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via: Micah

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T and me in our new aprons.

I choose a what I believe is a healthy lifestyle. According to some people there is not enough scientific proof that clean air, pure water, good quality sleep, simple, unadulterated, natural food is a better, healthier way to live. I operate from common sense. It makes sense to me to take care of myself by exercising, choosing organic foods. I don’t need a study to tell me that I feel good after a walk in the woods or good night’s sleep or a yoga class or  miso soup and brown rice. I also don’t need to argue about it with anyone. I like my life. There are others who feel the same way. There are many looking for this way.

Perhaps there are not enough independent scientific studies proving that EMF’s from wifi, cellphones and cordless phones are hazardous to my health. Never before have people lived in environments so laden with EMF Pollution. Scientists claim the true health hazards of EMF Pollution will not be known until the current youth reproduces, as EMF Pollution has been known in scientific studies to permanently damage DNA and cause birth defects as well as miscarriages. I’m not interested in waiting for the results.

I have lived most of my life walking to a different drummer than most. It’s a groovy rhythm.


Disappointing, but true, just because the label says “Organic” doesn’t make it so.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has joined with certified organic personal care brands Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Intelligent Tutrients, and Organic Essence to file a complaint with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) requesting an investigation into the widespread and blatantly deceptive labeling practices of many leading so-called “Organic” personal care brains in violation of USDA NOP regulations.

It makes sense to support the USDA certified organic health and beauty products which are listed on the OCA site.

And you can check where your brand stands on a spreadsheet prepared by OCA. Some of the problem brands include: Jason, Natural and ORganic, Avalon Organics, Kiss My Face, Obsessively Organic, Nature’s Gate Organics, Stella McCartney 100% organic, Giovanni, Head Organics, Eminence Organic, Physicians Formula Organic Wear, Good Stuff Organics, Desert Essence Organics and products certified by ECOCERT.


My solution? Make your own. Recipes to follow this week!

Scary, but Fun, Sleepover

January 24, 2010

Who wouldn’t love to spend a night sleeping over at the Museum of Natural History?  I have always thought about those empty, high-ceilinged and echoey hallways once the museum-goers and guards leave for the day. I know people who have a fear of being locked into the library or the furniture store or the museum after hours….  One of the books I read to the kids when they were small was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (New York: Atheneum, 1967). It a wonderful story: A brother and a sister run away and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A Newbery medal winner.

I think the inspiration for this fabulous giant sleepover date at the Museum of Natural History has to be the film, A Night At The Museum. I wonder if I can set up a night for adults?

Cost: $129 per person
(Members: $119 per person)
(Scouts: $99.00 per person)

Admission Price includes:

  • Evening snack and light breakfast
  • Cots for all participants
  • Fossil fact finding mission by flashlight
  • IMAX film or space show
  • Take-home activities
  • Live animal special exhibition (seasonal)

or

  • Live animal presentation

Time: 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Open to: 7-13 year olds

You Should Bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Washcloth
  • Warm comfortable clothing to sleep in
  • Change for vending machines
  • Ear plugs (optional)
  • Night Mask (optional)

Via: Micah

Gluten-Free Bakery in NYC

January 12, 2010

If you can’t visit Babycakes in SOHO, then you can ask them to deliver or fedex some yummy cupcakes. Babycakes bakes gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and mostly agave-sweetened delectable desserts. Founder and baker Erin McKenna has written a cookbook available from Amazon.com called, yep, you guessed it, Babycakes.

photo by DeChillo NYT

The New York Times reported the shameful practice of  H&M and Walmart where sadly instead of giving away unworn clothing to the needy (that is such a no-brainer) they destroy the unworn clothing so no one can wear it.

I’m speechless and so sad that the practice of these companies is so selfish and thoughtless when so many are in need. From their corporate responsibility section on the website:  “H&M’s business concept is to offer our customers fashion and quality at the best price. At H&M, quality is about more than making sure that our products meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.It also means that they have to be manufactured under good conditions and that our customers must be satisfied with us as a company. Taking responsibility for how our operations affect people and the environment is also an essential prerequisite for H&M’s continued profitability and growth.” Well we need to keep watching to see if they walk their talk- since they certainly do not in NYC.

thanks Josh