Author Archives: Jacqueline Smith

About Jacqueline Smith

I love your feedback, let me know what you are interested in! I am a technology writer in the SF Bay Area. This blog is "local green" and my other is Employee Recognition -- www.inspiredemployee.com

Food Allergies affect so many Infants and Kids

Researchers at Stanford are doing loads of research on desensitizing children to common allergens…. milk, peanuts, eggs to name a few. Allergies are complicated, and difficult to pinpoint. Needless to say, and if you have a infant or child with allergies, you know this to be TRUE.

First, your baby doesn’t want to eat at all… or later may not like certain foods, gagging or breaking out in rashes. It can been much worse. Doctors are now prescribing a record number of epi-pins in the USA. Ask any elementary school teacher — they can have several kids with severe allergies & epi-pins in one class.

We could have a discussion on food safety, GMOs, pesticides, natural v organic… but if your child has a life-threatening allergy, there is no other discussion but how can we keep our baby healthy and safe?

Articles from Stanford:

FABMO – a great choice for Fabric

Fabric and clothing make up a large amount of the filling in the local dumps throughout the US and this is true in the SF Bay Area. People throw out clothes, fabric and other items like yarn, buttons and thread in enormous quantities. It’s a shame because it could be diverted into useful items. I really enjoy this store, with volunteers running the show and bundles, bolts and baskets of beautiful fabric, it is a fun way to take a dream project into reality.

How did FABMO commit to making a difference in fabric dumping? Here are some commments from an article in the Mountain View Voice, Sept 24, “”Saving the Fabric of Society”: 

The idea to organize, expand and create a nonprofit around FabMo happened almost without trying, Welstein recalled. As their collections grew, someone had the idea to accept cash donations, then someone had to the idea to launch a website, and so on, she said. One regular FabMo customer asked if something similar could work in Santa Cruz, and now they hold multiple giveaways in that coastal city each year. They’ve also trucked out supplies to give away in Vallejo and the Sacramento area.

“We just grew little by little, and it just continues to be organic,” Welstein said. “That feeling of not wanting to throw away good stuff, I think more and more people are feeling that way in the world.”

The FabMo philosophy — take only what you need, don’t waste anything — might seem old fashioned, yet it was ahead of the curve for the larger do-it-yourself movement that has taken root in the Bay Area.

FabMo is open for three consecutive days each month for its free drop-in giveaway days at its main showroom at 970 Terra Bella Ave. More information can be found at its website.

Next month, FabMo will be organizing its Textile Art Boutique, the group’s largest annual event. This event exhibits dozens of different artists’ works that were designed using recycled materials. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge at 4249 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

Need a great place to volunteer? Fabmo volunteers love what they do!

SF Ferry Building – Pop-up Oktoberfest

Fort Point Hosts Pop-up Oktoberfest Beer Garden

The Food Party: Farm to your table

CUESA’s Sunday Supper: A Farm to City Feast

Nature Hikes – with Diane- Sign up now

DEAR NATURE LOVERS,

 
“NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA,”
Nature Explorations with Diane West-Bourke 
FALL 2018 HIKES begin on:
OCT. 9th (6 Tuesdays)    OR      OCT. 10th (6 Wednesdays) 
Diane is a great nature- biology teacher, specializing in our local bay area. She is so good at adding the why /how  into a discussion that you will learn What Matters about our ecosystem and environment! Highly recommended!
 

Are you ready to sample some fabulous Fall nature hikes with me? Forest trails, coastal canyons, maple-dappled creeks & beaches are all perfect for Autumn exploration. Discover new trails, make new friends, & awaken to the wonder & mystery of nature around us!
I hope that you can join us!
Happy Trails,
Diane West-Bourke

Sleep well, Learn Mattress Facts!

We have posted several articles about sleep and relaxation in this blog. But WHAT IS AN ORGANIC mattress? I didn’t know, really, I was thinking about using materials that were not sprayed, dipped or dried with toxic chemicals or pesticides. However there is more than that …. to learn more here is a great resource.

Here is the link to a guide- take a look: https://mattresshelp.org/best-organic-mattresses/

 

Glashoff Sculpture Ranch

Great recycled and inventive sculptures.  You’ll love these events, the whimsy and the artwork collides and turns into something that will make you smile, especially if you bring one home. Hound dogs, wild women, wizards their themes are varied and unique!  Look at their website to get an idea!

DATES:

Palo Alto Festival of Arts
August 25th and 26th from 10:00am-6:00pm.
We’ll be on the corner of High Street and University Ave,
The next Glashoff Sculpture Ranch VIP Studio Show will be happening on October 13-14th. 
Glashoff Sculpture Ranch
5402 Williams Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

 

 

 

Don’t dump your OLD PHONE, Find it a home with Flipsy

Flipsy.com with a quick reminder that a lot of people will sell their old phones after this week’s Galaxy Note 9 release – and our free service is an excellent alternative to eBay, Swappa, Craigslist and carrier trade-ins.

Why Flipsy.com? Three reasons:

  1. You can get an average of 30% more – in cash – than carriers will pay
  2. You can sell faster and easier with less work than eBay, Swappa and Craigslist – there’s no need to create a listing, and payouts are sent within 2 days
  3. You can eliminate risk – all Flipsy buyers are fully vetted, so there’s no risk of scams, delayed payments or other shady practices

Flipsy.com doesn’t buy phones. Instead, trust verified buyers compete to pay top dollar for used phones (even broken phones). It’s a good alternative for anyone who wants more money than carriers will pay, guaranteed payments and fast, easy cash.

A new book, you’ll love: Dispatches from the Sweet Life

William Powers on his new book, DISPATCHES FROM THE SWEET LIFE: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World. In it, this gifted writer and expert on sustainable development shares the trials and joys of a family striving to live sustainably off the work-and-spend treadmill in South America.  it is a story of both hope and how-to for a world in desperate need.

In addition to his storytelling prowess and expertise, Bill has worked for more than a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

 the community table:  
In his first book, Twelve by Twelve, Bill lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the fastest city in the world. In Dispatches from the Sweet Life, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, humanity, and happiness in Suraqueta, Bolivia, a subtropical town where the Andes meets the Amazon. Surequeta is also a Transition Town — a model community that aims to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.

Worldwide, about sixteen hundred Transition initiatives currently exist, part of a global Transition Network, in which local communities foster “glocal” low-carbon economies through alternative energy, local consumption, organic agriculture, and more.

Leaving behind America’s work-and-spend treadmill La Familia Powers embrace the potential of the Sweet Life (vivir bien) — the Bolivian idea that happiness is best achieved in deep community in balance with nature.

Oh you’ll love this book! A great real-life drama, rather than just talk, this is DOING!

Healthy Food- how to find It!

Pinto! A new free food app. Ever wonder WHAT is healthy? Reading labels in tiny print doesn’t help much. It is hard to track what ingredients are in which categories like sugar, starch, vitamin.

 

Read on about Pinto:

WHY PINTO? The concept aims to deal a blow to food companies’ sleight of hand, which has to date brought Cheerios cereal dangerously close to being regulated as a cholesterol drug, led Vitaminwater’s lawyers to argue that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage,” and seen Kind Bars scolded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for calling themselves “healthy” (the company argued it was its corporate philosophy that was healthy, ( WHAT? Read that twice!)not the product).

Pinto means to offer a rare brutal honesty in nutrition that favors the honesty over the brutality—not a Yelp for food, but rather a Snopes, backed by roughly 120 dietitians and nutritionists who have been consulting and field-testing for Pinto.

It’s easy to set up your profile & goals. Pick the items you eat- to learn more and you can also get the results for the content/vitamins/ingredients you are tracking.

While the app is free to consumers, Pinto makes money, strangely enough, by telling food retailers exactly what they’re selling. “Obviously they know what they’re selling in terms of ingredients,” says Slover. “But they don’t know how customers are seeing that inventory. A restaurant can learn how much of its menu is Whole30-compliant and shift marketing around that. We offer that data automatically, programmatically, across the board. The share of Americans with specific dietary needs and wants isn’t going anywhere. It’s only going to grow. What we sell is a way to lock in a relationship with them.”