Archive for January 10th, 2009

Saturday, January 10th, 2009 | Author: has an article today breaking down 12 somewhat harmful substances that are very common in beauty products. The whole list looks like this:

  • Antibacterials
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydroquinone

  • Mercury/Lead

  • Parabens

  • Phenylenediamine

  • Coal Tar Colors

  • Diethanolamine

  • 1, 4-Dioxane

  • Fragrance

  • Nanoparticles

  • Petroleum Distillates

If you have any of these ingredients in anything you own, or if you’re just curious about what these substances are, I suggest you take a look at the whole Green Guide feature

Saturday, January 10th, 2009 | Author:

I was reviewing items for our site and I came across a WINNER that I had to do a blog on because it is such a great product that I did not know was available, Chester Creek Learning Keyboards.  I am sure educators know about this type of keyboard but I bet the majority of people are like me and have no idea it exists.

These keyboards fall into three categories - for children,  for adults wanting to learn the keyboard or for anyone with vision, learning or mobility problems.

The FunKeyBoard is smaller size and color coded making it easier to learn and find vowels, consonants, numbers and punctuations.  A child’s size mouse also comes with some models or is available separately.

The LessonBoard, a true winner, for adults or children, is a normal size keyboard that is color coded to ensure proper finger placement and learning. This is a must for anyone wanting to learn keyboard typing properly.

Another style that I am truly excited about is the VisionBoard.  These keyboards  have larger size keys and are easier to read  - available black on white keys and black on yellow keys.  They are perfect for anyone with vision problems.

All of these Keyboards are available at – the Lesson Keyboard is also our January Special,  check it out – free shipping!

I almost forgot, they are “green” and available at because they are RoHS compliant:

  • RoHS stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. It was adopted by the European Union in 2003 and took effect in 2006.
  • The RoHS restricts the amount of six dangerous chemicals that are commonly found in electronic and electrical equipment. These six are:
    • Lead
    • Mercury
    • Cadmium
    • Hexavalent chromium
    • Polybrominated biphenyls
    • Polybrominated diphenyl ether
  • Although RoHS compliance is not enforced in the United States, buying RoHS compliant products will help to show manufacturers and retailers that there is a market for these safe electronics in the United States.
  • Take a look at these products and let me know if you are enthused about them as I am.