Why Are There So Many Chemicals In My Body & How Did They Get There?

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Ever wonder about chemicals in your day-to-day life? I have. Continue reading

It’s H-H-Hot so You’re Off to the Beach. But is the Water Polluted?


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The number of beach closing and advisory days in 2011 reached the third-highest level in 22 years. Continue reading

Is that a skull and crossbones label on your cosmetics?

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What are all those chemicals in your lipstick? your aftershave? your child’s shampoo? Some of them are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility and other health problems. To learn more, watch this new video by Annie Leonard, founder of The Story of Stuff Project.

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What you can do:

  • Ask Congress to get behind the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 — Your Voice Counts!
  • Join the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
  • Share this with everyone you care about. Even those you don’t care so much about. And urge them to do the same!
  • Read the labels and switch to something safe. I happen to love Shaklee for skin care, shampoo… even household cleaning products*! [disclosure: I am an an independent Shaklee distributor, but not truly active). But there are many great options out there!

* Household cleaning products are not recommended for skin care.

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Finally–an engaging, safe, virtual enviro-world for kids

MiniMonos is a brand new virtual world [still in alpha stage] for kids to monkey around in.  With their own MiniMonos monkey avatar, they can choose a treehouse to live in, explore the beautiful island, chat with other monkeys, and even participate in the kids blog. Games include catching clouds to create wind energy, cleaning up the trash in the water, recycling into the right bin as stuff falls from a conveyor belt with much more still in development. Kids are encouraged to provide feedback in an effort to make it their world and take special care of it. It’s not flashy or fast-paced, but it’s more than lovable. My third grade son plays on the old laptop in my office and I can play along as another monkey character (Lucy) on my computer. Turns out this is a place he feels he can boss me around in and he really enjoys that we can just hang out and explore together.

I still can’t decide whether I love the kids/game aspect or the grown-ups section where I can find Continue reading

Warning: Fending Off Mosquitoes May be Harmful to Your Health

feasting mosquito

feasting mosquito

Mosquito season is in full swing and, as a non-fan of bad smelling and potentially toxic commercial skeeter-repelling products, I’ve found myself, along with my family, hiding indoors at dusk. Peak feasting hours. We live in a heavily wooded neighborhood with streams and ponds. A mosquito’s dream world. Continue reading

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