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Saturday, July 21, 2007

What Being a WAHM means to me?

Being a WAHM (work at home mom) means the freedom to do whatever it is the day calls for. Whether that be house work, playing with the girls, or just running all over town. I love being able to, at the drop of a hat, go to the store, or stop by to see family. I've been "blessed" with a very spontaneous family. Unlike me, who has small children, my family loves to surprise me with things they need me to do, as well as things they would like me to do with them. It's nice to be able to be there with them allowing my girls to grow up around tons of family, something that I never got to experience.

Being a WAHM also gives me a sort of piece of mind knowing that I'm bringing in an income so that my husband isn't burdened with all of our finances. Living on just one income in this day and age is just about impossible.

I also like the connection with other moms like me in my business. It's nice being able to work along side other business minded women. I love the interaction and team work. Being a WAHM is sharing, really. I honestly think I would go completely stir crazy if it weren't for my team giving me a constant grounding.

Most of all being a WAHM means giving my girls all the attention necessary to acquire all their skills and to reach each developmental plateau. I'm exceedingly glad that I don't have to rely on somebody else to make sure that my girls are at the stage that they should be at. I personally don't want them where they "should" be, I want them to be the best. I know that is how every good mother feels, and the opportunity to make sure this happens is the best feeling in the world. I truly feel sorry for those corporate moms who don't get to experience what us WAHMS do.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Poison in the News

I'm collecting the info and evidence of the many types of poisons we come in contact with day to day. It's funny that I'm not the only one doing. People are becoming more and more frantic about what they put on and in their bodies. From organic clothing to organic food to safer personal care products and safer cleaning products. Here's a video to show just who else is concerned with our future health.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


We live in a strange world. Unfortunately things are only getting worse, not better. Here's an example of some of the problems we face day to day, and sometimes don't even know it. These are things that we shouldn't have to worry about!

Colgate warns of fake toothpaste in U.S. Thu Jun 14, 8:31 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Colgate-Palmolive Co. on Thursday said counterfeit "Colgate" toothpaste that may contain a toxic chemical had been found in discount stores in four U.S. states.

There are indications that this product does not contain fluoride and may contain diethylene glycol," the company said in a statement.

Colgate-Palmolive said it does not use, nor has ever used, diethylene glycol as an ingredient in its toothpaste anywhere in the world. The chemical, known as DEG and sometimes illegally used as an inexpensive sweetener and thickening agent, is commonly found in solvents and antifreeze.

The Colgate-Palmolive announcement comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to avoid any toothpaste made in China after inspectors found DEG in tubes sold at two stores.

The health regulator also issued an import alert, with the aim of preventing all toothpaste from three companies in China that make the brands found to contain DEG from entering the United States.

Colgate-Palmolive said the counterfeit toothpaste was found in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. It can be recognized because it is labeled as being manufactured in South Africa, and the company does not import toothpaste to the United States from South Africa.

The packaging also contains several misspellings, Colgate said, adding that it was working closely with the FDA to help identify those responsible for the counterfeit product.

DEG-contaminated toothpaste has also been seized in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Nicaragua. It was found in cough syrup in Panama that led to the deaths of at least 100 people last year.

The FDA issued its alert about Chinese toothpaste after seizing a batch of Cooldent found to contain 3 percent DEG. Inspectors found the toothpaste at a Dollar Plus store in Miami and at a store called Todo a Peso in Puerto Rico.

Brands seized earlier included Cooldent, Clean Rite and Oralmax that are usually found at discount retailers such as so-called dollar stores, the agency said.

The FDA identified products by Goldcredit International Enterprises Ltd., Goldcredit International Trading Co. Ltd., and Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Co. Ltd as containing


Goldcredit International Enterprises is a unit of JiangsuXingda Stationery Group, a manufacturer of glue and office supplies. Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals also makes soap and pet products.

The FDA on June 8 said it was not aware of any U.S. reports of poisonings from DEG-tainted toothpaste, but said the chemical has a "low but meaningful risk of toxicity and injury," especially to children and people with kidney or liver disease.

Colgate, which also makes dish soap and pet food, was minimally impacted earlier this year when it recalled two products manufactured by a Canadian company whose goods were found to contain contaminated wheat gluten imported from China, blamed for the deaths of at least 14 pets.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Dish Washing Detergents

Banned in Chicago. . . but available in stores
Phosphates were outlawed in '71, but Daley isn't enforcing dad's law with dish detergents

By Michael Hawthorne
Tribune staff reporter
Published April 4, 2007

More than three decades after Chicago banned phosphate-laden detergents to prevent foul-smelling algae from choking lakes and rivers, dishwasher soap made with the chemicals still dominates supermarket shelves.

The anti-phosphates ordinance Mayor Richard J. Daley signed in 1971 became the model for similar efforts that helped revive the Great Lakes. But though the city's current mayor, Daley's son, promotes Chicago as one of the nation's most environmentally friendly cities, his administration rarely enforces the ban.

Few phosphate-free dishwasher detergents are available at Jewel and Dominick's, which account for about two-thirds of the city's chain grocery stores. Most major labels and store brands still have phosphate levels ranging from 3.3 percent to 8.7 percent. The levels in some specialty detergents are as high as 20 percent.

State lawmakers are poised to step in where the city has failed to act. Legislation moving quickly through the General Assembly would outlaw all but trace amounts of phosphates in household detergents as of July 2010.

"We're a little puzzled why there hasn't been any enforcement in Chicago," said Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who has been pushing a statewide phosphates ban for two years. "This seems like a common-sense solution."

Saduh Johnston, the city's environment commissioner, said he wasn't aware of the ordinance until Quinn recently brought it to his attention.

"We realize it hasn't been aggressively enforced," said Johnston, whom Mayor Richard M. Daley hand-picked three years ago to lead the mayor's green initiatives. "We would like to step up enforcement along with a statewide ban."

Phosphates are water-softening and stain-removing ingredients added to laundry and dishwasher detergents after World War II. By the late 1960s, scientists had identified the caustic powders as major sources of phosphorus pollution that helped transform vibrant lakes into festering swamps, a process known as eutrophication.

Naturally occurring phosphorus is an important nutrient for plants, but an oversupply in a lake or river fuels excessive algae growth that can kill fish and make drinking water taste sour. Just one pound of man-made phosphates washed down the drain can stimulate the growth of 500 pounds of algae downstream, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Lake Erie highlighted the problem. The shallowest Great Lake once was so full of algae that when the tiny green plants died off, the decaying clumps sucked up oxygen and rendered much of the lake uninhabitable by fish and other creatures.

Armed with research documenting the problem, the first Mayor Daley pushed an ordinance banning phosphate-laden detergents in Chicago, one of the nation's largest markets. Laundry and dishwasher soaps at the time were nearly half phosphates by weight.

Daley, who frequently cited the ban as an example of Chicago's environmental stewardship, once said his wife used phosphate-free detergents and told him they worked better.

The city's ordinance did not help the Great Lakes directly -- Chicago's runoff goes to the Mississippi River -- but more than half of the states later enacted similar laws.

Detergent makers have spent most of the last three decades fighting to keep phosphates in their products, first in the courts and later through marketing. The industry eventually agreed to limit concentrations in most products to 8.7 percent and stopped making phosphate laundry detergent in 1994.

Yet most dishwasher soaps still contain phosphates, and enforcement of the laws against them is spotty nationwide.

"There are a lot of people, even scientists, who mistakenly believe phosphates have been completely banned in detergents," said Mark David, a University of Illinois environmental sciences professor. "There hasn't been any pressure on manufacturers to change."

As recently as January, leading manufacturers insisted they could not make phosphate-free dishwasher detergents that were effective. But a few companies have switched to detergents that rely on enzymes instead of phosphates. In March 2005, Consumer Reports gave high ratings to a handful of phosphate-free brands, including Seventh Generation, Ecover Natural and Trader Joe's.

Earth Friendly Products, a Winnetka company that makes cleaning products without toxic chemicals or petroleum-based substances, has applied for a patent on its phosphate-free dishwasher detergent.

"It's going to take the big guys three years to come up with something that's already in the market," said John Vlahakis, the company's owner. "We haven't taken the world by storm, but we're getting there."

Even though Chicago's 1971 ordinance prohibits the use of phosphates in any detergents, city officials decided in the early 1990s to crack down only on products made for sale in other countries, said Bill McCaffrey, spokesman for the Chicago Department of Consumer Services.

City inspectors ticketed three small, independent grocery stores in the last two years. Each was selling laundry detergents made for sale in Mexico, city records show.

Cutting the flow of phosphates has helped clean up lakes and rivers. But algae blooms remain a slimy scourge. When Chicago's treated sewage flows into the Mississippi, it joins agricultural fertilizers washed into tributaries across the Midwest to contribute to a "dead zone" hundreds of miles away in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the agency that treats human and industrial waste in Chicago and Cook County, is not required to filter out phosphates, though that could change under recent federal and state standards aimed at improving water quality in rivers and lakes.

The district calculates that banning the chemicals in dishwasher detergents would keep about 700 tons of phosphorus a year out of the environment, enough to potentially create 350,000 tons of algae.

"When you start to add all of these efforts up, it can make a big difference," said Richard Lanyon, the district's general superintendent.

Other sources of phosphate pollution include industrial cleaners and fertilizers. Those chemicals would remain legal under the proposed Illinois law.

Washington state approved a phosphates ban last year. When Illinois and Maryland lawmakers started to push their own, the soap companies decided to back a 2010 deadline to remove the chemicals from their products nationwide.

"We've tried to market no-phosphate dishwasher detergents, but consumers flatly rejected them," said Dennis Griesing of the Soap and Detergent Association, an industry trade group. "This compromise gives us time to complete the [research and development] on new formulas."

By then it will have been nearly 40 years since Chicago's ordinance took effect.


mhawthorne@tribune. com

Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

The dish washing detergent that I use in my household does not contain any phosphates. Here's a little info on the brand that I use and the company that I am a preferred customer with that makes the detergent.

Phosphate-free effectiveness for machine-washed dishes
Let Diamond Brite Gel turn out spotless dishes from your dishwasher. This concentrated formula cleans four times as many dishes, and is safer than the leading brand on aluminum. Even dried-on foods rinse away without leaving spots or film behind. Don’t worry about prewashing the dishes — Opti-Shine cuts grease and helps glass dry spot-free.
Spotless Dishes: Special ingredients like Opti-Shine pull tough messes from your dishes and leave them spot-free. Three anti-film agents keep water from settling on glass and spotting. Even in hard water, Diamond Brite Gel gives dishes a perfect shine.
Concentrated Value: You’ll only use 1/4 as much Diamond Brite Gel as the national leading brand — but the results will be worth showing off. Spot-free glasses will speak for themselves!
Earth-Conscious Cleaning: Other dishwasher detergents can contain up to 20% phosphates or other caustic chemicals. These chemicals can damage the environment or tarnish your favorite dishes. Diamond Brite Gel contains no phosphates or chlorine bleach — just the natural cleaning power of Opti-Shine.
Let your dishwasher produce its best work with the help of Diamond Brite Gel. You’ll save money and your dishes will look cleaner than ever.
Diamond Brite is made with a kosher formula.

Diamond Brite’s concentrated formula only requires filling ½ of a dishwasher detergent cup compared to two detergent cups for Cascade® with Shine Shield™ under normal use conditions.

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Just Like You

Hey, I'm just like You! I'm just your average, girl next door, country girl. I'm absolutely honest to the core. I don't know any other way to be. I probably shoot it straighter than anyone you've ever met. I've got a "no bull" type personality. This gets me into trouble, causes me to be too trusting. The problem is: I believe that everyone is like me. I've been railroaded, scammed, stomped on, you name it and its been done to me. I've learned through it all how to play it a little smarter, though. You can't change a country girl. So take everything I say to mean just what it is. I won't mislead you, because I wouldn't expect you to mislead me. I know that is hard to do in the world we live in today, but I truly believe somewhere out there, there are people who are just as good and true as I am. Now I'm not claiming to be an angel by any means, there are some horns holding up this halo, lol! But, I have a family of my own. . we're not well off, just trying to get by like every other tom and joe in the world. I've found a handful of wonderful women like me, who are helping me to achieve the goals that I have set for my life. I would like to give you the same opportunity. I want to see everyone doing as well as I'm doing. I want to see everyone moving on up beside me. If your doubtful, I had my doubts too. If you've heard it before, I promise, so have I. There's nothing I can say that will change your mind, especially if its already made up. All I can tell you, is stay posted and I guarantee that through all of this you will get to know me. And in doing so, I'll change your mind. So, do me a favor, but do yourself a bigger favor: check back frequently and see what else I might have to say!

Moms Protect Your Kids

About 8 or 9 months ago I was pregnant with my second child and working in corporate America. My first child was about 10 months old and we were facing some serious health issues. Asthma runs in my family, and yes, my poor lil' girl was having a battle with it in a major way. I was constantly missing work to take her to her Pediatrician. She had this never ending cough and wheeze; I was terrified that she was going to develop pneumonia or something else just as serious. Finally, my second lil' girl was born. For her 2 day visit to the Ped. I went ahead and made an appt for my eldest; she was still coughing and wheezing. They wound up giving her 3 breathing treatments and were still not seeing any improvements. She was almost put into the hospital, but they decided to go ahead and send her home with me along with a breathing machine. I was completely Freaked! My child. . on a breathing machine? It definitely took some time to get her back to normal, but it seemed she'd still go up and down with asthma. We were using the breathing machine pretty regularly. While I was on maternity leave from work, I was looking for something to do from home so I could stay home with my girls. In doing so I found a wonderful company and started immediately. I've been with them a couple months now and have noticed a major difference in the over all health of my family. My eldest girl hasn't had an episode with her asthma for several months. We have confidently packed the breathing machine away, and I don't for see myself having to use it for a long time. I'm also educating myself on the products that I used to use regularly in my home. I am absolutely shocked at what I am finding out, and I could go on forever with all the knowledge that I have gathered. I will slowly get all of you the information if you do indeed want to know what kinds of poisons you are unknowingly bringing in contact with your family. For more information you can email me at you can also visit my website at