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Sunday, August 31, 2008

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kiss my face – for kids


kmf1.jpgKids’ bath times are usually wet ‘n wild.  Kiss My Face has tapped into children’s love of animals with a fresh line of bath products aimed to keep those fun-loving monsters clean, green and eco-conscious. With 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner, foaming shampoo & body wash, detangler, bubble wash, lip balm and soap — every product is free of artificial colors and fragrances, parabens and SLS.  Included are natural ingredients such as: organic green tea extract to protect against sun damage, nettle to stimulate hair growth and tea tree oil to kill germs.

Each product package ties into an endangered species — such as Walter the Whale, Peter the Panda, Tina the Tortoise, Edna the Elephant or Chi Chi the Chimpanzee.  Kids can learn more by visiting the bubbly, safari-themed website @ kissmyface.com/kids/

find the goods @ kissmyface.com

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

modmix – cocktails with an IQ


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Not long ago, about the same time we learned that dark chocolate and wine (in moderation) aren’t so bad for us after all, the “healthy cocktail” craze started to gain some traction. I noticed this especially in New York, where every neighborhood boasted an upscale, trendy vegetarian bistro (not restaurant, mind you) with mood lighting, European club music and a list of specialty organic cocktails, like the Pomegratini or the Himalayan Blossom.

Now you can make your own fruity, “smart cocktails” with Modmix’s range of organic fruit and herb mixers. Try the new Wasabi Bloody Mary Mix, containing organic sun-ripened tomatoes, or order the Lavender Lemon Drop, Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, Citrus Margarita or French Martini. Hey, if you’re going to make a cocktail, you might as well make it a smart one and add some healthy antioxidants to the equation, right?

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a mixed bag of green news


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Friday, August 29, 2008

the dog days of summer – seamus the eco dog


I may be a little late on the calendar on this one, but I still have to ask, why do they call this time of year “the dog days of summer”?  I would think “dog days” would connote a bright, shiny, clean-air day providing the best platform for outdoor activities, be it chasing a squirrel or sunbathing on the patio – not smoggy, hot, oppressive conditions that promote shedding, scratching and air conditioning.

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Then again, in a presidential election year like this,  the “dog days” can indeed be oppressive and unpleasant, with negative ads, repetitious chest pounding and finger pointing creating more hot air than a Bermuda high or two malamutes in heat.  The pack has now been reduced to the “wise old dog” and the “young energized pup.”  Pretty much a question of style and perception since they’re both politicians.  Being a young pup myself I can see the value of an energetic, well-groomed candidate with good manners.  The older guy appears to be losing some fur, seems a little nippy and may be just a little too set in his ways…well anyway, the fur is gonna fly.  Of course, as in any dog fight, my money is usually on the younger hound in any long, drawn out fracas.

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glasswing jewellery – seaglass meets butterflies


I don’t know if you’ve ever touched seaglass but its smooth surface feels quite soothing.

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rings.jpgCheck out Cornwall UK-based artist, Kate Laity’s beautiful, handmade sterling silver jewelry made from two recycled materials — seaglass and silver, as well as her beaded butterflies and forged silver rings.  The designer’s cool collections are flavored by a fusion of the windblown natural beauty of her native West Cornwall, and her background and family heritage as a blacksmith.

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