Stunning light sculpture on San Fransisco’s Bay Bridge
San Francisco has such character and charm. It’s one of my favorite cities and now there is another reason to visit. Pioneer of computer driven imagery and use of LED, Leo Villareal created this dazzling display of the world’s largest LED sculpture. Inspired by the 75th anniversary of the Bay Bridge, this work of illuminative art has 25,000 white LED lights. That is eight times the scale of lighting they did for the 100th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower. The Bay Lights grand lighting was Tuesday, it will be lit from dusk until 2:00 am every evening through 2015. It is estimated to bring over 97 million dollars to the local economy. It’s something amazing to see for those visiting the city by the bay and people living in the bay area are lucky to enjoy such an incredible view!
I love my BassBuds earphones so I was very excited to review the BassBoomz high performance portable Bluetooth speaker. Music lights me up so the idea of playing it anywhere, anytime fills me with joy. This is a fantastic speaker. Designed with an innovative Bass Expansion System, BassBoomz gives you great sound quality with amazing bass.
It’s Small enough to fit just about anywhere (even in your pocket!) but gives huge sound amplification. BassBoomz are compatible with smartphones, laptops, tablets and MP3 players; they have a Li-ion battery that recharges fast giving you 5 – 6 hours of music. One speaker is loud but if you really want to blast your tunes and crank it up, hook 2 up with the dual connectivity option. It’s great looking and comes in a variety of cool colors. Mine is pretty pink which matches my fabulous BassBuds earphones!
Its easy portability is such a bonus because I love playing music while I’m making dinner, doing housework, etc, music makes life more fun. And I can’t tell you how nice it is to just put it anywhere and not have to bother with an electrical outlet. My iPod dock will not get much use now that I have BassBoomz! I’m excited to take it to the beach and pool this summer and it will be great to have when we host outdoor BBQs. Remember when we had to lug a big giant boom box everywhere? Wish I had the BassBoomz when I was in high school!
They have generously offered my readers $85 off the retail price so you can get them for only $46 for the entire month of March! Enter the voucher code: BBZUS026506 at check out. Grab one, get your groove on and let me know what you think, you know you want one!
“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good” -Dr. Seuss
His are some of the first books we read as children, fostering the all important love for reading. He helped create book lovers out of many of us. In honor of his birthday, my son and I have been reading Dr. Suess books all week at bedtime.
His best selling book is my favorite Dr. Suess book, Green Eggs and Ham. You just have to love the cadence of that spectacular rolls-right-off-the-tongue rhyming! Most of his books were written in anapestic tetrameter giving them that fun beat. He won a 50 dollar bet with his publisher by writing Green Eggs and Ham with only 50 words and all but one of those words has only one syllable.
The extraordinarily talented Theodor Geisel (Suess is his middle name) even won an Academy Award in 1947 for writing the documentary feature, Design For Death.
He published 46 children’s books, the final one, “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” was published in 1990. What is your favorite Dr. Suess book?
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny” -from The Cat in the Hat
When was the last time your child asked you for a plate of steamed vegetable? Never, right?! If they’re like most kids they’re begging for cookies, cheeseburgers, pizza, candy, etc… right?!
Providing our kids with a healthy diet is a constant battle for parents. Our culture is obsessed with junk food, and spends more than 110 billion dollars on fast food every year. Over 30 percent of children in America under age 17 are overweight. Kids are the target market for all the junk food out there. We don’t want to deprive them of the foods they love, but it’s our job to make sure they’re getting proper nutrition. Many of their favorite foods are unhealthy, but fortunately there are some delicious alternatives. Read on to learn about my picks …
Love to make pancakes every Sunday morning? Look for a mix that’s made with organic stone ground whole grain flour, pure raw evaporated cane juice or pure raw sugar, and aluminum-free leavening. I make them even healthier by adding ground flax seeds and wheat germ. (My kids don’t even notice.) The recipe calls for oil, so opt for a healthy option like grape seed oil, then top with a little 100 percent pure maple syrup. My kids love them! Try Bob’s Red Mill buttermilk pancake and waffle mix or organic seven-grain pancake mix from Nuts.com… Read entire article at Parent Society.
Our trash bin is rarely full but our recycle bin is busting at the seams nearly every week. I’m always asking my neighbor if I can put our overflow of recyclables in his bin. Most people don’t realize that lots of stuff that we toss in the garbage can be recycled. They just throw things away because they either assume it cannot be recycled or they just don’t bother. In fact, more than 75 % of waste is recyclable, but only about 30 % of it actually gets recycled!
Glass jars, newspaper, magazines, cardboard, cans, some of this stuff is obvious but people still neglect to fill their recycle bins each week. Someone once told me that they don’t recycle because there is no room for a bin under their kitchen sink. Seriously?!! Make room. The mud room, the laundry room, the bathroom, garage anywhere! Recycling is probably the easiest thing that a person can do to live a greener existence.
Even that clear, hard plastic packaging used for toys and other goods can be recycled as can shipping boxes, department store bags, tissue paper and some types of wrapping paper. Milk cartons and those liquid cartons that contain juice, egg nog and broth can be recycled as well. Those containers have a high grade fiber so they work well in paper mills.
My kids and I went on a tour of our local landfill. Not exactly a trip to Legoland but it was interesting, the boys had fun and we learned a lot. Our guide told us, when in doubt, recycle. She said if you’re not sure whether or not an item is recyclable throw it in the recycle bin because they sort through everything anyway. Not every municipality is run the same but you can call yours with questions. Certain items like tires, electronics, carpeting, appliances, paint, etc. are not always easy to recycle because you usually have to find a drop off center but it can be done, just go online for information on your area. Just do what you can, every little bit helps.
“We can help educate our families and communities about the importance of recycling for our environment, and how each of us can make a difference for a better world by recycling”
-Robert Alan Silverstein
This joyful little boy has a special quality, a sparkle in his eye… one of those people everyone likes.
♥ I am incredibly lucky and proud to be his mommy ♥
Healthy Child Healthy World is a valuable resource for creating a healthy, safe home and life. Thanks to them, millions are waking up to the risks that toxic chemicals pose. James and Nancy Chuda founded this wonderful organization after learning that the cancer that ended the life of their 4 year old daughter was most likely caused by a pesticide that Nancy was exposed to during her pregnancy.
Part of their mission is to bring awareness of toxic risks to parents and to encourage healthier lifestyle choices. I am extremely impressed by this organization, the work they do is so important. I am passionate about living a healthy, toxic-free lifestyle so I love how they have truly empowered and enlightened the public and helped change things for the better. But it’s an ongoing uphill battle, this short video will give you an idea of what they are trying to accomplish. I hope you’ll join me in spreading the word by tweeting this, posting it on your Facebook wall and sending it to your friends and family.
I woke up about 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my youngest. I hit the snooze button at first but I’m wide awake now. When did you wake up?
Keep the community of Newtown in your heart
I still get intensely sad when I think about the horrific tragedy in Newtown, CT last December. In an effort to honor the lives lost and help the community heal, members of the Newtown community have formed a nonprofit grassroots organization called Sandy Hook Promise. Their mission is to come together and support all involved. They are dedicated to making and keeping the very important promises of honoring the 26 lives that were lost and encouraging and supporting common sense solutions that make our communities and country safer. We can all make these promises at Sandy Hook Promise.
It was two months on Valentine’s Day, pledge your support to the Newtown community by participating in the One Million Hearts for Newtown campaign. Although Valentine’s Day has passed, you can still send a virtual Valentine to show the community of Newtown that they are in your heart. My heart goes out to the parents of those sweet babies and the families of all the victims. I hope you’ll join me in making the Sandy Hook Promise and send them your love and support.
“Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.”