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Moms with Sick Children Get Day of Pampering

Moms with Sick Children Get a Day of Pampering

This was, for me, a day of amazement, vision, love, hugs and so much more.  I was thrilled when Patricia Burkhardt Mitchell, owner of the Sincerely Yours Salon in Phoenix, Arizona invited me to be a part of the day she has set aside every year for the last four years – the day following Mother’s Day.  She takes her salon, stylists, massage therapist, manicurists and makeup artists, and so many more to descend on Phoenix Children’s Hospital to pamper those moms who are day in and day out at their children’s sides who are ill and confined to the hospital for a myriad of reasons!  It was also captured on film through the artists at Brett Noe Productions.

This blog post is not to “promote a specific company or person” but rather to acknowledge and thank those that helped put this all together.  2 years ago my grandson was in Phoenix Children’s Hospital for more than a week and was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy and so I know personally how trying that time can be on parents & grandparents and how hard the nurses and doctors and staff all work to help heal these little ones.

I was able to experience life and the willingness to persevere through each one of the moms and the little girls who came down to be pampered.

This is Kimmie – she’s four years old and suffering from a form of cancer.  She wanted hair, but when Char McCreadie sprinkled magic sparkling fairy dust on her hands and cheeks – she giggled like the little girl she is. – Talk about tears…from all of us including mom!

And then there was this young beautiful girl who turned 16 that very day and we gathered around and sang Happy Birthday to her while she was having her hair done…

Celebrating 16th Birthday at the hospital...

It was so humbling to see how these moms and children face each day with life-changing illnesses.  The love and hope and giving was beyond what I ever expected to see.  To hear one mom say “after 3 weeks here at the hospital, today I feel like a real person”…and another “I can’t believe that someone would care enough to come down here and do this for us…for me…I feel pretty again”.

Each of these moms and grandmothers and aunts and guardians are giving everything they have to give to their little ones and to be able to give back even a little was an honor & day I will never forget!

Thank you Sincerely Yours Salon for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful experience!

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Greenwashing!

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In an article in the AZGreen Magazine entitled “Is Greenwashing Wearing You Out?” the very title alone is exhausting.  They state that manufacturers every where have jumped on the “green” band wagon.  All I can say to that is “Boy Howdy”…every where you look it’s green this and oh this is green and oh my – did you notice that this manufacturer is now making laundry soap that is green?

I’m sorry, but they’ve had generations of time to get it right and yet over and over again they want to fool & deceive the buying public.  Biodegradable and consumable and a myriad of other tags go on bottles and sale ads and still they continue to produce products that are filled with formaldehyde, ammonia, bleach, phosphates; and the list of chemical compounds could go on ad nauseum!  And that is what it should do to you – It should make you physically ill to THINK of what has been done with our homes, health, family – All in the name of the almighty $.

They continue to take your weekly budget and increase the cost of items while downgrading the amount of product you actually get – if it isn’t more water and other chemicals added to your cleansers & household items, they make the bottles smaller and smaller.  Always giving you less and less.

In a time when every penny matters to every family budget – it only makes sense to seek out alternatives that “make sense” and make “cents”.  Our family $’s must stretch farther and provide better value – When people say that we must make a “Call-To-Action” – I am doing just that!  I’m making a Call-To-Action.

At Distinct Inspirations we are able to provide families with a way to not only save money on the items they use every month, but we also are able to help keep the family budget in tact by providing a way to eliminate impulse buying.  It’s a new way to shop that’s been around for 25 years – yes we’ve been “green” for 25 years! – So, let me show you with a webcast how you can protect your family budget, as well as provide an extra stream of income for your family!

I’m POSITIVE it will be perfect for someone you & those around you that you know & love!

You can read more about it at Distinct Inspirations – the password to the guest section is AdvancingWithUs. – You can also email me at distinctinspirations@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Killer Is Hiding In Your Laundry Room…

Is it a mass murderer with a knife?  A crazed person from your neighborhood store with a gun?  A maniac with a chemical poison to throw in your face?

What if I told you it is all 3 and you paid him to be there?  What do you think?  Impossible, you say?

We have demanded that the big chemical companies come up with better, harsher, more chemical-laden products to work faster, and more efficiently and always for less money…that last part “less money” is what gets you every time.  You can go to any dollar store in the USA and find products on the shelves that promise to do the same thing as their higher-priced counterparts in the supermarkets; and dollar for dollar – they probably do.

But, what you’re bringing in to your home, whether it’s from the $1.00 store or from the supermarket, or even from the “healthy” stores are the poisons and the carcinogens and the knife, the gun, the chemical poison and yes, you are the one paying for the murderer to hide right in your own laundry room.

We as consumers are not as educated as we should be.  We want the better, bigger,  more powerful and what we end up bringing in to our homes around our children, pets and yes, ultimately the environment is the very poison that will destroy our health, our homes, our lives and our planet if we don’t make a change.  We can’t continue to demand that companies make more and more toxic products for cleaning and laundry and pest controls – all to make us more “productive”.  We can NOT continue to be that ignorant.

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We must get the word out that there are alternatives. – Let me show you – Take a simple test on http://distinctinspirations.toxinchecklist.com for yourself – see what poison, loaded gun, and knife-wielding killer is hiding in your home!

CALLING ALL LADIES: Toxins IN Your Cosmetics

To me, this is utterly horrifying…I’m a woman who puts on makeup 7 days a week…again wondering why I’m not able to function at 150% like I need to right now in my life…

(July 22nd, 2010, posted by Michael O’Heaney

Surprise, surprise: the big cosmetics companies aren’t such big fans of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 – legislation introduced yesterday to more strictly regulate their business, or of our new movie. The Personal Care Products Council went so far as to issue a statement calling Story of Stuff.org/cosmetics/ a “repugnant and absurd…shockumentary.”

There’s a good reason the cosmetics industry doesn’t like all the attention it’s getting: for years, they’ve been largely left alone to decide what’s safe to put in their products. You know, things like lead in lipstick. Neurotoxins in body spray. Carcinogens in baby wash.

Now that’s repugnant!

Yesterday, the industry front group released their own plan for “reforming” cosmetics industry regulation—basically a lame, watered-down version of the kinds of changes that would really help to make our products safer and healthier.

To learn more about the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, http://www.safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=74, or check out Stacy’s blog http://notjustaprettyface.org/ to learn more about the industry press conference.

Now is a critical time to really turn up the volume on personal care product safety and to demand that Congress forces cosmetics companies to get the neurotoxins and carcinogens out of our personal care products.)

We must care what we use ON – IN – AROUND us – we have children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, already here with us or yet to be born…What legacy will we leave our children?

Cancer Prevention Tips

According to a new report from the President’s Cancer Panel, environmental toxins play a significant and under-recognized role in cancer, causing “grievous harm” to untold numbers of people.  EWG’s own research has found that children are born “pre-polluted” with nearly 300 industrial chemicals, pesticides and contaminants that have been found to cause cancer in lab studies or in people.

Four of every 10 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and two of every 10 will die from it. Beyond talking to your doctor about lifestyle changes that are known to make a difference — stopping smoking, reducing drinking, losing weight, exercising and eating right — there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

Here are some simple ways you can reduce your exposure to potentially cancer-causing chemicals (click here to download the PDF):

1. Filter your tap water. Common carcinogens in tap water include arsenic, chromium, and chemical byproducts that form when water is disinfected. A simple carbon tap-mounted filter or pitcher can help reduce the levels of some of these contaminants. If your water is polluted with arsenic or chromium, a reverse osmosis filter will help. Learn about your tap water and home water filters at EWG’s National Tap Water Database.

2. Seal outdoor wooden decks and play sets. Those built before 2005 are likely coated with an arsenic pesticide that can stick to hands and clothing. Learn more from EWG.

3. Cut down on stain and grease-proofing chemicals. “Fluorochemicals” related to Teflon and Scotchgard are used in stain repellents on carpets and couches and in grease-proof coatings for packaged and fast foods. To avoid them, avoid greasy packaged foods and say no to optional stain treatments in the home. Download EWG’s Guide to PFCs.

4. Stay safe in the sun. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. To protect your skin from the sun’s cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation, seek shade, wear protective clothing and use a safe and effective sunscreen from EWG’s sunscreen database.

There are many more ways that we can all implement safer ways of doing things we do every day and just a few of them are at the

http://www.ewg.org/healthyhometips/cancer_prevention_tips

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