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Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
It's the last Vinegar Friday in September. Where did the month go?! It seems like just a week or so ago we were bemoaning the end of August and now October is upon us. How did that happen? Just the thought of Christmas around the corner makes me almost panicky. I am so not ready for that!!
I am so not ready for this, either. And chances are, neither will you be.
You know how I'm always posting links or writing about GMOs? Well, I never gave any thought to the possibility of how that might affect my beloved vinegar. And I guess I should have. Unless you are buying organic vinegar, chances are good you are ingesting or using vinegar that is genetically modified. Doesn't that make your blood boil?!
|Photo by Jiri Hodan|
Of course, there is an alternative. We can buy organic vinegars. But there is something in me that cringes at the thought of pouring organic DWV into my toilet to clean it. Don't you agree? It's not that the conventional vinegar will hurt the toilet or kitchen counter or hardwood floor. It's just that by continuing to buy it, I'm knowingly contributing to Monsanto. Granted, it's in a rather small way, but if I hold to principles, I wouldn't do it. But then again, I wouldn't buy bread or cereal or produce or anything else unless I researched it and knew for certain it wasn't genetically modified in one way or another and I don't do that. Who has that kind of time? I could limit my purchases to organic everything, but, quite honestly, I don't have that kind of money. It's a tough conundrum we all find ourselves in, especially since the products are not labeled to reflect the polluting of our food by Monsanto and the likes.
Here are some companies who do have money, and are using it to aid in the fight against Proposition 37 and the fair labeling of our food:
Monstanto -- $7.1 million
DuPont -- $4.9 million (you can thank DuPont for being instrumental in the outlawing of growing hemp in this country)
Dow Chemical -- $2 million
Pepsi -- $1.7 million
Coke -- $1.1 million
This is why those of you in California must get out and vote and spread as much knowledge around to the people you know about the necessity of labeling. I know you're fighting big corporations with big bucks. But you are armed with something more powerful than money. TRUTH. Stay strong, soldiers of the truth. I smell a victory.
Trying to keep it green with vinegar,
For more information on DuPont's involvement in banning hemp in the US, read The Surprising Benefits of Hemp.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
|Genetically modified corn|
Additional info about the companies spending big bucks in efforts to defeat Prop 37:
Monsanto is in for $7.1 million
Dow Chemical is in for $2 million
Pepsi is in for $1.7 million
Coke is in for $1.1 million
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Hay Day at Hartwood, as you can see from the poster, is a fun event for the entire family. There will be hay rides, pumpkin patch, face and pumpkin painting, petting zoo, balloon art, corn maze, bouncy castle,crafts, a trackless train, performances, and more! And, from what I hear, the weather's supposed to be rather nice! If you have children, this is an event that will start off the fall season perfectly!
Here's what you'll find at the GG booth:
Cloth diapering demos at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00
A sampling of the various types and brands of cloth diapers
Signed books will be available for purchase at the special price of just $10 or 2 for $17
We'll be giving out lots of vinegar tips for toxin-free living!
Multi Healing Balm samples -- free for the taking
Diva Cup demo models -- sizes 1 and 2 -- check out this green solution for your period
Plastic twist-off bottle cap recycling bin -- bring all your hard-to-recycle caps (water, soda, detergent, etc.) and toss them in the red bin. I'll be taking them to Aveda for recycling
Displays of Norwex, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Glass Dharma products and more! Touch, smell and see some of my favorite products I've reviewed through the years
And here's the best part! There will be drawings for prizes.
This is what you could win:
A Size 1 Diva Cup (for women under 30 years old who have never delivered vaginally or by c-section)
A Size 2 Diva Cup (for women over 30 years old and/or who have delivered vaginally or by c-section)
A basket of goodies from Hyland's, including:
- Hyland's Baby Vitamin C Tablets
- Hyland's Baby Tiny Cold Tablets
- Hyland's Cold 'n Cough 4 Kids
- Hyland's Calms Forte
- Hyland's Leg Cramps
- Hyland's DEFEND Sinus
- Hyland's DEFEND Cold & Cough
- Hyland's Muscle Therapy Gel with Arnica
If you have any extra gently used reusable bags lying around, please bring them along and donate them to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, which will also be collecting non-perishable food items. Come have fun and help out those in need at the same time.
Doesn't it sound like a funtastic day? Hope to see you sometime on Saturday between 11 and 4 at Hartwood Acres.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
|Peaceful photo by Vera Kratochvil|
It's been 2 years now since I started my Sabbath Experiment and yesterday was a sheer delight. It started off with a wonderful adult Sunday School class, followed by an inspiring worship service. Rather than going out to eat after church, we decided to head back to that house and make brunch there. What a wonderfully fun day! Our daughters, Bethany and Jessica, were here with their children, Lincoln and Laura, as was my mother who is visiting from Manheim (Lancaster County, PA).
There was food and playing and giggling and singing and, oh yeah, the unfortunate knock on the door when someone stopped by to let us know he'd hit my daughter's car as he was backing out of the driveway across the street. Yeah, not so fun. Common sense... look where you're going.
After Bethany and Lincoln left around 8:00, Bill, my mom and I sat down for a second night of Pinochle. We played until midnight and then I cleaned up the mess in the kitchen from a Sabbath Day full of fun and relaxation. I didn't come into my office and turn on this computer even once on Sunday. It was such a nice reprieve, and until I embraced the luxury, and necessity, of the Sabbath, I never would have done this in the past. I would have excused myself from the festivities downstairs and I would have come up here to make sure there were no urgent emails from clients. Ahh, the wonder of honoring the Sabbath. I sit here at my desk now, feeling revived and ready for the week ahead.
If you haven't given the Sabbath Experiment a try yet, I encourage you to do so. Go back and read my first post about it. And then read the one when I decided it was no longer a Sabbath experiment, but was a Sabbath experience instead.
I'm looking forward to this beautiful week ahead. I hope yours holds many, many blessings.
What do your Sabbath days look like?
Saturday, September 22, 2012
|Photo by Glenda Green|
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Last month, while on vacation in Virginia, my husband and I were browsing through Goodwill. There was a television on in the back of the store and the movie Lion King was playing. A young girl (maybe 5 or so) was transfixed on the screen while her parents shopped. When it was time to leave, the girl put up a bit of a fuss, to which her dad responded to with a "We'll turn a movie on in the car. Let's go." She happily skipped out of the store.
I was perturbed. Deeply. At what point in society did we come to the conclusion that children need to be entertained at all times? Even a simple drive to the store and home requires movie viewing. Really?
I, for one (and maybe the only one), do not believe in DVD players in vehicles. It appalls me that parents will pick their kids up from school, plop them in the back of the car and turn on a movie. And in some cases, turn on two different movies to suit the separate tastes of two children in the back seat! Whatever happened to talking to kids?! Does no one else see an issue with children needing to be entertained, even during short 10-minute or so car rides?!
My husband and I drove to Virginia Beach with our 3-year-old granddaughter, Laura. It was an 11-hour trip and guess what... we didn't provide her with any electronic entertainment during the drive. But however did we keep her occupied? Well, let's see.
- read books
- told stories
- sang songs
- played games
Some of the best times I remember having with my own kids when they were young involved car rides. We had fun when we traveled, which we did fairly often, as we would drive 240 miles on the Pennsylvania turnpike to visit my mother on the other side of the state.
If you are one of those parents who has fallen prey to this on-the-go technology, I urge you to reconsider. The time with your kids in the car is a precious opportunity to bond with them. If there is sibling bickering behind the front seat, don't simply assuage it by slipping in a DVD. That does not solve the problem, it exacerbates it. Yes, you may have a few minutes of peace, but at what cost? Kids need to learn to work things out, not just tune things out. And, I'm sorry, but if your kids can't even cooperate long enough to watch the same DVD, you have some serious problems, my friend.
I imagine by now I've stepped on quite a few toes. It's not my goal to make you uncomfortable. I just want you to think about what you are doing. Just because every other kid in daycare/at school/in your neighborhood has their own portable DVD player in the car/van/SUV doesn't mean your kids need one. Rise above the crowd and have fun with your kids on your drives! Here are some of the things we do with Laura as we drive. You can adjust the activities according to your children's ages.
- Look for rectangles, ovals, keystones (easy to find in Pennsylvania!) and other shapes
- Look for things that start with the different letters of the alphabet
- Tell stories by taking turns with each phrase. For example: Bill -- "Once upon a time, there was a rabbit and..." me -- "a spider, and they were arguing about who had nicer feet. The spider proudly showed off each foot, while the rabbit..." Laura -- "stomped his furry feet in the snow." Back to Bill to keep the story going.
- We also play a rhyming game where one person says a word and the next person has to rhyme it and then they say a word for the the next person, and so on. Bill -- "Car." Me -- "Star. Night." Laura -- "Right. Mouse." Bill -- "House. Street..." Well, you get the idea.
With older children, there are other games to play, like auto bingo and the Ungame.
I know you must have some car activities of your own I haven't mentioned. Aside from watching movies on the go, what are some of your family's favorite travel activities? Do you find car time a pleasure or a curse?