Kombucha CA-RAZY!

CA-RAZY is how I describe my family’s reaction to Tonica Kombucha, our new favourite thirst-quenching, so-much healthier than conventional, outrageously delish r-KOMBUCHATONICA-large570drink!

What first drew me this odd-sounding, beverage was the superior nutritional attributes and purported healthy benefits as compared to conventional drinks. Nutritionally we are not comparing apples to apples when comparing healthy Kombucha to soda pop, I know. Soda pop is horribly high in refined, GMO sugars and in some cases may contain carcinogenic caramel colour but I make the comparison as my family likes sweet, bubbly drinks. And until now, we only knew the unhealthy version.

What Is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a refreshing beverage made from fermented sugar, tea (green, black or white tea), and a live starter: a combination of beneficial bacteria and yeast (also known as SCOBY “Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast”). The live starter gives kombucha all sorts of fabulous benefits including probiotics, antioxidants, amino acids, B vitamins, and enzymes.

Although Kombucha was recently discovered by my family, it has been known in Russia, Asia and Eastern Europe for a long time. In fact, it was known in the Tsin Dynasty (221 BC) as the ‘Elixir of Long Life’.  It’s healing and restorative properties have been well-documented over the ages to include: resistance against cancer, prevention of cardiovascular diseases, promotion of digestive functions, stimulation of the immune system, reduction of inflammatory problems etc. etc. As well, age old remedies cite the following benefits of drinking Kombucha on an ongoing basis:

  • Promotion of liver cleansing, resulting in healthy skin, hair and improved eyesight.
  • Increase of metabolism & resulting decrease of body fat
  • Balancing of blood sugar levels
  • Increase of energy (yippee!)
  • Improved PH balance and resulting mental clarity

As Kombucha is an adaptogen, contains trace amounts of alcohol (.5%) AND a significant amount of lactic acid it is best for pregnant women to consult a physician before consuming it. Always best to be safe when expecting and its usually not the best time to try anything new.

As for kids, mine do drink Kombucha and absolutely love it.  It has become their number one choice for a thirst-quenching beverage this summer. AND at only 45 calories per serving, it is clear they are consuming very little in the way of sugars as compared to most other drinks kids like. 

I easily made the decision that the health benefits of Kombucha were too many for my family NOT to drink Kombucha. Soda pop which is linked to Type II Diabetes along with some other undesirable health concerns hasn’t been an option in my house for a very long time. 

The Best Brand of Kombucha I Have Found:

I tried a few but Tonica Kombucha is my ABSOLUTE FAVE! I love that it is all-Canadian, made in Toronto, is organic, raw, uses cane sugar (which is always GMO-free!) and comes in 6 fabulous flavours; Ginger Rapture, Green Tea Revival, Nude Brew, Peach Resolution, Mango Passion and Vibrant Blueberry. Check here to see where it is sold near you.

So when my family goes on our annual summer road trip this summer, no doubt we will be carting a few cases of Tonica Kombucha in the back of the family-wagon! Mango Passion for my 4 year old, Green Tea for my 8 year old, Ginger Rapture for my husband and Vibrant Blueberry for me!

Let me know if try Tonica Kombucha and what you, your family and friends think of it! We might all forget we ever knew ‘soda pop’….and might all be healthier for it!

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Hooray My Family Likes Hemp!

I recently introduced my kids to Manitoba Harvest’s hemp hearts. All I read touted these wee seeds  as a nutrition powerhouse which naturally intrigued me. What parent doesn’t dream of good-tasting, easy to use (read: NO PREP!!) healthy foods that kids will happily eat. So I gave it a go.

Now a few months after adding hemp hearts to our meals, my eldest daughter now requests them.  We use them on salads, in our home-baked goods and sprinkled on after school snacks such as Coconut Bliss.  Even our fave baking mix becomes a little bit more super-foody by adding hemp hearts. And as my daughter tends not to eat much meat or cheese, her favourite meal…a corn tortilla with salsa suddenly becomes a more nutritionally-balanced meal by adding hemp hearts.

There are a number of other reasons I love that hemp hearts have become a food choice in our house:

Hemp is grown in Canada. With so many of our foods in Canada coming from warmer climes, I love that hemp is home-grown.  Hemp is a sustainable crop used also in the production of building products, paper and clothes. So as an environmentalist, I am hoping that this means eventually less of our gorgeous trees will be cut down for paper. And hopefully there will be less need for clothes made from cotton….one of the most-sprayed crops in North America.

And anyone who knows me or reads my posts, will know that I LOVE the fact that hemp is not grown with the high pesticide use common in many other North American food crops. High pesticide use is why my family has  already given up non-organic wheat, soy, corn and sugar.

The nutritional benefits of hemp would make anyone striving for an all-round healthy foods want to try it. Known for its protein-packed punch…10 g of vegan protein per 3 tbsp AND without excessive saturated fat and cholesterol, it knocks the socks off a number of other conventional animal sources of protein. And the near perfect ratio of Omega 3 and 6’s is not found naturally in either flax or in chia.

And hemp contains the hard to come by Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). Studies have shown that GLA helps with arthritis, join mobility, eczema, hormonal balance, migraines, blood pressure levels and even weight management.  Hemp is also a good source of fibre, iron, thiamine, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts come already hulled making them easy to digest allowing the nutritional benefits to be easily assimilated into the body.  I appreciate that Manitoba Harvest processes in a dedicated facility meaning it does not process any dairy, soy, nut or gluten products.  We have no allergies in our home but being void of known allergens makes Manitoba Hemp Hearts a suitable addition to my kids lunchbox meals.

Reading up on the hemp industry in Canada will confirm that it is a very regulated business. You can rest easy knowing that any notion that hemp is related to marijuana was put to rest years ago by our Federal Government.  They reportedly tested hemp for 4 years prior to legalizing commercial hemp production in Canada in 1998. A ‘virtual high-five’ for Health Canada!

So super-healthy, tasty and clean (even the de-hulling process is chemical-free), I am happy I gave hemp hearts the ‘kid-test’ in my house.

Manitoba Harvest has offered to send a total of 5 lucky people in either the US or Canada a bag of hemp hearts!!!  We will draw from the entries on July 5, 2013. There are a number of ways to become eligible to win.

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  • Post a comment on this post telling us why you would like to try hemp hearts.
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8 Things You May Want To Avoid in the Grocery Store

One of my biggest food challenges as a parent is finding healthy foods for my family. Too many conventional packaged foods and snacks are over-processed, over-sugared, have been genetically modified and offer little nutritional value. We are all tempted to reach for the convenience foods at times but if you are tempted, best to do so with your eyes wide open.

Having worked for one of Canada’s biggest food brands for over a decade developing food products, I learned oodles about food and the processing of it. And from one parent to another, I wholeheartedly recommend questioning what is in your family’s food to make sure you are comfortable with it. Here are some factors I consider when purchasing foods:

1)  Genetically Modified? So many foods are genetically modified. As the jury’s out on whether adverse health issues can arise from eating GMO foods, I figure why wait while the scientists and major genetic modifiers are arguing about the details? When we know that some crops are modified to withstand some pretty serious pesticide use which would otherwise kill the plant, why eat it? That’s why I chose organic (especially corn, soy and sugar) as often as I can.

2) High Heat Processed? Heat kills alot of nutrients but is needed to kill live components that go off easily to give a longer shelf life. So chose raw or minimally-processed foods whenever possible. This means a piece of fruit vs. a processed fruit juice. No matter how much benefit a juice producer tells you there is in a commercial juice, it has been processed. As well, raw cocoa super-healthy in its raw state, loses considerable nutrients in its processing.. For a healthier treat, chose raw cocoa made into home-made goodies or in a chocolate bar sweetened with a little cane sugar.

3) Wheat?  I am not really a big fan of industrialized wheat. It really offers minimal nutrition at best as compared to other grains. Stripped of natural goodness through modifications and processing, it barely resembles the wheat our grandparents knew.  More and more people who are not celiac are having trouble digesting it. So better choices are the grains not yet tampered with such as spelt, kamut or red fife. I find these taste better and they are not genetically modified. And surprise, my kids love the baked goods I make.

4) Added Sugar? Sugar is added to more foods than you might imagine. Food companies love to add sugar as the human palate loves it.  Its so unnecessary in products like pasta sauce and salsa. And conventional yogurt most often resembles a desert not a breakfast food with the huge amount of added sugars.  Instead, I opt for unsweetened, organic yogurt and use a little real Quebec maple syrup to sweeten as needed. And I ditched my fave brand of salsa in favour of one that has no added sugar. Funny thing about the human palate as much as it loves sugar, it adapts to less and less quite easily.

5) How Is It Preserved? One thing to know about Big Food is that it generally must preserve the food in some way. The foods go through huge distribution systems, sit in warehouses and then sit on store shelves and then in your home. I watch for controversial preservatives or any even linked to health issues. This means I avoid BHT (used to preserve food AND cosmetics). As Canadians are being warned against even using it in bodycare,  I prefer not to eat it. Who wants to wait while science is proving or disproving suspected links to cancer? Check your breakfast cereals, margarines, enriched rices and even chewing gum.

6) Scary ingredients In the Packaging?  While BPA was banned for use in baby bottles, it remains in the lining of cans and the lids of baby food jars. Cook your own beans from dry and make your own baby food or simply limit the amount of either that you consume.

7) Unappealing, Unnecessary Ingredients? Read your labels! Food companies try to innovate to get more of your consuming dollars. Sometimes they miss the mark, developing foods that are in my opinion, are really quite unappealing. I recently saw a yogurt ingredient list which included anchovy and sardine oils AND pork gelatin.  If the addition of valuable omega 3’s is what they were after, someone should tell them there are great plant-based options for getting your Omegas.

8) Real Or Not? Know your foods and figure out your own tolerance for fake foods.  Processed snacks are often not ‘real’. At only 42% potato, Pringles are not so ‘real’. And neither are Fruit Roll Ups. With the regulation in Canada requiring only 2% be fruit puree, fruit rollups provide no nutrition for your wee ones. One company Sun Rype does offer a real fruit snack so should not be confused with Betty Crocker whose fruit snacks contain artificial dyes and loads of sugars, mineral oil and carnuba wax.

So read labels, research things you hear about food and figure out what is important to you and yours. Credible sources of info are readily available on-line.  And next time your kids work you over for something in the grocery store, you just may have a really good come back as to why its not such a good idea!

I Had ‘The Talk’ With My Daughter..The ‘Real Food’ Talk

I’m sure I am not the only parent to have to explain to a 7 year old the difference between real and not so real food. In this particular case, it came along with a side of peer pressure….hers not mine.

Yesterday for the first time, my daughter asked for ‘Fruit Roll Ups’.  ‘All of my friends have them in their lunchboxes and I don’t’. So it was prime time for ‘the talk’ about healthy food choices.

A mom/daughter trip to the grocery store and some investigating of the ingredients in the so-called ‘Fruit’ snacks helped solidify a mutually agreeable solution to wanting them in her lunchbox.

The label on the box confirmed that the ‘fruit’ snacks were made from loads of highly processed sugars, hydrogenated oils (to make the rolls firm and have shelf life) and artificial flavours and colours…basically chemicals to make if look and taste like fruit.  And later, our on-line investigation confirmed that in Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency only requires 2% fruit puree in such snacks. Really almost no fruit to speak of.

So finally my daughter got the idea real food = better nutrition and highly processed foods and those processed to mimic real = not so good.  So I won the argument without a fuss right there in the grocery store. And she got to pick out another treat of her choice that she finally chose from the ice cream aisle. I believe in children having treats…of course, but with the knowledge of what offers a nutritionally better choice.

From this experience, I am certain that the BIG FOOD industry is counting on people not reading labels. And their executives are most likely quite giddy at the profits stacking up because some time-strapped parents find not having to wash berries or cut up an apple, reason enough to buy their fake fruit snacks. Whatever the  reason, I have a serious distaste for marketing such junk food toward kids and worse, all dolled up to appear somewhat healthy.

In the end, I am pleased that my very young daughter now gets that it doesn’t matter what the other kids are eating. You have the choice to gather information, make informed decisions and eat what’s best for you.

Today my sweet pea (aka ‘Sessa’) requested a real apple and a few pieces of Giddy YoYo chocolate (no nuts, dairy, hydro oils or fake anything!) for her school snack. And I was more than happy to oblige!

Chia: My Superfood

Mention chia and many people giggle remembering chia pets from the 70’s. Ditto but who knew back in the day that chia is one of nature’s most beneficial foods? Loaded with Omega 3’s, fibre, protein and calcium chia is often referred to as a superfood.

As a mom, I am simply looking for healthier options for my family’s breakfast.  Nutritionally-void, over-processed, chemically preserved foods are not cutting it anymore.

My recent interest was fuelled by the fact that my 4 year old was introduced to little brightly coloured rings of sugar which are boxed up and called a breakfast cereal.  She had never seen these before when they were introduced to her outside my home.  Eventually I was worked over in the grocery store. Every parent knows the scene.

With a little research, I discovered that the breakfast cereal she wanted was known to be one of the sugariest cereals on the planet.  Yikes! And if that wasn’t enough, the cereal also contained the controversial preservative BHT, AND of course food dyes. All which gave me serious cause for concern about what I was feeding my kids for breakfast. So the search started for my superfood: nutritionally sound, no junk AND super-easy to prepare.

I discovered Chia Goodness by Ruth’s Foods of Toronto and haven’t looked back.  No doubt it is not easy to switch a child from sugary cereals to something so less sweet but little by little the palate will adapt, demanding less and less sugar. Read about the potential  perils of too much sugar in our diets and you too may become a breakfast cereal convert.

An added bonus for me was that Ruth’s Foods also offers snack bars with the same nutritionally packed chia and less sugars than conventional bars. As they contain nuts, these bars cannot go to school with my kids but they do enjoy them at home. And my husband has taken to keeping Ruth’s bars in his desk to deal with the ‘afternoon hungries’.

And an added benefit I hadn’t even initially considered, is that my new found Chia Goodness is GMO-free.  Even some of the ‘healthy’ option cereals have recently been criticized for using GMO’s. And as GMO’s are linked to ill health effects, it is an added benefit that I do appreciate.

Chia Goodness comes in 4 flavours Original, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate and Cranberry Ginger and can be found on-line at Sessabel or at your local health food store. Give it a try, you may also become a convert.

No More Toxins In My Tub.

safe baby products, natural shampoo, toxic-free cosmeticsIn mid-August, 2012 a huge announcement came from one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world, Johnson & Johnson.  They announced they were phasing out harmful chemicals they use in their iconic Johnson Baby brand as well as their other brands Aveeno and Neutrogena.

Parents were shocked that a trusted cosmetic giant admitted such a dastardly deed.  Formaldehyde in baby shampoo?  Why?

But as parents, what to do with this information? Do we laud them for coming clean when other cosmetic behemoths such as  L’Oreal, Procter and Gamble and Avon have not made such a commitment and continue to use the same harmful chemicals in their formulations?  Or do we stop buying their products in disgust that a baby shampoo company ever stooped so low.

In my case, I was upset enough to get rid of the chemical-laden product in our shower caddy and swap for my well-researched, more natural alternatives.  And I will never go back.

In our case, switching to natural products allowed my daughter’s eczema-prone skin to heal and to be healthy without using topical steroid cream. AND my skin has never felt so healthy and hydrated. Yippee!

I have found benefits of using natural products that I had never imagined. Plant-based products don’t strip the skin of natural oils.  Plant-based moisturizers actually sink into the skin nourishing it vs. petroleum-based products which sit on top of the skin. And none of the ingredients in my natural products have ever been linked to cancer or ill-health.  And as far as I can see when authorities on pollution such as Environmental Defence Canada, tell us to avoid many of the synthetic chemicals I found in conventional body products, I believe that I am not only doing something good for my health but for the environment.  If these chemicals are that toxic, it makes sense to me that sending them down my shower drain may not be good for our waterways either.

So now I am a natural product convert. The Johnson and Johnson admission brought to light for me an issue in an industry and an opportunity to find healthier products for my family.

So now in my shower caddy you will find, my new favourite natural products. No more methylisothiazolinone, formaldehyde, or SLS lurking in my loo. My fave body wash for little kids has become  Dr. Robin For Kids.  My 7 year old and I love Clinical Luxury by Nature’s All Over Soap as it makes your skin and the bathroom smell like a spa.  My hubby’s fave organic cleansers are by Canada’s Consonant. Consonant Organic Body Wash in Citrus Bergamot and the Organic Foaming Face Wash. These are both now essentials in my home.  And my all-time favourite haircare (shampoo, conditioner, detangler) line for wee ones is Original Sprout. I have never seen such a cult-type following for a kids natural line as I have with this one….yet always more to discover! As these are some of my favourite better-for-you-products, you can find them on-line at Sessabel.

Extra Scary Halloween MakeUp

My house is almost all set for Halloween.  Costumes are ready; one elephant and one vampire.  Decorations are in place. My kids are counting down in anticipation.  But I am having trouble finding a face makeup which gives me comfort.

I have good reason to be concerned about face make-up. Health Canada just announced a recall of a particular brand of Halloween makeup citing excessive lead content. 5000 packages of this particular product have been sold in Canada already. Now that is SCARY.

Lead is a powerful neurotoxin causing a number of serious health concerns.  Among other issues, it slows the development of the central nervous system and brain causing learning issues and worse.  Most health authorities on the subject agree children under 6 years old are most affected.  Fortunately, Health Canada, offers information on its website so parents can understand the health issues and make more informed decisions.

People have asked me how do I know if there is lead in a make-up?  You don’t. Lead is a contaminant and NEVER an ingredient.  This means even if you are card-carrying, certified label-reader as I am, you will never find lead on an ingredient declaration.  A case in point, both the FDA and Health Canada have recently tested for lead in conventional lipsticks.  I find the results good information for parents who may be thinking of using a conventional red lipstick for the vampire mouth ‘blood drip’ this Halloween.

The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics has published DIY makeup recipes. I have tried some of their recipes. Although there is no doubt that DIY on their terms is the ultimate, best way to confirm safe make-up this Halloween, my experience tells me I am not a DIY-type.  I tried a few variations with no real success in my opinion.  So embarassingly streaky were some of my home-made make-up attempts, my 7 year was horrified at the thought I might send her out on fright night looking unintentionally more freaky.

I have decided that the best bet for my kids made-up faces to look good this Halloween and to be as safe as possible,  I will buy face make-up from a reputable theatrical make-up company. Most recall information points to inexpensive imports from China as the main culprits in very excessive lead content.  And even when lead may not be an issue, the ingredients of cheap Halloween cosmetics usually contain toxic chemicals such as parabens. Being that these are linked to cancer will cause most parents further added ‘fright’.

In Toronto, good quality face make-up such as Kryolan is available at Malabar, located at 14 McCaul Street with an option for online shopping.  Have a Happy AND Safe Halloween!

Burt and I Are Definitely OVER

Relationships are definitely fragile.   Over time, we become comfortable in a relationship and trust grows.   Even in the most trusting of relationships, something can happen that takes you by surprise and sideswipes you. This happened to me in my relationship with Burt’s Bees and as a result, we have parted ways.

Burt’s Bees touts themselves as a natural personal care company. And so as I trusted, I became an addict for Burt’s colour-tinted lip shimmers to soothe my consistently dry lips while giving a nice hint of colour.

Then the FDA published a report of conventional lipstick brands which were found to contain lead.  Burt’s lip shimmers were front and centre!  I was shocked by the news on Burt even more than I was at the other lead-laden lipsticks from Maybelline, L’Oreal, Cover Girl, and Revlon. I realize lead is a natural element so technically maybe Burt isn’t ‘greenwashing’ but as a known neurotoxin which can affect brain development in the unborn child among other things, I positively don’t want lead in my lipstick.

I researched and researched to figure out for myself that my initial reaction to avoid Burt and his products, was a sound decision. I read details which confirmed for me that the  jury’s still out among ‘experts’ on how much lead in a lip product  is ‘safe’. When this is the case, my opinion is it is best to avoid something.

One thing experts do seem to agree on is that lead accumulates in the body. So if you get a little here and a little there, the amount in your body becomes greater and greater.  And as I use lip balms oodles of times per day, my body was a prime candidate for this bioacculumlation of lead to occur.  So in the end, I have come to terms with my breakup decision.

The best options I have found  since for soothing dry, chapped lips are Consonant‘s Organic Lip Conditioner (no colour and oh so soothing) and Keeki Pure & Simple Lip Shimmers and Lip Balms.  The Keeki products are very popular in my house for my young daughters as they look a little ”fancy’ AND Keeki offers options with no colour and some with a little colour.  Both Consonant and Keeki products are rated among the best on the EWG’s Skin Deep database AND both are pledge companies with Environmental Defence Canada.  Now I feel I have safe options for lip care for every member of my family.

As these are both some of my favourite options in natural, worry-free products, they can be found on-line at Sessabel with delivery across Canada.

Another Toxic Cosmetic Chemical is Lurking in Your Products

There is one relatively unknown but potentially significantly toxic chemical that keeps turning up in my cosmetic and cleaning products. Methylisothiazolinone is that chemical.  It is a preservative with significant suspected toxicity. Enough of a toxicity concern that Health Canada’s Hotlist limits the amount that can be in a cosmetic formulation. Even if we all assume if it is used in extremely small ‘safe’ amounts, it causes me concern.  Here’s the scoop….

My first notice of the issue with Methylisothiazolinone was from a mom blogger who had discovered it in a water-based nail polish marketed as ‘all-natural’ and marketed toward little girls. Having two little girls who love nail polish, I found it upsetting and unbelievable  that a company would stoop so low.  I called Health Canada to ask why a product with one of their most toxic ‘Hotlist’ cosmetic chemicals could be sold as ‘all natural’ and marketed to kids? They suggested I call the company who manufactured it and discuss their suspect use of a marketing claim.  Huh?

Upset, I realized I had to do this on my own.  I realized that nobody would act as my family’s ‘guardian angel’ but me.  It didn’t take much of a search to confirm the prevalence of Methylisothiazolinone  in conventional ‘big brand’ sunscreens, shampoos, conditioners, lotions.  I found it in fancy shmancy face creams and even in my dish washing liquid (no different to me than a hand wash product as it touches my hands multiple times daily).  And sadly, I found it in more than one product touted as ‘green’ or ‘natural’ and for kids.

Anyone wanting to check their products, can follow what I do. First, product ingredients should be easily found on-line on corporate websites.  Most won’t indicate any toxicity issues so this is where you get on your armour and become a warrior for your own health.  Google any ingredient and you can get a pretty good sense of toxicity issues  yourself.

Also a great resource for finding companies that offer truly natural, non-toxic options in cosmetics is Environmental Defence Canada’s list of Just Beautiful pledge companies.

And ‘Greenwashers’ we are onto you and please leave our kids out of this…

Head Lice 101

Original sprout, natural shampoo, shampoo for kids,Yesterday I got an e-mail from my daughter’s school that some kids in the school has been found to have head lice.  So on the agenda today is checking all the students heads for lice.

The remedy for lice is simple.  Use lice shampoo (usually with very harsh active ingredients) and pick out the nits.  No matter which way you slice it, its awful.

But before your child ever gets near having lice, there is something gentle and more natural, you can do to reduce the likelihood of the little pests making your child’s hair his home.  Don’t use synthetically scented hair products.  Insects love synthetic fragrance.  We all know, wear perfume in the outdoors and you are a sitting duck for attracting insects  Head lice are no different.

You can try a totally unscented shampoo.  But as moms generally love to smell ‘that clean smell’ on their kids hair after bathing them, you may wish to try my favourite line, Original Sprout.  This brand uses natural extracts which smell great when you use them but they dissipate more quickly than their synthetic counterparts so your child isn’t a sitting duck in the classroom. AND, Original Sprout uses organic rosemary in most of its formulations and insects don’t like rosemary.

This awesome professional haircare line out of California was developed by a hairdresser/mom.  My kids have been using this line for sometime and it gets a ‘mom two thumbs up’ for smelling fabulous, working well and even coming in three sizes, the largest which offers a pump for ease and better economics than buying small.

Original Sprout can be a bit challenging to find in Canada depending where you live and shop but it as it one of my favourite products, it is available on-line at Sessabel with free shipping in the Greater Toronto Area.

Let us know if you give Original Sprout a go. We love to hear your experience with our recommendations. And here’s to no more parents getting a call  from the ‘nit patrol’ at school….ever!