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Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Blissdom Sponsor: LeadCheck

You may have heard me squeal across twitter on Monday afternoon that I was going to the Blissdom conference and that I had a sponsor.  I couldn't help it- I was so excited!

Now, I'd like to introduce you to my sponsor: LeadCheck® .

They contacted me after I posted about my middle son's lead poisoning. They offered to send me some of their LeadCheck®  Swabs so that I could test to make sure that we didn't have anything in our home now that has lead.

Like most of you, all I used to know about lead poisoning is that "it's bad." And that it could come from old paint. Or I'd heard stories about toys containing lead. But, I had no idea of just how much damage it could do to a child.

Plus, hey, if my child isn't eating old paint chips, he's safe, right? Wrong. What I learned is that kids can touch surfaces that contain lead... and then if they later put their hands to their mouths with the lead still on them, that's a way for them to get the lead into their systems. And ironically enough, lead is very sweet, which appeals to kids.

After encountering children with illnesses related to lead-poisoning, Dr. Marcia Stone created LeadCheck® Swabs, allowing for instant-read lead-detection and the prevention of lead contamination. Over the years, Dr. Stone has contributed to the prevention of lead poisoning in children and adults through early lead detection.  The EPA recognizes that LeadCheck® test kit can reliably determine that regulated lead-based paint is not present.

Some of the most common places that lead is found are:
*Vinyl lunch boxes
*Bathtubs (this includes older tubs and the glaze used on some newer tubs)

Believe me when I tell you that lead poisoning is not something that you ever want your child to go through. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Until we found out that my son had lead poisoning, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder were considered. We do not know what the long term effects will be.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

I'm thrilled that LeadCheck ® exists and am excited about my partnership with them so that I can tell other moms about their products so that you can keep your children safe. Their products are very easy to use.

I have a giveaway of the swabs going on right now that ends tonight, if you are interested in trying these out. You can enter HERE.

Just this week, lead was found in reusable bags from Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sweetbay, Walmart, and Target.   You can follow LeadCheck's blog, like them on facebook, and follow them on twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news about lead.

LeadCheck is sponsoring me to Blissdom in exchange for sharing information about them with you. But, as the mom of a child with lead poisoning, I'd want to share this anyway. Shhh, don't tell them that.

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Blogger Liz said...

This is a perfect pairing. A sponsor you can really get behind. How great for both of you!

November 20, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

I saw that about the reusable bags. I need to investigate more. In my mind, I wonder *Are those the only stores they checked?* So frustrating that these places didn't even consider learning about their products.

Congrats on your sponsorship. I think it is a perfect marriage.

November 20, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is wonderful - and THE perfect sponsor for you!! I am sure you are the perfect person for them too!!

Have fun at Blissdom!

November 20, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

What a great sponsor! I'm a little concerned about the reusable bag situation. I've been toting my own bags for years and years.

November 20, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Shell, when I heard you were going I was squealing for you, but when I read this I am actually a little choked up. Sorry, hope that isn't inappropriate. I'm so happy you have made a connection and they recognize how incredible you are and how passionate about this matter you are, as well. Hugs to you and hooray for them!

November 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

Congrats on your Sponsorship, Shell. How exciting. My mom read about the plastic bags and freaked. We invested in 20 adorable reusable bags (yes, we need all of them for one trip to the commissary.) I'm glad such a wonderful company found you and you found them. xoxo

November 20, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Cheryl D. said...

What an awesome sponsor! And congrats on finding sponsorship. AWESOME!

November 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Mimi N said...

I missed your scream on Twitter. How is that possible? LOL

So excited for you that such an important topic in your life is now being sponsored by a company to help keeping families safe!

I'm thrilled that you have a sponsor and are able to go to Blissdom! Woo Hoo


November 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a perfect pairing! You will be a great voice for them, they could not get a better person to represent them. Congratulations!

November 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Amethystmoon said...

Oh, Shell! I'm so happy for you! And what a great sponsor for you!

November 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Great sponsor, and good for you for getting the word out. By the way, I think lead was found on reusable bags from CVS, Walgreens, etc. too. I am honestly shocked that this stuff is still around. I can't believe how much I've just trusted that people would kow better...

November 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

I had NO idea lead was found in some of those places! Scary! Thank you for sharing.

November 20, 2010 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

This is great! I hope their product puts your mind at ease and that your home is lead free!

November 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Yah! I'm glad you found a sponsor!

November 21, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

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