Thursday, April 29, 2010
The flower boxes...
The rapidly growing sunflowers...
The squash, cherry tomatoes, zucchini
And the carrots...or where the carrots will sprout from. :)
Finding everyone still in bed when I arrived home, I joined them by falling back asleep for a good hour. It was pretty nice. This is when the day took an optimistic turn. After breakfast, we took the boys to the Discovery Museum, and enjoyed a yummy (but terribly fattening) lunch at Cheeburger Cheeburger. Luc and I took naps while Andre and Cash went to get haircuts. (Cash's hair, as you can see in pics, was seriously out of control.) We finished the afternoon off with a visit to the park, and a hike through the woods. Dinner proved deliciously fattening as well (PIZZA), but we had fantastic company as we busted into the Nichol's home with two pizzas and some soda.
All in all, a bad day was made good.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Check out these tips to make lunchtime more eco-minded, from what you eat to how you pack it. If you plan on eating meat tomorrow, try roasting your own turkey meat instead of buying it prepackaged. Don't forget to pack everything up in a reusable BPA-free container!
2.Green Your Fitness
There are plenty of ways to make your fitness regimen earth-friendly, from exercising outdoors to renting fitness DVDs from the library. Don't forget to wear your eco-friendly gear!
When it comes to gear, make sure you're doing your part to help the planet. Look for gear that is made with eco-friendly materials in sustainable ways (like these New Balance sneaks). Use Craigslist to look for gently used fitness equipment, and make sure to recycle old gear when you're done with it.
Cutting down on meat consumption is good for the environment, plain and simple. But if the thought of giving up a juicy burger is too much for you, go vegetarian just for the day. Try to up the ante by doing it at least once a week.
Give your eyes and mind a break and unplug from your TV and laptop for the day. Not only does it save energy, it will also give you time to unwind, read a book, or meet with a friend.
Walgreens: Bring your empty (or nearly empty) ink cartridges to Walgreens to get them refilled for only $1! Details HERE
Origins: Bring an old or empty cleanser into any store with an Origins counter, and get a FREE Full-Size Origins Cleanser! Details HERE
Home Depot: Stop by Home Depot to get your FREE TREE! Details HERE
Books-A-Million: Bring in a re-usable travel mug to Books-A-Million tomorrow, and they'll fill it free! You'll also get a FREE packet of seeds! - Thanks, SouthernSavers!
I can't wait to get my free tree!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
1. Leave your car at home for a day (or a week or a month) and try walking or biking. If work is too far away to walk, take public transit or carpool. One city bus eliminates the emissions of 40 cars.
2. Turn off the lights, the computer and the television when they are not in use. Using only highly efficient and money-saving appliances can reduce the electricity consumption of an average household to one-10th of the national average.
3. Try eating meat-free at least one day a week. A meat-based diet requires seven times more land than a plant-based diet. Livestock production is responsible for more climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world.
4. Choose foods produced organically, locally and in season. Support your regional farmers and farming industry: buying locally and in season is better for the environment than buying foods that have been shipped hundreds of kilometres to your local market.
5. Put a composter in your backyard or use your green bin to reduce household waste. Composting organics has two key benefits: it reduces the amount of waste going to landfills and when added to your garden, helps nourish soil and plants.
6. Turn off your car's engine if stopped for more than 10 seconds. If every driver of a light-duty vehicle avoided idling by five minutes a day, collectively, we would save 1.8 million litres of fuel per day, almost 4500 tonnes of GHG emissions.
7. Set your thermostat above room temperature in the summer and below room temperature in the winter. For each degree you adjust, you can save 5% on your utility bill and 1% on your energy use.
8. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). A CFL uses only 25% as much energy as an incandescent bulb and lasts 10 times longer.
9. The simple act of recycling has more impact on the environment than the average American thinks. The amount of wood and paper North Americans throw away each year is enough to heat five million homes for 200 years.
10. This is a great opportunity to brag. Tell someone what you're doing to make the world a better place. Support the cause. Encourage them to get involved too.
Source: Earth Day Canada
The little girl you can see in the background became Cash's new friend when he shared his fruit snacks. Love at first "Gusher" bite.
These are our friends, Brent with Baby Laura and Lindsay....
Our other friends, Kristy and David.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Hope you see you there- Tracy
Monday, April 19, 2010
We are super interested in having chickens for fresh eggs, but aren't sure about the city ordinances concerning this. We'll have to check that out. Bees are pretty much out, too, but having a hive is on our wish list. If we can't make or raise our own, I would love to be able to buy locally grown or raised at the farmer's market downtown. I think going will be a great habit to start this summer when I am out of school.
I have also found some interesting recipes for laundry soap, diswasher soap, and deodorant that I plan to try as soon as I get a free moment.
The idea, for me, is not just to eat organically, or for best nutrition. That is great, but the idea for me is to do what's best for my body, and my Earth. I know we are nowhere near where we should be, but we ARE on the journey to that destination. If you just look at the grand scheme of things, it can be overwhelming. My advice is to just take small, measurable, and doable steps. Once those steps are routine, take another couple of steps, and so on. You will be surprised with yourself, how good you feel, and how motivated you become to continue.
Here are some great blogs/websites that can help you get going....
Amy Fights the Fat
Green is Sexy
The Go Green Blog
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