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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Best Choices For Our Children

Once responsible for another life, as we are with our children, it is easy to doubt our own common sense and trust in the slick advertisement of commercial baby products.

Products developed for the public have to contain some type of preservatives to deter bacterial growth since they will be on store shelves for indefinite periods of time.

However, it has been shown or suspected that a few of very common ingredients in personal care products may cause harmful side effects.

Parabens, preservatives found in hair products, sunscreen, skin creams and make-up, may increase the risk of cancer. They are labeled as methyl paraben or propyl paraben.

Phthalates, preservatives for scent and color, can disrupt the balance of the endocrine system.

Synthetic fragrances can contribute to skin allergies and disrupt hormonal balance.

For peace of mind in the products you use as a consumer, look for companies that use only natural, preferably organic ingredients.

Meadow Muffin Gardens is a small home based business where products are made as needed, limiting the necessity for synthetic preservatives.

"Wholesome and practical is the best way to describe our line of body care.
Guided by wisdom and knowledge passed down from generations of women our products consist of ingredients provided by our natural world. Information and recipes often tucked away in quaint old books resurface to remind us that 'simple is best'."

No need for concern about the harm to animals as there are no animal products or animal testing involved in these products.

Preservatives used are grapefruit seed extract, Vit. E and the concentration of essential oils. Being the risk of contamination is always present in any perishable product please try to use the item within 6 months to a year.

As a wise consumer, trust your gut instincts when choosing what products you will use on your children.

With the kids home for the summer, it doesn't take long before the lack of structure they may have been used to in their day, turns into the claims of boredom.
My grandmother used to say a bored child just needs some work to do. Though true, mental and physical stimulation through creative play is also very important.
Below is a treasury collection of summertime activities your child is sure to enjoy. No batteries, no buttons, just creative imagination.