Thursday, October 8, 2009

2009 Parents' Pick Winner

For Kids Clothing Store
in San Antonio

It's official, we have the window decal to prove it! Thanks to your votes we have won our first Parents' Pick Award. You can find other winners at

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Earth Mama Angel Baby's Toxin Scavenger Hunt

The Hunt Continues! Quaternium-15

This month ’s scary toxin is Quaternium-15, a common formaldehyde-releasing preservative used in products like body washes, lotions, baby shampoo and floor polish. The big concern is that Quaternium-15 causes irritation, from mild rashes to open oozing sores. What, in baby products? Are they crazy?? It is “a known skin irritant believed to be responsible for increased rates of allergic contact dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that varies from mild irritation to rashes and open sores.” If that isn’t enough for you, it also has a whopping 6 toxicity rating on the Skin Deep database, for organ system toxicity, developmental toxicity and even cancer. Check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Quaternium-15 news release, and then get set to find Quaternium-15 in your “natural” or “organic” products. Mama wants you to know what’s in your products, so go forth and find some Quaternium-15!
Email us by October 26, 2009, a list of at least three “organic,” “natural” or “green” pregnancy or baby care products (like pregnancy body washes, cleansers or baby shampoo) that contain Quaternium-15. Feel free to make comments, we’d love to hear what you have to say. If you want to dig deeper to find out more, check out the products’ toxicity rating on the Skin Deep database, or take our eye opening What‘s Your Score? Challenge.
1. One A Little Something for Baby
2. One 5.3 oz. Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
3. One 4 oz. Angel Baby Lotion
Good sleuthing, mamas!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Halloween Safety

I love this time of year.  There is something special about the crisp autumn air, the smell of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through a house.  My favorite is Halloween. I just love being able to dress up.  I tend to go as a set.  This year I plan on being a butterfly and my little 3 month old Sophia as a caterpillar.  Tristan finally decided to be a lion, he loves to ROAR!  Making your own costume is a fun family activity and you can recycle items you already have!  Mahalo has a great selection of costumes and even ideas for making your own Halloween make-up and mask.  Of course as a parent we must think of the safety for a big event like this and not just about all the goodies you will get.  Below you will find guidelines from the AAP on Halloween safety. 

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.  Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers.  Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Votive candles are safest for candle-lit pumpkins.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.
  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters:
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.
© 10/09 American Academy of Pediatrics

Monday, October 5, 2009


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