Caring for your baby with the help of organic products.
Joining us this morning with some eco- friendly baby care tips is kelly cullin with babies r us.
Method Kid Squeaky Green 3-in-1 Shampoo
Method Baby Squeaky Green Hair and Body Wash
Earth's Best Travel Bag
Avalon Organics Cornstarch Baby Powder
Avalon Organics Nourishing Baby Lotion
Seventh Generation All-Purpose Cleaner
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Surface Wipes
Baby Ganics Laundry Detergent
Baby Ganics Multi Purpose Cleaner
Koala Baby Natural Layette
Organic Bunny Meadow Bedding Collection by KidsLine
Apple and Eve Organic Apple Juice
Earth's Best Organic Baby Food
Earth's Best Organic Rice Cereal
Gerber Organic Baby Food
Healthy Handfuls Organic Crackers
Organic Boppy Slipcover
Nature's Purest Bouncer
- Organic-certified baby/toddler food: Organic food, including puréed jar food, toddler snacks, milk and juice is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brands include Gerber®, Earth's Best®, Horizon Organic® and Healthy Handfuls®.
- Organic cotton apparel: Parents can choose to dress their baby in layette, one piece underwear, bodysuits, shirt and pant sets, caps, socks and sleep sacks made with cottons that are naturally grown and certified organic (assortment of organic apparel from Koala Baby Natural (exclusive to Babies"R"Us), Gerber® and Halo®
- Natural Bedding: Organic Bunny Meadow bedding collection by KidsLine. Exclusive to Babies"R"Us
- Environmentally friendly cleaners for the nursery and home: Assortment of cleaning products from Seventh Generation®, BabyGanics and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day®
- Eco-smart gear: Nature's Purest Bouncer features cotton produced without harmful pesticides, chemicals or dyes
- Natural skin care: Pure and natural personal care products such as lotions, balms and ointments keep baby's skin soft and clean (assortment from Avalon Organics®, Earth's Best® and MethodBaby?"
- Organic baby care: Organic Boppy Slipcover is made with 100% organically grown, preservative-free breathable cotton and 100% vegetable dye
For more information, go to www.babiesrus.com
Many healthy ingredients proven to keep the body healthy also improve your skin.
Joining us this morning with examples is board certified dermatologist and director of image dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey Dr. Jeanine Downie. She's also the author of Beautiful Skin of Color.
For healthy skin, Dr. Downie encourages women to do two things:
- Eat a diet rich in antioxidants: utilize the many natural sources, such as fruits and vegetables to maximize skin health
- Consider the use of topical, physician-strength skin care products containing antioxidants, which have a higher concentration of antioxidants and active ingredients than most over-the-counter products
VIVITÉ Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum
Ole Henriksen Sun-Light Protection Creme w/ Green Tea SPF 30
Burt's Bees Color Keeper Green Tea & Fennel Seed Shampoo
Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Therapy SPF 15
Phyto "THE ORIGINAL" Maximum Sun Protection with Olive Oil Extract
DCL High Potency C-Scape Serum 25
Clinique Lip/Eye SPF 30 Sun Block
Aveeno Positively Ageless Serum with Natural Shiitake Complex
Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Toner
For more information, visit at imagedermatology.com.
-----CAMERA PHONE PICTURES-----
These days, it's virtually impossible to purchase a cell phone that only makes phone calls. We're seeing all kinds of different functions and one of the most popular is a camera.
To help you take pictures you can share with your loved ones, John Bentham is joining us this morning, a take great pictures.com photographer.
Tip 1: make sure your fingers, hair, etc are not blocking the lens people tend to take pictures while walking, but you need to stop and hold the camera steady to take a good photo with a camera phone.
Tip 2: hold the phone/camera steady
Tip 3: watch out for your own shadow in the photo. Change the phone/camera angle to eliminate your shadow before you take the picture
Tip 4: change the camera angle to make a more interesting composition and remove unwanted elements. Move your position in relation to the sun and clouds to get a better background
Tip 5: get in closer to what is important in the photo.
Tip 6: avoid the digital zoom; just crop later using the computer. Most cameras have a low resolution capture. Set your camera phone to take the largest file size you can.
Tip 7: add a memory data card to your phone
For more information, www.takegreatpictures.com
-----GREEN TRAVEL TIPS-----
Every time you take a family vacation, the decisions you make from your travel arrangements to your hotel can have a big impact on the environment.
Joining us this morning with tips is green travel expert Thomas Mathes who is also the General Manager of Kimpton's the Muse New York.
What is a green hotel? How do you choose one?
- A green hotel does not mean you have to sacrifice luxury. Many luxurious hotels, like The Muse New York, are greening their front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house policies, such as recycling, water conservation, and energy efficient lighting.
- The Muse is one of over 40 Kimpton hotels nationwide known for our extensive eco-friendly program, EarthCare. All of our hotels employ over 40 environmentally-friendly practices, from the first company to offer in-room recycling for guests to hybrid incentives for travelers.
- Whenever I travel, I call the hotel beforehand to ask if they have an eco-friendly program in place. There are different certifications programs, so be sure to ask about any special designations, awards or policies.
How can I fly green?
When it comes to choosing your airline, book flights with airlines that recycle the waste created when serving food and beverages to passengers.
- British Airways, for instance, has a very strong environmental agenda. Southwest Airlines recycles all cabin waste, and was the first to offer electronic ticketing system-wide.
Is their eco-friendly luggage? What did you bring with you here today?
- Green travelers now have a wide array of eco-friendly goods available on the market, and the best part is they are stylish and fun.
- This travel tote is made by Plank and available at KimptonStyle. It is made with biodegradable canvas. Additionally, all proceeds from this bag go to The Trust for Public Land, a national organization dedicated to park and land preservation.
What can I do as a traveler to be more eco-friendly?
- Small changes to your everyday hotel stay can make a large environmental impact.
- Use glass, not plastic: If your hotel room comes with glass cups, use them instead of plastic ones to reduce the impact on the environment. Using plastic means throwing away not only the cup but also the plastic wrapper it came in. Plastic can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.
- Don't throw in the towel: Unless you put the "do not disturb" sign on your room door, housekeepers will usually change the sheets and towels every day. Green travelers can save water and power by re-using their linens; many hotels offer this as an option.
- Turn it off: Hotel rooms often have thermostats or individually controlled heating and cooling units, as well as task and ambient lighting. Just as you would turn down the thermostat and turn off the lights when you leave home, doing the same each time you leave your hotel room saves energy.
- Recycle Newspapers: If the hotel provides complimentary newspapers, pass yours on to someone else, or leave it in the lobby for another reader.
Is there environmentally friendly transportation?
- Absolutely. One of the best ways to cut down on your carbon footprint is to grab your walking shoes. Instead of a taxi or car, experience your destination through the eyes of the locals and talk a walk, or use public transportation. Your hotel concierge can map out scenic walking routes or help you navigate the local transportation system.
- If you need to rent a car, ask your car rental company about hybrid options.
- Some eco-conscious hotels even provide discounts to guests arriving in hybrid vehicles.
Getting your body in shape, just in time for your summer vacation.
Joining us this morning with some quick workout tips is Katilin Kay, a trainer at peak performance NYC.
- Squat with Reverse lunge with medicine ball (works quads and hamstrings)
- Bridge Press with body bar (works chest, gluts and hamstrings)
- Push-up and Row (works arms, chest, core, shoulders and upper back)
- Pedaling Planks on bosu ball for intermediate and advanced, on ground for beginner (works core)
- Side plank with a twist (works shoulders, obliques, glutes and quads)
For more information, go to www.peakperformancenyc.com