Archive | May, 2008

Top 5 Green Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Okay…I think these 5 gift ideas are awesome for Mother’s Day gifts.  Some are green, some not, but I would be super happy to receive any of these. <Ray are you reading this?>  You might want to use the ‘Share This’ link at the bottom of this article and forward to your guy! 🙂 Or any daddies visiting…read on!

Number 5:

No cut flowers.  Come on guys….move away from the pesticide ridden bouquets of flowers that just require work on our behalf.  I have 4 children…I don’t want to have to feed or water anything else.  If the mommy in your life enjoys flowers or gardening, why not buy her a tree or bush that flowers at this time every year.  She will always remember your thoughtfulness when the buds begin to bloom.  The Magnolia and Cherry Blossom trees are so amazing this time of year!  Beautify your yard and the planet with this gift!

Number 4:

Ebay gift certificate.  Do you have a mom in your life that is too busy to shop?  Maybe has 4 young children that render her house-bound <Ray, are you reading?>  ha ha… but seriously.  Some of us love to shop, but just aren’t able to get to the malls anymore.  Ebay has gift certificates, so the mom you are buying for can have anything she wants.  I would have listed Etsy for this gift certificate idea, but they don’t offer this service yet.  The next best thing to Etsy is Ebay so there you go!

Number 3:

Canvas tote filled with ‘green’ treasures.  There are some amazing reusable tote bags out there.  They are trendy, cute, and great for the environment!  You can throw in some fillers like: a yoga mat/yoga gift certificate, organic tee, Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle, gardening gloves/equipment, gift certificates to a favorite store/spa/restaurant.  Any of these ‘filler’ goodies are icing on the cake after receiving the adorable new tote!

Number 2:

Lululemon  gift certificate.  You know the reason all young children will grab onto any pair of black lulu pants…it’s because the decal works as a beacon for moms and children.  My kids just look for that symbol and start to leg clutch!  Why?  ALL Mom’s LOVE lululemon!  They might not like the prices, but you can’t beat that magical place where they hit your abdomen and  make you look slimer and suck everything in.  I have cheap black yoga pants that never get worn, now that I have my lulus.  Just to make it easier for you…call their 1-800 number and mail the gift certificate to your house: 1-877-263-9300.

Number 1:

Family Jewlery!  I’ve written about this in a past article, but I can’t think of anything more meaningful, affordable, and simply lovely as having a unique piece of jewelry with the names of your children to wear proudly on your body.  One talented artist, Jane Eskuri, features her wonderful family necklaces on her website.  Order this suggestion soon, as Mother’s Day will be here in no time.

I hope these ideas help you or inspire your own. I know that most busy moms are happy to be adorned with hugs and kisses on Mother’s Day….anything else is a bonus.

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Disposal Of Household Hazardous Waste & Medicine

An article in my local news inspired this article, as I felt such a strong reaction to what I was reading.  Talk about feeling the consequences of your actions!  A person decided to dump litres of latex paint into their storm drain which flowed into a local creek which happens to be a high volume fish-bearing waterway.  What caused me to gasp is my 4 year old was releasing coho fry into this very creek only weeks ago on his first preschool field trip.  Because of this action, about 44,000 fry and eggs narrowly escaped death,  because the quick acting creek’s president shut off the creek intake and switched to the back-up well water.  They won’t know if the thousands of fish will be affected, but it makes you stop and scratch your head.  Even if the storm drain isn’t marked, come on!

So I did some digging on the disposal of hazardous household waste… paints, antifreeze, antibiotics, etc.  The culprit in the above crime (latex paint) is one of the easiest types to dispose of, along with water based paint, as it’s less harmful to simply ‘dry up’ this paint.  If you buy cat litter or sawdust, fill up a paper bag with it, and then pour the remaining paint into the bag.  Wait for the paint to be absorbed and dispose of the bag with your household trash.

You cannot do this for oil-based paints as they post potential environmental and public health risks.  You need to contact your local hazardous materials resource centre for information on proper disposal.  OR you can give away or donate leftover paint to a local theater group or non-profit organization.  Or even more fun, you can also locate a user for your paint through freecycle.org, an online swap shop.  I’ve never heard of this website before, but it’s a nonprofit movement of people who are giving away stuff.  It’s all about reuse and keeping good things out of landfills.  I logged onto this site and found local communities with groups setup, close enough by to drive to and this is a worldwide site!  Very cool find.

Something that is piling up in my cupboard after a bad flu and strep throat season is old antibiotics.  You know that last little bit of medicine that never gets used up?  I’ve been collecting my bottles of old antibiotics in a safe place and when it’s worth the trip for me, I can bring it to my local pharmacy.  My pharmacist told me to take a marker and black out my personal information on the label, then bring them in and they’ll look after proper disposal of what would be a harmful substance to the environment. Continue Reading →

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