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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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