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The story of bottled water – watch this video and get your green on.

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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.

Mommy Blogger: Love it or hate it?

NY Times

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?

From Mom101: http://www.mom-101.com/2010/03/honey-dont-bother-mommy-im-writing.html

From The Heir to Blair:

http://theheirtoblair.com/2010/03/16/honey-dont-bother-mommy-im-too-effing-pissed/

from Upper Case Woman:

Excuse Me New York Times, Don’t Bother Me. Because You’re Absolutely Fucking Right, I’m Building My Brand..

and another great site: The Secret is in the Sauce

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/2010/03/ny-times-article-about-mommy-bloggers/

Enjoy reading these posts and let me know what you think.

Mammogram Day

Not such a red-letter day but a reminder to get your mammogram.  Yes, I know there was a study that said women don’t need an annual mammogram.  There is other information that says it is the right thing  to do.  Here is the link to the Susan G. Komen site  http://ww5.komen.org/ and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.  http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/.  Good link to Time magazine about the controversy.  http://wellness.blogs.time.com/2009/11/17/new-mammogram-recommendations-spark-controversy-and-confusion/

Pay it forward

Last night I went to a fundraiser for Web of Benefit which is a nonprofit organization that helps women affected by domestic violence. It was a wonderful presentation and their philosophy is unique.  “Web of Benefit operates under a “pay it forward” philosophy, where each woman assisted contributes to the Web of Benefit network by doing three good works, on whatever level she is able, for other women in need.” thus truly extending the web.  The founder’s clear statement about women achieving their dreams was impressive.

Go to their website http://www.webofbenefit.org/ or find them on Facebook  – Web of Benefit.  It was a lovely evening put together by a group of women committed to finding non-profits that are exceptional and focusing their own grassroots fundraising on these organizations. More about them later.

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