Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free Sample of ecoSTORE USA Laundry Liquid

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's almost July!



Yes, that is right, Oliver is 8 months old now!  WHOAZAS!  How did that happen?  He is now crawling all over the place and he is really fast.  Oliver also has his first tooth and he eats like a champ!  Ollie seems like he is my introvert.  He likes playing by himself (finally!) and he loves to explore.  He, like Dexter, is also a tactile learner.  He loves to play with myriad of toys of all shapes and sizes.  He truly is a doll!


I still cannot believe that it is almost July and in 13 days I will be 30!  I remember when I was little I use to think that 30 was old.  Now I look at 30 as a new chapter; a new beginning.  I am embracing this decade and cannot wait to take it all in.  There are a lot of unknowns that I am facing but with perseverance, determination, strength and fortitude I am sure I will make the right decisions that will lead where my fate has been pushing all along.


I know you want to know how Oliver got so cute and I would like to thank fibers.com for sending me these amazingly cute milestone onesies.  I designed them myself and I chose all of the colors/fonts.  Fibers.com makes it easy to create your own t-shirts and onesies.  They even have big brother t-shirts for Dexter!  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Science of Nature and Me





I have spent a great deal of time lately thinking about nature and all that surrounds us.  I am fascinated by this Earth and all of it's glory.  Every day I am amazed by the gorgeous Lakes here in Michigan as well as the forests that I wander.  I love rocks.  I really enjoy finding rocks that remind me of one thing or another.  If you ever happen to see me at a beach on vacation, chances are I will be looking for a rockin' stone or two. 


I have always considered myself a steward of this Earth.  I recycle, I reuse, I repurpose, I care.  I live in constant awe of the beauty of life.  I try so hard to see the best in every situation.  I love living and every once in a while I need to step back and remind myself to breathe and breathe deep.  This is the first summer that I won't be teaching at the local community college.  I usually take on way too many roles and I become easily stressed out about everything.  I refused to do that this year.  What did I teach you may ask?  I taught a Science of Renewable Energy course as well as two sections of CSI.  I love both subjects a ton and since I am not bestowing my knowledge to thirsty students this year perhaps I will share with you the reasons that I love science and nature.

This brings me to the topic of biomimicry.  I find this concept fascinating.  What is biomimicry?  It's basically nature-inspired engineering.  I love seeing things not only for what they are but what they can become.  One of my favorite forms of biomimicry is called Artificial Photosynthesis.  We all know that plants use chlorophyll and take in sunlight and carbon dioxide and help convert into carbohydrates and oxygen.  Scientists are busy trying to replicate this process in order to split water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules to use as a fuel source.  This would help make this hydrogen fuel cells a more efficient and less expensive renewable energy source.

Are there any certain science/green related topics that you would like me to blog about?  If so I would love to hear what you think!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I am all for clean water and totally against hydrofracking

As a lover of the Great Lakes and complete Michigander there is little secret behind my adoration of water. I love to drink it, swim in it and fish from it.  Really, you will always find me near the water in the summer months!  Hydrofracking is a big concern and New Yorkers are taking action.  Mark Ruffalo wants you to become aware and help stop this awful process.  Fracking, in case you aren't familiar with it, is the controversial natural gas extraction process that has the potential to cause severe environmental damage (remember the flaming faucets of Montague County?).  Watch this YouTube video to learn more.  If nothing else, you get to see Mark Ruffalo in all his rugged, manly goodness!

Wanna Start Couponing?

Are you a coupon shopper?  You would be surprised at how many people that I talk to that don’t use coupons.  They think it is a waste of time.  Well, I think the problem is that people don’t know where to look and they think they are going to have to spend a ton of time searching for coupons.  Make it easy on yourself by starting at MyCoupons.com.  They save hundreds of coupons for all the top retailers.  The great thing is that these are online coupons, so you find the deal or merchant you want and then it directs you to the site with your discount already loaded.  There are even links on the site to help direct you to exclusive, most popular and even special holidays like Father’s Day.  So let’s focus on that holiday.  What do you get dad?  They have Kmart Coupons and JCPenney Coupons and those stores have great gifts and helpful ideas for dad. Or check out the 10% off Eastbay Coupons for sporting gear and apparel.  Make it easy on yourself and just click through the site, order online and have it delivered. 
If you don’t want to buy an actual gift, why not just give a gift card?  Through MyCoupons.com, you can buy discounted gift cards.  Here is an example.  You can buy a $100 Bass Pro card for $88. $12 in savings with free shipping, how great is that?  Check and see what other deals and cards you can find.  They are such a great resource for savings and very easy to use. 

Monique Rowe is a guest writer for MyCoupons.com and loves blogging about traveling, product reviews and being thrifty on her site The One Income Dollar.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cube Dog Review


Thank you to Cube Dog for sponsoring this review. For more information about Cube Dog please visit the Facebook page or download it on iTunes.




I love my iPhone for many reasons.  I love that Facebook, Twitter and email are just a button click away from me no matter where I am.  I also love preschool geared apps that will keep Dexter occupied for minutes or hours on end.  He is a huge fan of Talking Tom Cat and Read to Me Stories.  I just downloaded and created my first Cube Dog and I have to say, he is a good time.




The ease of use of this app is great.  I created this little guy in about a minute thanks to the easy-to-follow tutorial.  I colored him lime green because its my favorite color and I named him Cubie *think Cube, not Cub* With the click of a button you can make Cubie do a variety of "tricks"  My favorite one, because it reminds me of myself, has Cubie playing on his iPhone!  How cute!




When you have Cube Dog play with his iPhone, he actually calls you.  No, it doesn't talk to you but you have the choice of accepting or declining the call!  It looks like this:



What else do I really like about this FREE app?  You can choose your dog's body style, color, eyes, ears and name.  The app is free *which, who doesn't like free?* This app is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch 4 (with camera).  

What does Dexter think of it?  Well it definitely did what I wanted it to do.  It kept him occupied, quietly, for over 10 minutes!  Thats a plus in my book.  Think about it....you're sitting in the doctor's office, waiting to see the doctor, and you need your child to behave.  Give them your iPhone and let them make their own Cube Dog.  Trust me, they will be occupied and you will be happy.


Another reason to love your little Cubie, well they're also on Facebook and you should keep your eyes out for an awesome contest that will be there from June 13-17th.


While Cube Dog provided me with the app to review, the opinions I've expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Cube Dog, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Oyster Mushrooms Shown to Help Disposable Diapers Decompose

No disposable diaper ever made has ever decomposed.  Not even close.... It takes roughly 500 years for one sposie to breakdown. Who has that kind of time to wait?  Mother Earth sure doesn't.  When you figure that each child makes roughly 1 ton of diaper trash annually, you are talking about a lot of waste (pun intended!)


What if I told you that scientists are close to figuring out how to make sposies breakdown in a matter of months rather than centuries?!  Would you be impressed?  I was astonished!  Thanks to a scientist named Alethia Vázquez-Morillas from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City this is looking more like a reality.  The use of oyster mushrooms is making impossible feat possible.  The oyster mushroom feeds off of decaying trees by breaking down cellulose (the main component of sposies).  The break down of cellulose, by oyster mushrooms, results in a 90% breakdown of the disposable diaper in just 2 months and the remaining 10% is broken down in the next 2 months.


So lets pretend that you have a compost pile (and you use sposies).  Maybe you should trow (like throw without the H) some oyster mushrooms in there with your diapers and see what happens!!
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