Dragonfly Facts: Just for Fun!
We were recently swimming in the pool and dragonflies started to land on our fingers!
That alone was a pretty cool story, but seeing is believing right? We were lucky enough to capture our dragonfly visitors on video – thanks to the great zoom on our Sony HandyCam!
Our New Dragonfly friends made us want to learn a little more about them so we did some research!
Do dragonflies bite or sting? One of the first questions my lil’s will ask about any critter!
- Dragonflies do have teeth and will bite, but only as a protective instinct if they are provoked… they do not have stingers. If they did bite, they have no venom or poison and very few species would even be able to break the human skin.
The Dragonfly Fact you will love the most!
- Dragonflies are useful in controlling the mosquito population!
Where Do Dragonflies Live?
- They prefer to live in slow moving freshwater.
How do Dragonflies Reproduce?
- The female dragonfly lays eggs, anywhere from dozens to hundreds at once. It can take from several months to years for them to become adult dragonflies – they live as nymph’s as water predators until they are large enough to emerge from the water as full grown adults.
How Long Do Adult Dragonflies Live?
- Once dragonflies reach adulthood, they live for only a few months.
Will a Dragonfly Land on a Human?
- While standing in a pool or lake – as you can see from our video – they will! I have no idea how common it is, but if you have patience – try it for yourself!
What are your favorite Dragonfly Facts?
A Rhode Island Grocer pulled Kashi Cereal from the shelves after finding the cereal contained genetically modified soy and traces of pesticide residue, feeling misled by this natural brand consumers have flooded the Kashi Facebook page in outrage.
My thoughts and what we as consumers can take away from the kashi cereal scandal.
We all have pivotal moments – life changing moments that shape us
I have two life changing moments that often come to mind… one involves Oprah… but that one felt almost too cliche to share, I mean can you really have a life changing moment watching Oprah when you are 17 years old? So… that’s not the story I tell today… instead we went back in time… all the way to first grade.
Next weeks topic – Who or what makes you giggle?
Share your life changing moment with us!
The minute we announce the baby is coming, the parenting advice starts to flow. Thanks to my newly shrunken brain – it’s a fact your brain shrinks when you are pregnant, on average 5%! They say it comes back… based on results… I’m not convinced.
I digress … We were talking about parenting advice and thanks to my now more compact and efficient brain – I can’t seem to recall any really terrible advice… so for this weeks #vlogmoms topic I focused on the good.
This advice may seem simple when you first hear it, it’s easier said then done! Especially when you have two toddlers attempting to take one another out.. But with patience, the dividends are AMAZING. After a few years of following this advice I attribute the closeness of my lil’s largely to the team philosophy it fosters.
Next weeks topic – It’s a mystery to me too! You’ll have to check back to find out!
Share Your Best and/or Worst Parenting Advice with Us?
Remember Your First Job?
I Share My First Job for #vlogmoms
This week on #vlogmoms I share my unique first job, along with a little insight into my upbringing. The video froze while I while was talking a little bit about the job… and what it was like training my replacement… who was a 30 year old man. I was 13, needless to say that interesting. Can you imagine having a teenager train you to do your job?
Next weeks topic – What was the best piece of advice you recieved as a Mom? What was the worst?
Share Your First Job With Us?
Do You Make New Years Resolutions?
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to evaluate where you are and focus on changes you might want to make.
I’d love to hear about your New Years Resolutions, big or small! We are far more likely to achieve our goals with the support of a strong community around us!
Share Your New Years Resolutions with us!
Green: More than a Color
Green – is a color, but these days for most people it invokes so much. One little 5 letter word, interpreted many ways.
Personally for many years… being green wasn’t positive in my mind , nor was it anything I endeavored to incorporate into my life. It was something that my mom did. If you asked me what I thought the word green meant, I would have said it’s for other people,, but not me. Those people I might have considered activist, treehugger’s – extremist who were convinced the sky is falling because a kernel of corn dropped on their head. I’ve come a long way.
Now, as the editor of a healthy living eco savvy lifestyle website, suffice it to say my perception has changed – just a little.
- a lifestyle
- a movement
- a trend
Does being green make you:
- An Activist
- An Environmentalist
I asked friends, What Does Green Mean to you?
“Making the best choices I can with the knowledge I have while trying to learn more every day.”
“Chemical free, hormone free, as mother nature and God intended it to be.”
“Being as earth friendly as possible – no chemicals, eating healthy foods”
“Green to me means that you make choices that contribute to the well being of the Earth and environment.”
“Leaving the earth a better place than I found it. Cleaning up after myself like my mama taught me.”
“Thinking about the environmental impact of purchases, research, and saving money by keeping it simple (IE less boxed food=less waste/recycling).”
“Green means everything in it’s purest form. Whether that being food, products or a person.”
“Green means caring about your carbon footprint and doing what you can to reduce your negative impact on Earth.”
“To me green is like the old camp saying, “Leave no trace.” I want to leave my little part of the world a little better and a little cleaner than it was when I arrived. Being green is not just about recycling or using less energy, eating organic foods or walking instead of driving. It’s a state of mind.”
“Green means back to basics – back to our roots – feeding and thriving off natural products, natural foods, baking from scratch instead of processed, using nature instead of artificial, cheaper products and harmful toxins.”
On Facebook and Twitter we heard
Money, Lifestyle, Booger (someone’s son had a cold!), conscious, Sustainable, healthy and Safe for our kids.
One Fan went on to say “I think that people used to associate the word “green” with having to sacrifice something they did not want to or be inconvenienced in some way, but slowly I think more people understand that going green is not near as difficult to incorporate in their life as they originally thought.”
Isn’t it fascinating! One word can bring so many meanings.
So…you may be wondering. What does green mean to me? I think it’s all about action. What do we do with the information we take in on a daily basis. Attempting to live in a mindful and conscious manner.
What Green Commitment Can You Make Today?
- My first nickname was Tarantasaurus Ruiness Rex.
- The best nickname came from my husband. He calls me The Muse.
- I picked Diva all by myself.
- To this day my grandmother calls me Roo..
- I was born & raised on the West Coast of Canada.
- I didn’t have many of friends growing up.
- During my childhood education I attended 12 schools. I even went back and forth to one of those schools 5 times!
- I hit my bed many days after school in tears, wondering why I didn’t fit in.
- Could be the reason for the afrorementioned lack of friends. I had to repeat algebra 11. Math is not my strong suit.
- When I was in my twenties – I refused to divulge my age. I have 2 younger sisters.
- When I was 13 I had a job growing 450 POUNDS of Alfalfa Sprouts every week.
- When I decided the sprouts were too much work, my replacement was 27. I had to train them.
- My mom had me at the age of 16.
- I moved out on my own when I was 15.
- We grew up poor. Really poor.
- I don’t remember being aware of the poorness, completely.
- At six I need 16 stitches on my big toe the result of a run in with a frog pond.
- I was an only child for 9 years.
- My mom and dad have been married for 40 years. My mom and dad lived together for 1.5 of those years.
- I majored in Communications at college… only in Canada… we call it University.
- I didn’t belong to a Sorority, they weren’t that big in Canada, or if they were I didn’t know it.
- I’m happily married.
- My husband and I met online.
- My husband is a professional comedy writer.
- People ask what it’s like being married to someone who is professionally funny? You know that Keith Urban song – “I’m going to put you in a song”… I’m going to put you in a joke just doesn’t have the same ring!
- Stories from our real life have appeared in prime time.
- I make my Canadian friends bring me Hawkin’s Cheezies. I know, they are so bad for you!
- I have 2 children.
- I have a stepson who lives on the east coast, so I have 3 children.
- I have a husband who lives with me, so sometimes I have 4 children.
- I gave birth to both of my children using hypnosis – that means no drugs.
- My first child was conceived in Las Vegas, I like to say “What happens in Vegas doesn’t ALWAYS stay in Vegas. Happily we were actively trying for our first child.
- I was a certified ski instructor I never actually taught anyone how to ski, just wanted to make it through the program .
- I lived in Whistler, BC, Canada.
- At the time I was my banks youngest Mortgage Holder.
- I’ve donated hair 3 times.
- I’ve had 4 ear surgeries.
- My right ear has a human prosthetic bone.
- My left ear has a metallic (man-made) prosthetic bone.
- Or it could be the other way around… I get them confused.
- My favorite forms of exercise is S-Factor.
- I was raised by my mother.
- My father has barely been involved in my life. Barely.
- He lost all my baby pictures – forgot where he took them to be developed.
- He did show up for the wedding. Has never checked in to see how my children are, or how I was while I was pregnant. He “doesn’t want to interfere.”
- I’ve worn sunscreen on my face most everyday since I was 13 years old.
- I read a British Vogue that convinced me I would age more gracefully.
- We fostered 7 puppies. Once. I was promised we wouldn’t keep any of them…
- Dude talked me into Doggie Diva… I wasn’t really given a choice.
- We now have 3 large dogs.
- I didn’t want to date anyone with dogs… now I have 3.
- Proof to me that God has a sense of humor. Our house is never empty.
- When I’m home alone, I love how peaceful it is – it’s a rarity.
- When I dined alone and I was single, I remember trying to convince myself I was enjoyed dining alone. Now, when I have the opportunity… bliss.
- We have no family living within 800 miles of us.
- My favorite Movie is a little known gem called Hear My Song, starring Ned Beatty.
- I’ve never smoked a cigarette.
- I’ve never tried an illegal drug.
- Unless you count the time I was 7 or 8 and my mother gave me mushroom tea. She says I asked for it.
- Did I mention, I believe in God.
- I tend to view expiration dates as guides vs a set rule.
- My cocktail of choice is a Grey Goose L’Orange Cosmopolitan.
- I am NOT a morning person.
- I get up on Sunday morning to go to Church – but we do go to the late morning service.
- I love the smell of Vanilla.
- Vanilla is also my favorite flavor of ice cream.
- Caffeine gives me the shakes.
- Caffeine also keeps me awake at night.
- Needless to say, I take decaf.
- I gave up splenda.
- The thing I miss most about giving it up: Diet Hansen’s Black Cherry.
- I find regular soda too sweet.
- I took a lot of popcorn to school in my lunches.
- I used popcorn as currency trading it by the handful to upgrade my lunches.
- I have a habit of buying supplies in bulk.
- This means i have 2 CASES of toilet paper in my garage right now.
- We snowmobiled in the woods once Christmas and rode back with a Christmas Tree that we chopped down (It was on my mom’s property).
- I sold cars for Jaguar.
- I’ve studied interior design in both Canada & the US.
- I’m beyond excited about being the same size I was when my husband and I dated – AFTER birthing 2 children!
- Even more exciting – I didn’t have to work out for 2 hours daily – to reach that milestone. Couldn’t have made that work even if I wanted to.
- I really enjoy a cup of organic hot chocolate at night.
- I’ve all but given up my favorite perfume Angel – fragrances aren’t required to reveal ingredients and as a result I don’t feel very comfortable using them regularly. I save it for special occasions instead.
- I don’t like lavender.
- I was tortured by compost duty as a child.
- I now compost myself, the easy way.
- When I was single, Patty Sanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker set me up on a date.
- I never had to go through one of her “casting sessions.”
- I used to salsa dance 3-5 nights a week.
- I can walk in 6″ heels. I blame the S-factor (see above)
- Macaroni and cheese is the only meal that my entire family is happy to eat. Makes me crazy.
- Having children inspired my passion to get informed about living less toxically.
- I love dude ranches.
- Breakfast is my favorite meal. Ironic given the way I feel about mornings.
- I’m a survivor.
- I love chocolate hazelnut truffles.
- I can eat a lot of blueberries.
- I have vivid memories of the ceiling in one of my childhood homes collapsing. Ka boom.
- I always remember my mom growing a big garden.
- I now have a small garden of my own. Very small and I’m not afraid to call in back up!
- I love to read, but can’t read and lead a normal life… When I get locked into a book, I will read until daybreak.
- I’m not sure exactly why I wanted to move to Los Angeles, I know that since living here I’ve felt completely at home.
- Did I mention – Math wasn’t my strong subject?
Have you asked for a stronger national chemicals policy?
Pure Natural Diva is thrilled to be spearheading a campaign – Bloggers United – to help spread awareness about this very important issue!
I spend a huge amount of time researching and taking care to ensure I buy only the safest products for my family and recommend the same for my readers. But should I really have to? I mean, products that are on the shelves should be safe, right? Yet, headlines tell us again and again that they’re not.
Take a few seconds to sign the petition… today.
We need a stronger law!
Which is precisely why I’ve worked with the EWG to create Blogger’s United to support a nationwide effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act in Congress. This law was passed back in 1976 (remember The BeeGees?!) and hasn’t adequately protected public health since. It’s high time to strengthen our country’s toxic chemicals law – and right now there’s an opportunity to do exactly that. See, this Spring Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) introduced The Safe Chemicals Act.
I hope you’ll join me in asking our representatives in Congress to pass this bill. It’s incredibly important, and the time is now. The more of us who ask, the more likely they are to listen. So go ahead…
Tell Congress to put toxics on its “to do” list NOW
The plan is to make it crystal clear that we want an effective national chemicals policy that protects human health, especially our children who are most affected by toxic chemicals.
The way I see it, if we’re frustrated by the current system (check), we should work hard to change it!
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The time is right now. There is a political window of opportunity to move the Safe Chemicals Act forward in 2010, but in the current political climate, windows close quickly and unpredictably. If we don’t give it our absolute all NOW, when the political momentum is there, we may lose this chance.
Sign it, share it . This issue is far too important to let Congress do nothing. We need your help – by signing and sharing the petition – to get the Safe Chemicals Act on the Congressional “to-do” list. Preferably at the top.
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This is not sexy sharing… then again… not everything can be sexy. I just finished watching a documentary by Josh Fox called Gasland and I encourage you to set your DVR and so you can watch it on HBO, hurry, the last day to catch it is July 29!
Josh takes the viewer on a road trip around the country exploring the impact of the primary method of Natural Gas Drilling – known as Fracking – on everyday American’s, their water, homes and towns.
I have to admit I knew nothing about this before watching, now I plan on learning more. This film was eye opening and worth adding to your summer watching.
Check out this preview: