Archive | June, 2008

Kid’s Nutrition: How to Ensure You Are Buying Healthy Brown Bread

A few months ago when I heard our local dietitian Jen speak at our school (her presentation was so excellent it changed the course of my parenting) she gave some incredible tips on how to choose healthy brown bread. She tossed 4 loaves of bread into the crowd of parents and asked us to pick which we thought would be healthy. Some of them looked the equivalent of white bread and some had titles like ‘7 grain’, etc. We all selected the healthiest looking bread, but of course the titles were deceptive. Isn’t it incredible to think that certain brands of brown bread are nothing more than white bread with ‘molasses’ listed as an ingredient because that is the ingredient that actually ‘dyes’ the bread?  You assume that whole wheat is taking care of darkening the color of bread, but in actual fact, you cannot tell by the color of bread or by the name if it’s a nutritious choice.

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Organic, Safe, Non-Plastic Teething Toy!

After looking back at my BPA articles regarding baby products and the alternative solutions suggested by the experts, (glass bottles, stainless steel bottles, BPA free soothers, etc.) there is one product I wondered if they could ever replace…. teething toys.  How are earth do you replace all the plastic there?  Most baby shower gifts I received were complimented by one of these plastic toys that could be played with or mouthed.  I just found Organic Veggies and Fruit Safe Non-toxic Teething Toys for Baby that is so adorable!  Not only does this toy exist to help with the aches of teething, but it introduces children to the world of fruits and veggies at the perfect age.

These wonderful fruit and veggie characters are made with 100% organic cotton and are machine washable.  They are an amazing price point and if you’ve seen the basket of veggies this line carries…what an adorable shower gift?  Even just one item to accompany a gift for a newborn or 1 year old would be awesome!  What better message to send a baby or toddler to set them on a course to organic nutrition?!  <smile>


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Correction To Article Referencing BC Children Receiving $100 Climate Dividend Cheque

In my article How Long Items Take To Decompose In Landfills, I recommended that BC families receiving their $100 per family member climate dividend cheque actually use a portion of it to ‘green’ their household.  I had written that you needed to register your children via a form so they could recieve their $100.  The Vancouver Sun article from May 31st confirms that this is actually not required.  Here is an article excerpt from it’s author Jonathan Fowlie:

The B.C. government is attempting to reassure parents they don’t need to take extra measures to receive their children’s $100 climate action dividend cheques.  You will automatically receive payment for your children who are under the age of 18, as of Dec. 31, 2007, if you have filed your 2006 or 2007 income tax return and your children are registered for the Canada Child Tax Benefit with the Canada Revenue Agency,” said a notice posted on the government’s website in response to the concern.”

Good news for us parents (ok, I mean myself) that haven’t attempted to get the form done yet.  No need to proceed with that,  now I can just plan ways to spend my ‘green’ money.  hmmmm….note to self.  Must stay off Etsy over the next few days.  <smile>

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