All Blog Posts from February 2012

02.29.12 Chemex Coffeemakers: Elegant Form meets Serious Function

If you've ever visited the design collection at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, chances are that you'd remember the Chemex glass coffeemaker, beautifully lit and displayed, behind locked glass. The museum added the now iconic Chemex to their permanent collection nearly 70 years ago. I've started my own permanent collection on my kitchen counter. My most prized piece: a Chemex. Inspired in spirit by the Bauhaus school of design and in form by the Erlenmeyer flask, the chemex coffeemaker was indeed designed by a chemist, Peter Schlumbohm in 1943. This simple, functional glass coffeepot still holds power over coffee purists and design geeks today.  Read more...

02.28.12 Does BPA-Free Really Mean Safe?

What's the deal with BPA-free? We all see the stickers plastered on loads of new products from baby bottles to sippy cups to canned goods. These are obviously an attempt to allay the fears of consumers who've caught wind of the BPA nightmare and are looking for a safe alternative. But is that alternative really safe?

A quick refresher on BPA - a petroleum-based plasticizer used as a means to harden plastic bottles, prevent rust in linings of cans (such as soup, canned fruits & veggies, etc) in paper thermal receipts, etc. BPA has been linked to a spectrum of health issues including cancer, ADHD, asthma, and the troubling scrambling of hormones as it acts as an endocrine disruptor. Many states have imposed bans on BPA in baby bottles and companies have voluntarily substituted an alternative to BPA. Europe has moved forward with toxic chemical legislation and France has proposed a ban on BPA in all food packaging. Karen O'Brien, executive director of the scientific foundation Advancing Green Chemistry nails it on the head, "Doesn't someone making a product want to sell in Europe and not piss off American moms?" Read more...

02.27.12 5 Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Kid

There are always lists being made in the news: "The 12 Best" or the "Top 10" of any given product or exercise move or even place to live. This list, from the Huffington Post is short and to the point and easy to remember. We've also written about 4 of the 5 foods on our blog in the past year so this list makes a great deal of sense to us at MightyNest.

Foods to avoid feeding your kids: Read more...

02.24.12 Sippy Cups, Molly's Take

Oh the confusing world of sippy cups. Well, at least, I found it confusing. And I'm pretty sure, based on the number of calls we get on the subject, that there are plenty of others in the same position. Who knew there were so many variables to consider?  Leakproof, insulated, straw attachment, dishwasher safe, weight, materials, durability, etc, etc, etc.

If you have an idea in mind of what you’re looking for, here are some links that start narrowing your choices in able to get you started: Read more...

02.17.12 Beeswax and Soy Candles

On a recent stop to a favorite design store, I was drawn to the fragrant smell of cassis or some other fruity berry. I have to say that initially, I thought it was a pleasant smell but quickly became distracted by how much I wanted some fresh, non-scented air. I'm sure you can imagine the many places you've been (at the gym, at the movies, on a flight) and the person next to you is bathed in perfume. Suddenly, you're thinking about how to filter your breathing (scarf wrapped over your face?) instead of relaxing into quality down time.

And yet, burning a nice smelling candle is certainly an obvious choice when you're having a party or when you're just feeling the need to chill with the scent of lavender wafting through the house. But what is this really doing to the indoor air quality of our homes? Read more...

02.13.12 Klean Kanteen's New Stainless Steel Baby Bottles! And a Giveaway!

For those of you in the baby bottle market, Klean Kanteen has introduced new stainless steel baby bottles to their Kid Kanteen line. And we have a set of 2 bottles (5 oz. and 9 oz.) to send to a lucky baby.

When choosing a baby bottle, the material matters. Some parents wonder why stainless steel is better than aluminum. Or why BPA-free plastic bottles aren't safe enough. Well, aluminum has to be lined with something to make sure the contents are safe for drinking. That "something" is usually a baked on epoxy containing BPA. Read more...

02.09.12 Heart Healthy Valentine Soak

Want to really show some love on Valentine's Day? The kind of love that goes to the heart, literally? Why not make custom scented bath salts for your sweetheart and bask in the delight of giving their heart a jolt of deep love.

Adding dead sea and epsom salts greatly benefit the time carved out for a soak. Both salts contain magnesium, an essential mineral that is found to be deficient in most people. According to the National Academy of Sciences, a deficiency in magnesium contributes to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive problems and fatigue, among other ailments.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Read more...

02.09.12 Any Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness?

I’m pale. I randomly stop talking mid-sentence. I’m the first to leave meetings and the last to arrive. I’ve been known to walk away mid-conversation. You might find me sitting at my desk with my head down.  Yep, I’m 12 weeks pregnant and feeling as nauseous as ever!

I thought I knew what I was in for having done this once already. But this time its worse – much, much worse. Not only did my morning sickness start earlier (at 5 weeks as opposed to 8) but it's also much stronger.  And we’re not just talking about mild nausea here but vomiting…as in everyday, sometimes all day. To be fair, there were two days out of the last 50+ that I didn’t get sick.

Unfortunately, nothing seems to help. And so, I’m desperate. I’ll try anything, as evidenced by the laundry list of things below that I am trying/have tried:  Read more...

02.06.12 BVO: Cloudy Chemical Used in Citrus Soft Drinks

Last spring we wrote about the maddening report regarding the unnecessary use of food dyes sold in the US. The double standard is that the same products sold overseas are made with natural alternatives like plant extracts. How did this come to be? Because the consumers demanded it!

Now, another relatively unknown and unnecessary chemical called BVO (Brominated vegetable oil) has resurfaced as a suspect additive, as reported by Environmental Health News (EHN) and Scientific American. The chemical is used in citrus sodas and some sports drinks as an emulsifier, to help citrus flavors stay suspended, homogenous and cloudy in appearance. Read more...

02.06.12 Natural Cold Remedies for Babies + Kids

We know the heart wrenching, exhausting and often frustrating feeling of caring for a child, sick with a cold. As parents, we're focused on figuring out a remedy that will provide some relief, and hopefully, help speed up the process of recovery.

We also know that there are loads of medications to reach for when your child has a cold, and when you're feeling desperate, they feel like shortcuts to some relief. But what if you're looking to combat the stuffiness au natural? Treating a cold naturally is especially necessary when your child is under the age of 2 when the use of over-the-counter medications is not recommended. Read more...

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