Archive for April, 2008

Scrapbooking anyone?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I confess I’m a closet scrap booker. I love to scrap book and they are quite elaborate if I do say so myself. The only problem is finding the time. I have tons of photos and mementos just waiting to be put into books.

So when I heard about digi-scrapbooking. I thought that this could be just the thing I was looking for. Check it out…

How Fast They Grow calls themselves "Home of the 7 minute scrapbook". They have loads of templates and an easy to understand drag and drop interface. Click here for a demo.

Here’s a few pages to see examples of what you can create…

Digital scrap booking is the best way to capture moments, create professional looking layouts and create gorgeous coffee table books that you’re sure to leave out.

For more information on becoming a member, click here.

Have a Green Pregnancy.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Here are a few tips from Healthy Child Healthy World on how to have a "green pregnancy".

 

These eight simple steps will help you reduce your exposure to synthetic pesticides and guard against certain cancers and high dioxin intake. Increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fiber may help eliminate toxins.

  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • Buy locally produced food.
  • Buy produce in season.
  • Buy organically produced food.
  • Eat fresh, whole foods with adequate starch and fiber.
  • Eat fewer and smaller portions of animal products.
  • Choose minimally processed and packaged foods.
  • Prepare your own meals at home.

Eat foods high in folic acid before conceiving and while pregnant.
Sources include dried beans and peas, citrus fruit, spinach, and broccoli. Adequate folic acid early in a baby’s development helps prevent neurological defects, such as spina bifida.

Cut down your intake of animal fats to reduce dioxin, PCB, and mercury exposure.
Trim fat and skin from meats well. Limit consumption of fatty and predatory fish, such as tuna and salmon, to once a month at most; alternatives include flounder and sole. Broil fish and meat, so that fat drips away from the food. Choose skim dairy products.

Choose lead-free calcium supplements.
Some calcium supplements, particularly those made from ground oyster shells, bone meal or dolomite, may raise your lead intake. Eat foods high in calcium, such as beans, tofu, and dark greens, instead.

Drink pure water.
Test drinking water for lead, chlorine byproducts (trihalomethanes), and pesticides. If there are contaminants, install an appropriate water filter.

Test old paint for lead while planning your pregnancy.
Lead is stored in the bones and can be passed to a developing baby through the placenta. Removal of lead paint must only be done by a professional and pregnant women should stay away from the area until it is thoroughly cleaned. See Detecting and Removing Lead Paint for more information and resources.

Don’t use hair dyes until after you’ve had your baby.
Hair dyes can contain lead acetate and hormone disrupting alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). Lead persists in the body and can cross the placenta to harm developing babies. Hormone disruptors may affect the reproductive system.

Avoid dry cleaners that use perc.
Perc is a toxic solvent that can accumulate in fatty tissue and breast milk.

Find out what chemicals are in your local air, water, and soil.
Start in your backyard, by finding out what’s in the soil.

For more information on how to create an eco-conscious lifestyle for you and your baby, please visit Healthy Child Healthy World.

Also check out Raising Baby Green- a book with easy to follow tips.

 

Best Seller??????

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

So is this what we have come to…

Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a plastic surgeon practicing out of Bal Harbour, Florida, wrote My Beautiful Mommy to help patients explain their transformation to their children. The story guides children through Mommy’s surgery and healing process.

Dr. Salzhauer tauts that this book… "Is a Must-Have for any mother with young children considering plastic surgery".

It is a story of a young girl’s journey of seeing her mother undergo her transformation and how the entire family pitches in to help her achieve her best results.

Dr. Salzhauer claims that this book will help make your plastic surgery experience more understandable to your little ones.

There has been a lot of controversy over this book. What do you think? Is this book missing a wonderful opportunity to teach a child about self-acceptance?

For more information on this book, click here.