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I am constantly searching the web for free printable learning materials to share with Pookah and Tootsie. Check out this amazing pack I found on Living Montessori Now from RoyalBaloo and Logi Bear Too!

Earth Day Free Printable Packs

It includes TONS of great Earth Day activities for kids from toddler to 2nd grade.

Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd. Have you thought about celebrating bit of environmentalism?

Plant a flower. Hug a tree!

tree hug blog

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We recently compared our electric bill from this past March to March 2009 and we were pleasantly surprised!  While last year, we used 830 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, this year we used only 554 kilowatt-hours (kWh) through conscious efforts to reduce the amount of energy we use each day.  That’s a difference of 33.25%.  We attribute this savings to 3 things:

  1. Line dry clothes instead of using the electric dryer
  2. Replace the lightbulbs in the fixtures we use most with compact flourescent and LED bulbs
  3. Make better use of the programmable thermostat

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 Happy Earth Week! 

April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  It’s a good time to reflect on the changes you can make to your life to live more in harmony with nature.  Whether you make simple changes at home or at work, or go all out and participate in a large-scale Earth Week activity makes no difference.  But, if we each do just 1 thing to be a little more green, it could result in measurable impact. (more…)

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HydroRight Drop-In Dual Flush Converter and Hydroclean Fill Valve

Save water.  Save money.  Save the environment.

Here’s an interesting water conservation tool!  Toilets with dual-flush features have been on the market for quite some time, but they cost significantly more than a standard commode.  This handy-dandy device is available to convert any toilet into a dual flushing machine just by replacing the valve and flapper at a very low-cost.  We purchased the HydroRight drop-in dual flush converter for $21.80 and the HydroClean water-saving fill valve with cleaning tube for $13.43 from Amazon.  Shipping was free.  Both parts come with a 5 year warranty from MJSI, Inc.      

What’s the advantage here?  A dual flush toilet offers two choices for each use:  flush a little, or flush a lot.  Considering that about 90% of flushes are for liquids, using only a portion of the tank water for those flushes eliminates much water waste and lowers monthly water bills.  The box claims to save the average household at least $100 per year.  The device is also designed to save wear and tear on working parts which should save time and money on repairs over the years.  The fill valve we selected also cleanses the bottom of the tank with each flush, reducing sediment buildup that could lead to damage over time.    (more…)

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As if we didn’t love them enough for their whole grain, low-fat, crunchety goodness, Frito Lay (a division of PepsiCo North America) is now packaging Sun Chips® into 100% compostable packaging starting on Earth Day, April 22, 2010 thereby eliminating the use of petroleum based packaging material for the product.  This is an industry first.  (more…)

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It’s weather like this that makes me want to throw open the windows, wash the curtains, sweep off the porch, and nag Silverback to move the furniture so I can exterminate the dust bunnies hiding beneath.  It’s so important to keep our environments healthy, but is there truly a “green” way of cleaning?  Should we just go to the store and buy the products in the spray bottles with green leaves printed on them?  I think not, but let’s explore the possibilities.

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On February 25th, the day of the great snowstorm, I decided to start my broccoli and cauliflower seeds.  It was about a week overdue, but it shouldn’t matter in the long run.  With my 2 1/2 year old Pookah by my side, together we planted more than 18 seeds each of broccoli, cauliflower, rosemary, and parsley seeds.  Here is how we did it:

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