Thursday, June 23, 2011

Quote of the Day

"We've got to use our brains for more than filler in the space beneath our smooth, Botoxed foreheads. The generation before us fought like hell and won for us equality in education and employment. Let's use that for a higher purpose than sending pictures of kittens on Facebook ... Bottom line: your critical thinking skills are desperately needed right now for your own good as well as for the sake of your community, your country, and your planet. That nagging little voice? It's your brain, and it's telling you that it wants back in the game." Lisa Bloom

Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

That's all : )

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pants on Fire

Beyonce's pants are on fire. And I mean in the liar, liar sense.

Here's a little video calling Beyonce out on her "Run the World" lyrics.

Love it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Honk your Horn for Saudi Women Drivers!

Honk your horns today, in support of the women in Saudi Arabia who are bravely protesting the ban that prevents them from driving.

Although there is no written law in Saudi Arabia that explicitly prohibits women drivers, women are not issued driving licences, and religious authorities and scholars have declared women driving 'haraam' (forbidden). It's the only country in the world with such a ban, and many women (and some men) feel it's time to do something about it.

Today many brave women in Saudi Arabia, spurred on by support on the Twittersphere (#women2drive) got behind the wheel, started their engines and drove their way into a courageous campaign for their rights.

Next time you get behind the wheel, take a second to think about the brave Saudi women standing up for their right to mobility. Courage after all, is contagious.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Revenge of the T-Shirt

With just two pictures and not a lot of words from me, I bring you... the revenge of the t-shirt.

Once upon a time, there was a stupid T-shirt with a crummy message.

It thought it was really hip and cool, and all the pretty girls were wearing it, and not doing math because they were too pretty, and then, kapow, along came an actually awesome t-shirt.

And all was right again. Because even pretty girls do math, and science and engineering and everything else, and the 'pretty' just doesn't even matter, because they're too busy inventing and fixing stuff and being smart and great.

That's all for today.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Classy vs. Classless

There were two contrasting news stories this week that succinctly polarized two very different types of women. We're all different, I know, but these news stories when placed side by side magnify some of the differences that I wish didn't exist. I don't think we all need to be powerhouse politicians, making laws and changing the world, but I definitely wish there were less women whose main goal in life is to look like Barbie.

I could have chosen to describe these two women in many different ways...Real vs. Fake, Smart vs. Stupid (harsh but true), Newsworthy vs. Not Newsworthy, but I chose Classy vs. Classless, which I think sums it up quite nicely.

The first picture, is Sarah Burge, a self-proclaimed 'Human Barbie', who has had so much plastic surgery to alter her appearance, that she apparently holds the world record for the most cosmetic procedures done. Anyway, Ms. Burge made the news this week, when she announced that she had given her 7 year old daughter a gift certificate for breast implants. Don't worry folks, it's not for her to use until she is 16 years old, so don't be called Child Protection Services just yet. She's just setting the lil' girl up now for a life of self-loathing and torture. What wonderful parental foresight. (Insert eye roll).

I'm not really sure where to start with this woman, or if even I should bother. She's a lost cause. I'll just suggest that perhaps there are better (less-selfish and conceited) uses for $800,000 than spending it on surgery to look like a plastic Mattel toy (the amount Ms. Burge has reportedly spent on cosmetic procedures). I can also think of an endless list of gifts that I would have loved to receive from my parents at age 7, none of which involved anaesthetic or a scalpel. Finally, I guess this story is proof that no matter what you look like on the outside...or how beautiful you think that defying age or gravity or nature makes you, you can still be a horrendously ugly, misguided, selfish person on the inside, and there's no surgery that can change that.

The second picture, in stark contrast is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a picture of strength, poise and tenacity. Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head in January, in an attempted assassination as she spoke with constituents at a supermarket. She's had plastic surgery too - although Ms. Gifford's surgeon used the plastic to replace part of her skull that had been removed to permit her brain to swell after the gunshot to her head. Anyway, Ms. Giffords certainly didn't choose to spend the last 6 months in hospital; she has (and this is my whole point) better things to be doing with her time. She was sworn in as the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to serve in the U.S. Congress in 2007. In her inaugural speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Giffords advocated an immigration reform package. In her first month in office, Giffords voted in favor of increased federal funding for stem cell research and for increasing the minimum wage.

Sarah Burge and Gabrielle Giffords: two very, very different women. Which one is your daughter's role model? Who will your family be talking about over dinner? Which one is more newsworthy? Who is more "beautiful" - if it matters, and whatever that means?

Friday, June 10, 2011

My Top 5 Travel Tips!

So, you might have noticed I have a thing about creating Top 5 lists. There’s the OCD again. 5 is perfect I think, a nice little, tidy, round-numbered group. Love it.

Anyway, here are my Top 5 Travel Tips for you all. I discovered all of this on my recent vacation, so if any of you are planning a trip to the UK espcially, but anywhere really, then these are the tips for you!

5. Cell-phone or ‘mobile phone’ service rocks in the UK. We borrowed a cell phone from a relative who recently moved here and once we arrived in the UK we bought a SIM card from Tesco, a nationwide supermarket. We paid 10GBP, or about $15 for 100 minutes of airtime. As soon as we activated it, we received a bonus 200 minutes of airtime. The 10GBP lasted us for the whole trip. We made calls, received calls and texted back and forth within the UK til our heart’s content. I am sure there are still 100’s of minutes of credit sitting on the phone too. If you’re planning on calling within the UK, and you can get your hands on a phone – you’re golden.

4. Maybe you still have last years precious Christmas Day photos on your camera at home, but if you’re going on a trip, take a laptop or figure out someway to take your photos off your camera regularly and save them. We took over 1000 pictures over 2 weeks and we uploaded ours every day to the laptop. On the last day of the trip, no word of a lie, I dropped our camera in the sea. The North Sea to be exact and the camera was toast. I can’t imagine how heartbroken I would have been if all 1000 pictures had gone with it. They were all OK though. Phew.

3. When travelling with kids, be ready for puke. And by ready, I don’t mean a scrambling to empty a plastic bag mid-vomit, and half a travel-pack of baby wipes. I mean expect your kid to projectile puke all over your rental car and into your purse, and if it doesn’t happen, bonus for you. I got everything I needed for such an event, after it happened once. Get it, keep it together, don’t take it out of the car and keep it for an emergency. A bottle of water, a pack of wipes, some kitchen towel, spare clothes, paper bags and plastic bags to seal away the pukey stuff til the next stop. You’ll be glad you did.

2. If you’re travelling with munchkins, give them a chance to entertain themselves, before setting up a daycare craft centre on the airplane. My 4-year old entertained himself for 7 hours with all his toys that he had chosen to pack in his backpack. I had all kinds of activity books, stickers and felt crafts in my purse ready to go at the first sign of boredom, but he played quite happily for about 4 hours before I noticed he was snoozing on my shoulder.

The Leap Frog Tag Pen the Leapster 2 get big shout outs here.

1. If you’re planning on driving, do yourself a favour and download the GPS maps of wherever you’re going. Bringing our own GPS worked out cheaper than renting one with the rental car. Our GPS maps for the UK cost us $70, so sure a map of the country would be cheaper – but let’s just say it was an investment in my marriage! It reduced the inevitable bickering that comes with map reading, asking for directions and getting lost. We could punch in Food, or Gas, or Attractions, whenever we needed to be fed, watered or entertained, and the trusty GPS guided us to the nearest spots. It also helped us plan our days, as we could tell at-a-glance how long we’d be in the car and when we’d be arriving at our destinations. In the UK, where you’re already on the other side of the road, the lane directions are written on the road, there are roundabouts instead of intersections, and mysterious road signs at every turn, take the help, get a GPS and save yourself a headache.

Those were my Top 5 Travel Tips….leave a comment if you have any good ones yourself. I’m going to post my Top 5 Favourite Vacation moments (with pictures) soon!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dare to Change

Hello Readers!!

I am back from my holidays! I had an amazing time, away from work with my boys, exploring the beautiful England and Scotland and visiting with family and friends. I'll post some travel-bloggish type stuff soon, because I have some places and things that I really want to rave about, but before I do, I just wanted to jump on with a cool ad that I saw on the PBG (Powered by Girl) Facebook feed.

I guess 'change' is my buzzword for this week. A friend posted this helpful little flowchart on Facebook the other day, and I love it.

We can all change. We can change our minds, our outlooks, our friends, our clothes, our smiles, our attitudes, our goals, our dreams, our realities, our futures, our children's futures. Anything.

Here's the ad - I hope you like it. I hope you Dare to Change.