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Eco-Friendly Gift Guide for Imaginative Kids

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Eco-Friendly Gift Guide for Imaginative Kids

The past few years I have become increasingly aware of what I purchase for my own kids as well as my nieces and nephews. As I practice a more minimalistic approach to life, it has become even more important for the items I give to be eco-conscience, promote imaginative play and to get them off electronics. Bonus points if the items are sold by small business owners!   Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas to get those imaginations running wild!  1. Throne & Thimble - What is more eco-friendly than turning pre-loved and vintage materials into adorable plushies! These...

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3 Non-Paper Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas to Start the Holidays off on a Green Foot!

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3 Non-Paper Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas to Start the Holidays off on a Green Foot!

As a kid, I remember unwrapping all my presents as I ceremoniously tossed my crumpled-up wrapping paper into the trash bag, yelling "SCORE!" when it made it in, versus landing next to the bag.  Later that day, she would tie the bag off and carry several large garbage bags of wrapping paper to the trash.  Let's face it, wrapping holiday presents is a huge source of trash, often producing multiple bags per family each and every year (not Counting birthday!).  While some wrapping paper is recyclable (no metallics, glitter or textures), sadly there is no guarantee that what you toss...

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Kids Craft Kits

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Kids Craft Kits

I have 2 elementary-aged girls and with that comes the love of crafts.  I understand their craftiness, as they both take after me.  However, between two girls with birthdays, holidays, etc, we have a nice collection of half-used craft kits sitting in our closet.  They are bright and fun kits with all sorts of different end projects. BUT... IF, and only IF, my kids actually complete the craft, they either sit there collecting dust because once completed, the completed craft serves no purpose or my kids don't care and get rid of them when we go through their toys.  The...

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Make Back to School Eco-Friendly

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Make Back to School Eco-Friendly

Creating an eco-friendly school experience is an uphill battle filled with paper, plastic, disposables, and consumables.  This will be the 5th year I have had to buy school supplies and the 5th year I have had to find alternatives to buying everything new each year. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE REUSE When I first review the list each year, I pull out all the old school supplies I put away for the summer.  Before I go out and buy anything new, I check to see what is in reusable condition from the previous year.  Plastic folders have stickers removed, crayons are put...

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Best Eco Friendly Summer Kids Activities

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Best Eco Friendly Summer Kids Activities

The summer is the perfect time to take it easy and offer your kids some fun and eco-friendly activities.  My kids love the traditional kids' toys or activities and let's face it, they are often not the most eco-friendly activities.  Over the years I have found some earth-friendly alternatives to some of the most popular summer pastimes as well as a few other eco-friendly activities to entertain them! 1.  WATER BALLOONS My kids LOVE water balloons.  The eco-friendly conscience person in me hated using them (and lets face it, picking up the tiny shrapnels from the grass!).  My kids would...

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