The Family Garden: A Different Mindset

Were you an ardent gardener?  Now that you have children, are you having a hard time squeezing in time to work on your garden? Maybe you are new to gardening, but you think you can’t possibly get started with young children? Perhaps you don’t have children yet and this is just one more place where you […]

Replacing our LAST two incandescent lights with LEDs

Lighting technology has come a long way in the past ten years and I can now proudly say we are beyond incandescent lights in our home.  Today, I swapped out the last two incandescents with LED bulbs that Alicia won in an Earth Hour Facebook giveaway from Philips – EnduraLED 12W 2700K A19 Dimmable lamp […]

Super-Healthy Yummy Vegan-or-Not Pancakes (or Waffles)

Part of being “green” is being healthy – or so I think.  Many years ago I started making large batches of pancakes and waffles for my family and freezing them.   Then each morning we’d bring a few out and toast or microwave them and have a healthy, homemade breakfast as fast as a processed, […]

Teaching Your Children to Compost Video

We have found that teaching our kids environmentally friendly practices while they are young has lifelong positive repercussions.  Things that you do when you are young become part of your habits and your way of living, while changing behaviors as an adult can be difficult and challenging.  By having them do green things when they […]

New Garden: Starting Seedlings Indoors or in the Garden?

I was recently talking to someone who is thinking about starting plants from seeds for the first time.  Some of her questions included whether it’s too late to start seedlings for this year and if she is going to do indoor seedlings,  how should she get started?   Since these are some of the questions I […]

Greening Back-to-School from the EPA

Ready for School If you have school age children, then chances are you’re getting ready to send your children back to school (unless you live in an area that has started already!)  For most people, this means shopping for school supplies, clothes, and possibly even electronics. According to the National Retail Association, on average families […]

From Books to Oil Spills – One Less Fish

We stumbled across a book this week that helped us talk to our twins about the Gulf Oil Spill.  We weren’t sure how much they knew about the disaster, but after 6 weeks of headline news, we figured they probably knew something about it.  We didn’t intend to have this conversation when we did, but […]

How and When to Teach Children About Green Living?

How early can you teach your children about doing what’s best for the environment? The earlier the better, but it’s never too late. You’re learning, right? Ellie learning about incandescent and LED lightbulbs I walk around with my new baby and say “let’s turn out the light to save electricity.” By the time my twins […]