Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Our lives begin to end....

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" ~Rev Martin Luther King Jr

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Killer Coke Stories



What I learned today from an email from watercheck.biz about The Coca Cola Company is sickening and sad. Read a copy of the email here for yourself. I could blog about my opinion on it all but instead I'll list the links and let you read the information written by those involved first hand:


Start with Killer Coke and you'll get the picture.


What was written on The Council Of Canadians astounds me. Damaged water supplies and more. 


The website http://films.nfb.ca/the-coca-cola-case/ has a quick video on what the story is about.


There is definitely more out there to be read, so check it out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So Nice Top 20 Blogs To Follow In 2011

So I'm just discovering this now, eight months later but whatever, it's never to late to brag when So Nice mentions you! Click on the title and see.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Our Destiny Changes....

“Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires.”
— Orison Swett Marden


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Bertrand Russell Says....

“Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.”
—  Bertrand Russell

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Watermelon Smiles





I remember being a kid playing outside on hot summer days and almost dying of thirst but having too much fun to go inside for a drink. Sometimes my mom would call out to us to come sit at our picnic table out back where she'd have a huge tray of watermelon ready for us, all cut up into 'Watermelon Smiles'. The cold juice even felt good on my cheeks as I'd bite in the middle of the smile and the rind would curve up my face. I remember freaking out because I swallowed a seed one time and thought I would grow a watermelon inside of me if I drank a glass of water. My sister reassured me I'd be okay because I "didn't eat any dirt and to grow a watermelon you'd need soil with the seed and water". That was enough to calm my nerves and ease my
mind. (thanks again Linz) These are wonderful childhood memories for me. Something as simple as watermelon to my seven year old self is remembered as being brilliant. That I say, is brilliant in itself!
My kids have grown up with watermelon smiles but I buy the seedless kind so they don't have to fear a garden of watermelon growing inside of them. On busy weeks where I have to pack lunches for the kids a Watermelon Smile is just too big for the lunch pail. Instead I cut it up into cubes however, I know they associate this pretty pink juicy fruit with happiness and my Mommy instincts tell me they smile when they open the lunch pail and see it in there.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Animal Free Circuses Puhleeeeeze

The circus in my opinion is the cruelest form of family entertainment and people are still so oblivious to the torture that surrounds such horrific events. Read below to learn some basic facts surrounding the circus and join us Tuesday July 19th in Hamilton. The following is a Facebook event, ....search it for more info or email me.

COME OUT ON JULY 19TH TO COPPS COLISEUM AND TELL THE SHRINE CIRCUS THAT ANIMALS DIE IN CAPTIVITY and THEY ARE NOT WELCOME IN HAMILTON ANY LONGER.

The time has come to make Hamilton a ' Compassionate Circus Free' Town. Hamilton is ready !!

Facts about Animals in the Circus:

Trained by pain

• Circuses force animals to perform tricks
• Animals are injured while performing
• Training animals to achieve acts that are painful and unnatural requires whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods
• Elephants are trained by an ankus - a wooden stick with a sharp, pointed hook at the end. It is embedded into the elephants' most sensitive areas: feet, ears, chin, mouth, face. It is used to smash them across the face as well
• Circuses assert they use "positive reinforcement" to get animals to do tricks. If this were true, the trainers would be carrying bags of food treats, not metal weapons

Travel can be torture

• In circuses animals are kept in cages with barely enough room to turn around during travel and between shows
• Elephants are shackled in chains by their front and back legs so that they can't take a step forward or backward. They are required to eat, sleep, and defecate in the same trailers they are kept in
• The animals are forced to wait inside of the railroad cars for hours, even in extreme temperatures, sometimes up to 72 hours

Life in captivity

• In the wild, animals have relationships with their own kind and live in social groups or families
• Baby elephants stay with their mothers for years. Yet in circuses, they are ripped from their mothers because they are cute and reap profit
• Constant confinement forces animals into a state of psychosis. Elephants in circuses constantly sway back and forth in their chains, tigers pace in their cages, symptoms of deep psychological distress due to being deprived of fulfilling natural instincts
• Animals self-mutilate from lack of psychological stimulation.

Anti-Educational

• Opposite to what circuses say and the rationalization of educators who take students to circuses, seeing animals in circuses does not provide a pragmatic, educational tool because the animals are forced to perform tricks and live in conditions that are not natural for them
• The animals are in an environment that is radically different from the wild and their spirits are broken from cruel training. They are unable to fulfill their most basic needs and instincts.

It's unnatural. Think about, then help make a change. My kids will be there, bring yours too and maybe we'll influence other families in the community to support a more compassionate lifestyle, beginning with boycotting animal circus events.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bike Riding Beach Side







There are certain things that really make summer feel like summer and bike riding by the beach is one of them. The trees are mature, the lake is calm and the air is warm. There's a long path that takes us past families doing the picnic thing, friends drinking on a patio and couples strolling by the water. People rollerblade by listening to their iPods, dogs are being walked by their owners and families like us are riding our bikes. If we stop, we skip some stones and take a second to absorb the moment. This is living. It's a little thing, but it's a together thing and it's one of my favourite things do do with my little fam!
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GMO's Described Star Wars Style

Grocery Store Wars

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gooeyest Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich




INGREDIENTS
What you need:

2 slices of bread, thinner is better
3 to 4 tbsp Daiya Vegan Cheese
I-2 tsp Earth Balance 'butter'
Pinch of garlic powder

INSTRUCTIONS
The complicated process:

1. Everyone MUST know how to put a grilled cheese together but just in case: Butter your bread with the Earth Balance and sprinkle the garlic powder in as you spread.

2. Use the Daiya shreds in place of dairy cheese, heat through in a frying pan on medium heat and once the Daiya melts, your sandwich should be golden and gooey.


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Monday, July 4, 2011

Mango Avocado Rolls

INGREDIENTS

    • 2/3 cup diced avocado
    • 2 Tbs. lime juice
    • 2 tsp. grated lime zest
    • 2/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, softened
    • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (white and pale green parts)
    • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
    • 1 tsp. chile sauce
    • 8 81/2-inch Vietnamese rice paper wrappers
    • 2 cups alfalfa sprouts
    • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fresh mango

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Combine avocado, lime juice, and lime zest in small bowl. Stir in bell pepper, cream cheese, green onions, cilantro, and chile sauce; then set aside.
    2. Fill large bowl (9-inch diameter) with warm water. Submerge 1 rice paper wrapper 10 seconds in water, or just until it becomes soft. Remove wrapper to flat work surface, and let rest 30 seconds; it will become more pliable.
    3. Spoon 1/4 cup avocado mixture just below middle of rice paper wrapper, leaving 1-inch border on either side. Top with 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts and 2 to 3 mango slices. Fold bottom of rice paper wrapper up over filling, pressing filling as you go. Fold both sides of rice paper inward. Gently press to seal. Roll up wrapper to top edge. Brush water on top edge, if necessary, to seal. And repeat!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Caesar Salad Vegan Style

INGREDIENTS

    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 2 Tbs. blanched and ground almonds
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 Tbs. Dijon mustard
    • 3 Tbs. nutritional yeast flakes
    • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
    • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
    • 1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into large pieces

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine almonds, garlic, mustard, yeast flakes, soy sauce, lemon juice, water and oil if desired using a blender or food processor and process until smooth and well blended. To serve, toss together lettuce (croutons if desired) and dressing, and toss to coat. Serve right away. Keep it Gluten Free by not using croutons.



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Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)