Happy Pi Day!

Yesterday was apparently Pi Day – or so Ant says!

Happy Pie Day!

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Sustainable Beauty

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And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.

Lupita Nyong’o

UNICEF Tap Project

So we’ve been dormant for a little while and it seems every year about this time we come back – for an annual post! This year though we’ll be coming back for regular posts!

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As you might have seen from our previous post, we’re passionate about seeing social concerns being elevated in the mass consciousness and today we wanted to highlight this very simple challenge – so you too can be a part of something novel and probably hard for those of us in societies where owning a smartphone seems like a right and not a privilege.

All you need to do is not touch your phone for 10mins and you earn someone 1 days worth of water through the UNICEF sponsor (Giorgio Armani – Aqua for Life). It is really that simple and to be honest, it’s probably a really great thing to do for your own mindfulness and respite from being connected 24/7 (something else I’ve been thinking about lately).

UNICEF Tap Project

Some of the facts

“Across the globe, every day, 1,400 children die from diseases directly linked to unsafe water or a lack of basic sanitation facilities.”

“768 million people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water, and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation.”

I’ve read a few things that indicate you could probably go without food for at least a week and depending on your health and fitness probably closer to 20-40 days without dying, but just 3 days without water and you would die…pretty remarkable how essential clean water is to surviving. What’s sad is that clean water is relatively cheap to attain through basic purification methods. Yet so many communities don’t have access to these basic human right facilities, which lead to so many other issues such as cholera, diarrhoeal diseases (one of the leading killers in under 5 year olds in developing countries) and chronic disability (reducing productivity). These contribute to the cycle of poverty, through mortality and morbidity.

I noticed one of the info messages while the challenge was running on my phone – the record for New South Wales was only 1 hour! I think that should be fairly easy to break, so I’m going for at least 60 mins now! It’s already half way through, but I challenge anyone else to break that too.

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Easter 2012

The Darling Harbour Easter Long Weekend Hoopla Festival is on again! Owl and I had a blast there last year and wish we could attend it this year but alas, we are going away. I hear there will be an Easter parade in the Sydney CBD too!

from the Nova website: B&J ManlyOn a totally unrelated note, how awesome was Ben & Jerry’s Free Scoop Day! The Clusterfluff was the. absolute. bomb. Peanut butter ice cream with caramel chunks and marshmallow swirl? Yes please! Owl and I went back for seconds and between us also got the New York Fudge, Triple Caramel Chunk and Chocolate Therapy hehe. We also managed to steal some coffee flavoured ice cream from another comrade. They were also handing out taste testers of a banana split flavour and a lamington flavour which I thought were kind of random but then it turns out that they were flavours made up by Fitzy and Wippa from Nova.

There is also a really cute video of wildcats going nutzors over some Easter eggs at the Big Cat Rescue site; and since I’m on a roll, here is a recipe for easter bunny cake pops from the creator herself. You could just make hot cross bun ones – less work lol!

Have a great Easter, guys! Stay safe.  🙂