Be Green This Holiday Season! #greenliving

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Everyone is busy during the holidays and there is so much to do. However take a moment to consider what you can do to make a difference on our environment. During the holidays, Americans create an extra million tons of waste each week and we boost our energy consumption by 27%. We purchase over 2.6 billion holiday cards and half of the paper Americans consume yearly is used to wrap and decorate products.
Below are some simple things we can do to help reduce our impact and protect our natural resources or our children and generations to come:
* Recycle your Christmas tree by leaving it out for curbside recycling. Please remove decorations and tinsel beforehand. Or you may be able to take it to a local mulch company to be recycled into mulch. One year, we took ours in and received a free bag of mulch in return.
* During the year, collect paper goods that you can later use for wrapping. I have tons of brown packing paper that I smooth out and stamp. It looks so pretty! You can also get creative and use the comic pages, old maps or re-use gift bags.
* Save boxes you might get in the mail or from products and use them instead of buying boxes. I love doing this! I might put a gift card in a odd shaped box. My mom uses food boxes and cereal boxes. They are great for clothes or movies.
* Recycle or re-use all the paper and boxes used for the gift you receive.
* Don’t forget all the plastic containers that come with all those toys. That can all be recycled.
* Give gifts that require little or no packaging and consider the durability of a product before buying it. Buying cheaper items often mean they will wear out faster. Personally, I asked my mom to no longer buy dollar store items for my children. I’d rather her out that money into a movie or books that my children will more out of and last longer.
* Purchase LED lights. LED lights use 90% less energy than traditional lights. I still have some traditional lights but all w lights purchased are LED.
* Eat up all those leftovers from all those holiday celebrations! More food goes into the garbage during the holiday than any other time of the year.

What do you do to be green at this time of year?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Reusing Your Trash

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Here are some ideas on how to reuse your trash:

Turn old cards into postcards or gift tags. I bought a stencil kit years ago from Currant and I trace shapes onto the cards, then cut them out. I then punch holes into them and string them into the packages. I mostly use them at Christmas.

I just starting doing this this weekend. I took an old baby wipe container and put my plastic shopping bags in it. Make sure to fold them neatly so they pop out like wipes normally would when you remove them. ( I try not to have the plastic, but sometimes I forget my totes.)

Yogurt and cream cheese containers are excellent for making sandcastles or playing in the water. Savannah loves to pour water from one container to the next.

Aluminum cans can be used as noise makers for kids bikes. My son takes a can and runs over it with his bike. The can stays on the wheel and makes a motorcycle noise. He loves doing this!

Glass jars can be used to organize screws, nails, picture hangers. We have several baby food jars in the garage holding nails and screws. My mom used to to give us baby food jars to catch lightening bugs up north.

Use carpet remnants as doormats. A year ago, we had new carpet put in on our porch. We used a piece under the grill to catch spills. When we got new carpet in the house I put an extra piece under the shoe basket to keep the tile a little more clean.

These are just a few I could think of. Does anyone have other ideas? I love reducing our trash!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to save 67 lbs of trash a year?

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Q: How to save 67 lbs of trash a year?

A: Send you child to school with a reusable lunch kit!

•A child generates about 67 lbs of lunchtime trash/school year
•By using a reusable lunch sack and other storage items, a parent can save over $200/year not only in disposable bags but also by purchasing larger quantities of food and only packing what your child will eat
•Packaging accounts for nearly 1/3 of all household waste

 

Unfortunately my 13 year old son will no longer take a lunch box to school. I guess it’s not cool? He will only take a brown bag, I don’t want to him to uncool, but those bags and baggies add up!

 

                  Does your son or daughter refuse to take a lunch box to school? At what age did that start?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Natural Dyed Eggs

Natural dyed eggs

I’ve been wanting to color my eggs naturally for several years now. This is the first year I’ve tried and I wanted to share with you! I’ve read several websites with ideas and several of the items we don’t normally have in our house. So instead of going to buy items to use –  I decided to use only what I found in my house.

So I hunted around and came up with these 12 items to try…

Household items to dye eggs with

(Not everything is shown in this picture, after I started working I found more stuff.)

 

Paprika
Yellow Onion Skins – I only had about 3/4 of an onion left.
Red Wine
Green Tea
Grape Juice
Coffee
Strawberry Milk Mix
Red Cherry Juice
Green Cherry Juice
Emergen Vit. C Drnk mix – Pink Lemonade
Grape Jelly
Orange Nerds

Natural dyed eggs

My favorites are the Orange Nerds and the Red and Green Cherry Juice. Oh and the Green Tea and Coffee! The Strawberry Milk Mix came out pretty too.

All I did was mix the ingredients in a different cup with water (if needed) and added a few tablespoons of vinegar. It was really easy. Not all the eggs came out pretty and some came out weird (wine and grape juice).

 

Natural dyed Easter Eggs

There are so many ways to dye eggs. We will be doing a marble egg swirl in a few days with the kids.

                                                   What is your favorite way to color eggs?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Be Green This Holiday Season! #greenliving

Green Christmas

 

Everyone is busy during the holidays and there is so much to do. However take a moment to consider what you can do to make a difference on our environment. During the holidays, Americans create an extra million tons of waste each week and we boost our energy consumption by 27%. We purchase over 2.6 billion holiday cards and half of the paper Americans consume yearly is used to wrap and decorate products.

Below are some simple things we can do to help reduce our impact and protect our natural resources or our children and generations to come:

* Recycle your Christmas tree by leaving it out for curbside recycling. Please remove decorations and tinsel beforehand. Or you may be able to take it to a local mulch company to be recycled into mulch. One year, we took ours in and received a free bag of mulch in return.

* During the year, collect paper goods that you can later use for wrapping. I have tons of brown packing paper that I smooth out and stamp. It looks so pretty! You can also get creative and use the comic pages, old maps or re-use gift bags.

* Save boxes you might get in the mail or from products and use them instead of buying boxes. I love doing this! I might put a gift card in a odd shaped box. My mom uses food boxes and  cereal boxes. They are great for clothes or movies.

* Recycle or re-use all he paper and boxes used for the gift you receive.

* Don’t forget all the plastic containers that come with all those toys. That can all be recycled.

* Give gifts that require little or no packaging and consider the durability of a product before buying it. Buying cheaper items often mean they will wear out faster. Personally, I asked my mom to no longer buy dollar store items for my children. I’d rather her out that money into a movie or books that my children will more out of and last longer.

* Purchase LED lights. LED lights use 90% less energy than traditional lights. I still have some traditional lights but all w lights purchased are LED.

* Eat up all those leftovers from all those holiday celebrations! More food goes into the garbage during the holiday than any other time of the year.

 

 

                                                                                What do you do to be green at this time of year?

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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