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In the past few years we have been been offering earth-friendly favors for many occasion one being Children’s Parties. From Birthdays, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Baptisms, to…more

In the past few years we have been been offering earth-friendly favors for many occasion one being Children’s Parties. From Birthdays, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Baptisms, to Camp Parties , Children are initating the idea of including environmental themes in their parties. For Spring and Summer Birthdays the children want to have planting parties, for summer camps  the children are encouraged to grow something of their own not to mention schools.

We discovered this article and wanted to share it with you. For your next Birthday Party consider giving an eco-friendly favor to your childrens’ friends for lasting memories and encourage a greener tomorrow. It will make you feel better, your child be a trend builder and the kids will think it is “sweet”.

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Planting Theme Birthday Parties

Chanie Kirschner

Let’s face it, folks. Even if we use reusable bags and recycle our paper and plastic, not many of us moms (or dads, for that matter) are thinking about ways to help our kids boost their eco-friendliness. Sure, my son knows the difference between recycling (used coloring paper) and garbage (used diaper), but can’t I go beyond the confines of my recycling and garbage cans, metaphorically speaking? Yes, absolutely. Here’s how:

1. Get your kids used to turning off lights when they leave their room in the morning, and whenever they leave a room throughout the day. Talk to them about how turning off lights saves valuable energy and money too. If your kids are too short to reach the light, leave a small footstool underneath the light switch in their room. You can also teach them to turn off the water while they’re brushing their teeth.
2. When you can, walk places with your kids instead of getting in the car. Resist the urge to drive to the yogurt shop two blocks away. (Of course, I’m a big talker since moving to Florida, but if my memory serves me correctly, you Northerners still have a few months of decent weather before the bitter cold sets in. Or at the very least, a few weeks.) While you’re walking, talk to the kids about the smog that cars emit into the air, and how walking places is a way to keep the air clean and clear.
3. The average American uses more than 700 pounds of paper a year. That’s right — your 40-pound 5-year-old probably uses more than 15 times his weight in paper each year. So get your kids used to using both sides of a paper that they’re coloring on (double the fun!) and try to set aside a place for scrap paper so it doesn’t immediately go into the recycling bin. Remember the three R’s — reduce, reuse, recycle.
4. Garden with your kids. It is surprisingly easy to grow fruits and vegetables in your backyard. In fact, it’s as easy as going to your local home improvement or gardening store, buying a couple plants, and sticking them in the ground. Trust me, I did it, and it was that easy. Really. Growing your own fruits and vegetables teaches your kids the importance of taking care of the earth around us. Heck, at least it’ll teach them where fruit and veggies actually come from. The first time a small little pepper popped out of the ground in our backyard, my son asked me where the little sticker with the numbers was.
5. Even if you can’t garden at home, you can try to buy organic, local produce when financially feasible, reducing your entire family’s carbon footprint at the same time. This is a great way to reduce your kid’s carbon footprint because it doesn’t involve getting your kid to do anything.
Whatever you do, remember that setting a good example is the number one most effective way to teach your kids anything and everything. Let them see you turn off the lights when you leave rooms, unplug electronics when they’re not in use, make a conscious effort to recycle, and walk or bike instead of drive.
NASA has a great site for kids to learn more about the environment and ways that they can help effect change. And don’t forget to read more about raising your children’s eco-awareness here.
— Chanie
Mother Nature Network, www.mnncom
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how to throw a green baby shower with instructions and list of supplies that are suggested. Get ideas for a unqiue baby shower for eco-chic mothers to be and create memories with eco favors for your guests to bring home.

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eco-chic baby shower

Eco-friendly, green baby showers are becoming increasingly popular, especially among celebrities. If you are interested in throwing a baby shower that is a bit different from a traditional shower, while helping the environment at the same time, a green baby shower is for you. How to throw a green baby shower will follow with instructions and everything you need. For eco favors visit us at: Plant a Memory for ideas and personalized baby favors.

Instructions

  1. 1. Start with the invitations. You have two green options when choosing invitations: you can use recycled paper printed with nontoxic dyes, or you can use email invitations, such as from eVite, and go completely paperless. If possible, choose a postcard-style invitation that does not require an envelope, and insist guests RSVP via telephone or email to prevent the need for paper RSVP cards.

    • 2. Include a note on the invitations asking guests to bring green gifts that have been wrapped in eco-friendly paper or other materials. Some ideas include asking guests to bring their own children’s outgrown clothes, used or recycled baby books and other items, cloth diapers or donation cards to green charities. Encourage guests to wrap the baby shower gifts in recycled paper, newspaper, cloth diapers, baby clothes or baby blankets. Additionally, remind the guests that shopping online saves more than just time; it saves gas, too!
    • 3. Use organic, recycled or reusable items to decorate for the shower. Potted plants and flowers can be used as centerpieces, and soy candles can be placed in baby food jars or other recycled containers for lighting. Avoid using streamers and paper banners, since these items will end up in the trash, and balloons are also not recommended due to the risk of choking if an animal or child swallows them. Tablecloths and napkins should be linen, and any gift bags should be reusable or recycled. The gifts themselves can also serve as decorations and can create a fun atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

    4. Choose to serve only foods that can be maintained at room temperature to avoid excessive energy use by repeated heating and cooling, and offer only locally grown fruits and vegetables. Use only real plates, silverware and glasses. The cleanup might take longer, but the benefit to the environment is worth the extra time and effort. If you plan to have the baby shower catered, look for a local restaurant that specializes in green events and serves organic foods.
    5. Clean up following the green baby shower using only nontoxic, biodegradable household cleaners, and send the guests home with leftovers and a reminder to consider the environment in everything they

    • Things You’ll Need

      • Invitations made of recycled paper and nontoxic dyes
      • China or glass plates and cups
      • Silverware
      • Soy candles
      • Native plants or flowers
      • Linen tablecloths and napkins
      • Organic foods
      • Nontoxic, biodegradable household cleaners

       

 

Sandra Ketcham

Sandra Ketcham is a writer with more than 15 years experience writing and editing for both print and online publications. She specializes in health, travel and parenting topics, and has articles published in regional, national and international print magazines, including “The Dollar Stretcher” and “Kraze.” Ketcham is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.

By Sandra Ketcham, eHow Contributor

 

 

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Symbolizes a free spirit, the dragonfly is thought of as the power of light. When mating, dragonflies form a heart shape so they are also a symbol of love. Go green baby showers and celebrate the life that grows day by day.

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dragonfly , wings of life

Symbolizes a free spirit, the dragonfly is thought of as the power of light. When mating, dragonflies form a heart shape so they are also a symbol of love. Go green baby showers and celebrate the life that grows day by day.

Choose from 10 flower seeds and 4 herb seeds and grow memories of your little one .
The soft colors of greens, blues and purples on a white background make these unqiue seed favors a beautiful table decoration. They stand up on their own like a tent for a wonderful presentation.

Check out more eco baby shower favor choices at: http://www.treebeginnings.com/baby-shower-favors-games.html


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