Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Non-Toxic & Easy DIY Slime!

Slime. Its a thing that fascinates most kids at some point during their childhood. It's sticky, it's gooey, it brings out vocal reactions from people who don't like it, bringing joy to slime loving munchkins everywhere.... and is it a liquid or a solid (its actually a non newtonian liquid - but I only know that because of my son's science project this year!) ? Bottom line: it is fascinating and fun... but what is it made of and can it be toxic?

Recently an article from the Daily Mail popped up in Facebook " Pesticides warning over school yard slime craze that could leave children at risk of serious eye injuries and even fertility problems". Wait- what?!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Non-Toxic Munchkin Chat at Books and Cookies, Santa Monica This Week

Calling all Santa Monica and Los Angeles moms and dads!

Doesn't this space look like a fun place to LUNCH, LEARN and PLAY with your little munchkin??

Well, we are excited to invite you to join the folks at Book and Cookies and yours truly for a chat on Non-Toxic living  (and so much more!  read on) this Wednesday, March 15th at Santa Monica's Books and Cookies store in Main Street, Santa Monica.  

Here is all the information:

Calling all mamas and babies 
(non-walkers - 0-18 months) to build community in a laid-back and supportive environment while we LUNCH, LEARN and PLAY this Wednesday March 15th
from 12pm-2pm!
Join us for stories, songs and movement in a safe and relaxed environment followed by a delicious and healthy lunch hosted by local restaurants / chefs and capped off with a presentation by a skilled professional offering unique and relevant information for you and your baby.

It is super easy to RSVP, just click on this link: www.LunchLearnandPlay.eventbrite.com   

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce': The Good and The Bad and What To Do If You Can't Afford Organic

Every year, The Environmental Working group publishes their 'Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce'.  They publish two lists. 
 One list, the Dirty Dozen, lists the fruits and vegetables that absorb the highest levels of pesticides, and which they highly recommend you buy organic. The second list, 'The Clean 15" lists the 'cleanest' fruits and vegetables; where few, if any, pesticide residues were detected and which you can feel comfortable buying conventional.

What are some of the dangers of exposure to pesticides ( especially during pregnancy and early childhood?)

Let's start by saying that pesticides are designed to kill living things (pests) - by definition, something that kills living things can't be great for you or your kids.

Pesticides have been linked to cancer, acute and chronic nervous system injury and dysfunction of the endocrine, reproductive and immune systems and behavioral problems

Monday, March 6, 2017

State Finds Danger With Cel Phones: What You Need To Know About Cel Phones, EMF and Your Children

ipads and cel phones can expose our kids to low dosis of EMF radiation.  

In WTF government news, the state of California kept a set of guidelines they researched and wrote up about the dangers of EMF radiation and how to best avoid this type of radiation, to themselves for about 7 years.

The state's findings and guidelines were finally published ( forced by a court in Sacramento after the San Francisco Chronicle pushed for it for an article it was publishing ) last week. The state claimed that the reason these findings and guidelines were not published was that "( they) were never formally approved by the agency and that releasing them to the public would cause unnecessary panic." However, after reading the findings, it seems like an unacceptable oversight and disservice to the public.

Cel phone radiation is not new news.... even some manufacturers contain warnings (albeit, printed in tiny letters) cautioning that the device could exceed federal radiation-exposure guidelines if carried closer than five-eighths of an inch from the body. It is not a matter of not using cel phones, it is a matter of re-educating ourselves and the younger generation on how to safely use them.