Highly informative breakout sessions and a great opportunity to meet fellow (local) bloggers made the event worthwhile. WordPress and Securi were there to answer our most pressing questions, and there was even a professional photographer providing discounted headshots.
Twin Cities public relations operative Arik Hanson speaks to a jam-packed room at the Minnesota Bloggers Conference in St. Paul on Saturday, Nov. 14. Hanson spoke about seven new trends in blogging. (Pioneer Press: Julio Ojeda-Zapata) Standing room only! An excellent presentation on blog trends. That’s me in the upper left corner in white!
All considered, it was definitely worth the price of admission!
Let’s begin in the same place as our day usually starts – the Bathroom: EWG’s Skin Deep database rates personal care products for safety and their website also has a guide to safe household cleaners to get you started.
I personally love products from the Honest Company in addition to vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning, and Red Apple Lipstick far amazing safe, beautiful makeup.
Why do we love something so destructive so very much? Evolutionary Biologists claim we are hard-wired to pursue the sweet stuff and consume as much as possible as a survival mechanism. In whole food form, sugars in fruits and veggies attract us to foods rich in fibers, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. However, we humans are just too clever for our own good. We isolate the sugars from the fiber and other plant nutrients, leaving us with something that becomes toxic on its own in quantity.
After watching Dr. Robert Lustig’s lecture Sugar: the Bitter Truth a couple years ago, I’ve made concerted effort to consume whole fruits and honey instead of processed and other natural sugars like maple syrup or evaporated cane juice (which are separated from the whole plant) to satisfy my desire for sweetness.
I understand only too well that I am a recovering “Sugar Hound” and must be cautious of the slippery slope that is the sweet stuff. Keeping blood sugar steady is of utmost importance for those of us with autoimmunity and vigilance is required to avoid candida overgrowth, from which I suffered nearly my entire life – and am currently battling again due to the (necessary) use of antibiotics.
I recently viewed another lecture by the good Dr. Lustig: Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0 which reinforces avoidance of high fructose corn syrup and other processed/natural sugars outside whole food form due to its overall toxicity as well as its special contribution to obesity.
I encourage you to watch both of these. They are important and worth your time!
Back in February, I received this in the mail one day:
Target Baby Coupon Book
And I said out loud:
What’s this?! Do they know something I don’t?!
Yes, in fact they DID. This combined with a few other signals made me test the next day and the results were positive. Several days before my “missed” period. HOW did they know?!
A recent online article described how Nordstrom notified customers they were tracking shopping behaviors using the Wi-Fi in their cell phones. And most of us find it disturbing.
My husband and I were discussing this in the car and he shared that he’d recently met a former Target IT guy who worked on the project that gathered customer information for marketing predictions and shared with him how uncanny it was that this (above) had happened. He was told it was no accident.
Target knew I was pregnant before I did thanks to facial recognition technology used in the stores, combined with W-Fi phone ID. The program detects certain facial changes that correspond to pregnancy. So just days before receiving this booklet, I went into Target and the system recognized that facial measurement change and triggered the mailing. [They also use this technology for security purposes, identifying shoplifters and alerting security whenever those individuals enter a store.]
Target has been using this face recognition/comparison technology for about 3 1/2 years according to this former IT employee who worked on the project. Only Target didn’t inform its customers. It’s one thing to analyze purchasing behaviors per this article, but to use such sophisticated technology is over the top. I certainly never expected to be told I was pregnant by a marketing mailer!!
I was aware of purchasing behavior analysis – compiled using credit card purchase information, but this is downright creepy. I tell you what, if I ever need to buy such a test in the future I will DEFINITELY pay cash! Although I’m told that’s no assurance, as they’re working on a way to identify and track those people too…
Notice how the booklet said I had registered – but I had not.