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Global Illumination 2012 | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Michael Fowler Centre global Illumination for Breast Cancer Awareness

This year in April, I became a survivor of this dreaded disease that effects 1 in 9 women every year, stealing lives well before their time. Breast cancer also effects 1 in 100 men and earlier detection is saving lives.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I want to share Global Illumination with you , which is taking place worldwide. Help celebrate by making a donation where ever you are in the world and help save more lives and support the many different services to help breast cancer patients.

Global Illumination

Estée Lauder Companies has arranged to have more than a dozen world-famous landmarks illuminated in pink light to draw attention to the importance of mammography screening for early diagnosis of breast cancer as well as the research for finding ways to cure and prevent breast cancer. Some of these landmarks are:

The Harbour Bridge Sydney Australia
The Hangzhou Department Store Hangzhou China
Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
The Eden Project Cornwall England
The Majestic Hotel Cannes France
The French Affiliate Building Paris France
The Angel of Peace Munich Germany
City Hall Reykjavik Iceland
Azrieli Towers Tel Aviv Israel
Constantine’s Arch Rome Italy
The Arena Verona Italy
Tokyo Tower Tokyo Japan
Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College Miami, FL USA
W Atlanta – Buckhead Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
W Atlanta – Midtown Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
W Atlanta – Downtown Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
W Atlanta – Perimeter Hotel Atlanta, GA USA
City Hall Square Seoul Korea
The Dam Square Amsterdam The Netherlands
The Skytower Auckland New Zealand
The Empire State Building New York, NY USA

Global Illumination over the past years…….

Global Illumination | Breast Cancer Awareness

Botanico_Curitiba_Outubro_Rosa Global Illumination

old parliment house global illumination

Tokyo tower pink Global Illumination

Global Illumination Sydney Opera House

Niagara falls Global Illumination | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink White House October 2008 Global Illumination

My personal charity is the McGrath Foundation who provide the wonderful and caring breast care nurses, who make the life changing difference to breast cancer patients on a daily basis. They made my journey a little easier.

English: Photograph of the Rhode Island State ...

English: Photograph of the Rhode Island State House which is lit with pink lights throughout the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was illuminated ...

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was illuminated in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the Arch Lighting for Breast Cancer Awareness Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006. Mrs. Laura Bush delivered remarks and met with the audience members during the event. White House photo by Shealah Craighead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Chain Bridge across the Danube Ri...

English: The Chain Bridge across the Danube River, Budapest Hungary. Lit in pink light by GE for breast cancer awareness. Castle Hill in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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lie to me | five lies I’m proud of telling my kids

I can’t say I’m proud of the Santa Lie…. I guess it’s just something we do as parents….. but should we?

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Parents lie to their children. That’s a fact of life. Some do it better than others, but we all do it. Could you imagine a world where parents were honest with their kids?

“Actually, Timmy, there’s a really, really good chance that you won’t be an astronaut. Considering your complete inability to understand long division, you’re probably going to sell cars when you grow up. Now let’s talk about Santa Claus.”

So we lie. Mostly about the little things. My parents were great at it. The most famous lie my parents ever told their kids happened during a move from Georgia to Texas. My parents told their kids that it was against the law to transport a dog across state lines.

Brilliant. The dog was a pain in the ass, they didn’t want to take him along. I understand this now, and it serves as inspiration for my own suite…

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10 selfless ways to pay it forward

10 Selfless Ways to Pay it Forward | Dalai Lama

To pay it forward is to give to another human selflessly, without expecting anything in return. I try to do this often but never often enough. You can really change someones day with a random act of kindness. Even though you are only one person, it only takes one person to make another feel special.

Drink in the feeling and enjoy the fact that you  have the ability to make a difference…… a difference that can change you and the recipient.

Start today, pay it forward and share the love. Choose one of the ten pay it forward options below.

1. Shop at your local charity thrift store.  The money you spend there helps others.

2. Open the door for someone.

3. Pay for the car behind you in the drive through.

4. Help someone to get your parking spot when you are leaving the supermarket.

5. On your birthday ask friends and family to give to your favourite charity and not to you.

6. Be courteous on the road to other drivers and let them into the line of traffic.

7. Bake a cake for your next door neighbor.

8. Clean up the rubbish in your local park.

9. Randomly send a card to a friend letting them know how special they are to you.

10. When someone want to pay you for a job you’ve done for them…. tell them to enjoy a healthy lunch with your compliments.

If you’ve payed it forward lately, I would love to hear your story….. feel free to share with me in the comments below.

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try watching this without crying

I can’t believe Christopher Maloney‘s friends told him he wouldn’t make it. To have faith and confidence in yourself means you can also pass it on to others and not deny them of what they truly deserve in life.

This is an amazing story about a brilliant young man from Liverpool in the United Kingdom. Looks like the sky is the limit for him now!!

Click on the video to watch Now…… I’ll get the tissues…. lol

Try Watching this Without Crying |Christopher Maloney | X Factor

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awkward wedding photobombs

Preparing for your special day sometimes takes many months to make for that perfect fairytale day and you don’t want it ruined by wedding crashers.

For the rest of us these funny photobombs are just hilarious!! Some looked very planned of course but most of them are good for a giggle. You know what they say about the best laid plans…..

I found this collection over at the Huffington Post…. Enjoy!!

wedding photobomb 1

wedding photobomb 3

wedding photobomb 4

wedding photobomb 5

wedding photobomb 6

wedding photobomb 7

Check out the full collection of Wedding Crashers and Photobombers  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/wedding-photobomb_n_1834788.html?show_comment_id=186520169#comment_186520169

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3 great tastes for any day

Red Velvet Pancakes (Healthy, Alchy or Fats)

To spice it up a bit, we realize some of you health freaks (or anyone, really) may be looking for the best sites to go to for a little bit of health in the kitchen.  Below, I’ll list my Top 3.  One is for original taste, the other for original drinks, and the last for health.  It’s a great idea to have a mixture of them all, but to at least try to keep it healthy most of the time.  We don’t want to be the Paula Deen to your addictions!

For The Taste Buds

Carnal Dish is one of my favorite sites to check into when I’m only worried about eating something mouth-wateringly good.  And it’s a guaranteed bet you will!  Cooked, written, and shot (photos) by one of Twitter’s most vibrant personalities, @KanyeBreast, you can’t help but want more after seeing her enticing tweets before the final product.  Below are three of my personal favorite dishes.  Click the pic for the recipe and scroll through her site for more finger-licking good dishes.

Red Velvet Pancakes With Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

The Big K.R.I.T. “King” Burger

Grown-Up Bacon Mac-N-Cheese

For The Acquired Thirst

Joy The Baker is the second on my list for splendiferous reasons!  Her home-made recipes are far and wide as well, but her unique specialty is in drinks.  One day, I was sitting around my mother’s house, and almost suffered a panic attack because there were no water bottles, no juice, and no soda! (First world problems, I know.  But that’s besides the point!)  I found this wonderful site, with great recipes for original drinks, which I’m positive taste 10x better than bought in any store around America!  So here’s my top 3.  Click on the pic for the full pictured recipe and check out the site for more!

Home-Made Ginger Ale

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

Homemade Almond Milk

For The Health Freaks

Fat Free Vegan sounds like a place for lames (I mean, fat free AND vegan… c’mon!) but in reality, it’s one of the best around for all people.  The worst thing you can do is to skip over such a great site like this because you’re not vegan.  Eating meat, poultry and dairy are options.  Not having these options available makes for a super healthy meal, and what do ya know! it can be delicious too.  I actually have a bit of the most unpredictable food allergies in my family, so I feel like one day I may become vegetarian/vegan… but… today is not that day!  In digression, I scout this site for some interesting alternatives from time-to-time and here are my top 3 choices.  Click the pics for the full recipe and scope the site for more!

Javanese-Inspired “Chicken” Soup

Vegan Sausage and Mushroom Etoufee

Baked Falafel Pita Sandwich

What would life be like without us! Ahhhh…..

Source:  http://livingcivil.com/3-great-tastes-for-any-day-healthy-alchy-or-fats/

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guess what’s coming to dinner?

The unprocessed food challenge continues.

Guess what's coming for dinner

Photo by Dominic Gan.

Make no mistake: Processed food is out to get you. “No!” you can say. “I only want to eat whole foods! Just leave me alone!” But does processed food listen? No. It just kicks back and laughs. “Just try to get away from me,” processed food says. “I’m everywhere you look. I’m at the convenience store. I’m in your favorite restaurant order. I’m lurking in your pantry right now. That ‘natural’ box of cereal you bought? Full of high-fructose corn syrup! Bwahahahaha!”

It’s true. Processed food is a mighty foe. But, as I’m finding out, there are strategies we all can use to cut back. In my last post, I laid out a five-point challenge for rooting processed food out of my diet under the toughest of circumstances. Today, I tackle my first — and live to eat another day.

The challenge: dinner party

I love going over to my friends’ houses for dinner. I savor the laughter and the precious moments, sure, and also the fact that I didn’t have to buy, cook, or serve a single item on the table for once. (The key here is to always jump in with an “I’ll bring wine!” before your friend asks you to julienne anything.) But the hidden downside of the dinner party is that you’re at the mercy of your host when it comes to what’s on your plate. Is it healthy? Is it organic? Most importantly for this challenge, is it unprocessed? (Before you call me lazy, remember that I also do my share of entertaining.)

I stepped into these turbulent waters a few nights ago at my friend Evelyn’s potluck barbecue. The situation was fraught with tension — this was a summer barbecue, after all, dominion of the Oscar Mayer wiener (corn syrup and a slew of other additives, I’m afraid), packaged potato salad (is that xanthan gum I’m tasting?), and yes, the dreaded Dorito. At past barbecues, temptation and lack of other options have led me to gorge on potato chips, dry Chips Ahoy! cookies, and those so-called fruit salads that serve mainly as a vehicle for stuffing lots of mini marshmallows down your gullet. Hey, processed foods wouldn’t be such a megahit with the American populace if they didn’t go right for the caveman part of the brain with their salt-fat-sugar triple play.

To hedge my bets, I borrowed a classic move from the restricted-diet playbook and made a big batch of something I knew I could eat all by itself if worst came to worst. My offering: summer edamame salad, a yummy montage of soybeans, veggies, and oil-and-vinegar dressing. (I’ve included the recipe below.)

As I cleared a place for my bowl on the picnic table, I checked out the other guests’ handiwork. There were a few packaged side dishes in deli containers — steer clear, just to be safe, I told myself — but fresh fruit, grilled chicken breasts, gourmet cheese, and all manner of homemade dips, slaws, and salads dominated the buffet. Sure, it all looked good … but what kinds of additives and preservatives might be lurking here? Was the barbecue sauce really that color, or was I looking at the dastardly work of Red No. 40? I’d better figure it out soon, ‘cause I was hungry.

Ooh, a fresh-looking white dip with pita wedges! It looked innocent, but I had to be sure. “What is this? It looks delicious!” I diplomatically asked the man who brought it. “It’s tzatziki,” he told me. “I grilled a cucumber from my garden for it.” While I groped for a non-weird way to ask him to list the ingredients for me, he’d already moved on to asking me polite, get-to-know-you questions. I grabbed a pita wedge (whole wheat, natch) and dug in. It was indeed delicious (and likely contained approved items like Greek yogurt, lemon juice, fresh dill, and garlic, I discovered to my relief when I Googled recipes later).

tzatziki

The rest of the party went much the same way. Grilled whole carrots? Safe. Crackers with cheese? Totally cool. (I surreptitiously checked the label on the cracker box under the guise of refilling the plate.) Watermelon salad, sans dressing? Obvi. Then Evelyn’s boyfriend, Will, set down a bowl brimming with purple-red cabbage slaw. “I pulled this out of the ground this morning,” he told us with pride. A question about whether his dressing contained mayonnaise or any other bottled condiment died in my throat. This guy made the slaw himself, I thought. He grew the cabbage in his backyard! Six miles from here! Are you seriously contemplating not eating it on a technicality? What kind of jackass are you? I shut up and served myself a giant scoop.

The moral of this story is: Hang out with crunchy people. They make it a lot easier to eat right.

No, seriously, I got lucky. There weren’t many taboo items on the table, except those packaged salads, and maybe the tortilla chips (I didn’t get close enough to inspect them for fake lime powder). I’ve certainly been to much more challenging cookouts. On those occasions, the old BYO strategy would have been much more important.

Failing that, I have another idea: Give yourself a pass. Do as one reader suggested on my post last week and employ a “permanent guest exemption when it comes to processed food in other people’s bags.” Hey, if you strive for whole foods in your own home and eat most of your meals in your own kitchen, even a Dorito now and then won’t kill you. Because no matter how nicely you say, “Sorry, I don’t eat processed foods,” your host is likely to hear, “Let a crumb of that swill you people call food cross my lips? Never!” And then they’ll make fun of you when to excuse yourself for the bathroom.

Summer edamame salad

Summer edamame salad

16-18 oz. fresh soybeans
1.5 cups mini heirloom tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1.5 cups celery slices

Sliced fresh basil to taste
Pink Himalayan salt (or regular old salt)
Pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Throw all the veggies into a bowl. Top with salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar. Serves 4-6.

Next up: The knotty challenges of unprocessed desserts, road-trip snacking, restaurant meals, and backpacking food.

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan is Grist’s “Greenie Pig” — weathering all manner of inconvenience and insult in the name of forging a more eco-friendly life. She is a freelance writer and former editor at Backpacker magazine. Her writing has also appeared in 5280 (Denver’s city magazine), Women’s Adventure, and Spry.

Source: http://grist.org/living/guess-whats-coming-to-dinner-the-unprocessed-food-challenge-continues/

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