Tag Archives: Being green

How to grow paperwhites – a winter flower!

by Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

This is an activity my brother and I did with our family every winter when I was growing up. This was the first year I grew my very own paperwhites. These are great because they are SO SIMPLE and grow really fast. They’ll breathe new life into your home during the cold time of the year when everything outside is not so vibrant. Most instructions I’ve found online make this process seem too difficult with too many steps and not enough pictures. So here are some easy ones for you and your family to follow.

1. Here is what you’ll need:

Bulbs – paperwhite narcissus (from a big hardware/garden center, or your local hardware store, sometimes these are more fragrant.) There are now different varieties, some that smell a lot and some that hardly smell at all, so if you get them at a smaller hardware store they will probably know (and have on hand) the different varieties.

Rocks (I always get mine from a dollar store – 3-4 bags will work, unless you have a huge container and tons of bulbs)

A container to grow them in – I like the more shallow dishes, but these can be very hard to find and honestly, the one I used I inherited from my pops. A glass vase with a wide bottom works fine too, or any other kind of planter you have that doesn’t have a hole in the bottom of it.)

supplies for growing paperwhites

These are the supplies to grow paperwhites.

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How to raise a ‘green’ child

by Maricris of ZensibleMama

When my husband and I decided to start our own little family, we took it upon ourselves to start living green to ensure that our child will grow in a healthy environment and grow up learning the values of being green. I must reiterate though, that living a green life takes dedication and discipline. It a challenge inundated with several factors that can easily derail your best intentions, but one worth all effort and perseverance. After all we only have one planet, and we need to preserve it for our children and future generations. Thus, raising our children in the green ways, to me, is essential. The earlier you start this lifestyle, the better off they’ll be.

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Living a greener life? My kids help me with that

by Danyelle Little, The Cubicle Chick

My eight year old and I are always looking for ways to spend time together. She is very cognizant of activities and things that we can do in the home that are eco-friendly and gentle on the planet. As a matter of fact, both of my children make me aware of how “not green” I am from time to time. Of course, I grew up living in a world that was okay with paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, and throwing away everything in one trashcan was normal. Thanks to them, I think about the things I am doing before I do them—is this a green way to dispose of this item? Is there an alternative that is more eco-friendly and safer for the environment?

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Get Organized and Go Green

by Molly Gold from MyGoMom!

Spring is a great time to connect the dots to get organized and go green. However the process of getting organized generates stuff, as in items to donate and items to trash. Knowing what to do with those items can leave busy moms feeling defeated before they get out of the cardboard box. Here are five steps to help you make organized changes that will lead your family toward a greener life:

1. Know your Options:  Take some time to learn about your town’s recycling policies and identify the locations available for drop off.  You might be surprised to learn how extensive it may be, including an active calendar boasting shredding events and opportunities to recycle electronics. Update your calendar with events each season helping you plan key organizing and recycling projects when you’ll have the services you need to finish each job.

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Keeping it green: how to make compost with kids

by Angela Roy from MommyPR

April is the month all about our beautiful Earth.

I am lucky to have grown up the way I did. My parents were all about nature, gardening and compost. Recycling was new to me, just coming into our lives a few years ago, but we embrace it full force. Everything has a purpose and it’s actually easier than most people think. Little things can make a big difference.

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What to do with all those Cub Condos®

By Brandy Walleshauser from Notimemommy.com

Every time you visit Build-A-Bear Workshop® and buy a cuddly friend, your new furry friend goes home with a Cub Condo®. The question is what to do with the condo after you get home. Well, after having so many Cub Condos, my family came up with a few ways to reuse them.

1. First, there is the simple idea of using your Cub Condo as a home for your new Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Using it as a garage for your die-cast cars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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