Earth Day is Everyday

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Today is Earth Day. One of my favorite days. It reminds us to stop what we are doing and celebrate our world and all of creation.

But we need not have a special day on the calendar to remind us.

Around here, we like to live as if everyday is Earth Day. Everyday we seek to notice the beauty on this Earth – to climb her trees, to explore her creeks, lakes, rivers, and ponds.

To watch the tiniest of ants to the biggest of animals do what they were created to do.

We watched a really amazing special on PBS the other day. (We don’t have cable TV anymore – but this was at a relatives’) It was all about Beavers. How they hear the sound of rushing water and it causes them to be alerted to start creating a dam.

Their instinct tells them what to do. And when they are finished with their day and night engineering, the water levels rise, and they keep the ecosystem running smoothly.

They even can make deserts that were completely dry heal and hold water again. There is something really beautiful about their story and how they help hold the ecosystem together by creating these amazing structures – adding strength to the river bottom and securing their future in the land.

We each can do our part – no matter how small – to keep our Earth’s ecosystem running properly. We can recycle, reduce our consumption and spending, repurpose, teach our children to care for the Earth, and generally take sustainable actions to heal the land.

Every little bit helps.

If you want to read more about saving our Earth – check out The Story of Stuff. It’s eye-opening.

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And this post I reposted from Holistic Moms Network back in 2009 talks about some ways we can help save the Earth.

I hope you take some time today to go exploring out in nature with your children. Discover a new place locally to get outdoors. Have fun and be grateful for the beauty of nature – today, and always!

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*If you like:

simple living,

nature,

getting outdoors with your family,

exploring,

holistic living,

holistic mothering,

hiking,

canoeing,

kayaking,

family fitness,

bike riding,

cooking over an open fire,

slow food,

local and real food,

gardening,

camping,

fishing,

DIY projects,

natural living, and

green living –

then you’ll LOVE this new project I’m starting.

I’ll be sending out emails, photos, videos, and more with great places to adventure, explore, and see with your children, and lots of great ideas to live the simple life you yearn for.

Want to be included? Sign up here!

Leave a comment below after you sign up listing some topics you’d like me to explore or naming your favorite outdoor adventure location! Thank you!

 

{earth day giveaway}

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It’s Earth Day tomorrow, so in honor of the Earth, I am giving away my Tree Of Life Eco-hoodie in size X-tra Large (retail price $49.99) to 1 lucky winner.

Pull it on and go! Women’s eco-heather pullover hoodie made with our unique blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and naturally occurring rayon. Rib binding around neck and hood; raglan; rib sleeve cuffs and bottom band. Wash in cold water, dry on low heat.

•Regular fit
•38% cotton (6.25% organic cotton), 50% polyester (6.25% recycled poly), 12% rayon
•Low-impact yarn dyed, fabric washed
•No shrinkage

This hoodie is a one-of-a-kind, wrap-around print of my original illustration. It has multiple prints on both sides making this a very statement piece for your wardrobe. Perfect for a rainy day, out for a jog, or just out digging in the garden. The kangaroo pouch in the front is awesome for warming your hands on chilly days as well.

You can show the world that you are about the Earth every time you wear this shirt!

So here’s the rules of the giveaway:

1 – You must plant a tree in honor of Earth Day. {Planting more than one tree is ideal, though…}

2 – Take a photo of you planting the tree & send it to amber@shopcloud9design.com

3 – Deadline to receive photos is Friday April 24th.

4 – A winner will be chosen at random from the entires, and will be announced on April 28th.

5 – Tell your friends and family to get involved too! Get out there and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

{Cosa Verde & Modish Earth Day Giveaway}

screenhunter_01-apr-14-1311I’m so excited to announce that I am participating in the Cosa Verde & ModishEarth Day Giveaway!

There are 39 artists participating for a total of  $1375.00 worth of handmade eco-friendly goodness! The contest runs from now, until Earth Day, April 22nd.

I donated my Men’s Organic Tree of Life shirt, with large double-sided print, valued at $36.00 I have a similar Mens’ shirt in  Royal Blue in my shop right now.

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You can read more about the giveaway here. Enter to win today! There will be 4 winners chosen. Happy Earth Day!

{Vintage Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs}

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I just found this post on GoodyBlog (A Parents.com blog) about Making The Easiest Easter Eggs of All:

(Reposted it below:)

Last year, when my friend Lea invited me to help make Easter eggs with her daughter, I almost laughed in her face. Everything at Lea’s place—from the couch, to the tablecloth, to the cushions on her kitchen chairs—is white; it’s about as dye-unfriendly as apartments come. But it turns out that this super-prudent (and creative!) mama wasn’t planning on coloring her eggs in spillable pots of neon liquid—instead, she was planning on doing it dye-free, using silk ties she’d picked up for pennies at a stoop sale.

I’d never before heard of the “tie dye” egg method—but after spending an afternoon trying it out, I can vouch that not only is it completely mess- and hassle-free, the results look amazing. In fact, this weekend, I’m planning on hitting the flea market to pick up a few silk neckties for my own eggs.

Want to give this technique a try? Here’s how:

What you’ll need:
-Silk ties
-Eggs
-White rags (like an old t-shirt or sheet)
-Rubber bands
-Household Vinegar

What to do:
1. Cut silk ties into square pieces of fabric (large enough to cover an egg).
2. Cut even larger squares out of the white rags.
3. Place egg in center of a silk square, with the printed side facing the egg. Wrap fabric around the egg.
4. Place silk-wrapped egg on white square. Gather  edges and secure the “sack” with a rubber band.
5. Place eggs in large non-aluminum pot. Fill with enough water to cover the eggs.
6. Add a few glugs of vinegar to the pot; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat; let simmer 25 minutes.
7. Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs from water and let cool before removing the fabric.
8. For more vibrantly colored eggs, wipe with a little vegetable oil once dry.

Gorgeous photos via The Little Red Hen.

{Simple Ways You Can Help Save The Earth}

{Simple Ways You Can Help Save The Earth}

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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH THESE SIMPLE TIPS FROM HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK!


{info reposted from Holistic Moms Network Newsletter }

Click Here to download the PDF of the Earth Day Worksheet info you read below…

HISTORY
Earth Day is the annual global celebration of the environment and a time to assess the work still needed to conserve the natural resources of our planet. The idea of the earth day has been conceptualized by Gaylord Nelson, of the U.S. Senate 88th- 96th Congresses Democrat from Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes. More than 200 million people in 141 countries participate worldwide, due in large part to the efforts of hundreds of local organizers. Earth Day is now an annual event in April.
For more information:
http://earthday.envirolink.org/history.html
http://holidays.kaboose.com/earth-day/history/earthday-history.html

EARTH DAY ISSUES:
There are various environmental crises that our planet goes through everyday. Most of them have been created by several human errors, which if addressed today, would make it a better place for the coming generations. Some of the
primary focus issues for Earth Day include:
• Air quality
• Water quality
• Water conservation
• Energy/energy conservation
• Waste
• Agriculture and land use
• Food
• Transportation

For more issues and information visit:
http://www.recycle.umich.edu/grounds/recycle/recycling_matters_newsletter/1999_EarthDay.html#EI

WHAT CAN WE DO TO SAVE EARTH:
“Resolving the global environment crises starts at home, in our own consciousness and lifestyles, our own backyards an“and our own community.” ~Amy Belanger
AS A FAMILY:
We can do our part by taking small steps to make big changes without having a whole lifestyle overhaul. It starts with
adopting simple habits and also incorporating them into your kids so they may grow up to be more eco-conscious.

What YOU can do:

1.Water:
• Use less.
• Turn the tap off while brushing.
• Switch to more efficient and water saving appliances.
• Check thoroughly for any leakage.
• Rinse the empty cans and bottles mostly to keep the pest away, small amount of
food wont hinder with any recycling works.
• Start rain collection to water your plants and garden.

2.Energy:
• Switch lights off when not in use.
• Use the energy efficient bulbs and appliances.
• Switch from hot to cold water wash.
• Switch off the computer when not in use for more than 2hrs.
• Switch off the monitor when not in use for more than 20 min.
• Plug everything into power strips on/off switches.
• Turn down your thermostat 1-2 degrees in the winter and up 1-2 degrees in the summer.
• Turn your hot water heater down a notch.

3. Food:
• Buy organic as much as possible, follow the shoppers guide to pesticides in this file
http://www.foodnews.org/EWG-shoppers-guide-download-final.pdf
• Eat local, eat seasonal and eat less meat. Avoid mercury-contaminated fish (like tuna and swordfish).
• Go easy on processed and canned food. Try to buy things that are not in a lot of packaging.
• Never microwave plastics.
• Avoid Teflon coated pans.
• Plant your own garden and teach your children about where food comes from.

4. Clothing:
• Wear more natural threads like cotton and wool.
• Buy more from flea markets & thrift stores.
• Hang your laundry out to dry or get an indoor clothes rack.
• Wash with eco-friendly detergent, use vinegar instead of fabric softener and avoid bleach.
• Recycle your shoes: http://www.runtheplanet.com/shoes/selection/recycle.asp

5. Cleaning and personal care products:
• Use eco friendly products. Or make your own from vinegar and baking soda. Check out our cookbook, GrowGrowing
Healthy Families, for some ideas!
• Make your own personal care items too! Lots of recipes can be found online.
• Don’t take a shower everyday (it is also good for your health) or cut down on your shower time.

6. Baby items:
• Use cloth diapers and natural baby care products.
• Buy used or borrow baby items so your baby starts out life with a small carbon foot print!

7. Waste disposal
• Avoid plastic or paper bags as much as possible for groceries. Carry reusable bags.
• Use less tissue paper, to dry hands use hot air if possible or use towels. Put a basket of towels
in your kitchen, where you would normally have paper towels.
• Do not throw away household stuff when not in use, send them to be recycled. Find the appropriate recycle centers
on this website. http://earth911.com/ or use freecycle.org
• Start composting.
• Save paper that has an un-used side. Rip and make it into scrap paper to keep for phone messages, kid’s drawings,
shopping lists, etc.

8. Cars & Travel:
• Turn it off if idle for more than two minutes.
• Bike or walk to places whenever possible. Invest in a bike trailer for your kids or get them out on their own bikes
and encourage the exercise and freedom they have to get themselves around.
• Use mass transit or carpool.
• Take trains instead of flying.
• Consider a gas-electric hybrid when planning to purchase a new car. Or save gas and money with a manual
transmission/stick & clutch. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/news/2008/10/save-gas-andmoney-
with-a-stick-shift-10-08/overview/manual-vs-auto-ov.htm
• Buy carbon offsets when you fly.

9. Educate Yourself:
Learn online or check out some of these great books:

You Can Save the Earth: 7 Reasons Why & 7 Simple Ways. A Book to Benefit the Planet.

50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth: Completely New and Updated for the 21st Century.
John Javna, Sophie Javna, Jesse Javna

Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying. David Bach, Hillary Rosner
The Green Book. Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

{Giveaway: Handmade Organic Baby Quilt}

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We’re giving away this precious baby blanket by Canadian Etsy seller, SewnNatural . It’s an organic, handcrafted crib-size quilt (31″x43″) is cream-colored with delicate pink swirls. It promises warmth and comfort with a tightly woven organic cotton batting inside.

Organic means great for baby and great for the earth. This quilt makes a great surface for diaper changing, is a soft clean place for baby away from home, and would be perfect for lining a crib. Can also be used as a blanket for a toddler.

***HOW TO WIN IT:

  1. Visit SewnNatural.etsy.com & choose your favorite item from her shop
  2. Leave a comment on this post about which item you choose & why (include your name & email address in case you are chosen as the winner)
  3. Tell me why or how you decided to start living more “green”
  4. Get extra credit if you post about the giveaway on Twitter. (you must put your twitter URL so we can check)

Good Luck! Contest ends at 12 noon on Monday, March 23rd.
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SewnNatural makes handcrafted modern eco designs for babies, kids and the whole family. Using all natural fabrics (wool, cotton, silk, bamboo) and many organic and upcycled, vintage materials is one of the ways I put eco-forward thinking into action.

“I use these gorgeous, often very colorful sustainable materials to make designs that are durable and functional – my version of sustainable design. I also work to ensure that my towels, toys, quilts, mobiles, wall art and clothing made out of organic and natural fibres are affordable and accessible.”

Look for her feature in the upcoming May/June issue of Mothering magazine.

{Call For Submissions: “A Greener Spring” :: indie marketplace}

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There’s still time to apply for the “A Greener Spring” Cloud9 Emporium! The deadline is tomorrow, Feb. 27th. I’m looking for indie artists & indie designers that make earth friendly goods that reflect the Spring theme….or evoke a nostalgic feeling of Spring.

The Emporium will run from March 13th until Earth Day, April 22nd. The cost to participate is $40.00

This indie marketplace is a juried (or curated – which means you must be accepted in based upon selection criteria) online emporium with the goal of promoting emerging indie artists & designers & introducing high quality environmentally friendly wares to a broader audience.

There have been some astounding applicants that have just blown me away! I’m really looking forward to putting this together!

If you are interested in applying; please e-mail me your Etsy shop URL, and a brief summary of how & why your shop is earth friendly & how it fits into the “A Greener Spring” theme!

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