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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Keep Our Kids Safe: LeadCheck Review and Giveaway

When I poured my heart out to you about my son's lead poisoning, many of you had questions about how you can keep your kids safe. It's something all moms know that we want to avoid for our kids, but most don't realize just how serious it can be.


LeadCheck contacted me last week and offered to send me some of their LeadCheck® Swabs. The owner of the company, Dr. Marcia Stone, created LeadCheck® Swabs 23 years ago after learning of children suffering from lead poisoning from exposure in their own homes. She combined years of scientific knowledge and experience to create an instant read lead detection tool to help protect families.  I was very impressed by them: they read my post on a Wednesday and UPS was dropping off a package for me on Friday.


Though we have moved away from the source of my son's lead poisoning, I'm still very concerned about any other possible sources of lead. I can't begin to describe the feeling of panic that I have that we may have brought something with us that has been contaminated.

From their site: LeadCheck® Swabs are non-hazardous and provide a rapid, sensitive and specific test for leachable lead on any surface. When lead is detected, LeadCheck® Swabs and/or the surface being tested turns pink or red on contact, depending on the concentration of lead present. In the vast majority of test situations results are obtained in less than 30 seconds. When detecting low levels of lead, or lead chromate containing pigments, results may take longer to develop. Each kit contains test confirmation cards to verify individual test results.



They were very easy to use. So far, nothing that I have tested has had any lead. What a relief! After all that we have gone through with my son's lead poisoning, it is so comforting to know that this product exists. And I will continue to test more items in our home until I feel reassured that we are completely lead-free.


There is a misconception that kids will only get lead poisoning from old paint or certain toys from China, but that's not always the case. If you follow LeadCheck's blog or twitter or facebook, you can stay on top of the latest information and warnings.  Who would have ever thought that some bounce houses would be a potential threat?


Because lead poisoning is unfortunately something that is a part of my family's life, I will be blogging more about it, because I want to make sure that moms realize just how dangerous it can be.  Lead poisoning is preventable and not something that you ever want your child to have to go through.


But, for now, I wanted to make you aware that LeadCheck® Swabs exist. You can check out where to buy them AND they are offering two of my readers some of their product.


To enter: If your email is not visible in your profile, you must leave it with your comment. Mandatory entry must be completed for additional entries to count. Giveaway will end at 9pm EST on Saturday, November 20th. Winners will be selected by random.org, announced on this post, and notified by email. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. US only, please.


Mandatory entry: Visit the LeadCheck blog and tell me something that you learned.


Additional entries: Leave a separate comment for each entry.
*Follow LeadCheck on twitter
*Like LeadCheck on facebook
*Follow shellthings on twitter
*Tweet this giveaway(leave link each time you tweet/may tweet once per day): Keep your kids safe from lead poisoning with the help of @LeadCheck Swabs. #Giveaway from @shellthings http://bit.ly/d0E0WZ


I was sent LeadCheck® Swabs before writing this review. Regardless, I would be singing their praises because I think it's such an important thing that they are doing.

This giveaway is now closed. The winners are #2 Oka and #63 Raven in a Blue Room.

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78 Comments:

Blogger FranticMommy said...

Woww! I didnt even know there was such a thing..but it's brilliant. I love in a house that was built in the 40's. Although we have renovated, I wonder sometimes...I will have to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

November 13, 2010 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

I learned Lead can be found in your own garden.

November 13, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/3448075414675457

November 13, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

i learned that lead can be in the soil in your home garden!! especially near old house that might be peeling/leaking lead paint! and in our pipes too!!!!!!!!

workwifemomlife@gmail.com

November 13, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

i follow you on twitter

November 13, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Erinsgobragh said...

That is so awesome! I'm going to have to get some when Sam's older!

November 13, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Brittany Ciara said...

Not only are kiddos in danger of it... a poor little koala is in danger of lead poisoning too.

November 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Brittany Ciara said...

Following them on Twitter.

November 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Brittany Ciara said...

"liked" them on FB

November 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Brittany Ciara said...

Follow you on Twitter.

November 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Brittany Ciara said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/#!/SimplyBrittanyC/status/3462948630560768

November 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Boobies said...

Again..totally commend you for bringing awareness and offering this important review & giveaway...

That said- I learned that lead can not only be found in paint, but in toys, miniblinds, and even keyrings.

November 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Boobies said...

Following LeadCheck on Twitter @bbandablog

November 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Boobies said...

Like LeadCheck on FB (JanaA)

November 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Boobies said...

I follow you on twitter @bbandablog

November 13, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Boobies said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/BBandAblog/status/3481703012110336

November 13, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Ooh, I want this! From the blog, I learned that koala bears look really cute with Band-Aids. Poor little thing!

OK, for what I actually learned: My beloved cardamom may be tainted! *gasp* I never would have thought that spices could have lead in them. Where is all this lead coming from? And how does it get into spices? And who even thought to check spices, of all things? Now I have more questions than answers...

My e-mail is TheVeryThoughtOfYou@yahoo.com.

November 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger TornadoTwos said...

I had no idea such a thing even existed, what a marvelous little test! I'm sure this would give LOTS of parents peace of mind.

November 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Yay for another benefit to speaking ...err... typing out. Now you can rest a little easier. Once again, I know it was not easy, but thank you for sharing.

November 13, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger We 2 Bees said...

Thanks for sharing information on how to check. It's scary. I learned that lead can be in the home garden and on vinyl lunch boxes. Who knew! Thanks again!

November 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

Even though every year that my children were/are in daycare I am annoyed that they had to have a lead test as mandated by the state of MA I am now eternally grateful.

Thanks for the education.

November 13, 2010 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

"If it's red, it's lead!" So scary that there's lead in toys? I honestly thought it was paint-related.

November 14, 2010 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger Anastasia said...

uhh wow. I learned that lead is scarier then I thought and in more things then I thought. Specifically I learned that i shoudn't take the girls fishing or feed them indian food. I don't care for fishing, but I really like indian food. sigh.

Thanks for doing a giveaway!

November 14, 2010 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/3800467511447552

November 14, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

I'm so glad you got to do this review.

November 14, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger twinmomoftwins said...

I'm glad you did this review. I did not know that lead can be found in the soil in urban areas and that a home garden can be a concern. I've thought about doing a home garden.
ortizvelasquez at yahoo dot com

November 14, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger slb3334 said...

company was founded in 1987.

slb3334@gmail.com

November 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I learned that I can buy lead check at lowes.
jiffysweeper(at)gmail(dot)com

November 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I follow lead check on twitter
jiffysweeper
jiffysweeper(at)gmail(dot)com

November 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I like lead check on facebook
Megan P.
jiffysweeper(at)gmail(dot)com

November 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I follow shellthings on twitter
jiffysweeper
jiffysweeper(at)gmail(dot)com

November 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/jiffysweeper/status/3870486941409280

jiffysweeper(at)gmail(dot)com

November 14, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't realize it was that dangerous-Im definately keeping a better eye on things for my kid's sake!
lcollins1998@hotmail.com

November 14, 2010 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Super Frugalette said...

I learned that lead can be a problem in your own garden! yikes!

November 15, 2010 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger Super Frugalette said...

Superfrugalette is following leadcheck on twitter. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

November 15, 2010 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Super Frugalette said...

Elizabeth I likes Leadcheck on FB topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

November 15, 2010 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Super Frugalette said...

Superfrugalette is following shellthings on twitter. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

November 15, 2010 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Super Frugalette said...

http://twitter.com/#!/Superfrugalette/status/4039197065224192 topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

November 15, 2010 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

I follow Lead Check on Twitter

November 15, 2010 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/4131351779344384

November 15, 2010 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I visited their blog and learned that I shouldn't experiment with Indian food just yet ... they're investigating spices due to recent increases in lead poisoning in Indian kiddos. So sad!

November 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I 'like' them on Facebook!

November 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I already follow you on FB ... does that count?

November 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Oka said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/4624298081779712

November 16, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Oka said...

I follow LeadCheck on FB

November 16, 2010 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Oka said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/4870288600731648

November 17, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

I stalk you on twitter

November 17, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger mogrill said...

I learned paint isnt the only place you find lead. Even in toys!!
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

November 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Oka said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/5224762343165952

November 18, 2010 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/5608371671535616

November 19, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I learned they found lead in reusable grocery bags!

November 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I follow Lead Check on twitter as @MamaDweeb

November 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I like Lead Check on Facebook

November 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I follow you on twitter as @MamaDweeb

November 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/MamaDweeb/status/5732618729426944

November 19, 2010 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Erin E said...

I learned that lead has been found in reusable grocery bags. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

November 19, 2010 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Erin E said...

I follow LeadCheck on twitter (@sewmuchstuff)
sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

November 19, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Erin E said...

I like LeadCheck on Facebook (Erin E)
sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

November 19, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Erin E said...

Tweet

http://twitter.com/SewMuchStuff/status/5817527846313985

sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

November 19, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Raven In A Blue Room said...

I learned that According to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, each city must monitor the lead content of its water to ensure the safety of their residents

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

November 19, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Raven In A Blue Room said...

following @LeadCheck on twitter @left_the_stars

November 19, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Raven In A Blue Room said...

I like LeadCheck® on facebook (Louis Here)

November 19, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Raven In A Blue Room said...

following you on twitter @left_the_stars

November 19, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Raven In A Blue Room said...

I tweeted your giveaway

November 19, 2010 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Susanmeep said...

I learned that you can find lead in your garden! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

November 20, 2010 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

twitter http://twitter.com/#!/OneandOnlyOka/statuses/5972973232066560

November 20, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Wow... I learned that lead could be so many places that I want to have my son's levels checked, just to put my mind at ease! Thank you so much for sharing your story. There are so many things to worry about, and lead hadn't hit yet hit my radar. Now I'm on the case!

November 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger i2ylee said...

I learned they pulled a bunch of products from target and walmart recently, atoddler chair had 70 times the legal limit.
i2ylee(at)yahoo.com

November 20, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger i2ylee said...

follow leadcheck on twitter @i2ylee
i2ylee(at)yahoo.com

November 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger i2ylee said...

like leadcheck on FB Rylee A
i2ylee(at)yahoo.com

November 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger i2ylee said...

follow you on twitter @i2ylee
i2ylee(at)yahoo.com

November 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger CharB said...

Wow! I didn't know that Lead can be present in reusable grocery bags!! Scary.

Tawanna
worldtravelmom@momsguidetotravel.com
www.momsguidetotravel.com

November 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger CharB said...

Following you on Twitter. RTd your post.

November 20, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger carolpie said...

I read "Archeological Study Finds Lead Poisoning in Samurai Bones". Wow!


spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

November 20, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger carolpie said...

tweet http://twitter.com/dresdenrain/status/6128379157811200

November 20, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger carolpie said...

follow you on Twitter-dresdenrain

November 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger carolpie said...

Follow LeadCheck on twitter-dresdenrain

November 20, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger FDP 4 Life said...

i learned that lead is in reusable bags
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

November 20, 2010 at 7:01 PM  

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