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Phthalate-Free Cleaning Supplies (Great for People with Sensitive Skin & Noses too!)

Hi again! So, I've recently learned another reason why you want to avoid synthetic fragrances, even if you don't have sensitive skin or allergies: Phthalates are contained in all synthetic fragrances. They are an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to diabetes, birth defects and sexual defects, (see this article from the Huffington Post for more details.) They are the reason you buy BPA-free water bottles and the reason why I can hear my mom's disapproving glare on my shoulder whenever I'm being lazy and consider heating up food in a plastic container. Those are all ways Phthalates get into our lives....

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Where to get Jewelry Repaired

  Hi There! I get asked all the time where to get jewelry repaired. There are lots of options, depending on the complexity of the repair, so I thought I'd put together a post on it:   1. Ask a Local Artisan If it's something simple, like a broken chain or a jump ring that's re-opened, then I would consider asking your friendly neighborhood jewelry artist. If there is a jeweler at your neighborhood farmer's market that you frequent, I would politely ask her if that's something she can do for you. You can offer to pay, although I doubt...

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Top 3 Jewelry Hacks for Bracelets

Hi There! You work hard for your money, right? (Especially in these times.) Plus, it's difficult to find a piece of jewelry that you love, so once you do, you want to wear it, right? So, I want to share 3 Jewelry Hacks for Bracelets, so you can get the most out of your jewelry collection: How to stop a Stretch Bracelet from breaking?Ever pulled a stretch bracelet over your hand and had the elastic pop and the beads go scattering? You are putting it on the wrong way! You want to think of the beads as little wheels and roll it over...

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My Favorite Affordable Hypo-allergenic Skin Care Products

Hi, All of you know that I insisted on using hyopallergenic components when I began Oh, So Fitting due to my own sensitive skin. Well, my troubles don't end with nickel and they became really bad in my late 20s. I was working in Phoenix, AZ at the time and I can honestly say that I seemed genetically engineered to react to everything in the state! It's the only time in my life when I had an allergist and dermatologist within 5 minutes of my house, and I visited them like I was Catholic and they were the Pope. It...

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This mistake is ruining your jewelry...

I remember this necklace I had in high school: it was short, silver plated and had a nice, satin finish. It also had little stars with crystals hanging from it. I loved this necklace and basically lived in it for several weeks. I showered in it, exercised in it. I never took it off! (It was also summer in GA at the time.) A few weeks later I started to notice it was warm under some parts of the necklace. Then I noticed that those spots started to burn. I took the necklace off, raced to the retailer. Laid it...

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