Check For Safety Recalls On Your Vehicle


How do you know whether a safety recall has been issued for your US car/truck/van? You may think the manufacturer will notify you – but that may not happen in a timely fashion, especially if

  • you have moved since purchasing
  • you don’t get your vehicle serviced at a dealer
  • you bought the vehicle used

And even if you are correctly registered in the manufacturer’s database, how long will it take them to actually send you a notice?

Here’s my example of what can happen, and how you can check your own vehicle’s status:

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Review – Lightphoria 10,000 Lux Energy Light Lamp

Lightphoria with AC adapter & storage bag

Lightphoria with AC adapter & storage bag

I recently purchased a Lightphoria 10,000 Lux Energy Light Lamp by Sphere Gadget Technologies to try doing light therapy in the mornings at my desk. I usually arrive at work between 7-7:30am when it is barely light outside, and frequently don’t get outside again until I leave after sunset in winter.

Because I’ve done research on light box use I was aware that distance from the light makes a big difference in whether or not you get the expected dose. I have a SunSprite Wearable Light Tracker which measures light intensity. I hung this on my glasses next to my eyes and experimented with placement of the Lightphoria. What did I find?

Sunsprite Light Tracker

Sunsprite Light Tracker

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A Recipe To Use Carrot Pulp From Juicing

[NOTE: Edited July 6, 2014 to include changes in cooking and processing the carrots after making this a few more times]

As I’ve mentioned previously, I have an Omega juicer. Using it results in vegetable pulp – the fibrous residue of harder vegetables such as carrots, beets, and leafy greens. I’ve tried a number of recipes purporting to make tasty treats from this pulp, but so far have found none good enough that I wanted to finish the results.

While kale and celery pulp are rather stringy and unappetizing, I really wanted to find a use for the carrot pulp. I started adding to my blended breakfast cantaloupe (frozen in single servings, defrosted and mixed with yogurt) and crockpot oatmeal.

Finally I was inspired by my localvore caterer/meal CSA/event service Cuisine en Locale when they served a mezze plate which included a Turkish carrot dip. Online searching led me to several versions (such as this from local chef Ana Sortun), from which I took ingredient ideas and then winged it with my kitchen contents:

carrot dip

The recipe:

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New! Flashback Fridays

Now that this blog is available as a paid subscription for Kindle users I want to make sure subscribers get their money’s worth. Since the RSS feed provides them with only the five most recent posts but I’ve been posting since May 28, 2012 (Hey! Happy blog anniversary to me!) I want to make some of the earlier articles available as well to the Kindle crowd.

So Flashback Friday posts will highlight popular articles from the WBK archive. Today’s blast from the past is How To Roll A Yoga Mat:

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