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4 Ways to Go Green This Coming Year

4 ways to go green this year

Going green is not only beneficial to you and your family, but it is also very beneficial to the community you reside in. To start your road to a greener life, you can go digital at home, buy local produce, create a community cleanup day, and help grow a community garden for residents in the area.

By taking these first few steps, you will notice a large change in your community with cleaner grounds to walk on and healthier food on the tables of local families in need. Before you go ahead and dismiss the joys of going green, weigh out the pros and cons of how it could benefit the ones you love.

Community Cleanup Day

If your community is searching for ways to go green and help the community stay safe and clean, conducting a community cleanup day is a sure way to start off strong. In order to make sure everyone is on the same page, the matter should be brought up at a community meeting or posted on flyers around the area. 

The perfect day to get new mattresses with proper bed sizes would be this cleanup day. Your new mattress can arrive and the old can be discarded along with old furniture and appliances. When the day arrives for cleanup to begin, everyone should be paired up with another individual and pick a specific area to start working on. For any furniture or appliances out on the side of the road for pickup, be sure to ask locals if they are in need of any of these items before considering them waste.

Buy Local Produce

Buying local produce is a sure way to not only help your family go green but your neighborhood as well. Your local farmers are almost always looking for new buyers to help sell more of their products whether it be vegetables or even baked goods. This means you can help them and their families make sales while giving your family top of the line organic foods. These foods will keep everyone healthy and happy with new food choices to help your community and family go green.

Go Digital

If you are looking for ways to help your country, city, or state, you can start by switching to digital when it comes to your bills and notices. By switching to digital, you will help decrease the number of trees being cut up in order to have enough paper to send out bills across the state. Although you may not think just you alone can make a real change, all it takes is one more person going green every day to start making a true difference in the world around us.

Community Gardens

Community gardens are a great way to teach children the benefits of growing your own vegetables and fruits as well as how to help your neighborhood go green. In order to make sure the community garden is a success, you will need to create some type of schedule to make sure that the garden is tended to every day. Once it is time to harvest what is grown, everyone should be able to have the chance to come into the garden and pick fresh produce for themselves and their family. Not only will you get fresh produce, but you will be providing food for some of the less fortunate families in your neighborhood.

Going green does not always mean that you have to change your entire lifestyle. Just starting with a few small things can be beneficial, like buying local produce, going digital, creating a community garden, and conducting a community cleanup day. These four things will not only help your home life, but it will also help to clean up your community by making sure all the trash on the side of the road is picked up and also providing healthy organic foods to families with children that are in need of extra food to put on the table. 

To start helping your community, try bringing up green subjects at your next community meeting to see who else wants to hop on board with creating a better area for children to live. You will be shocked at the results of how many people are ready to take a stand on having a healthier environment.

Last Minute Holiday Gift: DIY Vegan Brownies In A Mason Jar

Hello, Friends! We are down to the wire with only 6 days until Christmas. Have you finished your holiday shopping? Don’t forget your children’s teachers and the neighbors. You can still put together organic succulents in recycled paint dipped cans or miniature Christmas Trees made using recycled wine corks. If you are going to be baking this weekend, you can throw together a few simple, vegan brownies in mason jars.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups organic flour
  • 1 cup organic carob chips
  • 1 tbsp organic baking powder
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

You can either layer all of the ingredients separately in the jar or to save time mix all of the dry ingredients and top with the chocolate chips.

Attach a tag with the instructions to add:

  • 1/3 cup of your favorite neutral oil
  • 1 3/4 cup organic almond milk.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

How to Make an Eco-Friendly Gift Card Snow Globe as a Holiday Gift

If you are giving a gift card this holiday season, don’t just slip it into a card – make it into a snow globe. It will take giving a gift card this holiday to a whole new level – especially if you are giving it to  a child. Eben and I decided to do this project for a Secret Santa party that he will be going to – it was a super fun gift to make, read on to learn how. These are perfect for last minute gifts too!

What you will need:

  • glass mason jar
  • water
  • eco-glitter
  • glue gun
  • gift card
  • tiny ornaments

This is actually a super easy do-it-yourself project that only takes a few minutes to complete. Secure the gift card to the lid of the mason jar with hot glue. Fill the mason jar with water, add eco-glitter and a couple of tiny ornaments, screw the lid on super tight – you now have the perfect way to give a gift card!

Helping Holidays: 4 Green Gifts That Give Back

 

The holidays are all about celebrating acts of giving, making it the perfect opportunity to make your gift giving smarter this season. There are so many amazing businesses out there that give back when you purchase one of their products. These companies are tied to doing good somewhere in the world every time a purchase is made. Read on for my 4 favorite gifts that give back – and if you hurry you can still get these goodies by Christmas.

1. Warby Parker Glasses
Eben and I both wear glasses and love the stylish, affordable frames from Warby Parker. For every pair of glasses that you buy, a pair is donated to a person in need. If you don’t wear glasses, that is alright – Warby Parker also offers fantastic sunglasses.

+ Warby Parker  

2. Feed Bags
I have been familiar with FEED Bags for a very long time – I remember first seeing them in Whole Foods back when we lived in Georgia! FEED Bags come in a huge selection of styles and sizes and with each purchase a portion of the proceeds go towards feeding the children of the world.

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3. TOMS Shoes
Most likely you are already familiar with TOMS shoes – for every pair you purchase a pair is donated to a child in need. With a great selection of shoes for everyone on your list, TOMS is the perfect holiday gift!

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4. Bogo Brush
Every year I stick a toothbrush in the holiday stocking – this year I will be stuffing a brush from Bogo Brush! Bogo Brush is another company that donates a product to a child in need – in this case, an eco-friendly toothbrush made from waste – because a healthy smile is a happy smile.

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Do you have a favorite gift to give that gives back too?

Give the Gift of Experience This Holiday Season + 5 Ideas

Give the Gift of Experience This Holiday Season + 5 Ideas

Hello, Friends! Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? If you’re anything like me, hitting the mall this holiday season isn’t going to happen! No worries, you can still surprise everyone on your holiday list and those gifts can be eco-friendly too! Read on to discover five of my favorite holiday gifts that don’t require you to even leave the comfort of your sofa.

1. Give the Gift of Experience
One of my favorite gifts to give is the gift of experience. A few years ago I gave the mister scuba diving lessons and this year part of Eben’s holiday gift is art lessons. I have given the gift of annual memberships to botanic gardens and science museums. The possibilities are endless, just consider what your recipient enjoys and go from there.

2. Give a Gift that Helps Someone Else
Have a do-gooder on your holiday list? Consider giving a gift certificate to Kiva – your recipient will go through a list of loan applicants and pick a hard-working borrower to give a micro-loan too. This is a great way to help entrepreneurs in other countries who need a little help, the best part when the entrepreneur pays the loan back, you get to re-loan the funds to another entrepreneur!

3. Give the Gift of Your Time
I was telling the mister the other day that the best gift that I could ever receive is the gift of someone offering to take Eben for the weekend. Since we live very far away from most of Eben’s grandparents, we have never left him for a long weekend. Wouldn’t a romantic long weekend with your loved one be the perfect gift! The possibilities here are endless as well, just think of something that you can do for someone else and wrap that up as a gift.

4. Give the Gift of Nature
I love to receive a gift in the form of a living plant or something that can be planted in the yard. Even better when the plant is of edible variety. Eben and I gave the mister a lemon tree one year as a birthday gift – and it is a gift that he seriously enjoys every day. He is always watering, pruning and checking for lemons – and seeing how much the tree has grown is a delight. Plus, giving him lemonade all year long has been a sweet gift that he really enjoys.

5. Give the Gift of Your Expertise
Are you a fantastic chef? Can you sew a mean pair of pajamas? Are you great at web design? A beautiful photographer? Whatever it is that you are an expert at consider giving that as a gift this holiday season. If you are a fantastic cook, arrive at your recipients home with all of the ingredients necessary to cook a fabulous meal for them. Spend the time teaching your recipient how to prepare and cook the meal and then enjoy it together!

Do you give the gift of experience during the holidays? I would love to hear about the gifts you are giving this holiday season.