Sunday, March 28, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

National Nutrition Month 2010

March is National Nutrition Month, and although we should be mindful of our nutrition at all times, this month, we are encouraged to become more and more educated on our personal health.

Nutrition is not just eating right, but also a myriad of lifestyle practices. Here are some of the most important components to optimal overall nutrition:

1. Of course, Eating Right! This includes eating a lot of leafy greens, colorful veggies, and fruits. Monitoring carb intake and minimizing the amount of sugar you eat are key in eating your best.

2. Exercise. This one is not as bad as it sounds. Although a gym membership or routine exercise are wonderful options, sometimes it just won't fit in our busy schedules. Some alternatives include walking as much as possible, taking the stairs when you have the option, jumping jacks to get the heart going, swimming to work all your parts, and even dancing. Find some type of physical activity you enjoy or can do in passing and stick with it!

3. Regular Doctor Visits. Even when you're feeling good, visiting your doctor about once a year is always a good idea. Let your doc confirm your health and give you direction on what's best for you. We all have different body types, health histories, and tolerances. Getting a personal evaluation made to fit you is critical!

4. Optimal Health Includes Optimal People. Keeping the right people around you is important in having a healthy life. Take a look at the company you keep. Are they contributing to your happiness? We control our own destinies and manage our own happiness. But, having the right people to share life with can have an impact on your overall health and lifestyle. Make sure your circle is strongly bonded with the right cast of characters.

5. Work/Life Balance. Work and careers are obviously the foundation for the lives we live. They determine our means, and are major parts of our character. We may not always be doing the job we want to do, but having the proper work/life balance will make things a bit easier. When we are doing what we want, work/life balance will keep us from going too far into the career crunch and leaving the things and people we love the most to the sidelines. Make sure your life is adequately mixed!

Check out these links for more insight on your nutrition and optimal health.

Here's to You!

National Nutrition Month 2010

National Nutrition Month Recipes

Women's Health

Eating Right

Thursday, March 25, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green

Earth Hour 2010
If you are not already aware, Earth Hour is almost Upon us! What is Earth Hour, you ask? It is a few things:

1. A show of worldwide solidarity
2. A way to show that you are aware of climate change, and a way to do a small action that has tangible benefits
3. An excuse to share a candlelight dinner with that “special someone”

But seriously, it is an important gesture that hundreds of millions of your fellow humans participate in, in protest of our unhealthy dependencies on oil, pollution and waste.

Earth Hour is March 27th, 2010 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, local time.
So, turn off the lights, and show that you care.

Global Site:
US Site:


Monday, March 22, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Ladies

Celebrate Womanhood!

Since 1911, women have been celebrated during the month of March. Recognition began with International Women's Day on March 8th, in the United States, as well as many European nations. This era marked a time of rising women's rights. They were given the right to vote and took charge in society where they had not before.

As time progressed, the Great Depression passed, the New Deal was signed and Civil Rights were emerging. During the 1970s, many universities across the U.S. began offering courses in women's history, and taught thousands about the many great things women had accomplished. By 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sanoma County Commision of the Stauts of Women began "Women's History Week"
in California. The week coincided with International Women's Day and soon spread to other states.

In 1987 Congress expanded the week long celebration to the entire month of March. This extension lead to such projects as the National Women's History Project and the later opening of the National Museum of Women's History in Washington D.C. The need and purpose of Women's History Month is to raise awareness about the achievements of womankind and the progress the gender has made. It is a time to recognize the contributions of everyday and extraordinary females, both in the public eye and in our own homes.

Women have done everything from carry and birth children, to start businesses, sororities, nonprofit organizations and multimillion dollar companies. Women have taken the lead in education and corporate America, all while balancing social lives and family.

Please take some time, even past the month of March, to aknowledge the notable women in your life. Find out which ones were pivotal in the foundation of this country and who has made your personal life what it is. Feel free to share with your fellow B.A.F.F.L.E.D. readers in the Comment section below.

Check out these great resources!

National Women's Law Center

Women's History Month - U.S. Library of Congress

Women's History Month Timeline

Women's History - Discussion and Activities

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

Healthy Legislation On The Way

Over the weekend, federal legislators made strong pushes to ensure health care reform would be surfacing later this week. After trouble within the Democratic party to get on one accord, it appears their side of the aisle is doing what they must to save the party name.

Of course the Republican side of the aisle is looking to make it as difficult as possible. But, with a strong majority, the Democrats should be able to do what's needed to face the nation in the direction of good health. Both David Axelrod (Obama's Senior Adviser) and Robert Gibbs (Press Secretary) are confident the Democratic party will get the votes needed to get things done. Health care has been a major hotbutton issue during the Obama administration and nothing would make a better mark than getting things done.

What do you think would be the key to getting amicable health care reform on Capitol Hill? How do your legislators feel about it? Are you influencing their vote in any way?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Can I Use This? - The Fair Use Doctrine

Not too long ago, B.A.F.F.L.E.D. gave a quick tutorial on intellectual property law. For anyone savvy on the ins and outs of copyright, trademarks and patents, you know the posting was just the tip of the iceberg.
For those seeking more info, here ya go...

One of the main components of IP law is the Fair Use Doctrine. This doctrine is major in the fields on fashion, business, and entertainment.
Fair Use allows limited use of copyrighted material but does not require permission from the copyright holder.

Fair use is:

-a means for softening the monopoly of copyright

-a connection between Copyright and 1st Amendment
-a reflection of implied consent of copyright owners

-required by the public benefit rationale of the Copyright Act
-an economic efficiency rationale, i.e. a way to cure market failure

4 Factors for Determining Fair Use:

1) The purpose and character of the use
2) Nature of the copyrighted work

3) The portion used in comparison to the whole copyrighted work

4) The impact and effect of the use on the potential market

Works such as editorials, articles, or essays are not an infringement of fair use when used as: (not all-inclusive)

o Criticism

o Comment

o News reporting

o Teaching
o Scholarship
o Research

Fair Use is governed by the US Copyright Office.

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. will continue to post information about the legal aspect of fashion, entertainment, and business in general. Let us know what you'd like to see!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green

State of Affairs in Chicago Recycling

By Contributing Editor, M.

Recycling is something we should all take advantage of, in all parts of the globe; in every city, every state.

Here are a few interesting links about how recycling is done in Chicago:

One of the biggest sources of waste in Chicago comes from construction; good thing that we have facilities to take care of some of that waste:

And then there is this:

It looks like Chicagoans produce 15.5 pounds of trash a day; which, compared to the national average (of 4.4 pounds a day, according to the EPA) is ridiculous, considering that we don't even have a stable citywide recycling program!

If you don't believe me, look here: .

I think we can do better than about 3.4 times the national average, as the supposed "Green Mayor's" city.

A few things that we can do are reduce what we use; also if you have a blue cart, make sure that you are using it properly, and if you are one of the many thousands of City residents without one...well, write to the Department of Environment and City Hall.

Do your part and make Chicago, or whatever city you call home, just a bit greener!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Careers

Improve the Economy; Share the Employment

Following the unsettling news of unemployment insurance, B.A.F.F.L.E.D. has decided to lend some help. With the assistance of avid blog followers, we will be regularly posting career openings across the country.

Check out the postings below and feel free to share others as you see them.


Litigation Paralegal Astellas Pharma - Deerfield, IL
Astellas is the bright spot in the pharmaceutical industry. This paralegal will report to a senior litigation paralegal who provides support to three litigation attorneys and other non-litigation attorneys in the Legal Department. Apply at

Creditors Rights Attorney Freedman Anselmo Lindberg and Rappe, LLC - Naperville, IL
Naperville office of an established Creditors Rights Firm has a need for an attorney for its consumer collections and foreclosure practice... more info...

Associate Attorney Hauselman, Rappin & Olswang, Ltd - Chicago, IL
Small, fast-paced, top-tier Chicago law firm representing lenders and creditors throughout the State of Illinois for almost five decades, is seeking an associate with at least 3 years of litigation and appeals experience. The target candidate must have strong research, writing skills and demonstrate analytical ability necessary to handle complex matters in the trial and appellate courts. Salary is competitive. Firm offers medical insurance, profit-sharing and flex spending plan... more info...

Appointment To Panel Of Chapter 7 Trustees U.S. Dept. of Justice/Office of the U.S. Trustee - Danville, IL
The United States Trustee seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the panel of trustees who administer cases filed under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. The appointment is for cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois, Danville Division. For additional information, qualification requirements, and application procedures go to

Consumer Finance Attorney American General Financial Services - Evansville, IN
This position requires a seasoned attorney with expertise in all aspects of consumer finance, including mortgage loans, small loans, retail and automobile lending. The position will report to the Deputy General Counsel for Consumer Finance... more info...

Attorney Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. - Milwaukee, WI
Our Firm has an opportunity for a full-time Attorney to join its thriving and busy Worker's Compensation team. With three to five years' experience representing self-insured employers, insurance companies and third-party administrators in the defense of worker's compensation claims, the successful candidate will be able to exercise sound and analytical thinking to structure solutions for our clients... more info...

Fashion Designer

Sales Manager

Chicago Jobs Live

Style Network - Art Director

Statistics Manager - ESPN

Technology Project Manager - Playboy Enterprises

Chanel Retail Manager - Houston

Keep sending your postings!!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Time Again to Work Together

Just last week, the South American country of Chile was hit with an earthquake, while a tsunami touched down in Hawaii. All this, coming on the heels of the Haitian earthquake. In a time of such despair, it’s hard not to think of how we can help one another.

On a positive note, though tough to find one, Chile is a more advanced nation than little Haiti. Chileans have been able to communicate with their American family members through telephone, email, and most notably, Facebook. This not only reflects as a sign on the times, but a comfort and saving grace to those affected.

If you want to lend a hand and reach out to those stricken by these natural disasters, don’t wait. Check out these links below and make the connection. It’s easier now than ever.

Hope for Haiti Now

UNICEF Helps Chile

Fashion Delivers

Monday, March 1, 2010

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Economics


Our economy is seeing straits more dire than most of us have witness in our lifetime. As of March 1, 2010, nearly 1 million residents across the nation lost their unemployment benefits due to a filibuster on the Senate floor.

As Illinois Senator Dick Durbin put it, we are in an "economic emergency" and need resolution fast. If something isn't done quickly, another large wave could be affected by the end of the month.

What can you do? Do you have or know of any jobs available in your area? Are you in a position where you can go straight to our federal legislators and speak for change?

** If you know of any open positions or have any way to help, please post your information in the Comment Section below, or contact B.A.F.F.L.E.D. directly ( We will do our best to post openings as we get them.

Let's do our best to help one another.

Source: WGN News

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