Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Everyday

Today is Earth Day. The day everyone professes to be "living green". When I see all the free stuff that is being given away for Earth Day I wonder if we are really know what Earth Day is. It's a day set aside to make us aware of the damage we are doing to the world we live in and what we must do to stop the damage. It seems like a lot of people only see it as a day they can get lots of "free" stuff.

Now I am not opposed to free stuff but I think we need to think about what kind of future we are leaving for our children.

Earth Day is a good thing because it does bring awareness but I believe we should try to carry the idea with us everyday. Reusable bags became a hot item last year, but how many of us still use them? I try to use them but must confess there are days I jump out of the truck and don't bother to grab them. I do keep them in the truck so the old I left them at home excuse doesn't fly. I just have to work harder on using them instead of getting the plastic bags that the stores have.

As my light bulbs burn out I am switching them for the CFL bulbs, so that is one good thing I am doing. I read that if every American replaced just 1 incandescent light bulb with a CFL bulb we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes a year. Now that is impressive. As I have to replace appliances I will only consider "Energy Star". I have planted some fruit trees that now are helping clean the air. I am planting a garden and will be freezing what I can out of it.

As I drive to work I see fields that used to have lots of trees in them totally bare.They are being cleared to build new homes. I understand the need for more homes but someone needs to think about what those trees do for the air quality. I sure don't want my kids to have to wear a gas mask to be able to play outside because the air is so bad. I want my kids to be able to go outside without checking some site to see if the air is breathable today.

If you don't like the taste of or are afraid of what might be in your tap water, buy a PUR or a Brita water pitcher. They both work really well and will save the landfills from the milliions of plastic water bottles we insist on buying. Brita has a filter that you can install on your tap. Everyone rants and raves how wonderful and pure bottled water is when in reality it come from the same ground supply as your tap water. It just gets filtered better.

We all need to carry the Earth Day mentality with us everyday not just on April 22 because if we don't the day will come that there is no Earth to try to save.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Win a Bryan Foods Gift pack that includes a sweatshirt, cap, apron, skewers and coupons for free Bryan products from Big Easy Mom. Ends 4/25

Friday, April 16, 2010

Danger for Pets

I just got this in an email and wanted to share it with you. Spring has us all outside planting flowers and spiffing up our yards. All of us dog and cat owners need to read this.

Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog
(Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Halfway through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site,

This product is HIGHLY TOXIC to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it." site gives the following information:

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later.
Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bunches of Great Giveaways

2 winners in "Deal"ectible Mommies giveaway for a Robby Wash laundry ball. Ends 4/16

Do you take your dog camping with you? Doggies and Stuff is having a giveaway for a Kakadu Pet Adventure Mat. A comfy mat for your dog to sleep on. Ends 4/16

Tired of that plain old black umbrella? Go to Latina on a Mission and check out her giveaway for a Urban Trim Squidarella Umbrella. This bad boy changes color as it get wet. You have to see the video. This giveaway ends 4/10.

Win not 1, not 2 but 6 bottles of Suave Mango Mandarin Body Wash at Latina on a Mission. Ends 4/11