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Healthy Child Healthy World

My friends often make me laugh, listen when I am crabby (hardly ever), do me a favor (or let me do a favor for them) and very often inspire me. I was sent this video by a very good friend and it is wonderful. Inspiring, beautiful and something you can help make happen.

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Going Green All Week – Come on, it’s great for the planet and even better for you.

 capability mom flowers on step 

For Earth Day…umm, Week  – here are some green sites that I really like. The flowers are on my front step, ready to be planted. This is a going to be a clean-up the yard and planting day. No perennials yet, too cold here. 

Capability Green - Ingredients for a black bean burger

Capability Green  We found each other on Facebook because of the shared Capability thing. She has great recipes and a new blog. She posted about the hideous double down as well but is so amazing that she was inspired to make a black bean burger stuffed with spinach! Gorgeous photos and food. 

Going Green Mama  Just found this site – great tips on going green without going crazy –  funny, great recipes, tips, links and give-aways. 

TreeHugger – can’t get much greener than this site, and from National Geographic their Green Guide for Everyday Living. Happy Earth Day Week!

All about greening your lunchbox, great (not green) treats and cleaner, greener toothbrushes

Just found these (in O Magazine – although I have seen them in small shops, too)  Lunchskins – great reusable lunch bags created by moms who were appalled at how many plastic sandwich bags they were using (http://www.3greenmoms.com). I have heard about but had not seen the wave of plastic bag video and I found some great time sucks ones at Treehugger. Treehugger is an amazing resource for all things green. For some reason I got stuck on this:  7 Weird, Yet Helpful Green Tips from Celebrities…maybe because Adrian Grenier was one of them?

Here is the pic I tried to find the other day – found it on Garden Girl – a great local skincare company. Love their stuff – find it at local favorite store – Just Next Door -or on-line.

from garden girl - photo of trach in pacific ocean

Here is a great brownie recipe to go in those new bags:

It is the one I talk about in Rewards for Mom.  Really very good – great frozen, too. From Verbatim blog

Ingredients:

2 sticks butter
1 12-oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
dash salt

Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Melt butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave and add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes. Cut when still hot into small squares, but then let them cool for a few minutes before taking them out of the pan. Then you freeze some of them. You will probably eat a few of them still warm, not that I would…

Now – go brush your teeth with a recycled toothbrush from Preserve that you can mail back to them for even further recycling!

Fw: Introducing the Revolutionary New Preserve Mail-Back Pack! – capabilitymom’s posterous.

preserve toothbrushes in new mailer package

My blog is carbon neutral

Pragmatic Mom  sent me this today and I dugg it, posted this and signed up to have a tree planted.  Why should you care?  Because a blog with 15,000 visits a month has a yearly carbon dioxide emissions of  8 lbs.

To neutralize these emissions this German companythe logo for mach grun site to be carbon neutral has created “My blog is carbon neutral” buttons so bloggers can show that they care about the environment and the carbon footprint of their blogs.   To find out how you can participate please visit http://www.kaufda.de/umwelt/carbon-neutral/how-you-can-join 

They are planting trees in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation in Plumas National Forest in Northern California for their project. Thousands of wildfires affected many national forests over the past ten years and 88,000 acres alone were destroyed by two fires in 2007 in Plumas.  For every participating blog they plant a tree.  One blog – one tree.

This is easy to do.  Get your green on.

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