Eco Solutions & Tips

Markers dry out and then what, they end up in our landfills. Children love them and if they are washable and non-toxic, parents and teachers love them. I know how to recycle and reuse crayons but markers? I've never known how to recycle them and even when I tweeted about it and did some research I couldn't...
Babies love to put things in their mouths; it's one of the ways that babies learn about their surroundings. These activities teach them about taste, texture, sound, and shape among many others. Exploring in this way is important for their development, so it is no wonder that the toy industry is a...
My daughter is 21 months and she's climbing out her crib. Why? Why can't she just stay in her crib until she is three like her brother? He never tried to climb out. He was happy in his crib. Not my little girl. She wakes up and out she climbs. All times of the night, too! I'm dreading the move to...
I wrote about my daughters asthma and our childcare situation and my returning to work and hiring some cleaning help. We've been blessed to have found the right people and everything is working out perfectly (so far). I'm getting so much done during the day and having time in the evening to be with my family, read and actually...
Come on the colors are orange and black! I love, love, love Halloween. I love the time of year and the cool fall nights. I love the idea that I don't have to buy gifts and wrap them up for everyone but I can still celebrate and have fun. Goblins, ghosts, and gremlins are part of the fun perhaps...
I took a few days to announce the winner of the FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Giveaway.  I really wanted to read over the comments, explore the sites recommended to me and try out some of the useful tips.  There were soooo many, thank you.  I had my interview with Dori and Val, my BBF's from More Hip than Hippie yesterday...
There is nothing like getting dirty and finding things in nature. Children learn when they see, do, touch, and experience. To be a green mom, I have to let my kids just get dirty. They have to dig for worms, feel the soil, sometimes taste it and figure out what those worms are doing. It means scrubbing finger...
When you try something new or you've decided to break a habit, it's a challenge! I thought trying cloth diapers would be hard for me, seeing I knew nothing AND I have used only disposable with my two children. I wrote about being ignorant about cloth diapers and the encouragement and support was amazing. Thanks to all of you...
It's back to school time, almost. The other day, when I spent two hours in Target I couldn't believe the back to school supplies. Backpacks, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors and the list goes on. I miss that part of being a teacher AND a student. The back to school excitement was like Christmas day to me, I loved...
I read and read. I've mentioned this a zillion times and I've actually slated a post for 5MFGG on my top five green reads for beginners.  One of the books on this list is, Eco Kids by, Dan Chiras.  I downloaded the book from EcoBrain and have spent time reading it on my laptop in bed, it's been wonderful. ...
Over at the G&CM forum the topic of "green etiquette" came up. I've decided to share with you my experience surrounding this topic because who would have thunk it, there would be etiquette for going green? To me, its more like common sense.  Except when you get excited and passionate about something it's easy to go over board.  Let...
Bugs, when I taught preschool this was my favorite topic and time of year. The children were always so excited to learn about the creepy crawlies. There were so many math, art and science lessons to choose from…I just love it! In reality, I’m not a bug person. I don’t like bugs crawling on me, flying in my face,...
Chlorine Bleach is one of the top 10 toxic and hazardous household products, sold on shelves today. Some common names for chlorine bleach: chloramine, sodium hypochlorite, bleach, hydrochloric acid, trihalomethanes, disinfection byproducts. This highly toxic cleaner is the number onemost swallowed cleaner by children causing poising. Exposure should be avoided, yet it is sold like crazy and allowed on...
Last night we attended a super bowl party and for me it was just to socialize and get the kids out of the house. No offense but I'm not a football fan but the food and conversation is always nice. My daughter was having a blast playing with this Elmo guitar. She loved it because of the size and...