Now OPEN MONDAYS & Earlier Hours!

Have you wished you could stop into Indigo Forest on Monday, or first thing after dropping your kids off at school in the morning?  We’ve been missing you too!    In response to our customers’ requests, effective immediately we are now open on Mondays, 9 am – 5 pm.  We’ve also added additional hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays, now opening at 9 am these days.   Other days stay the same, we’ve only expanded our open times.

Needless to say, in these challenging business times here in Michigan, we appreciate your support of your local businesses, and we cherish every customer.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Monday * Tuesday * Thursday :  9-5

Wednesday * Friday * Saturday: 10-6

Autumn brings cold, wet little hands….

….clutching beautiful leaves and treasured rocks.  The magical solution is at hand – have you heard of rain mittens yet? From the moment my boys saw them in action on the playground, they begged and BEGGED for them, even coming to blows over a found pair!  Easy to put on, lightly lined with thin fleece, and with long elastic cuffs to keep out the drips, these doubled our outdoor time before the sensitive one would insist on going inside.   In the winter, you can just add mittens underneath, and you are good for hours.   Here in Michigan, these are 3-season gloves!

Puddlegear is PVC-free and Oko-Tex (European ecological testing for 100 chemicals) certified.  More on material standards can be found here: http://www.puddlegear.com/things_to_know.asp.  Our supplier’s catalog is @ http://www.puddlegear.com/products.asp – At Indigo Forest we keep a variety of rain mitts (toddler to about 2nd grade) and some pants & coats in stock; we’re glad to take your special order as well.  Puddlegear rain gear often lasts well to become treasured hand-me-downs between siblings, and then neighboring families.

Picking A Prenatal Vitamin

When I finally got pregnant for the first time, I became nearly paralyzed as I began to evaluate every single thing I put in my mouth.  Which prenatal vitamins to use was the beginning of what seemed to grow to a 1,000 Big Decisions!  I first splurged at the grocery and filled the fridge a few hundred $$$ of fresh, organic vegetables and wholesome ingredients for perfect food that I was going to whip up from now on.

Then morning sickness hit, and I wouldn’t even crack the fridge door!   The food that I now couldn’t stand to cook slowly turned into a slime castle.  Like most moms, I started nibbling at whatever I could stand.   And then whenever the green subsided, I worried instead about the quality of my prenatal vitamins and just how in the world to choose between them….surely there was a difference between the ‘ole “Just take a Flintstone” and the $60/month ‘Primo’ versions advertised?

There are BIG differences!

As a midwife who now owns a natural health & lifestyle store, this question that comes up a lot.  Here are some of things to consider:

1. Synthetic vs. “Whole Food” Supplements - in general, synthetic vitamins are devoid of the varied complex of nutritional factors that typically help the element be utilized by the body.   These isolated, chemically synthesized components often act more like a drug within the body, and ‘overdosing’ or toxic levels are more likely.  Pregnant woman often find that their nausea is greatly reduced (along with constipation) when they discontinue their Rx vitamins (always synthetic pharmaceuticals).  Food-based prenatals are rarely linked to constipation (think raisins,  prunes, black strap molasses.)  While whole food supplements are more expensive their insurance-supplied counterparts, this is truly a case of “you get what you paid for!”   Interested in more of the debate?  Try  http://www.whale.to/a/shea1.html

By-the-way, you’ll often find the amounts in the food-sourced to be less, because more of the nutrient is absorbed.  Only about 10% of the common form of iron in synthetic vitamins is typically absorbed!  If the vitamin doesn’t say “food-based” or “whole-food” on the label, then it’s not.

Indigo Forest carries only food-based supplements, and has several prenatal lines from which to choose!