Of course, today is Earth Day and there are many companies, blogs, cities, schools and individuals that are taking advantage of this day to increase awareness of keeping our Earth healthy. There are also wonderful freebies and incentives going on today in celebration(FREE starbucks, anyone?).
I love Earth Day because it’s the start of our “darkness hours of summer” in our home. In honor of Earth Day, we do an hour of darkness and silence. This is a time when we either teach Sonny a new game, Hubby and I get to catch up on books we’ve had no time to read, or we all do a cool craft outside, if the weather permits. This year, with duchess in the mix, it looks like time outside will be the bulk of our hour. We’ll do lots of crawling the grass, playing with designated outside toys and maybe even a first time with bubbles.
I do love to spotlight the few bloggers that encourage me, and hopefully their readers, to be green and even frugal, all year.
Alex keeps it green and frugal by making her pets’ foods, creating wonderful meals out of leftovers, decorating in a shabby chic fashion and even vacationing all summer in a mobile home by the side of the lake.
Jenny takes frugality and being green to the next level by creating a wonderful garden on the side of her house, foraging for mushrooms in the forest near her home, and even installing solar panels in the house that she and her husband-to-be own. Now that’s inspiration!
We try to keep things green all year, as well. Hubby takes the train into work everyday(he gets to ride for free since he works for state transit) and we got rid of our second car. When I have to work long periods of time down at the base, the whole family drops me off and I carpool while there. Thanks to Alex’s advice, we’ve been making our kitty’s food and are gradually getting him away from store bought. His health has been getting better and his weight is fantastic now. Sonny is a big advocate of recycling in our house and in the summer time, we make it his “job” to take the recycling out weekly. Every year we try to incorporate something new to being green yet frugal. This year, finally, I will be growing my own herbs. I’ve been waiting for 2 years to start this and am very exicted.
How about you all? Do you have special activities you love to do for Earth Day? What “green” aspects do you incorporate into your lifestyle all year?