Monthly Archives: April 2009

I Have a History of Being Green

earth-dayHappy Earth Day everyone! This has always been a great holiday for me. Back in the late 1980s my mom and I would rally my elementary school into going green by forming a plastic milk jug recycling competition. This was long before curbside recycling came to Sioux City, Iowa. Each class collected the jugs and the winning grade got a pizza party. Of course, my class always won because no one was as passionate about collecting recyclables than me.

In middle school I was the founder and president of the East Middle School Earth Club. We collected change after lunch and used it to buy up plots of rain forest in some far off country. We even got permission to plant a beautiful tree on school grounds. It was a very formal ceremony from what I can recall. Unfortunately, a few years ago I drove by where the tree was and it had been cut down. But that didn’t stop me from being persistently Earth friendly.

I’ve been known to dig my roommates’ water bottles and pop cans out of the trash so they could be recycled. I insulate my hot water heater. I almost always remember to bring reusable totes to the grocery store. I turn the water off when I brush my teeth.  And today, instead of organizing a jug recycling competition in celebration of Earth Day, maybe I’ll ride the Vespa for my errands rather than the SUV.

Check out my post on TEN FREE REUSABLE TOTES at www.DoMoreWithYourMoney.com.

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Miss California Carrie Prejean: You Go Girl!!

Miss California Carrie Prejean is under attack today after responding truthfully to a question posed by Miss America judge Perez Hilton. Hilton asked,Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?” While Miss California’s answer was a slightly nervous response her opinion was clear: she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.

The issue I have is with how Miss California Carrie Prejean is being attacked for voicing her opinion. She was respectful and admitted she didn’t want to offend anyone with her answer. Perez Hilton responded by calling her several names in a violent verbal attack through his website.

What’s REALLY maddening is the response from Keith Lewis, Miss California USA/Teen USA Executive Director. He said:

“As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman. Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family .”

This is hypocrisy defined. He’s saying religious beliefs have no place, but his are OK? This makes no sense! A pageant with the word “America” in the title should be based on what America was built on: freedom!

Do I agree with gay marriage? No. Do I think ANYONE whether they agree or disagree with it should be ridiculed, attacked and persecuted? NO WAY. While I believe the Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman the Bible is also clear that we are not supposed to judge others, just love them.

So Miss California, Carrie Prejean: You go girl! I’m behind you and so should anyone who believes strongly in FREE SPEECH!

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The Miracle of the Movie Bella

Have you seen the movie Bella? We rented it from the library a few weeks ago. It’s a beautiful movie about sacrificial love and the power of listening. I did some reading about the film and found out about an incredible miracle that happened while the lead actor, Eduardo Verastegui, was visiting an abortion clinic to prepare for the movie. Watch the clip below to hear him explain what happened. The DVD comes out May 6. Donate a copy to your church. Tell your friends. Send the movie to your local women’s shelter. Miracles will happen.

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South Carolina TEA Party is a Success!!!

About 500 Attended This TEA Party

About 500 Attended This TEA Party

Two moms were chatting at their kids’ elementary school when the conversation got political. That discussion turned to action and so the Simpsonville TEA Party was created. It wasn’t politicians. It wasn’t Washington’s heavy hitters. It was two moms. That’s how hundreds– over 2,000 in fact– of these TEA Parties got their start. It’s a grass roots movement for regular people like me to get together so our voices can be heard. Washington won’t hear me. But maybe, just maybe, they’ll hear hundreds of thousands of people like me who are sick of overspending.

One of the TEA Party Organizers

One of the TEA Party Organizers

President Obama spoke today about how his administration has passed tax cuts for working Americans saying, “We’ve given tax relief to the Americans who need it and the workers who have earned it.” But what about the fact that for 2010 Washington plans to spend over 50% MORE than the money it has? What about the fact that by 2019 it will cost $800 billion just to pay the INTEREST on the money Washington is borrowing? You can’t tell me to be happy because you’re cutting taxes while you’re spending billions of dollars you don’t have. CEOs are getting axed for losing billions of dollars. Now if you ask me it’s time for massive layoffs in Washington.

Great Signs at One South Carolina TEA Party

Great Signs at One South Carolina TEA Party

At today’s rally, attendees were asked to whip out their cell phones and call the White House and the Capitol. We were told to ask for our Representative Bob Inglis’ office. A Capitol receptionist transferred me and when the staffer answered I explained who I was an why I was calling. “Who are you trying to reach?” the man asked. “Representative Bob Ingles,” I said. “Oh, you were transferred to Representative Engle’s office,” he explained. Rep. Engle is a democrat in New York which explains why the staffer was confused by a phone call from a South Carolina resident. He tried to transfer me but the phone lines were jammed. So unfortunately Rep. Inglis didn’t hear from me today, but I think he heard from plenty of other people and the message is clear: We’ve been Taxed Enough Already!!

If you want to get involved, stay in touch. Text “TEAPARTY” to 74362 on your cell phone. You’ll get access to mobile petitions, issue alerts, news of critical meetings in your area and other important information.

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My Dog is a Model: A Shot From His Photo Shoot

Yesterday my min pin Bruno and I had the pleasure of visiting Renee Carolla at Urban Dog Photography. She offered to take some pictures of Bruno and last night she sent me the first one. Isn’t it amazing!?! I absolutely love it and I can’t wait to see the rest of what Renee captured.

Bruno Posing for Renee

Bruno Posing for Renee

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The 25/30 Begins With Tim’s Bday Celebration

A while ago I told you about the 25/30, a 33-day long celebration that starts with my husbands 25th birthday and ends with my 30th. Well the party has started! It began this past weekend with a trip to Florida that included a trip to Universal Studios, a Trace Adkins concert, and a huge surprise for my husband. To read more about the 25/30 visit www.the2530.com. Party on!

Tim's 25th Birthday Cake Made By Me

Tim's 25th Birthday Cake Made By Me

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Simpsonville South Carolina Tax Day Tea Party Details

I’m doing my part to spread the word about the Tax Day Tea Parties. I’ll be attending the Simpsonville, South Carolina TEA Party on Wednesday April 15 at noon. I hope you will join me! Here are some details from one of the event’s organizers:

SIMPSONVILLE SC TEA PARTY
APRIL 15TH @ 12:00 NOON
CITY HALL, 118 NE MAIN STREET, SIMPSONVILLE, SC
(CITIZENS LOCATED OUTSIDE SIMPSONVILLE, PLEASE VISIT WWW.TEAPARTYDAY.COM FOR YOUR LOCAL INFORMATION)

ARE YOU UPSET WITH OUR GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON AND DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE A VOICE?

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON DOESN’T REPRESENT YOUR VALUES, TRUE AMERICAN VALUES, AND THE VALUES OF YOUR NEIGHBORS?

ARE YOU FEARFUL OF HOW BIG GOVERNMENT IS GETTING, HOW LARGE OF A TAX BURDEN THEY ARE ASKING YOU, YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO BEAR TO PAY FOR ITEMS AND BILLS THAT DON’T REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, AND THE INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES THEY ARE TAKING AWAY?

IF SO…………………

WE ALL MUST COME TOGETHER TO SHOW THE GOVERNMENT THAT OUR DEMOCRACY DOES WORK. OUR GOVERNMENT WAS CREATED AND FORMED TO GIVE THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE NOT THE GOVERNMENT. WE WON’T STAND FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE. WE DO HAVE THE POWER, BUT WE HAVE BEEN GIVING IT AWAY. WE WILL NO LONGER GIVE OUR POWER AWAY TO POLITICIANS THAT DON’T REPRESENT US.

If you want YOUR VOICE to be heard, join us at the TEA PARTY and complete the following action items:
1.    Visit  www.TeaPartyDay.com to participate in your local bi-partisan TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party rally which are being held across the Country on Wed., 4/15/09 at 12 noon.  Bring your cell phone so you can call Congress (202-224-3121) and the President (202-224-3121) while attending.  Also, bring a sign expressing your concern.  Visit www.marshbaby.com for FREE, downloadable sign ideas.
2.    Tell every American about this effort by forwarding copies of this invitation to your friends, family and neighbors.  Together we CAN and MUST make a difference.
3.    Fill out a form with the following information and bring it with you to the Rally: name, city, state, email address (optional), and a brief explanation of your greatest concern facing America today. Be sure to sign the document. They will be collected and forwarded to Washington, DC.

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