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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.

 

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.

Sigg

Kleen Kanteen

MLS

REI

Nalgene

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.

 

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…)

 

Time to Rethink Your Secret Obsession With “New Car Smell” July 9, 2007

Filed under: Green Family, Products & Services, Health & Wellness — apconnect @ 8:20 pm

You knew the plastic in your car and your little one’s car seat were giving off chemicals, but it was pretty easy to brush off without any real way of measuring the effects. Don’t rest too soon — the hard facts are in. Now, find out the real score at HealthyCar.org.

“Everyone knows that cars are a major source of air pollution,” notes the site’s introductory page. “But most people don’t know that it isn’t only what comes out of tailpipes that’s the problem, but what’s inside cars as well. ‘New car smell’ for example, comes from toxic chemicals being released from plastics, foams and fabrics used to make steering wheels, dashboards and seats. These chemicals are inhaled or ingested by drivers and passengers through dust and air, potentially causing allergic or other acute reactions or even long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer. Since the average American spends more than 1.5 hours in a car every day, toxic chemical exposure inside vehicles is becoming a major source of potential indoor air pollution.

“Child car seats also contribute to the problem. They are made with some of the same chemicals as car parts, and also off-gas inside the car.”

Ok, so maybe you already knew that — but this site comes through with more facts, from healthiest choices to least healthy choices and more. Read more at HealthyCar.org.

 

Finally — diaper service once again in D/FW! July 6, 2007

Filed under: Diapering & EC, Products & Services — apconnect @ 3:51 pm

Dallas/Fort Worth finally has a diaper service again! Earth Baby Diaper Service uses 100% unbleached cotton prefolds, easy-to-use covers and a proprietary, all-natural detergent formula that requires no bleach and still gets diapers clean and sanitized.

According the Earth Baby, “Some people choose to purchase and wash their own diapers, while some prefer a diaper service. Why should you consider a diaper service? Here are some good reasons:

  • Live in an apartment & don’t have a washing machine? Let us do the dirty work.
  • Think your husband (or wife!) won’t go for the poopy diapers in the washer? We can take care of that for you! (Although there really is nothing to be afraid of. But sometimes there’s just no convincing them!)
  • Don’t have the time or energy? (Especially if you have twins!)
  • Have someone wanting to buy the service for you? (This is always a nice bonus!)” (more…)

 

More ways to eat local June 23, 2007

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!

Grand Opening Monday, June 18, 2007 at 8am
Southlake, Texas
220 Randol Mill Ave.
Southlake, 76092

(682) 223-5805 (more…)