Halloween is one of those holidays (like so many others) that results in a significant amount of waste. Even worse, dangerous toxins can be found in everything from the costumes and decorations to the candy and treats. Sure those gummy rats and candy eyeballs are really cool to look at but they are inevitably made in China and chock full of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Unless you plan to never leave the house again after your baby is born, you must have a well-stocked diaper bag. When you and your baby are at home, it is much easier to choose reusable items such as cloth diapers and cloth wipes. But cleaning up a poopy cloth diaper isn’t as simple when you are in the middle of the Cheesecake Factory.
When I choose school and art supplies for my son, my primary concern is whether they are safe. I look for terms such as “certified non-toxic” and “100% natural.” I know that kids (and adults for that matter) have a tendency to stick things like pencils and glue in their mouths. So, it is extremely important that the school supplies don’t have toxic materials in them such as PVC, phthalates, lead and BPA.
As a former paper towel addict, I can attest to the fact that it is possible to give up paper towels. We have been on the same roll of paper towels for over a year now. Giving up paper towels is good for the environment and for your wallet. Only recently have I started using them again to make Homemade Hand Sanitizing Wipes; although, my plan is to try to use reusable cloths cut from old t-shirts for my next batch.
I am lucky that my son loves nature. His happiest times are flipping rocks over to find bugs or wandering down a path in the woods. But sometimes it’s nice to try something new or to go outside with a purpose. The following books have some great ideas for fun things to do outside with your children.
When I was growing up, my mom packed my lunch every day. Most of the other kids envied me because my lunchbox was packed with yummy treats like fruit roll-ups and Hostess cakes. Typically, I skipped the sandwich and went right to the sugar-packed goodies. I love my mom for putting things in my lunch that she knew would make me happy. But it probably has a lot to do with my current weakness for sugar and for the urgent pull I feel every time I pass a spongy cake filled with cream. Fortunately, parents today do have other options. Check out the following three ways to pack a school lunch.
So you are on your way to being a green mom or dad, but naturally you want to teach the same love of nature and the environment to your child. Reading books and talking with your children about the importance of respecting the earth is the best way to do this. During my time as a mom, I have compiled a list of my top 10 favorite picture books that teach about nature, the environment and being green.
One of the best parts of summer is being able to eat freshly-picked fruits and vegetables from my garden. For some reason, the tomatoes taste sweeter, the cucumbers are crisper and the melons are juicier. Maybe it’s because they are so fresh or maybe I am just tasting the delicious reward of all of my hard work.