Archive | October, 2012
Spooky and healthy: 
LED candles for Halloween.

LED Candles for Halloween

I bought this set of LED votive candles after learning that paraffin wax candles release benzene, toluene, and other toxic chemicals when they’re burned. That’s not good for indoor air quality and is especially bad for children, pregnant women, and asthmatics. […]

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In the News

Boys in USA, like girls, showing signs of early puberty (USA Today, 10/20/12) New research finds that American boys are showing signs of starting puberty six months to two years earlier than they did 30 to 40 years ago. Special Report: Government has little authority to stop unsafe cosmetics (Environmental Health News, 10/18/12) Brazilian Blowout […]

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Fergus Reviews Stacking Toys

Darling Fergus has a new favorite pastime: stacking. Here are his reviews of the sort-and-stack toys he inherited from Sweet William, along with a couple of others he picked up along the way. […]

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Last Halloween, Sweet William turned into
a marshmallow.

Making Halloween Healthier

Halloween is fast approaching. I’ve shared tips on how to keep it safe and non-toxic at Natural Kidz. I hope you’ll check it out!

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In the News

Is it a Good Time to Be a Girl in India? (NYT, 10/11/12) India’s “scuffled steps towards girls’ rights and gender equality.” Iraq records huge rise in birth defects (The Independent, 10/14/12) Compelling evidence that US and NATO munitions used in the conflict in Fallujah are linked to a “staggering rise” in birth defects among […]

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Aunt Kathryn and the newly pronounced uncle, Jon.

Aunt Kathryn’s Wedding

I can’t resist sharing these photos from my sister Kathryn’s beautiful wedding last Saturday at Sunnyside Conservatory in San Francisco. It was a perfect day in every way. Sweet William and Darling Fergus happily welcome Uncle Jon into our family.    

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Gifty, from Ghana, is a Plan Youth Ambassador.
(http://www.planusa.org/becauseiamagirl/#)

Celebrating and Supporting Girls: International Day of the Girl

Last night I attended Plan International’s dinner to benefit Because I Am a Girl. The initiative works to give girls access to their most basic human rights: clean water, food, healthcare, education, financial security, and protection from violence and exploitation. At dinner, I had a chance to meet the courageous and talented Gifty, an 18 […]

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Recovering From Travel

Another air travel adventure for Sweet William and Darling Fergus. Our American Airlines return from San Francisco was delayed five hours for maintenance. We were finally about to board when we learned that the pilot had hit his head and had to be replaced (another two hours in the airport). I guess I’m already blocking […]

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