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Sep 152011

SheSpeaksbuttonNo, I am not wasting food!

In fact it is not even that kind of food fight. I am talking about the Aetna Healthy Food Fight. This is a cooking contest with a eye on healthy foods. has teamed up with Aetna to help promote their contest. They have already hosted a Twitter party with another one tonight (not sure I will be able to make it, shame though, they have some great prizes if you can keep up with the quizzes).

So if you have a few healthy recipes  in your recipe box (do people even use those any more?), head on over to Aetna Healthy Food Fight site and enter or simply stop by and vote for your favorite recipes.

Sep 132011


LOS ANGELES (Sept. 13, 2011) – Jane Lynch has revved up her megaphone to tout the benefits of arts education is schools, starring in a public service announcement (PSA) that debuts tonight at 8:45pm Eastern Standard Time on the Fox Network’s “GLEE” program. It’s the centerpiece of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s campaign to donate $1 million to arts education around the country and Lynch is the featured spokesperson as the harsh and witty cheer coach, “Sue Sylvester.” Beyond “GLEE,” the PSA is expected to air on television and cable stations across the country.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) have teamed up for “GLEE Give a Note,” a campaign to donate $1 million to school arts programs across the country. Eligible high schools are invited to submit videos about why their school deserves a grant at In December 2011, after two rounds of voting, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will name the 73 schools that will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

TV’s musical sensation, “GLEE” THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON comes to Blu-ray and DVD September 13th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment packed with all 22 episodes and never-before-seen bonus features sure to incite fans everywhere to “Gleek Out.”

GLEE is a biting musical comedy about a group of eager and ambitious students who strive to outshine their singing competition to win Nationals while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High, garnering an incredible 19 Emmy nominations – earning it the distinction of being the most-nominated series of the year – and four Emmy Awards.

If you have not seen this PSA it is hilarious and has an excellent message! If we enjoy shows like GLEE why are we allowing our public school systems across the country to kill the arts programs? Without the school arts programs we would have no GLEE. Please support them in their efforts to keep the arts in schools!

Sep 082011

If you haven’t heard about it is about time you do. It is owned by the Halo company (you know the pet food company that has Ellen as an owner) and they have a different trivia question daily on their sites and (I just learned about the kitty one myself.)

Every time you answer a trivia question on their sites they will donate 10 pieces of kibble (20 if you go to both sites). Fear not if you don’t know the answer they will still donate the kibble and give you the correct answer. It is a win-win situation.

They are doing a special donation today (Thursday, September 8th). All the kibble they get donated will go to 2 shelters that are in areas where Irene did some real damage, Central Vermont Humane Society ( and the Fayetteville, NC Animal Protection Society ((

The goal for today is 10K meals (I think that works out to 1 million pieces of kibble). So please spread the word and jump over to their sites and answer those questions.

This is a fun way to give back and it doesn’t cost you a thing!

Sep 052011

Boris was a rescue, but not your typical adoption. We actually adopted Boris before his furry little butt ever went to the humane society. We already had it in mind to adopt our next cat, but weren’t ready to do it just yet when he showed up on our doorstep.  Quite literally. One of our neighbors brought this little three week old kitten over to us to see if we wanted him.

Had the little guy been taken to the humane society he would have been put down. Shelters just don’t have the resources to hand feed and wean a kitten until it is old enough for adoption.

After my mom died I needed something to help me get through it. A distraction from the world. Boris answered the call.

One night Boris jumped up next to me on the sofa to check on me. He has a great way of knowing something is wrong and being there to take care of me.

That night I set about getting him a twitter account and some online pals (others who were up late at night tweeting as their pets). Turns out this was one of the best things I could have ever done. If it hadn’t been for Boris keeping such a watchful eye on me during my grieving process and inspiring me to get online as him, I honestly don’t know if I would be here today.

Our motto soon became “Who rescued Who? (I know the grammar’s wrong but who cares?)

It wasn’t long before Boris also took over the blog I started when we first got him and “we” were inspired by other anipal (animal friends) to help others as he has helped me. The blog changed names to – 4 Paws for a Cause. “We” started doing more to help the helpless animals out there that are less fortunate than Boris. I wanted to give back.

I started out small by taking needed items over to the Animal Rescue League or down to the Humane Society of Berks County. Then by starting to participate in the Walk for the Animals the HSBC holds each year (this year will be the 4th year for me).  I took a cue from another online anipal and started SCIFIpawty to raise money for rescues. Then I started volunteering down at the humane society and will be starting tomorrow volunteering at Petco with One by One Cat Rescue. (We won’t mention that we are foster failures — having added three more cats to our feline family in the process.)

Doing even the smallest thing for these animals is just so rewarding. I love going in and socializing the cats (that’s volunteer speak for playing with).

I honestly don’t know where I would be or what I would be doing if I had not rescued that helpless little kitten that turned around and rescued me. I feel honored to be able to help out those animals in need. Thank you Boris you are my hero.

Want to read more about Boris’ rescue story as well as many other inspiring cat tales? Check out the Happy Tails Book: [amazon_link id=”0982696418″ target=”_blank” ]Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Cats[/amazon_link]


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sponsored by BISSELL Homecare, Inc.”
Sep 022011

That’s right I am a gleek.

I wasn’t at first. Only watched a few episodes from the first season and scond season. While I liked the show I just had too many things on my DVR to keep up with Glee. So I deleted them from the recordings.

Then I sat down this weekend and watched the entire first season on Netflix streaming. Now I am kicking myself for deleting [amazon_link id=”B003L77GAQ” target=”_blank” ]season two[/amazon_link] from my DVR, because I will now have to wait until next week for it to come out on DVD.

[amazon_image id=”B003L77GAQ” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Glee: Season Two[/amazon_image]