Registry List Suggestions

Jan 27, 2014 by

Just about four years ago when I first became pregnant, I emailed a good friend and asked her to recommend her favorite baby items and, more importantly, to tell me which stuff I did not need. She sent me a super lengthy, wonderfully awesome email that totally overwhelmed me. Once I had time to really sit down and focus, this email proved very helpful. Ever since then I’ve been adding notes and forwarding this email on to friends and relatives who are finding themselves overwhelmed when it comes time to register. I was just about to forward it on to yet another person when I thought I might as well clean up that email and make it a blog post!

So here goes – A list of things I think you need and things I think you can do without. Please feel free to comment and add your two cents. I’m surely leaving things out as it’s been just about a year since I had a newborn.

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When toy recalls are ridiculous

Nov 28, 2012 by

Like any good mama, I want to make sure that my kids are safe.  They are always properly restrained in their carseats (said carseats having been installed at the police station), they wear bike helmets when they ride, and I dispose of any toys that are broken and could be a choking hazard.  I also signed up for email alerts from CPSC — the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Toys that have been recalled for safety reasons are a serious threat, right?  Not necessarily, in my opinion.

Today’s CPSC bulletin regarded a riding toy that was recalled as a fall hazard.  From the bulletin:

“Hazard: Children who lean too far forward on the seat can go over the handle bar and hit the ground. This poses a fall hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of incidents, with one incident resulting in head bumps and one resulting in a minor concussion and cuts to the gum and lip from the child’s front teeth.
Description:  . . . It is 14 inches high . . .”

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Cleaner living: Toxin a Day Wrap Up

Jan 31, 2012 by

Whew… that was exhausting!  I’m sure you are thinking right about now that this is completely overwhelming, so many things to remember, look for, learn about.

I felt, and still feel the same way.

It is sad, scary, and a tad mind-boggling that we have to spend so much time, energy, and brain power trying to make informed decisions about the simplest of things… like soap.  There are so many questions that come up?

Why are companies putting these chemicals in our products?

Why are they so reluctant to take them out?

Why can I not just trust that the product on the shelf is safe and doesn’t have the potential to harm me or those I love?

Simple answer… because they can.

The regulating agencies can say that certain ingredients can or cannot be in certain products, but there is absolutely no oversight to make sure that these regulations are followed through on.

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #12- Nitrosamines

Jan 30, 2012 by

Well, we have made it to the 12th day… But no Partridge in a Pear Tree here, we are learning about Nitrosamines today!

Nitrosamines are not actually an ingredient.  They are a compound created when nitrites and amino acids (which often occur from proteins) are combined.  This combination can occur in very acidic settings, such as the human stomach, or in high temperature settings found in manufacturing and cooking processes.  It can also be found as in impurity in 54 ingredients listed on the Skin Deep database.

Nitrosamines are considered a possible carcinogen by the EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  They are banned from being used in cosmetics in Canada and the EU.

Nitrosamines are not just an impurity found in cosmetic ingredients, they can be found in the foods we eat, especially ones very popular with finicky eaters, aka, our kids.

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #10- Formaldehyde

Jan 26, 2012 by


Yes, the stuff they use for embalming bodies to temporarily prevent decomposition can be found in your personal care products.

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen, skin irritant, and can bring on or worsen respiratory ailments, such as asthma.  Personal care products that contain formaldehyde expose its users to this chemical through inhaling off-gas, ingestion, or absorption through the skin.  Most studies of the link between formaldehyde and cancer deal with the inhalation of the toxin, while there are fewer studies done on absorption or ingestion.  Formaldehyde can be found in nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, and some hair gels.

But Dena, formaldehyde is found as an ingredient in only 6 products on the EWG Skin Deep Database.

Yes, however there are 3 other ways formaldehyde gets into our products.

Renaming, reformulating

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