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Last Friday I had a plan. I was going to start this blog with info about Chipolte Grill’s special promotion for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Called Boorito, the company was offering $2 burritos, bowls, salads, or tacos to anyone who came in dressed as a “horrifying processed food product.” (Happy Meal, anyone?) Loved the idea, especially since Chipolte was donating up to $1 million to the cause! And yet I went temporarily crazy and wrote about what I bad mother I was instead. It happens. Sigh.

That said, it’s not too late to get in on Chipolte’s horrifying processed food fun. You can still get dressed up, stand outside a Chipolte, and take a picture of yourself so you can enter the company’s costume contest. (No, you can’t get the $2 food, but you might still be able to get some bragging rights.) Take your photo and submit it to Chipolte until November 8th. Chipolte’s costume experts will pick the best of the “worst” and post the winners by November 15. Oh, and yes, there are prizes involved: one grand prize of $2,500, five $1,000 prizes, and 20 runner-up prizes (burrito parties!).

I have a few more ideas for you to check out. Hope you’re having a great week. Me, I’ve had a cold. So annoying. Definitely using my neti pot — have you read about how my husband stole mine? — and got a real chuckle over the neti pot story on Cougar Town this week.

International Rescue Committee’s store. It’s time to start thinking about the holidays. Say what you want about December, it’s a great time to purchase gifts for people that support and help those most in need. The International Rescue Committee has a store where you can donate money in someone’s name, purchasing care for those in developing countries. $24 buys a first aid kit for a community health worker. $60 buys a farming kit for refugees. $18 buys mosquito netting for a family of four. Your recipient gets a beautiful card that explains what you purchased in their name. You get the satisfaction of supporting a charity that’s top rated by CharityNavigator.com.

California Strawberry Commission. My kids love strawberries. Mostly, I just cut them up in a bowl. However, with strawberry season almost upon us I loved this site, which has a slew of interesting recipes. Thought I’d pass it along.

Good Housekeeping @Home App. I don’t have an iPhone, but if you’re one of the millions who do, take note: there’s a new app that sounds pretty neat. According to the press release, the app provides, “do-it-all cleaning tips, in-depth stain removal advice, simple and elegant decorating ideas and a complete directory of Good Housekeeping Seal products.” I especially love the idea of the Stain Busting tool, which helps you figure out how to treat fabric, carpet, and upholstery stains.

Passport to Prana. Love trying lots of different yoga classes, but hate the one-time prices? Passport to Prana, which costs $30, is a multi-studio yoga passport that gives you access to yoga studios all over your city. Basically, it’s a try-before-you-buy offer. With the passport, you can go to classes at hundreds of studios in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, and New York (Los Angeles and San Diego coming soon). For example, there are 13 studios in Brooklyn, which works out to about $2.30 per class if you make it to every location. Perfect for someone on a budget, or someone who wants to scope out the yoga scene before settling on a regular studio. Can’t wait until it comes to the Island!

This post is how I am participating this week in Real Food Wednesdays and Fight Back Fridays — two awesome campaigns to get people eating real food again.

Also, if you’ve got an extra second. Scroll down a bit. See that little brown box? Yes, the one about Top Mommy Blogs. Can you give me a click, please? People who find me from that site tend to become loyal readers. The higher I move in the rankings, the more likely it is that people will find me. I’m in the 300s right now…

3 Responses to “Favorite Things Friday: Normal Edition”

  1. Kate says:

    Chipotle is so delicious….I miss their burritos terribly but we haven’t been since they started serving Tyson chicken. It was actually my husband’s idea to stop going there. He said it was hypocritical for them to claim ‘food with integrity’ while serving unnaturally “Naturally Raised” chicken.
    I have such mixed feelings about them! On the one hand, at least they’re trying. And I respect Jamie Oliver’s ideas and really support what he is trying to do. But on the other hand…well I already said it.

  2. kb says:

    Wow! I did not know that! Wow. WOW. I have big issues with Tyson. (Check out my blog post on it.) Sheesh. Sigh…

  3. Kate says:

    I’m not sure if it’s all Chipotle restaurants or just the ones in my region…for months they had signs saying “Our usual supplier is running short of chicken and we have the same cut of meat from another supplier,” or something like that. One day I asked and was told it was Tyson. I ordered the vegetarian that day and haven’t been back since. A friend recently said “Hey, those signs came down, you should call and see if they changed suppliers!” I was so excited! I called and was told that yes, they were now serving naturally raised chicken. I said, “Yes, but is it Tyson?” After some hemming and hawing the manager finally admitted that it was.
    But if you go, please enjoy a burrito for me…I think they put crack or something in the rice because I definitely feel withdrawal pangs walking past there. And again, it’s such a hard call…I personally find it very hypocritical to sponsor Food, Inc. and then serve Tyson Chicken. My husband does not feel comfortable eating there for that reason (although if we go to another restaurant that doesn’t fly the ‘food with integrity’ banner he will order the chicken without asking anything about it). But then again, at least they’re trying…shouldn’t that count for something?
    You don’t have to approve this novel of a comment; I just wanted to share the whole story. 🙂

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