Under the Sink Makeover Contest

Do you know someone whose under the sink cabinet is a toxic wasteland? Help them get rid of all the junk by entering them in this awesome contest.

The “Under the Sink Makeover Contest” is seeking nominations on www.SeventhGeneration.com/under-the-sink today through August 14, for under the kitchen sink areas that are in desperate need of organization and detoxification. Submit a photo of the area under a friend’s sink and a 250-word description on why they deserve an under the sink makeover, for a chance to win great prizes.

One lucky grand prize winner will receive a package that includes:

  • An in-home consultation at the friend’s house with Dr. Alan Greene, practicing pediatrician and specialist in green living
  • A one year supply of Seventh Generation products for both the entrant and the friend in need
  • A trip to New York City for the entrant and her friend that includes a one-night stay at the W New York – Times Square hotel
  • A day of pampering at New York’s Green Spa that will include a Body Polish, Wellness Massage, Ocean Vegan Spa Manicure/Pedicure along with a one hour make-up application and lesson

Four other finalists and their friends will receive a Seventh Generation Living Home Starter Kit containing a variety of home-cleaning products for their own under the kitchen sink makeover, in addition to a luxurious Lavera home spa kit containing Lavera’s customer favorite BODY SPA shower gel, body scrub and bath salts, and premium LAVERÉ Anti-Aging body lotion to pamper themselves.

Child Safety and Protection Day

Sorry, I am posting this so.. late, but I just got the info.

Child Safety and Protection Day
Wednesday July 29, 2009
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Play Days and Parties
Street: 6632 Third Avenue (Next to the Firehouse)
City State Zip: Brooklyn New York 11220
Phone: 718-492-8997

More than 800,000 children are reported missing each year. New York Life presents an opportunity to protect your children, by getting Finger Printing and emergency info if needed. The service is free and the information is private and only entered into the FBI Data Base when the parent decides to do it. For more information and to pre-register please call 718-492-8997

Giggle Bug Toddler Tracker

The other day while at the park with my family, there was a little boy about 3 years old, standing with two policemen. The boy was lost, and the police were looking all around the park for a panicking parent. Sadly, they couldn’t find anyone, and the boy was taken to the precinct.Fred and I were horrified. We couldn’t even imagine what we would do if we lost sight of our son.

A while ago, I was looking for interesting products to review and I came across the Giggle Bug Tracker. It is a cute clip-on lady bug with a handheld device for an adult. To find a missing child, the adult triggers the Giggle Bug by pressing the button on the hand-held unit. The Giggle Bug will emit a loud, distinctive but child-friendly “beep” until the child is located and the adult resets the unit. The Giggle Bug range is 75-100 feet indoors and 100 + feet outdoors. Range varies based on environment and obstructions.

I have to be honest. I really love the idea of this product, but it was shipped to me not working. I bet it only needs a new battery, which I will get around to getting one of these days. It sells for $19.95 for 2, which is very reasonable. The complaint with the older version was that it didn’t beep loud enough. I was assured by the maker that the new version is much louder.

Getting a New Dog Without Compromising Your Child's Safety

It’s been about a month now since we adopted our new puppy. The process of finding the right dog for our family was one we did not take lightly. It took 3 trips to North Shore Animal League, and lots of research until we sealed the deal.

The last thing I wanted was a puppy that had to be trained, and was going to chew on our furniture and pee on our rugs, but that is exactly what we came home with. The last few weeks have been exhausting. There were so… many beautiful older dogs at North Shore, but on every cage they have a little info about the dog, and I couldn’t find a dog, where the information card stated that the dog would be good with children of ALL ages.

A dog’s temperment can have a lot to do with the way it was treated as a puppy. We didn’t want to chance getting an older dog and not knowing where the dog came from, how it was treated, etc. We figured training a puppy, as well as our 2.5 year old together would be the safest bet.

I want to recommend a great article I found on GrowingUpWithPets.com . This aricle gave us so much insight on choosing the right dog for us, as well as how to help teach our toddler the proper way to interact with our new family member.

Child-pet respect is a two-way street, and it certainly isn’t taught overnight. With a little time and effort, I am sure all our hard work is going to pay off. I hope….

Simplicity Recalling 400,000 Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall on Thursday of Simplicity Drop Side Cribs.

Simplicity Inc. is recalling about 400,000 of their cribs because the flexible plastic hardware could break or deform and cause the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the side and the crib mattress that infants or toddlers could roll into and become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation.

CPSC is aware of one death involving an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. There were no reported injuries in these incidents.

This recall involves all drop side cribs with a different or “newer” style of plastic hardware from those cribs recalled in September 2007. This style of Simplicity hardware can be identified by a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks. The cribs were sold from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300 and model numbers include but may not be limited to: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Also, consumers should immediately return the crib to the place of purchase for a refund, replacement or store credit.