Author Archive | Jennie Lyon

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.

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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?

4 Fall Inspired Eco-Friendly Art Projects for Green Kids

I love fall – it is my favorite season. Have I mentioned that before? Ha! I love the colors, textures, and find myself crafting with Eben more during the autumn season. With that being said, the artwork really piles up around here. Many pieces get photographed and recycled, however there are pieces that we love so much we want to keep and display. Here are 4 fall inspired art projects that we have enjoyed over the year and thought they might inspire you this autumn:

1. Baker’s Twine Apple
Whenever I work with baker’s twine, it seems like I am left with a few scraps that I keep for craft projects. I recently came across an amazing baker’s twine apple project that would be perfect for those leftovers. I adore it!

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2. Button Art
If you have a large button collection – this is the project for you! I love the different colors and sizes – I think it would be fun to do a set of four, one for each season, arranged on a wall together. This would be a perfect project for children of all ages too!

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3. Leaf Prints
Eben loved this project because it incorporated a nature walk and pigment paints. This is a project that we tend to make over and over again each fall. It’s easy, a fun way to get our hands dirty and the perfect excuse for working together after school.

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4. Alphabet Leaf Animals
Again, this is the perfect fall project for kids! It gets their creative juices flowing as they arrange the leaves into different animal shapes. I have to admit, Eben is much better at this than me – he is fantastic as seeing things that I never would. Are your kids like this?

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What fall inspired art project are you and your children working on?

What Are Your Favorite Family Halloween Traditions?

We love Halloween around here! In fact, it’s our favorite holiday. We try to visit our mountain home in North Carolina for Halloween; however, we are in Florida this year! So it’s sunshine and pumpkins for us, today!

I’m thinking of wrapping up work early so I can mix up a batch of my famous pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They are super famous to us – a fall favorite!

When Eben was little (ya’ll he’s 21!), Mr. Sweet Greens used to read us spooky stories in the dark. I might be lucky if Eben watches a horror movie with us tonight!

We like to pack our Octobers with fun fall traditions at our house. It’s even better if we can sneak away to North Carolina to peek at the beautiful fall colors and get a breath of fresh, cool air! But either way, Halloween together as a family is always fun!

Does your family have Halloween traditions?

How to Make Simple Upcycled Halloween Lanterns

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One of my favorite areas to decorate for Halloween is our front porch. It’s the perfect spot to share your Halloween decorations with visitors and neighbors! These painted glass lanterns are one of my favorite projects to pull out of storage every year. They are just so delightful!

What you will need:

What to do:

1. Spray the glass containers inside and outside.
2. Once dry, paint on the design or face that you would like.
3. Place a rechargeable or solar powered tea light inside.
4. Watch the delight on the faces of your neighbors as they walk by.

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What do you think of my Halloween lanterns?

More Sustainable Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about upgrading your home for a while, or maybe you’ve just realized that the interiors of your property are looking a little worse for wear. Either way, if you’re going to upgrade and improve your home, making it a nicer space for you and your family to spend time in, it’s important to think about the environmental impact that comes with this kind of home makeover and how you can take steps to minimize any such impact. 

Wondering how you can go about doing that? Believe it or not, it’s far easier than you might think. It’s simply a case of knowing what steps to take and how to use them to keep the environmental impact as minimal as possible. 

For everything that you need to know about upgrading your home in a more sustainable way, read the guide below. 

Don’t throw furniture away; store it instead 

As you’re planning your home makeover, don’t throw away old furniture, choose to store it instead. The fact is that older furniture can easily be revamped and revived with a few small steps, so throwing away older pieces of furniture is wasteful. 

You can either choose to upcycle them as part of your current refurb or you can opt to store them using affordable self storage until you need them again in the future. A lot of people choose to rotate their furniture, storing some furniture for a couple of years before switching a few pieces with their current collection. 

Little steps like this help to keep your home looking and feeling fresh in an earth-conscious way. 

Buy pre-loved 

If you need to buy new furniture items, wherever possible option to buy pre-loved items instead of brand-new ones. Not only does buying pre-loved items help the environment, it also protects your bank balance too. 

There are some great places to buy second-hand items from, such as secondhand selling sites like eBay and Facebook Marketplace, as well as visiting local second-hand stores and recycling center stores. 

You’ll be amazed at just how easy the process of restoring a secondhand piece of furniture can be. 

Use eco-friendly materials 

When it comes to upgrading and overhauling your home, it’s vital that you use earth-conscious materials to do so. If you fail to use materials that are earth conscious, this means that your home revamp will have a negative impact on the environment. 

So, it’s important that you take the time to think carefully about the materials that you’re buying and any environmental impact that they may have. For instance, when choosing paint opt for eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, or when choosing a glue look for something that’s eco-conscious. 

Create a Garden

Instead of visiting a farmer’s market, why not try growing your own goodies at home? Having a garden at home can be an ongoing project and can teach your family about responsibility. Whether you’re planting fruits and vegetables, flowers, or some small herbs, the entire family can get involved in learning how to plant, care for, and harvest your new crops and plants. With some supervision, your kids can learn the responsibility of taking care of their very own garden. This will also help you create your dream backyard, planting a garden around Amish made poly furniture or other eco-friendly options!

There you have it, a guide to a few more sustainable ways that you can upgrade your home.