Sunday, February 16, 2014

Trader Joe's First Rodeo In Boulder, Colorado

Not even 8 hours after the grand opening of Trader Joe's in Boulder, the photo below captures the scene. This may have been their grocery managers first opening, if so I will give them some leeway for the grossly underestimated demand of granola. Hint, this is BOULDER. Pallets of granola should've been on hand. For the record, I didn't see one person buying that cookie butter stuff (once again, Boulder). 

Folks on Twitter, loved this photo. It's so Boulder. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spread The Love With Whole Trade® Roses

Millions of beautiful roses will be given as a display of love this Friday, Valentine's Day. Fresh flowers are always a welcome addition to my home. It brings me great pleasure to split up a simple bouquet into smaller vases, so I can enjoy the blooms in multiple rooms of my home.

Have you ever thought about where your roses come from? My favorite flowers have come from my garden, but considering it's covered in snow, that's not really an option these days. Colorado does have green house growers, but many flowers this time of year come from out of the United States.

Whole Foods Market created a program called, Whole Trade® Flowers. Their guarantee seal means a single purchase brings more than joy to the recipient of the bouquet. Spread the love this Friday!

❤   Meet quality standards.
❤   Provides more money to producers.
❤   Ensures better wages and working conditions.
❤   Cares for the environment.
❤   Donates 1% of sales to Whole Planet Foundation®

If you'd like more information, please watch this Making A Difference video:

Disclaimer, this post was written as part of my commitment to being a Whole Foods Market Ambassador. I was compensated. I apologize, I took a break from a giveaway this month, but it will be back next month! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Doodle: A New Year!

Welcoming in the New Year, time sheet doodle style! The snowman doodle in the bottom right corner had a glimpse into some of the words Eskimos' use for snow. That snowman was noticed by the first grade teachers and used as a talking point in their classroom!

I think I'm finally starting to get into a groove.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Shop At MalWart From Your Couch! Just What America Needs.

America, our day has arrived. You don't have to get off your couch to shop at MalWart. As a savvy shopper and influencer, I have been offered a sneak peek at this new service and FREE DELIVERY! Wow! A company that made $15.7 BILLION in profits in 2012 has offered me free delivery, I really can't contain my excitement. Oh and I can share with my social networks, for free. Sounds like an amazing opportunity. The problem is the last time I shopped at MalWart for groceries, was never. I'm going to keep my streak alive.

It was hard to turn down this generous offer, but indeed I had to pass all in the name of integrity.

Eat Play Love, maintaining integrity since 2007. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club, It's Worth The Fight

Arriving just a few moments early, the theater had yet to go dark, I glanced up and felt relieved by the sight of a nice group of empty seats in the very top row center. By the time the lights went down and the previews began, the theater had completely filled up. I nonchalantly imagined there would be a handful of us at the 2:30 pm showing of Dallas Buyers Club, but I was wrong. Before I knew it drones of grannies were flanking me (maybe they were there for Jared, too). When the movie opened with Matthew McConaughey having sex under the bleachers at the rodeo, I adjusted a bit in my seat feeling like I was in the company of my elders watching porn. There weren't many other moments where I became distracted by those around me. I was so absorbed by the story, the characters, the depth of how easily I was transported into the life of a man living out his death sentence.

When the movie ended and everyone started to shuffle out of the theater, I sat back for a few minutes digesting the spectrum of emotions I just experienced, from devastation to triumph. Surprisingly there was an element of the movie that struck a chord, that just kept playing over and over in my mind. That element was the corporate control of the FDA and how historically this governmental flaw runs so deep. The FDA was found lurking around many turns through out the story, always waiting to seize the last breath of Ron Woodroof. I was floored by the FDA's ability to control the release of toxic drugs and suppress an American citizen's ability to acquire a combination of supplements that helped extend life, all in the name of corporate greed. One of the greatest divisors of our country is the push button term, right to life. BUT… when we delve deeper and contemplate all the ways our government allows human life to be pushed aside and even lost, my heart grows heavy and inward. Life should never be diminished by a corporate bottom line.

Ron Woodroof's story and his courageous fight for other AIDS patients, just brings light to the struggles we are facing today. Unfortunately there aren't many beacons of light like Ron to guide us, swells of movements are like little pin holes across our great divide. Every single day I think about how our government should put citizens first, our laws should protect us, but instead our laws protect corporations. On my snowy drive home, I decided if Ron had the courage, so do I. And if I have the courage, maybe a collective can have the courage, if we have courage, maybe the government will start to hear our battle cries. In 2014 the issues we face are much different than they were in 1985, but I don't doubt for a moment fighting for what is right is simply the American way.