Interesting stories abounded on the web this week, touching on topics from the wisdom of having kids to the reasons why overweight Americans use more gas.  Here are a few of my favorite posts that hit the web this week: 

Living child-free: The Grist's Lisa Hymas has an interesting take on the green message in Eat, Pray, Love.  I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have to say, that the book really didn't focus that much on Gilbert's decision to have kids or not to have kids.  It was more about her efforts to find herself in general.  But Hymas is right, the overall message - that child-free living is a perfectly normal choice - is a good message for people to hear.  I struggled with this choice myself for a time. Obviously, in the end I did decide to have kids, but that was my choice, and one that my husband and I decided was right for us.  It's such a personal and important decision that no one should be talked in to having kids unless they really feel passionately about it.

Raising princesses: Speaking of having kids, the big decisions don't stop when you decide whether or not to have one.  In fact, every day with kids usually involves a big decision or two that will affect their overall health, self-esteem, cognitive thinking, and social development.  In his post, I'm not raising princesses, I guess, the Natural Papa's Derek Markham explains why even a simple movie choice could send the wrong message to little girls and boys.

Greening your pregnancy: By now, I've read tons of posts on going green during pregnancy, but I liked Jennifer Grayson's 10 surprising tips for a green pregnancy on the Huffington Post.  Sure, she dealt with the big issues like walking instead of driving, passing on bottled water, and replacing toxin-laden beauty products with healthier options.  But she also thought of great tips for soon-to-be moms who are new on the green scene, like passing on the maternity clothes, reading baby books from the library, and asking for services instead of stuff at the baby shower.

Losing weight to save money: Want to trim your gas bill?  Start by trimming your waist line.  At least that's the argument from this post on Autobloggreen on why fat American use more gas.  I'll certainly remember that  39 million gallons of fuel are burned for each pound gained by the average American.  That's startling enough to make me think twice before I hit the drive thru line!

Starting a food fight: Diane MacEachern's post on her local elementary's schools efforts to ditch their styrofoam lunch trays in favor of reusable ones gives me hope that the planet will be in good hands as the next generation continues it's efforts to storm the green scene.

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