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Our country has got it’s priorities mixed up right now, with all the pharmaceutical companies and their interest in money over providing a beneficial service to the American people. At what point along the way did money become more important than integrity on such a grand scale, and so widely accepted? I have a hard time understanding how there still isn’t a cure for cancer, something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and even a life. But maybe there is. Here is an article about how Canadian scientist say they have found a cure for cancer.

Recently I read an article on the issue of the debate over products made in China. It completely shocked me. The writer was defending the “buy from China, not the US”-concept rather than supporting our own economy, buying locally, and saving our precious resources. Their argument is that there needs to be a competitive market in order to maintain high quality and cheaper prices, which is why we should continue to buy from China. They are saying that the American made products will decrease in quality if we stop buying from China?? What they fail to mention is just a little snippet. Quality is the whole problem we’re having right now. With our paraben filled lotions (which have the ability to weakly mimic estrogen). Nail polishes with phthalates and poison in our plastic. They also fail to mention that boycotting products made in china just might save your life.

What I do know is that the US owes China a lot of money, I get that. And by buying from China it helps ease the pressure of  “the big debt”. But the big question is, why do we care if we pay back the debt to china if we don’t live long enough to enjoy it because their products are killing us?????

I have learned a lot about what is in our products from The Environmental Working Group, thank you!! They have a very impressive database filled with over 65,000 products you see or use everyday. From toothpaste, to cosmetics, to children’s products and shampoos. Look up your products here!

Plastics to avoid are numbers 1, 3, 6, and 7. Here is a guide to help you with the different plastics, their safety and what those numbers on the bottom mean.

#1 PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate): AVOID

Common Uses: Soda Bottles, Water Bottles, Cooking Oil Bottles
Concerns: Can leach antimony and phthalates.

#2 HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Milk Jugs, Plastic Bags, Yogurt Cups

#3 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, aka Vinyl): AVOID
Common Uses: Condiment Bottles, Cling Wrap, Teething Rings, Toys, Shower Curtains
Concerns: Can leach lead and phthalates among other things. Can also off-gas toxic chemicals.

#4 LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): SAFER

Common Uses: Produce Bags, Food Storage Containers

#5 PP (Polypropylene): SAFER

Common Uses: Bottle Caps, Storage Containers, Dishware

#6 PS (Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam): AVOID
Common Uses: Meat Trays, Foam Food Containers & Cups
Concerns: Can leach carcinogenic styrene and estrogenic alkylphenols

Other this is a catch-all category which includes:
PC (Polycarbonate): AVOID – can leach Bisphenol-A (BPA). It also includes ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile), Acrylic, and Polyamide. These plastics can be a safer option because they are typically very durable and resistant to high heat resulting in less leaching. Their drawbacks are that they are not typically recyclable and some need additional safety research. New plant-based, biodegradable plastics like PLA (Polylactic Acid) also fall into the #7 category.

More Links:

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Well, I may not be starving but I’m certainly not rich so I save cans and paint them. There’s not a whole lots more satisfying for me than painting cans. The acrylic paint is under a dollar and lasts me for months, and the cans are basically free (sort of). So essentially I’m making something beautiful out of almost nothing and I love that. Not only that but the surface is so smooth and the colors come out brilliant. Here is my latest can.

In this picture-3 coats of pink acrylic paint for base. Rainbow colors over it. Finish with 2 coats of clear coat for protection.

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a booklet full of photographs

An empty page, a glowing white

innocent and unbroken

Invaded by the hands of life

as the pages slowly open

Taking all there is to love

to paint a life so sweet

Penciling in each kiss and hug

to make each page complete

A booklet full of photographs

detail added every time

Impatient heart, the missing path

awaits for you to find

Reaching out into the dark

to grasp another soul

Draw the light into your heart

and watch the world unfold

 

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