Avoiding Toxic Nail Polish

If you have a teenager chances are she is really into wearing nail polish, especially the wild hues that are so fashionable nowadays. This is okay except I get very concerned about the inhalation of fumes from the nail polish and also from the nail polish remover, nail polish wipes or anything else she might be using to make her hands more artistic looking. I am also concerned about what happens if she decides to chew on her nails. Everyone knows that nail polish is highly carcinogenic and that the fumes from it can make disease symptoms worse.
You most certainly should not be wearing nail polish if you have any allergies or environmental sensitivities at all. Just a whiff of nail polish or acetone can make some people very ill.
For years the Environmental Protection Agency has been warning us about the toxic dangers of using nail polish as they are essentially nothing more than vials of poison. Nail salons are hotbeds of toxic fumes and some cities, like San Francisco, are doing entire overhauls of their salon industries in an attempt to keep the pollution from running these businesses under control,
As an individual you can help the environment by not wearing nail polish at all or by wearing water based nail polishes. There are all kinds of companies that make water based nail polishes now including a good one called Aquarelle.
A quality non toxic nail polish does not smell and actually helps hydrate your nails. As it is not really a varnish this type of polish does not yellow or peel. It is more like a coating for your nails.
Organic nail polishes are more chalky in consistency. They are more like paint. A quality organic nail polish is also non flammable and does not contain formaldehyde, phthalates or petrochemical solvents of any kind. In fact some of these nail polishes are considered to be so wholesome and pure that they actually qualify as being vegan. This means that if your teenager gets the idea that she is going to start chewing her painted nails she is not going to be poisoned by them.
Just because an ecologically correct nail product is non toxic it does not mean that it has to be stuffy. Water based nail polish is available in all kinds of colors from lime green to scarlet to outrageous pinks. The dyes that are used are usually a little more organic.
Water based nail polish brands also come with their own types of nail polish removers that are not full of acetone and other toxic paint thinners. Although they are sometimes not as glossy in appearance as regular nail polishes they do have a nice matte effect that is very sophisticated once it is on the nails. Organic nail polish also is often quite thick so that you get the best coverage possible of the entire nail.

Cheap Airline Tickets For Moms

 If you are a mom you need to save as much money as possible. Using the air miles offered credit cards are one way of getting cheap airline tickets. However there are also other ways. 

Here is the big secret to getting cheaper travel. Airlines are delighted to serve you if you have to travel on a fixed date in the next seven days.  That’s because they figure you’re a business traveler who will pay full fare, even if that means dishng out twice as much money as you normally would.

You can’t beat the system every time, but some of the tactics that leisure travelers use to find discounts can increase your odds of landing a reasonable fare.  

One way to beat the system is to fly out of an alternative airport.  This airport might be a 30 to 45 minute drive from your preferred airport but the trouble may be worth it. For example, flying into Baltimore instead of Washington, D.C., or into Oakland instead of San Francisco can save you up to 50%  in the price of an air flight. 

See if your destination has a similar alternative by using one of the many discount airfare sites that are out there.  Some of the fare comparison sites, such as BestFares.com, will search for alternative airports automatically once you type your destination and preferred times of flying into their data base. 

Sites offering comparison-shopping engines can dramatically speed the process, though they may miss some fares and turn up others with unsuitable restrictions.  There is not much need to surf several fare comparison sites simply because they all get their information from the same big database. So the bargains that you will find on any of them will basically be the same. 

The big clue here is to not waste time surfing them all as you are looking at duplicate information. It might seem that other websites have better bargains but that is because the information about rates times and taxes etc. might be configured a bit differently. If you have flexibility on one of your travel dates, consider including a Saturday stay.

Although some airlines are experimenting with doing away with this practice, most tend to reserve the lowest fares for itineraries that include a Saturday night stay.  By booking your travel in this way you can save as much to 50%. If you can’t change your dates, consider changing your flight times. Most travel sites have an “anytime” option for your preferred flight times, and that might turn up cheaper flights at less popular times of the day. Or, you might consider trying to book your travel on  auction or discount sites such as Priceline.com. 

However if you don't like uncertainty these methods are for you. You won’t know your precise flight time or airline until after you purchase your ticket.  This is the only drawback if you are trying to hustle a ton of kids to the airport. There is nothing worse than a bored kid standing around in an airport!