Ooh, my favorite!

Happy Friday!
February 26, 2010, 9:02 am
Filed under: Nostalgia, Photography

Photo by Richard C. Miller

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Liz has the right idea here, I’m looking forward to a nice Sunday nap.

(Image via Monroe Gallery, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor take a break from filming “Giant”)

Stainless steel straws
February 26, 2010, 8:38 am
Filed under: Green


Image via Brook Farm General Store

The Robin Hood tax
February 25, 2010, 7:19 am
Filed under: Simply Amazing, Videos

Have you heard of this?  The UK is proposing The Robin Hood Tax,  a .05% tax on international banking transactions that could generate billions of british pounds for poverty, climate change, and public services.


(PS – I love Bill Nighy.)

(via oneplusinfinity)

Tweet, tweet, it’s Conan
February 24, 2010, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Looks like Conan’s on Twitter now. Ha! Check out his bio:

I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account.

Earlier today there were 400 followers, watch it climb!

(Unverified on Twitter, but confirmed by former Tonight Show blogger Aaron Bleyaert.)

(via The Daily What and ontd)

All this in under 10 seconds?
February 24, 2010, 9:14 pm
Filed under: Food

Awesome! They’ve even got the bacon factor in there.

(via Swiss Miss)

A place for everything
February 24, 2010, 1:59 pm
Filed under: Home, Organization

With spring cleaning season rapidly approaching I’ve been hard at work drooling over other people’s beautifully kept living spaces. It’s been a long, hard road, but I think I might actually be ready to tackle my own place.

Before we moved at the beginning of January I found some amazing organizing blogs that helped prepare me to lose so much space, so with all of the purging and organizing I did before the move the transition went quite well.  But while we’ve done a nice job of getting everything in its place, you can’t help but notice how much “stuff” you have when it’s not sprawled throughout a couple different rooms. Our mission for the spring will be to organize, donate, sell, or recycle all of the extra stuff so that we can thoroughly enjoy our cozy little home and of course, be more efficient while we’re in it.

In order to help get you inspired here’s an amazing little studio I found a few months ago on Apartment Therapy. Laura’s space is a whopping 250 square feet, but it has more charm than most people have in an entire house! Seeing what she has done in such a small space makes me feel like I’m ready to tackle spring cleaning in full force…next weekend.  :)

Check out the comments where she posts her shopping list and notice that she didn’t break the bank.  Bravo!

For more pics click here.

All images via Apartment Therapy

Dirty water
February 24, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Clean, Health

An extreme case of dirty water in LA. Image via New York Times.

Let me start off by saying that this is not about being preachy. This is about knowing and understanding what we are feeding our bodies, giving it what it deserves, and ultimately working to live and stay as healthy as possible. Our water, whether from home or in a bottle, is not the best we can give ourselves, and like our agricultural system our water system is broken and poisoned:

Some water for thought:

–  More than half of the chemicals detected  in our water supplies (we’re talking thousands here) are not subject to health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount.

–  Government scientists have evaluated over 800 of the contaminants most often found in water supplies, and have determined that many of them are associated with cancer or other diseases, even at small concentrations.

–  These contaminants are stored in our bodies and affect us in ways that are not clearly understood by scientists or doctors.

–  The Safe Drinking Water act has not been updated since 2000.

The way I see it, there are two schools of thought that come with intense and unsettling information like this. There’s the “Oh, you can’t worry about stuff like that” approach, or the “I’m going to kick-ass, take the reigns and do what I can to fix this” approach. We can all guess where I fall, but the truth is that hearing things like this, and even writing posts about it is not easy for me. It’s frustrating and scary, and if I really let it get to me, infuriating. We shouldn’t have to worry about where our food comes from, or what is lurking in our water, but the fact of the matter is that we do.

I often find that I have to hide my extreme passion for wanting to live a clean and healthy life so I don’t become “that chick,” but it truly is so important for me to share, with whomever will listen, that we cannot rely on anyone but ourselves to look out for our well-being. My goal in all of this is to make it as easy as possible to become educated, and even easier (and maybe even fun) to implement small changes in our lives. No more getting angry and no more wishing these things away–if you’ve hung around this long I hope you’ll join me in looking past the grim and, like anything else that I don’t want to have to do, try to make it into a game.

Sources & links:

Please read more about this important topic.  The NY Times article is amazing, and the Environmental Working Group is great resource for information on toxins in the things we depend on every day.

–  NY Times Toxic Water

–  EWG’s full report

–  Tips for finding a water filter

–  How does your cities water rank?

–  Bottled water scorecard

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