Memorial Day

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28. Are you ready to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military? In the years following the Civil War, it was known as Decoration Day and became a federal holiday in 1971.

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.

Many of us observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, having parties and participating in or watching parades.

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the Summer Season!

I hope your Memorial Day is a Great One!

 

 

 

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo every year? Because we love celebrating!

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

We wear sombreros, or marachi hats, set up pinatas and invite family and friends. Why not make your party special!

cinco de mayo decorations


Happy Easter!

The Easter Bunny comes but the candy stays!

Which Chocolate is better?

Milk Chocolate vs. Dark Chocolate.

Milk chocolate isn’t nearly as good for you as dark chocolate. This is because milk chocolate contains less of the original cocoa bean than dark chocolate. Milk chocolate contains cocoa solids, it’s often diluted with the addition of milk solids, sugar, and cream. The nutritional quality is minimal in comparison with dark chocolate,

Dark chocolate has more of the original cocoa present. The more cocoa present, the higher the nutritional quality. Cocoa is a fabulous source of flavonoids, a special class of antioxidants that makes it a good-for-you treat.

So when your kids are eating the milk chocolate, we can still eat the milk chocolate but the dark is where it’s at!


TBHQ Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone

Check the ingredients in your food!

Causes cellular dysfunction, has been linked to tumors, loss of vision, liver enlargement, convulsions and paralysis.

BHQ is similar to butane a lighter fluid! TBHQ is a fuel additive added to your food.

A byproduct of petroleum is a food preservative frequently added to products.

Found in such foods as

Mcdonald’s chicken nuggets and french fries.

CHEEZ-IT Crackers

Wheat thins

Many brands of Microwave popcorn have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.

Pam cooking spray has petroleum byproducts.

Keebler Club crackers contain petroleum byproducts.

Kellogs eggo frozen

Protect Yourself from Formaldehyde

Protect your Home and Skin from the Dangers of Formaldehyde

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA.gov:

Instruction on How to Protect Yourself From Exposure of Formaldehyde

Use Air Conditioning and Dehumidifiers

The rate at which formaldehyde is released is accelerated by heat and may also depend somewhat on the humidity level. Therefore, the use of dehumidifier and air conditioning to control or reduce humidity and to maintain a moderate temperature can help reduce formaldehyde emissions (drain and clean dehumidifier collection trays frequently so that they do not become a breeding ground for microorganisms).

Increase Ventilation

Increasing the rate of ventilation in your home, particularly after bringing new sources of formaldehyde into the home, will also help in reducing formaldehyde levels.

Purchase Certified Wood Products

Consider purchasing composite wood products certified as compliant with ANSI/HPVA HP-1-2009 (for hardwood plywood), ANSI A208.1-2009 (for particleboard), or ANSI A208.2-2009 (for medium-density fiberboard). These standards include limits on formaldehyde emissions.

Formaldehyde on Clothing

Formaldehyde can be used to prevent mildew when transporting clothing and minimize the presence of wrinkles. Minimize formaldehyde exposure by washing your new clothes to get rid of traces of the substance.  Doing this will remove about 60% of formaldehyde from the clothing. Choose clothing made out of cotton material. Smelling the clothing first to check if they emit too much chemical scent is a good thing to do also.



How to Avoid Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates

Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates in Products

Both BPA and phthalates are endocrine disrupters, products that mimic natural hormones and can affect reproductive development and health.

BPA is linked to early puberty in girls and phthalates are linked to low testosterone and to male reproductive problems. BPA and phthalates are additives in plastics. BPA creates a rigid plastic and phthalates make plastic more flexible.

Three types of phthalates have been banned in toys for young children, they are still used to soften vinyl plastics (raincoats, backpacks, shower curtains, blow-up toys) and preserve scents (soaps, lotions, and perfumes).

Even though major manufacturers are no longer making baby bottles and children’s drinking cups with BPA, it can still be found in the lining of food and beverage cans, in bottled formula, and even on shopping receipts.

How to Avoid and Reduce BPA Exposure

Do not microwave food in plastic containers because they can release BPA and other harmful or unstudied additives into food.

Avoid buying canned food or food storage containers unless they are marked “BPA-free.”

Look for children’s raincoats and backpacks that are marked “PVC-free.”

Avoid personal care products for children with “fragrance” listed in the ingredients, which may indicate presence of phthalates.