GMO’s: Food Frankenstein or Natural Ingredient?

 Think About This ThursdayA few weeks ago I wrote an article called Whale Vomit and Other Natural Ingredients where I delved into what the word 'natural' really means on a food label. Last week, a huge uproar hit the natural foods community when it was discovered that Kashi, a leader in healthy and natural foods, uses Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) in most of their products. Someone snapped this picture in a Rhode Island health food store and it was posted to the Kashi Facebook page:The yellow tag says: “You might be wondering where … [Read more...]

It’s short, it’s round, it’s red…it’s a carrot!

 While I am out in the woods for a few days living on trail mix and granola bars I thought I would share a few of my past articles with you! Pray the tent doesn't leak and the bugs don't find me!Think About This ThursdayWhat color are carrots? Simple enough question, right? You, like most of the world, would answer 'Orange'. And yes, in today's society you would be right 99% of the time. But,the first carrots were white, purple, red, yellow, green and black. Think about this: there were originally NO orange carrots!  So, what happened? How did … [Read more...]

Will Pink Slime Change The Way You Eat?

Think About This Thursday Unless you have had your head stuck under a rock for the last week or so I am sure you have seen the recent controversy surrounding the use of a ground beef filler called Lean Finely Textured Beef (otherwise known as Pink Slime to most average folks like us). Pink Slime is basically beef by-products that have been treated with ammonia to kill harmful bacteria. This makes the by-products legally safe for human consumption. It is not approved for sale by itself, but can be added to ground beef and other products up to … [Read more...]

So you think you can slaughter a chicken?

 Think About This ThursdayThis morning I headed out to see my local farmer to pick up a share of heritage pork and grass fed beef to stock my freezer. Grabbed a couple dozen free range eggs while I was there and spent some time chatting while I checked out the new piglets. He told me about his new internship program and a few interesting stories about some of his 'students'.Now, let me say that I have thought for YEARS that I would gladly pay my farmer friend to teach me just 1/10 of what he knows about gardening and raising animals. I have … [Read more...]

Have you been Greenwashed?

This week I had an interesting chat with a couple of fellow green bloggers. One of them mentioned that she rarely wrote product reviews for beauty products any more because she just couldn't trust the company's honesty when it came to ingredient claims and certifications. This made me stop and think for a bit...I write reviews for beauty products quite frequently and never really considered that the companies could be outright lying about the ingredients or certifications of their products. I guess I am just naive to expect honesty and … [Read more...]

What happens in the bathroom doesn’t STAY in the bathroom…

Think About This Thursday  Okay, let's face it...everyone has certain bodily needs that must be met. We are all human. We all put our pants on one leg at a time and when ya gotta GO you just have to GO. As a mother of 2 children and a preschool teacher of 2 year olds for 4 years I have dealt with a lot of excrement in my life. 2 year olds don't give you a lot of warning either. "Uh, mom, in about 2 minutes I am going to have to pee really bad!" is not something you will hear from your child. It is going to be more like "MOM! I am peeing myself … [Read more...]

A resolution so easy even this guy can do it!

Think About This ThursdayAs we begin a new year, I am going to challenge you to adopt a new way of thinking. I want you to stop and come up with just ONE action that you can take to help save our environment. If everyone made just one simple change to their daily routine, we would be well on our way to a healthier planet.Think About This: Each person on this planet throws away (on average) more than 1,200 pounds of trash per year! That is 70,000 garbage trucks worth of junk every single day! Think of how much smaller that number would be if … [Read more...]

What if the Primordial Sea was a Puddle of Pollution?

Last summer my husband and I took our kids to Maryland and spent some time fossil hunting along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The Calvert Cliffs area is well known for it's extensive number of fossils and while we didn't find anything HUGE (much to my son's disappointment) we did find several fossilized shark teeth and even a vertebrae of some sort. Fossil hunting may not be everyone's idea of a fun time but we really enjoyed ourselves. Yes, the clay shores of the cliffs were slightly slimy, very wet, and reeked of dead fish...isn't that … [Read more...]

Is it a bird? A plane? No, its..Superweeds!

What do you see when you look into your garden right now? Probably a bunch of dead plants, cold soil, and a few scraggly weeds that are trying to survive the cold, right? Well, sitting quietly in your soil right now are microbes, hibernating bugs, and weed seeds that are just waiting for the soil to warm up and the sun to come out so they can start taking over your garden again. Life is amazingly resistant to extremes of temperature, drought, and even chemicals. It learns to survive and thrive through a process of genetic mutation...the weak … [Read more...]

The downside to charitable corporate donations

Think About This ThursdayI have always been a big fan of companies that donate to charitable organizations. There are companies out there making millions upon millions of dollars and individuals that are homeless and starving. Businesses  bringing in record profits and environmental causes that are struggling to find funding. So, why would corporate donations ever NOT be considered a good thing? I recently came across an article in the NY Times that really opened my eyes about this topic. Once a corporation has made a donation to your cause, … [Read more...]

You don’t need to occupy Wallstreet to get your message across…

Think About This ThursdayDon't like big business? Change your holiday shopping routine! The holidays are fast approaching and already I am starting to see advertisements for popular gift ideas from the big box retailers. Fliers are coming in the mail that show off all the flashy gifts you could buy your friends and family. When they start passing along coupons and free shipping deals, it is hard to resist. If you think about the environmental impact that most of these products have it is … [Read more...]

Did your hamburger come from a test tube?

Monday, October 24th is the first annual National Food Day! What IS Food Day, you ask? This is the day to promote the eating of real food...not food products that have been created in a laboratory! It is a day to shop for fresh foods at your local farmers market, cook a meal from scratch, and maybe even teach your kids that butter actually comes from MILK that we get from COWS! Yes, sadly enough there are children in this world who really think that butter comes from corn! Think About this ThursdayA few month's ago I watched Jamie Oliver's … [Read more...]

Where did all the plums go?

Think About This ThursdayThis morning at breakfast my son asked me "Mom, when are you going to buy plums again?" And I had to explain to him that since summer was turning into fall, plums weren't in season any more and mommy tries hard to only buy things that are grown in this country. It reminded me of the time when my daughter was in preschool and told her teacher that mommy didn't buy her any strawberries that week because they weren't on sale. Part of me feels bad for denying my children the healthy foods they love but in order to cut back … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t We Eating Asian Carp?

Have you ever tried eating Asian carp?  Probably not! But have you ever asked yourself WHY? For those of you with young kids, you might be familiar with a book series by Lauren Child that stars brother and sister Charlie and Lola. The book  I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato was one of my children's favorites when they were little. I must admit, it is pretty high on my list of awesome kid's books as well!The entire book is all about the things that Lola WON'T eat...until carrots become orange twiglets from Jupiter and mashed … [Read more...]

Three Minutes Of Your Life….

Think About This ThursdayWhen I started blogging 18 months ago it was a way for me to remind myself to slow down, appreciate the world around me and try to show others what affect our choices in life were making on the world around us. I realize that life is crazy...I have 2 kids, work, family obligations, pets...there are days that my husband and I are like ships passing each other in the night. I am not perfect when it comes to keeping up with my 'slow things down and go green' mentality. I will admit to using premade pie crusts (I HATE … [Read more...]

All things creepy and crawly…

Think About This ThursdayI admit, I am not your average squeamish girl when it comes to all things creepy and crawly. I enjoy teaching my kids about the wonders of nature and often find myself catching frogs, bugs and even small snakes to show to them. I do not want to raise one of those girly girls that screams every time she sees a moth! My sister was one of those girls growing up and boy did I have LOTS of fun tormenting her with caterpillars! (I love you, sis! Those were some good times!)So, on my walk to the bus stop with my daughter this … [Read more...]

That’s my cause and I’m sticking to it!

Think About This ThursdayIt seems like at least 3 times a day I get a phone call from a charity organization asking for a donation. I am a naturally suspicious person so I refuse to give ANYONE money over the phone...I don't care how legit they sound. My usual response is "I would love to consider your request if you can put some information in the mail for me to look through". Then, I get the whole discussion of how expensive it is to send out information and can't I just commit to $15 right now? Well, NO, I can't! I'm sorry but I need a … [Read more...]

Far reaching Consequences

Think About This Thursday The neighborhood I live in is beautiful...rolling hills, lots of trees, and several small rivers running through it that lead (eventually) to the Chattahoochee River, one of the largest in Georgia. One of the reasons we chose this neighborhood was because of this natural setting. Luckily, our home sits on a huge hill because a couple years ago, those tiny little tributaries flooded in a storm that brought so much rain that I started looking for an ark! People who were not even living in a known flood zone lost their … [Read more...]

Did you miss this one?: Ever hear of an Enviropig?

I am taking a few days off with my family to visit friends, hit the beach, hunt for fossils and check out some museums. While I am gone, I thought you might like to check out a post from the past:I came across an article in our local paper this past weekend (the Atlanta Journal Constitution) that was all about genetically engineered foods. (you can see the entire article HERE). I had heard about some of the issues already...genetically engineered salmon that grow faster, fruits that contain vaccines, corn that is resistant to drought, etc. But, … [Read more...]