Farrah at Baby Loves Slings tagged me to write 7 True Things about myself, so here goes: I am left-handed. I have green eyes. I have a not-so-secret love affair with chocolate. I would love to give birth to another baby, but am unsure if more than two children is right for our family. I don’t wear antiperspirant, just deodorant. My first pet was a goldfish named “George.” I’m a perfectionist by nature, but have had to relax a bit, OK, a LOT since having kids. I’m not tagging anyone specifically, but please feel free to play along if you’d like and let me knowRead More →

Halloween is right around the corner, but in light of my recent discoveries about damaging effects of artificial colors and flavors (and petroleum and coal tar) in candy, I haven’t been feeling very excited about a holiday that promotes candy consumption. Consider this: Americans spend a whopping $950 million on Halloween candy every year. So it’s not surprising that a 2006 Mayo Clinic article estimates that 1 in 3 American children are now considered seriously overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. That’s a staggering 25 million children who are at high risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, exerciseRead More →

My home team, the Colorado Rockies, are playing the Boston Red Sox, home team of Tanya from The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog in the World Series this week. Tanya thought a friendly bet was in order and I agreed that, even though I am not a baseball fan, a little bloggy bet sounded like fun. We’ve agreed that if the Rockies win the series she’ll give away one her breastfeeding coalition‘s “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” t-shirts (see her store), and if the Red Sox win I’ll give away one of my “I Make Milk. What’s your Superpower?” shirts (see my store). We’ll announce how to win oneRead More →

If the toxic lead paint scare wasn’t enough of a reason for you to consider getting rid of all of your children’s plastic toys, you might change your tune after you read about a new study that revealed high levels of industrial chemicals in children’s bodies. Children as young as 18 months and 5 years old showed “chemical exposure levels up to seven times those of their parents.” How did these kids end up with industrial chemicals in their bodies? How about from their toys, their furniture, their bottles, their pajamas. When I first read the title of the article, Tests reveal high chemical levelsRead More →

Update: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. I love discovering cute and unique clothes for kids, and Bitty Braille tees for infants and toddlers are both of these things. Bitty Braille tees feature simple “kid-friendly” words set in Braille type in either sparkly faceted metal studs for the girls or simple metal studs for the boys. The translation is hand-embroidered underneath in a simple print or cursive. The idea behind Bitty Braille is to introduce children to Braille through original designs. The concept is the brainchild of Julie Dutt, a busy mom to three home-schooled children. Some of the designs available feature the words “happy,” “cutie,”Read More →