This week’s blog menu includes how to protect yourself from toxic food packaging, questions about financial planning and challenging Psychology Today’s stereotypes about black women’s attractiveness.

  • There’s lots to luxuriate in at Vicki Archer’s French Essence, but on this rainy day our vote is for this photo essay of her collection of white iceberg roses.
  • At the National Association of Female Executives blog-cafe, Leah Bourne poses an important question: “Do Women Drop the Ball on Retirement Planning?” She cites an ING Direct study that found “30% of women have no idea what the source of their retirement income will be (a rather startling figure). 40% don’t know what kind of retirement lifestyle they want–meaning they haven’t begun to envision what retirement life will look like for them. And 47% say they get most of their knowledge from friends, family and the media–all well and good but not necessarily the best sources.” Bourne asks what your retirement plans are. Whatever you’ve got planned, you should check WVFC tomorrow for the introductory post from our new finance blogger Jacqueline Darien.
  • Are you sitting down?  When was the last time you stood up?  The answer could save your life, says WVFC’s own Diane Vacca. Click over for the educational infographic “Sitting is Killing You.” Then you might want to take a walk.
  • And does your List of Things I Worry About include endocrine-disrupting chemicals, that nasty group of toxins long associated with a range of illnesses?   Crunchy Domestic Goddess points out that “Food packaging is an underestimated source of chemical food contamination,” and provides a common-sense guide for how to protect yourself and your family. She also points to the latest up-to-date info from Breast Cancer Action and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • At AOL’s The, the remarkable Shani O. Hilton takes on Psychology Today, or at least a now-removed blog post by Sanoshi Kanazawa: Since “there’s no such thing as an objective measurement of attractiveness, [he claims]  that some unknown sampling of people have ‘objectively’ judged black women to be the least attractive women of any race.” Imagine that same type of analysis applied to women over 40.  We thank PT for realizing their error and applaud Shani O. for such effective action.