Grab Bag “To Do” Item:
Our daily lives have been exponentially compounded with chemical exposure, and it ain’t just hiding in that can of Raid under your sink.
Take a look at your body lotion, your shampoo, your lipstick…
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, gaze up at the very top of this page and click on the Cosmetics Issue tab for a full run down.
The implications are even more serious for baby products.
Image: Clare Bloomfield / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Now, at least and at last, SOMEONE is trying to regulate the worst offenders out of baby products. It’s a start, and a good place to start. Put your hands together, and your fingers to your keyboard, for the Environmental Working Group’s petition:
OUR BROKEN TOXICS LAW IS FAILING THEM.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CHANGE THAT.
EWG tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborn babies and found nearly 300 chemicals, including BPA, fire retardants, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides that were banned more than 30 years ago.
Speak up for change. Our kids deserve it.
The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act would require that all chemicals be proven safe for children before they can be sold. But lawmakers in Washington need to know that you want them to reform our broken toxics law.
Grab Bag “Must See” Tip:
Last summer, documentary film maker Robert Kenner teamed up with author Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) to present Food, Inc., an Academy Award Nominee documentary profiling the state of agribusiness in the US today, and what effects these few enormous corporations have had on our food.
I have watched this film twice in the last 4 days… and quite frankly it should be required admission before anyone walks into a grocery store. You may want to turn away and prefer not to know some of what is presented, but you’ll be missing an opportunity to understand the changes we can all make that will begin to transform our food supply into a healthier and more natural source of nutrition. Rent it or buy it, but watch it for sure.
Knowledge is power.
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Learn more about actions you can take HERE
Grab Bag “Light Up Your Life” Goodies:
UPDATE: SIS SHELLEY JUST FOUND THESE CHEAPER HERE ON EBAY!!
Just saw these lit flowers in Carmel. They are quite striking in person, can be arranged in a number of ways, both above the vase and down in a glass vessel (especially striking using the willow branches). Most come in plug-in or battery pack options. They would certainly bring a wonderful sparkle to a dark corner of anyone’s world:
Grab Bag “Hit Send” Tip:
If you have a Blackberry or an iPhone, you have access to some apps that bring back a kinder, gentler time… a time when we actually received things in our mailbox that we were excited to see. Like postcards from a friend, traveling the world, and thoughtful enough to send a glossy card with some truncated messages of travel shenanigans on the back.
Those days are BACK! With the apps below, you can send free e-versions of postcards, or, for about $1.50 (~$2.25 to send TO overseas addresses), your card, with custom photo and message, will be mailed to AN ACTUAL MAILBOX (!!), received and preciously held and read by the lucky recipient. Here are two of the best. Hail, hail the days of Snail Mail 🙂
BILL ATKINSON PHOTOCARD LITE
Use your own or one of 10 of Bill’s photos, 15 stickers, 10 stamps
(free at iTunes… $4.99 full version with 150 professional photos, 325 stickers, 150 stamps also available)
(free at iTunes for iPhone, or Blackberry App World at Blackberry.com)
Grab Bag Brain Game:
The first few rounds are easy, peasey… then it starts to get interesting…
Super Stacker 2, one of Samguine’s Top 5 Games of 2009
Grab Bag Funny Stuff:
Renault and Ford are working on a new small car for women.They are merging the Clio and the Taurus, and calling it the “Clitaurus.”
It comes in pink, with the added security feature that the average car thief won’t be able to find it, even if someone tells him where it is.