; Life is like champagne......: 2009-05-24

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I splurged.....

Rarely have I bought something for me on a whim. I thought I would use a small bit of my birthday money and buy me these shoes......all of $10! I love them, cute comfortable and cheap!Want to know where I got these? Can you guess? Just ask me, you may be surprised or you may aleady know!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

The New Yankee Stadium

We went to our first Yankee game this past weekend in the new stadium. It is bigger than I thought and for seats being in the Grandstand top tier, they weren't that bad. I did feel a little disoriented not knowing where anything was in the park, it will take me all season to get use to that. My daughter did her little skip dance when Derek Jeter hit a home run, she had a great time and they actually won!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches

Summer is fast approaching and all I seem to be trying to do is focus on working my core areas for exercise. That bathing suit is begging me to have a slimmer body in it! I still want to be able to have a little indulgence every once in a while, depriving me of ice cream just does not work. Thank goodness there is Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches to give me a little non-guilty pleasure.

I have often made ice cream from scratch, the heavy cream and whole milk carries a lot of fat and calories that me and my family just do not need. What I like about Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches is not only the creamy taste but the choices of flavors such as Mint, Peanut Butter and Cookies 'N Cream. They all have about 2g of fat and 140 Calories which is much less than my homemade ice cream or other store brought brand. Ice cream sandwiches also take me back to when I was little, reminding me of times in grade school when we would wait in line to buy an ice cream after lunch, which this was also the number one choice. Something so simple is such an easy and tasty treat!
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches gives me a little extra push forward on getting me into that bathing suit knowing I do not have to deprive myself of a little indulgence. No guilt involved here when reaching into that freezer to enjoy a summer time pleasure.
This review was written for Mom Central.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My kind of blog....

Thanks to Oh, the Suburbanity: New England Edition for posting this lovely display of lilacs in a Miller glass. I after all only seem to like Miller, the Champagne of Beers....how fitting since I cannot enjoy champagne all of the time. Very cool blog, simple, on the go and lover her perspective. Class can come in many forms, even if the vase is a bar glass. Anyone got any connections for me getting this glass?

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Give the gift of Global Giving

I recently received a gift card which I was very excited to use. This was not for a new pair of shoes at a department store or not to buy plants at a "big box" hardware company. This gift card was to be used to give to someone else, something I love to do.....give. It was for a company called globalgiving (a million little earth-changing ideas) which supports many projects throughout the world. Another way you can make a difference somewhere else that is needed.
What I like about globalgiving is you can search for projects in several ways such as by country, topic, organization or even let a project wizard help you narrow the topics down for you. The dollar ranges are broad and even the smallest contribution can make a difference. There are also ways you can get involved whether you post a widget on your blog site, sigh up for a registry or even be a writer for projects.

I searched out a project by region and interest. I had been to India on a vacation and had visited the area of Udaipur. In case you did not know, Udaipur is where they filmed the James Bond Film Octopussey, which we we happened to make a special stop to see the movie while we were there. What can I say, I love James Bond movies! I found a project called Improving Food Securities for Tribal Farmers, located in Udaipur region. As little as $10 can support two vegetable nurseries for 30 families! Why would they need this? With low/fragmented landholding, less rainfall, high soil erosion & insufficient infrastructure restrain agriculture productivity. Wit these agricultural challenges already in hand, there is also primitive agriculture practices of tribal farmers, particularly less crop diversification, incompatibility between crop selection and resource conditions, intensify the problem. Taking all of this into account,the current agriculture process, is incapable of providing the households food security. With the donations given, tribal farmers can be introduced to better agriculture practices through trainings, demonstration and exposure visits. Extend technical and financial support to use improved variety seeds, plant fruit trees, cultivate vegetables, and use organic fertilizers. To me this follows the Chinese proverb of Give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Stop by globalgiving and see what you can offer. Have a birthday coming and do not know what you want or need? How about a gift of giving to someone else who has a need.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Master gardener in the making

What can I say, like mother...like daughter. She had to have a pair of garden gloves and wants to help plant and weed. The challenge is getting them on such little hands!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

This is my new addition to my yard, the flag pole I received from my neighbor last winter is now up and sporting a flag from my grandmother. It absolutely looks like it was madefor my yard, I love it!

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ban Poisonous Additives from Sippy Cups & Bottles

Despite all of the media attention about the safety of kids products over the last year; the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is still found in products that kids use every day, like baby bottles, sports water bottles, the lining of formula cans, and sippy cups.
This is a real problem because more than 200 studies have linked BPA exposures at very low doses to breast and prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes, altered development of the brain and immune systems, lowered sperm counts, and early puberty. Growing children are especially at risk from BPA because they have smaller bodies.
Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Ban Poisonous Additives Act, which will prohibit the sale of food and beverage containers that contain BPA. States are starting to ban these chemicals, but they can't do it alone. Congress must follow the lead of the states to make sure all of our children are protected. Last week, after hearing from thousands of concerned moms and dads, Minnesota legislators stood up to the chemical industry and joined Canada, Suffolk County, NY, and even retailers like Wal-Mart and Sears in eliminating bisphenol-A (BPA) from kids products. Twenty other states, including California, Connecticut, Michigan and New York, are considering similar bans.
Lobbyists for the plastics and chemical industries are descending on Washington, DC in droves in an effort to stop federal legislation banning BPA. We need to let our legislators know that everyday citizens (also known as voters!), will not tolerate dangerous chemicals harming our children.
We only have two weeks to generate the co-sponsors and congressional support needed to move this important legislation forward.

You can help by telling your friends, copying the link below and send a letter to your legislators. You can make a difference, and we have a short period of time to make it happen! I support this legislation and post this in conjunction with MomsRising.org who has written the letter.


Thank you!!!!

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