June 2009

Etsy Find: Sea Glass Jewelry


Seaglassring At the beach, some people search for hidden treasure while others search for soft shell crab, but I search for sea glass! Why? Well, it's pretty, and it doesn't creep me out like crustaceans do.

For those not in the know, sea glass is aquatic trash -- bottles and jars dumped in the ocean that broke, and through the sands of time, has become smooth. Interestingly, most sea glass found today probably belonged to items before the mid 1960s, when plastic started to replace glass.

There's a great seller on Etsy, SeaFindDesigns, a devoted beach-goer in Rhode Island who specializes in turning her shore treasures into wearable jewelry. Among her 125 items for sale is "Nice Rock," a crystal-like piece of glass that could potentially double as an engagement ring (pictured, $18), a beautiful pair of vibrant green earring studs ($12), and an aquamarine pendant ($25) that perfectly captures the essence of the sea.

Sea glass is great looking and eco-friendly, so for the moment, give up your dreams of a Tiffany & Co. item and buy one of these. Wear it and you'll swear you hear seagulls and the sound of waves crashing -- all without the inconvenience of sand in your pants.

Realities of Teen Sex: Over-the-Counter Options


GotPlanBCard Plan B, or the morning-after pill, helps prevent the risk of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours post-sex. It used to be available by prescription only, and in 2006, non-prescription use was approved if you were 18 or older.

But just this spring, the Food and Drug Administration, under orders from a federal court, changed the law so that anyone 17+ can get Plan B without a prescription. This is good news. It puts girls’ health -- and their choices -- ahead of politics and governmental judgment. And as of last week, there's also a generic version of Plan B available by prescription to everyone under 17.

To clarify, that means you can get Plan B over-the-counter if you're 17 or older, and you can get the generic version (by prescription) if you're under 17. Got it? Good.

Plan B doesn’t help with STDs, and it doesn’t terminate a pregnancy -- it just makes one less likely to occur. Of course, protection is ideally arranged before sex in the form of a well-designed condom. But, you know, things break, and it’s nice to have options.

Good for you, FDA.

Fred Flare Fridays: The Rainbow Edition


Rainbowminis In our books, Fred Flare is the undeniable champion of All Things Cute and Awesome. Many I Heart Daily meetings have been derailed by a visit to their site that leads to hours cooing over its merch.

The Fred Flare love runs so deep that we decided that a partnership must be forged! Until July 31 we’re running Fred Flare Fridays! Every TGIF, we’re featuring mucho Fred Flare cuteness, and giving away a $25 gift certificate to Fred Flare. Suh-weeeeet!

To become eligible for the contest, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter (and if you’re already subscribed, you’re entered!). It’s easy, it’s free and it’ll take you, like, 3.23435 seconds to do.

Now, read on for our third installment of FFF: The Rainbow Edition!

1. Wish Come True mini figures (pictured, $9 each). Melissa is obsessed with these little rainbow guys, and who can blame her? These blobs of love are weighted on the bottom, and have a chime in them so they make magical tinkling noises when you move them! *tinkle*

2. Gourmet Scented Colored Pencils ($18). What I lack in artistic talent, I make-up for with my doodling prowess, and these scented colored pencils will make my fruit still life sketches look totally believable, even when my orange looks like a basketball.

3. Fred Logo Tee ($9). Own the official Fred Flare t-shirt! Its logo is printed six times in six different colors on a black background, which means it will match with everything in your closet.

4. Rainbow Heart Necklace ($12). Complete your outfit with a sweet and simple heart-shaped pendant necklace adorned with a little sparkly gem. It’s so retro, it’s futuristic.

5. Hello Kitty rainbow lunchbox ($13). Instead of brown bagging it, take your PB & J to school in style in this Hello Kitty lunchbox. In Ireland, there’s a leprechaun at the end of the rainbow, in Sanrio-land it's Hello Kitty!

Natural Toothpaste That Works


Natural dentist mouth rinse I’m actually not a one-toothpaste kind of girl. I switch it up, trying sparkly pastes or berry-flavored gels or whatever the new thing is. But lately, I've been feeling like my morning breath is out of control. I wanted a real solution, so I shopped around. And I think I’ve found true, monogamous, oral love (don't go eww -- you know what I meant).

The Natural Dentist is an all-natural oral care company that sells toothpaste without that bulky box packaging (seems intuitive for a green brand) and without chemicals like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and alcohol. That’s good news, because -- hello! -- this stuff goes in your mouth.

I’ve tried both the toothpaste ($6) and the mouth rinse ($6, pictured) in Peppermint Twist (citrus flavors never quite work for me), and I honestly love them. They don’t have that sickly sweet taste like some regular mouth products do, and also I get to feel all good about myself because of the no-chemicals thing (check out the ingredients list, which is refreshingly short and clean). Plus, the mouth rinse is perfect for a quick rid-me-of-morning-breath swish.

Learn more about the company here, and get a discount coupon so you can test their action. Then smile that healthy smile! 

Banned Books? Not Cool.


Alexie Banned books in school have always been a controversial subject. Famous works of literature like D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye have long been subject to debate on whether their content is appropriate for educational purposes.

Recently, a book that both Melissa and I have read and loved -- The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie -- was the topic of a censorship fight at a Chicago school. Parents objected to its sexual content, mostly in reference to the main character, a 14-year-old boy, who talks about masturbation. (Really, is this a big revelation?)

In December, the same book was pulled from an Oregon school's curriculum when a parent raised a ruckus, but thankfully the Chicago school's board members decided to keep the book on the reading list. Score one for the First Amendment!

Let's be honest: nothing in this book is any worse than what's on MTV or what you can read on Perez Hilton. Part-Time Indian isn't about masturbation; it's a fictionalized account of Alexie's struggles to maintain his life on a reservation while integrating into an all-white school. And it's awesome. I Heart Daily recommends!

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