October 2010

The Power of the Alphabet

Let me ask you, does everyone take a multivitamin supplement each day?

Maybe I’m asking an obvious question.  This is something I only recently started doing myself.  Of course I did take my prenatal vitamin religiously while pregnant and breastfeeding.  Unfortunately I fell out of the habit when life as a busy Mom took over.  I know; excuses, excuses.

I had convinced myself that I was getting all of my daily nutrients through the foods I was eating but clearly I wasn’t.  I use the word ‘clearly’ because since I have started with my daily regimen, I have really noticed a difference.

For example, just last week, my sister asked me if I had been tanning.  The answer to that was no.  I refuse to give wrinkles any type of advantage.  The night she asked, I would have said I didn’t look my best.  It was the end of the day and I was tired. I was puzzled, but then it dawned on me; the multivitamin!

I have also noticed that my cravings for sweet snacks have significantly decreased.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d still choose chocolate over a rendezvous with Christian Bale but it’s not a do-or-die situation.  My body had been trying to tell me something, and I wasn’t listening.

Overall, I look better and feel healthier.  They say is takes 28 days to create a habit.  After 15 consecutive days of swallowing a One A Day Women’s Multivitamin supplement I am well on my way.  The Women’s blend is specially formulated to support healthy bones and breast tissue and includes 50% of our daily Calcium requirement.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  • Vitamin A helps our eyesight and a deficiency of this vitamin can lead to blindness
  • Vitamin B6 (& biotin) works as an anti-aging agent by preventing greying of hair and hair loss
  • Vitamin B12 can support and increase the rate of our metabolism
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant and can protect your body from free radicals which may cause heart disease and cancer
  • Vitamin D has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in women
  • Vitamin E can help to promote healing and skin hydration

So if you don’t already have a daily habit of eating your alphabet, now is the time to start. With our chaotic, 21st century lives we can’t always count on getting all the goods from our foods.  Popping a pill each day will ensure your overall wellbeing.

Happy swallowing!

For More Information:  One A Day Womens

The Diary of a Disgruntled Pedestrian

Dear Diary

October 25, 2010

Dear Diary,

Now that I live downtown, I spend a lot of time on the sidewalks, walking through intersections and using crosswalks. Today I have to admit to you that from all this exposure I have become a disgruntled pedestrian.

We all know the rules of the road as drivers; red means stop and green means go. What people seem to be clueless about are the rules of the sidewalk. Unfortunately, there is no handbook or exam to take for a licence to walk the streets. There is however an unwritten set of rules; a mutual understanding. I want to make it my mission to write these rules and share them with the world.

Rule #1
Walk on the right side. When using the sidewalk, the left side of your body should be in the centre of the sidewalk; just as we drive on the right side of the road.

Rule #2
Pedestrians with strollers or young children earn the right of way. This is assuming you have already broken #1. Don’t make someone with child walk nearest to the road.

Rule #3
As a driver, do not pull out over the sidewalk. Stay behind the sidewalk line until you have a clear opening to proceed. Should you find yourself on the sidewalk and a pedestrian comes along, back that thing up!

Rule #4
Again, as a driver, do not pull out into any intersection until it is clear to go. Blocking the road between two sections of sidewalk causes the pedestrian to walk into the line of traffic. The same goes for major intersections. Those two white lines indicate where feet should be, not tires.

So you see diary, whether you are the driver or the pedestrian it is of utmost importance that these rules are followed. In return, I promise never to jaywalk or to start crossing the road after the hand signal has started to flash. If someone fails to adhere to this list, they may just run into a disgruntled pedestrian like me.

Happy strolling!

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net. Photographed by nuttakit.

Smack That!

Do you desire magazine-perfect lips to flaunt or to kiss?

Thursday’s Waste Reduction tip comes with a promise to both women and men.  This incentive will be sure to provide the women with a set of shiny, luscious, smack-able lips and the men in their lives will reap the benefits.  Contribute to the environment and waste minimization and receive a reward for doing it. 

BACK TO M-A-C PROGRAM
When you return any six M-A-C cosmetic packages to a M-A-C counter or
M-A-C online, you will receive a brand new lipstick in any shade free of cost.

So start saving your empty eye shadows, compacts and lipstick tubes ; cash them in for an unexpected freebie and give yourself a little pat on the back for being environmentally considerate!

Four more days to enter the 3M Filtrate Filter Giveaway.

Back to M-A-C Program Information

Photograph courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net. Photographed by Salvatore Vuono.

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Are You Going My Way?

How do you get to work each day? How do your children get to school? What mode of transportation do you use for going to the gym, grocery shopping or out for dinner?

Wednesday’s Waste Reduction tip is intended to get you thinking about the choices you make each day when it comes to getting from ‘A’ to ‘B’ and I am challenging you to make one alternative arrangement this week.

Here are some alternate transportation options:

  1. Carpool (Travel with a friend or coworker who lives in your neighbourhood)
  2. Run/Walk/Ride Your Bike (Are you close enough to your destination that you could feasibly choose one of these options?)
  3. Take Public Transportation
  4. Cut your driving down (Park further away from work and walk a little extra – every bit counts)

Consider one of these option to reduce carbon emissions this week and don’t forget to enter your activity for a chance to win a 3M Filtrate Furnace Filter: http://wp.me/pYin4-4H

Photograph provided by freedigitalphotos.net

Top 5 Uses for Empty Milk Bags

In honour of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, Tuesday’s Waste Reduction tip is credited to City Mom’s Mom, for my Mother was following the three R’s long before they became commonplace.  Some may have called it frugal but I see it as just good ‘Mom Sense’; why buy something you already have?

So, for those of you who buy bagged milk; don’t trash those individual milk bags when you’re done the milk.  I’m not suggesting you put the empty container back in the fridge…who does that?  I am conveying that after you have finished a pitcher of milk simply cut across the top seam of the bag, wash in hot, soapy water and set it out to dry.

Here are the top five uses one could find for these bags:

  1.  Sandwich bags for you children’s lunches (ask them to bring back home to follow the litter-less lunch rule)
  2. Toiletrie travel bags (no one likes their Shampoo leaking on their clothes)
  3. Storage bags for small items (think nuts & bolts haphazardly scattered at the bottom of your toolbox)
  4. Recipe card holder (You can read the recipe through the clear plastic and this will protect the card from getting soiled from your ingredients.)
  5. An alternative to plastic wrap for appropriate sized leftovers (a block of cheese comes to mind)

You get the idea.

Don’t forget to enter the WRW contest:  http://wp.me/pYin4-4H

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.  Photographed by: healingdream.

Waste Reduction Week / Giveaway

Hey London, let’s step up to the plate and hit one out of the park; funny, I’m not even a baseball fan but this timely analogy seems fitting as we’ve got quite the challenge ahead of us. Starting today and running until Sunday, October 24th Waste Reduction Week (WRW) is taking place and London is at the forefront of this initiative.

HISTORY
WRW dates as far back as the mid 1980’s when a number of environmental organizations rallied together to hold waste reduction events. In 2001 these organizations came together to create the national event now known as Waste Reduction Week in Canada. The Recycling Council of Ontario was the leader of the efforts put in place in our province and London has been a determined member of the RCO for many years.

GOAL
The WRW action is a call to all Canadians to reduce their waste; plain and simple. Many of us are already doing our part in our homes and at work to reduce our waste. This dedicated week is designed to remind and motivate individuals and families to share their experience and find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

STATISTICS
In 2008 London accumulated an overall total of 159,380 tonnes of waste. Of that total:

  • 59 percent or 93, 650 tonnes were delivered directly to a landfill
  • 41 percent or 65,730 tonnes of total waste was diverted
    • 9,400 tonnes were reduced on-site (at home) through composting and/or grasscycling
    • 18,270 tonnes were reduced through centralized composting
    • 27,660 tonnes were recycled through the curb side program, multi-residential program, materials delivered to the Community EnviroDepots, public space bins and electronics
    • 10,400 tonnes were reduced through other programs such as wood and scrap metal waste and white goods

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There is a multitude of ways in which you can contribute and you’re probably already doing many of them but here are some helpful tips to assist you this week:

  1. Visit the websites linked above to find new ways to follow the three R’s and to learn of the programs London offers.
  2. Visit City Mom each day this week to learn of new ideas to carry out waste reduction in your home.
  3. Participate in the City Mom challenge and giveaway.

THE CHALLENGE

  1. After reading this post, go out into the world and practice the three R’s in as many new and unique ways you can.
  2. Come back to City Mom, click on the ‘Leave a Comment’ link at the top of this post and share your experience with us.
  3. You can enter as many times as you would like with a new idea that you have implemented each time.
  4. Entries must include something you did to support Waste Reduction Week.
  5. Challenge is open to Canadian residents only.

THE GIVEAWAY

  1. The submission that has received the most ‘Thumbs Up’ votes (City Mom will not be voting) by 5:00PM ET on Sunday October 24th will receive a package of two Filtrate High Performance  furnace filters by 3M (to fit your furnace). These filters are designed to help your furnace perform more efficiently; this will save you money and reduce energy consumption. Filtrate High Performance filters also contribute to improving the air quality in your home for the health and safety of your family.
  2. The winner will be contacted at the email address provided during entry.
  3. Good luck, have fun and happy reducing!

MONDAY’S WASTE REDUCTION TIP
Send your child to school with a waste-free lunch:

  • Use reusable containers for sandwiches instead of sandwich bags
  • Buy lunch items in bulk or family size to reduce packaging
  • Use a thermos for beverages instead of juice boxes or bottled water
  • Use a reusable lunch bag instead of plastic or paper lunch sacks
  • Send an absorbent cloth for wiping up after lunch instead of wipes or napkins

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net Photographed by Nuttakit.

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