I was shocked to read new research showing how pervasive bisphenol A is in canned food. One can of food eaten one time is too much BPA, and it is extra important for pregnant women and small children to avoid this chemical. We've been eating our beans only from Eden Foods brand, since their cans are lined with a natural resin and do not contain BPA. They don't make green beans though, and sometimes we get lazy. But this article is a wake-up call, and we can boil our vegetables to mush ourselves if we really want to. Who needs cans for that? Check the store locator to find Eden Foods near you.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Such ingenuity! Check out these cool airplane invitations made by Brenna at paper & ink. She built toy airplanes, painted the boxes to look like an airstrip runway, and even found airmail tape and labels. The best part is the telegram invitation itself. Fantastic!
Isn't this farm fabric cute? Lucy's Farm is one of the many gorgeous fabrics from Liberty of London. I've seen it in blue, pink, brown, and purple colors, and although it seems to be out of stock, you can usually find it on eBay and Etsy. The cotton lawn fabric from Liberty is the softest breeziest fabric, just so lovely.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Make friends the old-fashioned way--with handy dandy calling cards! No more writing phone numbers on grocery lists at the playground; no more fumbling for a pen and writing on your hand. Be cool, be organized. For just $18, you can have Etsy seller ArtsyNikki make you the cutest calling cards you've ever seen. She was such a joy to work with, the most patient person on earth, I think. The sight of your little one so eager to bestow this little gift, suddenly not shy at all about making friends, will melt your heart.
I'm such a nag when it comes to lecturing friends about environmental toxins. And I don't even know what I'm talking about. Imagine how friendless I'll be once I read this book! Could everyone please read Slow Death by Rubber Duck and learn about the environmental toxins that are hurting your kids? I would sleep so much better if I weren't worrying about you anymore. Thanks. Because I love you. To give you an idea of how ubiquitous the dangers of chemical exposure are, here is a quote from Mindful Momma:
The book is pretty engaging, for a book about chemicals. Each chapter starts with a story. One of my favorites was when one of the authors was appalled to discover that there was triclosan in his garden hose. "For the love of God...Is there no corner of our lives that hasn't been invaded by chemical companies peddling their modern-day snake oil?" he said, when he realized that he had been watering his homegrown tomato plants with germicide.
Kids at the Circle of Peace School in Uganda were asked to draw what they would buy if they had $50, and their drawings are being sold for $50 to raise money for the school. The results are charming and also a little heartbreaking, as it is clear that most of these kids (many of them AIDS orphans) have no concept of money, their desires ranging from a banana to a house. Mamatove Irene, age 5, wants to buy the moon. (via Junior Society)
I'm obsessed with this show, 9 By Design, about the super-cool Novogratz family with their seven kids and house remodeling gig. I start getting giddy with anticipation about a day and a half before the show is available on my instant viewing thing. I love that they design with a few major impact pieces and not a lot of clutter. I especially love the antique beds in the twin girls' room. And I love all the kids' names: Wolfgang, Bellamy, Tallulah, Breaker, Five, Holleder, and Major. The only thing that would make the show better is if they filmed their kids eating vegetables every so often. (via decorology)
Saturday, May 15, 2010
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Yum! These food flags were part of an advertising campaign for the Sydney International Food Festival. This Italian flag is pretty basic, but see more fancy foreign food flag photos here. It is also a great way for kids to explore new foods at home. Go ahead and play with your food! I have to go eat now. (via automatism)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
We've been using tempered glass drinking glasses ever since Baby could hold a cup, and we've never had any break. So much better than plastic: easier to clean, healthier, and drinks taste better too. These are $3.95 each over at The Glass Baby Bottle, a great online shop for non-toxic baby gear.