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.

the story of stuff

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!

 

12 Ways To Slow Down and Live The Simple Life

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“nostalgia” treasury by cloud9designstudio on etsy

remember when…

life moved slowly….

pause and reflect on a life without screens.

Feel the ease…of the simple life.

You can live the simple life — free of worry, stress, busyness, and fear.

Here’s how:

1-learn to sew. ask a relative to teach you.

2-hand write your letters or type them on an old typewriter.

3-buy some pretty stationary and write a handwritten thank you note or a how are you doing letter to a loved one. remember how it feels to get letters in the mail? 🙂

4-ride your bike somewhere

5-say hello to your neighbors; invite them to come over for a visit

6-line dry your clothes – they will smell like sunshine and you’ll hear birds as you do laundry (hello, gratitude! 😉

7-call someone on the telephone; instead of texting (*bonus points for meeting in person after the phonecall – face-to-face time connects us)

8-take a soak in the bathtub everyday – showers make us want to move quickly and rush through life; baths slow us down and relax us

9-read books daily – when you awaken and when you go to sleep

10-plant a garden and grow your own food – watch the miracle of nature

11-read the bible everyday – let it nourish your soul – start in proverbs or psalms. they will encourage you.

12-explore! do something new everyday. life is an adventure! have fun. 🙂

 

I hope this little list inspires you, and encourages you to…

Let go.

Dance without fear.

Be happy.

Sing loud to the radio in the car.

Laugh – it does the heart good.

Look on the bright side.

Do something kind for someone – anonymously.

Share your beautiful heart and soul.

You matter, and you are loved.

Know that there is a plan for you and your life, and it is good.

Life is short.

Live it well.

have a seat on the porch fine art photograph cloud9designstudio.etsy

Have A Seat On The Porch fine art photograph by cloud9designstudio on etsy

hello! hello! a life without screens. a girl can dream…

You have to get author and illustrator Matthew Cordell’s new book hello! hello! and read it.

Often.

Like everyday.

To your kids.

And to yourself.

Such a beautiful message.

Hello hello book cover

This book highlights that all the technology our culture consumes  keep us — disconnected.

I am a big believer in simple, slow living.

And this lovely book is a gentle reminder for us to seek connectedness in person with our loved ones, with nature, and with wonder and  awe.

That child-like need to explore the outdoors, to see the beauty in animals and nature, and touch, hug, and love people in real-life.

Not just with our hands, but with our hearts.

Here are some great images from the book:

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So, power off those phones, turn off the tv, and the computer, and slow down.Live the simple life.

Take a deep breath. It is ok to slow down. It is good to slow down. Life is not a  hurry, a race, or a climb.

It is a joy, a happiness, and a blessing.

Be mindful of what is right in front of you.

Hello. Hello.

How To Find Peace in This Busy, Busy, Busy World We Live In

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{photo by cloud9designstudio}

 

The Enemy’s Perfect Plan

Author Unknown

Let’s not allow the enemy to distract us…

Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from conservative values. But we can do something else. We can keep them from forming an intimate, abiding relationship experience in Christ.

If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that experience in Jesus Christ.

This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”

“How shall we do this?” shouted his angels.

“Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent unnumbered schemes to occupy their minds” he answered. “Tempt them to spend, spend, spend then borrow, borrow, borrow.

Convince the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work six or seven days a week, ten to twelve hours a day so they can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work.”

“Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the TV, VCR, CD’s and their PC’s going constantly in their homes.

And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”

Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail order catalogues, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering, free products, services and false hopes.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted, and unprepared for the coming week.

Don’t let them go out in nature to reflect on God’s wonders. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead.

And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion.”

“Let them be involved in soul-winning. But crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Christ. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family unity for the good of the cause.”

It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there.

Has the devil been successful at his schemes?

You be the judge.

{repost from gatewaytojesus}

Peace is found when we live simple lives, free of the culture we live in.

Learn to shut out the noise trying to grab our attention.

Turn off the T.V. Unplug the phones.

Enjoy your family.  Play outside in nature.

Try it today.

You’ll be glad you did.

{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