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New School Year = A Fresh Start

Posted by Melissa Midgley on August 15, 2011

I often think that one of the reasons I became a teacher is due to my love for new, fresh school supplies. I was always the kid who couldn’t wait to run to the store with my supply list and get everything color coded and organized for the first day of school.  Now as a teacher, I still find excitement in buying new school supplies to have for the first day of school. I run to the store trying to think of a new and fun theme for the year and buy as many things to go with that theme as possible. This year I have chosen Hello Kitty. I have pencils, notebooks, folders, binders and duct tape to go along with the theme.  I also take advantage of the great sales this time of year. I keep a mini store in my classroom for students to go to if they run low or are in need of some new materials as the year moves on. Some people consider New Year’s to be their fresh start; others may use their birthday as a new start to a new year. I have always marked a fresh start and New Year with the beginning of the school year. I wish all of you the best, even if you are not in school mode, as the New Year begins!

A “Nutty” Lawsuit

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on August 10, 2011

Recently I posted this article on our Facebook page about a woman suing the makers of Nutella. She’s suing because she believes Nutella’s advertising and branding led her to (falsely) believe the product was a healthy choice for her 4-year-old daughter’s daily breakfast. The article got lots of reaction from our listeners. Many people thought the woman was crazy for suing over something like this. Other people thought any lawyer who would take on such a suit must be irresponsible. Then we have my favorite comment, “Sounds like the woman has something in common with the product’s name.”  I agree with all of these thoughts. This story was interesting to me for a few reasons:

1.)    Did this woman really, truly not know how to read the ingredients and/or nutrition label on the back of the package? If that’s the case, then that’s pretty sad.

2.)    It’s strange that she never stopped to think, “Hmm…this food tastes exactly like a candy bar. There’s no way they created a spread that tastes just like a candy bar but doesn’t have the calories and fat of a candy bar.” Come on! If Nutella tasted the way it does but was truly a healthy food choice, grocery stores wouldn’t be able to keep it on the shelves.

3.)    Why is she blaming other people for her own mistake? If I did something like this I would be so embarrassed! I wouldn’t want the entire country to know that I didn’t know how to read a nutrition label! Or that I didn’t know what Nutella is… that’s just a tragedy.

4.)    What lawyer would agree to take this case on? Who would do all the legwork involved in making this case happen and say, “I think this lady has a shot. How was she supposed to know that Nutella wasn’t a nutritious breakfast food!? We need to bring the makers of Nutella down!”

This story also makes me think that you should need a license to be a parent. You need a license to drive a car. You need a license to drive a motorcycle. You should definitely need a license to shape someone else’s life. Or feed them Nutella for breakfast every day. Either way.

What do you think? Post a comment and let me know!

Guilt Free Summer Treat

Posted by Melissa Midgley on August 03, 2011

Hi everyone I thought I would share this GREAT summer treat that I find myself enjoying each night. I’ve recently lost 40 pounds and have totally change my lifestyle and how I eat, but let’s be honest there are just some things we cannot live without.. For me that something is desserts. I put this one together and believe it or not it is filling, yummy and not loaded with fat, calories or sodium. It’s a lighter version of something we all enjoy. Try it out, I have found that people of all ages love it! Let me know how it goes over if you do try it.
~Melissa
CoCo Pops (you can buy these at Wegmans, they are saucer shaped multigrain pop cakes usually found near the organic section)
Cool Whip
Fresh Fruit
Layer the Cool Whip on the CoCo Pop and top with fresh fruit, easy and so yummy.

Here are a few spins that I found just as tasty but these have a few more calories.
Drizzle chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, jelly or chopped nuts on top of the fruit. I also enjoy using Lemon Curd to make mini lemon pies. Use the lemon curd I in place of the fruit.

My favorite is the chocolate, peanut butter and banana pop.
Layer some peanut butter on the coco pop the place some cut up bananas and drizzle with chocolate.

Musings of Big Mike ….

Posted by Big Mike on July 25, 2011

Usually when someone calls me a “genius” it is sarcasm. Same as when someone says. “Hey Einstein, you dropped your spoon in the buffet’s gravy.” It’s sarcastic, of course, unless your name actually is Einstein. Did you know Alfred Einstein, the great physicist, was … hey wait, that should be Albert Einstein … was a resident of New Jersey? He could have lived anywhere when he moved to this country, but he chose Jersey. Out of all the places in the world this “genius” could have lived, he picked New Jersey! So I ask, how smart was he, really? Intelligence is hard to figure. Like if someone called you either a moron, an idiot or an imbecile, what is worse? According to my source for everything, Wikipedia, a moron is smarter than an imbecile who is smarter than an idiot who is smarter than anyone in charge of our economy. In Dostoevsky’s novel “The Idiot,” the idiocy of the main character is attributed more to his honesty, trustfulness, kindness, and humility (again, thank you Wikipedia). I really have no point here. But thanks for listening.

New SUNNY Website

Posted by Melissa Midgley on July 01, 2011

Welcome everyone to the new, updated and extremely thrilling Sunny 102.1 Blog! Did that get your attention? Hopefully it sparked your interest and you make this one of your fun daily web spots to check out. You know those times when you are in need of a fun mental break while sitting in front of your computer screen, well here we are! Finally the answer to that daily dilemma what can I search for now! All of us here at Sunny will be posting our deep thoughts, inner most feelings and philosophical questions that are on our brain! No, not to worry, this will be an exciting journey that we hope all of you share with us. Again welcome to our blog, stop back often to see and hear what life is like as we go on living it!