Archive | March, 2012

Baby Chairs

I had an Inglesina rocking chair for Sweet William, but neither of us loved it. He often slipped to one side or the other and the rocking (more like knocking) required too much of Mama’s effort. I decided to recycle it and look for something different for Fergus. We’re much happier with BabyBjörn’s Babysitter Balance […]

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Do you support a ban on BPA?

By March 31, the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to continue to allow the use of BPA in food packaging. Enviromental Working Group has made it easy to contact the FDA. Click here to tell the agency that you support a ban on BPA in all food and food containers. I am writing […]

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The Clean Air Controversy

Moms Rising, Mocha Moms, and Moms Clean Air Force are hosting an Internet radio discussion with Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, about air quality and asthma. Click here to register a question or comment for Lisa Jackson. Click here to learn how to tune in. INTERNET RADIO PROGRAM: Mom to Mom – […]

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The Times Gets It Wrong. Really Wrong.

A maddening article appears in today’s New York Times: “Is It Safe to Play Yet? Going to Extreme Lengths to Purge Household Toxins. But how far is too far?” My stomach sank after only reading the headline. Is that the real question? What about: “Why is it up to parents (not manufacturers) to make sure […]

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Bye-Bye Bakelite

I have a modest and sentimental collection of vintage Bakelite bracelets. I began acquiring them when my husband gave me a pair for my birthday. They are wonderfully cheerful. I mixed and matched and wore them almost every day. When I was buying the bracelets, I learned a trick to tell whether they were real […]

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Duralex Drinking Glasses

Sweet William is mastering the drinking glass! We started with a stainless steel cup, but have had better luck with the Duralex Picardie clear glass tumbler. Duralex is the French company that invented tempered glass. William very quickly demonstrated that the Picardie resists chipping and breaking. Glass, of course, offers the security of absolutely no […]

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Vetiver Absorbs Lead

I love the idea of treating toxic contamination with plants. Click here for a story about vetiver, a subtropical grass with long roots that absorb lead from the soil. Researchers are looking into planting it in New Jersey to reduce lead exposure for children.

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Amaranth for Breakfast

Sweet William likes a hearty breakfast of steel-cut oatmeal mixed with a dollop of yogurt and some fresh fruit. I’m pretty sure he’d eat it every morning without complaint, but Mama needs a little variety. Now and again I cook a pot of amaranth, which we both love. Amaranth is an ancient grain that the […]

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