Archive for October 2012

Worst foods for Pesticides, and the Safest:The Dirty Dozen

Is organic food really necessary for your kids?  What about when you’re pregnant?

Check out the Dirty Dozen list to see the worst foods for pesticide contents.

EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™.

You can also find the Clean 15 list, to see those foods which are generally safe.

As you might imagine, thin skinned foods like apples, celery, and leafy foods tend to have higher contents, and more types of pesticides found in them.  It’s scary when you think, there’s lots of baby food made from these foods.

Can’t afford Organic, or don’t want to waste your money on foods that usually don’t have pesticides anyway?  The safer foods are those you peel first, and are found on the Clean 15 list on the same web page.

There is a free app you can download for your smartphone, and you can get free updates if you give them your email address.

Ultimately, giving your kids fruits and vegetables in their diet,  even with trace pesticides is better than a diet of fried foods, foods with high fructose corn syrup, and other delicious but not so healthy things found in modern diets.

Do the pesticides actually hurt our kids?  “They” say they are safe, but we keep finding out more about things we thought wer safe.  So if you can avoid them, do.

And if you really want to have a little giggle, do like I do.  When the cashier at your local health food store asks “did you find everything ok?”, ask them if they have any Organic High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Free Amazon Prime Membership for 3 months with “Amazon Mom”

15 years ago, I’m sure no mother would want to be called an “Amazon Mom”. Now the world’s largest online retailer makes me want to be an Amazon Mom. is promoting their Amazon Mom program with a Free 3 Month Trial.


Why be an Amazon Mom even if you’re not a mom, or an Amazon?

  • Free Amazon Prime Membership (if you already have an Amazon Prime membership, get a 3 month refund!)
  • 20% off diapers and wipes subscriptions
    • Includes a 5% Subscribe & Save discount plus an additional 15% discount exclusively for Amazon Mom members
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items with Amazon Prime
  • Exclusive deals and discounts
    (Amazon Mom e-mails, with exclusive deals and discounts on items for your whole family)

If you shop online, then you’ve shopped Amazon.  They have an incredible return policy for baby and kids stuff (90 days).  They always have great (often the best) prices.  I once bought a digital camera, and had it shipped to my hotel in Alaska.  It turns out, I messed up on the address of the hotel.  Amazon went ahead and sent me another new camera anyway.

So what happens when the Free Trial ends?  Amazon explains:

Once your free shipping benefits end, you may continue receiving Amazon Mom benefits and more by joining Amazon Prime. As a paid member of Amazon Prime, you’ll receive:

  • You continue to get 20% off diapers and wipes subscriptions with Amazon Mom and Subscribe & Save
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items (not available on Subscribe & Save orders, on used books, or on Amazon Marketplace orders)
  • FREE Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of videos (This is like Free NetFlix!)
  • A Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (Your iPhone, Android Phone, Desktop computer, or iPad can all be used as a Kindle Reader for free.  You don’t have to have a Kindle, though you can get a Kindle as Cheap as $69 now.)
  • Prime membership sharing benefits: Invite up to four household members to share your Prime shipping benefits for free

If you choose not to join Amazon Prime, you’ll still receive Amazon Mom e-mails offering exclusive deals and discounts.  You can always opt out, or unsubscribe from the emails. If you ever want to cancel, it’s easy. I believe they will even pro-rate it. I had an Amazon Prime membership in the past, but stopped using it when I lived abroad for awhile. To cancel, I contacted Amazon, and got a quick full refund.

So how much is Amazon Prime? It is $79/year. If you shop online a lot, you’ll save the money in shipping. It’s still cheaper than NetFlix if you use the Movie feature.

Of course, you don’t have to be a Mom to enjoy the benefits of cheap prices, free 2 day shipping, even free movies and e-books.

Check it out,
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Amazon Mom Free 3 Month Trial



Guilty Parent

Now I have a better taste of what it’s like for parents who bring there child into the Emergency Room. I recognize in certain situations that they may have some guilt that they caused their child’s problem, or that they didn’t respond or recognize it soon enough. Now, I have my own stories, and really feel for those parents.

A few weeks ago, my own son dislocated his elbow.  I do a lot to reassure parents that this happens all the time.  I tell them how to avoid it, and not to feel too guilty.  Telling the last couple of families I saw in the Urgent Care with the same injury that it happened to my son last week seemed to make them feel better.  Hopefully, they got the “it can happen to anyone” feeling and not “it’s ok, the pediatrician is just as bad of a parent as I am” feeling!

The other day, I had a mishap which gave me the Guilty Parent feeling.  It was worse than the, “I can’t believe I banged the babies head into the door way” kind of feeling that passes when you realize the baby is ok, because it didn’t pass.  (I’m not necessarily admitting to any glancing blows to my babies).

I felt so bad, I couldn’t get it out of my head (even though it really wasn’t a big deal).  I can only imagine what it’s like for a parent with a child who has a serious injury that could have been prevented.  I have seen parents feel bad for injuries that really were just bad luck and couldn’t reasonably have been avoided (at least that’s what I tell myself when my toddler gets his weekly head injury).  No, this was a nausea inducing, talking to myself, feeling horrible kind of feeling for just a little thing.

So what happened?

We were in the grocery store and my nearly 2 year old said “stuck”.

“Yes you’re stuck, that’s what the little seatbelt is for.”

He kept saying “stuck”.

“Sorry Buddy, you need to have the seatbelt on.  You need to stay in the cart”.

“Yes, you’re supposed to be stuck” I kept repeating every time he whined.

He got whinier and whinier.  Mom broke down and gave him her cell phone with the toddler distracting app on it. Even that didn’t stop the whining.   He was holding it at a kind of a funny angle though. Mom finally notice his little wrist was stuck between the bars of the shopping cart!

Of course I don’t feel guilty that he got stuck.  I feel guilty that I told my little guy, who is still practically an infant, “too bad you’re stuck!” and basically told him his feelings don’t count.

I’ve seen it before in the Urgent Care.  I’ve seen parents feeling horrible that they ignored their kids who told them something was really wrong.  (I also see the parents who say to their kids “See, I told you it wasn’t broken!” but that’s another problem).  Now, I’ve lived it.

So parents, I don’t have to tell you.  Injuries, illnesses, bad stuff will happen.  Learn from it, like any mistake, to help prevent future mistakes in your kids or others.  Share your experiences, so others can learn from them too, like I have.   And be kind to those who parents who do mess up, because to some degree it could happen to you.