Archive | June, 2008

A Green Hour A Day…Children & Nature Disconnect

Time outside will ‘keep the doctor away’, and there is growing concern for the relationship our children have with nature.  Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder refers to this nature-child disconnect as “nature deficit disorder.”  Continue Reading →



Yesterday’s News – A Solution To ‘Greening’ Your Pet’s Litter Box

Now your cat, rabbit, ferret, or hamster can GO GREEN!  Purina has found a way for your pet to reduce their Eco footprint.  The product is called ‘Yesterday’s News’ and these litter box pellets are made from recycled newspaper and are non-toxic, biodegradable, and no raw materials were harvested to produce it.

In April we brought our pet rabbit home from the store with Yesterday’s News for it’s litter box.  It works much better than wood chips for odor absorption and is way easier to clean-up.  It hasn’t been easy to find, but it is a great product.  Our rabbit was also better with his litter box training when Yesterday’s News was in the litter box.  And to answer the question on your mind….no, we haven’t managed to litter box train the bunny yet – but I’m trying!

 Here is more information from the Purina site: “Low-tracking Yesterday’s News® provides a sensible alternative to clay litter that helps you maintain a hygienic, healthy home. It is highly recommended by veterinarians because it is a safe, clean, low tracking, and environmentally friendly solution.”

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Food Dye Linked To Kid’s Behavior Problems

On June 3, 2008, a petition to ban eight artificial food dyes was requested to the US Food and Drug Administration because they are negatively linked to child behavior problems. The eight dyes include: Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, and Yellow 6.  All of the dyes, with the exception of Orange B, are permitted for use in Canada.  AND get this!  In Canada, companies are not required to list which dyes they use in products.  Continue Reading →



Removing Bounce Fragrance From Clothes

I received a question via ‘Ask Suzanne’ and have wondered about it myself.  The question is “Has anyone figured out a way to remove the smell of Bounce from fabric? Sometimes I buy items at a yard sale or thrift store, and the smell lingers a long time, even through washing and hanging in the sun.”

It’s scary that the scent from Bounce sheets manages to linger long after multiple washes.  I was surprised when researching my article Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener – A Household Toxin with how many chemicals these sheets contain and how unhealthy they are for your family to inhale or wear.  It is amazing when you receive hand-me-downs if the previous owner of the clothes has used Bounce sheets – you are able to detect the smell immediately.  Continue Reading →



Breaking The Board – Tae Kwon Do For Children

I’m a proud Mom today and rarely will I make this blog specific to only my children, but I felt there was a larger message in a Tae Kwon Do ceremony I attended today. Francesco had his ceremony for Tae Kwon Do and in order to receive his next belt, had to complete the action of breaking a board in front of a gym full of parents and spectators. We really had no idea what this was all about being Francesco is our first and only child so far to participate with Tae Kwon Do.

Well, what a special milestone in Francesco’s life. I will get a memory frame to inclose his white belt, certificate for completing his test, and the board that he snapped in half. I am elated that Francesco has found a sport that he excels and has passion for. This article is dedicated to Francesco, but something happened at the ceremony today, someone else’s child that inspired this article to be written.

There was a girl, about 8 years old in age and it was her turn to break the board. She tried once, twice, three times, went up to about 8 times and still, she wasn’t able to break the board. She had a tough was a spinning back kick that was much harder than facing it dead on. Master Jae looked her right in the eye and said “I’ll be back for you!” He finished the other children and came back to her again. She continued to try and even had the confidence to lower the board that Master Jae was holding. On maybe the 20th try, she broke the board. Well the gym erupted in cheers and clapping. It was honestly one of those moments you wish to be alone in a room so you could sob with happiness. Master Jae turns and addresses the 80+ adults in the audience and says “we never give up” “she never gave up!”. So profound and what a lesson for everyone watching. What confidence that little girl had to keep going to attempt to break the board in front of a large audience.

What a great conversation to have with Francesco over a milkshake after receiving his belt. What a great message to send to all children! I am so happy with our decision to have Francesco in Tae Kwon Do. He is very respectful and very intense with what he’s learning. Now, he has this confidence booster…if you can break a board…you can do anything! I will also mention this little girl when he wants to give up or get frustrated.  It always amazes me where our role models sprout up from!



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