The Pepsi Refresh Project

Do you ever have the feeling like “if only there were something I could do to help”, but then feel like you have no way to help? This could be something big like helping the people in Haiti to something on a smaller scale like helping a local boys and girls club build a new playground.

But guess what, now you can! Thanks to The Pepsi Refresh Project, they are looking for businesses, non-profit organizations, and people who have an idea that will make a positive impact. Pepsi is encouraging people to submit their ideas and are accepting 1000 ideas each month. Starting on February 1st (today!) you can start voting on the various ideas (up to 10 a day).

So how does it work? It’s quite simple. Follow the steps below:

  • Come up with an idea.
  • Pick a category (Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods, or Education)
  • Choose a grant level (5k, 25k, 50k, 250k)
  • Fill out submission application

If you are one of the first 1000 of the month to submit an idea between the 1st and the 15th of the month, then the public begin voting. You can vote on your own idea too!

Remember, all it takes is an idea to get things moving. Head on over to The Pepsi Refresh Project today to submit your idea or begin voting.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Pepsi Refresh. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate

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Prison is lonely and Isolating

No shit, right?

Imagine my surprise when I see a site called “Prison Voices“, a site dedicated to help incarcerated low lifes a voice and a two-way connection with the outside world. WHAT? Are you freaking kidding me?

Now maybe I feel a little bit more strongly about this because I sent a sick bastard to prison who had a record longer than my arm, who had already been in prison for doing nasty crap to a person under the age of 13, who then decided to inappropriately touch the WRONG person in Target one night, but come on. If you do the crime, you must pay the time. There should be NO frills AT ALL when someone does something that sends them to prison. I don’t care what they do. We have laws in this country for a reason. Break it and you lose your freedom.

As far as I’m concerned, the asshole I sent to prison deserves nothing but 4 walls and not a single glimpse of the outside world. When I was asked by the DA if I thought he should have to work off his time, like cleaning up the highway and whatnot, my answer was simple. Heck no. He didn’t deserve to step outside the barbed wire gated community that he was sentenced to spend the next 19 years in.

Here is one of the profiles:

26 year old Hispanic female with long black hair seeking a gentleman to sweep her off her feet. Allow me to bring sparks into your life. I am a very gentle woman who knows how to love. I’m in search of a friend, companion, or my life long mate. I am very open-minded and need a mate who understands the needs of a woman. In my quiet time, I enjoy listening to a variety of music, reading novels, and exercising. I have a vivid imagination and would enjoy sharing it with that special someone. I also enjoy sharing laughter and love with my mate. Are you that special someone? Race and age not a factor. Write soon. You will not be disappointed.

Gentle woman??? WTH? She is in prison for Capital murder.

Seriously.
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Dipstick to a Man’s Health

Anyone watch Dr. Oz?? I’ve been DVRing it lately and OMG am I ever glad I DVRed yesterdays. It was ALL about the male erection. I am so much more informed now than I ever THOUGHT I would be. I don’t know who Dr. Oz has writing his scripts, but this line had me literally rolling on the floor. He said that a male’s penis is the dipstick to his health! That has got to be the best line I have ever heard! In fact I called my husband who is out of town this week and told him that it was too bad he wasn’t home because I am armed with a lot of knowledge and we could have checked HIS dipstick 🙂

Another interesting tidbit for all those smoking males out there…I bet you didn’t know that your smoking causes your penis to be smaller. Yet ANOTHER reason to quit smoking.

So ladies, for more information on what your husbands dipstick is telling you, head to the Dr. Oz website here…oh and get a roll of stamps up to the bedroom…

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PSA From Your Favorite Goddess!

This PSA has to do with prescriptions. Make sure that you count EVERY pill to make sure they give you every pill you need. I take a medication twice a day so I need 60 pills for the month. I was out and was going out today so I grabbed the bottle and figured I would drop it off at a pharmacy near where I would be at. I get a call from the pharmacy telling me that my insurance is rejecting payment because it was too soon for me to fill it. That didn’t make sense. I was out of pills. How could it be too soon? So after talking it over with a super nice lady at Rite Aid, we came to the conclusion that the pharmacy I got the prescription filled at did not give me all 60 pills. More like they only gave me 30 pills. I was starting to panic. This was a prescription that I NEEDED…I would be a mess if I didn’t take it.

So I called CVS (where I had it filled previously) and started talking to the pharmacist. She INSISTED they gave me all 60 pills. I told her that it wasn’t possible since I take the medication twice a day and now I am out…out 15 days before I should be out. Then something happened and we got disconnected. By this time I was about to lose it. I did not have the money to pay out of pocket for the medication. I called CVS again. Now remember, by this time I was beyond livid. I told the woman that if we didn’t fix this today, I was going to get a hold of her general manager and bring them into it. She put me on hold and lo and behold, my missing 30 pills…the 30 pills they said they had given me…they appeared and I was being told to come on up there and pick them up.

Count those pills. Especially if you have to take multiple doses a day. Oh and while I am on my PSA kick…those of you that live in Southeast Michigan…stay away from the Ford Road Walgreens Pharmacy in Canton. They suck. I took the prescription to that pharmacy originally before I dropped my son off at school (at 12pm). They told me it would be ready at 1:15. I went back at 3:00 and they had no clue what I was there for. This is NOT the first time they have “forgotten” to fill a prescription…I could go on and on about that crappy pharmacy.

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Drink Well. Live Well. Your Motto for 2009!

No no I am not talking about alcohol here! I’m talking about something we all grew up drinking as kids. Milk. Growing up, I remember watching the milk mustache commercials and looking forward to seeing who the next “milk mustache” model was going to be. Wasn’t Kermit the Frog a milk mustache model once? Anyway I found this little tidbit on the  site to be very interesting…their have been over 250 faces endorsing milk over the years! That’s more than any other beverage out there!! Can you name some from back in the day?

The  site has many useful tools…some of which I already knew like information on milk helps recovery after a hard workout, but I would have to say my most favorite part of the site is their recipe section and how to beat the heat this summer with cool drinks that are milk based. What a better way to cool off this summer AND get the calcium we need to grow big and strong (yes, I know I sound like a commercial!)!!

I recently tried this recipe on my son, the Strawberry Sunrise Breakfast Smoothie. It was SOOO good! He loved too. Zachary is not a big breakfast eater so having alternatives for him to eat (or drink in this case) is a major plus. Especially since he is starting Kindergarten next year and I do NOT want to send him off to school without something in his stomach. I can’t wait to find some more recipes that we can try!

For those of you that must drink soy milk (like my daughter) I did make the smoothie above substituting soy and she liked it! I did use the vanilla soy milk as opposed to the plain so it had a slightly different taste, but she like it! So for those of you that do have to substitute because you or your children have a dairy allergy or because you just choose to drink soy, know that at least one of the recipes substitutes nicely!

Be sure to check out . There is a lot of information on that site as well as a section where their are periodic contests. Also, don’t forget to leave me a comment with a favorite milk mustache model you remember from back in the day. Enjoy and remember, milk does a body good!
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