Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Yarn Along & announcing another giveaway!

Taking inspiration from Ginny over at Small Things, here's this week's Yarn Along update:

As we're almost halfway through April (does anyone else feel like time is just flying by?) I thought I should check in with the Year in Colour project -- and this month's colour is green. Perfect. This is the motivation I need to finally get Jack's second sock off the needles and on to his foot!


As for the book I'm reading: When Penguin Canada asked if I'd like to participate in a blog tour for Gillian Deacon's new book, There's Lead in Your Lipstick, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to educate myself -- and readers -- about how to reduce our chemical burden.

Even though I'm a low maintenance kinda girl and we use many natural and homemade body care products, I'm finding this book a fascinating read. Jam packed with loads of information, it helps readers identify what the dangerous ingredients are -- toxins such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan and lead -- and provides alternatives, both store-bought and DIY.

To learn more, check back next Monday, April 18th, for more information and the chance to win a fabulous giveaway!

10 comments:

Tracey said...

The book sounds interesting, but also scary! At my age going natural is scary too!

Fiona said...

Hahaha, Tracey -- I hear you! It's scary, but also empowering (knowledge is power, right?) because there *are* safer alternatives.

Anke said...

Just thought I'd let you know I just finished "The dirty life" and absolutely LOVED it! Read it in two days, just couldn't put it down..

house full of jays said...

Sounds like a great book! We're pretty committed to our natural products but when I'm reading labels I don't always know what I am looking for...This would be a good resource!

Mama Pea said...

Poor Jack. To think of him walking around in only one sock all this time. ;o}

Josée said...

We use mostly natural products too. It's scary to think of all the chemicals that are in the product we smear all over our bodies every day - yikes! I'm interested to see what you'll be giving away. Make sure to check my blog next week for some giveaways too - yay for Earth Week :)

Genevieve said...

Those socks look wonderful & cozy. I only use natural products but I think that book looks very interesting & I hope I get a chance to read it one day.

Fiona said...

@Anke -- it is a wonderful book, isn't it? I couldn't put it down either. Glad to hear you enjoyed it too...

@House full of jays - that's the neat thing about this book -- it deciphers what the labels actually say! There is so much greenwashing out there, you've got to have a PhD in chemistry to understand some of these labels! I'll write more about this soon...

@Mama Pea -- hahaha! Of course Ella is already asking when *her* socks will be ready. And poor Lucas is still waiting for his woolies, from last winter!

@Josee - thanks for visiting! It is scary to think about the our chemical burden -- especially in products that are meant to protect us, like sunscreen! MOre on that too...

@Genevieve -- thanks for your kind words! I've recently discovered the joy of homemade socks... so lovely to make and wear! Be sure to check back in next Monday for the giveaway!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

I heard an interview with her on Canadian public radio and was really impressed.
So much that we as consumers need to educate ourselves about.
Warm wishes, Tonya

Fiona said...

@Tonya -- thanks for your comment! Yes, there is so much to learn about... I find it overwhelming sometimes but I try to take it one step at a time. Books like this certainly help, as does doing as much as you can with ingredients you can pronounce!

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