|All the ultrasound Pics for Belly Bub (these ones were done at 12 weeks & 20 weeks)|
|Charlie with my 21 week belly|
|yes belly bub is going to be our Fourth Son <3|
"when people find out we have 4 daughters (they seem to ignore the fact our eldest 2 are boys). "are you going to keep trying for a boy" "you will need shares in tampax" "goodluck when they are all teenagers" - A mum of 6 children (2 boys and 4 girls).
"I used to get it, while pregnant with my 3rd boy "Oh, so will you try for a girl next?" and alot of the time, it was midwives asking Yes; because thats the most important thing on your mind, your NEXT baby." - Mum of soon to be 4 (3 boys with a girl on the way)
" I get the 'so are u going to try for a boy next' gah!" - A mum of All girls
" 2 boys, 2 girls. I never really got anything like that but do get oh you wont be having any more kids will you" - A Mum of four.
" not too much about gender more about family size. Though i got everyone saying how 'lucky' i was to have a pigeon pair and then again i was 'lucky' to have two boys two girls... I was just happy to have healthy babies considering my oldest almost died at birth"- Mum of Four.
"sure do, I have 8 daughters..I get asked if I was trying for a boy & my reply is "I wasn't even trying to get preg" - A mum of 8.
"Ok I don't have 2 or more hehe I only have 1 boy, but have decided due to infertility that I won't be trying for anymore in the future, and quite a few people have told me that ill regret it and I should at least try for a girl to make it even." -Mum of one boy.
|18 week belly pic|
|20 week ultrasound pic|
|Charlie explaining to Tyson & Cody the ultrasound.|
Gluconolactone, a Polyhydroxy acid found naturally in the skin, is composed of water-attracting hydroxyl groups to condition and hydrate the skin. It provides full strength antiaging benefits without irritation, even for patients with clinically sensitive skin or rosacea, or those who have had cosmetic procedures. Gluconolactone strengthens skin's barrier function, reducing sensitivity to irritants and skin redness over time. As an antioxidant, Gluconolactone inhibits elastase to preserve healthy tissue and maintain skin's youthful elasticity, resulting in smoother texture and a diminished appearance of lines and wrinkles. (source)
Safety Measures/Side Effects:There are no warnings regarding the use of Gluconolactone, and because of its PHA composition, it may be safer than products containing AHA or BHA. Pregnant women should still consult a doctor before using products with Gluconolactone. (source)
Potassium Sorbate DangersEWG Cosmetic Database lists that this chemical is well known as being a skin irritant and toxicant.
Dangers of food additives and preservatives notwithstanding, potassium sorbate, perhaps, falls into the category of food preservatives which are not seriously harmful for health. Fundamentally, potassium sorbate is non-toxic and is regarded as safe. However, its synthetic characteristic is not considered too favorable by some experts. Prolonged use of the preservative could lead to allergic reactions, nausea, diarrhea and nutrient loss in food. Toxicity of potassium sorbate is akin to that of table salt. In case of personal care products, sorbate or sorbic acids, can cause skin and eye irritation, so they need to be used carefully. All these facts point out that the side effects of potassium sorbate are minimal. But, if you want to avoid the usage of potassium sorbate, especially in wines, and want to supplement it with something, there are always options. Let's see how its usage may be avoided or kept minimum. (source)
What is Polyglycose (decyl glucoside)
Calcium is an essential mineral for the body. A small amount of research shows calcium gluconate may be a good anti-inflammatory and healing agent when applied topically (source)There is no restrictions world wide on this chemical.
|Charlie at 12 weeks|
|Charlie at a an hour old.|
|Charlie at 3months old|
|Charlie at age 1yr old.|
|Charlie at age 3 taken in 2012.|
|me with Tyson in 2007, he is approx 9 months old.|
|Tyson at approx age 2, taken in 2008.|
|Tyson & I, taken in 2012.|
Top Green Cleaning Tips
1 cup of water1/4 cup of white vinegar20-30 drops tea tree oil
DirectionsStore ingredients together in a spray bottleShould keep for up to 3 months before the oil starts going funny. (source)
This pledge was created in 2009 (yikes! and i only just found out about it, i'm so slow on stuff! haha) Isismade has posted updates on her original post and ideas etc, so the post will be helpful to check out if you are wanting to learn more.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -I pledge to only wear clothing that is one or more of the following:
T H E _ E T H I C A L _ C L O T H I N G _ P L E D G E
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2. Handmade (preferably by me)
4. Made with ethical / environmentally friendly materials
5. Made by a company with strong ethical policy & workers' rights
* Companies with environmentally friendly practices (such as cutting down on waste/energy/water) get brownie points
* If I get one little inkling of sweatshop labour, I'm outta there!
* Above all though, I think the most important thing is reducing the amount of things we use in the first place. Not purchasing ANOTHER piece of clothing just for the sake of it is the biggest statement we can make.
"PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact, to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. PG is present in many stick deodorants, often in heavier concentration than in most industrial applications. (Nyack, Dr. Vin, Ph.D., Biochemist; personal communication). " (Source )
"In the book "Beauty to Die For" the cosmetic consequence by Judi Vance gives the following information:
"Propylene glycol is one of the most common humectants. It is used in many cosmetics including liquid foundation makeup, spray deodorants, baby lotions, emollients or moisturizers, lipsticks and suntan lotions. It is less expensive than glycerin and has a better permeation rate. It has also been linked to sensitivity reactions -- local irritations, allergic reactions. This would not be news to the manufacturers of propylene glycol. If you were to purchase a drum of this chemical from a manufacturer he is required to furnish you with a material safety data sheet (MSDS) and it may alarm you to find that this common, widely used humectant has a cautionary warning in its MSDS that reads, "If on skin: thoroughly wash with soap and water!" What? Aren't we putting this stuff on our skins daily, sometimes in copious amounts over long periods of time?
It's no wonder propylene glycol has been linked to many severe health problems including contact dermatitis (irritation), auto toxicity, kidney damage and liver abnormalities. It has been shown to be toxic to human cells in cultures. (Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Jan. 1987) In fact, in tests conducted over the years propylene glycol has been shown to inhibit skin cells growth in human tests and cell respiration in animal tests. (J. Pharm. Belg. Nov/Dec 1989).
It was found to cause skeletal muscular damage in rats and rabbits (Pharm Res Sept. 1989). It is reported to directly alter cell membranes (Human Reproduction, Feb 1990) to cause thickening of the skin (contact dermatitis, 1987) skin dehydration and chronic surface damage to skin ( Derm. Beruf Umwelt July/Aug, 1988) It was also shown to increase beta activity (changes found in anxiety states) when inhaled. (The Medical Post Sept 27, 1994.)Propylene glycol is a known irritant and sensitizer causing dryness, erythema (abnormal redness) and even blistering. (Safety Evaluation of a Barrier Cream, Contact Dermatitis, 17:10-12, 1987)" (Source)
|LACTIC ACID Hazard Summary|
Cocoamphodiacetate: has quite a few names (check out the EWG Cosmetic database for the list). It is known to be an eye irritant. It is made from coconut acid which is derived from coconut oil.
Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?Disodium EDTA and the related ingredients bind to metal ions which inactivates them. The binding of metal ions helps prevent the deterioration of cosmetics and personal care products. It also helps to maintain clarity, protect fragrance compounds, and prevent rancidity. (source)
Phenoxyethanol: was looked at in part 2."When shampoo or conditioner containing pro-vitamin B5 are applied to hair, it leaves behind a thick transparent residue. Since this residue actually coats the hair, the result is shiny hair. Essentially, this form of Vitamin B5 acts as a type of lubricant for the hair, though it does not thicken or strengthen hair. Panthenol is also frequently added to various ointments and creams, since it can soothe the skin reducing the effects of sunburn, dry skin, and certain skin disorders.Once a product containing panthenol has been applied to the skin, the skin will absorb this additive thoroughly. As soon as the skin has completely absorbed this derivative, it is then turned into Vitamin B5. Thus, using products that contain panthenol is not bad for the skin. In fact, this Vitamin B5 derivative can even be ingested without harm, though this is not recommended. " (source)
About ETHYLPARABEN: Ethylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. (source EWG Cosmetic datatbase)Truth In Aging has a great post on the effects of this chemical and states in the past it has been linked to breast cancer if it exceeds certain percentages.
Propylparaben is the propyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, occurs as a natural substance found in many plants and some insects, although it is manufactured synthetically for use in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foods, according to Wikipedia. It is used as a preservative for its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties to extend the shelf life of beauty and cosmetic products. It is considered non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating at .05 to 1% concentrations. (source)Wisegeek looked into the effects of this chemical
•Harmful in contact with skin and if swallowed
•Dangerous for the environment
•Very toxic to aquatic organisms
•Banned in EU cosmetics: must not form part of the composition of cosmetic products
•Also listed as: BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL
The dermatologist-tested label is not meaningful. “Dermatologist-tested” is a claim that implies a product was tested by a dermatologist and shown to not cause any skin reactions.Make Up Files points out the lack of regulation on this claim.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), manufacturers are not required to perform any tests or provide supporting evidence to demonstrate that products labeled “dermatologist-tested” were actually tested by a doctor and produced fewer allergic reactions than other products. The FDA also states that nearly all cosmetics are likely to cause an allergic reaction in certain sensitive people.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), fragrance is the number one cause of allergic reactions in cosmetics. AAD also states that there are over 5000 basic fragrances used in various cosmetic products including perfumes, colognes, skin care products, soaps, shampoos, lipsticks, sunscreens, and lotions. Preservatives are another example of a common trigger for allergic reactions in cosmetic products.
Since manufacturers are allowed to consider fragrances as trade secrets, the government does not require them to list the specific ingredients in a fragrance. As a result, consumers may not be able to identify the specific agent causing an allergic reaction from a cosmetic product.