Thursday, October 10, 2013

Girl Guide Cookies and the GMO Controversy

Have you heard the news?:

A Victoria Girl Guide and her Mother have started a campaign to boycott Girl Guide Cookies until they remove the GMO ingredients from the cookies.

Here is what National had to say about it.   Dare says that they conform to Canadian Standards.   Is this fight really not then with the Canadian Standards, should the petition not be to the Government of Canada to limit the use of GMO ingredients in our products?

I just heard about this issue last weekend, someone had seen 1 article about it and we had a discussion about how we felt about it.    Today I got an email in my mailbox from a worried Guide leader who had taken her girls out cookie selling and one girl came back in tears having been yelled at for selling poison.   When I logged into my girl guide account I found a whole string of emails about this same issue.

here is what I have to say about it:

As a long time Girl Guide Member I wanted to put in my two cents on this story, When we sell girl guide cookies, we are in fact selling cookies not dinner, not health food but cookies.

While I whole heartedly agree that eating ALL NON GMO would be amazing we have to be realistic, that is not the state of the world today. We can (and maybe should) petition Dare to change their cookies just like Christie should change oreos and Dads should change their goodie rings. At this point in time it is difficult to throw a rock a not hit a food that has a GMO product in it…in fact not just foods but also products such as body lotion, shampoo and even soaps.

By boycotting Girl Guide Cookies instead of petitioning Canada to change its laws around GMO products or  Dare to change all their products you are doing nothing but hurting the Girls involved in Girl Guides. To insinuate that by selling these cookies girls are not living up to the Guiding promise and law is ridiculous.

We do teach the girls about healthy living and healthy choices and we have pushed against the wheels of the machine to have the cookies made more healthy, but in the end the reality is if we go strictly organic, with a smaller producer those boxes of cookies will go from $5.00 a box to $16.00 a box if we hope to gain any profit for the girls to actually have program and go to camp.

When you buy a box of cookies from girl guides you are not really buying cookies, you are supporting young girls as they go away to camp and learned to become empowered members of society, just like this young girl who has taken an interested in non GMO foods.

At this time, this is our only source of fundraising and we appreciate the people who will continue to help support the girls through the sale of girl guide cookies.

I like what this article had to say - "This year, I will still buy the cookies my colleague brings in to the office, but I probably won’t eat them — if they contain GMOs. Maybe next year I’ll be able to eat them again.

I urge you to show your support for the Girl Guides, and for a better world"  

I think most people do not understand what Cookie Selling means to the girls in Girl Guides.  Here is a poster that tells all about it:



I have to let you know....its not like the share that comes from each carton of cookies is huge either!   most of the money goes directly to the Unit at $10 to 11 per case (so each girl raises a total of $44 per year) to cover all the things mentioned above.   as it goes up the levels it is way smaller....Area only keeps $0.75 (thats 75 cents folks) to cover all the other stuff!   the major portion of the rest of the money goes to Dare to cover the cost of making the cookies.

Tomorrow is International Day of the Girl (IDG) a day to commemorate and support girls' rights, and to end global gender inequality.  This initiative was created to bring world focus to the challenges that girls face in their everyday lives, and to encourage governments and communities to address these challenges. As a girl-serving organization and a member of the largest voluntary movement for girls and women worldwide, Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) felt compelled to help make this day a reality.
  
Lets focus on this rather than trashing the reputation of the Girl Guides or trying to halt the one and only method of fundraising these girls have.

I appreciate each and every one of you that has bought cookies in the past to support our desire to help raise generations of women who are self sustaining, community oriented and empowered to be all that they can be!   

If you would like to buy cookies and haven't yet seen one of our adorable girls out selling please see the cookie map - and go find some cookies!  Remember in reality you are supporting the girls and in return they give you a box of cookies!   
Thanks, 

Tara


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A summer of Movie Premieres - I love Advanced Screenings!

So i have been lax in writing about all this but I have had an amazing summer of Advanced Movie Screenings!

It all started when Mom and I went to see The Heat -http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404463/ at the End of June.
  • This movie was hilarious!  completely UN-PC but seriously funny.   I heard a rumour that they may make a part 2 and I will be lining up to see it.   Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are a hilarious match up and do a great job in this buddy cop movie.    Move over boys - these two are coming for you!
Chris and I went to see Red 2http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821694/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • I personally liked the first movie better, but this one was great as well.   The actors and script stayed true to the characters that had been developed in the first movie and sent them on a new adventure.   I love Helen Mirren and her car chase - shoot em up scene was epic!    However, having watched the trailers you saw most of the good parts.
Mom and I went to see The Way Way Backhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727388/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 
  • I am madly in love with this movie and can't say enough amazing things about it!   Its from the same guys who did Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, so you knew it was going to be crazy indie awesome and it totally was.   Steve Carell plays a total jerk and is so convincing, I am not sure I can ever see him as Michael Scott again!  The main character Duncan is played by Liam James who I have never seen before but who was incredibly brilliant and captured an awkward 14 year old boy right down to the way he walked and held his hands.  Sam Rockwell was so incredibly sweet in this movie that I am super in love with him now!   This is a great movie about one summer in this young boys life and I highly recommend you take the time to watch it!   I thought I was the only person on the planet the called that part of the car the Way Way Back....but apparently I was wrong!
Lets see....what came next?  I think that would be Denise and I going to In a worldhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294677/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  • written, directed and starred in by the super talented Lake Bell, this movie is a total indie hipster flick about a girl trying to break into the all male world of voice overs.   The quick wit and fast pace of this movie kept us laughing and loving all the characters in their own flawed way!   This was awkward and weird and funny and I think it may have been almost as good as The Way Way Back.
A week ago I took Mom, Dad and Chris to the advanced screening of Jobshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2357129/?ref_=sr_1
  • If you like Biopics then you might like this one, personally I thought it was a waste of my hour and a half!   The only thing I saw that I did not know about Steve Jobs was he was a gigantic asshole with a capital A!    It could be because the theater was a million degree's but I couldn't wait for this movie to end.   That being said I was a bit miffed when it did.   It sort of just ends....it doesn't bring it back around to where you were at the beginning of the movie or even to the end of his life...its starts to head that way and then just ends.   If you are a true apple geek you may love this movie...I did not!
Next one up is tomorrow - I just won passes to Getaway with Ethan Hawke - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2167202/?ref_=sr_1

I will let you know what I think!

Let me know if you have seen these movies and what you thought!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

#bzzagent review - Crest Pro Health Challenge


I did the Crest pro health challenge for just over two weeks and then had to stop.   I have some pro's and a few cons for these products.   First let me tell you about the products:


  • NEW Crest® Pro-Health® PROFRESH Toothpaste is a smooth toothpaste, using a Polyflourite SystemTM that combines ActivClean CrystalsTM with therapeutic, antibacterial fluoride. It’s an all-in-one toothpaste to fight cavities, plaque, tartar, gingivitis and tooth sensitivity.
  • Oral-B CrossAction® Pro-Health® Toothbrush is the all-in-one brush for a cleaner, healthier mouth**, providing 7 oral care benefits for every use
  • Crest® Pro-Health™ Multi-Protection Rinse is an antibacterial mouthwash, killing germs that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath (without the burning sensation of alcohol)


Pro's:

  • The toothpaste has a good taste and did not leave a sickly sweet taste in my mouth.
  • The toothbrush was gentle and did not hurt my gums.
  • The toothpaste does not have SLS's or lots of them anyway.  These are the products that cause foam in toothpaste and soaps that are heavy on the drying agents.   They can cause severe dry and cracked skin and lips (in the case of toothpaste or lipgloss)
  • The mouthwash is alcohol free which makes my dentist happy.


Cons:

  • The mouthwash leaves a very sickly sweet aftertaste in my mouth like sucking on candies
  • The toothbrush is huge and actually made me gag when I brushed the back teeth
  • The toothpaste did not cover my sensitive teeth at all, within days I had discomfort and by the end of the two weeks it was agony.   I had to discontinue.


That being said, I would recommend this regime to anyone who does not have sensitive teeth.   I am sure with longer use I would have seem more marked improvement in the whiteness of my teeth and my gums feel quite healthy.   Let me know if you would like any other info on this product!

Disclaimer: I am a buzzagent and I received this product for free to try.   This opinion is my own.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Finally.....shutterfly did another amazing deal...and I can print off our mexico book!! YAY

Here it is....Chris and My trip to Mexico!  Our sort of honeymoon since I got incredibly sick and ended up in the hospital on our real one!

Just in time for our anniversary!


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Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Bzz Campaign!!! - Crest Pro Health!

I am super excited today!   I just got invited to a new Bzz Campaign for Crest Pro health!   Whats BzzAgent you say?

Its an awesome company that connects companies that want feedback on their product with super cool people like me that love to talk about what I like and don't like!    They send me products and I test them out, tell my friends, had out some coupons or other free products and then I tell the world via social media what I think!

Some of you may already know that I have had some issues with tooth paste in the past! The culprit is Sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS; this is the agent that causes toothpaste to lather up (most shampoos, soaps and even lipglosses have it too).

Its an irritant and for me it caused INCREDIBLY chapped lips!  Like raw and scaly gross lips!

SO WHY USE IT???   I haven't for almost 5 months now!   I have been using Toms of Maine sensitive toothpaste which tastes good and works awesome!   However  I have missed the whitening agent of my previous crest toothpaste!

Now that my lips are baby soft again, I am excited to try this out and see if it was the toothpaste alone or if it was a combination of factors that lead to the chappy lips!

Stay tuned as I tell you all about my awesome new campaign!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Permanent or Removable.....that is the question!

So, I have had a few days to reflect on this being 39 thing, and I think I am pretty excited! I am about to enter a totally new phase of my life and this is scary and crazy and wonderful.

I think it is apropos that my last year of my 30’s will be met with much great fanfare and celebration all year long. It is after all the 10th anniversary of the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir and as such we have some AMAZING concerts and events happening this year!

I have decided that this year will be much like the one that ushered in my 30’s with lots of self reflection, being kind to myself and treating myself they way I should be treated! Thankfully this time I will be doing it with someone I love very deeply by my side!

One of the things I have been thinking about it the desire to let go but not forget the lessons I have learned! Life has not always been kind to me; I have had some pretty shitty stuff happen in my life so far. Please don’t take this as any form of Woe is me…just a fact. Life has also been pretty incredible so don’t think I haven’t seen all the amazing!

I want to take a moment however to recognize the strength, courage, tenacity, patience and fight it has taken for me to overcome some pretty significant obstacles. I am not sure I would have these qualities in my life if it were not for those situations and for that I celebrate each and every one of those dark moments.

I am made up of the moments that have preceded this one and for that I never want to forget the road I have wandered and the lessons that I have learned along the way. I have been thinking about how to honour this and have decided that I will treat myself.

The hard choice for me now is how? I love the idea of the string around the finger to remind you not to forget.

 I am weighing the options and have come down to buying myself a ring or getting a tattoo. I love this ring:




But then I love the idea of making it permanent! Here are a few ideas….I love the one on the wrist but would do it either on my pointer or thumb.





What do you think??

Monday, June 3, 2013

My last week as a 38 year old woman!


Wow,   I can hardly believe another year has already passed!   I thought I would tell you about the incredible and amazing last week I had as a 38 year old woman!  Not that I turned into a 25 year old man or anything like that….but 38…holy crap!

Monday – I woke up, stressed!   Only a week left till concerts, a job offer on the table but no job, a sore throat and headache and worst of all…a crap load of laundry to do!   So naturally I procrastinated, sent a few emails, watched TV and sewed up my very first tank top!   Off to choir and a great rehearsal!

Tuesday – I took that crappy ass tank top to my mom so she could explain to me how I could have possibly ruined this shirt when I followed the pattern and how I am supposed to iron that stupid fabric that won’t crease so I can do a seam??  Well, mom and I ran some errands and then sat down to dissect my sewing job.   Here is what I learned:
  1. I rush….slow down and your seams will stay straighter
  2. You have to draw all those little marks on both sides of the fabric they all mean something!
  3. You can’t iron that stupid fabric
  4. You have to roll and painstakingly pin the hem all the way around
  5. Follow what the picture says more than the words because “twist 5 times” is not the same as twist till it looks like the picture so your boobs aren’t hanging out of the sides.
  6. My mom is a goddess!
  7. I was going to have to use a stitch ripper on the bottom of the tank top! Crap…..


Guess what….while we were talking, I got a phone call and they want me to start tomorrow!   OH MAN…what am I going to wear?   Not the tank top obviously!

Wednesday – I got up early, put my bento box in my lunch bag and tromped off to my new job!   Everyone was so nice but there isn’t really anything for me to do!   I have to wait for the papers to show up at my house and then go from there.    So I read up on the website and what needs to be done in my first week!  Also...I tried to take out those stitches but Tired eyes + low light + old age = complete inability to do it!  ICK what is happening to me??

Thursday – more of the same…but today I did some online courses!  Now I know how to wash my hands properly and how to put on my PPE should I ever need to deal with patients at the hospital LOL.   Girl Guide council meeting in the evening and run home to try and get some sleep! 

Friday - Long day at work, kind of ran out of stuff to do.   Someone gave me a book on outcome mapping so I am reading that!  Went and met mom, picked up the car, saw Andre and the boys and scarfed down some amazing chicken that my dad picked up at Whole Foods….DISASTER…..it was so freaking good and there is a whole foods right down the street from my office!  I sense this being a lunch regular!

Saturday – woke up super excited!  TODAY IS CONCERT DAY!!!!!  Made my lunch, got dressed and headed out to Vancouver!  The 3pm concert was so awesome, we had people dancing in the aisles and I think I may have come up with a system to allow me to do a sway in half time and clap double time!   Hahaha laugh all you want….Go try it, I insist.  I will wait right here while you try!
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See told you!   Want to know the trick?  Dance!  Once I put a little boogie in there it all worked out!  How do I know?  Because I didn’t mess it up in the 2nd concert.    The evening concert was just as great and the finale really clicked.   Man I love this group!  Afterwards Andre, Tanya, Irving, Christine, Chris and I all walked over to Cactus Club for a drink and a chat!  Great way to end the night.

Sunday – SO TIRED!!!!!!!!!   My body and my voice!   Got home a bit late, getting up for church was a bit of a struggle this morning.   But so glad I did!   Cityview is a cool place and I like being there, it really makes me miss East Van though.    After church, we headed off to Mom and Dad’s for the great Lang Girls Joint Birthday Party!   Maybe you don’t know, but Tanya and I have just 3 days between our birthdays!!  We asked for BBQ meat, potato salad and instead of cake Tanya wanted Sex in a Pan.   If you have not had this dessert, you are missing out.   It is six layers of delight, all creamy and cool and yummy!    Mom keeps insisting its Six in a pan….but we know better!   The grandparents Tanner came over and so did Cathy and Isabel.   Much fun was had enjoying a sunny day and each others company!

So here we are…Monday…MY BIRTHDAY!!   I share this awesome day with my “cousin” (a dear dear close family friend) Jolene and this morning she welcomed her beautiful daughter Maisey Lyn into the world.    So now she and I will have to share our birthday three ways, HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!  
The last week of my 38th year turned out pretty darn good, and this first few weeks of my 39th year are looking pretty fantastic as well!   Rehearsal tonight and then we head into Brian Adams Studio in Gastown to record our 2nd CD on the weekend and next week I will be attending my convocation from SFU.   Just around the corner is my anniversary, I am going to camp in august and of course settling into my new job!

God is good and he has blessed me once again!