Camping With Friends

We love to camp.  We’ve been camping every Memorial Day weekend with the same group of friends since long before we were married. Conveniently, some of our very good friends have children similar in age to ours, which has made continuing to have family outings together easy. Many of these outings have inspired camping posts from […]

Environmental Books for Kids

I’m speaking tomorrow at one of our local elementary schools about recycling. I decided that it might be nice to have some follow up books to recommend to the teachers, so I stopped by our local library and asked about some recycling books for children. She recommended some books that I’ve been reading to my […]

What’s in your Cauldron for Halloween?

As we prepare for Trick or Treating this week, we have broken from the traditional big bag of candy to go with something better for the planet and the kids.  Instead of the big bag of chocolates and candy from the company I won’t name that we are boycotting over child labor practices, we will be […]

Mighty Nest Reusable Lunch Gear Review

Mighty Nest sent us reusable lunch gear to review, we were not otherwise compensated for this post. We were not obligated to write this post and per our review policies, we only review items we like. We are so avid about packing our children’s lunches to take to school, that they actually consider it a […]

Tips for traveling to Disney World with Young Children

Disney World tips on our green living blog?  “That’s not green!”   you might say.  Well, sure, it would be greener to go camping (which we do every year) or go on an eco-vacation to an educational eco-resort like some of our friends.  However, sometimes you just want a traditional vacation with nice hotels, exciting […]

Making Sense of Watts and Watt-Hours

One of the hardest concepts to grasp related to energy savings is what is the difference between a watt (W) and a watt-hour (Wh).  If you are going to try to understand your electricity consumption and savings, it is very important to get this key concept.  Unfortunately, we can’t see electricity flowing through a wire […]

Shrinky Dink Wine Charms from Discarded Plastic

Do you remember the excitement of watching shrinky dinks shrivel up and shrink as a kid?  Do you want a unique personalized way to identify your wine glass or beer bottle at your next party? If you were a kid in the 80’s like me, you probably remember the joy of coloring on and baking shrinky […]

Children Love Books That Reflect Their Values

I love it when my children get excited about the things that are important to me.  The other day my daughter was lamenting to me that there was a book at school that she really wanted to show me, but it was at school.  I suggested to her that she tell the teacher that she […]

How I got my son excited for yogurt!

I pack the lunches for my twin 3rd graders and my preschool almost every morning.  I try very hard to keep their lunches healthy, interesting and as natural as possible.  With three very different eaters, this is a challenge. Recently I have discovered a trick to getting my preschool son to love yogurt in his […]

Fuel Efficiency Or Family Harmony?

While we were driving home from our Thanksgiving vacation today I had time to think, lots of time to think. I thought about how when I varied my speed I was able to vary my fuel efficiency.  Really, I coud vary my MPG my changing my MPH Crazy Boot Truck in Connecticut The LL Bean […]