Thursday, October 29, 2009
Going "green" means finding ways to eliminate waste, even during the holiday's. Help reduce unnecessary waste this Halloween when you choose an Eco-friendly trick- or-treat
Remember you can always rely on the old pillow case, it is Eco-friendly and holds a lot of candy!!!!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A Little History of Halloween...................
"Halloween" conjures up different reactions in people within America and around the world. America has made Halloween a fun, and commercial, holiday, unlike some other countries. There is an old Celtic (KELT-ik) belief that souls of those who have passed away revisit the earth on October 31. Some, like America, use the night to have some fun. Unfortunately, some folks use the night as a time to play tricks on others.
Mexico: El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - The holiday begins the night of October 31, continuing on November 1 with All Saints Day and November 2 with All Soul's Day. These may be considered by many Mexicans as the most important celebrations of the year. Mexicans use these days as an opportunity to decorate the graves of family and friends who have passed away. November 1 focuses on children who have died, and November 2, on adults. People often set up altars with food to welcome the souls for a visit.
Italy: On November 1 in Sicily, children anticipate that they will awaken on November 2 to sweets and toys left by relatives.
Eastern Europe: Time is spent in prayer and with visiting cemeteries, and Catholics attend Mass. It is usually a quiet day for thinking, although you may find some musical tributes being presented.
France: Lately, France has jumped on board with the idea of Halloween being a time for fun. Chocolates and candies are made and shared, there is some dressing in costumes, and favorite places to visit are MacDonald's and Disneyland Paris!
England: Several traditions are similar to what Americans do, with some modifications. Children will use large beets (instead of pumpkins) and go to neighbors to ask for money.
Canada: Canadians follow similar traditions as Americans, with trick-or-treating and dressing up in costumes.
"Halloween" or similar festivals means different things to different people.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Quick Kid Friendly Crafts from KiWi Magazine
Cylinder Shaped Cardboard Container (ex. oatmeal container), White Construction Paper, Tape, White Gallon Trash Bag, Black Construction Paper, Glue, Scissors
1. Measure out the length of the cardboard container on the white construction paper and cut paper so it will be long enough to wrap around the cardboard container.
2. Tape paper to the container.
3. Decorate white paper with a ghostly face cutting out black eyes and a mouth from black construction paper and gluing them on the white paper.
4. Cut strips 1” to 2” in width from a white trash bag to any length desired.
5. Tape one end from each strip to the open end of the container along the walls.
Milk Jug Pumpkin
Gallon Milk Jug, Orange Paint, Glue, Black Permanent Marker or Construction Paper, Paint Brush
1. Mix orange paint and glue together (about 1/4 cup glue to one cup of paint). This helps the paint stick to the container without any peeling.
2. Paint the entire milk jug orange and let dry. Apply another coat of paint after first coat dries for a darker coat.
3. After paint has fully dried you can decorate the milk jug with a pumpkin face using either a black permanent marker or cutting out pumpkin face pieces from black construction paper and gluing them on the jug.
4. As an added effect, you can place a large flashlight behind the jug to shine through. Or place a smaller flashlight that stays lit inside the jug.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Use Colorful plates, cups and utensils are made from 100% recycled plastic.
Make sure that you set up recycling bins around your house or backyard, clearly labeled, so your guests can easily recycle things during the party.
Organic pumpkins are the way to go. Carve it as you wish. Wash pumpkin seeds in water, spread out to dry on a screen or paper-towels, then place outside for animal treats or you can bake them at 300° with light seasoning and eat them yourself.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
A few safety tips can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source.
Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights.
To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
Pedestrian Safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.
Choosing Safe Houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.
Friday, October 16, 2009
And you guessed it – the eco-friendly choice it to walk. What’s the point to drive from house to house? Get some good exercise and leave a lighter carbon footprint as you do it. Remember to to wear lightup devices to make sure you are visible.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
CLIF KID Organic Twisted Fruit equals one serving of fruit!
Organic Twisted Fruit is real fruit twisted into a fun rope shape that's easy to slip into a backpack, a lunchbox or take anywhere kids are on the move.
Bursting with luscious berry flavor!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Endangered Species Bug Bites
These bite-size squares of organic milk chocolate come with insect trading cards.
Organic Milk Chocolate Bug Bites (52% Cocoa Content)
These .35oz. pieces are made with organic-certified, shade-grown, ethically traded smooth milk chocolate with 52% cocoa content. Milk Chocolate Bug Bites are certified Kosher by Orthodox Union and organic by the USDA and Oregon Tilth. Each box contains approx. 64 individual dark chocolate pieces. On the outside of the box you can learn about the National Wildife Federation and their Backyard Wildlife Habitat program as well as Endangered Species Chocolate's story and mission. Along with bite-sized squares of organic milk chocolate, each piece contains 1 of a set of 32 insect trading cards from Dexter Sear.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Half the fun of Halloween used to be creating our Halloween Costumes. But today kids-of-any-age can be anything imaginable at the drop of a $30. And anything remotely eco-friendly about costumes went out the window with those dress-up-trunks.
Most store-bought costumes are made from all manner of earth-unfriendly materials, staring with man-made, petroleum-based fabrics and chemical dyes. Give new meaning to green goblin this Halloween.
Create a costume from almost anything get crafty with eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, wool and silk. Major fabric store chains are getting with the green program, carrying more earth-conscious fabrics in their stores and online.
Share, trade, hand down and bequeath those trendy or home made costumes
Schedule a “trading party” and invite friends and neighbors to bring last year’s costumes to exchange — plus bridesmaid’s and prom dresses that are gathering dust. And check local consignment stores, thrift shops and garage sales.
Rent a costume or buy local
Find a store in your area that rents or sells costumes for special events. Whether you’re renting or buying an entire costume or just part of a costume, check labels and try to avoid synthetic and petroleum-based materials like polyester, nylon and PVC.
A few Eco-Friendly Costume Ideas
•Compact fluorescent light bulb. Start your costume by donning a tight, white turtleneck and slim white pants or tights. Then inflate a dozen or so long, white balloons, tie them end to end, and wrap them around you from chest to hips for that unique, spiral-bound light bulb look.
A classic look that can be achieved in a variety of ways: swirly broom skirt with peasant blouse, sea-blue and grass-green sweater and tights, or even an Earth globe sandwich board. Dress up the look with a floral head-wreath; flowers.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Original and Natural: A collection of gourds and pumpkins compliment a bale of hay or some corn stalks on your front porch. All are compostable and the hay and corn stalks will make a great cover for flower beds after the fall holidays pass. Stuffing a Scarecrow made with some old clothes with a pumpkin for a head. If you leave your pumpkins uncarved, you can pull off this look through Thanksgiving.
Recycled egg cartons and cans can make bats, spiders (paint the cups black, push black pipe cleaners through the “bodies” and add some red-painted eyes for spooky spiders!) and pumpkin votives.
This year, you can purchase anything from a Solar Powered Pumpkin Accent Lights to a Solar Powered Corpse Zombie. For great Solar Decorations check out http://inventorspot.com/articles/years_solar_powered_halloween_li_7525
Friday, October 2, 2009
We all know what time of year it is........28 Days till Halloween & 83 Days till Christmas!!!
We will be focusing on Holidays for the next couple of months...
Some of the areas we will cover include:
The Holiday's are our favorite times, we love everything about them!!! We are going to have a great couple of months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!