Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Earth Hour: lights off for Mother Earth

Hi everybody! Me featured with an article again in Pet's Mews again. This time it all about Earth Hour. You will join us too for Earth Hour again right? To reach as many people and plushies you can read the article here too.

Hi everybody! Me back here in Pet’s Mews with some important news. March 25th 2017 it will be Earth Hour again. Me always celebrate Earth Hour with me friends. Last year me did the #cookiereportearthhour where me asked if you all wanted to help me by posting a picture of you during your Earth Hour. It was a great success (you can read all about it on me blog if you simply click here). This year me hope you all will join in again. But first me will tell you more about Earth Hour.

1 hour of darkness
Earth Hour was invented by the World Wildlife Foundation in Australia. The first event was in Sydney in 2007. It was such a success other countries started to participate too. And now we have more than 7000 cities worldwide who participate in every year! In short Earth Hour is one hour per year that we turn off all the lights, power down as much appliances as possible and take a moment in the dark to show we love Momma Earth and will try to help her get healthy again. If you do not want to sit in the dark you are allowed to light some candles or flashlights. Or maybe make a bonfire and have a party! During Earth Hour there are loads of stuff you can do. Like hikes in the dark or make a light painting outside. You can read more about Earth Hour on the special website: EarthHour.org.

March 25 2017 8:30-9:30 pm local time
The best part of Earth Hour is that it is held in your timezone! That means that the darkness will be rippling around the earth, starting in New Zealand and ending all the way in Hawaii. Me once saw a clip recorded in space where you can see the switching off and on of lights waving over the planet. It was quite impressive. Last year me asked you all to help in your local Earth Hour timezone by showing the world we care about Momma Earth. Me had so many friends helping out. Can we go even bigger this year?

Please post a picture on Instagram during your Earth Hour of how you are celebrating this hour. If you can post a candle or an alternative light source – like a flashlight – to show the world we care. Please tag me @cookiemreport and use the hashtag #cookiereportearthhour2017 so me can see all your pictures. Me really want to feature them in a blog again (like last year).

Thank you!

Friday, March 10, 2017

A is for… the Altravelalphabet

Me have to admit! Me love doing alphabets almost as much as me love eating cookies. Well… almost. Me buddy Dušana, also known of the Instagram account Altravelbunny, celebrated his birthday by exploring the Alphabet with words that are associated with traveling, wonder, nature and the environment. Dušana have been travelling the world, swapping humans on the go, for quite some time before returning home to his human friend, so he has seen a lot of the world. So celebrating his birthday he took us on a trip around the Alphabet all February. It was awesome to spend time and thought in this alphabet. Because me loved the #altravelalphabet so much, me wanted to show you all me pictures me used for Dušana’s alphabet with you in an article. Me hope you will love it too!

A is for Adventure. This was an awesome adventure in Bretagne last Summer. Me love going on adventure with altravelalphabet too!
B is for Boat. Okay this one no will go far but me love going somewhere on a boat. Especially when it goes to Texel!

C is for Coddiwomple. C is for Cookie but also for Coddiwomple and me thinks riding a rhino just wandering without a destination just adventure is a good coddiwomple right Dušana?
D is for Discovery. The question is who discovered who? Me love this alphabet Dušana now me can use so many older pictures!

E is for Environment. Me once helped cleaning up the beach in Egmond aan Zee (Egmond by the sea) and after 2 hours our group already had pulled so much junk out of the sand. Mostly nets and plastic. Me even found a fuse and a broken lightbulb! Me hopes everybody will be nicer to our planet!
F is for Friends. And although me have many at home me also have many worldwide. Me got the mails to prove it!

G is for Go car Free in the altravelalphabet When Berry can she takes the train to travel to other parts of the country. With me ofcourse!
H in the altravelalphabet is for Health. We think it very healthy to go outside and take a hike. Breathe in some fresh air. Me also thinks that good for your mental health. And if not... Then me is here for a cuddle!

I is for Imagination! Here me sits at Hagrids cubbard with magical books with googly eyes. Me imagined Hagrid and his dog were there telling me stories about all the magical creatures he knows!
SNOW!!!! We have actual snow. And it stays on the ground and the trees and and and... Me soooo happy!!! Me also would like to add J is for Journey!

K is for Knapsack and that is easy!!! Me is a backpack meself!!! Best way to travel everywhere with Berry. This is an old picture though before me eye sight was restored, before me wore clothes all the time and Berry was still a blonde hihi
L is for Livsnjutare. Dušana says its Swedish and it means live life deeply and love life. Me thinks that is a nice word to live by. We still had snow today. Me loved it.

M is for Mail in the altravelalphabet by Dušana. Well... Me love sending out mails and getting loads of mails too. Me will be sending some out again soon!
N is for Nature and National Park. This park is not a national park but it is close to me home. In the background you see me little doggy buddy. He can run around without a leash here. We love to walk in nature and try to do so as much as me can.

O is for Outdoors and P is for Picnic & parties in the altravelalphabet this picture shows it all. We were picnicking outdoors during a party!
Q is for Quixotic in the altravelalphabet Me thinks this view counts right Dušana? It is a picture from 2014 taken in Monclar de Quercy (also a Q) in France.

R is for responsibility says the altravelalphabet. R is also for recreation and recycling! On Sunday we alway go to the recycle point to bring our plastic away! And also our paper.
S is for Solivagant says the altravelalphabet me bestie Berry loves to go on a trip on her own - well always with me ofcourse - to clear her head and sometimes just be alone and collect her feelings. She loves to take pictures of me when we go out and about. This is a picture of 2013 (we thinks) look how young me looks hihi. Her solo outings are the reason me have me own blog 💙🍪

The next letter in the altravelalphabet is T for train! Berry and me love to travel by train because it nice and relaxed. Me love to sit on the table and look out the window while listening to some music. In the back you see another train. Dutch trains are yellow with blue.
U is for underground in the altravelalphabet but in the city where me live there is no underground but... There is a bus company called U OV. The U stands for Utrecht and OV for openbaar vervoer which is Dutch for public transportation. So here you see me on the bus going into the historic heart of Utrecht.

V is for Voyage. Me love to go on a voyage on a Veerboot. That the Dutch word for Ferry. With this boat me traveled to the Dutch island Texel! And on the island we always coddiwomple. Hihi
W is for Walking in the altravelalphabet Me love to walk... Well... Berry walks me just hitch a piggy back ride. Hihi. But we love it. Walking is good for your health and the environment. Sometimes we just coddiwomple stroll or take a brisk walk... This picture was taling on the 11th of this month when we had a snowday. A good reason to go for a walk too!

X is for Xenodochial in the altravelalphabet it means you are not afraid to make new friends. Me make new friends almost everyday. People and animals love me. This is a baby bonobo who seemed to like me too! This picture was taken a few years ago at Apenheul.
Y is for yuugen in the altravelalphabet by Dušana. It means sonething like wonder, deep, mystery and a little magical me thinks. Me thought back to when me visited a Spanish butterfly garden back in june 2007. This was a yuugen moment for me... Wow

Z is for Zdrova in the altravelalphabet hosted by Dušana. Zdrova means Hello. So... Zdrova miss Walrus! Me sad such a happy word is the last one of the alphabet... Me had so much fun posting these new and old pictures. Thanks for learning us new words. Maybe me will write a blog about it Dušana!

Thank you again for hosting this amazing event Dušana! You taught me many new words! Me hope we will meet one day to coddiwomple in no particular direction!
Well, that is me blog for now. See you all soon. Big hugs!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

You’re a wizard Cookie!

Last week me received a letter from little Hedwig to come to Hogwarts. First me was sorted by the sorting hat and then… Then me went to the Common Room. Me even got to see the bedroom of Harry and Ron! Wow it felt like a dream… maybe it was a dream… Well actually me went with Berry to the press preview of Harry Potter The Exhibition and it was amazing! Let me tell you all about it! O and if you can read Dutch, please visit Berry her blog about the Exhibition: De magische wereld van Harry Potter. But first… me will tell you about the awesome day me had.

Berry knew for a little while we would be going there, so she knitted me a Hedwig sweater so me would go with her in style. At the Cinemec in Utrecht (this is a huge Movie theatre complex) they have built a new hall there especially for the Exhibition. The moment we stepped in me felt like me was going to Hogwarts.

The train is there, at the school station. And all the props and costumes of the movies. In the Common Room there are the wands of Neville and Hermione, and in the bedroom of Ron and Harry you can see what they kept in their trunks. And the golden egg is there. It amazing.

After me visited the school and its classes it was time to go outside the school. There you could play Quidditch and visit the garden around Hagrids hut. Me even sat in Hagrids chair at the cabin and saw the dragon egg on the table. And me even saw the Monster books in the cupboard. Me no think there is an entry in the book about cute little blue monsters like me… what do you think? It was so nice in Hagrids hut! We even strolled through the magical forest and went to a feast in the Great Hall. The Dark Arts chamber was a little scary though – there was a Dementor! – but also very fascinating. Me was glad when we left though.

And then something amazing happened! Berry had an interview with James and Oliver Phelps, the twins that play Fred and George Weasley in the movies. They were soooo nice. And Berry arranged a little photo moment with me. Awesome huh. Berry had their picture taken with them too. Me thought it was marvellous. Me really loved it. And the exhibition! It really felt like me was a day at Hogwarts, for sure. Me even thought Hagrid whispered: 'You're a Wizard Cookie…' hihi.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Having a Day of Vacation at the Vacation Expo

Since me bestie Berry is a freelance text writer and blogger, she has visited many great expo’s, openings, zoos and museums. For the third year in a row now she took me to ‘de Vakantiebeurs’, or Vacation Expo in Dutch. This expo is huge in the Netherlands and is visited by many people, also from abroad. It starts on Tuesday with a day for press and professionals and ends on Sunday. So it takes up almost a week! The purpose of the expo is that travel bureaus promote their accommodations and destinations so you can find the vacation of your dreams. It awesome. You can travel the whole world… in just one day!

Berry went two days. Once on the Professionals Day on Tuesday and once on Thursday for a follow up day, just to enjoy it with when the normal visitors are there too. Me went along, of course, and had so much fun! Me got to see so many cool things. Me went on Safari in Africa, saw a statue from Easter Island, hugged a tiny dolphin, met Hello Kitty and had so much fun with Fox and Owl from de Achterhoek (a region of the Netherlands they represented at the expo). They really loved me! Especially the Fox hugging and tickling me tummy every time we ran in to each other. It was so much fun! Me love making new friends. Also me enjoyed a little downtime at the Beach. It was so relaxing.

Yes me like the Vacation Expo. Me hope me can go again next year!