Forbes Living – Skip the Anti-Bacterial Products, Expectant Moms

Many common anti-bacterial products contain triclosan and triclocarban. These two ingredients are usually found in hand sanitizers, toothpaste, soaps, detergents and other products. Forbes Living shares information about why pregnant women might want to skip anti-bacterial products.

Recent studies with more than 100 expectant mothers found that triclosan was found in the urine of every women tested, triclocarban was found in more than 85% of the urine samples. More alarming is that triclosan appeared in half the samples of umbilical cord taken from the moms. This indicates that the chemical is reaching some fetuses. The results of this study show that this could affect the development of the unborn fetus.  Forbes Living reminds readers that there is no reason to use anti-bacterial products, especially hand sanitizer, as soap and water do a great job and do not contain the harmful chemicals.

The researchers also found butyl paraben, another anti-bacterial agent in the majority of cord blood and urine samples. This chemical is mostly in cosmetics and could cause shorter lengths of newborns.  If expecting a baby, read the labels of all cleaning products such as sanitizers, shampoos, soaps, etc. Toss out any which contain the chemicals and replace them, if needed, with Earth-friendly ones. Many organic cleaning products work just as well as the others with harmful chemicals.

 

Forbes Living Chronicles Destinations of Distinction

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(Croatia)

There are an incredible amount of places to visit in the U.S. and in the world. Where do you wish to visit? What do you want to do? Forbes Living has a few ideas in mind to share with our readers.

Get out of town. Head to the shore, the mountains or to a favorite weekend getaway. A few of ours are Fort Myers, Florida, Key Largo, Florida, and Sarasota, Florida.  We take in the local flavor, do a little shopping and learn something about the marine life all around us.

When we want to go far, our imagination takes us to South Africa where families, couples or singles can be fascinated by the area’s Big 5: lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo, and Rhino. Travelers are able to ride in safari vehicles while spotting these magnificent animals in their natural and protected environments. Volunteer opportunities are available for visitors over the age of 18. But keep in mind that any business which operates a breeding facility or cub petting facility is not an ethical place of business. There are several excellent places to give back to in the region and welcome volunteers.

Many tourists love to visit Croatia with its stunning towns, cliffs, waters and people. It is location chock full of history and delectable food. From here, chart a route to other nearby destinations of distinction. Forbes Living recommends taking photos and sharing them along the way.

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Forbes Living with Tips for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

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While it may seem like the need to be very aggressive is vital in order for a small business to survive, it is also necessary for them to be ethical also. Forbes Living shares tips for small and medium sized businesses.

First and foremost, treat all employees with the same respect and consideration that is given to friends and family. No one appreciates being dictated to or asked to do something which is not right.

If a specialist is hired, let them do their job without interfering. No one is an expert at everything.

Always be honest if there is an issue with a product or service. Attempt to resolve it and not bury it.

Forbes Living also suggests the quarterly meeting with managers to review good workplace ethics and business practices.

Always be sure paychecks are accurate. If an employee is paid hourly then they should be paid by the hour. If the employee is not hourly and receives no commission, then the worker is exempt from overtime and exempt from being docked hours time is missed for an appointment.

Does it seem like people want to become reality or Internet stars? Don’t believe everything you read or see on the net. There are many so-called review sites and complaint sites which do no checking of facts. Be wary of them. Use common sense instead. 

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Forbes Living Cautions: Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer Sun

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The folks at Forbes Living love our dogs as much as anyone else.  Now that summer is in full bloom, it’s fun to bring our favorite pets along with us when we go out for some fun in the sun.  But regardless of the old phrase “The Dog Days of Summer”, dogs can suffer from overheating, sunstroke and worse if their owners don’t keep a sharp eye out.  Dogs don’t perspire, so the only way they cool themselves off is through their tongue and sinuses, which is why in a hot environment, they pant a great deal.  If you see your dog doing this, it means he or she needs a bit of shade or maybe even a stint in the air conditioning.  Always bring some water with you and a little bowl for your pet to drink from.  And it can never be said too often:  never lock your dog in a car, even with the windows cracked open.  There are many canine fatalities each year due to this practice.

Forbes Living warns that some dog breeds can handle a hot summer day better than others.

The Forbes Living TV show notes that cats may be the smarter creatures after all, as they just don’t often go out with owners on a leash.  As for dogs, it’s best to keep their summer outdoor time to periods early or late in the day, when the sun is lower and it’s generally cooler.  Make sure there’s some grass for your dog to walk on, as pavement can get excruciatingly hot under the high sun and a dog’s paws can become burned from this.  Older and overweight dogs are more vulnerable to the heat and there are specific breeds that are most in peril:  those with a short nose.  As most of the dog’s cooling takes place through the tongue and the sinuses, Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzus and French Bulldogs don’t seem to have as much capacity to keep cool efficiently.

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Forbes Living Shares Three Exercises Worth Trying

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Notice we said “trying”.  There are some exercises which are worth giving a shot a few times. Forbes Living gives readers a few ideas about which ones to try now before the weather changes.

Run. Running is a great exercise to try. To get started, try jogging for a few minutes when taking a walk. Slowly build the pace until in a short run. Running and jogging are great cardio exercises. Both use the body’s largest muscles – the legs – which in turn boosts metabolism – which in turn helps people who want to lose weight lose it quicker.

Biking. What we once did as a kid is now pretty cool to do as an adult. Plus, we get the added benefits of a good cardio workout, good muscle workout, and we can now get the coolest bike in the store. Once we have the basics, it is off we go for several miles at speeds our legs alone cannot take us. And don’t forget the sharp-looking helmet to go with the bike. A good looking rider is one which is perfectly outfitted for safety.

Swimming. This is the perfect time of year to go out and enjoy the pool, lake or ocean. Water temps are mild. Bathing suits are on sale. Get in a few easy laps and reap the aerobic benefits as well as the refreshing water. Add a cap to keep hair out of the way and goggles to see clearly in any kind of water and keep salt and bacteria out. Swimming is a fun way to add fitness to a weekly schedule. Forbes Living invites readers to try one or all of these this summer. 

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Forbes Living Checks In with Wearable GPS Devices for Kids

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There are wearable devices for adults and pets and now there will soon be wearable devices for kids. Forbes Living locates wearable GPS devices for kids.

This is without any doubt – a Mommy Must Have. There are two companies, one American and one from South Korea, which have wearable GPS devices for kids. The American company’s product is already out and selling for about USD 129.00. It comes in either a bracelet or anklet, is waterproof and provides emergency features such as a panic button in case of abduction, and a warning if it is cut off or removed. Alerts are sent to the parents’ Android, iPhone or iPad. It comes in cool colors and has some fun attachables such as flowers and stars to put on it. The U.S.-made child wearable GPS is not too bulky for little wrists and ankles. The South Korean models have the option of communicating with children.

 In this day and age of not knowing who is waiting to harm a child, these two wearable GPS devices are cool and give parents some peace of mind. Forbes Living thinks this is a Mommy Must Have. What do you think? Would you buy one for each child?

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Forbes Living Reminds Readers of the 24 Hour Rule Travel Reservation Rule
Most people don’t remember the 24 hour rule when they make an airline reservation. Most airlines don’t usually post the rule or mention it on a phone call. Nor do many people know that it will soon apply to those making reservations through a travel agency. Forbes Living reminds readers what this rule is and how to use if when making or changing a reservation.

In 2012, the US Department of Transportation required air carriers to allow customers to hold a reservation, without payment or cancel a reservation without penalty for 24 hours after making the reservation – with some exceptions. This gave passengers the chance to fix mistakes like a misspelled name or a wrong date. Cancelled reservations could be rebooked as long as the departure date was more than a week away. Forbes Living learns that the regulatory agency wants to expand that rule to travel agencies.

This is good news for the nation’s travelers.  Just in case the airline forgets to mention the 24 hour rule, we urge readers to invoke it. The same applies when making travel arrangements through a travel agency.


If invoking the rule elicits a vague recitation of how the airline or agency interprets it, click here to file a consumer complaint with the Department of Transportation. No one should be cheated out their hard-earned money because the airline or agency wants to keep it. 

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Forbes Living Reminds Readers of the 24 Hour Rule Travel Reservation Rule

Most people don’t remember the 24 hour rule when they make an airline reservation. Most airlines don’t usually post the rule or mention it on a phone call. Nor do many people know that it will soon apply to those making reservations through a travel agency. Forbes Living reminds readers what this rule is and how to use if when making or changing a reservation.

In 2012, the US Department of Transportation required air carriers to allow customers to hold a reservation, without payment or cancel a reservation without penalty for 24 hours after making the reservation – with some exceptions. This gave passengers the chance to fix mistakes like a misspelled name or a wrong date. Cancelled reservations could be rebooked as long as the departure date was more than a week away. Forbes Living learns that the regulatory agency wants to expand that rule to travel agencies.

This is good news for the nation’s travelers.  Just in case the airline forgets to mention the 24 hour rule, we urge readers to invoke it. The same applies when making travel arrangements through a travel agency.

If invoking the rule elicits a vague recitation of how the airline or agency interprets it, click here to file a consumer complaint with the Department of Transportation. No one should be cheated out their hard-earned money because the airline or agency wants to keep it. 

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Forbes Living Wonders about Apps to Stop Smoking

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Smoking is a habit which is unhealthy to say the least and can be deadly if not stopped. Quitting is not easy. In fact, many ex-smokers will say that quitting is easy – they’ve quit over and over again. While there are many products in stores to help break the habit, this is the first Forbes Living heard of apps to help stop smoking.

Smoking kills approximately 443,000 people each year in the U.S. alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Cancer Society states that 70% of smokers want to quit, 40% will quit and 7% of those will be successful. Smoking is a behavioral addiction and apps are available to download and use in the fight to stop smoking. Both iPhone and Android users have several good choices. Apple users can grab the LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach app. It helps users devise a plan to quit and includes data on how much one smokes. Android users can use the Quit Now app which tracks cravings and shows the user how much money is saved when they quit. Forbes Living TV learns there are other apps which offer pretty much the same thing, and they all have community support for those sincerely wanting to kick the habit.

It makes sense to use an app to quit when so much of our lives are dedicated to our smart phones.  Go online and find one for yourself, a friend or loved one. The best app is the one the user sticks with in the long run. 

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Forbes Living Examines News about Child Vaccines

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Despite a strong stance against child vaccines, a new report finds there are no serious health risks to children after being vaccinated. Forbes Living examines the latest information.

Researchers have found that there is no evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism. Nor is there any proof vaccines cause childhood leukemia. These are the main reasons why some parents decline to have school age children vaccinated. Medical experts advise that the risks of the vaccines, which are small and not severe, should be weighed against the prevention of these illnesses which can cause death. A 2011 report on vaccine safety by the U.S. Institute of Medicine found that some vaccines can cause certain side effects but serious side effects are very rare. Of those, Forbes Living learns that a high fever and possible seizures were reported. As more people become better informed about the side effects and health benefits of school vaccinations, wariness may cause parents to halt disease prevention altogether. As many know, pediatricians are always a parent’s best resource on vaccinations and possible side effects. Seek the guidance of one before making a decision that can adversely affect the health and welfare of a child.

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Forbes Living Shares a Unique Opportunity to #ForbesItForward

There are days when we need a cup of coffee to make things right again. And then there are the days when we have to have that coffee but all we have in our pockets and wallets is lint. That is when a “suspended coffee” hits the spot. Forbes Living is sharing a unique opportunity to #ForbesItForward.

Suspended Coffees is the name of a great organization which encourages people around the world to pay for their own cup of java and also pay for another. The second cup of coffee becomes “suspended” until someone in need comes in and asks if there are any “suspended” coffees. The founders of Suspended Coffees make it clear that the person in need may be a single mom who just dropped her kids off at school and has no coffee at home, or the person could be unemployed and just needs a place to sit down, relax, have some coffee while searching for jobs. There are many kinds of people in need today. It is up to the coffee house to make the determination about who needs the paid for coffee. Forbes Living suggests readers visit Suspended Coffees to find a business which supports this heart-warming act of positivity.

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