Friday, April 22, 2011

Meatless Monday, Earth Day, and Good Friday!

Today is Earth Day and Good Friday. It is appropriate that they fall on the same day. It is also the day that the Triangle Meatless Monday initiative begins! A group of us have been working hard to get this initiative going here in the Raleigh-Durham area. The most credit goes to Ms. Eleni Vlachos who has worked tirelessly to bring this all to life. we are! We have done it! There are over 100 pledges to go Meatless on Mondays and many area restaurants are participating. Our list of places are growing as volunteers work to get businesses on board.

If you are wondering what it is, we are asking people to take a pledge to go Meatless each Monday. To make it easier for you, we have invited Triangle area restaurants to participate by offering a meatless, vegan dish on Mondays. Going meatless one day a week has so many benefits to you, the environment, and animals. Going meatless may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. It helps you reduce your carbon footprint. Go to the website and you can read more about the benefits.

I hope you'll hop on over to the website and take the pledge to go meatless on Mondays. It is such a small commitment for such a large impact.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Letters for Baby Izzy

I've mentioned in previous posts that many of my friends are having babies in 2011. I'm so excited for all of them! I can't wait to welcome all of their little ones into the world.

I made letters for Baby Zach, who will be here very soon, and presented them to Kelly in February. I also made letters for Baby Izzy (short for Isadora), who will be here in late June, and presented them to Diana and Jason last weekend.

As always, I had so much fun thinking up an idea and painting each letter. Instead of a theme, Diana said that coral as the main color. I got my hands on a picture of the crib sheets and bedspread and got to work. The coral colored bedspread had small flowers in orange, brown, peach, and magenta. The pattern made me think of spring and that led me to butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, and ladybugs all in that same color pattern.

Here is the result! I hope Diana and Jason liked them (I think they did)!