Olive oil is a staple product in virtually every home. It has numerous culinary uses, and is even great for your beauty regimen (we talk about some of its uses in another one of our blogs Here.)
The problem is most brands are not the genuine thing. The oil is either cut with less expensive refined oils such as canola, or lesser grade olive oils to reduce the cost of production, therefore skyrocketing the profit margin. When the product is bottled, it is very difficult to tell if it is real or fake by taste or texture. In 2010, researchers at UC Davis tested 124 samples of oil from major brands, and found that over 70% were adulterated! Click Here To See Their Report.
For more information on this subject, check out these links to The Food Renegade, or Mama Natural’s Blog.
All in all, the general consensus on this subject is that your best bet is to buy local (or as close to local as you can, depending on where you live.) It may be a little pricier, but you know you will be getting exactly what you pay for, and not lining the pockets of those who find it appropriate to trick the consumer for a higher profit.
As many of you already know, October is breast cancer awareness month, also called Pinktober. At Bit a Bliss, we take cancer very seriously, and do what we can to help those who are in the fight of their life. Since 2009, we have been a partner of Cleaning For A Reason, a foundation that helps women battling ANY cancer receive free house cleanings. It has been such an honor working with them, and since we all have been affected by cancer through our families and friends, it is very personal to us and we are proud to be a part of the foundation.
Cleaning For A Reason began in 2006 by Debbie Sardone, President of Buckets and Bows Maid Services, Inc. in Lewisville, TX and can boast over a thousand cleaning service partners around the United States and Canada. The foundation recieves applications from patients, and once they are approved, are matched with a cleaning service in their area. The foundation passes the information to the cleaning service, and they contact the patient and set up their free cleanings. Absolutlely no money is required or asked for from the recipient for their services. If you or someone you know could really use housecleaning during this trying time, Apply Here.
So this Pinktober, we would like to encourage you to get active in any way you can. Whether it’s donating directly to Cleaning For A Reason (or you could donate to the cleaning service you use that participates, and they will make the donation on your behalf,) or getting the word out, whatever you decide is the right choice. If you enjoy having your home cleaned by a service, we encourage you to use a service that participates in Cleaning For A Reason, to find a service near you, Click Here.
Also, take good care of yourself. Many women have no control over whether or not they get cancer, and there is still a long way to go in erradicating it entirely. But there are preventative measures you can take, check out a previous blog of ours on Preventing Breast Cancer.
Here at Bit a Bliss, we are proud pet lovers. The majority of our clients have pets, and in no time we feel close to them like they are our own. I came across this article today on Fort Worth’s call to action for adopting dogs from their shelter that has more than they can handle, and I couldn’t resist sharing. So from all of us, we urge you to consider opening up your home to a new pet, whether it be your first, or a new friend for the pets you already have.
Here Is The Article On WFAA.com About Adopting One Of These Loveable Dogs
As we have mentioned before, we work with the organization called Cleaning For A Reason that provides free house cleanings for women with cancer who are undergoing treatments. We are very passionate about this, because having a clean home while dealing with cancer is so important, but can be almost impossible to manage with so much to handle already.
Starting today, in conjunction with the Mayor of Plano Phil Dyer, we are thrilled to announce that this Cleaning For A Reason Week. For more information, Go Here To Our Press Release!
This charity was started by Mary Beth King 2 years ago, and has gained great momentum! Basically, everyone gets together quarterly, all participants gives a check for $100 and a vote is cast for which nonprofit the money will go to. When a charity is selected, the woman advocating the charity gets to deliver the check! It’s so easy anyone could do it! Especially when it is getting more and more difficult to commit as much time and money as we would all like to saving the world.
For more information on the charity and how to get involved, check out This Article From The Plano Star Courrier, and lets help the community one charity at a time!