Great Baby Finds!

Good Eats

Being a mom of two, I have my favorites when it comes to what my kids wear, eat, sleep on and all that jazz. Here are just a few of the awesome finds I wanted to share with you.

If you remember last year, we did an article on the different kinds of organic, puréed baby foods that are out on the market. Well, many of these companies are branching out to treat growing kids with good eats from baby, to toddler, to big kid meals and snacks. Check out some of these if you get a chance. They are all great and so good for the little ones.

Sprout Organic Toddler Meals
This Spring, Sprout Foods, Inc. introduced an exciting new line of 100% Organic Toddler Meals that are also free from preservatives and additives. Tyler Florence, Sprout co-founder, father and 15-year Food Network veteran, designed the recipes with toddlers’ nutritional needs and taste buds in mind.

These meals provide a broad variety of nutritious organic ingredients including quality meats, whole grains, wholesome beans, and colorful fruits and vegetables. This variety allows parents to select dairy, meat and wheat-free recipes to cater to their child’s dietary needs. These Sprout Organic Toddler Meals offer the convenience of being microwavable and have packaging that is both BPA free and recyclable. The following new, 100% USDA organic culinary creations can be found in the baby/toddler food aisle of your local store now!

Teensy Fruits
Teensy Fruits are made from all the natural goodness of real organic fruit. Perfectly sized for little mouths to chew, these soft bites offer a full serving of fruit, made simple for your teensy tot.

• Made from 97% real fruit
• Soft, toddler-friendly texture and size
• Unique, fun format, perfect for tots’ tiny hands
• Tot-sized portions
• Certified organic & GMO-free
• No high fructose corn syrup or trans-fats
• No artificial ingredients

Plumorganics.com offers ancient grain inspired meals with unique flavors and colors for baby to explore. Let us celebrate the goodness and giggles of great tasting food with real organic fruits and grains in delightful combinations.

Ella’s Kitchen
Ideal for growing babies from seven months old, Ella’s Kitchen meals are perfectly balanced and packed full of the best yummy organic stuff possible. They introduce chewy textures, new flavors, meats, dairy and protein for curious taste buds– plus a delicious dessert in a smaller pouch (a perfect portion for little ones). They are available at select stores nationwide and online.

• NO preservatives
• NO concentrates or juices
• NO big lumps & NO artificial ingredients
• JUST nutritious organic food for growing babies

Plum Organics
Plum Organics
has ancient grain inspired meals with unique flavors and colors for baby to explore. Let’s celebrate the goodness and giggles of great tasting food with real organic fruits & grains in delightful combinations. Plumorganics.com

Worker B Treatment Stick

“Spot Treatment.” Lips, hands, elbows and other trouble areas. Also works great on diaper rash. “Large tube” format makes it perfect to carry wherever you go! We use our propolis tincture for this long lasting balm.
$10.00, Worker-b.com.

Luscious Lusa Organics

Mama Massage Oil
As your body transforms during these nine months, take time to relax and connect with yourself and your growing baby. Massage is a wonderful and often overlooked addition to your prenatal care. Also enjoy in a warm bath to scent and moisturize. Relax, connect, renew. $8.75

Baby Bath and Massage Oil
This perfect, multi-use body oil is designed for baby’s sensitive skin. Use for after-bath moisturizing, baby massage, or in the tub. It is perfect for cradle cap, too. It comes unscented for your little one, but you may add essential oil drops when baby gets older. $9.25

Baby Wipe Juice
Makes two gallons in just one minute! That is all the time it takes to make a week’s worth of baby wipes to keep your little one clean (and that little bottom free of the synthetic fragrances and preservatives found in so many commercial wipes). $14.75

Belly Balm
Smooth Belly Balm onto breasts, belly, thighs, and hips. Use as needed to moisturize and tame the itch. Celebrate and honor your amazing, transforming body. $10.25  OUR BEST SELLER!!

Web: Lusaorganics.com

Four Elements Look, No X E MA! Moisture Cream

This is our best-selling product and it is relieving people across the country! It is perfect for babies’ sensitive skin, too. This product contains licorice root (which has cortisone-like components), cooling chamomile, comfrey, and calendula. Ingredients include: almond oil, pure water, beeswax, certified organic chamomile flowers, comfrey root, shea root, calendula flowers, shea butter, evening primrose oil, vitamin e, and borax. $15.00

Web: Fourelementsherbals.com

Green Lushiousness

16 years ago, Lush come out with its first-ever solid shampoo bar and secured its place as the leader of the eco-friendly “naked movement”. Today, they strive to continue developing new and innovative packaging-free products to reduce the need for preservatives and lessen the amount of harmful waste put into the environment. With the launch of all their NEW naked products this year, now over 70% of products are packaging-free. Sometimes, you’ve just got to grin and BARE it!

Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar
Herbal shampoo for eco-warriors.

Beat flakiness and purify skin with rosemary, nettle and peppermint. Your hair is immediately transformed by the antibacterial tea tree. Uses soothing rose, chamomile and vanilla to calm and balance out those powerful herbs. And is sold in a reusable tin so mother nature approves.

More Toners and Toner Tabs Token to the Forest Gods
A citrus offering for the sauna.

Our tokens to the forest deities are green, fizzing toner tabs with uplifting grapefruit, sweet orange and neroli oils. They were inspired by the Finnish tradition of enjoying a hot steam in the sauna to open up the pores.You can use these for the uplifting aromatherapy, or you can use them as a skin toner.

Safe Breast Screening Is Available for Young Women

By Pam Ryerse, MLT, CCT | Oh my gosh – all the fuss about the new guidelines for breast screening with mammography! It is difficult to filter through all the information the government’s Task Force has put forth and the media has spun out of sight! Well, I am here to ask the question, what about the younger gals, ages 25-39?  They are soooo under represented, yet approximately 12-14,000 young women get breast cancer every year! I am unable to find any recommendations for them from the ACS or Komen websites. And the Young Survival website says:

  • Breast cancer accounts for 26% of all cancer in females 15-39 years of age and 39% of all cancer in 35-39 year olds. And breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15-54.
  • Young women’s cancers are generally more aggressive and result in lower survival rates.
  • There is no effective breast cancer screening tool for women 40 and under.

However, there is another early detection screening tool available: clinical thermography, a safe, private, accurate health screening. Taking the squish out of breast screening, it is perfect for the younger, denser breast tissue and can find breast cancers and pre-cancerous tissues long before they can be detected by mammograms! Approved by the FDA in 1982, it is completely painless, non-invasive, compression-free and radiation-free! Studies have questioned the safety of cumulative exposures to radiation. This is not the case with thermography: being radiation-free, frequent screenings are safe. Thermography uses high tech infrared scanners and sophisticated computer programs to image the physiology in the body. It is complementary to the structural imaging we are familiar with- mammography and ultrasound.

As stated in the October 2008 issue of the American Journal of Surgery, a study concluded: “Thermography has resurfaced in this era of modernized computer technology. DITI is a valuable adjunct to mammography and ultrasound, especially in women with dense breast parenchyma.”

So I plan to empower young women- and women of all ages- to take good care of their breasts. Besides wearing a good-fitting bra and performing a daily breast massage, I encourage them to get screening with clinical thermography. Guidelines indicate that young women should get a baseline established around 25 years of age then continue with screening every few years. Early detection saves lives, right?  Makes sense to me. While we continue to debate the findings of the government’s Task Force on breast screening, please let’s consider the age group that is being ignored.

Submitted by: Pam Ryerse, MLT, CCT founder of Radiant Health Imaging, with offices in Fairfield, Des Moines, Omaha, Lacrosse. Screening available in Coralville first Wednesday of each month. www.radianthealthimaging.com,  ph: 866-240-9659.