tons of plastic waste was generated in the United States. Out of that, only 9 percent of it was recovered. The folks at Ford started thinking about how they could redirect plastics from landfills into sustainable materials to use in their vehicles.

Since 2012, Ford Motor Company has worked with Unifi to bring environmentally responsible, high-performance REPREVE fiber to many Ford vehicles. Now, this innovative fiber is available in the in the all-new F-150. By substituting with this recycled material, Ford will divert more than five million plastic bottles from landfills this year!  Pretty impressive.

Ford is the only automaker to use REPREVE, made from 100 percent recycled materials including plastic bottles, in its vehicles. Ford is currently using REPREVE in five vehicles around the world, making it a truly global material, and it represents Ford's larger commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle as part of the company’s global sustainability strategy to lessen its environmental footprint.






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 EnvironmentalBooty.com, 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!

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 EnvironmentalBooty.com, 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 http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/?mobile=nocontent (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.