Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Remember I told you that the New Year always makes me want to "RE" - renew...decorate...redo...and anything else that starts with "re" - ha! Well...the new year always makes me want to change something. This year was no exception, but it's probably the most change I've made in quite a while. I've been doing a lot of reading about "green" and what I can do to become more aware. Some of the articles I've read are downright scary. And if you know anything about me....well, it doesn't take much to freak me out, especially when it's health related - ha! an effort to improve upon the way I run my household, and make a healthier home for all of us, I started purchasing more green friendly products...and now that I've been using them for a little while, I'm really sorry I didn't start sooner. Why didn't I start sooner? Because I guess I hadn't really thought about it. And after talking to a few folks and reading...I realized that the products I was using containing a lot of toxic chemicals may be the cause of my son's allergies and bouts of asthma he's had for several years...besides his allergies to pet dander, but we don't have any pets and we try to keep him away from them too.
Anyhoo, "Method" products from Target are non-toxic and biodegradable...and I just read that Walmart may start carrying them as well. I also found that they have their own website too. I've pretty much used most of their line, and I can report I am perfectly happy with everything, and I feel good about using it. Feel free to click on my link here.

Well...along with this change...I also started buying milk that does not contain any BST's, and was shocked to know that we are the only industrialized country in the world to allow our cows to be injected with growth hormones (BST') - every other country has BANNED this. What???

So, I started getting milk from a local dairy here in town that carries milk without the use of these hormones....and there are other brands at the grocery store too, but it's convenient as I don't live very far from this dairy shop. I did go through "sticker shock," as it's double the price of a gallon of milk...and I hid the receipts from hubby, until I fessed up - ha! But now I'm used to it so it doesn't seem as bad, and again makes me feel a little better about my kids drinking it. My sister in law tells me I read too much - ha! I guess I do...and then I freak my self out - I'm such a nut sometimes. My hubby was pretty resistant with this change...his theory was we all grew up drinking regular milk and we're fine...and I guess that's true...until I found out that BST's have only been used in the U.S. since 1994 - ugh...then it was back to being paranoid....HAA! I'm not telling you this because I'm preaching for anyone to change...just sharing what I've been doing since the beginning of the year. There is plenty of research out there that says there is no difference in the you can make your own choices. But there was enough research of the effects of BST's to make me think twice....and now I wish someone would have told me about this a long time ago.... There are a lot of articles on Google about this if your interested. And many large diary farmers are jumping on the ban wagon because of consumer demand. So, BST's may be banned if the demand continues.
Happy Wednesday everyone, this week has been hectic for me at my job, and once again, I'm ready for the weekend...heee......not surprised are you?
Thanks all for stopping in to see me this week...I have so much fun with my blog, and I've met some of the most talented, witty, and charming friends! THANK YOU.


  1. Hola mi querida Rose
    I understand you a lot...I also like to use healthier things, and also change some habits... sometimes it is very difficult.
    Have a wonderful day my dear

  2. I still think you read to much.


  3. ooooo I'll have to go and read about this, thanks for the heads up!

  4. Thanks for making us think. So many foods we eat are not what they used to be when we were growing up. Sometimes I just want to move to the country and raise my own food; it would be so much healthier!


  5. Great post Rose. I am trying to do the green thing too. And it is scary about a lot of things. We have no idea what gets put into various products.

  6. I am trying to be green too.
    p.s. thanks for participating in my name the mosaic pig giveaway!

  7. I am trying to be green also...little by little. Thanks for making us aware of these things.


  8. Hi Rose! Thanks for checking on me. I feel better if I get up and paint instead of laying in bed. I love your ideas in this post! Thanks for the tips.

  9. Rose,
    I love the plates. They would probably look nice anywhere you decide to put them. I just wanted to thank you for your decorating tips. Mario is putting up the kitchen light right now. He's been working on it for about four hours. It looks great! I'm feeling a little sad because I'm sprucing up the house, and I won't be able to enjoy it all for long before the big move. By the way, I could use those beautiful plates in my kitchen for staging if you're having trouble deciding what to do with them (ha! ha! ha!).