Earth Day!

What are you doing to help OUR EARTH?

Here at my home we are trying to do our part. I thought I would share with you the baby steps we are taking to make the Earth a little better.

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Recycle I do hope that since it is 2013 you too are recycling! I made my own recycling center from bins at target. We live in the country and have to take it to a recycling center. It is really easy and has decreased our trash by at least half!

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Compost I got this adorable white compost bin from Lowes about a year ago, prior to that I was using Tupperware! I love this because it fits perfectly under my kitchen sink and Jack loves dumping it into  the big bin outside. Composting has also cut the trash WAY down and I love the visual of seeing all the good things we are eating! A little tip KIDS LOVE COMPOST! My son is obsessed and tells everyone all about composting.

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Garden we LOVE our garden and are so lucky to have a very large garden, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a big space, you can plant tons of things in pots. We save tons of money by growing all the wonderful veggies, herbs & a few fruits!

Reusable Snack Bags& Reusable Grocery Bags  this is a Super Easy way to cut money and trash! You can find reusable bags and containers everywhere!  Some of my personal favorite bags are SCOUT. The last FOREVER!! I have one that is at least 5 years old. This is the bagette it is the market tote and retails for $23 and is worth every penny in my opinion! Every week I get stopped and asked “where I got my bag”

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Re –use Paper! all of  it! All those worksheets, junk paper that comes home from school, FLIP it over use it for art, grocery list, printer paper. Think how many trees you are saving!!

ReSource  is an awesome place that you can donate almost anything you can think of! Really anything, they have a craft room and a warehouse with tons of cool stuff just waiting to be Up cycled!

What are you doing to help OUR EARTH?

xoxo, Bird

Earth Day! {Juice Pouch Brigade}

My good friend Erin over at The Mother Load has inspired me again!! She is a GREEN MAMA doing her part to keep the World a cleaner place! Please pop over and read about all the great things she is doing.
I honor of Earth Day I wanted to share with you that I am IN LOVE with TerraCycle. They are doing some amazing things with normally non-recyclable trash like juice pouches (see all the brigades HERE). They turn waste  into cool products like tote bags and coolers. See all the FUN stuff they make HERE.  Then they send a contribution for every pouch collected to the school or charity of your choice, they even pay the shipping!
I decided that the juice pouch brigade was PERFECT for Jack’s Pre-school and with Earth Day TODAY I thought this was a great time to introduce the kids (and parents) to the idea of upcycling.
Erin and myself challenge you to find a brigade that speaks to you and get it started! It is SUPER EASY, takes virtually no time to get it started and YOU will feel really good about being GREEN!!

Garden Planning!!!

SPRING IS HERE!! I have been obsessing about the garden and the layout has kept me up at night! You see last year (our 1st garden) Hubs just tossed it all in, no rhyme or reason. No method to his madness,  just a big clump of veggies! Not that it didn’t produce, it was like playing a game of Twister to get to the veggies!
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This year that all changed! I researched lots of garden designs and styles and made a game plan PRIOR to planting! I think it is going to work out great! 
I planted 6 different kinds of tomato plants, 3 types of cucumbers, 4 kinds of peppers, lots of herbs, sugar snap peas, garden peas, cantaloupe, squash, strawberries, radishes, eggplant, beets, carrots and some mixed greens! Wooo-weeee!! I can’t wait till they start producing!!!  Everything is in the ground and I am praying that the nice weather stays with us and NO MORE FROST!

P4070033We have RED strawberries!!!
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and GREEN tomatoes!! I counted 4.

And speaking of gardening and being GREEN. My blog is Carbon Neutral and there has been a TREE PLANTED for Mama Bird’s Nest!  Take a moment and JOIN NOW!!

1 blog = 1 tree

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Do YOU have a garden, what’s growing?

xoxo, Mama Bird