March 30, 2010

jamie oliver's food revolution

Are you watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? Because you should. Everyone should—no matter where they land in the range of food preferences.

This show brings the food messages we've been hearing to a small American town. The reality and reactions will amaze you. I think the biggest take away lessons are to avoid processed foods and to eat as much fresh food as you can. It sure is easy to say that when I live in a location that not only offers a year-round abundance of amazing foods, but celebrates food and cooking as an art form or elite sport.

One of the focuses of the show so far is school lunch programs. Parents everywhere will be amazed to see some surprising truths.

Watch Jamie's show. I've seen the first 2 episodes so far and can't recommend it highly enough. Even my husband is hooked! You can see it online or on ABC Friday nights. Share the link. Spread the word!

March 27, 2010

earth hour 2010

Don't forget Earth Hour is TONIGHT! Turn off your lights tonight, Saturday March 27th from 8:30–9:30 p.m. Light a candle and join people around the world to make a statement.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. So sign up now and let’s make 2010 the biggest Earth Hour yet!

March 10, 2010

google adds biking to maps

So excited that Google has added a biking option to their mapping service. As you can imagine, choosing a bike-friendly route really makes a huge difference when trying to navigate an urban area. A few weeks ago my husband and I biked across the city with our kids in his cargo bike. It would have been so great to have a bike route planned to avoid steep and busy streets! Can't wait to try this out (especially now that I have a new bike—a surprise gift from my husband!)