Earth Hour 2015 We Have Come A Long Way #EarthHour

earth_hour-2015I remember my first Earth Hour in 2008 (the second year), I heard about it from a friends and received an email about it from The World Wildlife Federation. I thought it was such a great idea but I did not hear anyone else talking about it. My husband and I (before kids) went to our neighbors house after we shut off and unplugged everything in our house for simple dinner and drinks by a candle. It was such a nice evening. I remember chatting with them about the environment and how simple it was to live without some of the electronics and our misuse of electricity.

In subsequent years I celebrated at home with my husband after my kids fell asleep. Though I must confess [Read more…]

Important Facts About Water #WorldWaterDay

WorldWaterDayToday is World Water Day, almost 800 million people lack access to clean water. Think about that, it is more than double the population of the US that does not have access to water and our bodies are made of 60 percent water. Water is something that every person needs but it is not always available.

97 percent of water is found in oceans and seas which means only 3 percent of the water on the planet is fresh water. 

Each year, over 3 million people die from water-related diseases. Unclean water can harbor [Read more…]

Ask Leigh: Kraft Singles Nutritional Seal

Ask LeighSo I have been waiting to launch this series of Ask Leigh for about three months now but a friend emailed me asking me about the recent release of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics making Kraft Singles the first product officially endorsed by the group with the “Kids Eat Right” label… I decided this was the right time to launch.

My friend wanted to know what I thought… did it change my perception of the product? The short answer no way, but I will explain. Kraft Singles were not changed to receive this seal so that is my first issue with Kraft Singles 2% lists the ingredients on their website as: [Read more…]

How To Pick A CSA

How To Pick A CSATis the season to research CSA’s  (Community Supported Agriculture) but you need to be prepared to think about how you want to be part of a CSA. They are not all the same so you need to take a realistic look at what you are willing to do, what you want, and how much you need?

Can you help out? Many CSA’s have a community work approach where you will be required to help sort the deliveries, bag shares or even work on the farm providing manual labor. Think about your time and what you can contribute, if you work late most week nights you may not want to choose a CSA that requires weeknight work. Some CSA’s allow you to pay to opt out of the work requirement, they understand some people just do not have the interest or the time to be able to commit to the service. Be sure to be honest with yourself you do not want to get yourself stressed out over getting home to work your CSA shift, pick something that truly works for you. [Read more…]

We Still Need Chemical Reform

We Still Need Chemical ReformHere we are almost a year after my trip to Washington DC with my daughter and other parents and children and nothing has changed. We still do not have any chemical reform and some of the legislation being discussed does very little to change the system.

Many people think that the government, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protects us from dangerous chemicals. They actually do not! A law written before I was born is the only law that protects us from harmful chemicals. [Read more…]