Self-Watering Herb Planters Made From Upcycled Plastic Bottles

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This past weekend it was gorgeous outside so I tried to soak up the warmth and sunshine as much as possible. While doing so, I thought about everything I wanted to do to prepare our outdoor area for the summer including hanging flowers on our front porch, getting a new seating area for our back porch and getting a cute welcome sign to put by the front door. One of the other things I really want is to have a garden. Growing up we always had a garden and I love the idea of tending to a garden and being able to make meals with something I’ve grown.

Unfortunately, since we live in a condo, we can’t plant things in our backyard so we have to go the route of container gardening. I decided that this year I was going to start my container garden with herbs and then maybe next year expand to other things like peppers, tomatoes and strawberries. I started with a few herbs and have plans to plant more before summer comes. Having considered a number of containers, I chose to start my herb garden with single serve drink bottles. These plastic bottles are small enough to sit on the counter ledge behind my kitchen sink and they are also easy enough to move outdoors if I want to bring them outside to get better sunlight.

The first thing I had to do was gather some empty plastic bottles. Let’s be honest- this is the easiest part, especially when all I have to do to get an empty bottle is enjoy a cold Honest® Tea on a warm day. While any plastic bottle would work for this herb garden, Honest® Tea is both delicious to drink and comes from a brand that cares about our Earth’s resources. I figured it just makes sense to use bottles from a company that promotes organic agriculture, fair trade, and landfill reduction among other things, when I’m doing an upcycled DIY project to celebrate Earth Day.

The other materials you need for these DIY self-watering herb planters are potting soil, seeds, scissors, string and water. One other thing you might want is something to label the containers so you know what herb is in each container. You can use a marker for this or make fancier labels if you prefer.

Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, take the label off of your empty bottle, rinse it out and let it dry. Then use your scissors to poke a hole between 2/3 of the way to halfway up the bottle depending on how deep you want your planter’s dirt top to be. Then cut around the bottle horizontally, from the hole, until the top comes apart from the bottom. You’ll also want to poke four holes, that are just large enough for your string to go through, in the plastic near the lid.

Once your bottle is cut, measure two pieces of string that are about the length of the bottle. You’ll then put each of the strings in one of the holes and out the other hole across from it.

The next step is to fill the bottom of the bottle with water and then place the top of the bottle upside down on top of the bottom piece. You’ll want the strings to be hanging and immersed in the water.

 Once you have the top set in place, fill halfway with soil, add in your seeds and then add another layer of soil. 

You’ll want to place your planter in a sunny spot and check the water level every few days. These self-watering planters are perfect for busy moms because you don’t have to remember to water them everyday which I love. You can even buy small herbs that have already started growing and transfer them into these self-watering planters if you don’t want to go through the hassle of planting seeds (which is what I did with a couple of my herbs to save time).

Want to make your own planters? Head to Kroger and grab some Honest® Tea bottles. I found a variety of flavors, including the NEW Unsweet Peach Ginger flavor, in the refrigerated drink cases. I really like this new flavor because, even though it’s unsweetened, the peach makes it just a tad sweet. Their tea is brewed with real tea leaves, has no added sugar, and is also organic and Fair Trade. Now through 4/22 you can even save .25 off 1 bottle at Kroger and Kroger division stores with this coupon. (Coupon can be used up to 5 times in one transaction.)

What herb will you plant in your self-watering bottle planter? Find more inspiration for upcycled crafts and tasty recipes here.

How To Make Bathroom Recycling Easy

Many families recycle bottles, cans and paper products in the kitchen but it’s harder to do throughout the rest of the house. One place we use a lot of plastic bottles is in the bathroom and they tend to end up in the trashcan along with other things that can be reused, like toilet paper rolls. Turns out we aren’t alone. A 2016 consumer survey on in-home recycling habits, conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., shows that one-third of regular recyclers admit that it never even occurred to them to recycle in the bathroom and only one in five recyclers have a recycling bin in their bathroom.

I wanted to make bathroom recycling much easier for our family so I decorated a small trash can for the boy’s bathroom that we could put all the empty bottles and other items in until we needed them for other things around the house. I explained to my boys the importance of recycling and shared with them what types of things we could recycle in the bathroom which is everything from shampoo and mouthwash bottles to soap and bandage boxes.

To make the recycling can I used a 3 gallon garbage can and attached stickers that said “recycle”. (Note: I suggest putting a layer of mod-podge over the stickers to handle the moisture.) You could also have the kids write and color on the can. I was going to do this but the boys bathroom is also the bathroom that guests use so I decided against it because I wanted the recycling bin to blend in with the bathroom decor.

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Not sure how to reuse empty toiletry bottles? Here are some of my favorite ways:

  • Create ISpy bottles for kids- fill the bottle with rice and small items and secure the lid with strong tape
  • Storage for small craft items like sequins and pom poms
  • Bath tub or water table dumping containers
  • Storage for tiny toys like Shopkins
  • Split large paint jugs into smaller empty toiletry bottles for easy access and use

For extra fun, when a bottle is close to being empty I add some washable kid’s paint in it and I mix it up. Then I let the kids paint a clear art mat in the bathtub. It’s easy to clean up because it’s mixed with the soap and it’s already in the tub so the mess is contained.

If the bin gets too full we can always recycle the items in it but our family tends to reuse things as many times as possible. I think it’s the preschool teacher in me that wants to find new ways to use everything before I get rid of it (see my recent post on 100 kids crafts that reuse household materials for proof).

Want to learn more about recycling personal care products used in your bathroom? Check out the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Care To Recycle® website. Care To Recycle®, a program of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., provides creative new ways for parents to reimagine their recycling habits beyond the kitchen and into the bathroom, while engaging their children. The Care To Recycle® program aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling personal care products in the bathroom, including preventing valuable materials from entering landfills unnecessarily. Together, we can help create a healthy planet for our kids today, and for future generations.

What ideas do you have for recycling products in the bathroom?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

DIY Terrarium Project

I’m so excited to share this guest post with you all! This kid-friendly garden craft is from master horticulturist and author, Katie Elzer Peters. Her new book, Miniature Gardensis a complete guide to miniature gardens with a hefty dose of good gardening practices. Her mission: to bring basics of gardening back to the trend by building mini gardens that mix creativity with longevity. A DIY Terrarium project is featured below and you can enter to win a copy of her book at the end of this post!

A terrarium filled with tropical plants is the perfect jungle setting in which to keep a dinosaur or two. While you can’t time travel back to the age of the dinosaurs, you can bring a little bit of the Jurassic era to your desk or dining room table. Moisture-loving houseplants grow best in this fully enclosed terrarium.

What you need:

  • Preserved reindeer moss
  • Polished stones
  • Ceramic animal figurines
  • Handmade ceramic sculptures
  • Plastic or resin mushrooms
  • Plastic decorative swirl picks
  • A container that looks large when not filled with plants and soil suddenly has little room for accessories when planted. Look for accessories, including animal figurines that are less than 2 inches long for larger terrariums and ½ to 1 inch long for smaller terrariums. This container is a clear candy jar from the craft store. It is 8 inches tall and 7 inches in diameter.
  • Ideal terrarium plants like high humidity and low light. Table ferns, polka dot plants, Selaginella, Croton, Alternanthera, and Ficus plants all fare well in terrariums. Because terrariums are so small, look for plants in 1-inch pots or plants in larger pots that can be split into smaller pieces.
  • Use a sterilized seedling mix or potting soil in a terrarium to prevent fungal problems. A small bag from the houseplant section of the garden center is enough for this project. It uses a few cups of soil, at most.

Where the dinosaurs Roam Terrarium Step by Step Directions

1. Fill the bottom of the container with ½ to 1 inch of rocks.

2. Pour activated charcoal on top of the rocks until the rocks are barely covered by the charcoal.

3. Add the potting mix on top of the charcoal. Start with 1 inch of potting mix. This doesn’t seem like much, but it is easier to start with a little, than it is to add more potting mix and dig holes.

4. Place the plants. If you’re using accessories, such as the dinosaur, you can set them in among the plants to gauge the effect see if you want to move the plants around prior to planting.

5. Remove plants from pots and plant them. The bottom of the plant rootballs can be touching the rocks. Use a spoon to fill in with soil around the plants.

View the Garden from All Sides

Even in such a small terrarium, you can make separate little scenes. Ideally, you’ll use accessories to make the terrarium interesting and inviting from all sides.

6. Add decorative mulches such as preserved reindeer moss or tumbled stones.

7. Position the accessories.

8. Water the terrarium. This is the trickiest step. It’s easy to overwater and then difficult to get the terrarium to dry out. Start by watering so that the top inch of soil (which might, in this case, be all of the soil) is about as damp as a wrung-out sponge. You can always add water.

9. Place the cover on the terrarium, set it in bright indirect light, and enjoy.

Care and Maintenance Enclosed terrariums have to get some light so that the plants can photosynthesize, grow, and keep the water cycle going. Otherwise the plants will rot. You’ll know if the terrarium is getting enough light when you can see some water droplets (condensation) on the inside of the glass. If the plants start to rot or become mushy, the terrarium is too wet. Open the cover and let it dry out for a week or so. It could take a while to find the right balance of water for the system to reach equilibrium. I have one terrarium that I haven’t watered for two years. It can be done.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win Katie’s book, Miniature Gardens

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me what kind of terrarium you’d make

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Giveaway ends February 10, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post.)

Small Changes You Can Make This Earth Day

Kate Harrison, CEO of the Green Life Guides and GreenBrideGuide.com offers tips for kick-starting a green lifestyle this Earth Day 2013. You can easily conserve resources in your everyday life just by making a few small changes in and around your home.

Here are some other ways to green your day-to-day duties:

Grocery Shopping- Green your trash bags: It is so easy and inexpensive to get trash bags made from recycled or biodegradable material these days that there is little excuse not to use them. You can buy a roll at most supermarkets or online. Bring your own reusable tote to the grocery store with you. Leave a few totes in the trunk of your car or stash them away in your purse for unexpected trips.

Skip the Suds- Try a green detergent such as 7th Generation which comes in a recycled cardboard bottle. You can also use a detergent designed for cold water; using cold water for each wash load saves energy, which is good for the earth, and also saves money, which is great for your wallet. Cold water detergents are formulated to fight dirt and stains just as well as their warm water counterparts.

Use a dishwasher instead of washing plates by hand- Buy an Energy Star Rated washer, only run it when it is full and skip the pre-rinse cycle.

image courtesy of Pure Cleaning Agency

Choose Non-Toxic Cleaning Products- For every commercial and chemical based product on the market, there is probably a greener alternative…or even a homemade substitution!

  • Baking Soda: This is great for cleaning, deodorizing, softening water and scouring dishes.
  • Soap: Unscented soap in liquid, flake or powder form is biodegradable and will clean just about anything.
  • Lemon: A strong food acid effective against most household bacteria.
  • Borax: Cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors
  • White Vinegar: Cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  • Washing Soda: Cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans walls, tiles, sinks and tubs.
  • Cornstarch: Can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  • Citrus Solvent: Cleans paintbrushes, oil and grease and some stains.

Green Your Pet- The carbon emissions emitted from the production and transportation of your pet’s food can be quite high; to offset this, look for healthy food alternatives. While organic pet food may cost a bit more, it is made with renewable resources and no pesticides or environmentally unfriendly fertilizers. Whether it comes in bottles, bags or cans, chances are that your pet’s food containers can be recycled. Also, scooping poop is no fun for anyone but you can make it more environmentally friendly by using biodegradable bags, which are available at most pet stores. This is an excellent alternative to using plastic bags which are nearly impossible to decompose.

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About GreenBrideGuide.com

GBG is one of the top sites for Green Wedding and they are launchingGreenHomeGuide.com this spring, which will be all about ecofriendly home décor. GBG’s CEO, Kate L. Harrison, has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master’s from Yale in Environmental Policy. She planned her own green wedding in 2007 and wrote the best selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2008). In 2009, she founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples use their weddings to promote social and environmental change and support the local green economy. The site also has a green gift registry and wedding shop.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Just wanted to pass along the tips.)

 

Reusing Items For Learning Fun

I talked last month about Unilever and their commitment to donating meals to those in need. I found out that this was just a part of their sustainable living plan. They are also working on improving health and well-being, enhancing livelihoods, and reducing environmental impact. They are working towards a goal of 100% renewable energy. I think that the work this company is doing is amazing and it makes me want to work harder at reducing my own environmental impact. Wondering which of your favorite brands are made by Unilever? Take a look below!

I went shopping and bought some Bertolli meals and some Lipton Iced Tea. I love the Bertolli meals because they are easy to make and taste delicious. Here was last night’s dinner:

Jacob is not a huge potato fan but he loved the potatoes in this meal because of the sauce they were in. After dinner I wanted to find a use for the Lipton Iced Tea bottles. We recycle some items into a recycling bin but lately I’ve been trying to create more with “trash” and save what I can to reuse. My favorite way to do this is by incorporating them into learning for my preschoolers.

When I taught preschool I had some “sensory bottles” in my classroom. They were fun to shake and look at for the children and I wanted to make them with my own kids.

I used the Lipton Tea bottles that were empty and instead of throwing them away I reused them for this fun activity. First, I rinsed them clean and let them dry. Once that was done I called the boys to the kitchen table and we got to work. I had decided we would make two different types of bottles. The first we made was a “find and seek” bottle.

I filled a bottle halfway with rice and put some letter beads out on the table. I then called out letters and the boys would have to find that letter and put it in the bottle. They thought this was a lot of fun and they liked helping mommy.

After all the beads were in we added more rice. We filled up the bottle but left a little empty space at the top so that the rice and letters inside could move around. A little tacky glue in the cap to ensure we wouldn’t have a huge mess on our hands if one of them got it open and we were done with our first bottle. The boys liked shaking it up to find all of the letters in their names.

Next, we made some water filled sensory bottles. You can fill these with anything you’d like but we chose sequins and glitter and then added a few drops of food coloring in the water.

I let the boys put their own sequins in their bottles {warning: little hands putting little pieces into little bottles makes a huge mess}. They worked at this diligently for a while since they could only get a few pieces in at a time. I then helped them sprinkle glitter into their bottles and we filled them with water. I let them pick out the color they wanted to make their water and squeezed the food coloring in. I added a bit too much to Jacob’s and his turned a very dark shade of green. Lucas wanted red so I just added a few drops in his. I also added a little dish soap to put some bubbles in it.

The last one we made I decided to do half oil and half water. I put in some vegetable oil, a little glitter, and some drops of food coloring. The boys watched as the food coloring didn’t spread, like it had in the water, but instead created tiny beads of color. I think a full bottle of vegetable oil would have been a lot of fun. I added water and the colors bled together though it was still fun to watch the water and oil separate.

The boys enjoyed putting these sensory bottles together and then playing with them. I’m looking forward to creating more crafts with them using recycled materials. Someone suggested making a planter out of a Country Crock tub and I think the boys and I might do that as the weather gets warmer.

How do you reuse items for learning fun?

(Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Unilever  #cbias #SocialFabric )

Five Green Gifts Under $25

Still looking for a gift for that Eco-conscious friend or family member? The Green Bride Guide, the nation’s leading resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, product and services, offers five great green gift ideas for under $25.

1)    HAPPINESS WOODEN COASTER SET

Price: $24.95 for a set of four

Description: This set of four coasters is handmade from the branch of a fallen maple tree, making them a unique and eco-friendly gift or decor piece. The coasters are kept as natural as possible. The bark has been removed and each one has been sanded smooth on all sides. Each coaster is finished with 2 coats of water based polyurethane that is traditionally used to seal hardwood floors. You will receive the 4 coasters that will look very similar to the photo.

2)    Hand & Foot Care Gift Set: Refresh

Price: $20.00

Description: Want to give someone a special gift? Give them the gift of touch. What better way to give a memorable gift than by giving someone a neck and shoulder massage, a hand or foot massage, maybe a mani-pedi, or all the above. Incorporate a little aromatherapy and you have the perfect formula for putting them into a state of bliss. This little Hand & Foot Care aromatherapy gift set keeps hands and feet in tip-top shape and smelling great.

3)    BEACHWOOD BIRD KITCHEN UTENSILS

Price: $16

Description: Liven up your kitchen this holiday season with this gorgeous set of whimsical beechwood bird kitchen utensils. These sensational spoons are laser-engraved to ensure the images will not fade, they won’t scratch or damage non-stick cookware, and they do not impart any flavor.

4)    RECYCLED GLASS RING

Price: $25

Description: These amazing eco friendly rings are created from the antique glass reclaimed throughout the wooded habitats in the Pennsylvania Amish Country.   The glass from vintage mason jars are hand cut and fired, producing tons of beautiful seed bubbles in the glass, then and mounted on a sterling plated platinum ring. The silver back reflects the light through the pretty transparent glass giving the look of a constant glow. Band is fully adjustable to fit everyone with a comfortable fit.

5)    PEARLESCENT SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

Price: $25

Description: Indonesian artistry is showcased in the opalescent mother of pearl with Pearlescent Salt and Pepper Shakers. These elegant serving accessories includes one of nature’s most beautiful offerings from a fully sustainable source.

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I received one of the beachwood bird kitchen utensils to review. The detailing on the spoon is beautiful and I like that the image won’t fade. The quality of this wood is really nice and the spoon is very sturdy. I also really like that it won’t scratch my expensive pans.

(Disclosure: I received a product for review but all thoughts are my own.)

 

Babo Botanicals Gift Basket Giveaway

When the boys were infants I carefully considered every product that I put on their sensitive skin and I wish that I would have known about Babo Botanicals back then. Babo Botanicals are made on an Organic Farm with all natural ingredients. They are free of parabens, formaldehydes and phthalates so they will not irritate skin. Babo Botanicals products were developed at the professional salon level so they work for mom and dad’s hair too.

Babo Botanicals’ Oatmilk Calendula line is in the running to be Red Tricycle’s ‘Sparklingest Soap and Shampoo.’ The trusted line of all natural “parent-quality” personal products in “kid-friendly” packaging has made it to the finals and would love your vote. You can do so here.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a gift basket of the Oatmilk Calendula soaps. The gentlest blend of nourishing botanicals soothe and protect sensitive or dry skin. Collodial Oatmeal is well known to comfort itchy, dry, chafed skin associated with eczema.

HOW TO ENTER:

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1) Tell me what your favorite feature of these skin care products is

2) Like Babo Botanicals on Facebook

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4) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right corner)

Giveaway ends December 14, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+only.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post but Babo Botanicals is sponsoring the giveaway. This giveaway isn’t associated with Facebook in any way.)

 

Green Gift Ideas From VivaTerra

VivaTerra is a popular contemporary eco-living brand that sells exquisite, eco, artisan products from all over the world ­ always with a sense of luxury, and a splash of Zen. It is the trusted brand that consumers count on for socially responsible and organically sourced products for the home. Every product is made from recycled or environmentally friendly materials ­ many of which are exclusive to VivaTerra.

Right now VivaTerra is having a Home For The Holidays event where every day, Monday through Friday, a great item is 50% off for 24 hours. This online event runs through December 14th. Here’s an example of some of the past daily specials so that you can get an idea of the gift ideas available from VivaTerra:

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and here’s a sneak peak at Monday’s item which will be 50% off:

I hope you will check out the website and the great gift ideas that VivaTerra has. Remember to stop by on the weekdays to see the newest daily deal :)

(Disclosure: I received a set of dishes from VivaTerra that I will be reviewing in the future.)

Eco-Foil Baking Pans {Prize Pack Giveaway}

Eco-Foil is a revolutionary new foilware product designed to give consumers like you a convenient and affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint, live greener lifestyles, and do your part for the environment! Not only is it made from 100% recycled aluminum, but it is also 100% recyclable after use — making it part of a phenomenon called “closed-loop recycling.” When you purchase and use recycled Eco-Foil products, and then put them in your recycling bin to get recycled again, you complete the cycle — the aluminum is then re-made into another new recycled pan … and the cycle just goes on and on and on!

Eco-Foil offers a variety of products to choose from, including roasters, baking pans, and a broad line of favorites ranging from King Roaster® with handles (a Handi-Foil exclusive) to the Cook-N-Carry® line of pans with lids. All made from 100% recycled materials — even the plastic lids.Eco-Foil is the perfect eco-friendly choice for all your baking, roasting or grilling needs —and a great way for you to save natural resources and protect our earth, one pan at a time.

You can find Eco-Foil at major grocery chains and mass market retailers nationwide where Handi-Foil is sold. If your local retailer isn’t carrying Eco-Foil yet, tell them you care — and ask them for Eco-Foil products today!

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GIVEAWAY:

2 readers will each win one Eco-Foil Prize Pack ($30 value)

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what your favorite food to cook in the oven is

2) Share this giveaway on the social network of your choice

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Eco-Foil on Facebook

5) Follow Alicia on Pinterest

6) Follow Handi-Foil on Pinterest

7) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends November 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for posting this giveaway but I’m happy to be able to offer these pans to my readers because my family loves using Eco-Foil pans. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Get your Kid’s involved in a Sustainable Future {Guest Post}

If you’ve decided to build a new home, there are a number of energy efficient solutions that you should consider. Not only are sustainable practices great for your power bills, but they will also help to create a more liveable environment for your children and grandchildren. While it is important that you do all that you can to create a green home environment, educating your kids and involving them in environmentally friendly activities around the house can further assist in creating a sustainable future. Whether you’re building a new house or have decided to implement some environmentally friendly practices into your home, check out these ideas for getting your kids involved and educated.

Composting

Introducing your kids to the idea of composting can help them to understand that even leftover foods have their place in the environment. When building your new home, consider the floor plans and layout of your backyard to determine an area for your composting bin. A composting bin can be bought from various hardware stores and is relatively inexpensive. Composting will not only help your children to understand that waste products can be reused, but will also teach them appreciation for the environment.

Planting

When deciding to build, you often have the luxury of creating your dream garden. Spending days filled with sunshine in your backyard is the perfect way to relax, while still getting your family involved too. Most children love to plant and participate in gardening, particularly when they get to pick their very first strawberry or tomato from the garden. Creating a garden that allows you to harvest your own produce and give your children understanding about the value of nature, is a lifelong lesson that they’ll always remember.

Recycling

Getting kids to understand recycling at a young age is an invaluable lesson. Parents can make recycling fun, by creating a colorful system in the kitchen and also by showing kids how to reuse products. After Christmas, for instance, parents can create fun activities to reuse greeting cards by cutting and pasting pictures to make fun new creations.

Fun Education

If you’re building a new home, a number of house and land packages now come with energy efficient inclusions, such as solar panels, water tanks, energy efficient lighting and water saving fixtures. Teaching your kids about how your house works and how you are helping to create a sustainable future can encourage them to become more involved. Create fun, educational activities about how the solar panels on your roof allow you to watch our favorite television shows. The possibilities are endless, so start your kids on a greener path today.

Instilling good values in your children from a young age will help them to understand the value and importance of creating a sustainable future. While you’re educating your kids, you’ll also have the opportunity to create fun family memories of days spent together in the sunshine.

{Disclosure: This is a guest post. All opinions and thoughts are the writer’s. I have been compensated for posting this.}

Wonderworld Toys Bakery Set Giveaway {Shake, Rattle and Roll Event}

Check out my giveaway below and then don’t forget to enter to win the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Grand Prize sponsored by Tommee Tippee! You will have the chance to win a Closer to Nature Audio Baby Monitor valued at $149.99! Visit Formula Mom to Enter the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Grand Prize Giveaway!!

MY GIVEAWAY:

‘My Bakery Set’ by Wonderworld Toys {$40 ARV}

This eco-friendly, wooden set is not only adorable but was a big hit with my boys. It kept them busy for over an hour, which is normally something only cars and trains can do. What I loved most about the set was that it wasn’t just a box of play food. The “food” actually came in multiple pieces with a set of picture directions of how to make the two recipes. I thought the strawberry and orange garnishes that were included were a nice touch. It amazed me to watch my little two and three year olds pretending to cook just like mommy and daddy do and it was cute to watch them pretend to read the directions and put the desserts together step by step as the recipe showed.

Look what my boys “baked” me for breakfast :)

I thought the quality of the bowl and the utensils were very good. The only thing that I would have changed would have been to make the container, box, and recipe sheet out of heavier paper or even laminated paper. While the paper items didn’t rip the first couple times this toy has been played with, I am afraid that it may soon. Other than that we absolutely love this set and would recommend it to any parent or grandparent who has a little baker of their own :)

Another cool thing that Wonderworld Toys does is that they plant two trees for every one tree that they use. They have planted over 60,000 trees so far!

HOW TO ENTER:

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1) Tell me who you want to win this bakery set for

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

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5) Follow @WonderworldToys on Twitter

6) Share this giveaway on a social network

7) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends June 5, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I received a bakery set to review but all thoughts are my own.)

(Disclaimer: Formula Mom, Tales From the Nursery, and the Shake, Rattle, & Roll bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes.)

Find more infant, toddler and child giveaways at the link below!

Energizer Battery Packs Giveaway

For decades Energizer has supported organizations helping to make a positive impact in local communities and around the world. This spring as part of the Energizer campaign—that’s positivenergy—they’re “building” on that commitment in a new way through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity®. Working with baseball legend and philanthropist Cal Ripken, Jr., Energizer is donating more than $300,000 and 1,000 volunteer hours to Habitat through a multi-city series of volunteer projects to help build new homes and revitalize existing homes for those in need.

Here’s where you can get involved.  With the rising cost of utilities, we can all use a little bit of help right?  Especially if we have a really hot summer!  So, beyond helping Habitat, Energizer is doing something to help us all out.  In addition to the series of volunteer projects, you will see the Energizer and Habitat for Humanity partnership coming to the shelves of your favorite stores. Through the Energizer Utility Cash program, you can collect codes from select Energizer battery and lighting products and redeem them online for savings, up to $25 total savings each per person/household/email address, off your own utility bill.  You start earning rewards with just two codes and will need 10 codes total to earn the full $25.  Or you can help make a positive impact and choose to turn the codes into a donation to Habitat for Humanity®.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win two specially marked packages of Energizer Max AA batteries with special codes.

HOW TO ENTER

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me one other way you can reduce your energy bills

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow Energizer on Twitter

5) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

6) Like Energizer on Facebook

7) Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS (look in upper right hand corner)

8) Enter another one of my giveaways (find them here)

Giveaway ends May 24, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I received products from Energizer for posting this giveaway and promotion information. Content was provided by Energizer. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Infographic: ‘Share’ Responsibility for the Planet

Infographic courtesy of Recyclebank

Earth Day Themed Lunch Ideas {Blog Hop!}

I love themed lunches so I looked around online to get some ideas for Earth Day. I was amazed at the creativity I found! I stumbled upon this awesome blog hop with over 20 bloggers participating and each has posted their lunch for Earth Day. To check out each lunch just click on the button that is in each post and it will take you to the next Earth Day themed lunch.

To start hoppin’ just click the button below. First up is a lunch for a little “tree hugger” :)

10 Earth Day Activities & Crafts

Earth Day is this Sunday. Here are 10 fun earth related activities and crafts your children can enjoy doing this weekend {click pictures to be taken to the sites they come from}. For even more fun ideas see my list of 100 recycled crafts for kids, all of which can be made by upcycling 25 common household materials or these kid friendly Earth Day snack ideas. And don’t miss this post on ways to celebrate Earth Day with your family.

Earth Day Printable from Share & Remember

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Plant Pals from Family Fun

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Tissue Paper Tree from Projects For Preschoolers

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Nature Shadow Boxes from Teach Preschool

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Mosaic Earth {with printable} from Make and Takes

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Earth Day Coffee Filter Craft from Preschool Crafts For Kids

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Free Earth Day Preschool Activities Pack from Itsy Bitsy Learners

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Earth Day Letter “E” Activity from Carrots Are Orange

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Puffy Paint Earth from No Time For Flashcards

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Nature Collage from East Coast Mommy

8 Earth Day Treats

Food is always an important part of celebrations so why should Earth Day be any different? Check out some wonderful Earth Day themed treats and desserts below {click on the pictures to be taken to the sites they come from}. Want more ideas? Here are 5 more Earth Day kid friendly snacks.

Earth Day Cake Pops from Vanilla And Lace

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Earth Day Cookies from Tidy Mom

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Dirt & Worm Cups from Meet The Dubiens

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Earth Cupcakes from Under The Table And Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn

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Fruit Tree Cupcakes from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

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Ocean Treat {and an Earth Day dinner!} from Secrets of a Super Mommy

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Earth Day Chocolate Cupcakes from Dessarts

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Earth Cookie Pops from The Decorated Cookie

 

The Honest Company Giveaway {$110 ARV}

I’m so excited to bring you another “Super Events” Giveaway! This giveaway is hosted by Full Price? Never! with contributing blogger CuzinLogic.

Just in time for EARTH DAY! This week we are happy to introduce you to The Honest Co.!

Meet The Honest Co: Launched in January 2012, The Honest Company offers an eco-friendly line of family essentials (diapers and wipes, bath and body care, and household cleaners) through a monthly subscription service at Honest.com.

Created by parents for parents, The Honest Company is committed to making safer products more convenient, beautiful, and affordable and to providing exceptional family support that promotes health, happiness and community. Learn more about the The Honest Co: Website, Facebook, Twitter Personal Review: Heather from Full Price? Never! had the pleasure of trying the first months collection of items, pictured below. Here are her thoughts ”I was immediately intrigued by The Honest Company as soon as a friend told me about them. As a parent I try to make as many healthy choices for my children as possible but I still take into account price and convenience and how well the products work. These reasons are what made The Honest Co so tempting to me. I love the idea of buying safe products, delivered right to my door automatically for a great price. When you receive your shipment from The Honest Co. it feels like you just experienced something fun… not that you just bought some household necessities. The package is adorable, {there I said it} and the shipping material is too! The products themselves are created so that you want to have them up on the counter in your kitchen or laundry room. You don’t want them hiding in a closet… they are pretty and functional. I used all of the products below and found them all to be of high quality and they delivered the results promised… which is why you buy them in the first place! Two of my daughters have very sensitive skin, but we still need to have clean clothes so I was interested to see how effective on both sides {gentle and clean well} the laundry soap would be… and it was a winner! Although I didn’t try the diapers, I really want to. I love that they are “plant based, ultra absorbant and fashionable” and maybe that they would ship me a whole month at a time right to my door automatically so I never run out {not that I’m saying that’s ever happened}. I love the way Jessica Alba explains in this video how important it is that we know what is in the products we use on our kids and make responsible choices.” Here’s the great part! The Honest Co. is providing this awesome prize for one lucky reader: A 3-month subscription of The Honest Company Family Essentials The first month’s bundle will include the following five products: Honest Shampoo, Body Lotion, Hand Soap, Healing Balm and Laundry Detergent. But for the other two months, you can choose any five products you like from the entire 14-product body care and cleaning line including Auto Dish Detergent, Hand Sanitizer, Sunscreen, Bubble Bath and Surface Cleaner. All products are non-toxic and made in the USA using all-natural and organic ingredients. Retail value approximately $110

This giveaway starts at 12:01am April 16th and ends at 11:59pm April 22nd EARTH DAY {est}! Must be aged 18 or older and live in the contiguous US to be eligible to win.

HEAD ON OVER TO FULL PRICE? NEVER! TO ENTER

Tide’s “Take A Load Off” Facebook Sweepstakes

In honor of Earth Day, you can “Take A Load Off” the energy grid, your wallet, and the environment by making a simple change – washing your clothes in cold water. Did you know that heating water while doing laundry can account for up to 80 percent of the energy used per wash load in the U.S.? It’s an easy change to make with Tide Coldwater, which is specially formulated to get clothes clean in cold water.

I have talked about Tide Coldwater detergent before on my blog and shared how my clothes were just as clean using this product and washing in cold water as they were when I washed with hot water. The bonus of this detergent is that, not only does it save energy, but it saves a lot of money which everyone is looking to do these days!

Make the Promise to switch to washing in cold water on the Future Friendly Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a High Efficiency Washer and Dryer and a one-year supply of Tide Coldwater! You can enter once a day to increase your chances of winning these awesome prizes. A new winner will be picked each week through May 13th so there are lots of chances to win. You can enter the sweepstakes here.

(Disclosure: I am being compensated by SheSpeaks, on behalf of Tide, as a featured blogger for this campaign but all thoughts are my own.)

Earth Day Giveaway Hop {2 Winners}

Earth-Day-Event

This event is sponsored by Eco-Foil and co-hosted by Way 2 Good Life and She Promotes

The event takes place from April 12 at 11 PM EST and ends on April 22 at 11.59 PM EST

There are so many companies out there that help the environment – why not get to know more about them? Learn about great businesses, their products, and win some giveaways. Over 60 bloggers have prizes valued at $25+. After you enter the giveaway here at Making Time For Mommy, make sure to visit every blog for more chances to win. Eco-Foil provided a Kindle Fire ($199 value) as a grand prize. In order to win it – you need to enter some giveaways (the more you enter – the more entries you earn)! Take a moment – visit Eco-Foil and look for 100% recycled disposable aluminum pans at the local stores.

Enter to WIN the Grand Prize of the Event – KINDLE FIRE – Wi-Fi, Full Color 7″ Multi-Touch Display

GIVEAWAY #1

Sponsored by: Eco-Foil

Eco-Foil is a revolutionary new foilware product designed to give consumers like you a convenient and affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint, live greener lifestyles, and do your part for the environment! Not only is it made from 100% recycled aluminum, but it is also 100% recyclable after use — making it part of a phenomenon called “closed-loop recycling.” When you purchase and use recycled Eco-Foil products, and then put them in your recycling bin to get recycled again, you complete the cycle — the aluminum is then re-made into another new recycled pan … and the cycle just goes on and on and on!

Prize: “Are You Green” T-Shirt, 2 King Roaster Pans, 4 13×9 cake pans, and 6 small square cake pans

GIVEAWAY #2

Sponsored by: TriLight Health

For over 20 years now, we at TriLight Health have faithfully supplied our customers nationwide with our high quality line of liquid herbal products. We were the first company to specialize in great tasting, non-alcoholic herbal formulas for pregnancy, children and the family. Our products are fast acting and effective for adults, but Taste so good that children will love them!

Prize: $40 in products {winner’s choice} from their best seller list

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Tell me which giveaway you’d like to win {prize 1 or prize 2}

OPTIONAL ENTRIES:

{Do any or all of the following. Leave a separate comment for each you do.}

1) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) “Like” Eco-Foil Pans on Facebook

3) “Like” TriLight Health on Facebook

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends on April 22, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I received products from both companies to review.)

Find more giveaways here:

(Disclaimer: Please note that Way 2 Good Life, “Earth Day Giveaway Event” or the “Earth Day Event” bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.)

Natural House Cleaners Review & Giveaway

Happy Mothering

Welcome to the Green Spring Clean Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and SAPsMaMa! With Spring quickly approaching I am excited to offer my readers the opportunity to win some great green cleaning prize packages. In addition to my giveaway, there are 20+ other blogs featuring Green Spring Clean prize packages. After you’re done entering my giveaway, please visit the other blogs, which you’ll find at the bottom of this post. Good luck!

For my giveaway I am offering three non-toxic cleaning products by Natural House that are strong enough for commercial clean-up, yet safe and gentle for everyone. They contain good probiotics which continue to scour, clean, consume odors, grime, grease, and germs, and they continue to do so until the next weekly treatment. You can watch the video that explains more about how these products work.

I like that the products are natural and contain probiotics so they continued to cut odors and germs until the next cleaning. I found the products  very easy to use and each one had step by step directions on the back. The smells were nice and not too overpowering. The trash one smelled minty upon spraying it but after a minute or so the fresh smell was gone and the trash can smell was neutralized.

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a month worth of Natural House Cleaners & $5 cash

{Sinky, Trashy, Flushy}

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me your least favorite thing to clean

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Natural House on Facebook

5) Follow me on Twitter

6) Follow Natural House on Twitter

7) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends March 30, 2012 at 11:59pm CST. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received products to review. All thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not sponsored by or endorsed by Facebook.)

FIND MORE GIVEAWAYS HERE:

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Go Green With The Lorax and Seventh Generation! {Review and Prize Pack Giveaway}

In partnership with Universal Studios’ motion picture debut of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax* also known as the “Speaker for the Trees” who brings environmental truth and ecological hope to all, Seventh Generation will feature limited edition Lorax prints on all our diapers and training pants. These prints are intended to remind parents and caregivers of the lessons of The Lorax, and encourage family reading and environmental awareness while creating a few smiles. Discover (or rediscover) Dr. Suess’ The Lorax as you read about his legacy and messages of sustainability with your child, and inspire a new generation of environmentalists starting with your family!

I normally don’t use Seventh Generation brand products but was happy to try them out because they had a cute Lorax print and I wanted to try a more eco-friendly option than what I am currently using. Upon first glance at the Free & Clear Training Pants I noticed that they have really stretchy sides and waist. I like this because they fit snuggly on the child while still being comfortable. I found the training pants were thinner than the brand that I normally used which worried me at first but I discovered that they absorbed fluids well and didn’t sag like our other ones do. Other perks of these training pants are that they are hypo-allergenic and free of chlorine processing, fragrance and latex. The only downfall is that I like to buy my diapers and training pants in larger packages and it seems that these products are not available in bulk packaging.

GIVEAWAY:

One winner will win a package of training pants {in the size they choose} and “The Lorax” book

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me which of the Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diaper products you are most interested in trying with your family in an effort to become more eco-conscious?

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

(Leave a comment for each you do)

1) Share this giveaway on a social network

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Seventh Generation on Facebook

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Follow Seventh Generation on Twitter

6) Follow me on Pinterest

7) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS

8) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends on March 15, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US Only.

(Disclosure: The Seventh Generation Diapers prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.All thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

$500 Cloth Diaper Giveaway {Fall In Love With Fluff}

Fall In Love With Fluff - Valentine's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway Event

Are you ready to fall in love with fluff
and win $500 of cloth diapers and accessories?!

Welcome to the Fall In Love With Fluff Giveaway Event presented by Daily Mothering and Eco-Crazy Mom! Over 100 blogs are coming together to celebrate our love for fluff with this awesome Valentine’s Day giveaway! We are giving away a Cloth Diaper Prize Pack valued at $500 to one lucky winner!!

Fall In Love With Fluff is sponsored by Sandbox Lane and Kissed By The Moon!

Sandbox Lane

Sandbox Lane is your one stop shop for affordable & stylish eco-friendly baby products! This family-owned business is known and loved for their great selection of affordable cloth diapers and cloth diaper accessories in a wide variety of styles and brands. They also carry a variety of stylish baby clothing and accessories, breastfeeding supplies, mama cloth, eco-friendly laundry products, swaddle blankets, toys and other earth friendly products to help get your little one off to a great start. Be sure to check out the Sandbox Lane Blog, and follow them via Facebook, Twitter, and Newsletter for information on sales, events, new products & more! Free shipping is offered on all purchases over $30, and all orders under $30 ship for just $3. *Shipping is only offered within the US and Canada at this time.

Sandbox Lane is offering a special 10% off coupon code for giveaway participants during this event! Use code Fluffylove10off at checkout to receive your discount! Excludes Bumgenius, Grovia, Flip, and Econobum.

Prizes Sponsored by Sandbox Lane:

BumGenius Freetime One-Size AIO Diaper
(Snap closure, winner’s choice of Print/Color)

BumGenius 4.0 One-Size Pocket Diaper
(Snap closure, Winner’s choice of Print/Color)

Flip One-Size Cover & Stay-Dry Insert
(Snap closure, Winner’s choice of Color)

Econobum Trial Pack: 1 One-Size Cover and 3 Prefolds
(Winner’s choice of Color)

Fuzzibunz Elite One-Size Pocket Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color)

Charlie Banana One-Size Pocket Print Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Print)

GroVia One-Size AIO Diaper
(Vanilla)

Sweet Pea One-Size Pocket Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color)

ones & twos One-Size AIO Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color)

Incredibum Bamboo One-Size Pocket Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color)

Incredibum Small Wetbag
(Winner’s choice of Color)

Rockin’ Green Hard Rock 2.0 Detergent
(45/90 Loads)

Rockin’ Green Funk Rock
(9 oz.)

Incredibum Bamboo Wipes
(2 packs – 8 wipes total)

Sweet Pea Cotton Velour Wipes
(2 packs – 10 wipes total)

BabyLegs Leg Warmers
(Rainbow)

Kissed By The Moon

Kissed By The Moon was created out of a passion for cloth diapering and eco-friendly living. This mama-owned shop is a favorite of many, well known for their cloth diaper rental packages, kissed cash rewards program, user-friendly gift registry and awesome weekly specials. They offer a wide variety of new and pre-loved cloth diapers, cloth diaper accessories, laundry solutions and everything needed to make your cloth diapering experience a success! Be sure to sign up for the Kissed By The Moon Newsletter and follow on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know about sales, promotions, giveaways, and upcoming events. Shipping is always free for orders over $25 (US Only), and international shipping is available!

Kissed By The Moon is offering a special 10% off coupon code for giveaway participants during this event! Use code LOVEFLUFF at checkout to receive your discount on orders over $25! Excludes sale items, GroVia, Flip, and Bumgenius.

Prizes Sponsored by Kissed By The Moon:

Oh Katy One-Size Pocket Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color)

Rumparooz One-Size Pocket Print Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Print and Closure)

Bummis Tot Bot Easy Fit One-Size AIO Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color/Print)

Green Line One-Size Cover
(Winner’s choice of Print)

Green Line Soaker
(Bamboo/Cotton)

SoftBums Omni One-Size AI2/Pocket Diaper
(Aplix, Winner’s choice of Color/Print)

SoftBums Snap-In Pod
(DryTouch)

itti bitti tutto One-Size AI2 Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color/Print)

Swaddlebees Simplex One-Size AIO Diaper
(Winner’s choice of Color/Print)

Planet Wise Flannel Wipes
(Set of 10, winner’s choice of Color)

Leslie’s Boutique Pail Liner
(Winner’s choice of Color/Print)

Rumparooz Print Wet Bag
(Winner’s choice of Print)

Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering
(by Kelly Wels)

THiRSTiES Booty Luster
(4 oz.)

2 CJ’s BUTTer Samples
(1/2 oz. each)

And now for the giveaway!

ONE WINNER will receive this ENTIRE prize pack:
(most colors/prints will be winner’s choice as listed above)

Fall In Love With Fluff $500 Cloth Diaper Prize Pack

This giveaway ends at 11:59 EST on February 7th, 2011.

If you have not yet signed in to the new Rafflecopter forms, use either your Facebook account OR your name and email address to sign in. Click “Do It” for instructions on how to complete each entry. There is no mandatory entry.

The more entries you submit, the better odds you have of winning!

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada* contestants only.

*If a Canada winner is drawn, some prizes will be substituted with other products
or store credit of retailer’s choice due to shipping restrictions on certain brands.

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****Enter via Rafflecopter HERE****

Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop {Skoy Cloths & Oregon Chai Tea}

Welcome to the Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Mama Chocolate and Purposeful Homemaking! In addition to my green giveaway, there are an additional 40 blogs featuring eco-friendly prize packages. After you’re done entering my giveaway, please visit the other blogs, which you’ll find below my giveaway information. Good luck!

My two prizes for this giveaway are Skoy Cloths and Oregon Chai Tea. Both will go to one winner.

Skoy Cloths

(Review: coming soon)

“The SKOY cloth is a fabulous, absorbent, biodegradable and natural multi-use cloth.  Our re-usable earth friendly cloth is perfect in your kitchen, bathroom, and on most surface areas in your home or office.  SKOY cloth can be used in place of your sponge, wash cloth or paper towels. 

The SKOY cloth is a durable product due to the reusability factor and can last months.  Using a SKOY cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home.  With the high cost of paper towels, as much as $2 per roll, SKOY cloth is the obvious choice for your wallet and the environment.

The SKOY cloth is long-lasting because of the wash ability feature.  It dries quickly, so it is not a breeding ground for bacteria.   It is also dishwasher and washer/dryer safe. Cleaning your SKOY cloth will keep it healthy and germ-free.”

Oregon Chai Tea Bags

(Review: coming soon)

“Oregon Chai Tea Bags are available in three varieties (of varying caffeine levels) so you can quickly and deliciously indulge yourself in Me Time—whatever the time might be.

Oregon Chai Tea Bags are made with premium, natural ingredients. Each box contains 20 tea bags. Go for The Original™ Chai Tea, a traditional blend of Assam black tea and chai spices. Go all out with Energía Herbal Chai made with Guayusa, Yerba Maté and chai spices. Or peace out with Dreamscape Herbal Chai, an infusion of Rooibos, Honeybush and chai spices.”

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win Skoy Cloths and a sampling of Oregon Chai Tea Bags.

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do)

1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Skoy on Facebook

4) Like Oregon Chai Tea on Facebook

5) Share this giveaway on a social network

6) Enter another one of my giveaways (found here)

Giveaway ends January 30, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

(Disclosure: I received samples of the Skoy cloths and Oregon Chai Tea bags. This Giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook in any way. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.)

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FIND THE OTHER BLOGS PARTICIPATING IN THE HOP AND ENTER MORE GIVEAWAYS HERE!

The Gigglin’ Garden Gang #GoGreenNGiggle #CBias


I’ve been trying to become more “green” and really want to help my children learn earth friendly practices. I was excited for the chance to learn more about The Gigglin’ Garden Gang and their eco-friendly line of products. We received a “Go Green and Giggle Set” that included a book, CD, and garden activity kit inside of a tote bag.

Once we took everything out of the tote bag, Jacob wanted to “read” the book to us. He enjoyed looking at the pictures and making up stories about what was happening.

Next it was Daddy’s turn to read the book to Jacob and Lucas. Lucas liked flipping the pages and Jacob pointed things out as Daddy was reading.

After the story it was time to plant our seeds that came with the book. I liked that the directions were pictures so even my three year old who can’t read could tell me what steps came next.

Jacob poured water over the “magic” soil pellets and we watched as the pellets grew. The boys then planted the seeds. They both really liked this step. Lucas, my two year old, kept digging in the soil of the one he planted so Jacob planted the other five.

Once they were done planting the seeds we closed up the container and set it in a sunny spot away from little hands. We then went to listen to the  CD but it didn’t work {I think because our player is old}. I was bummed because I was really looking forward to watching Lucas dance to the music. He does kind of a hop, skip, twirl that is just adorable.

Since most children are visual learners I really liked how the website had pictures of the entire growing process from start to finish. This will be helpful when Jacob is asking questions about our plants because I can show him what will happen next and what our plants will look like in the end.

If you’d like to learn more you can visit The Gigglin’ Gang online. They can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter. You can read more about my experience and see more pictures in my Google+ story.

(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.)

My Blog Is Now Green

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In honor of Earth Day being this week, I have decided to make my blog “carbon neutral”. You are probably wondering what in the world that means… I know I was when I first saw it!

What is a “green” blog and how can my blog become green? According to the website I found-

“My blog is carbon neutral” is an initiative, originally started in Germany by the “Make it green” programme, that has the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralise your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts!”

Isn’t that awesome!?

To find out how you, as a blog or website owner, can join in click here.

To find out where they are planting the trees click here.

The trees will be planted soon so if you are going to join me in “going green” maybe this week would be the time to do it ;)

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This post is being linked to:

Earth Hour 2010

Just wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow night the World will celebrate Earth Hour by “going dark” for one hour.

Here is the link to the US website with all the information: Earth Hour 2010.

Earth Hour Commercial:

Why Go Dark?:

Earth Hour 2009-Countries Around The World:

Are you celebrating Earth hour? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know your reason for participating (or not participating). My family WILL be participating this year if we are home :)