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Red Sox Nation is Donor Nation

DSCN2054Organ Donor Awareness Day at Fenway Park is Friday, August 14, 2015 #DonorNation at #RedSoxNation

Are you an organ donor?  If so, you probably registered at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and while that’s great, it leads to a fractured underlying system instead of one single streamlined database. Organize.org has found an innovative way to bring the organ donation registration system to the 21st century. And they hope to be out of business sooner rather than later by having solved the problem. Almost 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant, and each day an average of 21 people die while still waiting. Can you be part of the solution? Yes, and it’s easier than you think.

Are you going to Friday’s game against the Mariners? If so, give a huge shout out to Rick Segal. Rick is (like many of us), a life-long Red Sox fan, he is also father of the co-founder of Organize.org, Greg Segal, and has the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Organ Donor Awareness Night. Rick Segal waited five years for his heart transplant and was the inspiration for Organize.org. Let’s rally #RedSoxNation around #DonorNation. Use the hashtag #DonorNation to let people know about this wonderful idea.

 

 

Follow Organize.org on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

 
BACKGROUND
ORGANIZE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on ending the organ donation crisis. Co-founders Greg Segal and Jenna Arnold launched ORGANIZE after Greg’s father Rick waited 5 years for a heart transplant. ORGANIZE is modernizing the organ donor registration process by allowing people to share their donor wishes on social media with specific hashtags, rather than at the DMV or via a long and clunky form. For its work, ORGANIZE received an Innovator in Residence position in the Secretary’s Office of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and was awarded the 2015 Verizon Powerful Answers Award as the top healthcare start-up in the country.
 

A Gorgeous Day At The Farm #eatdrinkbelocal

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Natick Community Organic Farm and Brothers Marketplace

Yesterday we spent a beautiful summer day with family and blogging friends at Natick Community Organic FarmBrothers Marketplace hosted a lunch at the farm to celebrate their connection to local food and farms, and it was wonderful to get a tour of a working, local, and sustainable farm. While we had visited the farm before, and I knew they had a great camp program, I didn’t know that they have a year round farm stand, organic turkeys at Thanksgiving, and chicken coops that you can rent by the week. And everyone there was friendly, incredibly dedicated and passionate about this bucolic oasis which is about as far away from my house as Boston is, but entirely a world away.

We started the tour in the fantastic flower garden. The entire farm is organic and these beautiful blooms are available at the farm stand and both Brothers Marketplace locations (Medfield and Weston).

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Next we visited the chickens, pigs, turkeys and cows. The pigs were snoozing in the heat and we learned how all parts of the farm work together from leftover staff lunches and flowers being used as feed for the animals to the making of and use of compost. Now my family wants to be on the list to buy a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving.

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Here are the turkey facts:

  • NCOF raises 175 turkeys every year.
  • They are fed organic grains from their day of hatching and allowed to roam and graze on the Farm’s organic pastures.
  • Dressed turkeys weigh between 16 and 35 pounds.
  • Turkeys will cost $4.75 pound, based on the cost of organic grain this year. They are sold fresh.
  •  More info here).

And chicken coops (chickens included) can be yours for a week or more. What a great family activity! The farm delivers the coop, and you get fresh eggs (okay, there is some work involved in the caring of the chickens). You can download more info about the fantastically named chicken tractor here.

After the tour, we were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by the chefs at Brothers Marketplace, and everything was made with farm fresh ingredients, and a gorgeous fresh mozzarella (made that morning) in the tomato salad.

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We also got to see a demonstration of making mozzarella cheese – check out Stowed Stuff for the complete video.

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I have been a fan of the Brothers Marketplace stores for a while now and I’m happy to share with you a $25 gift card.  Just share in the comments below – What is your favorite local summer treat?

So Eat, Drink and Be Local – Head to Brothers Marketplace (Medfield or Weston) for great, fresh, local food that supports local farms and manufacturers.

Follow @BrosMarketplace on Twitter and Brothers Marketplace on Instagram. #eatdrinkbelocal

Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education to all ages, year-round. Committed to farming methods that are ecologically healthy and sustainable, the Farm places special emphasis on service to youth through year-round classes, work-experience programs and volunteer opportunities for workingthe land. NCOF is open to the public daily during daylight hours with no admission fee for visits and purchases. http://www.natickfarm.org. Follow on Twitter @natickfarm

Thank you to Brothers Marketplace and Natick Community Organic Farm for the terrific event and lunch, and Iggy’s Bread, Nola’s Fresh Foods, Tortilleria La Niña, Grillo’s Pickles, and Spindrift Soda for the yummy treats.

I was not compensated for this post but did receive a goodie bag and a gift certificate to Brothers Market place to give away. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

 

 

Blogging Conferences Summer 2015

It seems as if this week is chock a block with blogging related events and while I do love to get out and meet fellow bloggers, it can be overwhelming to have a super scheduled week. Need ways to keep it together? Yes, me too, that’s why I’m writing this – I need the reminders.IMG_1424

1. Load up that calendar on your phone with the dates, times and locations of the events and the links to the tickets in the notes section. Build in plenty of travel time, you’ll be glad you did.

2. Traveling with a few events to go to? Try on planned outfits ahead of time and try to pack early and light! Nothing like finding out you are missing a button or the shirt you were planning on wearing is ripped. Comfy shoes! Seriously! You will be on your feet non-stop.

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Card design by Rugg Road Paper Company, Boston

3. Download apps like Uber and Lyft to get you where you need to be. In the city? Or grab a metro card and try public transportation – it’s the fastest way to get around.

4. Have plenty of business cards – if you can write on them all the better. You think you will remember but there’s a lot going on. Take notes.

5. Bring your smile and look forward to getting to meet other bloggers and company representatives, and that means looking up from your phone now and then.

Have fun! I’ll see you there!

 

Almost A Lemon

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Not the car but fun pic.

Almost But Not Quite a Lemon.

When we first made the move to the suburbs from the city, my husband and I prided ourselves on the proximity of our house to public transportation – I took the T into Boston, and it was fine to share a car. We were mobile, young, and both worked outside of the home.

Fast forward to the birth of our first child, my husband was gone all day – most importantly, with the car – and we realized we needed a second car. We went to our local auto dealership with our three month old (always a good idea for maximum focus) and negotiated a deal for a lovely used station wagon with low mileage and a pesky engine light that seemingly always flickered and then stayed on. The dealership promised to fix the light, and while I may have had a fair amount of spit up on my shirt by the time we signed the papers, sign we did.

That night at home during the usual 3 AM feeding, I realized I was concerned about the cost and the dependability of the car. What about that engine light? What if something was really wrong with the car? Would I know or just assume the engine light was faulty? I grabbed a legal pad and began scribbling. Finally, exhausted, I finished my work and baby and I went back to bed.

When my husband woke up the next morning (both baby and I were still fast asleep), he found a three page analysis of why we should buy out the lease of our existing car instead of the station wagon with the wonky engine light. It was in a Pro/Con format (as I was taught, thank you Dad), and I even ran numbers. And because I never run numbers, or even really, make lists, my husband knew this was serious. Pretty much I had reasoned that our existing car was a known entity with a known record, and the newish car a sort of scary unknown vortex of breakdowns and hefty repair costs (this was before sites like CarFax, people).

My husband agreed with me and while we were a little embarrassed (well, I was), we cancelled the sale of the car (which you can legally do – here is the info) and bought out the lease of our car.

That car ran like a top and was great until we had two little ones, a more often than not messy dog, and needed more room, and we finally did end up with a station wagon (named Mommy Car) IMG_0758which I drove for the next eleven years. So my #switchersremorse was buying a car and then un-buying the same car within 24 hours. You can change your mind. Sometimes it’s easier than you think.

This is a paid post for Verizon’s #SwitchersRemorse campaign. If you switched away from Verizon and are regretting it, don’t worry. They’re making it easy for customers to come back. For more information head over to your local Verizon store.

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