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recycleggAs I move towards a greener lifestyle, one easy change has been those fun reusable grocery bags you see absolutely everywhere. They’re beyond perfect for grocery shopping (duh) and we use them near-daily for just about everything you can imagine. My Kroger bags have served as diaper bags, gift bags (just call me Martha) and of course a purse on more than one occasion.

So when I heard about Kroger’s latest go-green efforts, I was uber excited. They are asking their valued customers to design the next reusable grocery bags to be sold in their stores. Fun or flirty, sassy and smart, you design the bag you want to be seen around town with. You could be the next Louis Vuitton and win some serious loot to boot.

Go to Kroger’s site. They have this terrific design tool complete with fonts, stickers, borders and more. You can upload your own pictures even! It’s easy and fun – take a look at the bag I whipped up (with little to no actual artistic talent):



And if you love love love your bag like I do, you can click over to Cafe Press through the Kroger site and order your very own. Christmas IS just around the corner after all.


You can buy this one here.

You can design bags and vote now through May 15th, so head on over. Prizes will be awarded for the top ten designs and one designer will win a $1,000 Kroger gift card and might just have their design SOLD IN STORES.

Added bonus: When you do your bag design, if you enter your Kroger Plus Card number, you can get a FREE Kroger reusable bag on your next trip to the store!

But Kroger’s wants to get the generosity flowing early and spread the word about this contest and their priority to go green in style, so they’ve given me some sweetener for the deal.

Go over to the site, click through the wonderful bags folks have designed and tell me your favorite (it can be your own design of course!). Each bag has an id number, you can simply leave that number here in the comments along with your email or means to contact you. No extra credit will be awarded for choosing, say *MY* bag – #43696, but while you are there, you can totally vote for it, just sayin’ – #43696. I’ll pick two lucky winners at random to win a $25 gift card each.

One extra entry if you tweet this contest. Just leave another comment with a link to your tweet.

If you do design one of your own, I’d love to see it and send you some voting love, so keep me posted. Now get to work!

CONTEST ENDS: Sunday, May 10th at Midnight (EST)

happy-pigI gotta tell ya, I’m a little freaked out by all this talk of Swine Flu.  I bashfully admit that when P started running a temp on Sunday evening, I was convinced we’d been swined.  And now reports of the first US death today. In this age of such advances – technical and medical – to think people are dying because of a weird strain of influenza really shakes me up.

So I posted a poll on Twitter to see if I’m the only one going a little cookoo over the whole pig-problem:


Click here to add your two cents.

It’s a mixed bag, offering me no reassurance either way.

In the meantime, stay on top of things and do the simple, common sense things-to-do to keep the germs away, swine or otherwise (from the CDC website):

1 Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2 Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3 Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4 Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

5 Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6 Practice other good health habits.

Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

One good thing? The outbreak seems to be lowering the price of pork, this according to my husband via talk-radio.  So stock up on bacon people, cause I’m no doctor but I’m pretty sure you can’t get the flu from eating pork products.

3273291713_9195b4e8bdThe blogosphere’s reaction to the loss of sweet Maddie is overwhelming. I’ve never been prouder to be friends with you people – this is simply magical. I wish Maddie was here to see the amazing impact she is having on the world, but then I remember she’s got a great seat to watch over each of us and she’s cheering us all on.

There are walks all over the country this weekend and next. If you are in the Cincinnati area, there is nothing I’d like more then for you to join our team. More information can be found here:

Our plan is as follows, so if you want to join us , come on out:

On Sunday, I’ll have a sign that reads “Maddie’s Mob” attached to a bouquet of purple balloons with a pink one floating above it. I’ll have Doug holding it up so you can hopefully find it and therein find us. Shannan knows the area and suggested we meet here: in front of the fountain, right by the main entrance to the park. The one with the three faces that each spew water:


And finally, it is never too late to donate – the smallest amount can do wonders for families facing the same woes Maddie’s family faced – help March of Dimes work to end this sad fact, won’t you?

…and really it’s just a matter of time, this will be why:


TABS III Fatal Error…oh how you mock me.

We’re taking a hiatus from the previously announced hiatus to bring you this important announcement. That and the computers have crashed again and our tech can’t come back until Thursday. My kingdom for an abacus…

A few weeks ago, I got whispers of a new Weight Watchers promotion about to start. Not a major program shift like we saw late last year, but a great new incentive dealio to get those of us who might be lacking motivation to step up, step out and get MOVING.



You can get all the details here, including step by step (har har) instructions to get your winter rump into your springtime sexy.

If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these cities, there are trainers set up to help get you going towards a 5K:

Atlanta, GA

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Cleveland, OH

Dallas – Ft. Worth, TX

Denver, CO

Houston, TX

Indianapolis, IN

Los Angeles, CA

Minneapolis, MN

New York, NY

Long Island, NY

San Francisco, CA

Seattle-Tacoma, WA

St. Louis, MO

Tampa, FL

Washington, DC

So if you’ve been on the fence, wondering if Weight Watchers is right for you, there is no better time then now to give it a shot. What have you got to lose? I mean, other than the weight, right?

I’m committing here and now to doing a fitness walk 5K in June – early June – and I want some company. Join me. I’ll be posting along the way on any number of topics and I want to hear about your plans too. And who knows, as we mosey along working our way to a power walk, there might just be a prize or two courtesy of the wonderful Weight Watchers people to keep it interesting. So stayed tuned and get your shoes laced up already!

We regret to inform you this blog has been suspended until further notice due to work commitments. These commitments will likely lead to my eventual commitment to a state-run institution of some sort, fingers-crossed they have free wi-fi.

Computers…which you all know I have loved like they were my own motherboards…have turned on me. Until a peaceful negotiation can be worked out which will get those robotic-satanic pieces of hardware back in line, my time is short and my brain mush.


Why I didn’t become a farmer, I’ll never know. I mean, look at these happy people above. They’ve never even heard of computers or network drives or interfaces and look at the joy on their faces?

Wish me luck, say a prayer and if you live in a state that allows you to ship liquor…make yourself useful, wouldya?


Today sadness continues to hang over the blogosphere. Our dear friend Heather, of The Spohrs are Multiplying, known to many as @mamaspohr on Twitter, faced the unspeakable Tuesday. She said goodbye to her baby girl.

Our thoughts and our prayers go out to Heather and Mike as they battle through the loss of sweet baby Maddie. The Spohrs are a special part of this greater online community. They have touched many lives with their writing, their humor and especially the precious moments with Maddie they shared with us. No one could resist that adorably wonderful face we were lucky enough to see in each post or picture.

Far away on the other side of the country, I feel as if members of my own family are being hit with this devastation. And that is what they are to me, family. I was lucky enough to get to know Heather via Meghan after BlogHer last year and Heather and I spent quality time together at Blissdom in February, much of it locked in an elevator. You need only spend moments with Heather to be drawn in my her charm and wit and kind heart.

Her posts make you feel like you’re part of the Spohr clan, whether they are sharing Maddie’s obsession with Matt Lauer or keeping you posted on the latest battle that brave little girl faced. (You can read more posts about Maddie and her family over at Blog Nosh.) Knowing her story, you instantly became a cheerleader, rooting for the little gal with the irresistible smile and eyes of pure delight. I always thought Maddie had the eyes of an old soul, that she somehow knew something we didn’t, a secret she was keeping all to herself. I wish I’d had the chance to see her and hold her and ask her what that secret was. But it was not to be and my tears refused to stop when I received word yesterday.

As I write this, over $21,000 has been collected, an overwhelming amount of that from the online community the Spohrs are a part of. Tweet after tweet drove strangers and friends to support Maddie, Heather and Mike with their kind words and their pocketbooks. It is nothing short of inspirational.


But there is more we can do, more that must be done to give all babies, babies Maddie will surely watch over from Heaven, a better fighting chance. Please join me in MARCHING FOR MADDIE at a March of Dimes Walk near you.

If you’re interested in joining the Cincy Crew, we would love to have everyone and anyone. Bring your family and your friends and your walking shoes and come out April 26th. You can find more information on our team page, Maddie’s Mob, on the MoD website.

Not in Cincinnati? Not a problem. There are hundreds of walks all over the country and there is bound to be one near you. The wonderful Sarcastic Mom is pulling a list together and if you don’t happen to see your city listed, go the March of Dimes website, type in your zipcode and start a team of your own. Be sure to let Sarcastic Mom so she can help spread the word.

Finally, give what you can to this worthy cause. Heather and Mike gained a lot of strength from the March of Dimes before Maddie was born and Maddie’s memory will live on in the good work they do for future families. Your dollars, no matter how big or small, matter. You can support our Cincy Team – Maddie’s Mob at our team site or go directly to Maddie’s LA team – it doesn’t matter which link because all the money goes to the same place.

Please walk, please give and please say a prayer for The Spohrs.


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Why get so riled by the events of the world, you ask? Because…

"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate." Charlotte Gray
April 2009