ChooseMyPlate.govYou can say 'goodbye' to the food pyramid--the USDA just announced the new MyPlate government guide to healthy eating. The decades old food pyramid was widely considered difficult to comprehend. The plate breaks down the components of a well-balanced meal into a simple to understand diagram. The new website includes a clickable image of the plate with tips and advice on each component, as well as a wealth of resources for learning about healthful eating. There are dietary guidelines, interactive tools, and plenty of information on feeding healthy kids. Take a look!

Swiftly Tilting Planets on NASA's Solar System Exploration Site

If you are as fascinated by space exploration as I am, you'll love NASA's Solar System Exploration Site. The beautifully designed site has been nominated for a Webby Award. Spinning planets in the header allow you to click for information on each one.

Other sections contain a wealth of information on NASA missions, science and technology, and wonderful multimedia stories. The Kids section is full of great facts and interactive games for your child to explore. Way cool!

Customize your iGoogle account with Comics Themes

Love comics? Love Google? If so, this should make your day! I just stumbled across an array of comics themes for iGoogle including themes with illustrations of Gene Luen Yang's The Eternal Smile, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Jim Davis' Garfield, and many more! So let your comic geek flag fly and personalize your Google landing page with your favorite comic book artists!

Earth Day

NASA Blue Marble

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day and we hope you can make small (or big) changes to show our planet we love it.
ReNest, a personal favorite site to follow for green living tips and more, recently shared 10 Things You Can Do Today to Start Living Greener. Here are a few that I am starting to do which are mentioned in their tips:

From Your Couch to a 5K, Really!

woman joggerI don't know about you all, but I'm a couch potato, and I like running about as much as I like getting a root canal.  I might even go as far as saying I loathe it.  I often joke that the only time I will voluntarily run is if I'm being chased by an ax-wielding maniac.  I've tried running before, but the shin splints I get are indescribably painful.  As much as I detest it though, running/jogging is still one of the best ways to lose weight and get in shape.  So, it's time for me to get past the loathing, pain, whining, complaining, pain, excuses, pain, did I mention pain?, and get off the couch. 

The Stork is Coming!

eagle ckickSquee!!!  Adorably cute baby eagles coming soon.  Check out the Nest Cams live feed of soon to be hatched baby eagles.  The eggs were laid on February 23 and are due to hatch on April 1.  Mama eagle, or at least I assume it's mama, is currently catching some shut-eye to prepare for the big day.

What do you get an expectant mama eagle?  Do they make onesies for eaglets?  Is there a worm gift backet?

Have Nook, Will Travel!

nookcolor imageSo, I was very fortunate to receive a Nook this past Valentine's Day, though I think it must be noted that my husband may have just gotten tired of my "borrowing" his.  Anyways, I have one now and am very much enjoying the ease of carrying around several books in one medium size portable device.

The great thing is that I don't even have to buy any books, I just download them for free from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog.  Now it's true that not every book is available as a download, but there are still plenty to choose from including new releases.

Keep Me Out, Please!

keep me out logoDo you find yourself checking your Twitter account 4,365,241 times a day?  Are you convinced that if you don't check CNN every five minutes, the world might spin out of control?  Well, the first thing you need to do is step back and take a deep breath.  Ok, now step forward.  Ok, now step back.  Ok, now I'm just messing with you.  But really, now that you're hopefully distracted from those other websites, doesn't it feel good?

Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit organization providing free housecleaning services for women in treatment for cancer. Cleaning for a Reason partners with local housecleaning services to offer four free general cleanings - once a month for four months. These companies can only take on two patients at a time and they accept a limited of applications Monday through Friday only, but they will try to match as many patients as possible with these services. Read more about their application process on their site, and click the Cancer Patients tab on the main page for instructions on how to apply and their application during the hours when they are accepting applications.

Trade Sketches with Sketch Swap

man at computer line drawing

Sketch Swap is a fabulous website where you draw or sketch online, click submit, and instantly receive a realtime sketch in return.  The website approves every sketch submitted before it's sent out to others, and does not accept any drawing that wouldn't be appropriate for children, so kids and adults can both enjoy the website.

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