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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…)


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.


Get Mosquitos to Buzz Off — naturally July 16, 2007

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Green Family, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 10:24 pm

North Texas’ torrential rains this spring and summer have brought more than blessed relief from the summer heat. They’ve brought mosquitos … Swarms of hungry moquitos that are making play dates at the local sandbox a miserable experience for parents, babies and children alike.

“This sudden explosion of mosquitos is a result of the recent rains which have flooded low-lying areas where Aedes vexans mosquito eggs have laid dormant for two years,” explains Scott Sawlis, Entomologist for Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS). “And while, these mosquitos do bite and are definitely a pest, they do not pose a risk of exposing humans to mosquito borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus. In North Texas, the culex mosquito or southern house mosquito is the vector for West Nile virus.”

But you don’t have to resign yourself to dousing your family in chemical-laden repellents for the rest of the summer — there are effective natural alternatives! “If you’re looking for an effective insect repellent without the potentially harmful chemical deet, you’re in luck,” writes Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that two commercially available alternatives to deet are just as effective.” (more…)


A woman of the cloth July 12, 2007

Cloth menstrual pads? Eww, isn’t that messy, wet and … well, gross? “We thought so too — at first,” admits pad maker GladRags. “Then we tried them and we’ve never gone back. Safe. Simple. Smart. Good for you, good for the environment — no plastics, no perfumes, no over-packaging.”

Sound good? We think so, too! We tested the leading cloth menstrual pads to bring you the inside scoop on today’s softest, most comfortable and absorbent pads. Read on to find out our picks for pads that pamper. (more…)


Help Getting Started With Cloth Diapers July 9, 2007

Filed under: Diapering & EC, Natural Family Living, Attachment Parenting — apconnect @ 9:54 am

Let’s face it: cloth diapering can look a little intimidating from the outside: what to buy, how many diapers you need, what types are available, how to store dirty diapers, how to wash diapers and covers … There’s a lot of information out there on the internet, but lucky Dallas/Fort Worth residents have a hands-on advantage: the D/FW Real Diaper Circle. The Circle is dedicated to helping local parents get started with cloth diapering.

The D/FW Real Diaper Circle is part of the national Real Diaper Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering cloth diaper support and education to parents across the country. The goal of the Real Diaper Association is to put more U.S. babies in cloth diapers. They aim to create a cultural shift in American attitudes toward cloth diapers — their environmental impact, their ease of use, their accessibility and their acceptability. The RDA’s goal: to get parents to consider cloth diapers as “real diapers.”

Why cloth? Here’s what the RDA has to say: (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!


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!


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.


Explore Unschooling at Rethinking Education, Aug. 30-Sept. 3 June 4, 2007

Filed under: Education & Learning, Natural Family Living, What's Happening — apconnect @ 11:31 am

Interested in unschooling? Visit the 11th annual Rethinking Education conference Aug. 30 through September 3 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dallas. With more than 50 educational sessions for parents, activities for children through teens, and inspiration and companionship for all, the conference is an amazing way to learn more and meet others who are interested in unschooling and natural learning. (more…)


Dare you let your kids play outside with the garden hose? May 29, 2007

Filed under: Natural Family Living, Green Family, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 2:47 pm

We’d answer that question by saying it’s OK to drink from a hose only if you know it was labeled safe on the package and if you flush it first. If you don’t flush out the hose, the water standing inside may contain worrisome amounts of lead and other chemicals that leach from the hose itself. Many hoses are made of polyvinyl chloride, which uses lead as a stabilizer.

Read more at Consumer Reports.