Friday, May 29, 2009

Week in Review 5/29

Here are some noteworthy blog posts and websites:

Sugar Stacks is a great website that illustrates how much sugar is in certain foods (thanks to Ashley at Epicurean Ideal for telling us about it)

Fresh Produce Recipes, Storage, Canning and Freezing Tips from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Friday, May 22, 2009

Good Reads (kind of a comeback of week in review)

Why is it that when I am on hiatus, I come across a bunch of great blog posts?

Here are some I have really liked over the last week or so:

Does Weight Matter? on You'd be So Pretty If...

Beyond the Table A series from Debra at Beyond Prenatals about involving kids in the kitchen

Also check out Debra's post about her quest for the "perfect" prenatal pill.

Ten tips to keep your kids active on Web-RD blog

BPA, chemical used to make plastics, found to leach from polycarbonate drinking bottles into humans (Thanks to Monika for posting this release)

Anyone want to make an urban hammock?

Have a relaxing weekend!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Sweet Semantics

OK, well I am still on hiatus, but this comment from my 4 1/2 year old "veggie lover" just had to be shared (and doesn't take long to write up either).

Setting: Grandma is taking care of the kids one evening while mommy and daddy are out. Daddy instructs grandma that they can have a treat (a.k.a. watermelon) after dinner. We often use the term treat instead of dessert. Grandma uses the term dessert and brings out the watermelon...

A: Watermelon for dessert?
G: Yes, watermelon. That's the dessert daddy said you could get.
A: Cookies, chocolate cake... now that's what I call dessert!

And of course he eats the watermelon.

On the other hand, he considers watermelon a treat. But obviously treats and desserts are not the same thing. :-)

Blog Hiatus

Blogging has been few and far between this month. This usually happens when there is a lot of other things to do. So I'm officially declaring a blog hiatus and will be back to blogging in June.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Locks of Love

Summer is just around the corner and I really didnt' want to go through another summer with long hair. After putting off a hair cut since I moved to Ohio 1.5 years ago, I realized my hair was long enough to donate it to Locks of Love. This is the second time I have donated hair. The first time was after a major hair growth spurt after my first child was born. Then the shedding stage kicked in and almost ruined our vacuum cleaner. I cut off 16 inches that time.

Anyway, someone had mentioned to me that there are some salons that provide a free haircut if you donate to Locks of Love. They no longer list the salons on their website, so I did a google search to see if there was one in my area. The only place that came up was Martel Salon, about 15 minutes from where I live.

So I have to brag on Sue (my stylist) and the Martel Salon for a bit. On the Locks of Love website, they say that participating salons will provide a free blunt haircut. Well upon arriving at Martel, I was promptly asked how I would like my hair cut. So yes, my haircut was free, but I was treated just like any paying customer. That says a lot, especially nowdays. It is also one of my favorite cuts of all time. Sue took the time to work out a cut that works well for my hair type, and I was very pleased with the results. I didn't even have to do anything to it this morning, except run my fingers through my hair (I love low-maintenance cuts!). I even felt guilty having had so much detail put on my hair for nothing but a tip (and I bet I didn't tip her enough).

Martel Salon also does other fund raising events to benefit breast cancer awareness. They have given free manicures at a local night club in exchange for donations, and this Saturday they will be providing free haircuts at Shaker Square.