Monthly Archives: October 2009

Local First!

Long time readers will remember waaaay back in the early days of Big Binder, I ran an “Eat Local Challenge“.  It was two years ago and the Eat Local movement was really picking up steam.  I started researching local food producers, and asked them to donate prizes for contests.  Much to my surprise and delight, they did.  I was paying close attention to the locavore movement, and started making some connections with pretty big national organizations.  I was even asked to be interviewed on national TV, as well as guest blog and contribute content about my local food contest. 

Sadly, those offers were rescinded and they stopped returning my emails when Cheeze Kurls and Stehouwers were some of the prizes.  I approached everyone – including local producers of organic foods (not naming names here) but they weren’t interested. The national organizations who had been so excited initially thought I wasn’t pure enough.  Apparently trying to run a contest giving away heirloom tomatoes would have been a much better  idea.

That’s not what they meant by eating locally.  I was disappointed, but the thought of them stomping their feet in their expensive, trendy shoes so hard they almost spilled their fair trade shade grown soy milk latte made me laugh out loud, so it was worth it.  I don’t advocate eating Cheeze Kurls or Sizzlers often, but they are fine on occasion – and they are made here. 

I stand by buying locally though, even if I can’t hang with the cool kids.  I’m very excited that the new Local First Coupon book is out.  It’s kind of like an Entertainment Book but it’s all local businesses.  It’s $20, and you can get at several places around town, which is good because I need a car wash from Southland real bad.  Look at the website to see if any of the locations are places you frequent.  

If you aren’t in Grand Rapids and you are totally bummed that you can’t get this book, just google something like support local business and hopefully there is something similar for your area.  Probably nothing like what we have here, but you out of towners can always dream 🙂

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Scholastic Issues

Is it awful that I dive into A.P. and Maybelle’s school folders every day before they’re even home from school? Or that I’m jonesing for a folder-fix since we’ve been home all week? I want it all.  The newsletters, the popcorn-day order forms, the crappy (did I say crappy? I meant fantastic) artwork.  But most of all…. the Scholastic order forms. 

 I heart Scholastic.  I remember being in elementary school, and being excited about getting the Scholastic order forms.  I’m not usually a big sucker for marketing but if kids books are involved, forget it.  I’m the sucker-est sucker in the world.  In fact, last year I was so distraught that A.P.’s class didn’t have a Scholastic order form by the end of the first week I asked the teacher what the deal was.  She said she “just didn’t like to organize that stuff” so naturally, I took over and became the Scholastic Coordinator.  Not a real resume-builder, but I  must…have… more… children’s…books.

When I worked with the room mother to plan a party, I made sure a gift for the teacher was in the budget.  And I made sure that gift was a book.  See? It’s a real problem I have.  It’s so bad that I might even buy SunnyD in order to get 20 free books for my kids’ classrooms.  I am not sure exactly what SunnyD is:   Juice? Pop? Some sort of Tang-like substance? My only experience with it is when a woman looked at me very scornfully for having my kids in a Meijer Movie Kart while piling Pop Tarts and SunnyD in her regular cart and her kids yelled their heads off.  Not the best association. 

Until they teamed up with Scholastic, which can wash away a multitude of sins.  In exchange for 20 SunnyD labels, Scholastic will donate 20 books.  The program is called SunnyD Book Spree.  I think that is awesome, and will promptly start loading SunnyD into my Movie Kart with the expectation of scornful, disapproving looks from everyone.  It’s worth, it, because I love Scholastic.  For more Things I Love Thursday, go see Jill, who just had a really cute baby I want to meet in person but must wait until Germ-fest ’09 has passed.


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