… connecting parents of connected children.

Learn About Bach Flower Essences June 26, 2007

Filed under: What's Happening, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 4:04 pm

What are Bach Flower Essences? Are they used like aromatherapy? How do they work? Why in the heck should you care? Learn indications for all 38 essences plus Rescue Remedy. Learn how safe they are — even for children and pets!

Bach Flower Essences 101
with Lisa Price, BFRP*

Saturday, July 21

Positive Touch Massage
504 Business Parkway
Richardson, Texas 75081

Cost: $45.00 (more…)


ADHD: The Diet vs. Drug Controversy June 25, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 1:47 pm

There may be something to the old saying, “You are what you eat.” Some experts have long questioned whether sugar, chemical additives and fatty foods could be to blame for ADD and ADHD (a more destructive form of ADD), claiming kids are all hyped up, buzzed out on sugar and driven to distraction. Whatever the cause, the sheer number of children being diagnosed with this learning disability is alarming. Estimates range anywhere from 5 million to 20 million in the United States alone. And while many parents and teachers at their wits’ end have been turning to Ritalin and other psychotropic drugs since the late ’80s — some claiming great results — for other parents, Ritalin is not the magic pill, and possible side effects have them pursuing other approaches, trying to figure out the nuances of out-of-whack body chemistry.

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


Soy what? June 23, 2007

Filed under: Vegetarian & Vegan Living, Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 5:47 pm

Soy used to be considered the golden child of nutrition, a food that could fight heart disease, promote stronger bones, reduce the risk of some kinds of cancer and help people lose weight. But suddenly, soy bashing is all over the media. Adding to the confusion, you find soy in just about everything you eat nowadays, plus a whole range of meat and dairy substitutes: soy hot dogs, soy garden burgers, soy cheese, milk and butter, breads made from soy flour, soy power bars, soy “meats” - not to mention vegetarian standbys like tofu, miso and soy sauce.

So who’s right? Is soy safe?

Read more at DallasChild magazine.


More ways to eat local

Filed under: Products & Services, Healthy Eating — apconnect @ 5:37 pm

Eat local! It’s healthier for you, the local economy, and the Earth.

LocalHarvest.org has a locator feature to find farmers’ markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats and many other goodies. (more…)


The local scoop: Earth, Health and Animal Newsletter June 21, 2007

Green families, listen up: The Dallas/Fort Worth Earth/Health/Animal Newsletter is one green resource you want landing in your mailbox every month! As the name implies, news ranges from eco-happenings and local issues, to holistic and alternative health, to veg lifestyles, to animal compassion. The newsletter lists dozens of local events and resources. Stop by — but make sure you have plenty of time, because this list is a great read!


Birth Photography By a Mother June 18, 2007

Filed under: Products & Services, Pregnancy & Birth — apconnect @ 5:16 pm

Bring a smile (and maybe even some tears!) to your face visiting the web home of our newest listing for intimate, beautiful birth and newborn photography. Photographer Lynsey Stone has birthed her own children in settings from hospital to home. She brings that experience and sensibility to her photography, creating a warm, personal keepsake record of each family’s birth experience.

Lynsey Stone Photography Specializing in birth and newborns; (817) 408-0891


Sprouts: Sprouting up in Southlake

Filed under: Green Family, Products & Services, What's Happening — apconnect @ 1:37 pm

Sprouts is sprouting up in Southlake! Sprouts Farmers Market, an Arizona-based company, is one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers sprouting in Arizona, California and Texas. Sprouts specializes in farm fresh produce, purchased from local growers when possible.

Grand Opening Monday, June 18, 2007 at 8am
Southlake, Texas
220 Randol Mill Ave.
Southlake, 76092
(682) 223-5805 (more…)


Dallas: Top 10 Fattest American Cities June 15, 2007

Filed under: Healthy Eating, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 5:00 pm

Yes, it’s old news, but it’s still a wake-up call for Dallas parents — and not the sort you might get on a business trip on the morning of a significant meeting, but one that’s weighty nonetheless. Despite the Metroplex’s plethora of fitness clubs, gyms and spas, as well as Texas’ general penchant for sports, for the third year in a row, Dallas is listed in the top 10 fattest cities, according to the February 2004 issue of Men’s Fitness. Moving from 5th place in 2002 to 9th place in 2003, we found ourselves loosening our belts once more in 2004 as we barreled ahead into the not-so-elite top three.

Approximately 61 percent of American adults are overweight and more than 15 percent of 6- to 9-year olds are overweight — a figure that has more than doubled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Enter Texas: 14.2 percent of our students in grades 9-12 are overweight in comparison to the national rate of 10.5 percent, reports Action for Healthy Kids’ Texas State Profile.

Read more at DallasChild.


Natural Birth Under the Sun and Sky June 14, 2007

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Pregnancy & Birth — apconnect @ 8:53 am

The Birth of Grey Forest Walt is one of the most eye-opening birth stories/photojournals out there. There may be fancier birth journals — but few can match the power of this natural childbirth under the sun and sky. The beauty of the mountain setting and the fresh, unadulterated joy of the family make this birth story a classic. Check it out!


Organic Gardening the Dallas Way

Filed under: Green Family, What's Happening — apconnect @ 8:46 am

The Dallas Organic Garden Club invites you to attend its club meeting and experience the joy of gardening with us. The Dallas Organic Garden
Club mission is to promote knowledge, understanding, use and research of organic methods and cultural practices by helping people to relate and cooperate in harmony with nature rather than attempting to dominate it. The sun, air, rain, soil, moon, insects, plants and animals will teach us their lessons and do the gardening for us — if we will only watch, listen, and learn.

The Dallas Organic Garden Club members of the greater Dallas area meet year-round every fourth Thursday of the month (Refreshments 6:45 p.m., Lecture
7:15 p.m.) at Fretz Park Recreation Center (214-670-6203). Visit Dallas Organic Garden Club or call 214-824-2448 for meeting updates, map and details.


New local holistic parenting e-mail group for D/FW June 11, 2007

Filed under: Playgroups & Gatherings, Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 12:18 am

A new holistic email group for local parents has recently popped up on the Dallas/Fort Worth scene: the DFW Holistic Parenting Yahoo group. The new group is designed for families interested in a holistic lifestyle or learning more about it.

The group intends to cover issues including whole food nutrition, breastfeeding, not vaccinating, attachment parenting, babywearing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, co-sleeping, gentle discipling, child development, child and family fitness, health and wellness care, chiropractic, emotional health, homeopathy, child friendly and safe products, earth friendly living and other various relating topics.

Find this e-mail discussion list at DFW Holistic Parenting Yahoo group.


Can Adoptive Moms Breastfeed? June 10, 2007

Filed under: Breastfeeding — apconnect @ 4:53 pm

Few would dispute the advantages of nursing – from antibodies that protect an infant at birth to the health-promoting, disease-preventing nutrients in mother’s milk. Just as importantly, nursing promotes a special bond between mother and child – a bond some might be surprised to learn is not exclusive to biological children and their mothers.

It is not necessary to have been pregnant in order to nurse; adoptive moms can breastfeed.

Read more at DallasChild.