Hi, everyone! As I write this it's pouring rain outside, not the most encouraging "spring is on its way weather." This month is all about challenges and pushing ourselves to do new things. We have set five challenges for you guys to choose from (not including our easter and one week challenges). They are listed below and are super fun! Try them and enjoy.
1. Exercise for 90 minutes every day for a week. Bike, run, play soccer, live.
2. Have your family go vegetarian for three days. 
3. Make a recipe book of vegetarian recipes and give it to someone you know that is an omnivore.
4. Don't watch TV for a week
5. Try a new food every day for two weeks
Try these in the season of spring! 
~Anna 
 
 
Hey Everyone! Hope you're enjoying February. RIP Whitney Houston. We have an announcement! Thinking First is approaching it's two year anniversary! We have been up since March 2010. We are excited to have been running this long, and to tell the truth, we are shocked that it has gone this well. All thanks to you, of course. We couldn't have done it without you! We would love to have any people that are interested write for Thinking First or become an employee--we could always use the extra help! We already have some recruits. Thank you for everything!

~The Thinking First Foundation
 
 
Hey everyone! We are really happy that you all are regularly viewing our site and learning more about animal cruelty and about vegetarianism and how to be vegan! This month we are introducing an exciting contest! It's a writing contest!
Here are the guidelines:
Your essay or short story should be about your experience being vegan or vegetarian. If you aren't vegan or vegetarian and would like to participate, that's great! You would make your topic a short story about someone who is vegetarian or vegan or you could write an essay concerning animal cruelty. 
Please make your writing one page to one paragraph. 
The winner will save a turkey Katie and I will adopt in your name and donate to Farm Sanctuary where he/she will lead a safe, happy life! 
Thank you so much, and remember, just by entering you give an innocent animal the amazing chance to live their life happily. When the contest concludes in two weeks we will post the link so you can adopt a turkey to donate to a safe living shelter.
P.S, e-mail us your entries!
 
 
Hello, everyone!

This August newsletter is mainly about a slow food (opposite of fast food) festival I went to in Snohomish. I, armed with a pad of paper and a pencil, walked up to the info booth. Here is my conversation with the volunteer working there.

Me: Hello, I run a website for vegan and vegetarian kids. I was wondering what vegan options you have here.

Volunteer: Uhhhhh, vegan? Um, well, let me check.

-Volunteer goes and talks to another woman supposedly of higher authority-

Volunteer: Well, um, we... have a sandwich... called the... Veg Head, and so... um...

Me: Yeah, we saw that on your website. It has cheese.

Volunteer: Ohhhh... well... you could ask them... to... like, leave the cheese off?

Me: .......

-Volunteer goes and talks to the same woman and brings her over to me-

Woman: Hey! I heard you're vegan! Well, there's this REALLY GREAT  sandwich called the Veg Head. I just tried it- it's delicious! 

Me: -giving up- Ok, thank you. I have another question. On your website I saw this event for kids 12 and under you were holding. It was called Munch This, and it put down healthy food. It said "Try three gross food items and win a prize!" It listed items like tofu, dill, and seaweed. I personally love all three of those, and I was wondering why you chose to put down healthy food at a festival trying to promote it.

Woman: Oh... you know, that was canceled because the chefs were so busy with other things that they were completely unprepared for Munch This... you know... well... what was your organization called again? 

Me: Thinking First.

Woman: Well, I can tell that you and the folks at Thinking First are maybe a bit more educated than most kids about healthy food and I thank you for being aware. I would love to have you and others at Thinking First come and promote healthy living for kids next year, if you would be up for that. You would be in charge of the kids food department! How about it?
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Well, I thankfully agreed and so now Thinking First will be coming back next year to the festival and running the kids food department, promoting healthy food for kids! 

-Katie

P.S,
Check the Links 
 
 


Hello Everyone, I just got around to writing our new July newsletter, and we hope you enjoy it!

 With summer vacation in full swing if you have extra time, you can do so much to help animals and the environment! Activities like gardening, reading, bike riding, playing outside and dropping the video games are all green activities that can be really fun! 
 Here is a list of fun activities for the summer time! 
Bike riding in Ravenna Park:
We love to go bike riding in this shady fortress of discovery. With a playground at hand and animals and streams all around, what better place to spend a warm afternoon? 
Gardening:
Tired of your drab yard? Go to a nearby plant nursery and pick up a few colorful blooming flowers to spice up your summer!
Games:
If you have neighbors a few doors down or friends a call away try these fun games to make your day a little more enticing.
Chain tag:
This games requires at least four people. You start out with one person being it. Then as they tag people you form a chain of people who are it. You play until everyone is part of this long chain! 
The long pour:
Items: 
2 long sticks
10 paper cups
2 buckets (same size)
2 players
First you fill eight cups with water. each player will need four cups with water and one empty cup. Each player will also need a bucket. Then, you tie the stick (ideally bamboo) to each of your hands so it is resting on your shoulders. Then you take the empty cup in one hand and the full cup in your other and try to get as much water into the empty cup as you can. Then you pour the water in that cup into your bucket. You repeat these steps and when you're finished you see which player managed to get the most water into their bucket. 


Back soon!
Anna






 
 
Our new organization, Thinking First, founded by Katie Benmar and Anna Galbraith, raises awareness about the terrible methods used in factory farming and slaughterhouses. Though you may think to yourself that one person becoming vegan or vegetarian won't help put a stop to innocent animals being killed. It really will. These animals do not deserve to be killed. They are innocent. We must help our furry friends and stop treating them cruely. You might not be vegetarian or vegan because you get a lot of your nutrition from meat or dairy. But in this modern time there are so many other options that are just as nutritious that there really isn't a need for meat any longer. Substitutes for meat and dairy include numerous options found in your local grocery store or market. It isn't fair to eat meat and we have to stop not only to protect animals all over the world but to protect the environment as well.
 

       Authors

         
         Katie Benmar
        Anna Galbraith