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Which Brand of Milk Should I Drink?

October 22, 2013 1 comment

There are many brands of milk on the market today ranging from our supermarket-labeled milk to local dairy milk to organically labeled milk.  Let’s investigate more closely the questions and steps consumers should take when buying dairy milk (from cows).

Which milk is best

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The Best Outdoor Playground in Ashburn

August 7, 2013 2 comments

Are you looking for a great outdoor playground in Ashburn, VA?  If so, it’s time for you to visit Ashburn Park – also known to some as the Dinosaur Park!

Ashburn Dinosaur Park

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The Best Nasal Aspirator for your Baby

June 24, 2011 12 comments

This article will discuss the pros and cons of various types of nasal aspirators and ultimately lead you to choose the best nasal aspirator for your baby.

Parents are in distress when they see their child struggling to breathe especially when they are congested because of a cold or infection. In average, babies less than 2 years old do not know how to blow their noses. It is a learned behavior and there is a wide degree in ages to when babies can perform this action. In the meantime there are quite a few nasal aspirators in the market. Aspirators basically can be grouped into three categories.

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Happy 50th Birthday Sophie!

May 23, 2011 1 comment
Sophie the Giraffe made in France by Vulli

Sophie will be exactly 50 years old on May 25, 2011 – St. Sophie’s Day.  She was created by Monsieur Rampeau, an expert in rotational molding of rubber.  The process of making Sophie to this day involves more than 14 manual steps.  Sophie is made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree. Read more…

Not all detergents are created equal!

May 4, 2011 1 comment

There are many laundry detergents on the market.  Some brands we are all familiar with are Tide, Cheer, All, Arm & Hammer and so on.  But do they all clean cleanly?  Definition of clean from Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “clean” (used as an adjective) as free from dirt or pollution.  “Clean” (used as a verb) means to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter.

Basically there are 4 main areas of concern where the definition of  “clean” is in conflict with detergents:

  1. Fragrances  – are chemicals added to the clothe fibers to emit a scent.
  2. Dyes – adds a slight color to clothes enhancing the brightness.  According to the EPA, “Studies indicate that certain colorants may cause cancer or other adverse health effects in humans.”
  3. Enzymes – aids in the digestion of organic matter thus speeding up the cleaning process. However it may cause irritation of the skin, especially in the baby, when the enzyme have not completely washed off the clothes.
  4. Brighteners – FWAs acts almost as a “permanent” dye on the clothes.  It works by binding to the fibers of the cloths and reflects the blue portion of the light spectrum.  It is evident with the use of a UV lamp (black light) thus the flourescent blue glow.  This reflection of the blue light creates a masking effect ultimately making whites whiter and colors brighter. Read more…