Monday, April 20, 2015

[Earth Day Edition] Crafting Repurposed Puppets

Brian and I have both blogged about our earth-friendly efforts since we both became bloggers in 2011. What better way to hand this green lifestyle down than to teach our nieces and nephews to do so too. Recently, I had the opportunity to do just that when I babysat my nieces.

My niece with repurposed puppets.
This post is dedicated to an arts and crafts project I conducted with my nieces based around repurposed (recycled) items. For The Brown's: a recycled home or craft project evokes something you already had around the house; were given specifically for repurposing; picked up thrifting or bought at a restore it store. To be classified as population-we™ repurposed project: one- or all- components should be recycled in the project. In this case, my nieces used items already on-hand. Every birthday and Christmas in The Brown's household--we don't throw away the wrapping paper, tissues and bows--instead we store them away for another day. This day, my nieces would be inspired to make puppets (shown at right) from repurposed brown paper bags and other items out of this stockpile.

In short, we want to share with our readers that Earth Day, which falls on Wednesday April 22, this year--can be fun and commemorated every day of the year. Happy repurposed puppet making!


Editor's Note: In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day population-we™ staffers will celebrate our love for planet earth with green posts the entire month of April! For this post we celebrate the art of repurposing for a craft project. Thanks for reading our third Earth Day post. 


-population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
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Monday, April 13, 2015

[Earth Day Edition] iHeart Celebrity Causes Highlights Jennifer Lopez's Lopez Family Foundation

As a society we like our celebrities and tend to support the causes they endorse with this status. Our celebrities are those that entertain and inspire us such as those that act in the movies, on television and the stage, our favorite musicians, athletes from our favorite teams or provide national pride representing at the Olympics, the authors of our favorite literary works and those that provide contributions in the world of art. Each month in this population-we™ (pop-we) series, I Heart Celebrity Causes, a celebrity will be chosen and the cause that they promote will be looked at.
I Heart Celebrity Causes!

This month in the 10th installment of I Heart Celebrity Causes the focus is on Jennifer Lopez and the Lopez Family Foundation. Lopez is a multi-media star who has excelled as an actress, author, dancer, producer, singer and song writer. She has eight studio albums which passed the 60 million sold mark, been in 26 movies which have grossed over $2 billion and can currently be seen as a judge on American Idol.

The Lopez Family Foundation was founded by Jennifer Lopez and her sister Lynda in 2009 with the goal to greatly increase the availability of quality healthcare and health education for women and children no matter their financial situation and ability to pay. The goals are to provide maximum impact in the areas of telemedicine and raising healthy children. The initial reach of the Foundation has been results in Bronx, NY, Puerto Rico and Panama.

The Foundation partnered with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in September 2010 to launch the Lopez Family Foundation International Telemedicine Program. The program provides specialized  healthcare services through innovative teleconferencing to address the needs of children globally. The inital focus is on Latin America as a presence has been established in Puerto Rico and Panama. Working relationships are in place with two hospitals in Puerto Rico where tele-genetics and tele-radiology programs have been developed. The telemedicine program launch in Panama works with three major pediatric centers, one rural hospital and three rural clinics with the goals of improving access and enhancing the quality of health care for children.

An effort closer to home for the Lopez sisters took place in June 2014 when they joined the Montefiore Health System to launch the Center for a Healthy Childhood in Bronx, NY. The Lopez Family Foundation made a $250,000 donation to Montefiore to help promote healthy living through community health programming, positive messages to raise children's self image and a healthy environment to assit every woman, child and family acheive their full potential. Jennifer Lopez said the Center will make her vision a reality by making her hometown a healthier place.

If you wish to contact the foundation it can be done through the Lopez Family Foundation website.

Most importantly, Bravo to pop-we I Heart Celebrity Causes--Jennifer Lopez--for her Take Action Hollywood! efforts.


Editor's Note: In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day population-we™ staffers will celebrate our love for planet earth with green posts the entire month of April! For this post we celebrate two Earth Mothers who are the founders of The Lopez Foundation. Thanks for reading our second Earth Day post. 


-population-we blog post by John Bohan 
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