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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.


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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