10 Interesting Facts about the US Flag

June 4, 2009

Another name for the American Flag; Old Glory actually refers to a specific flag owned by Captain William Driver. Old Glory was made with 24 stars and 13 red and white stripes representing the original 13 colonies: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and […]

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Ice Cream Should Be Called Iced Modified Milk Ingredients…yum

October 10, 2008

Did you know that it is almost impossible to find true ice cream in your supermarket aisles? I first learned of this problem when I was shopping with a friend who was pregnant and suffering from gestational diabetes. Her doctor told her that she could have ice cream as long as the first ingredient listed […]

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What is a Dual Flush Toilet?

September 30, 2008

Our home seems to be cursed. We always have one toilet out of order due to leaks or improper closing of flaps, or any number of weird and wonderful problems. It has been such since we moved here over 4 years ago. I recently had the sublime experience of sitting upon a truly royal throne […]

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What Do You Do With Leftover Paint?

September 9, 2008

When we moved into our current home, there were paint cans corresponding to every room in our home; some more full than others. There were both alkyd (oil) and latex paints. The previous owners were “kind” enough to leave their problem with us to deal with. In my previous life, I worked at a paint […]

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Bisphenol A Can Lead To Metabolic Syndrome

September 5, 2008

A University of Cincinnati research paper published in the August 14 Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives reveals that humans exposed to regular environmental levels of Bisphenol A were found with a build up of this chemical in their fatty tissues. Bisphenol A blocks the hormone adiponectin, responsible in the body’s regulation of insulin levels. Decreased […]

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Burning Candles Can Cause Indoor Air Pollution

September 2, 2008

I was interested to read the research out there. Long ago, I decided to stop burning paraffin wax candles in my home, knowing that they are petroleum derived and that burning petroleum products releases a whole host of carcinogens. Aside from my assumption, I knew very little about the actual danger associated with burning candles. […]

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What is a Carbon Credit?

August 31, 2008

Carbon credits have recently been available for purchase. Until now, I have only had a loose understanding of what it meant to buy carbon credits. When booking a flight for myself and my daughter, Expedia.ca offered the option of offsetting our carbon emmissions of the plane ride by purchasing carbon credits. Because I am trying […]

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Did You Know Broken Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Are Toxic?

August 12, 2008

This news came as a surprise to me, but is commonly known. Fluorescent light bulbs contain phosphor and mercury. If they are broken, special handling is necessary to prevent being poisoned by mercury or cut with glass coated with phosphor. Phosphor prevents blood clotting so any cut resulting from broken fluorescent bulbs needs to be […]

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Poisonous House and Garden Plants For Pets and Humans.

August 5, 2008

For those of you out there who have kids, pets, or crazy relatives that eat random leaves from your yard , I have compiled a list with pictures of common plants in your home and garden that can make your children or pets very sick, or kill them if ingested. When my husband and I […]

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What Does The Pancreas Do?

July 31, 2008

This is the first of a series of articles documenting the roles that various organs play in the human body and what can go wrong with those organs. I have chosen to begin with the pancreas because it performs many, many important functions in the human body. The pancreas is both an exocrine and endocrine […]

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