Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Apples That Don't Turn Brown

A Canadian biotechnology company has asked the U.S. to approve a genetically modified apple that won't brown soon after its sliced, saying the improvement could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses. Essentially, the genes responsible for producing the enzyme that induces browning have been silenced in the apple variety being marketed as "Arctic."
Luckily, the approval process can take years, and it's not clear the apples will be accepted even if they pass government inspection.

Source: Yahoo

Classy Paper Stocking

Stocking made of recycled paper bag. Creative, beautiful, meaningful...genius!

Perfect statement for a green Christmas. Charming enough to be given away to anyone, at home or work.
What's more, they are so easy to make. Trace a template onto the bag, cut your shapes out, punch holes and then use embroidery floss to sew the bags together with a quick whip stitch.

Source:  Rock Scissor Paper

Felt Board = Loads of Fun

I just saw this on Crafting a Green World and loved the idea of putting together a long road with cars, turns, traffic lights, ... for my son. He loves to play with little cars and trucks, and this would be awesome!

For the main board, we can use traditional felt made from recycled plastic bottle. Tracing the shapes directly onto the felt with a Sharpie makes it a lot easier to cut.

If your kid is at least 2, he can make his own shapes, and get thrilled with his/her new toy. There is no lack of imagination when you let creativity juices flow. I guess we'll make 2 or 3 boards!

Sources: Crafting a Green World, Craft Knife

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sharp Increase of Eating Disorders for Children Under 12

According to an Associated Press released today, eating disorders data is showing a sharp increase in children's hospitalizations.Hospitalizations of children younger than 12 with eating disorders surged 119 percent between 1999 and 2006. That's according to government data contained in an American Academy of Pediatrics report released online Monday.

It is very sad that kids in key years of development are being exposed to bad nutrition, affecting their growth permanently in many ways.

The academy says doctors can help prevent eating disorders by stressing proper nutrition and exercise to avoid an unhealthy focus on weight and dieting.

Source: AP, msnbc

Keep Eating That Pumpkin!

We keep repeating ourselves over and over about pumpkin's healthy nutrients, and on how low in calories it is. Now, new studies have reinforced that. According to a report released in major news outlets, people with high blood levels of alpha-carotene, found in pumpkin, carrots and orange fruits, live longer and are less likely to die of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Researchers from the CDC, analyzed blood samples from more than 15,000 adults who participated in a follow-up study of the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, known as Nhanes, from 1988 to 1994. By 2006, researchers determined, 3,810 of the participants had died. But those with the highest levels of alpha-carotene were more likely to have survived, even after the scientists controlled for variables like age, body mass index and smoking.
Those with the highest concentrations of the antioxidant were almost 40 percent less likely to have died than those with the lowest; those with midrange levels were 27 percent less likely to die than those with the lowest levels.

For delicious recipes using pumpkin, please click here

Sources: nytimes, AP

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dr. Seuss Adventure

Check out these Dr Seuss and The Grinch eco-friendly and non-toxic collections from MiYim. The Cat in the Hat Blankie is made from non-toxic cotton that is untreated, unprocessed, and unbleached and also colored with the all-natural PureWaterWashTM process. And The Grinch is as green as it can be: his fur is made from completely natural, unbleached cotton and colored using low impact dyes that means no toxic substances and less heat, energy, and water in the manufacturing process.

From miYim

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Clever Pie for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving pies are usually full of calories, not matter what. However, you can make them healthier while not sacrificing taste at all! Here are a few ideas collected from different sources:

- Try to use at least some whole wheat flour for the crust.
- Use organic fruits (and real pumpkin) instead of canned sugary versions. Limit the sugar you add. Fruit is sweet by nature. Add flavor boosts with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and zests or rinds from citrus fruit instead.
- Because the crust requires a considerable amount of butter, try to limit the crust to one side. Don't use it for the bottom and top of the pie.
- Choose butter over shortening or lard - it's the least of the three evils. The healthiest option is oil but this can only be used if you are making a crumb crust (a regular crust will be dense and greasy if made with oil).
- Make your own whipped cream. Most commercially prepared versions have hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup in them along with a medley of other ingredients that don't belong there. Homemade whipped cream will be higher in fat but it's more natural to make your own and a small amount of homemade is more satisfying than a large amount of fake stuff.
Sources include Yahoo, Self Magazine 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Isabooties Eco-Giveaway: Congrats Natasha!

Congratulations Natasha Russell, you are the winner of our Isabooties Eco-Giveaway. Please e-mail your shipping address and choice of booties to EcoLogicalMom@ymail.com

RECALL: Children's Motrin and Benadryl

Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling about 4 million units of Children's BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors. The company is also recalling all lots of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets.
According to the manufacturer's website, this is a wholesale and retail level recall. No action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product.

Source: Benadryl.com

Excessive Radiation in Children's Dental Treatments

We all know that X-ray exposure for kids in development is never a great idea, however many dentists say that it is not a problem! The New York Times published today a very long article showing some evidence that some types of X-rays emit considerable amount of radiation. Here is a short summary, but the whole article is worth reading. Click on the link at the bottom to access the full article.

"Not only do most dentists continue to use outmoded X-ray film requiring higher amounts of radiation, but orthodontists and other specialists are embracing a new scanning device that emits significantly more radiation than conventional methods, an examination by The New York Times has found.
Designed for dental offices, the device, called a cone-beam CT scanner, provides brilliant 3-D images of teeth, roots, jaw and even skull. This technology, its promoters say, is a safe way for orthodontists and oral surgeons to work with more precision and to identify problems that otherwise might go unnoticed.
One popular new brand of braces has helped cone-beam sales because it requires 3-D images, which doctors can obtain using either a cone-beam scanner with radiation, or a digital camera without it. Many orthodontists opt for radiation, because it is quicker.
Even those troubled by the widening use of cone-beam technology acknowledge that by itself, the risk from a single scan is relatively small. But patients often get more than one scan, and the lifetime risk increases with each exposure. Without a clear benefit, they say, there is only risk."

Click here to access the full article from the NYTimes

Animal Train

This seems to be the "adorable toys" day! The 9 piece animal train set is made from pine and has fully functioning wheels. The animals featured in this set include an elephant, a lion, a camel, a seal, a hippo, a horse and a giraffe. Request it unvarnished, and it is non-toxic and natural.

By Animal Train, an Etsy store

Adorable Pop Up

This eco-friendly Pop-Up-Lion is so adorable!
A fun surprise in a beautiful wood box featuring a super cute organic lion.
The lion is made with 100% certified organic cotton fabric, and the box is made of naturally sustainable rubberwood

By Wild Dill

Clever puzzle to Teach Letters and Numbers

This crocodile puzzle is brilliant!
Letters and numbers in white are on opposite sides of the puzzle pieces, and help kids learn letters and numbers, start-to-finish is head-to-tail. Artisan group Golden Palm International uses medium-density fiber board made from fast-growing plantation pine.

By Ten Thousand Villages

Monday, November 22, 2010

Reduce Calories on Thanksgiving While Not Sacrificing Taste

Check out these great baking tips from Women's Health to drastically reduce calories during Thanksgiving. They promise that it won't sacrifice taste!

- In fruit pies, use half the amount of sugar the recipe calls for. You’ll save 744 calories for every cup of sugar you don’t use.
- In cookies and crusts, use half whole-wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour. Whole wheat has 12 grams of filling fiber in every cup and guests probably won’t notice the difference if you cut the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour.
- In cheesecake, substitute part-skim ricotta cheese for cream cheese. You’ll double the amount of hunger-fighting protein and cut the fat by close to 60 grams for each cup you use.
Source: Women's Health

Toxic Metals in Children's Glasses (up to 1,000 times the allowable amount)

Interesting findings by the Associated Press released this morning: "Drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman and the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" exceed federal limits for lead in children's products by up to 1,000 times, according to laboratory testing commissioned by The Associated Press.
The decorative enamel on the superhero and Oz sets — made in China and purchased at a Warner Brothers Studios store in Burbank — contained between 16 percent and 30.2 percent lead. The federal limit on children's products is 0.03 percent.
The same glasses also contained relatively high levels of the even-more-dangerous cadmium, though there are no federal limits on that toxic metal in design surfaces.
In separate testing to recreate regular handling, other glasses shed small but notable amounts of lead or cadmium from their decorations. Federal regulators have worried that toxic metals rubbing onto children's hands can get into their mouths. Among the brands on those glasses: Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Burger King and McDonald's.

Click here for testing details

Source: Associated Press

Friday, November 19, 2010

Classic Pull Along Toy

Pull-Along toys are classic. This one from Sevi is gorgeous and eco-friendly! Cams in the wheels create animated action, and a small bell inside makes a gentle chime. The giraffe is hand-made with hard woods and painted with kid- and eco-friendly materials. Available in several animal shapes, al very pretty!

By Sevi

Isabooties Eco-Giveaway: LAST WEEKEND!!

Our readers love Isabooties so much that we've decided to give away another pair! Yes, Isabooties Eco-Giveaway is over this weekend! So exciting....

IsaBooties™ soft-soled baby shoes are a unique, trend-setting combination of hip, fashionable style and practical baby shoe design. Crafted from soft, yet durable, Ultrasuede® fabric, IsaBooties™ soft-soled baby shoes combine hip colors with distinctive riboon accents. IsaBooties™ soles are made from Toughtek®, a grip fabric frequently used in high-end climbing apparel and search and rescue dog booties. This durable fabric is also soft and flexible, making it the perfect choice for soft-soled baby shoes. Isabooties are animal free and formaldehyde free.

The prize is one pair of Isabooties, winner's choice of size and style. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

The rules to participate changed, but it is still very easy to participate!
Invite 5 friends to "Like" our EcoLogicalMom page on Facebook. Once your friends "Liked" the page, email their names to EcoLogicalMom(at)ymail.com. 
All participants must be fans until the end of the Eco-Giveaway.

Good luck!

Winners will be chosen at random.
 "Isabooties" are provided by Isabooties

Eco-Friendly Dino Adventure

Adventurous and eco-friendly kids will love Dino Adventure Rig. It includes an Adventure Truck, two Dinosaurs, an Adventure Guide, an Adventure Hat (interchangeable with other characters), and a Backpack Accessory. It is totally eco-friendly and battery-free. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Measures 9.5"x 6" x 6".

By Sprig Toys

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Little Twig Eco-Giveaway is Back...Woohooo!!!

Be entered now to win U$100 worth of little twig signature organic body care products! This is the last chance! little twig is a line of signature organic bath and body care products for kids and adults.

The prize is incredible!
- US$100 gift certificates to be used at littletwig.com. Winner will be announced on November 29, 2010.*

It is very easy to participate!
Invite 5 friends to sign up to our EcoLogical Mom e-Newsletter by clicking here. Once they signed up, e-mail their names to EcoLogicalMom(at)ymail.com.
All participants must be subscribed until the end of the Eco-Giveaway.

Check out little twig's gentle organic baby bath products. They also offer organic line of suncare! Logon to little twig's Facebook page for great specials during our Eco-Giveaway.

Good luck!

*  Winner will receive a gift certificate with a promo code where he/she will have to spend all at once. Code expires in 60 days from the day it  is issued

Winner will be chosen at random.
 "little twig gift certificates" are provided by little twig.

Top Performers at Your Fingertips

Fruits are incredibly versatile, allowing you to make from a simple salad to smoothies and pies. They provide powerful antioxidants many times underestimated and underused. Cover the tip of a banana with chocolate and you have a very delicious  snack or dessert. Mix berries and yogurt for the tastiest breakfast drink. Blend avocado with milk and honey and get the creamiest and most delicious dessert. So, why is it that we don't eat enough fruits? Is it easier to just buy cookies, chocolates and other processed foods? Or is it because fruits are expensive?

We are hoping to give you some great ideas for easy, quick and tasty snacks and desserts using fruits instead of processed ingredients. You'll be able to increase the fruit intake in the household effortlessly. Believe us, it is just a matter of minor changes in your eating habits by adding top favorite flavors to it. Kids will love each and every one of these recipes!

Become familiar with fruits with the highest load of anti-oxidants and make the most of them. Here is a list to start with: prunes, berries in general, raisins, plums, oranges, apples, grapes (especially red ones), cherries, bananas, acai, pomegranate, avocado and acerola. Try to incorporate them in your weekly shopping.list as much as you can. Once they are in your refrigerator, making one of the recipes below is as easy and fast as making coffee!


Some Creativity and a Box of Cheerios

Made By Joel came up with 2 great fun projects for kids using Cheerios boxes: A Guitar, and also a Snack Box. Creativity and fun at your fingertips! Genius...

The Guitar:

The Snack Box:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flourless Carrot Cake: Divine!

We spot this recipe and couldn't resist. This carrot cake has a very interesting texture, but delicious taste!
It’s important to grate the carrots on the fine holes of your grater, or else they’ll remain too crunchy. For best results, wrap the cake tightly in plastic after it cools and serve it the next day. It will keep for five days in the refrigerator if wrapped airtight.

Flourless Carrot Cake
Servings: 10-12 portions

  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2 pound) unsalted toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup organic white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely grated carrots (about 10 ounces)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the middle. Oil a 9-inch springform pan, and line it with parchment. Lightly oil the parchment.
Combine the almonds and the turbinado sugar in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Blend until the almonds are finely ground. Add the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest, and pulse together.
Beat the eggs until thick in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or with an electric beater. Add the organic sugar, and continue to beat until the mixture is thick and forms a ribbon when lifted from the bowl with a spatula. Beat in the vanilla. Add the almond mixture and the carrots in three alternating additions, and slowly beat or fold in each time.
Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan. Place in the oven, and bake one hour until firm to the touch and beginning to pull away from the pan. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan, and carefully remove the spring form ring. Allow the cake to cool completely, then wrap tightly in plastic.

Nutritional information per serving (12 servings): 174 calories; 11 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 71 grams cholesterol; 15 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 112 milligrams sodium (does not include salt added during preparation); 6 grams protein

Source: NYTimes

Eco-Friendly Toys....Here Comes Christmas

This toy is super cool! My boy loves pushing or pulling cars, the Sprig Discover Rig is a perfect Christmas present for him. It is rough and big enough for a fun "safari" in or outdoors (about 10 inches). What's more, it never requires batteries to power the lights and sounds. Kids can pick from three exciting play modes: Search with lights only, no sound; Rally - engine rumble sound and lights; or Adventure - lights and themed adventure sounds. The Discover Rig includes Adventure Guide Cap Faraday and brings a light-up function when placed in any of the sidekick vehicles and full light-up and sound adventure when driving the discover rig.
Made in Canada from an eco-friendly bio-composite called Sprig wood using recycled plastic and reclaimed wood.
For kids 3 to 6 years of age

By Sprig Toys

Way Too Much Antibacterial

Antibacterial hand soaps, glass cleaners and counter sprays seem like a no-brainer. But scientists and doctors continue to raise concerns about Americans’ overzealous use of bacteria-killing products. These are also known as antimicrobial products, or disinfectants, and often carry labels like “industrial strength”.
The agent used to make antibacterial products is called triclosan. Lately, scientists have been tracking the rise of a new “super resistant” strain of bacteria that triclosan can’t kill. Researchers believe our frequent use of antibacterial cleaning products play a role in the development of these super germs, which are strong enough to withstand antibiotics.
According to the Environmental Working Group, most of the powerful antimicrobial chemicals used in household products were initially developed for hospital settings where disinfected surfaces are critical to the health of patients. However, the average American home doesn’t need to be as sterile as an operating room—and, in fact, shouldn’t be as sterile.
New research also suggests that the chemical may have some health effects, including altered hormone regulation.
In April, the Food and Drug Administration published a consumer fact sheet that said triclosan “is not known to be hazardous to humans,” but the agency also “does not have evidence that triclosan, added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, provides extra health benefits over soap and water.”
Health concerns and suspicion of triclosan’s role in creating super-resistant bacteria has caused the FDA to launch an in-depth scientific and regulatory review of the chemical.
The evidence surrounding triclosan gives ‘green cleaning’ advocates another reason to swap out traditional cleaning products that use chemicals with natural or organic versions. Here are some ways to keep bacteria in balance at home.
Instead of: Antibacterial hand soap
Consider: Good, old soap and water
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FDA and the American Medical Association have all stated that antibacterial soaps aren’t necessary for regular home use. However, you should still wash hands frequently to avoid the spread of germs, especially as we enter flu season.
Instead of: Kitchen countertop sprays and other antibacterial cleaners
Consider: Vinegar and baking soda mixtures
  • Equal parts white vinegar and water make an affective solution to clean countertops daily.
  • Baking soda and water (or vinegar) can form a useful paste for scrubbing sinks and toilets.
  • To sanitize cutting boards, professional ‘green cleaning’ coach Leslie Reichert recommends scrubbing a wood board with a half lemon and salt, or soaking plastic boards for 15 minutes in a mixture of lemon juice and water.
  • If you prefer commercial products, Seventh Generation offers a line of botanically-based disinfectants, including bathroom and surface cleaners and wipes.
Did you know?
  • Seven years ago, only a few dozen products containing antibacterial agents were being marketed for the home, according to the CDC. Now, more than 700 are available.
  • Triclosan is heavily restricted in the European Union.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Isabooties Eco-Giveaway Extended!

Our readers love Isabooties so much that we've decided to give away another pair! Yes, Isabooties Eco-Giveaway is back for a very short period of time! So exciting....

IsaBooties™ soft-soled baby shoes are a unique, trend-setting combination of hip, fashionable style and practical baby shoe design. Crafted from soft, yet durable, Ultrasuede® fabric, IsaBooties™ soft-soled baby shoes combine hip colors with distinctive riboon accents. IsaBooties™ soles are made from Toughtek®, a grip fabric frequently used in high-end climbing apparel and search and rescue dog booties. This durable fabric is also soft and flexible, making it the perfect choice for soft-soled baby shoes. Isabooties are animal free and formaldehyde free.

The prize is one pair of Isabooties, winner's choice of size and style. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

The rules to participate changed, but it is still very easy to participate!
Invite 5 friends to "Like" our EcoLogicalMom page on Facebook. Once your friends "Liked" the page, email their names to EcoLogicalMom(at)ymail.com. 
All participants must be fans until the end of the Eco-Giveaway.

Good luck!

Winners will be chosen at random.
 "Isabooties" are provided by Isabooties

Tips for Fresh Produce Safety

Great tips from foodsafety.gov.....

Buying Tips

  • Purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged.
  • When selecting fresh-cut produce - such as a half a watermelon or bagged salad greens - choose items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice.
  • Bag fresh fruits and vegetables separately from meat, poultry and seafood products.

Storage Tips

  • Store perishable fresh fruits and vegetables (like strawberries, lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms) in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40° F or below.   
  • Refrigerate all produce that is purchased pre-cut or peeled.

Preparation Tips

  • Begin with clean hands. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.
  • Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce that looks rotten should be discarded.
  • All produce should be thoroughly washed before eating. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking.
  • Even if you plan to peel the produce before eating, it is still important to wash it first.
  • Washing fruits and vegetables with soap or detergent or using commercial produce washes is not recommended.
  • Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
  • Drying produce with a clean cloth towel or paper towel may further reduce bacteria that may be present.
Produce Safety (FDA)

Circumcision May Become a Crime in San Fran

From Parenting.com - "Next November, San Francisco residents may be voting on whether or not circumcision should be illegal there. Lloyd Schoefield, the author of a San Francisco ballot measure that would make it a misdemeanor to “circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the... genitals" of a person under 18, called circumcision "mutilation."

Many parents and some health officials disagree, believing circumcised penises reduce the spread of H.I.V., although scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still studying whether circumcision is truly a healthier choice. According to the New York Times, US circumcision rates are on the decline.

The measure isn't on the ballot yet—Schoefiled still needs to collect more than 7,100 signatures.

Source: Parenting.com

Monday, November 15, 2010

Isabooties Eco-Giveaway: Congratulations Janine K. !

Congratulations Janine K., Zip Code 95608. You are the winner of our second Isabooties Eco-Giveaway. Please e-mail us at EcoLogicalMom@ymail.com  by November 20, 2010 to redeem your prize.  If we don't hear from you by then we'll select another winner.

Why Organic Milk is a Better Choice

Organic milk is unfortunately a bit more expensive than regular versions, but it is worth it, especially for kids in development. Here's why organic milk is a great choice for your family:

"Organic milk is produced without pesticides. Testing by the USDA's Pesticide Data Program found industrial chemicals in nearly all of the conventional milk it examined. Among the most alarming: DDE, a breakdown of the now-banned toxic insecticide DDT, was discovered in 96 percent of the samples. Ninety-nine percent contained diphenylamine (DPA), a chemical used in plastic and rubber manufacturing, and 18 percent contained the endocrine disruptor endosulfan, which EPA moved to ban this year.

Organic milk is produced without added hormones. You wouldn't give human growth hormone to your healthy 5-year-old, so why would you expose her to milk that's filled with bovine growth hormone (linked to an alarming rise in calf deformity)? While the US continues to allow the injection of the genetically engineered hormone rBGH (or rBST) into lactating cows to increase milk production, the potential risks are enough of a concern that the European Union, Canada, Japan, and Australia have all banned its use.

Organic milk is produced without antibiotics. The antibiotics routinely given to dairy cattle to discourage mastitis may never make it into your milk (conventional milk is tested for antibiotic residues), but they could lead to you catching a life-threatening disease later in life. Sound implausible? The FDA has called the overuse of antibiotics in food animals "a serious public health threat," linking it to the emergence of super-scary superbugs like MRSA.

Organic milk is healthier. A study by Newcastle University found that organic dairy cows in the UK produce milk that is higher in vitamins, antioxidants, and "good" fats -- including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been linked to lower rates of heart disease. The healthier milk is the result of cows grazing on fresh grass; since USDA recently passed strict regulations requiring the pasturing of organic dairy cows, it stands to reason that American organic milk offers the same increased nutritional benefit."

Sources: Yahoo, Huffington Post

Compostable, Biodegradable and AFFORDABLE Dinnerware!

These compostable and biodegradable dinnerware products rock! Check out these disposable plates, bowls, cups and utensils made from natural materials like bamboo, sugarcane, wheat straw and cornstarch.
And they are very affordable! Soak proof with no plastic or wax lining. disposable, compostable and biodegradable. They can be used for both hot and cold items.

By World Centric, sold at Amazon for less than $2 for a 20-piece set.

Less Salt Early in Life, 43% Less Heart Disease in Future

CHICAGO, Nov 14 (Reuters Life!) - "If teens could reduce their daily salt consumption by 3,000 milligrams, they would cut their risk for heart disease and stroke significantly in adulthood, researchers said on Sunday.

Based on results of a computer modeling analysis, researchers projected that a 3,000-milligram reduction in sodium by teenagers could reduce hypertension by 30 percent to 43 percent when they become adults.
Other benefits over time as teens hit 50 years of age include a 7 percent to 12 percent reduction in coronary heart disease, an 8 percent to 14 percent reduction in heart attacks, and a 5 percent to 8 percent reduction in stroke, according to data presented at the scientific sessions at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago this week.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams. Teenagers consume more than 3,800 milligrams -- more than any other group.
Processed food typically contains too much sodium. One bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos has 310 milligrams. Pizza is one of the biggest problems for teens when it comes to sodium, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics."

Source: Reuters

Friday, November 12, 2010

One Apple is Not Enough: An Inspiration

This is an AMAZING video about creating healthier children. It is an animated poem from Taylor Mali on The Grass Stain Guru. It is an inspiring 3 minute lesson. You've gotta watch it.

Healthier Thanksgiving: Carrot Pistachio Cake and Cupcake

Carrot cakes are delicious and could potentially be a great Thanksgiving dessert. An alternative for pumpkin pies. This recipe has a nice twist....

Carrot Pistachio Cake and Cupcake
Servings: 12 portions

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dried apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pistachios
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 1/2 cup organic milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Make the batter: Heat oven to 350°F. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and line an 8-cup muffin pan and set aside. Combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a large bowl. Toss the carrots, apricots, and nuts in the flour mixture and set aside. Whisk together the eggs, olive oil, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl and add to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Transfer 3 cups of batter to each cake pan and 1/4 cup batter to each cupcake liner. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean - about 40 minutes for cakes and 20 minutes for cupcakes. Cool cakes in the pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Release cakes from pans and cool completely on the rack. If freezing, skip to Step 2. Frost with your favorite icing.

To freeze: Double-wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap or place each one in a large resealable plastic bag, removing excess air. Place cupcakes in a plastic container with an airtight lid and freeze for up to 2 months.

Buttercream will freeze without making the cupcakes soggy, but if you prefer egg-white-based or cream-cheese icings, freeze layers separately, make the icing fresh, and frost the layers after they thaw.

(based on individual servings)
Calories: 488
Total Fat: 28 g
Saturated Fat: g
Cholesterol: 53 mg
Sodium: 524 mg
Carbohydrates: 54 g
Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 7 g

Source: Daily Green

Complete Survival Guide for Flying with Kids

Holidays are coming, and the airport experience can be a bit of a nightmare for some parents. We found some great tips to help those parents!

By Carrie Calzaretta

You've spent countless hours preparing the family for the big day, and it has finally arrived. You've packed wisely (and legally), nixed the layovers, labored over seat assignments, photocopied birth certificates and passports. You've chosen a flight to coincide with nap time, invested in the latest, hottest, newly released DVD and stocked up on new iPod downloads, all for the sake of the children.
You know you can't plan for everything, but you've planned for what you can. Now it's time to put that plan into motion.

Don't be late
 The airlines say it, the FAA says it, but you can never hear it enough, especially when kids are involved: Give yourself plenty of time. How early you need to arrive depends upon a variety of factors, including your airline, airport, plans for parking, flight time and whether or not you are checking baggage. If you're traveling during school vacations, chances are good the airport will be crowded with other families doing the same. We recommend arriving at least ninety minutes ahead of your scheduled departure. Keep in mind that some destinations (such as international flights and the U.S. Virgin Islands) have earlier check-in times than others; if you miss the plane, it can be very difficult for you to find enough seats or seats together on a later flight.
Know the location and workings of long-term parking
 Long-term parking is the most economical place to leave your car, but it's also the least convenient. Several years ago, when flying out of JFK alone with my son, it took me a solid hour to get from long-term parking to my terminal. It was raining, and I had a stroller and checked bags, and I was ready to go home before I even stepped foot into the airport. In most cases, you'll need to take a bus, tram or train to the terminal from long-term parking; be sure you know the schedule before you get there and how you are going to handle strollers, luggage, and kids in tow.
Get a ride to the airport
If you can, get a ride to the airport, so you don’t have to worry about parking and can be dropped off at the curb. I highly recommend asking a family member or friend for a ride to the airport. If they don't have room in their car, offer to let them use yours. If you can't catch a ride and you can afford it, consider hiring a car service. If you need to drive and have two adults, have one parent dropped off at the curb with the kids and the luggage while the other parks the car.
Check in online and curbside
When possible, check-in online from home. Take advantage of online check-in, and print your boarding passes ahead of time from home. It will save you aggravation and time at the airport; more importantly, getting seat assignments near one another is imperative when traveling in a group, especially on full or sold-out flights. Make sure you have your seats assigned together ahead of time when you book, or call before the flight to arrange it. Take advantage of curbside check-in and porters where available. It’s well worth the tip you pay them when you’re loaded down with luggage and kids.
Consider your seat choices
If you are traveling with an infant consider asking for a seat in the back of the plane. If there are any empty seats left on the flight, chances are they will be there, and you might have extra room to stretch out. In addition, you are closer to the bathrooms, will have extra standing space and will have flight attendants close at hand, if you need them. Bulkhead seats have a little extra leg room, and remember that you'll need to avoid exit-row seats with kids. 
Carry on only what you need
Presumably, you've done this at home, but go over the bags before you check anything. When you've got children, the ratio of carried to checked items is a careful balancing act. Even though it may feel like you need to pack half the house in your carry-on, be realistic about what you really need with you on the plane. Being bogged down by loads of unnecessary weight can be as unpleasant as having too little. Try to pack a few surprises for the kids in your carry-on. Go to a discount store, and pick up a couple of small inexpensive items like stickers, small toys or action figures for younger kids and music, books or handheld games for older kids. If you can manage it, consider bringing a portable DVD player or small laptop in your carry-on for movies.
Let kids who are old enough to help do so
Children, ages 3 and older, should be able to manage their own small carry-on bags through the airport. Something with wheels or a small backpack is ideal. Older kids can also help wheel the checked bags inside — giving people jobs to do will keep them focused and make your life easier.

Know the rules
Again, you'll do the real planning for this at home, but double check your items before getting in the security line. You must be aware of the 3-1-1 rule for carry-on baggage. You can bring no liquid or gel that's more than three ounces, and you are permitted one quart-sized baggie per person, in which to store them. However, if you are traveling with an infant or toddler, you are permitted to pack breastmilk, formula, juice and medications in "reasonable" quantities in your carry-on luggage. These liquids are not subject to the three-ounce rule. If you are traveling with any of these items, you should place them in a separate (second) baggie, and remove them from your carry-on prior to going through security. Make sure you have not packed any prohibited items in your carry-on. Keep adult boarding passes and ID's handy, as you will be asked to present them while passing through security.

Talk the kids through this beforehand. If you don't fly often, discuss with your children ahead of time what this process will be like and what will be expected of them. Even if you are frequent flyers, remind your children to be on their best behavior. If they see you taking it seriously, they are more apt to do so themselves. Review the FAA's tips for getting through the screening process.
Everything but the kitchen sink must pass through the X-ray machine
All baby gear, including strollers and car seats, will need to be collapsed and put through the X-ray machine; you will need to remove backpacks and infant carriers. All of your teen's electronics will need to go through, as well. Children, along with adults, will need to remove their shoes and put them through x-ray, so consider Velcro or something that is easy to get on and off — this will come in handy on the plane, as well. It may seem like common sense, but avoid packing any children's toys that even remotely resemble weapons — they will be taken from you. When we were returning from Disney one year, they confiscated my son's pirate sword.
Kids must also go through the metal detector
If your child can walk, he or she will likely be asked to pass through the metal detector alone. If not, you may carry your child through with you. If the alarm sounds, you will be inspected together by an agent. No one will separate you from your children.
Divide and conquer with little kids
If there are two adults in your party, it's often helpful to assign a task to each. My husband is usually in charge of the gear, and I'm in charge of helping the kids — getting shoes and sweatshirts on and off, directing them through the metal detector, etc.

Don't just sit there
Once you've made it through what is generally the least pleasant part of the airport experience with kids, you should have some time to kill. Don't panic or break out the surprise ammunition just yet. (Save those items until you're trapped on the plane with nowhere to go.) Take advantage of the opportunity to move while you still can.
Get something to eat
Airport food courts and restaurants are a great place to waste some time, and they also serve a practical purpose. You won't be getting anything good on the place, so feed the kids now. Happily, kid-friendly fare and restaurants are becoming much more visible at airports these days. Chains abound. Avoid overly messy or smelly foods, and take any leftovers with you in your carry-on. If you’re lucky enough to be on a plane that is still serving meals, order kids’ meals a few days in advance.

Inquire about airport play areas
If your kids are small, see if there is an airport play area where they can burn off some energy. Many airports have them these days in some form or another, whether they are funded by the airport itself, an airline or some local sponsor. Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago all have great kids' areas that are sponsored by local children's museums, and Seattle's Sea Tac has a cool aviation-themed area, as well as a separate infant room with rocking chairs and a private bathroom.
Take advantage of airline lounges
If you can, absolutely take advantage of airline lounges when traveling with your kids. Once primarily full of business travelers, you now see many more families making use of them, so much so that many have even added separate family rooms and amenities. They are a great place to hang out because they often offer televisions, games, reading material, free snacks, free wireless and clean bathrooms. Rules and fees vary by club, but you can purchase day passes, as well as annual or lifetime memberships, and, if you are traveling first class or if you're an elite member of your airline's frequent flier program, you're usually entitled to free or discounted admission. Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent airport lounge access program and gets you in to over 600 clubs worldwide for an annual fee starting at $99, while also requiring you to pay $27 dollars per visit. A platinum American Express card will also gain you entrance to many of these at no charge.
Take a bathroom break just before boarding
They'll inevitably have to go again as soon as you're seated, but do it anyway. If you have a child who is potty training, consider switching to a pull-up just before boarding. It’s a personal decision, but remember: Yes, you can change their clothes, but they are stuck in that seat (and you are stuck in the one next to them) for the duration for the flight.

Make sure you make it back to your gate in time for the first boarding call at least half hour ahead of time — but not too long before. Normally, families traveling with young children are allowed to board right after the first-class and elite passengers. Take advantage of this, especially if you are traveling with a lot of gear. If you are planning to use a car seat on the plane, it will be much easier to install before the rush of passengers, and flight attendants will be more apt to give you a hand if you need it. If you are traveling with a stroller, you will leave it just as you are stepping into the plane, and will reclaim it as you step off.

Give kids time to settle themselves

Younger kids will be excited and anxious, and curious about everything in their new space. This is the time to let them investigate, while it's noisy and no one is paying attention to them.
Don't stow too much
Decide what you should keep at your feet, as opposed to in the overhead bin. Items you will need frequently should be kept close at hand, especially if you have a window or middle seat. Chances are, your seatmates will be getting up enough times just on account of bathroom breaks.
Avoid dehydration, and move around
While in the air, especially if it's a longer flight, be sure to keep the kids hydrated, and encourage them to get up at least once and walk up and down the isle. This will pay off later, as they'll feel better when you land. Water or juice is the best choice for a drink; drinks with caffeine should be avoided.
Teach children about equalizing
Explain to kids what to do if their ears are hurting or if they are having trouble hearing. If you think children are having difficulty equalizing their ears, have them take a small drink or give babies a bottle. Older kids can suck lollipops or chew gum.
Ask about free stuff
Although increasingly rare, kids' airplane activity packs do still exist, and there is no harm in asking about them. Anything new is bound to be cooler than something you brought along.
Break out some surprises
You'll know when you need to resort to this. When the kids start to get antsy, surprise them with that new DS game, toy or special treat.
Talk to your children
It sounds silly, but seriously, how often do you get the chance to spend this much uninterrupted time with your kids? Take advantage of the time together, and do your best to get older kids to take off the iPod for a few minutes and talk about what they are looking forward to most about the trip. With younger kids, pull them close, and make up a story together.
Dismiss grouchy passengers, and be proud of your kids
Let's face it: On every flight, there will be a few people who, no matter how well your children do, are inherently grumpy or just plain old don't like kids. They'll grumble under their breath when your child drops something or turn around and sneer when voices get too loud. But really, who cares? You'll never see them again after the flight, so return any sneers with a smile, and be proud of your kids. They have as much of a right to be there as anyone.
Sources: Family Vacation Critic is published by online travel specialist The Independent Traveler, Inc. — a subsidiary of TripAdvisor LLC and the creator of Cruise Critic, the leading cruise news and reviews Web site. And msnbc.com

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Isabooties Eco-Giveaway: LAST CALL!!

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How Much Protein? Take a Look

Vegetarian or not, there are several vegetables, nuts and dairy products loaded with proteins that you can include in your family's diet. Unfortunately, it is hard to figure out how much protein you can get from those ingredients. Well, not anymore. Here is a quite useful list:

Protein Sources and How Much You Are Actually Getting, by the Numbers

Beans, Nuts, Seeds
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans 14.5 grams
  • 1 cup pinto beans 12 grams
  • 1 cup refried beans 15.5 grams
  • 1 cup soybeans 28 grams
  • 1 oz. cashews 4.4 grams
  • 1 oz. peanuts 6.5 grams
  • 1 oz. sesame seeds 6.5 grams
  • 1 oz. pistachios 5.8 grams
  • 1 cup tofu 22 grams
  • 1 cup lentils 18 grams

  • 1 cup yogurt 13 grams
  • 1 oz cheddar cheese 7.1 grams
  • 1 egg 6 grams
  • 1 cup cottage cheese 10 grams

Fruits and Vegetables
  • 1 avocado 10 grams
  • 1 cup broccoli 5 grams
  • 1 cup spinach 5 grams
  • 1 cup peas 9 grams
  • 1 medium artichoke 4 grams
  • 1 cup asparagus 5 grams
  • 1 cup beet greens 3 grams
The require daily amount of protein intake varies by gender, size and age. According to Madelyn Fernstrom, director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center "As a general rule, between 10 percent and 15 percent of your total calories should come from protein. So, if you consume 2,000 calories per day, at least 200 should come from protein, or about 50 grams. You should try to eat around one gram of protein per one kilogram of body weight, or around 0.4 grams per pound. An easier way to figure this out in your head is to take your weight, divide it in half, and subtract 10. The total will be the number of grams of protein you should consume each day. So, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should eat about 50 grams of protein."

Sources: yahoo and msnbc

Healthier Thanksgiving Classics: Root Vegetables Puree

Root vegetables puree is a great substitute for mashed potatoes, just for a Thanksgiving healthier twist. Check out this recipe. Enjoy on their own or use to thicken your favorite vegetable soup.

Thanksgiving Root Vegetables Puree
Servings: 12 portions

  • 2 pounds celery root (celeriac), trimmed, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 4 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

In covered 4-quart saucepan, place celery root, carrots, parsnips, garlic, and enough water to cover; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 15 to 18 minutes or until vegetables are very soft. Drain vegetables in colander.
Meanwhile, from lemon, squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. From orange, with zester, remove as many slivers of peel as possible for garnish; squeeze 2 tablespoons juice.
In batches, transfer vegetables to food processor with knife blade attached; puree until smooth. Return puree to same saucepan. Stir in lemon and orange juices, margarine, and salt; reheat. (If you prefer a chunky texture, return vegetables to same saucepan after draining and mash with potato masher until desired consistency.)
To serve, spoon puree into serving bowl; garnish with orange-peel slivers.

(based on individual servings)
Calories: 100
Total Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 325 mg
Carbohydrates: 16 g
Protein: 2 g

Source: Good Housekeeping, Daily green

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Is It Really Non-Toxic?

Check out this interesting report from Discovery News about "Non-Toxic" scented products that emit toxic chemicals.
"In an analysis of 25 of the most commonly used scented products -- including ones labeled "organic," "natural" or "non-toxic" -- scientists identified at least 133 chemicals wafting off of them. A quarter of those chemicals were classified as hazardous or toxic. Virtually none were listed on product labels.
Along with prior evidence that nearly a third of Americans develop headaches, breathing problems and other symptoms when exposed to scented products, the new findings suggest that efforts to smell nice threaten both your health and the health of people around you.
In sealed glass containers, the researchers meticulously measured all of the gaseous chemicals, called volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), that came out of each product. They recorded only emissions that appeared in significant amounts.
In total, the products emitted 133 different chemicals, the team reported in the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review, with an average of 17 chemicals off-gassing from each one.
Twenty-four of the VOCs were classified as toxic or hazardous under at least one federal law. Eleven of the products emitted chemicals that are known carcinogens. Some of the chemicals are not safe at any level of exposure.
Results were exactly the same for both traditional and green products. In fact, all of the natural products emitted at least two VOCs that were hazardous or toxic. A third of them emitted at least one carcinogen.
Only one of the 133 identified chemicals appeared on any label anywhere. Just two chemicals appeared on safety data sheets. Some labels offered vague references to "cleaning agents," "softeners," "fragrances" or "essential oils." But many listed none at all, which by law, is OK.

Babies and children are especially vulnerable. And repeated low-level exposures appear able to trigger problems in people who were previously not bothered by smells."

Source: Discovery News

Healthier Thanksgiving Classics: Green Bean Casserole

There is still plenty of time to rethink our Thanksgiving menu, opting for healthier ingredients. Here is the first of a series of healthier Thanksgiving classics we are posting this and next week..
This green bean casserole skips the canned soup (the fat and sodium). The white sauce with sliced fresh mushrooms, sweet onions and low-fat milk makes a creamy, rich casserole.

Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Servings: 6 portions

* 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
* 1 medium sweet onion, (half diced, half thinly sliced), divided
* 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
* 1 tablespoon onion powder
* 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, divided
* 1 cup low-fat milk
* 3 tablespoons dry sherry
* 1 pound frozen French-cut green beans, (about 4 cups)
* 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
* 3 tablespoons buttermilk powder
* 1 teaspoon paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook, stirring often, until softened and slightly translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, thyme and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the mushroom juices are almost evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle 1/3 cup flour over the vegetables; stir to coat. Add milk and sherry and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Stir in green beans and return to a simmer. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in sour cream and buttermilk powder. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
Whisk the remaining 1/3 cup flour, paprika, garlic powder and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Add sliced onion; toss to coat. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion along with any remaining flour mixture and cook, turning once or twice, until golden and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes. Spread the onion topping over the casserole.
Bake the casserole until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


Per serving: 212 calories; 10 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 533 mg sodium; 259 mg potassium.

Source: Eating Well

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Playground Key Safety Checklist

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a Playground Safety Checklist that you may want to read. Each year, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Please pass it on to schools and clubs by sending out the link below:

The Checklist include:
  1. Make sure surfaces around playground equipment have at least 12 inches wood chips, mulch, sand, or pea gravel, or are mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials.
  2. Check that protective surfacing extends at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment. For swings, be sure surfacing extends, in back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar.
  3. Make sure play structures more than 30 inches high are spaced at least 9 feet apart.
  4. Check for dangerous hardware, like open “S” hooks or protruding bolt ends.
  5. Make sure spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails o between ladder rungs, measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.
  6. Check for sharp points or edges in equipment.
  7. Look out for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks.
  8. Make sure elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, have guardrails to prevent falls.
  9. Check playgrounds regularly to see that equipment and surfacing are in good condition.
  10. Carefully supervise children on playgrounds to make sure they’re safe.
Source: CPSC

Thanksgiving Caloric Feast

The 4-day holiday is around the corner, but you still have time to rethink the menu (and we'll post some good options within the next couple of weeks!). Choosing healthier ingredients is a great idea! Check out how many calories some Thanksgiving classics can carry:
  • Cranberries -- Whether they come in the shape of a tin can or not, Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without this tart, sweet side dish. But an average 1/3 cup serving of the canned kind clocks in at 225 calories and, luckily, less than 1 gram of fat. 
  • Sweet Potatoes -- Some people serve 'em straight up baked, but when you're going all out, nothing beats ooey gooey orange goodness topped with toasted marshmallows. For an average 1/2 cup portion, prepare to make room for about 315 calories and 7 grams of fat. 
  • Mashed Potatoes -- When it comes to this simple, traditional comfort food, you might not be that comfy with the stats. A 1-cup serving adds up to 240 calories and 12 grams of fat. 
  • Stuffing -- This bready side dish offers temptation that any true carboholic will rarely be able to resist. An average 1/2 cup serving: 265 calories and 11 grams of fat. 
  • Turkey -- The headliner/main event/entree/star of the show .... Call it what you will, but the average 6-ounce serving of the festive bird will run you -- depending if you pick leaner white or fattier dark meat (both with skin) -- about 260-320 calories and 11-16 grams of fat. 
  • Pumpkin Pie -- The encore, if you will. It seems to me you either hate it or you love it. But either way, it is the classic Thanksgiving Day dessert -- homemade whipped cream optional. For 1/8th pie: 340 calories and 15 grams of fat.

A grand total of ... 1,705 calories and 61 grams of fat. This is before any hors d'oeuvres, rolls, croissants, pats of butter, buttery veggies, oily dressings, wine, cookies, and of course, second helpings.

Source: Yahoo, The Stir

Baby Skincare Products: Less is Better

There is so much marketing about baby skincare products...it is overwhelming. We think keeping it to the basics is the best way to go. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • For the first six months minimize the use of skin care products. Choose single-ingredient organic baby skin treatments such as organic olive oil or shea butter to moisturize.
  • Gradually increase your baby's toilette after the first six months, making sure your baby is not allergic. Always do a patch test when trying new products on your baby's skin. Read all labels with discernment.
  • Take care not to bathe your baby excessively.
  • To further protect your baby's skin you'll want to minimize your baby's sun exposure and use organic baby sunscreen.
  • Minimize chemicals used in diapering products.
  • Find out what chemicals were used to treat your baby's bedding and layette.
  • Cut your baby's nails regularly, to prevent cuts and scratches. You may find yourself cutting them every other day. Also you may find that safety scissors result in a much smoother and closer cut than baby clippers.
  • Use certified organic baby shampoo for your baby's hair and wash it sparingly. Take a sniff, you'll know when it's dirty.
  • Avoid powder, it can be quite toxic.
Source: Organic Baby Resource

Monday, November 8, 2010

Isabooties Eco-Giveaway: Congratulations Dawn O.

Congratulations Dawn O., zip code 37876. You are the first winner of our Isabooties Eco-Giveaway. Please e-mail us a EcoLogicalMom@ymail.com to redeem your prize. You will love it.

Cutest Baby Hat and Matching Booties

Take a look at these baby booties and hat. What a cutie for little girls. Lovely!
Sizes 0-24 months (for the hat)

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