First tip: Don’t do it. All right, I’m kidding, of course, but anyone who has traveled with kids will tell you that it’s challenging. They fight, they get bored, hungry, or tired, and they incessantly ask, “are we there yet?!” The lasting memories made on family vacations are priceless, but hassles on the road make for memories we’d pay to forget. Whether your next family getaway is by plane, train or automobile, these tips should help make your summer travels go a little smoother.
As I celebrated an especially fun Mother’s Day, I found myself reflecting on lessons I hope to pass on to my children
After we become moms, we can’t help but see our own mothers in a slightly different light. We have a deeper understanding of the love they feel for us and we appreciate the sacrifices they made. Unfortunately my mother is no longer with us. I miss her and often wish I could talk with her and seek her advice on life, parenting, and how she kept her skin so smooth. There are moments when I think to myself how grateful I am for both the big and small lessons I learned from her while I was growing up.
She taught me proper etiquette and the importance of being polite. Because of my mom, I know which one is the salad fork, and that a simple thank you note is a lovely expression of gratitude. When we receive a gift or when someone goes out of their way to do something special for us, a handwritten thank you note is a show of gratitude that never goes out of style. My mom impressed upon me how important a thank you note is and I have done the same with my kids. It’s a simple gesture that shows a great deal of appreciation… Read entire article at Parent Society.
Why paint your thumb red? It’s a simple but effective way to remind yourself that texting while you drive is absurd. It’s distracted driving to the 10th degree.
Check out how this dad came up with a simple and cool idea that will potentially save lives (be sure to protect yourself from the most harmful chemicals that are found in most polish formulations and use a nail polish brand that is 5 free)…
I’m a big fan of Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 by DeVita so I was happy to check out their baby products. I’m always interested in products that are truly pure.
There’s a lot to like about Oh My Devita Baby Shampoo & Baby Wash: It’s vegan, tear free, gentle on sensitive skin, packaging is recyclable and most importantly, it is certified organic, paraben free and it does not contain artificial fragrance, sodium lauryl sulphate or nanoparticles. What are nanoparticles? Nanoparticles are very hazardous because they cross the cell barrier and drive into organs, including the brain. I’ll be talking about it in a future post. Suffice it to say, you want to stay away from any products made with nanotechnology.
The true test? Does my son like Oh My Devita Baby Shampoo & Baby Wash? Drum roll please… He loves it! He just turned 8 so this stuff isn’t just for babies, mamas! Jackson told me he loves the smell. And I love the way the he smells after bathing with the Calming Calendula. I even tried it and liked it! It’s not a typical ‘baby wash’ smell, just a nice fresh scent. It also comes fragrance free. There is nothing cuter than a little boy fresh out of the bath, cozy in his jammies! Good snuggle time.
The nice thing is, you can feel safe bathing your child with this because it doesn’t have toxic chemicals that are found in most baby products. Our children’s systems are quite delicate so, over time, harmful chemicals really affect them adversely. I am writing a series of posts that will include the ingredients you want to steer clear of so stay tuned.
The Oh My Devita Baby line includes, Hey Sunshine Solar Protection, Flutterby Baby Brulee Lotion, Bubbly Babies Shampoo & Body Wash, Powder Puff Baby Powder and Butter Cheeks Baby Balm. Be sure to follow Oh my DeVita Baby on Twitter and Facebook.
*Savvy Suburban received product to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
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Whether you live by the beach or are planning a seaside summer vacation,
play it safe while you’re having hot fun in the summertime
What’s more fun than a day at the beach?! I’m lucky to live in the lovely golden state of California where I can head to the beach for a day of sand and surf anytime. Boogie boarding, building sand castles, tossing a frisbee, surfing, soaking in the sun… there’s an endless amount of fun to be had at the beach but there are a few things that can put a damper on your fun in the sun.
How do you recognize a rip current and what should you do if you get caught in one? Karina Fraley of Mommywood.com gets the answers in her interview with Ventura County lifeguard Derek Doler. Derek shares some valuable tips on being water wise and sun savvy so you can enjoy your day by the sea. Be sure to share this with your friends who have kids. Surf’s up.
More and more studies are discovering links between cell phone use and tumors. Part I of this article was published last week, you can read it here. As I stated in that post, scientists at the World Health Organization [WHO] conducted a world wide study revealing that just 30 minutes a day of cell phone use for 10 years increased the risk of a rare brain tumor by 40%. This is of particular concern for children because they absorb 10 times the amount of radiation as an adult. Some countries ban children from using cell phones because of the health risk.
Distracted driving isn’t the only reason using a cell phone in the car is dangerous. According to the Research Center for Wireless Technology, when you use a cell phone in the car, the reflective properties of the car’s metal chassis and frame increases the radiation exposure exponentially to everyone in the car, not just the person using the phone. This also occurs inside buses, motor homes and elevators.
The health risks that cell phones potentially cause is an ongoing concern, one that needs more research. We are still using cell phone radiation safety standards that were put in place 17 years ago! The FCC is FINALLY reevaluating them and the Environmental Working Group has launched a campaign to make sure it gets done! Love that EWG! In the mean time, there are steps we can take to keep ourselves safer and limit exposure to cell phone radiation:
- Use the speaker phone when possible
- Only make calls when necessary and keep them short
- Turn the phone off if it’s in your pocket
- Wear an air tube headset – avoid wireless headsets, they intensify radiation to the ear canal
- Allow children to use a cell phone only for emergencies
- If you must use the phone in the car, make sure a window is open
Remember, there was a time when cigarettes were believed to be harmless. Considering what we now know about cigarettes it’s shocking to think that women actually smoked while they were pregnant. It will be interesting to see what we learn about cell phone use in the coming years. Forward this and part I of this article to your friends, anyone who uses a cell phone should be aware of the risks, especially those who have given cell phones to their children.
Who among us doesn’t rely on our cell phones every single day? I was charging mine the other day, nearly forgot it as I was running out of the house and the thought occurred to me, how did we ever live without these things?! But how much radiation are we really being exposed to?
A report released from the Environmental Health Trust [EHT] says that governmental testing of cell phone radiation is highly inaccurate. “Unsurprising, biased and misleading,” is what EHT President, cancer epidemiologist, Devra Davis, PhD, MPHT says about a recent Danish study that underplayed the cancer risk from cell phone use.
The tests conducted by the Federal Communication Commission [FCC] are based on old science, old cell phone models and they do not take into consideration the increase of current cell phone use. Their tests are done on mannequins emulating a 220 pound man who is 6’2″ tall, this does not represent most of the population.
Not too worried about yourself? Think twice when it comes to your kids’ cell phone use. Children absorb radiation at a far higher rate than adults. Radiation goes 150% deeper into the head of a 10 year old child than it does an adult’s head; radiation goes even deeper into that of a 5 year old.
One study shows that the bone marrow of a child absorbs 10 times the amount of radiation as an adult. The radiation “limits” allowed by governmental studies pertain to adult men not children. It’s cause for concern, particularly for kids who have their own cell phone or for kids who frequently use their parent’s cell phones for games and web surfing. EHT points out that some countries ban children from using cell phones because of the health risk.
Scientists at the World Health Organization [WHO] believe that cell phones are carcinogenic. ABC News reported that WHO conducted a world wide study revealing that just 30 minutes a day of cell phone use for 10 years increased the risk of a rare brain tumor by 40%.
Be sure to check out part II is this series which includes cell phone safety tips.
My friend Jamie loves her Victoria’s Secret lotion, it smells so good she gets compliments when she wears it. She happens to be very health conscience and eco savvy so I asked if she was concerned about the parabens and chemicals in it. She had a great point. She said she’s so careful about most things she uses that she’s just not going to worry about it.
That’s my philosophy, my own little 80/20 rule: 80% of the time I live as clean and healthy as possible and about 20% of the time I let things slide a bit. Not to be confused with the original 80/20 Principal suggested by business-management consultant Joseph M. Juran based on Italian Economist Vilfredo Pareto’s theory that in business it’s usually 20 percent of what you do that produces 80 percent of the total result. I’ve often heard nutritionists talk about the 80/20 rule when it comes to diet: eat healthy 80% of the time and relax a little the rest of the time.
I can live with that. It’s doable and makes sense. I eat well but I gotta have some ice cream or frozen yogurt to give my sweet tooth a little satisfaction. Do I make sure my kids eat healthy balanced meals the majority of the time? Absolutely, but do I take them to McDonalds once in a while? Sure. How about you? Are you 80/20, 50/50, 100%?
You know how passionate I am about green, clean chemical free living; most of my personal care products are pure and earth friendly but my favorite perfume isn’t. I love the smell and get loads of compliments when I have it spritzed on, so until I find a suitable eco replacement, it falls under that 20%.
I also appreciate a couple of shots of a good tequila or vodka once in a while and I’m not going to feel guilty about enjoying my favorite gluten free chocolate chip cookies with a nice cup of coffee when the craving strikes! Hard core tree huggers might not be happy about this but you can only do what you can do and every little bit helps. About 20% of the time I’m more carefree, loosen up the ‘rules’ and live a little. Striving for perfection isn’t realistic. As my wise mom used to say, “everything in moderation.”
Thursday, April 26th is Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. This year’s theme is “Work In Progress”. The Foundation started this program 20 years ago to help kids learn about the workplace, give them a taste of what their parent actually does in a day’s work and give them a glimpse into what their future might hold and what opportunities are out there.
It gives children a look into the working world and shows them how adults balance work with family and other aspects of their life. Whether you work in or outside the home, it’s a chance to share an important part of your life. Kids love going to work with their parents! It’s out of the ordinary and they get a kick out of seeing us in their ‘alternate environment’. They have a blast and they certainly benefit from the enriching learning experience. It’s special for mom and dad too. So have your child or grandchild, niece, the child of a friend spend the day with you at your workplace to learn about what you do, you might just inspire a future career. And you’re sure to have some fun!