Earth Day Challenge: 5 More Changes You Can Make (Part 3)

Earth Day Challenge Part 3So how are you doing with your Earth Day Challenges? Have your made the changes from Part 1 or Part 2? The challenges are getting harder because they cost more money and require you to make harder changes in your life. Do you think you are up for it?

Make the switch to organic clothing, sheets, and towels. Twenty-five percent of all pesticides used in all of farming in the world is used on cotton. The cotton continues to carry that residue in the manufacturing process and is still present in the products we purchase. Pesticides have been linked to several diseases and conditions, including asthma, autism, learning disabilities, birth defects, reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and several types of cancer. [Read more…]

Earth Day Is A Holiday In Our House

Earth Day 2013As my children get older I am now thinking about all holidays and what it really means to participate and get my children engaged. I have written here that my journey to green life started when I was a kid and shapes how I live today. I want to provide my kids with experiences that make them want to live this way too. So how does an environmentalist who blogs and writes as much as I can about environmental issues inspire my kids as special event?

My children are young so right now I approach Earth Day like I do many religious and secular holidays we gear up for it and talk about it often leading up to the day. So basically my kids are drowning in environmentalism for the month of April because we are basically wading and swimming in it the rest of the year. At night we read books before we go to bed together and in the month of April I make sure the Lorax, Why We Recycle and other great books that are appropriate for my kids age are in the mix with other favorites. Do not underestimate the lessons these books have. My daughter learned from the recycling book about plastic bags and why they are bad. She gets upset sometimes when daycare sends her clothes home in a plastic bag. At almost 4 years old she gets the message in the story and can apply it to situations she is in.

What holiday would be complete without arts and crafts? This weekend the kids and I are going to do an upcycling craft project where we take some stuff from around the house and make something new out of it. [Read more…]

Best Earth Day Cookies Ever

Compost CookiesThese are my favorite cookies that I have ever made. They are a little bit more complicated to make but are so worth it. I call them Compost Cookies but they are not the same compost cookies you find on Pinterest. They are a mix of my three favorite cookies all in one… chocolate chip, oatmeal, and peanut butter.

My kids and I are making them this weekend in honor of Earth Day… while there is nothing inherently Earth Day-ish about them they require a few more steps than chocolate chip cookies. I think they are really going to enjoy making these and enjoy eating them even more. Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned organic rolled oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar [Read more…]

How To Teach Preschoolers Environmentalism

Welcome to the April 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Kids.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they communicate with their children about natural living and how they implement those changes with their kids.

—–

As a parent of a 1 and almost 4-year-old I am constantly working on teaching them environmentalism in our everyday life. I think it is actually quite easy. Here are some tips on how to work environmental lessons into your preschoolers life.

The two of us cooking together... she is wearing my apron!

The two of us cooking together… she is wearing my apron!

Cooking: On of the best things we can do for our kids is to teach them how to eat healthy. My daughter helps me make the lunches for her, her brother and I every morning. She is stuck in a typical preschooler rut of wanting to eat the same thing. As she watches me give her younger brother a variety of food each day and she sees what I eat she has branched out and tried some new food that are equally if not more healthy than before.

Food shopping: My kids love the grocery store, they are devastated if I go without them particularly my daughter. I am able to ask them what they want to eat and let them pick out new things to try. I tell them what the different fruits and vegetables are when we are in the produce section and sometimes I quiz her on what things are. It is a great adventure and it has taught them both so much about food. I love the fact that they have learned so much about food and where it comes from already. [Read more…]

How Etsy Can Help You Go Green

Background to Giveaway Button2I have written here many times about how Etsy is a great place to help you go green. In honor of Earth Day I am giving away a $25 gift card to Etsy to help you go green. There are thousands of Etsy shop owners that upcycle waste that would otherwise be in a landfill, create products that help you reduce the amount of  waste you create, and help you live an eco-friendly life. Here are some things you could purchase with the gift card that would help reduce your impact on the planet.

According to research Americans use about 12 plastic bags per trip to the grocery store. This equals about 100 billion bags per year in the US alone.  Only about 2% gets recycled (maybe more, I could not find statistics from the last two years). Many of these plastic bags fly through the air an into garbage patches in Pacific (estimated to be the size of Texas) and more recently a large garbage patch in the Great Lakes. Urban Prey has a great set of cotton grocery bags that have fun images with cool saying $24 for two bags. I love these bags, I think people would really notice them and stop to read them. (picture 4) [Read more…]