Monday, April 27, 2009

A Green Birthday Party

Ethan came home on Earth Day from school and very gently said, " Mom, I don't want to have a Star Wars Party. I changed my mind. Instead I want to invite my friends over and clean up all the trash off the streets. There is a lot of trash in the Ocean and I love Orcas. Can we do that?"

Tears welled up in my eyes, causing his sweet face to become fuzzy. I was more excited to throw him a "Green Party" than Star Wars anyway. He has enough toys.

After some research online, I came across a site called ECHOage.com (click on name to view site). They provide you with online invites (save the paper) and it allows you to choose a cause for your party that guests can make donations to. In our case, we chose EarthCorps which coincidentally helps out the orcas and the rest of the environment.

We are throwing the party at the Aquarium where the children can develop an appreciation for our oceans and the sea creatures that depend on our common sense to keep them safe.

Children pick up on empathy at an early age, they just need exposure to those in need. Take the time to educate them on how blessed they are and what our responsibility is as residents of this planet to preserve the beauty around us. Nothing is maintained without effort.

Friday, April 17, 2009

WII Boxing On A Snowy Day in Colorado

What to do on a Snowy Spring Afternoon?


Warm up with a round of Wii Boxing!!!!



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Monday, April 13, 2009

$1000 For Cookies For Kids Cancer



Thank all of you for making this goal of $1000 to Cookies For Kids Cancer a reality.


I cut a money order for $750 (cash recieved) plus $250 in checks!





Saturday, April 11, 2009

HAPPY EASTER

Love recieving Easter Presents



I officially have Spring Fever


Cute As A Bunny (Our niece Bella)

Use Less Paper

Where is there room in your life to use cloth, instead of paper?


I will admit, I have not eliminated all paper from my life, but I have cut down tremendously.


Use towels in the kitchen, instead of paper towels.

Use cloth napkins, instead of paper napkins.

Use fabric shopping bags, instead of paper/plastic shopping bags.

Re-use scrap paper for printing out documents at home.

E-mail cards instead of mailing cards.
Remove your name from Junk Mail....who likes that anyway? 90% of my daily mail is junk mail. Go onto the Privacy Council website and sign up to have your name removed off of credit card offers, catalog lists, sweepstakes, etc.

If you must use paper, purchase RECYCLED! Almost all companies, offer the "Greener Choice" now. It might be a little more expensive, but you are doing something good for OUR PLANET and protecting it for future generations.

A fun option for greeting cards, are ones that are embedded with wild flower seeds in the paper itself. I am sure whoever it is being sent to will appreciate it as well. Target sells them...ask your local greeting card store for help.

Why not try making your own paper out of existing paper products? What a fun alternative and bonding experience with your kids. Click on Pioneer Thinking for the recipe!!

Start today with at least one of the above choices.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Showers

Today, try taking a shorter
(10-15 mins.) & cooler (luke warm vs. hot)shower. It takes a lot of energy to heat up the water in your home.

Taking cooler showers is more refreshing in the mornings and better for your skin.

Please visit the US Department of Energy for further info on water heating and conservation.

Remember being GREEN can save you money in the long run, which is a perfect solution during the recession!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs

Make a pledge to replace the light bulbs in your home with Energy Efficient Bulbs.

The inventory has increased over the years and they are now available in all shapes and sizes.

One of my favorite deals is at Sam's Club where you can purchase a pack of 8 Spiral bulbs for a little over $10. Great bargain!

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can cut down your energy costs by emitting 75% less heat than your regular light bulb, and last up to 10 years.

Friday, April 3, 2009

YARD WORK

Spring is in the air, which means yard work for most.
This year, instead of treating your garden and plants with pesticides, go ORGANIC!

The pollutants are not healthy for you or the environment.
The good news is that there are so many options for treating plant disease and pests the NATURAL WAY.


Ladybugs
are a fantastic way to keep those aphids away. You can purchase them at most garden stores for a very reasonable price. Another solution is using Coffee Grounds as a fertilizer. Starbucks offers bags of coffee grounds for free near their EXIT DOOR. Ask a Barista for assistance if you do not see it. How many times do you get the opportunity to walk away with something FREE! Take advantage of it.


Here are some basic recipes from the HOMEMADE book for your gardening needs.


RECIPES

WEED KILLER

Household bleach
Boiling water

Prepare a solution of 5% bleach and 95% boiling water
Douse weeds with the solution, wait a day and check for withering. If the weeds resist, increase the percentage of bleach and repeat.

INSECT REPELLENT

Sprigs of fresh rosemary
Sprigs of fresh basil
Sprigs of fresh thyme

When you remove food from the grill, spread out a handful of pungent culinary herbs on the rack of the grill where they will smoke, but not burn.
Allow the herbs to cook and release their insect repelling fragrances.



Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ditch The Chemicals

Do you know what is lingering in your home cleaning supplies?

Carcinogens......yes, chemicals that are cancer causing amongst other things, e.g. eye and mucous irritants, chemicals that cause damage to the nervous system and cause depression, etc.

Doctors are in a fight against time to prove how these chemicals damage our bodies, but as with smoking it takes time to prove the effects, it doesn't happen overnight. The companies that manufacture these products, such as Lysol Disinfectant Wipes, claim that the amount of carcinogens are so minuscule that it is completely harmless. Hmmmmmmmm....how can any amount of cancer causing product be harmless?

Does smoking two cigarettes a day vs. a whole pack mean that the cigarette smoke and chemicals don't get into your lungs?

The major problem is that almost everything we use, from cleaning supplies to beauty products to foods, all contain a small amount of something that isn't good for us. At the end of the day, we are inhaling and ingesting a large amount of little substances that add up to a whole.

We are a society of convenience and are unwilling to give that up. I am urging you to, because this really is a matter of life and death. I know for a fact that the ratio of people getting cancer these days increase on a yearly basis. I used to know of maybe one person ever five years, where now I hear about five people every year.

What are my alternatives you ask?

The alternatives are the natural ingredients that our ancestors have been using for decades. Vinegar, baking soda, borax, etc. There is a great book that teaches you how to make your own household cleaning supplies called HOMEMADE by the Reader's Digest. Below are a couple of recipes that I have included from this book for your most basic needs.

Please take the time to also visit http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_279.cfm to view which products are the most toxic as well as http://www.scorecard.org/health-effects/chemicals.tcl?short_hazard_name=cancer&all_p=t for a list of the ingredients that are a danger to you and your family. Chances are if you can't read it, it doesn't belong in your life.


RECIPES

Basic Window & Glass Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar
2/3 gallon water
1 clean gallon container
1 clean 32 oz. spray bottle

Mix the ingredients in the gallon container.
Fill the spray bottle and spray on windows and glass items needed.
Dry glass with crumpled newspaper for added brightness and savings.


Herbal Carpet Freshener

1/2 cup lavender flowers
1 cup baking soda

In a large bowl, crush the lavender flowers to release their scent.
Add the baking soda and mix well. Pour the mixture into a cheese shaker or a can with holes punched in the lid.
Sprinkle liberally on the carpet. Wait 30 mins. and then vacuum.


Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

2 cups of borax
2 cups washing soda
1 clean 32 oz. container with cover

Combine borax and washing soda in the container and seal it tightly for storage.
For each load of dishes, put 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the dishwasher soap dispenser.
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