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Saturday, December 25, 2010

rerun: Merry Christmas

[Download the PDF for this Christmas Tree Maze.]

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Friday, December 24, 2010

rerun: Dec 24 ...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Excercise: need vs want

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Unhappy customers

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Well being

Based on TEDMED wisdom tweeted by @DeepakChopra and retweeted by @AnnDouglas.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Missing teeth

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Monday, October 18, 2010

The shoe math

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Good vs suck

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Patience vs fatigue

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Effort vs time elapsed

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Weeding

It feels like I'm loosing the battle. On the plus side, at least I'm not dealing with any giant hogweed!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How annoying?

This seems particularly noticeable in the early years at school.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sunscreen and the EWG

Ask Moxie is hosting a really good discussion on the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) sunscreen guide for 2010.

Main take-away:


Some reader's perspectives:
  • From Cloud:
    In the meantime, we'll keep using our sunscreens. I know with quite a bit of certainty that unprotected exposure to the sun can cause cancer- I can even explain the mechanism. These chemicals? My take is that there are some studies that indicate they may cause cancer. But there has not been a single definitive peer-reviewed study, because man, that would have been a high profile paper that I would not have missed.

  • From paola:
    When it comes to sunscreens, avoid the following:

    benzophenone 3: absorbed through the skin. Can cause allergic reactions, foto- sensitivity, hormonal problems.

    PABA: will be banned in EU as from October for same reasons as benzophenone 3.

    methylbenzylidencamphor: studies on animals suggest it effects thyroid function. Penetrates the skin barrier and can cause allrgies.

    Source: Italian Consumer magazine Altroconsumo, June 2010.

  • From Jenna:
    Mexoryl or Tinosorb are the only two sunscreen ingredients that are actually effective at blocking UVA. Avobenzone (aka Parsol), the UVA blocker used in most US sunscreens, actually degrades in sunlight. Though the FDA finally approved Mexoryl a few years ago, it's still nigh impossible to find a sunscreen with Mexoryl here in the US. According to the EWG report, Tinosorb still isn't approved yet.

    I buy all my sunscreen in Canada. My favorites are La Roche-Posay Anthelios or Hydraphase UV in SPF 30. (Sephora carries Hydraphase, but only SPF 15.) L'Oreal Ombrelle and Vichy are also good. FYI these are all brands you can find at an ordinary drugstore in Canada. My Vichy SPF 60 body sunblock has Mexoryl, octorcrylene, titantium dioxide, and avobenzone, all of which are on the low or moderate risk lists on the EWG site

If this concerns you, be sure to read the ingredient list on every formulation of your favourite brand. Ingredients change formulation to formulation, including but not limited to the addition of chemicals in children's formulations that are not present in the adult brand.

A bit about chemical and mineral sunscreens at Venusian Glow.

For more about sunscreen, read the Skin Cancer Foundation's answer to the question What are the basic sunscreen ingredients, and what protection does each offer?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Grow it yourself

Of course, Farmers' Markets are also an option. Just make sure the produce actually is locally grown, and doesn't come from the other side of the continent.

For a list of markets associated with Farmers' Markets Ontario, visit their website www.FarmersMarketsOntario.com

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Will it fit?

If someone could build an app to do this quickly and accurately, I'm sure it would be an instant best seller!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Repeat the punch line

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

NSFB

You may need to pay more attention to this if your friends frequently say things like, "Please don't post anything about this conversation."

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax time 3

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tax time 2

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tax time 1

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Typical

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

In my garden

If you press your ear to the ground, and really listen, you can hear the diabolical laughter.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hope + confidence = optimism

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." -- Helen Keller

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Monday, March 29, 2010

How karma makes us fat

In his book, "The seven spiritual laws of success," Deepak Chopra states that

All actions are karmic episodes. Drinking a cup of coffee is a karmic episode. That action generates memory, and memory has the ability or the potential to generate desire. And desire generates action again. The operational software of your soul is karma, memory, and desire. Your soul is a bundle of consciousness that has the seeds of karma, memory, and desire. By becoming conscious of these seeds of manifestation, you become a conscious generator of reality. By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you and for those that are around you. And that is all you need to do.

As long as karma is evolutionary -- for both the Self and everyone affected by the Self -- then the fruit of karma will be happiness and success.
Karma --> memory --> desire -->

Mmmmm..... I could really use a brownie ....

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Daily disappointment

It happens every day,
You'd think I'd learn by now.
The question always comes
At morning time: "How?"

"How did the coffee in the cup,
Get to be so low?
Piping hot with cream and sugar,
Where did my coffee go?"
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Taking action

Looking for worthy causes that you can help, without costing you a penny? Here are a few for you:

Test your vocabulary and help distribute rice through the World Food Progamme at FreeRice.com [h/t: GeekDad]

To play the game, click on the synonym you think is right. If you're right, you get a harder question. Otherwise you get an easier question. For right answer, 10 grains of rice is donatedto the United Nations World Food Program.

Join a Facebook group to help fund a PlayPump for a village in Africa. [h/t: David-Tennant.com]
From the One Difference website:

The PlayPump® uses a specially crafted children’s roundabout to pump water from deep underground. So, as children spin on the roundabout, fresh, clean water is pumped from a borehole into a storage tank for use by the entire community.

It’s a simple idea but one that is changing the lives of thousands of African people. Now, instead of walking for hours to collect water, children can go to school and the entire community benefits from access to fresh drinking water.


From their Facebook page:

A further donation of $5000 has been pledged if 250,000 Facebook users join the One Difference [Facebook] fan page in time for World Water Day on the 22nd March. [snip]

The $10,000 total will fund a PlayPump for a village in Africa. [snip]

Please join the group and pass this on to all your contacts. Be a part of the change.


Looking for something a little more local?

Save the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
Read what Ann Douglas has to say. Ann also outlines three ways to take action here.

You can also lend your support by joining the Friends of The Association for Research on Mothering Facebook group.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Genuis or nuts?

Inspired by Brent Butt's tweet:

Reminds me of Rich Hall gag: If you play guitar & harmonica at the same time - genius. But if you strap cymbals to your knees- you're nuts.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Puck in the net

Sigh.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine, you amaze me! (redux)

It was brought to my attention that last year's Valentine's maze was a little challenging for the younger set. With that in mind, I this year I made one a little more, little kid friendly.

[Download the PDF for Heart Maze Valentine's Day cards.]
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The power of fail

Life is not a success only jouney.

So why is it that we have a "Fear of bad ideas"? Is it because we don't see the list of failed projects by successful people?

Recently, screenwriter Denis McGrath posted:

"I kind of look at it as -- it's my job to fail until I don't. You try something, fail, fail, fail, keep failing, and hopefully eventually you look at something and say, 'that's not a total failure' and then you nurture that little ember and follow it and hopefully you get somewhere."
Want to have a really good idea? Try having some bad ones first.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Daycare infection roulette

Are you feeling lucky?

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rushing vs speed

This doodle idea comes straight from The Savvy Source article on Happier Mornings:

Here's the truth of the matter, the more you rush your kids, the slower they will be. As soon as you shriek, Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! We're going to be late! little spikes grow out of the bottoms of their feet. They go into slow motion. The machine all but stops. What's a parent to do?


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Monday, January 18, 2010

Things that own you

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Friday, January 15, 2010

How long vs how hard

This sentiment comes to us from Julie Cole's post on "Getting Organized for the New Year":

"The other problem with holding onto sentimental items is the longer you have them, the harder they are to part with."
As a mother of six and co-owner of Mabel’s Labels – Labels for the stuff kids lose!®, you can bet that Julie knows how to be organized!

(Disclosure: I'm a Mabel's Labels web affiliate.)

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