It’s too hot. Make one of these instead of turning on the stove.
Tired of slaving over a hot stove in the depths of the summer heat? Try these no-cook vegetarian meals! So many yummy options!
Get growing veg!
Wow! We really like this fantastic infographic for growing vegetables in urban locales - right down to what to grow when and what plants grow well with others.
Our Tardis Trellis - built entirely by my husband and I. The sugar snap peas are already sprouting; by summer it will have climbing vines all over it!
A Tardis Trellis. Such a fantastic intersection of geek and gardener. I’m sure many people would buy the plans for such a fixture.
I took an old guitar that i couldn’t save, removed the back and made shelves from the left material, and the inner structural wood of the guitar. The only two materials are one guitar and carpenter’s glue, that’s it! (via The last acord of the spices guitar)
Pluck a new chord with this busted guitar by having it pen a few new tunes as a spice rack.
While these are certainly good suggestions for going green, many of them are also excellent ideas for reducing your energy usage each month.
Check out these 5 helpful tips for using less energy when doing your laundry. We personally recommend using cold water and washing full loads.
Waste tin cans to a beautiful spoon stand. Recycling is fun, isn’t it?
I always appreciate a bit of nifty upcycling, especially when it’s a combination of recycling, inspired design, and functionality.
Courtesy of our friends at New Leaf Energy, we wanted to share this excellent image detailing the difference between the wind power and coal power. Specifically, this infographic discusses both generation, transmission, and distribution of energy.
Growing up, my mom always made our Halloween costumes. As a child, I never remember going to a party store to search for costumes that everyone else would have. We never spent money on purchasing costumes – my memories are of her putting thought and love into our costumes. And I remember how excited I would get when I saw the finished product.
Each October, all of the kids in our neighborhood would begin to think long and hard about what we wanted to be for Halloween. It was a big deal. We all chose costumes that were personal and unique to us. Some kids dressed up in traditional costumes such as ghosts and witches, while other kids dressed up as tables using old cardboard boxes. Costumes like these were simple, but yet completely our own.
As a parent, I really love the idea of simplifying. Saving money or not spending anything at all, while recycling and reusing what we already have, is an easy and inexpensive way to go when it comes to Halloween costumes. Choosing not to purchase store bought plastics and synthetic costumes gives us a chance to create a truly personal costume for our children that no one else will have. Store-bought costumes usually cannot be recycled effectively, and they take up space in landfills. We all can do our part to be a little more environmentally responsible this Halloween. Encourage your children to get involved with helping to make their costumes with you and use this quality time together to teach them the importance of caring for their environment.
With that in mind, check out these 10 eco-friendly DIY Halloween costume ideas that are relatively simple to create.
1) Get creative and use what you already have. You can always find great Halloween costumes by searching through your kids’ dress up bins. We have firefighter hats from school trips to the fire station, tiaras and princess dresses, wands, doctor kits, fairy wings, and jewelry that can all be used to create a one of a kind costume. Eye patches can be used for a pirate costume, and magic cards and magic tricks can be used for a magician. The possibilities are endless and you are staying green by not having to throw away any of these items.
Save Trees: Recycle Your Moving Boxes [Infographic] via @mymovecom
This is quite a cool infographic about the electricity, energy, and landfill space you can save by recycling your moving boxes over the course of your lifetime.
Parents tend to be a little more concerned nowadays with things being more eco-friendly. And we think that’s a very good thing. Learning to be green can only help to shape and restore a better environment for everyone, especially when you work into both everyday life and special events. Thus, if you are hosting a Halloween party this year, you can create some wonderful memories with your family and friends while being environmentally responsible at the same time.
And since it’s easier and cheaper to pull this off than you may think, we wanted to share 10 different ways to bring the green to your next Halloween party.
Decorations and Party Supplies
1) Make sure you buy items that can be recycled. Plates, cups, bowls, and utensils should meet this mark. Use decorations that are recyclable or go a step further and take the “Use What You Have” approach with the decorations. Many of us put decorations out each year, put them away, and take them out the again next year. There really is no need to hit the store and load up on items that may be non-recyclable and then thrown away.
2) Our local farm and nursery hosts a gourd hunt for the kids every October. The event is free, and it’s a great way to spend time with the family since the kids have a blast searching for hidden gourds all around the farm. We also get to bring our collected gourds home to use for Halloween decorations. Check out your local farm or nursery to see if your area offers any family friendly activities like this.
3) The food itself can easily be green in nature. Use organic vegetables from local farms for the famous “veggie tray”. Go a step further and make an organic dip to go with the veggies. This organic dip recipe is simple to make and a great way to get the kids involved.
4) This time of year is famous for apple picking in many parts of the country. Spend the afternoon at a local farm with the family and pick up some apples for your party. Use this as another opportunity to support local growers. The locally grown apples can be used in a variety of yummy recipes that will infuse your party with the nuance of the season.
5) The number of healthy snack options available at grocery stores has been increasing. Take the time to seek out such items as they are easier to purchase in most stores.
6) Look for cheeses and other foods coming from sources that do not use hormones or antibiotics with their animals. This contributes dramatically to preserving soil and natural environments.
7) Through much trial and error, I have learned that what really matters when planning a party is focusing on the fun instead of all the extra stuff. Keeping it simple is best when it comes to hosting any type of party. Kids are not going to care or remember if you spent a lot of money, but they will remember the little details of how much fun they had and how the party made them feel. That is what really counts.
8) The kids always love bobbing for apples, and this activity also makes for a healthy treat – compared to all that candy typically associated with Halloween.
9) The Musical Monsters game is so much fun and is always requested at our Halloween parties.
10) These milk jug ghosts were a huge hit at a Halloween party that we attended last year. The kids had a great time making this craft and the best part is that we can reuse them year after year for Halloween decorations.
What are some ideas you have for making your Halloween party a green success?
Green Halloween Wallpaper image courtesy of jelene.