Get your free trees & seeds for Arbor Day

unnamed (10)The Illinois Tollway will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, by giving away 7,500 tree seedlings and 7,500 pollinator seed packets to customers at its headquarters and oases locations throughout the Tollway system.  Complete an online survey and be entered to win a one-year family membership to The Morton Arboretum. Drawing will be held on May 15.

Choose from four varieties of tree species native to Illinois, including:

  • Shagbark Hickory
  • Red Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Pecan

Or pick up seed packets with a mix of native wildflowers, including:

  • Wild bergamot (monarda fistulosa)
  • Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia hirta)

GT kombucha class action lawsuit

gt-1200x628A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit alleging Millennium Products Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. misrepresented the alcohol, sugar, and antioxidant content of certain GT’s kombucha products.

If you purchased GT’s kombucha products between March 11, 2011 and Feb. 27, 2017, you may be entitled to benefits from the kombucha class action settlement.

Proof of purchase is not required, however, Class Members who submit proof of purchase can claim up to $60 from the kombucha settlement. Class Members without proof of purchase can claim up to $35.  Class Members are entitled to receive a cash payment of up to $3.50 or a product voucher for each eligible product purchased during the Class Period. The product vouchers are redeemable for a free Millennium product.  Click here to submit a claim.

PSA: non-Egyptian cotton Target refunds

Targetgc“One of Target’s vendors, Welspun Global Brands (Welspun), was one of the producers of Egyptian Cotton 500-thread count sheets under the Fieldcrest label for Target,” said Molly Snyder, a Target company spokeswoman. “After an extensive investigation, we recently confirmed that Welspun substituted another type of non-Egyptian cotton when producing these sheets between August 2014 and July 2016. Neither Target nor Fieldcrest had any knowledge of this substitution. These sheets were produced by a number of vendors and only one of those vendors was substituting product.”  Anyone who purchased these products produced between August 2014 and July 2016 can request a full refund in the form of a gift card (select Egyptian Cotton Sheets in drop down box).  You do not need a receipt because it also verifies by the VN number on the sheets.

500 thread count Satin-Stitch Damask Egyptian cotton sheets
500 thread count Geo Pattern Egyptian cotton sheets

Walmart Is now investigating to see if its Welspun Egyptian Cotton Sheets were fake.  Welspun also sells to Bed, Bath and Beyond, Costco and Macy’s.

Note:  Egyptian Cotton only refers to the stupid seed, not to where the cotton is grown, so you could have the right cotton grown in your backyard.  well, not really, but you know what i mean…

PSA: McDonald’s STEP-IT Activity Band Recall


Micky D has issued a safety recall for their Happy Meals STEP-IT Activity Wristbands toy due to the risk of Skin Irritation or Burn.  Oddly enough, I found purple and green ones in bags I was going through.  I haven’t bought Happy Meals since they were unhealthy, so I have no idea where they came from, especially since they were only distributed earlier this month!  But bring ’em on back and they’ll swap each band for another toy and your choice of yogurt or apple slices.  Here’s the 411.

14 Bottled Water Brands Recalled for E. Coli

A water bottling company that is responsible for 14 different brands issued a voluntary recall on Monday after discovering that one of their spring water sources tested positive for E. coli bacteria.

“E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes,” a representative of Niagara Bottling LLC said in a statement. “Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.”

Read entire Huffington Post article here.

PSA – update your OS!

It’s one of those annoying things we’re required to do on a regular basis…yet keep putting off, right? I just tried to install my tax program, only to find out that I’m behind the curve enough that I can’t install it!

If you’re like me (scary thought, that), here’s a link for iTune Mountain Lion upgrade.  If you haven’t even gotten that far, here’s the iTune Lion link.

If you’re looking to upgrade to the latest OS, that’s OS X Yosemite and the upgrade is free from Mountain Lion (at least).

If you’re not running a Mac, then I can’t help you, but please, please, upgrade.