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Natural Tactics: Eczema July 30, 2007

Filed under: Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 10:58 am

By Katharina Bishop

Eczema is a common, recurring skin condition characterized by a dry, flaky, itchy rash, which can affect different parts of the body. Its appearance may vary depending on its severity and topical location. Another commonly used term for this condition is atopic dermatitis.

Childhood eczema is very common, affecting approximately 10 percent of infants and children in industrialized countries. It can start as early as two months of age.

Eczema has two distinct components: dry, easily irritated skin (there is a genetic tendency toward dry skin) and allergies (underlying allergies are manifested in the skin). When a child with eczema is exposed to allergens, the skin overreacts and breaks out in a rash. Since it is already dry and slightly irritated, the skin is less able to handle this allergic rash and less able to heal itself quickly. (more…)


World Breastfeeding Week — Lewisville area July 29, 2007

Filed under: Playgroups & Gatherings, Breastfeeding, What's Happening — apconnect @ 10:20 pm

World Breastfeeding Week Lewisville meetup

Thursday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday Aug. 7
10 a.m. - ?
Vista Ridge Mall
Toddler Play Area

Bring your nursling, support breastfeeding and meet other local nursing moms.


Spiral Diner Dallas update July 28, 2007

Filed under: Vegetarian & Vegan Living, Healthy Eating, What's Happening — apconnect @ 11:29 am

Spiral Diner Dallas Update

“Hello Everyone,

Things are moving right along in Dallas. The Building is being remodeled and we are inching closer to the opening of the new Spiral Diner. Our new location will be at 1101 N. Beckley in Oak Cliff. Although we have not set an exact date yet, we are anticipating a late fall opening. We still have quite a bit to do including hiring the new staff of Spiral employees. We are now accepting applications, so if you live in Dallas (particularly in the Oak Cliff area) and are enthusiastic about working in an all-vegan restaurant, please e-mail me. I need a resume with job history, relevant food experience and why you want to work at Spiral Diner. You can send your resume to Sara and I will start setting up interviews soon.

We are also looking for a few more investors who are interested in helping Spiral financially. Please e-mail me and I can send you more information about that as well.

Thanks for your support, everyone. We’ll see you in Dallas this fall!!

Spiral Diner


Pediatric first aid and CPR classes

Filed under: Products & Services, What's Happening, Health & Wellness, Parenting — apconnect @ 11:25 am

CPR Training & More is pleased to announce monthly pediatric first aid/CPR AED classes, taught by Marianne Evans. Marianne is an experienced registered nurse, childbirth educator and child passenger safety technician. This is the required class for foster parents, daycare workers, teachers and great for anyone around kids.

The next class session is Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. Class fees include book and DVD. Private group sessions are available for groups of 10 or more.

CPR Training & MORE…
American Heart Association certification classes
ACLS, BLS/CPR, PALS, Community AED, CPR, First Aid

NEW! EKG classes
Nursing CE, Social Work CE, LPC CE & Massage Therapy CE classes

For more information or to register, call Rosemary at (214) 324.1119 or visit CPR Training and More.


Children’s Programs at Cedar Ridge Preserve July 25, 2007

Filed under: Education & Learning, Green Family, What's Happening — apconnect @ 2:09 pm

Let your child explore the wonders of nature at Cedar Ridge Preserve! The wonders of nature come alive during this 2-hour, hands-on program. During a nature walk, children will use their senses as they explore and discover the escarpment, prairie and forest ecosystems. They will see evidence of animals, hear a variety of birds, feel an Osage Orange fruit and smell the flowers in the butterfly garden.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 28 (8-, 9-, 10-year-olds)
Saturday, August 11 (6-, 7-year-olds)

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75249

$5 per child; $1 discount for each additional child from same household

Enrollment is limited. RSVP with Randy Schoen by e-mail or by calling (972) 754-1755.

Audubon Texas
2904 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 370-9735


Fresh, traditional rustic breads July 24, 2007

Filed under: Products & Services, Healthy Eating — apconnect @ 4:38 pm

It really doesn’t get much better than this … BreadHaus is a family-owned, retail bakery specializing in traditional rustic breads. Reading their list of available breads is absolutely tantalizing! “Friggin’ incredible! Try the herbed loaf,” exclaims Moonlady Amy Martin.

“Our hearth breads are baked directly on the oven floor in a deep-deck, European oven and contain no added sugars, fats, dairy or eggs,” report BreadHaus owners. “We make our breads and sweets from scratch using organic flours and grains. The eggs we use in our sweet pastry items come from free-range chickens from a local farmer.”

“We truly care about our environment and the quality of our products,” they add.

BreadHaus is located at 700 W. Dallas Road, Grapevine 76051; (817) 488-5223. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.


Makeup That’s Good for Your Skin July 23, 2007

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Products & Services — apconnect @ 10:52 am

By Katharina Bishop

Glowing, luminescent, healthy skin is the new face of beauty. More and more of us are breathing a sigh of relief as we say good-bye to the traditional make-up routine of pasty matte powder and heavy foundations. However, few of us are blessed with perfect skin from the get-go and need some help in achieving that rosy-cheeked, nature girl look.

It used to take longer to achieve the natural look than the made-up look. Now, with new technology advancing at lightning speed, it takes only a few seconds to achieve coverage that used to require three separate products. And let’s be honest, a few seconds is usually all we have to spare in the morning when applying our make-up! (more…)


Ginger: Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

Filed under: Products & Services, Healthy Eating — apconnect @ 10:19 am

By Susan Palmquist

Many consider ginger to be a medicine cabinet all by itself. If you’re not already keeping fresh ginger or even a box of ginger tea in your pantry, next time you visit the store — bring some home. Ginger has been proven to relieve both motion and morning sickness, and can calm an upset stomach when you’ve overindulged. And if you’re getting over the stomach flu, either a cup of ginger tea or glass of ginger ale can have you feeling back to normal in no time.

And it’s not just an upset stomach that can benefit from ginger. Ginger is also loaded with antiviral compounds that fight rhinovirus, a.k.a the common cold. (more…)


Is this glop safe to put on my face? July 18, 2007

Skin Deep is a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group. Skin Deep pairs ingredients in nearly 25,000 products against 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind.

  • Makeup
  • Skin care
  • Hair products
  • Eye care
  • Manicure/pedicure products
  • Baby care products
  • Dental care
  • Fragrance — yes, even perfumes!

The ugly truth: Why did a small nonprofit take on such a big project? Because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.

And as the hot sun finally gets cranking for the summer in Dallas/Fort Worth, check out Skin Deep’s Sunscreen Summary — What Works and What’s Safe.


Bring your baby to work

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 3:19 pm

For most of human history, mothers kept their babies with them while they worked to support their families. However, after the Industrial Revolution, having children in a work environment was no longer feasible. Society became fragmented — children separated from their parents, and parents often separated from society.

It’s time for a change, says BabiesAtWork.org. Visit this fantastic new resource site and learn:

  • Why bringing babies to work works
  • Benefits for families
  • Benefits for businesses
  • Benefits for society
  • How to arrange bringing your baby to work
  • Tips for parents at work
  • Converted skeptics
  • Quotes from companies
  • Baby-friendly company list
  • Raising happy babies
  • Solutions for colic
  • And more!

So what are you waiting for? Get to work! Visit BabiesAtWork.org.


Bottle it up!

Last year, Americans tossed over 22 billion empty plastic water bottles in the trash, according to The Green Guide. In bottle production alone, the more than 70 million bottles of water consumed each day in the U.S. drain 1.5 million barrels of oil over the course of one year.

The plastic in both single-use and reuseable water bottles can present chemical hazards, so be stylish, healthy and practical — bring your own bottle! Check out these convenient and good-looking alternatives.


Kleen Kanteen




Read more about bottled water — as well as bottles, and water — at The Green Guide. Also read their plastic container report for more facts on plastic water bottles.


Yeah, it’s raining again — but we still need to conserve water July 17, 2007

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

Please join WE (Women in the Environment) for a meeting on “Water Conservation — Practical Strategies” with Alan Watts, of TCEQ on Thursday, July 19th. The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Spring Creek BBQ, 3514 W Airport Freeway (Beltline Rd, south exit) in Irving, 75062. This meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend, so bring your male co-workers!

Recently we have experienced a once in a generation monsoon summer, but long-term water conservation is important to Texas and Alan will share guidelines for us to use in our personal and commercial lives. (more…)