Friday, August 28, 2009

Foundation Beyond Belief

I'm really excited about a new non-profit organization on the horizon. It is called Foundation Beyond Belief and is the latest fabulousness from Dale McGowan. I first met Dale almost a year ago when he came to Iowa to do a few of his Parenting Beyond Belief seminars. The Foundation will continue the movement started by the PBB seminars with a nonreligious parent education program but will also provide a means for members to donate to selected charities. As stated on the information page for the organization, "Foundation Beyond Belief is a new 501c3 charitable and educational foundation created (1) to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanistic generosity, and (2) to support a nationwide nonreligious parent education program." They are currently running an opening funding drive and will have the initial launch on October 1 with the full launch to come on January 1. Check out the website and make a donation at

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pickles and Puffs

I just found a fabulous new crafty blog with free patterns called Pickles! I first found out about it through Apartment Therapy (which I also love and frequent) when they posted a picture and link to this fabulous knitted puff! According to Pickles, puff is the Norwegian word for stool and is also the word for the first piece of furniture I will be knitting! It looks so comfy!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Where are the lady scientists?

I really love Threadless and their fantastic, hilarious tshirts! In fact, I own quite a few of them. I was, at first, really excited to see a reprint of a shirt named, "Run, Scientists, Run!" and was just about to buy it. But, then I came to the crushing realization that one little detail means that I can't buy it.

Here's the image:
Funny, right? But, wait, why are ALL the scientists dudes? This is something I have blogged about before. Finding images of female scientists is almost impossible - even on hilarious tshirts with a crowd of scientists. I guess the image could be suggesting that the giant, mutated mouse is about to take revenge on the male scientists while all the ladies continue their work back in the lab? I'm thinking that it's more likely that the artist just didn't think to put a lady in there which is, of course, absolutely within his artistic right. But, come on, world, let's get some lady scientists on funny shirts, too!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Baby Baas and Yarn Festivals

Cute Overload has delivered again! Check out that baby lambie!! The little one has reminded me of the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival happening this June. My sources tell me it is fantastic and that I can both see sheepies and get fabulous yarn! Check out their website at

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Featured Blog

My friend, Kelly, has just started blogging and her blog is beautiful!! Check it out at

Yummy Tea!

I used to work in a lab where I couldn't have drinks just sitting around on my desk. Now that I'm working away from a lab, I can sip from a cute mug all day long! I have been trying out new tea flavors and can't get enough of Revolution teas! I particularly like the Earl Gray Lavender and the Sweet Ginger Peach. They have samplers available as well so you can try different flavors without committing to an entire container of one. I tried the sampler of samplers and have found a few more flavors that I need to order. Check them out at

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Saving the local economy

"The idea is to commit $50 each month to locally owned businesses, total. Maybe that means rethinking where you currently invest your money, opting to pick up that birthday card or pair of jeans in a locallly owned business instead of the big box you’ve been going to. Or maybe it means eating out once a month because you realize slamming the breaks on all spending stalls economic recovery. It’s just that simple."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blogging Again

So, in case you haven't noticed, I have fallen off the blogging wagon for a while. But, luckily, that really adorable piglet squid has been hanging out and looking cute in case you happened to check in. To make up for some lost time, I'm going to post a few links to some really cool stories from the news that I've been hanging on to in the hopes that I would have a chance to include them.

Darwin’s Wake Splashed Artists, Too

This is a cool article from the New York Times about an exhibition showing how Darwin's work has been portrayed in so many ways through art.

Liked the Show? Maybe It Was the Commercials

This is another article from the New York Times about how we tend to like entertainment better when it is broken into smaller segments. So, while the commercials may be annoying, they may also be helping you to enjoy the show!

Energy Secretary Serves Under a Microscope

Also from the NYTimes, this article looks at the new Energy Secretary to see how he is transitioning from a Nobel prize-winning scientist to a Cabinet member. My favorite quote is “A Nobel scientist is more likely to figure out Washington than a career politician is to figure out how to deal with carbon sequestration,”

Monday, October 27, 2008

Piglet Squid!

Even the name is cute! Piglet Squid! Thanks to Cute Overload for, once again, bringing fabulousness to my attention.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I Heart Wine

Check out this fabulous heart (as in the organ) - shaped wine glass! Okay, I can see how some people might be freaked out by this product. But, I love it! It is called Petit Coeur or Little Heart (awwww) and is by Etienne Meneau. Here is the link.