Monday, April 24, 2017

Can a dairy cow save a penguin?

Disclosure: Special thanks to Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. 

If you're local to the Chicagoland area, you can't miss a visit to Cosley Zoo. This AZA-accredited zoo, located in Wheaton, Illinois, promises plenty of up close and personal encounters with our animal friends. Cosley Zoo is more of a farm-style zoo, and this spring, Cosley is welcoming so many sweet baby animals. This beautiful baby lamb was born just a couple of days ago!

If you love animals, here's a question for you to consider: Can a dairy cow save a penguin?

That’s the question Stonyfield YoKids is asking today, April 25, World Penguin Day. 

Stonyfield YoKids, one of our family's favorite brands, is sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program; together on a mission to help save endangered species. As part of a year-long effort, Stonyfield will not only be contributing funds to field work but aiming to drive kids and their families to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos, aquariums, and on the ground where the research is happening!

Now through the end of August, families who buy two YoKids yogurt packs will receive a free kid’s admission to their local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium! Take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy your YoKids yogurt with your favorite animals at Cosley Zoo! (Admission to Cosley Zoo is always free for kids!).

As the country’s leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield has long been focused on conservation and sustainability. Each year they keep over 185,000 pounds of toxic pesticides out of the environment, helping to safeguard species and their eco-systems. Stonyfield YoKids’ sponsorship of AZA SAFE will support conservation efforts for 10 endangered species, including the African Penguin.

Stonyfield believes the wonderful optimism and imagination of kids can inspire us all to believe that a cow can indeed save a penguin. Stonyfield kicks off the year of adventure and learning with a Facebook Live from Mystic Aquarium TODAY, National Penguin Day, 4/25 at 12 PM ET! During the broadcast a penguin trainer will provide insight into the care, behavior and conservation of African penguins, and viewers will also have the opportunity to see real African penguins firsthand as well as ask the trainer questions in real time. Tune into the @Stonyfield Facebook page at 12:00 PM today to catch the broadcast!

You can learn more about AZA/SAFE by following on social media! Facebook: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Instagram:@zoos_aquariums Twitter: @zoos_aquariums

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Elevita: Gifts That Improve Lives Worldwide

Looking for a gift that says I love you in more than one way? With Mother's Day on the horizon, I'm so happy to share about a new-to-me company with a lofty mission: to alleviate poverty worldwide by helping artisans in developing countries find a greater world market for their products.

Elevita is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with 100% volunteer management. 100% of the profits from sales to fund meaningful humanitarian projects, especially in education.

The artisans that make Elevita's beautiful gifts include:
- Artisans who have limited access to markets
- Artisan groups that work toward educating women and girls
- Artisans in distressed areas
- Handicapped or otherwise marginalized artisans

From beautiful purses and bags to stunning accent jewelry pieces, Elevita's gifts are more than unique. A monthly subscription is a gift that keeps on giving, with a surprise selection of fair-trade goodies arriving in-mailbox every month. But the true value is knowing that you are giving a gift that was made with care by someone who was treated and paid fairly for their handiwork, and that the profits are going towards projects that are making a difference in the world around us.

Check out the beautiful selection of fine, fair-trade gifts at Elevita today!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Walmart as an organic foods destination? Check out their wide selection of affordable organics, online or in-store.

Disclosure: Special thanks to Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. 

In a dream world, organic foods are affordable and in abundance, easily accessible to everyone. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

I've never been a soap opera fan, but I enjoy reading about the behind the scenes action in the television industry. So I was fascinated by my latest read, My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves by Agnes Nixon.

Nixon is the Emmy-winning creator and writer of All My Children and One Life to Live. She rose to the top of the television industry, from a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls to a woman who experienced just as much drama as the soaps she wrote, at a time when women were rarely taking serious in the biz. This fascinated memoir shares the soap opera that is her own life, and covers personal experiences outside of her writing career as well, including the loss of her fiancĂ© in World War II. But it's the story behind her struggle to rise as a behind-the-scenes star that fascinates: she dealt early on with a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, later the jealousy of her male colleagues tried unsuccessfully to get in her way as she worked to become one of the most successful names in television.

If you indeed love soaps, you'll love her behind-the-scenes insight into her most popular shows, including her inspiration for Erica Kane and how she cast Susan Lucci in the role; an excerpt from the never-before-seen All My Children story bible; entertaining anecdotes about her shows’ beloved casts and special guests, including Carol Burnett, Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffett; and more.
Learn more about television legend Agnes Nixon in My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves, now available at your local library.