Friday Finds – January 4, 2008

Cara’s Finds
Get wit da homies. Motivated to take on a new home project? Or just really bored? Then take a free home-improvement course. The Home Depot offers Do-It-Herself clinics and free Kids Workshops.

A free meal. Pinching pennies? If you must have a meal out, at least find a place where kids eat free. Check out Search for restaurants by city and state. It looks like Gold Star Chili is the big “kids eat free” place around these parts. More restaurants need to be added to the list! Email the peeps at to let them know of others in your area.

Susan’s Finds
Fly cheap in January and February. Skybus Airlines is offering $20 one-way fares for the next two months. What’s the catch? Most of the flights are from or to Columbus, Ohio, or Greensboro, NC.

Skybus destination cities include: Boston (Portsmouth, NH), Chattanooga, TN, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Fort Myers (Punta Gorda, FL), Hartford (Chicopee, MA), Jacksonville/Daytona Beach (St. Augustine, FL), Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles (Burbank, CA), Milwaukee, WI, New Orleans (Gulfport-Biloxi, MS), New York/Stewart, NY, Richmond, VA, San Diego, CA, San Francisco (Oakland, CA), and Seattle/Vancouver (Bellingham, WA). I’m going to New York next month with my friend Michelle–woohoo!

Birthin’ babies is big business. Ricki Lake’s new documentary about how the American medical establishment handles birth will be in theatres next week. The Business of Being Born “explore(s) this fundamental question: should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?” (according to its PR folks). Sounds intriguing, and sure to stir up a little controversy. Thanks to my college pal Natalie for letting me know about this film.

3 thoughts on “Friday Finds – January 4, 2008

  1. just4ofus says:

    I will have to watch this documentary… I am VERY dubious however, because it is done by
    We all remember her talk show, right?
    : )

  2. Cooking Accomplished! has been a great find for myself and several of my friends. The concept is simple; you go online, pick the entrees you want and the date you want to assemble them. The difference between Cooking Accomplished! and several other businesses like this in Portland, is quality! The owner is a trained chef. They have a commercial kitchen where all the ingredients are prepped by Shelley and her staff. Many of my friends, prior to joining me for meal assembly sessions at Cooking Accomplished!, admitted to serving and eating frozen or pre-cooked meals several times a week and to dining out two or three times a week. We decided since we are worried about nutritional value and using quality local ingredients we would research meal assembly as a solution to reducing time spent shopping and preparing dinners with the goal of eating healthier. The only assemble-your-own meal company that we found in Portland, that had great selections, high quality local ingredients and prepped all their food in-house is CookingAccomplished! in Lake Oswego. Since I started preparing meals at CookingAccomplished! I’ve also signed up for a couple of great cooking classes. My son attended a kids class as well and he can’t wait until the next one. Shelley has done a fantastic job of creating a quality experience!

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