Mothers & mother earth

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ahhhh, what a wonderful weekend! 

My first official mother's day with Hadley outside of the womb was great. I was a little hungover after a date night the night before.. but luckily I accidentally walked into an electric fence which shocked it right out of me. So thanks fence.

We went to Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Maryland. It was absolutely beautiful outside and I recommend it to anyone in the area! There were tons of families and kids there running around on site. The building itself has an Italian feel to it with moss growing on the roof and tuscan colors. Just look out for the electric fence. 

Yesterday Josh surprised/scared me by coming home early from work... a little extended Mother's day celebration! I love getting to hang out just the three of us. You can tell Hadley loves the extra attention. She's not going to know what to do when her grandparents get here from Montana next week!!! We're so excited!

In other mother news... mother nature that is, I've been watching a new docuseries called Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime and am addicted. Being a biology major in college we studied global warming and climate change in many of my classes and it's always been something I've thought about. The problem I've always had is climate change seems like such a huge and overwhelming problem that I never really knew what I could do other than switching to an eco friendly car. 

Watching the show (you can catch the entire first episode here!) has opened my eyes to not only the kinds of harmful things that are happening all across the globe but also the kinds of political standstills going on. It all seems so crazy to me!!! Makes me bonkers!! But there are small things that each of us can do to make such a big difference in this precious world of ours!! 

For example, I had no idea Indonesia was burning all of their forests to grow palm trees for palm oil. You'd think taking down trees and putting in new trees wouldn't be a big deal but it is. These palm oil trees do not help the environment like the original forests do. The trees in the rain forests soak in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere. When they are burned they release all of the carbon dioxide which contributes to warm the Earth. And all of this burning is done to plant palm oil trees so they can sell palm oil to places like the United States. If you look at many of the packaged and processed foods in your pantry or grocery store, you'll see that most of them contain palm oil. So one small step in helping save mother Earth would be for those companies to responsibly source their palm oil or look for other alternatives. Or boycott palm oil all together in your foods. 

WHEW OKAY sorry for that science lesson this stuff just gets me so fired up!!!! I hope you all will check it out! If you're not into docuseries about mother nature you can at least watch all the celebrities meander through the forests and interview/grill politicians. That's kind of fun too.

Happy Tuesday!

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