Thursday, May 30, 2013

Text Message Baby Goes Back to Basics

Since 2008, Text Message Baby has been known for their eco-friendly style with an edge. Their geeky charm prove why their text message onesies have been so popular. They not only offer printed organic baby one pieces but now a wonderful selection of colored onesie blanks. Onesies have long been a basic in every household with a newborn baby. They make such practical baby shower gifts. So check out all the new colors and pick out your favorites at textmessagebaby.com.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Assure Your Children's Health

The health of your children is most likely one of your top priorities. If you're environmentally conscious, you probably also know that choices made for protection of the environment also typically promote the health of your entire family. Things like growing your own food and using safer cleaning products help safeguard the planet from harm and assure your and your children's long-term health. Read on for some of the top things you can do that will be a huge boost for your family's well-being and the state of the planet:

Find a bleach alternative. Instead of reaching for the bleach every time you need to do a household chore, or using an alternative that is just as harmful to the environment, try finding products that you can use for every-day cleaning that won't cause harm. Bleach and similarly toxic household cleaners should not be used for simple messes, and you should avoid putting them in the water supply whenever possible. Going the old-fashioned route is actually a much better option for your family's health and for the environment. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can take care of most messes, so save the bleach for times when you fear serious contamination or sickness.

Grow your own produce. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your family's health. It also saves transportation and land usage and is central to a more sustainable lifestyle. Not everyone can find a place to garden, and many cannot do much more than an herb or patio vegetable planter, but something is always better than nothing. That will be one more ingredient in your children's food that you know contains minimal pesticides. In fact, some of the produce with the highest amounts of pesticides traditionally, such as strawberries, tomatoes, herbs, and bell peppers, are often the ones that can be easily grown at home.

Cook at home. Not only do you know exactly what is going into the food your family eats when you cook at home, you are saving the environment some serious stress. The sourcing of ingredients for restaurant supply chains and the transportation and natural resources involved in producing large amounts of food cause a huge environmental footprint. Even the plastic ware wasted when you order food to take home with you adds up. Cooking at home also typically results in food that is fresher, more full of complete grains and vegetables, and way lighter in terms of salt and fat.

Go outside more often. The importance of going outside as often as possible cannot be overstated when it comes to health. The body needs a bit of sunlight to maintain its natural levels of serotonin and Vitamin D, and going outside often involves a bit more exercise than sitting in front of the TV. It also allows you to turn off the lights for awhile, shut off some power-hungry electronics, and give your electricity bill a rest.

Avoid plastics like the plague. There is no need to go too crazy in your avoidance of all things plastic, but it's still a good thing to keep in mind. Harmful toxin such as BPA have been used in plastics for years. When children eat food that has been cooked or stored in plastic or they bite on toys or plastic utensils, the possibility of taking in harmful chemicals increases. When possible, but furniture, toys and dishware made from more naturally-occurring elements, such as glass, wood, metal or fabric. This also cuts down on the amount of non-biodegradable products being bought and, eventually, thrown into land mines.

Susan Wells is a freelancer and blogger who writes for sites that are related to insurance, technology, and lifestyle. She's always happy to hear from her readers and welcomes your comments and questions.

Monday, September 17, 2012

5 Ways Friends and Family Members Can Help New Parents

First time parents can find themselves in quite an unfamiliar predicament when they return home from the hospital. Life as they know it has suddenly been disrupted, and this upheaval to the norm can be one that is both shocking and overwhelming for new parents unaccustomed to caring for an infant. Family members and close friends can help in a variety of different ways to help soothe the stresses that accompany being a new mom or dad.

1. Bring over meals. New parents are going to be sleep-deprived and restricted with their time, which can make preparing meals an insurmountable task. Bringing over ready-to-heat casseroles, quickly prepared breakfast and lunch foods, and freezer ready meals can make meal time much more enjoyable for parents who are just learning to navigate how to balance the routine of caring for a new baby while still maintaining a somewhat normal life. Get together with friends and family and create a rotation of meals amongst each other so that meals aren’t repeated and the family has food for a few weeks.

2. Keep the new mom or dad company during the day. Adjusting to having a newborn is never easy, no matter how much joy the birth may have brought, and new moms and dads often struggle to find a rhythm in their days. Family and friends who are able to take off a day of work can be a lifesaver for new mothers and fathers during the first one to two weeks home from the hospital, allowing them to catch up on sleep here and there and take a much-needed shower or a quiet 15 minutes to themselves.

3. Bring over gift cards to favorite restaurants. Supplying the family with meals doesn’t have to be restricted to home-cooked creations, and new parents will likely be thrilled with gift cards to their favorite restaurants that allow them to call in orders and either pick them up or have them delivered. Taking the guess work out of even one to two meals can make all the difference for new parents.

4. Offer to help out with chores. Whether it’s stopping by the grocery store, doing a couple loads of laundry, or surface cleaning the house, helping out with chores can alleviate a huge burden from the shoulders of new parents. Chores are likely the first thing to slide from a new parent’s routine, and any help they can receive from friends or family members is likely to be much appreciated.

5. Be there for support. Inevitably there will come a day when a new parent finds that they are utterly overwhelmed and needing nothing more than a shoulder to cry on or a friendly ear to vent to. Make time to check in with them every few days and encourage them to reach out if they ever need to talk. Regularly offer words of encouragement and support, and let them know that they’re doing a great job adjusting to parenthood. Any and all support that can be offered to new parents can make adjusting to parenthood that much easier. The emotions that come with being a new parent are often overwhelming, and any help you can give them will always be appreciated.

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny housekeeper. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: - jdebra84 @ gmail.com.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Text Message Baby Summer Blowout Sale

Huge savings going on right now at Text Message Baby. They are clearing their shelves to make room for new inventory arriving soon. Take advantage and save up to 75% off all their current organic one piece bodysuits and toddler tees. These are the lowest prices of the season so stock up and save! Shop textmessagebaby.com today!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

3 Reasons Eating "Green" is Good for Your Family's Health


Going "green" has been a hot topic for some time now. Where green living was once limited to self-proclaimed environmentalists, today more and more average households are taking the "green" plunge. With an overall stronger awareness of the benefits of green practices, our society continues to lean towards to concepts of sustainability, organic production, and eco-friendliness—and what a great trend it is. While the wellbeing and longevity of our planet and our natural resources is one of the primary calls to action for sustainable living and organic production, it also has to do with our own wellbeing and longevity as humans. For some time now, doctors, nutritionists, and health advocates have been warning against the health dangers of highly processed, inorganic food. Going "green" with your food as a family can be one of the best and most effective ways to improve your family's health. "Green", however, means much more than just eating your veggies—you need to think organic and sustainable. Here are three unarguable reasons eating organic is good for your family and our planet's health.

No Toxins

Non-organic foods are farmed using numerous chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, and chemical fertilizers. These chemicals are designed to kill any living things that might detriment the growth of produce or crops. The sole purpose of using these chemicals is to help mass farm productions have the largest crop yield possible. However, these toxins and chemicals often leave residues behind for when you purchase the items from the grocery stores. While the toxin levels are typically low, they can be particularly harmful to young children and pregnant mothers who ingest them unknowingly. Truly organic produce is farmed without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

No Hormones

Growth hormones and genetic modification have been of hot debate for some time in the food world. Many mass farms genetically modify their crops to produce things faster and many large scale dairy farmers use growth hormones to obtain more milk from their cows or larger meat portions from the livestock. While these hormones do indeed put larger chicken breasts on our supermarket shelves, the affect those added hormones and modified genes have on the people who consume them is arguably negative. These added things are not natural to our own bodies and systems and are believed to be the cause of numerous different health issues.

More Nutrients

We eat foods because they provide us with the nutrients our bodies need to survive and thrive. This is why we feed our children well-rounded meals and encourage them to eat their broccoli. But, many non-organic meats and foods are actually significantly less nutritious than their organic counterparts. On many mass production farms, livestock are fed corn and grain diets because it is cheaper and easier for the farmers. While this cuts the cost of raising cattle, pigs, and chicken for slaughter, it also eliminates many of the nutrients in their meat. Livestock that are fed the things they would eat in the wild (grass, rather than just corn or grain) are not only healthier themselves, but also healthier for those who consume them. The natural nutrients found in the meats we eat are very important for our overall health and wellbeing. By eating meats lacking in those nutrients, we develop deficiencies in certain important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Amelia Wood, a blogger and freelance writer, lives to offer medical billing and coding advice to the curious job-seeker. She is passionate about medicine, health, and wellness in both the professional medical world and the realm of personal and family wellness. Direct any questions or comments to amelia1612@gmail.com.