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Friday Finds

Welcome to my first installment of Friday Finds. I feel like I come across articles or videos during the week and am like “that would be a neat thing to post on my blog”, but it’s not something I can write a whole post about. Ya know?

So I decided to create a list on Fridays of the interesting things I’ve seen/read during the week. The list will include: social issues, conscious products,  health and wellness, inspirational stories, and obviously I will throw in some funny videos because a good laugh never hurt anyone. Here is what I have been watching, reading, and found interesting this week.

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1. Taylor Swift is donating all of the proceeds from her song “Welcome to New York” to New York City Public Schools. But be careful of what might happen if you listen to too much Taylor Swift. 

2. Have you seen the controversial catcalling video?  It’s been fairly prevalent in social media this week. But what may be even more controversial is this man’s response.

3. This is an interesting article about what foods may be threatened by climate change. Try not to panic, but chocolate and wine are on the list.

 

4. Check out Old Wool New mittens, hats, and gloves. They’re made out of old sweaters and look super warm. Be prepared, winter is coming!

5. In this video adults and kids are asked what they would change about their bodies. It’s one of those videos that really makes you think. 

6. And here is a video of a baby otter learning how to swim. Enjoy the cuteness. 

 


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The Endangered Species Chocolate Ranking

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I’m kind of a chocolate expert (toot toot). My credentials don’t go beyond the fact that I eat A LOT of chocolate, but believe me; I know what I’m talking about.

I’ve seen these Endangered Species Chocolate bars every time I go to the grocery store and I thought it was about time I tried some. Yes, not just one, some.4 barsYou can probably tell by the brand name that Endangered Species Chocolate has something to do with endangered species. 10% of net profits go to species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts. Currently the donations go to the African Wildlife Foundation and the Xerces Society. But that is not the only great thing this company is doing.

They are Rainforest Alliance certified (ethical business standards), USDA Organic certified, and 30% of the packaging is made from recycled materials. Endangered Species Chocolate also tackles a problem I wasn’t aware of: palm oil. Below you will see the impact conventional palm oil production has on the world.

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Endangered Species Chocolate uses Agropalma, which is a certified sustainable palm oil committed to zero deforestation.

So after hearing all of these great things, the real question here is, is the chocolate good? And the answer is yes.

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Here is my ranking of a few (six!) that I tried from my most to least favorite:

Dark Chocolate with Espresso Beans: I was a little surprised by how much I liked this one because I’m not usually drawn to coffee flavors. The sweetness of the chocolate and bitterness of the coffee compliment one another very nicely. 

Dark Chocolate with Forest Mint: This one was a close second. The mint flavor is subtle, but adds another dimension to the smooth, rich dark chocolate. I really like that the mint flavor is natural and doesn’t taste overly sweet or artificial.

Dark Chocolate with Raspberries: I will admit the raspberry flavoring isn’t very predominant, but the pieces of raspberry do add extra sweetness. I think this bar would be great for someone who normally indulges in sweet milk chocolates, but likes to mix it up with dark chocolate once in a while.

Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee: This one has so much potential! The sad part is that the toffee bits are few and far between, but when you get a piece with a good amount of toffee in it, it’s goooooood.

Dark Chocolate with Blueberries- I may be a little biased on this one. Being from Maine (the leading U.S producer of wild blueberries) I have high blueberry expectations. Chocolate covered blueberries are sold by the carton up here and I was a little disappointed in the low blueberry to chocolate ratio. 

Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Almonds: This is the only one I was actually disappointed with. The almond pieces are very, very tiny. Normally when I crave chocolate with almonds I’m looking for that extra crunch. You don’t really get that with these little shreds of almond. The cranberries add a little bit of flavor, but like the almonds, are very small in size.  

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There are a lot of other flavors available, but I had to limit myself to six. You can check them all out at the Endangered Species Chocolate website. If you try a flavor I didn’t get a chance to review, I would love to hear what you think!


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What’s cuter than a penguin in a sweater?

If I were to pick a spirit animal for myself, I would probably pick a penguin. Ideally, I would like to be something majestic and graceful like a wolf or tiger, but realistically I waddle more like a penguin.

As you can see, these animals really encompass a “fall down seven times, get up eight” mentality. They are very resilient. But sometimes these little critters need a little help and that is where the Penguin Foundation comes into play.  The Penguin Foundation on Phillip Island in Victoria (Australia) works to protect and preserve Little Penguins. The Little Penguin or Fairy Penguin, as they are sometimes called, is the smallest species of penguins.

One way the foundation helps the penguins is after man-made disasters such as oil spills. The foundation rescues penguins by providing them with a sweater. Yes, that’s right; they put sweaters on the penguins. Not only do the sweaters look adorable, they actually serve a purpose. What happens is the penguins’ feathers get matted from the oil, which makes it hard for them to stay warm. And what is the most obvious thing to do when you get cold? Put on a sweater!

Not only do the sweaters keep these little cuties warm, it also keeps them from swallowing oil in their attempts to clean their feathers.  After the penguins are cleaned, they are released back into the wild (sans adorable sweater) and go back to doing whatever it is penguins do.

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So now that you’ve read about the most adorable use for a sweater, I am sure you’re wondering how can I be a part of this? Well, it’s easy. One way to help is to knit a penguin sweater. You can go to this website to download a pattern and then get creative! This website also provides the address to send your finished sweaters. You have to send it all the way to Australia, so expect a decent shipping cost.

Can’t knit? No problem! You can also donate to the Penguin Foundation or adopt a penguin of your own. You can even name your little fella! To learn more about the Little Penguin and this cause, check out the Penguin Foundation Homepage.

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