Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year Resolutions???????????


We want to hear all about your New Year Resolutions, please email us about all your plans for the New Year...........We are making a list of simple Eco-Friendly Ideas that we will be posting tomorrow. Starting off the New Year with an New Carbon Foot Print.

New year, new resolution to adopt a greener lifestyle to save the planet.

There are many ways to help..

1. We need measurable targets. There's a very useful tool on-line to measure our carbon footprint with calculator. You can measure your footprint from 2009 and set a goal to cut down 10% of your carbon footprint in 2010.

2. We can forget 2009 and only focus on 2010.

The main thing to remember no matter how small all things add up to greatness!!!

Let's Make 2010 A Year To Remember!!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Year.........



Check Out Kids Incorporated from 1987 with Stacy Ferguson from the Black-Eyed Peas

AULD LANG SYNE...
The song, "Auld Lang Syne," playing in the background, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scottish tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."

New Year.........


There are 4.2 days until 2010!

The New Year is the day that marks the end of one year and the beginning of the next year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented. In many cultures, the event is celebrated in some manner.

AULD LANG SYNE
The song, "Auld Lang Syne," playing in the background, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scottish tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Recycle Your Christmas Tree.........


Recycling fresh trees after Christmas can make a huge difference in reducing holiday waste. Instead of taking up space in the landfill, trees can be ground into wood chips, which can be used to mulch gardens or parks or to prevent erosion at a local watershed.

The National Christmas Tree Association, an organization which represents Christmas tree growers, has teamed up with Scottsdale, Arizona-based conservation group Earth 911 to point consumers in the right direction with their trees. On their Web site, you can enter your zip code to find the nearest of 3,800-plus spots nationwide that accept old trees.

http://search.earth911.com/?what=christmas+trees&where=33425&list_filter=all&max_distance=25&family_id=&latitude=&longitude=&country=&province=&city=

Friday, December 25, 2009

Kwanzaa....................


Kwanzaa is a non-religious African American holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture. It is celebrated for seven days: December 26 - January 1.

Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community.

The Seven Principles

The seven principles, or Nguzo Saba are a set of ideals created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes a different principle.
Unity Umoja (oo–MO–jah)

To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Self-determination Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)

To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Collective Work and Responsibility Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)

To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.
Cooperative Economics Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)

To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Purpose Nia (nee–YAH)

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Creativity Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)

To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Faith Imani (ee–MAH–nee)

To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Christmas...................


Let Every Day Be Christmas...........

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

(Written by Norman W. Brooks)

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2 Days...5 Hours Till Christmas!!!


The Holidays

The end of the year brings a special gift:
The holidays give our spirits a lift.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s, too,
May they bring lots of joy and pleasure to you.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice.......


Winter Solstice is the birthday of the Sun and of the year. It is a time when we experience the greatest darkness, when the hours of darkness are so much greater than the hours of daylight. And yet, it is within this time of greatest darkness that the Light of the World is reborn, for now the hours of daylight will begin to grow and the hours of darkness will lessen.

In all cultures, the Winter Solstice is a time of rejoicing, a time of thanksgiving and a time of hope, when the beauty and truth of the Light is remembered and honored. We light fires and gather together with our loved ones, we give and receive presents, and we make wishes for the New Year. For this small space of time, we actually come close to living the ideal of "Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men" which the angels proclaimed in the skies over Bethlehem.

Welcome Winter....December 21, 2009


December 21st:

In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the winter season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the Winter Solstice.

A common misconception is that the earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the Northern hemisphere.

The day of the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. The length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a minimum for the year. In the United States, there are only about 9½ hours of daylight on this day.

3 Days ..13 Hours..Till Christmas...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

5 Days till Christmas!!!


5 Days 3Hours 30 Minutes.............................

Our Countdown has begun.....

We are still giving back.....Today we were Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army, look for the picture tomorrow.

The Salvation Army is a Great Charity

http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/www_sa.nsf

Friday, December 18, 2009

Recycling with Coke!!!


http://www.livepositively.com/recycling

“It’s not just about what’s in the bottle, it’s what we do with the bottle that can make a positive difference,” said Celeste Bottorff, vice president of Living Well, Coca-Cola North America. “With ‘Give It Back,’ we aim to inspire people to join us in our efforts to recycle and reuse all of our bottles and cans in the U.S. marketplace.”

XMAS Eco-Tip


Get online. Instead of buying at stores, why not shop online?

Instead of sending out cards, why not send out e-cards?

You help reduce waste by doing this. Staying at home and being able to buy gifts online at the same time, means not having to use your car. Sending an e-card, instead of the traditional card on paper, saves the rain-forest.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Eco-Friendly Gift


Give a charity or environmentally friendly gift:

Sponsor an animal or give a membership to a charity or environmental organization for Christmas.

One Example you can Donate to WWF and let your friend or family choose their own thank you gift with a Gift Adoption card!* They get to pick from 100 different species! Your donation supports WWF's conservation efforts worldwide. You'll be helping fund scientific investigations, habitat preservation, and other programs to preserve many of the most endangered animals on Earth. And you'll be introducing your friend or family member to this important work. It's easy and fun to use! Your friend will get to browse through their mini catalog of animals before going online to choose.

With a little planning anyone can give presents that are thoughtful, original and make a difference to the environment too.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Eco-Freindly Holiday Decorations....


Making Eco-Friendly Decorations, these are great for the tree. They are fun, easy, and make the house smell great. They also make great gifts........We make these every year, plus reuse the old ones years after year.


Cinnamon Dough

1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon or mixed spice

1 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup PVA glue

Mix all the ingredients until a firm dough. Knead for 5 minutes, cover with wrap, stand for 30 minutes. Roll and make shapes with Christmas cookie cutters. Put on a cooling rack covered with gauze and let dry, turning occasionally.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Eco-Friendly Wrapping..........


The holidays draw out the best in most of us each year. But they also bring what seems like an environmentalist's worst nightmare: tons of extra garbage, millions of chopped-down trees, and megawatts of flashing lights. With a little tweaking, however, everything from holiday gift-giving to light-stringing can celebrate the environment, too.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's day, Americans throw away a million extra tons [900,000 metric tons] of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging, according to Robert Lilienfeld. Lilienfield is co-author of the book Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are.

This Year Use Recycled Christmas Bags or Sacks for Gift Giving. They Can Be Used Again Each Year and The Sacks Make Great Gifts for Kids and They Can Use Them Over and Over...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Earth-Kidz Give Back.........



WE just wanted to let everyone know that we donated several gifts to Toys for Tots Today. We hope everyone out there will also donate one gift, large or small they all make a difference.....................

http://www.toysfortots.org/default.asp

Happy Hanukkah


Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights is called the commemoration of the miracle of the oil. Each day, one kindles the Hanukkah lights of a special candelabrum, the Menorah which has nine branches, and does this once each day for eight days (December 11th to December 19th), increasing the number of lights each evening. So for this time before sundown we kindle one light. (In the Jewish calendar the day begins at night, then starts the 1st day of Hanukkah.)

The ritual celebrates the victorious battle of the Jewish rebel army the Maccabees over the supposedly much superior Syrians in 165 B.C. and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. (By the way, there are many variations of this history, so chime in with any variation, if you please.)

One lights a menorah, exchanges gifts, and has food cooked in oil.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Solar Lights For The Holiday's....


Solar Christmas Lights are some of our favorite solar specialty lighting products made making the bright, long lasting, and unique for everyone to take a glimpse at and smile.

The Solar Christmas lights add beauty to your home throughout the Christmas season without the hassle of finding an electrical outlet. Simply, place these lights where-ever needed and make sure the panel is in direct sunlight. That's it! Just sit back and watch the sun do your job for you. No need to flip a switch at night. The lights will automatically come on when the sun goes down!

Snow, Rain or overcast condition? No problem, our high output solar Christmas lights come equipped with a high efficiency polycrystalline solar cell allowing for even a few hours of operation at night of strong bring solar powered Christmas lights to perform.

Human Rights Day (December 10, 2009)...............


Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10th.

The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plentary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

Giving Back!!! Earth-Kidz Adopts A Soldier!!!


We have been talking about giving back during the holiday's, but there are ways we can give back for more than just the holiday's. Earth-Kidz has adopted a soldier through Soldiers' Angels. This is one way to give back all year long and it does not have to cost more than a stamp. Our soldiers love to receive letters, cards, drawings, and emails. They also love care packages, but this is not a necessity.

Information on Soldiers' Angels

Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, we are an international, volunteer-led organization supporting America's men and women in uniform. With over 30 different teams and projects, our nearly 200,000 volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.


http://www.soldiersangels.org/


Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Holiday's!!!!!


We are always talking about ways to be Eco-Friendly and ways to give back. We will be giving you tips on both through the rest of the month, but we will also let you know about all the ways we are doing the same.

Holiday Lights:

LED light strings are safer and more energy efficient than incandescent light strings. 25 LED bulbs uses 80 percent less electricity than a comparable incandescent light string would use, and these bulbs are rated to last for 200,000 hours. LED bulbs will remain cool to the touch, and are made of faceted plastic, which is less likely to break than glass. The strings are weather resistant for use indoors or out, and up to three strings may be connected together.

You can also find many other LED items:

LED Candles

LED Snowflakes

LED Rope Lights

and much much more including the picture above we have one in our front yard.........

Pearl Harbor Day.....


National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is annually on December 7, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II. Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Welcome December!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is our favorite time of the year..................


Our first post will give you a list of Holiday's in December, if we forgot any please let us know and we will certainly add it.


December:


7th Pearl Harbor Day


10th Human Rights Day


1tth Hanukka begins at Sundown


17th Wright Brothers Day


18th National Regifting Day


21st First Day of Winter and Forefathers Day


25th Christmas Day


26th Kwanzaa


31 New Year's Eve


This month we will focus on the Holiday's and ways to make them a little bit more Eco-Friendly.... We will also share everything we do with you... Please remeber to email us tips, ideas or your favorite traditions...