The Story of Bottled Water is a great short animated (both funny and sobering at the same time) film by the same people of The Story of Stuff Project. It is a great (super kid and adult-friendly) way to see what impact water bottles have on the earth. Both films are narrated by Annie Leonard who is an activist who “has spent the past 10 years traveling the globe fighting environmental threats…delivering a rapid-fire, often humorous and always engaging story about “all our stuff—where it comes from and where it goes when we throw it away.” ” This was just released on March 22 and has been featured in Treehugger and The Huffington Post among others.
Check it out and share it with your friends. I just did. I shared it on Facebook and Twitter and now here.
There are quite a few strong opinions about the term Mommy blogger. I don’t particularly mind it but I do get why people take offense at this label. Are there Daddy bloggers? Yes, but if a man blogs about, oh, I don’t know, social media, is a he a daddy blogger or just if he writes about parenting is that his handle? Google “Mommy Blogger” and you get 3,470,000 results. There are clubs, discussion boards, great information and writing, like this from PhD in Parenting, Typology of the Mommy Blogger gives a great breakdown of types of Mommy Bloggers and links to them as well.
Yesterday I found great responses to the New York Times article on Mommy Bloggers. I list just a few here but there are so many more – please excuse inconsistency in showing links/articles. I am a newbie and it shows but my enthusiasm for the writing should make up for it – yes?
Friends have a way of keeping you connected and grounded. They can also teach you a great deal. This week I learned how to make a delicious rémoulade, baked rice and that stuffing garlic butter and herbs under chicken skin isn’t so gross if you do it with a friend. I co-hosted a PTO progressive dinner (not here – thank you, R & G) and spent a day prepping dinner, running errands and ironing table linens. My co-host (and an amazing cook) did that and much more. I will post the full recipes under the recipe page. All wonderful.
My favorite part of the day was, well, all of it. Prep-work flies by when chatting with friends and adding special ingredients and fielding a flurry of calls for add-on items while shopping keeps things interesting. The connections are wonderful: a local florist, the fabulously organized friend (and the point person for last night) who delivered gift bags to the hosts on her bike, and the other interesting parents we got to meet and re-connect with last night. There was a nice balance of quiet and busy time, I ironed while watching an old movie with my children and later our children and a family friend helped serve the dinner and clean up.
Connecting with the school community is more of a challenge when middle school years start. There are no hallway conversations at drop-off, pick-up or on the playground so you have to make more of an effort to connect with other parents and the school community. Not to worry! There are always plenty of volunteer opportunities, both large and small. Help with a teacher appreciation lunch or Principal’s coffee. Heck, if you have more time – volunteer more!
It is true. I have a problem saying no and it seems pretty pervasive among my friends. This results in over-booking (you know, sure I have to get the kids to school by 8 but I can still get that batch of cookies I promised for the teacher lunch in). When the idea or project is worthwhile, which they all are, it is really hard to say no.
I remember saying yes to my first committee before I even knew what a committee was. My children were very young at the time and I was thrilled (!) to be asked to contribute. It was a great experience and I met some amazing women. All of the other things I have worked on since have been wonderful experiences, too. It isn’t about not wanting to help. It is about making it work for you and your family. Here is my new intent – I will say “I would really like to but am working on quite a bit now, can I think about it and get back to you?” It isn’t a no, it is a delay until you can truly assess what the time commitment entails (If I say this to you, you saw it here first). I am working on the balance that I need to make good on all of my intentions and not over-book (a family tradition).