28
Apr

Trounce the Global Warming Skeptics

by Tiffany in Environment, Tidbits

Everyday it seems I run into another Global Warming skeptic and I have been in the position of not knowing what to say. This is especially so when you run across someone who spouts off some really bizarre little factoid about proof of the hoax being evident in that fact that grapes don’t grow in Greenland anymore. Uh…what????

Well, stumble no longer and get ready to trounce because I discovered a wonderful resource over at Grist, one of my favorite blogs. It has a rebuttal to just about any anti global warming argument inlcuding the grapes in Greenland one! It is called How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic. I have put this list to use on about a dozen different occasions now. They are all well thought out and well researched arguements and have a note of common sense that most people can’t ignore. Good luck!

27
Apr

Nature Mom Gets a Makeover!

by Tiffany in Tidbits

No it was actually me that got the makeover it was the Nature Moms web site. Did you notice?

I guess I am a nerd because I don’t dream of makeovers for myself….in fact you won’t catch me in a salon but I do like to dream of new web designs, new blog skins, etc. And because the site has grown so much in the last year I thought a makover was do. Hopefully everything is easier to find and more attractive too.

And that is not all!!

I will be hard at work adding more great content and articles in the near future so let me know what YOU want to know more about and stay tuned this year for a great new feature on this blog….a podcast! Then you will be able to read all my blog posts and even listen to my charming self babbling about natural family living.

Thanks to all of my visitors and blog readers for making this site such a success!! Your the best!

16
Apr

Laptop Lunches

Payton's Laptop Lunchbox

I have been wanting to buy a laptop lunchbox for a very long time. I first saw them on the Vegan Lunchbox blog and that was it…I wanted one. But unfortunately I did not have a use for one so I decided against purchasing. A few weeks ago though, my son started kindergarten at a new school and unilke his previous school they attend all day long and serve lunch. And since the school lunches are not healthy, I finally have my chance to use the Laptop Lunchbox system. Hurray!

My son and I were like two kids at Christmas when the postman delivered it. Then we were anxious when we had to wait four whole days to be able to use it :) But alas we are now using this wonderful lunchbox and we both like it VERY much. Let’s just hope he doesn’t lose it.

The basic idea behine this luchbox is to create fun, practical food containers that promote better nutrition and waste reduction. The lunchbox system eliminates the need for plastic bags, plastic utensils, disposable drink containers, etc. It helps you to make nutritious lunches without adding to the waste problem. I love the design with the individual food containers. It makes it so easy to pack leftovers from the previous night’s dinner and also to add a variety of foods so that my son can get the most nutrition from his lunches. And there are lids too so I can make sure that foods don’t mix. There is even a tiny little container and lid for sauces, dressings, dips, ect. Genius!

They are made with plastic but the company behind the product (two moms) only use plastics that are not suspected to have carcinogenic properties. And since so many lunchboxes have lead in them nowadays I feel secure that this lunchbox system is a good fit for us. We are making a small improvement by ditching the plastic water bottle though. I have ordered him a 12 ounce Klean Kanteen bottle instead. :) But overall…this lunchbox is wonderful. I love the fact that I am not sending my son to school with anything that needs to be thrown away….everything is reusable.

We ordered the whole laptop Lunchbox System which includes:

An insulated carrying case with nametag
A reusable water bottle
The Laptop Lunch Bento Box
A set of stylish utensils
The Laptop Lunch User’s Guide

The User’s Guide has a lot of wonderful health and nutrition information and several recipes as well as some general tips for making the most of your lunchbox.

payton-and-lunch2.jpgThe picture above is lunch that my son and I packed together for tomorrow morning. It includes a peanut butter and blackberry jelly sandwhich on whole wheat, fruit salad, apple slices and peanut butter dipping sauce, and peanut butter carob balls rolled in coconut. The carob balls are very healthy with flaxseed meal, raw sunflower seeds, oats, carob powder, peanut butter, and raw honey. Everything in his lunch is organic of course. His drinking bottle (not shown) is filled with water.

The bottom picture is my oldest son with his new lunchbox. I would say that we are both very happy with this purchase. :) We got our Laptop Lunchbox from my favorite online “green” shop… Reuseit!

Monday, April 16th, 2007

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13
Apr

The Healthiest Kids

by Tiffany in Book Reviews, Healthy Eating

I just finished reading The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood by William, Martha, James, and Robert Sears. I think I pretty much adore every single Sears book I have read but this one was especially good. The subtitle of the book is 10 Ways to Get Your Family on the Right Nutritional Track and if I had to recommend a book to anyone about healthful eating for children, this is the book I would tell them about.

Our children are facing a nutritional crisis with increases in diabetes, obesity, compromised immune systems, and emotional issues. Even childhood afflictions that you may not immediately assume to be diet related can in fact be linked to the junk food diet that so many kids eat today.

Well Dr. Sears and has been in a pediatric practice for many years and he has been able to see how the pure kids fare and how the junk food kids fare. He has noticed many differences including the fact that his pure kids get sick less, they don’t get diabetes, they are lean and trim, and they don’t get diagnosed with disorders such as ADD and ADHD.

In this book the Sears tell us of ten changes that every family must make:

Shape young tastes early
Feed your family the right carbs
Feed your family the right fats
Feed your children grow foods
Feed your family fill-up foods
Begin the day with a brainy breakfast
Raise a grazer
Feed your child’s immune system
Raise a lean family. Get active as a family.
Teach your children to be wise supermarket shoppers.

These are important points and each is discussed at length.

One of the things that I like the most about this book is the personal experiences that are shared with us. All of the advice they give is practiced in their own homes. I especially love the chapter on supermarket shopping and William Sears tells us about how he took his kids on trips to a mainstream store and Whole Foods store to gauge the reactions and impulses of his children. His experience was very eye opening and made me want to try a similar experiment and record my findings.

The book also has quite a few recipes in the last section including a recipe for their favorite brainy breakfast. There are also some healthy cookie recipes that I will be trying this week just in time for a dinner party this weekend. When I tell my guests they are eating flax seed cookies with carob chips, what will they think? We will see.

This book is a must read for every family.

Friday, April 13th, 2007

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12
Apr

The Truth for Kids

by Tiffany in Book Reviews, Children, Environment

truthforkids.jpgIf your anything like me then you are always looking for ways to encourage environmentalism in your children. It is a big part of my life and I want my kids to grow up and want to be have a deep love for the earth and for protecting it. Sometimes it can be hard to talk to your kids about these matters, especially when the concepts of environmentalism…such as global warming for instance…are so deep. It can be tough to find the right words and make them understand.

I was happy to see today that a revised edition of the book An Inconveneient Truth is now available for kids. An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming is geared towards kid in grades 5-8.

This young readers’ version of the recent documentary film’s companion adult volume cuts the page count by about a third but preserves the original’s cogent message and many of its striking visuals. After explaining that his interest in the environment predates even his mother’s reading of Silent Spring aloud to him as a teenager, Gore proceeds to document steeply rising carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere, and then to link that to accelerating changes in temperature and precipitation patterns worldwide. Using easy-to-grasp graphics and revealing before-and-after photos, he shows how glaciers and ice shelves are disappearing all over the globe with alarming speed, pointing to profound climate changes and increased danger from rising sea levels in the near future. O’Connor rephrases Gore’s arguments in briefer, simpler language without compromising their flow, plainly intending to disturb readers rather than frighten them. He writes measured, matter-of-fact prose, letting facts and trends speak for themselves—but, suggesting that “what happens locally has worldwide consequences,” he closes with the assertion that we will all have to “change the way we live our lives.” Like the film, this title may leave readers to look elsewhere for both documentation and for specific plans of action, but as an appeal to reason it’s as polished and persuasive as it can be.—John Peters, New York Public Library

Now if only they would make one for kids even younger…

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

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