Great Green Website for Kids

The children are our future and most of us want to teach them to respect our planet and all the creatures on it. We have blogged about ways to do that, but there are also excellent online resources you can use. My 5-year-old loves any excuse to get on his computer, so why not teach him something while he has fun? Yes, I am a tricky mommy. Kids F.A.C.E. Kids F.A.C.E. stands for Kids (F)or (A) (C)lean (E)nvironment. This website encourages kids to get involved in improving the environment. Melissa Poe started Kids F.A.C.E. in 1989 with only six members. … Continue reading

The Groovy Gardener: Headboards as Garden Decor

Now, I know that my gardening habits are a little eccentric at the best of times, but you know that these habits have gotten to seriously silly proportions when your four-year-old begins to find you amusing. This weekend I spent an inordinately large amount of time in the garden, and this was a wonderful thing. I spent some time cat-proofing it (fingers crossed) and a lot of time moving my perennials. I discovered that I am the proud owner of sixteen berry bushes, which is pretty good for someone who counts her garden space in meters instead of acres. My … Continue reading

Please Pick the Flowers

A couple of days ago we had our first touch of spring. The sun came out to make it warm enough to leave the heavy coats behind, and the gentle breezes just smelled so good. We decided to drop everything and spend a short bit of time walking around our favorite botanical gardens to greet the new season, or at least chase it a bit. The kids had a great time getting out in the air after being cooped so long. Just a few short weeks ago, we were experiencing heavy storms with record snow accumulation, one after the other. … Continue reading

Ways of Saying ‘I’m Sorry.’

Different people have different ways of saying, ’I’m sorry.’ Some people don’t seem to ever be able to manage to say the words. They might choose instead to make their apology by bringing flowers. Mick is not much of a flower person, perhaps because we’ve seen too many movies where the guy brings flowers not because he’s sorry after an argument but because he’s feeling guilty because he’s having an affair. So for us, flowers tend to be more equated with guilt and other motives. Others might bring some other gift that is a peace offering. Others will simply say … Continue reading

Expressions of Love

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced it’s the little things in life and in marriage that make all the difference. What sort of things? Here are a few examples from our week. Enjoying an Experience Together The other day Mick and I rose early, got in the car and drove to the nearby beach. There we watched the sun come up and walked along the beach. What a beautiful start to the morning. Of course we snapped photos too to help imprint the time even further in our memory banks. Encouragement and Support On Monday night … Continue reading

Want Free Flowers?

Do you want free flowers for your garden? This year we grew sweet peas and it cost us nothing. We grew our own sweet peas from seeds harvested from our own plants. Last spring we had an amazing display of sweet peas. Instead of being in a rush to take them down once they finished flowering, we allowed them to go to seed. Suddenly we had brown pods appearing everywhere. We picked a number of these pods. Far from all of them as they were prolific. The advantage was we were able to pick the colors we liked most. So … Continue reading

Green Lawn Care

It’s summer and if you have a home, chances are you have to cut the lawn. Personally, I like to cut the lawn for the exercise, but I never thought of the damage something as simple as mowing could be doing to the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency says that, in one hour’s use, a gas powered mower emits as much pollution as 11 cars and that a riding mower emits as much as 34 cars. Americans use approximately 580 million gallons of gas for mowers each year. It is estimated that 30% of the water used on the East … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Steps to Going Green

While the green way of living may seem more natural, many of us need to begin with baby steps. After all, we’ve been use to driving our gas guzzling SUVs everywhere, leaving lights on in the house, and running water like it was never ending. I believe some people are hesitant to go green because they think it will be difficult, but here are some easy ways to start going green: Use rechargeable batteries – the only thing is you will need to remember to charge them from time to time! Purchase energy-efficient florescent bulbs – not only are you … Continue reading

Composting 101

In one of my last blogs, I talked about making your kitchen green, but failed to mention composting. That is because I felt composting deserved its own blog! Composting is an easy way to help reduce the amount of garbage you send to landfills, plus your garden will love you! What? You don’t have a garden? Well, we will get to that later. The first thing you need is the right container or bin. This can either be open-aired or closed. Keep in mind that the closed bins break down the material faster because they retain heat better. Some people … Continue reading

Add a Little Nature to Brighten Your Home and Your Mood

When your home is dark and gloomy then chances are that your mood is the same way. Our homes are reflections of ourselves, and then often can determine just how we feel. That is why it is so important to add things to our home that can brighten it up and add to a wonderful sense of comfort and joy. One of the things that can really brighten a home is a commitment to going back to nature. This can be done simply. Treat yourself to some beautiful brightly colored flowers. There has been some research showing that flowers can … Continue reading