Ecological Container Home

This 20 foot shipping container has been converted into a 672 square foot ecological home.
This is MESH – Modular Ecologically Sustainable Habitat.  A product designed and built by Max Living and Design, a Chicago and Puerto Vallarta based company.  The concept; an off grid cabin that collects and recycles water, uses a biodigester to recycle waste and food scraps to create cooking gas and has 4 solar panels that... Read more »

Ladies, Avoid the Magnifying Mirror

Every time I need to tweeze my eyebrows I inevitably head to the magnifying mirror in my bathroom.  You know the one.  Has two pointy ears and long red tail.  Before I turn on it’s handy dandy light, the one that helps me see every single poor, broken blood vessel, pimple, wrinkle, I think stay... Read more »

Why is IKEA so Great?

Sure IKEA carries cool contemporary housewares at incredibly low prices and impeccably designed, albeit cheaply made furniture.  They need a whole eatery because halfway through the store you need to re-fuel.  And who can pass up 15 Swedish meatballs for $3.99. But the above reasons are not why I think IKEA is so great.  I... Read more »
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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding
It’s funny how much your opinion on breastfeeding changes when you’re a new mother. I’m ashamed to admit I used to feel embarrassed for women who breastfed their babies in public. I would think, can’t you find a more private place? Now I’m in the same situation and I realize it’s not so easy to... Read more »

Healthy Food Traps

Raisin Bran...why does this bran cereal taste so good?  Because it has 40% more sugar then Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes.  Try Kashi GoLean Crunch if you're looking for fiber.  It has  30% less sugar, 1 extra gram of fiber, 4 extra grams of protein, 2 times the calcium and 70% less sodium.
Healthy eating is so important.  I’m the first to grab anything that says low fat, lower sugar, organic and all natural.  Of course you won’t ever find all those words on the same package. Often lower fat means higher sugar, or lower sugar means more calories.  There’s always a trade off, and if there isn’t... Read more »

Life after Birth

Life after Birth
Today my baby boy is 3 weeks old. Being a first time mom can be overwhelming.  Things that used to be a routine part of my day, like a shower…sleep…dinner, are now at the bottom of the priority list.   And by the way, drinking isn’t just off limits when you’re pregnant, it’s off limits... Read more »
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Spring Trends Under $20

ardenb.com - $19.50
Spring trends for 2011 overlap trends from 2010.  Many looks can be completed with items already in your closet and accessory drawer.  But if you need to add a few items to update your wardrobe and you’re on a tight budget (and who isn’t this year?) look no further.   Here are 6 items under... Read more »

Love of Labor

Love of Labor
So many people talk about a labor of love, but I’m actually talking about the labor for my newborn son Max and why I loved it.   Cosmo Girl is offically Cosmo Mom, and how different are the two really?? Well to start, Cosmo Mom’s boobs are much much bigger…bonus. I guess this will be... Read more »

High Fat Kid's Meals

High Fat Kid's Meals
Recently I did a blog on Fat Packed Chicken Dishes at some very popular restaurants and while I was doing my search, I discovered kid’s menus are really really unhealthy.  Now I have about 7 days to go before my first born enters the world, so this is now a concern of mine.   I understand... Read more »
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Fat Packed Chicken Dishes

39 grams of fat, 600 calories, 1610mg of sodium
I love chicken.  Chicken, chicken and more chicken.  And usually it seems like the healthier choice, but just that’s not always the case.  Here are a few of the worst chicken dishes you can order at your favorite restaurants. Mimi’s Cafe Chicken Pot Pie Olive Garden’s Chicken Alfredo Chili’s Grill & Bar Wings Over Buffalo... Read more »