Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lead Found in Sippy Cups

In an independent study conducted by blogger Nature Baby Mama, children's sippy cups were reported this week to contain dangerous lead levels - in both the paint used on the cups as well as a small lead solder piece at the bottom of some cups.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

All-Natural Bath Toys by Plantlife

Natural bath toys for babies and little ones are hard to find. Most are made from toxic vinyl, plastic or foam - none of which you want floating in your child's bath water or placed in their mouths (where all bath toys tend to end up anyhow). So, when my kids were babies I started buying up washable terrycloth bath toys wherever I could find them. They were hard to come by though until I finally found a company that carries a whole line of them: Plantlife. Plantlife is an all-natural body care company based in California. In addition to the soaps and essential oils and other products they produce, they also make 100% natural cotton, hemp and ramie scrubbies that are hand sewn in the USA, naturally dyed, and contain no removable parts. They come in a colorful array of adorable animals (octopus, frog, turtle, duck, starfish, etc) that are perfect for bath time. I first came across the Plantlife scubbies at Whole Foods, but I have since bought them at other health food stores and online at Amazon and When you purchase a Plantlife scrubbie for your child's bath, you know you are getting a product that is chemical free - with no parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, fragrances, dyes or synthetics.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to Cure Bronchitis Naturally

The next time you get bronchitis -- or a bad cough that just won't go away -- you owe it to yourself to try oregano oil BEFORE giving into antibiotics. It tastes awful, but it does the job. I once went on antibiotics 4 times in one calendar year due to chronic lung issues. That was over 16 years ago - before I discovered oregano oil, and I have NOT taken antibiotics for my lungs ever since. It was my daughter's pediatrician who first recommended it, actually. He said, "If you can get a child to stand the taste -- their lungs will clear within a day or two." Well, he was right. Just  two drops of oregano oil (in 2 tablespoons of water) is now the cure all for the whole family during cold and flu season. Herb Pharm is definitely my go-to brand, but Amazon and other local health food stores carry great brands too.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Pumpkin Season Coming to an End!

Sniff, sniff ... my two FAVORITE and AFFORDABLE all-natural GLUTEN FREE pumpkin flavored breakfast items are due to leave the shelves this month: Trader Joe's Pumpkin O's ($2.99), a delicious low-sugar cold cereal that somehow tastes just like the Apple Jacks cereal of my childhood (minus the artificial aftertaste) and Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix ($4.49). Every year I stock up on several boxes of both to get me through the winter and summer ... until they return again in September. Do yourself a favor and pick some up before they disappear for another year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Non GMO Pirate's Booty Only for SOME Customers - Others Get GMO

Pirate's Booty: SOME Packages are GMO-Free -- MANY Are NOT. 
Arrrrrr ya kidding me? Pirates Brand - the company that makes the wildly popular Pirate's Booty snack line - has FINALLY gone GMO free ... BUT... only for SOME customers and SOME stores. If you shop at Whole Foods, for example, Pirates Brand has decided YOU deserve the more expensive non-GMO corn and canola oil ingredients now found in their "for special retailers only" products. If you shop at Target, Albertson's or another regular retailer though, Pirates Brand has decided your family DOES NOT  deserves the same non-GMO ingredients, therefore you get the old genetically altered cheaper stuff they've been hocking for years. Sorry! Don't believe me? Pirates Brand states this very fact right on their own website: "...we recently began offering ... products that are Non-GMO Project Verified. Currently, these products can be found at select retailers...Our [same]... snack products [sold at other stores] contain ingredients that may have been genetically modified." 

To make matters worse, the company talks down to those of us who may dare question why they chose to STILL use GMO corn and canola for SOME of us: "Many consumers do not understand that the vast majority of all food crops have been genetically modified" they state on their FAQ page "and that bioengineering technology is only one of a number of technologies used to genetically modify crops. Currently, the majority of food crops grown in the U.S. have some bioengineering. For example, more than 85% of corn (the key ingredient in our products) is bioengineered." 

Yes - Pirates Brand - but YOU decided to purchase that non-bioengineered 15% for your more persnickety health conscious customers. Almost nothing infuriates me more than when a food company PRESUMES their customers are idiots and have no clue how the GMO industry works. Many of us BANNED your products from our homes and schools two years ago -- and because of your elitist insistence to NOW provide a healthier, more costly product ONLY to the louder voices that demand it (i.e, the Whole Foods crowd) you shall remain banned. What a shame you chose not to listen to your REGULAR consumers (i.e., the NON Whole Foods crowd) who begged you to replace GMO ingredients for ALL children. Instead, you felt the need to school us with your ridiculous justifications and to CONTINUE to feed us (or MOST of us anyhow) your cheap GMO ingredients while reserving the good stuff for the "rich kids."

informed my readers two years ago about a healthier, ALWAYS GMO-FREE alternative to your products: the ridiculously delicious Bearitos Veggie Puffs and Cheddar Puffs. Since you have flat out refused to make your products free of GMOs for ALL, I will shout from the rooftops (via blog posts and social media) until EVERY parent realizes what you've done (and failed to do) and inform them that there ARE ethical company out there like Bearitos who believe ALL children are worthy of the healthiest ingredients possible, not just the select "Whole Foods few." And it is those companies who deserve our dollars.

Bearitos Non-GMO Alternative for ALL Children