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Sleep. It should be the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. Lie down. Close eyes. Wake when refreshed. Except sometimes it’s not. Forget illnesses, nightmares and insomnia. Sometimes, it’s that your mattress is old and messing with your back. At least that’s what happened here. Until last week we had an old memory foam [...]

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Contacts and Guilt

I have worn contacts since I was 12. Each new pair would come in a little glass vial. I wore them daily and would disinfect them in a heating unit that plugged into the wall. I wore each pair for months — until they were covered with protein deposits. Then I would start the process [...]

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Today I posted a link to a new study on my Facebook page. (Did you like my page yet? If not, please do!) Anyway, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study, which was covered by ScienceDaily, detailed the fact that phthalates found in plastic products can disrupt pregnancy hormones. Here’s the summary: [...]

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Little Girl is five. Up until last week she was still sleeping in a toddler bed. We ordered her made in the U.S.A. furniture from a local store, but were unsure what to do about a mattress. After all, we spend about a third of our lives lying on our mattresses. While we’re asleep we’re [...]

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I belong to a new mothers’ group on Facebook. It was launched by a few local moms, and has been a great resource when it comes to recommendations — doctors, great restaurants, fun places to take the kids. Everything except dance studios. Those discussions made for some crazy threads! Anyway, about a week or so [...]

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Last night we were driving down my block when I saw something cute and pink sitting on the top of a garbage can. I stopped to take a closer look. It was an adorable little toddler Strawberry Shortcake doll carriage. I loaded it into my car even though we have five doll strollers in my [...]

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It is HOT in New York. Notice my use of capitals. I was SCREAMING. It is HOT. Not, “whew, I could use an iced coffee to cool off.” No, more like, “please dump a truckload of ice on my body.” It’s that hot. I do not do well in heat. I hate it, actually. I [...]

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There’s a diner close by that makes THE best lentil soup. I love lentil soup. I could eat it every day. About a week ago I asked the owner if they did take-out in larger quantities. I wanted at least a quart so I could freeze small portions for later use. Yes, she said, showing [...]

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  One of the things I am most proud of is our household ban on plastic. We don’t use plastic if we can help it. I take reusable bags on shopping trips to the supermarket and the mall, and we recycle any plastic that does come into our home. Every bread bag, every piece of [...]

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I have a problem, and I’m not sure what to do. Here are the details: Big Girl’s birthday was last month. When we started planning it she said she wanted to donate her gifts, but she didn’t know which charity would be the recipient this year. Then, one day she was leafing through my Parents [...]

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