Weekend Round-Up: Prose Theme Edition

autumn trees Weekend Round Up: Prose Theme EditionIt’s been a while since I’ve done a round-up post here at Smart Family Tips. I have several great links to share with you this week.

Also, I recently installed the Prose Theme from Studio Press & Copyblogger Media. Since SFT began, I’ve been running Thesis and was happy with it, but there’s a bit more of a learning curve than I’d like. I know NOTHING about CSS or PHP or coding or much of anything about website building. I also don’t have a load of money to plunk down on a great custom design. For a while, Thesis let me create a site that was good enough, and I’d still recommend it. It’s much easier to use and customize than a lot of themes out there.

But when Prose came out this week, I was hooked. I love the way it looks “out of the box” and changes and customizations are easy to make. You’ll likely notice minor tweaks over the coming weeks — I’m still toying with the way everything looks. If you’re interested, do check out the Prose Theme.

Now, onto the links!

Mindful Momma wrote a great post this week called, 8 Ways to Reduce Waste at Home. This is a huge list of ideas for cutting down and scaling back.

♦ I found two really informative posts on Healthy Child, Healthy World. The first, Recipe for High BPA Exposure: Canned Vegetables, Cigarettes and a Cashier Job, highlights some of most insidious sources of BPA and who is most at risk (hint: it’s babies in utero). The second post, PLU Codes Do Not Indicate Genetically Modified Produce, makes clear what those codes on produce levels indicate, and more importantly, what they don’t.

♦ And on a happier note, Emily at Remodeling This Life is participating in the 31 Days series this month, along with 7 other bloggers. Emily’s topic is 31 Days of Living Simply. She’s writing about some neat things, and, as always, there are beautiful photographs. My favorite this week was Day 15: Make Do.

♦ Blog Action Day was a huge success. By the time it was over, 5,613 blogs in 143 countries, with a combined total of 40,086,610 readers participated. Hopefully, the issue of water will get the attention it deserves and  by this time next year, things will be much better for those who need clean water the most.

What did you read this week that was inspiring?

[Disclosure: The links to the Prose and Thesis themes above are affiliate links. If you click those links and buy either product, I'll get some pocket change. As you know, I only become an affiliate for products I use and like.]

Blog Action Day 2010: Water

DSC 65511 Blog Action Day 2010: WaterBlog Action Day is here and the topic this year is water.

It seems like water is all around us, yet nearly 1 billion people world wide do not have access to clean drinking water. In fact, 90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old.

According to Change.org, Americans, nearly all of whom have access to clean, drinkable water, consume 200 bottles of water per person per year. Only 14% of those bottles will be recycled.

Most of us know that plastic waste is a problem because plastic never goes away. Something we often fail to consider, though, is the resources involved in the production of plastic. As The Washington Post reported, “According to Food & Water Watch, more than 17 million barrels of oil — enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year– are needed to produce the plastic water bottles sold in the United States annually.”

If you’re interested in knowing more about bottled water (which really is tap water if it comes from the big three bottlers: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle), be sure to check out Annie Leonard’s short video The Story of Water.

So what can we do? A lot.

1. We can support organizations that are working hard to bring clean water to people who don’t have it. Charity: Water is a great place to start. They’re digging wells in areas that need them, a very sustainable solution.

2. We can ditch the bottle. With so many reusable water bottles available, there’s really no reason to buy bottled water anymore. If you think your tap water needs to be filtered, it’s relatively inexpensive to purchase a faucet-mounted or pitcher-type filter. You can bet your bottled water isn’t filtered.

3. We can pay closer attention to our consumption of water. Most people use 465 liters of water per day. H20Conserve.org has a cool Water Footprint Calculator that will help you determine how much water you’re using and where you might be able to cut back.

The purpose of Blog Action Day is for bloggers around the world to come together on October 15 to raise awareness of a single issue. I hope you’ve learned something you may not have known and I hope you’ll be inspired to think about water and how you can help.

Blog Action Day is Coming!

Friday, October 15 is Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers around the world come together to raise awareness about a singular area of need. This year’s theme is WATER.

Did you know that nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water?

I’ll be participating in on Blog Action Day with a post here at Smart Family Tips. My post will highlight some facts you may not be aware of and focus on simple things we can all do to help. As of this writing, 3,477 blogs in 123 countries with a combined readership of 27,738,660 have signed up to participate on Friday — and the numbers are growing minute by minute.

In the meantime, please consider supporting the UN in their efforts to make sure people around the globe have safe water to drink.