30
Nov

Schools Reject An Inconvenient Truth

by Tiffany in Environment, Tidbits

“Laurie David, a producer of An Inconvenient Truth, reports that the National Science Teachers Association has rejected 50,000 free classroom copies of the movie, citing ‘unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters.’ One of those supporters turns out to be Exonn-Mobil.”

News Article

Buy this movie on DVD below:

Inconvenient Truth DVD

29
Nov

Just a Funny Moment

by Tiffany in Tidbits

Well, yesterday wasn’t such a good day since  I had to visit the Chemo room and get the bad news that my platelet count is very low again and the icky blood transfusion subject came up again. Well, they decided to put me on some medication to see if that helps. But of course there is nothing funny about that.

But when I walked into the office yesterday and sat down, I looked around the room and saw that I was getting some strange looks from the other patients and guests in the packed waiting room. Some looked shocked, some looked horrified, and some looked disgusted. Well, what the heck did I do?!

I looked down at my jacket and saw the problem. :) I was wearing my favorite Billabong hoodie with a huge embroidered skull on the front. It looks something like the picture below but the skull is on the front and the embroidery is very ornate and gorgeous. The hoodie is almost like a piece of art and as a surfing enthusiast I absolutely love Billabong clothing.

Well, anyway I guess that the huge skull on my jacket did not sit well with the other cancer patients and guests in the room…who were all quite a bit older than me. Well, I thought it was kind of funny but I unzipped the hoodie just the same…since you can’t really tell what it is until you zip the two sides together. ;)

Skull Hoodie

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

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27
Nov

An Organic Pregnancy

by Tiffany in Birth & Baby, Book Reviews

Organic Pregnancy Book

While being pregnant is thrilling, the responsibility of a growing baby can provoke anxiety about what is and isn’t safe. In The Complete Organic Pregnancy, Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu address how you can minimize your exposure to the invisible toxins that surround us—in everything from food, cleaning products, and cosmetics to furniture, rugs, air, and water. Step by step, they tell you where dangerous chemicals are lurking, why it’s so important to avoid them when pregnant, and what you can do before, during, and after your pregnancy to protect your child.

In this exhaustively researched book, the authors (calmly) talk parents-to-be through everything from the safest laundry detergent to which crib mattresses contain toxic flame retardants. You’ll find out how to choose the right face cream, plastic water bottles, household cleaners, types of fish, and much more—all with an eye toward keeping you and your baby safe and healthy.

The Complete Organic Pregnancy also features a collection of personal diaries from well-known writers and organophiles, including Barbara Kingsolver and Marion Nestle, as well as recipes from organic chefs. Required reading for anyone heading into this exciting stage of life, The Complete Organic Pregnancy is your chance to make a difference for your children, even before they’re born.

Monday, November 27th, 2006

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27
Nov

Pumpkin Face Mask

by Tiffany in Essential Oils

pumpkin face mask diyIf you love pumpkins like I do then you still have plenty sitting around the house (inside and out). I buy them in bulk for decorative purposes and then hope that I can get creative enough to use them all before they start to go bad. One of the ways I use them is to make pumpkin puree in my crockpot. I then use my own homemade puree for everything that you would otherwise use canned pumpkin for. It is so much healthier for you!

After you make pies, cookies, cakes, souffle, soup, and all the other pumpkin foods you want to make in the fall…why not use some for a DIY beauty mask? Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A and C, zinc, beneficial alpha-hydroxy acids, it soothes the skin and it has antioxidants that help repair cellular damage. A pumpkin face mask that will help rejuvenate your skin that may be chapped and dry this time of year.

Pumpkin Face Mask

4 T pumpkin puree
4 T honey
1/2 tbsp avocado oil
1 drop of geranium oil
1 drop of carrot seed oil

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients until well-blended, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Apply to face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Enjoy !

Monday, November 27th, 2006

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27
Nov

Nature Babies

Nature Babies Book

Today I devoured a great book entitled “Nature Babies – Natural Knits and Organic Crafts for Moms, Babies, and a Better World“. This book was wonderful and such a rare treat!

Basically it introduces and gives instructions for numerous fiber arts and crafts projects. All of the projects incorporate natural or and/or organic materials such as wool, organic sherpa fleece, organic cotton, etc. Some of the projects included in this book include a hemp stroller tote, nursing shawls, baby hats, clothing, robes, and sweaters, hot water bottle covers, wool play toys, organic baby dolls, baby mobiles, and so much more. It has complete instructions, templates, a techniques guide, and a listing of places to get all of the materials you will need. The BEST part about this book was the full page color pictures of the crafts and some pretty adorable child models. It made me want to start crafting the second I put the book down!

This book would be an excellent holiday gift or even the basis for you to make handmade holdiay gifts for the moms and babies in your life.

Nature Babies: Natural Knits and Organic Crafts for Moms, Babies, and a Better World offers a wonderful, holistic approach to caring for our babies, ourselves, and our planet. Author Tara Jon Manning has created the ultimate guide to treating babies and mommies to the joys of nature and the pleasure of crafting. Explore how to combine handcraft and gift making with the philosophy of living lightly. Practice the adage reduce, reuse, recycle while creating handcrafted, one-of-a-kind treasures. The inspired designs are supplemented by information about holistic approaches to raising baby and the stewardship of your baby’s world.

This book is a must have for moms that love to craft and who care about the need for organic, natural poroducts in their home.

Monday, November 27th, 2006

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