Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year’s Resolutions Continued....


  • Cut Down On Power: Plug your electronic into power strips so you can conveniently switch off when you’re not using them. Unplug appliances when not in use like the toaster, coffee maker or microwave.
  • Don’t Drive When You Can Walk, Or Ride A Bike: Walking and biking not only helps the planet, but it helps your health too. However, if you must drive, kick the idling habit. Unnecessary idling is bad for your wallet, your vehicle, the environment and the health of people around you. Contrary to popular belief, the best way to warm up your car is to drive it at a medium speed. Idling for 10 minutes a day produces almost a quarter-ton of carbon dioxide emissions and costs you more than $80 every year!
  • Don’t Waste Water: Turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. Also take shorter showers or turn off the water while you’re soaping up.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Resolutions...........

New Year’s resolutions date back to 153 BC, when January, (named after Janus, god of all beginnings), replaced March as the first month of the Roman calendar.

More than 2,000 years later, people are still making resolutions, and though some certainly fall by the wayside, research shows that end-of-the year resolutions rank higher than other goals in terms of commitment because they represent personal aims that people really care about.

We would like to share several simple ideas to make 2011 more Earth Friendly........


  • Give Up Using Paper Napkins, Paper Towels, Or Both: Buy a few sets of organic cloth napkins so you always have clean ones available. Clean up spills with old recycled towels cut into smaller squares, and then just toss them in the laundry when soiled.
  • Always Buy Recycled Paper: It would be very difficult to do away with paper totally, but we can seriously reduce how much we use. Use recycled content paper for everything (home and office). Use both sides of the paper. Meaning, if one side is still clean, put that in the printer or fax, and only print out materials or emails if you absolutely must have a hard copy of the item.
  • Use E-Cards: Make a list of the birthdays you honor throughout the year and send out creative e-cards. No shopping trips in the car, no postal service vehicles in use, no paper used.
  • Use Low-Energy Light Bulbs: Switch to energy-saving light bulbs. They may cost a bit more, but can save you up to 10 times the price over their lifetime and use at least two-thirds of the energy of standard ‘incandescent’ bulbs.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

There are 3.1 days until 2011!


"Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1.

The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth.

Traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions.

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."

Monday, December 27, 2010

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

Wondering what to do with the Christmas tree. Put it out by the curb and hope that the garbage men will take it away. Not likely. Put it in a corner of the yard and believe it may break down. Not in your lifetime. So what?

Many cities and counties have recycling services to put your old Christmas tree to new life as a wildlife sanctuary, on a sand dune to protect the beach, chipped for mulch or as a bird feeder. Look below on this page for both general tips and options specific to your local area:

What Are Your Recycling Choices?

After the holidays, don’t throw your natural tree away! Here are some tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays. In general, you have these options:

  1. Curbside pick-up for recycling - Most areas will collect trees during their regular pickup schedules on the 2 weeks following Christmas.
  2. Call for an appointment to have a non-profit in your area pickup your tree. Some boy scout troops are offering a pickup service for a small donation (often $5).
  3. Take your tree to a drop off recycling center. Most counties have free drop-off locations throughout the county.
  4. Cut the tree to fit loosely into your yard waste container.

http://earth911.com/news/2008/11/11/start-a-christmas-tree-recycling-program/

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas

May your holidays be happy days, filled with love and laughter.

May the ones you hold dear come from far and near,
to fill your house with joy and music to the rafters.
And may each day bring joy your way, in the year that follows after!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

National Egg Nog Day............

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National Egg Nog Day comes but once a year. It celebrates a special, traditional holiday drink. It is consumed with or without Rum. The timing couldn't be any better-- the day before Christmas--- Christmas Eve!

Egg Nog is a seasonal holiday drink. It appears just before Thanksgiving, and is enjoyed by many at the Thanksgiving meal. Consumption then takes a break until the December holidays are in full swing. Consumption of egg nog peaks on Christmas Eve. By the New Year, it is no longer available in stores. If you want eggnog after New Year's you will likely have to make it yourself.

No one seems to know who created National Egg Nog Day. But, egg nog lovers are ecstatic that this day exists. It's loaded with stuff that tastes really good. It's loaded with stuff that's not good for you. Egg Nog afficienados will tell you that its mmmmm delicious!

Hosting a Party...........

Hosting a Party


  1. Send out your invitations by email.
  2. Encourage guests to carpool or take public transportation.
  3. Borrow or rent additional glassware, plates, and flatware.
  4. If you must use disposable items, choose biodegradable products.
  5. Buy food products in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
  6. Cut up holiday cards to use as placecards.
  7. Use soy-based candles, or those made from beeswax. Better yet, use an LED candle.
  8. Compost your food waste.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Doing Our Part....Part 2



We just wanted to share with you a few things we are doing this Holiday Season to help others.

Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army

Donated Toys to several different charities. It took us all year to save to buy the toys.

Adopted another Soldier

Adopted a Soldiers Family for Christmas.

Donated to as many charities as we could even if it was only loose change.

Donated toys to the local children's Hopsital

Spread the word about all the ways everyone could help this Holiday Season.

Next Year we Plan to Do So Much More......




Last Minute Gift Ideas...........

Think Outside the Box

  1. Giving experiences, like a subscription to the opera, a tennis lesson, or dinner at a chic new restaurant are excellent alternatives to packaged material gifts.
  2. Transfer your gift-giving energy towards stocking your local food pantry.
  3. Donations to a favorite cause are always appreciated. If family members are so inclined, you might organize a Habitat for Humanity project—sometimes just being together is the best gift.
  4. Other outside the box gift ideas:
      1. Personalized coupons for a car wash or a movie night.
      2. Cooking lessons.
      3. Membership to a local museum or non-profit organization.
      4. Season tickets to a sporting event.
      5. Open a savings account or buy a stock for a kid in your family and teach him how it grows.
      6. A month of diaper service or babysitting for new parents.
      7. A yoga class or gym membership.
      8. Gift certificate for a facial, pedicure, or other spa service.
      9. Housecleaning for a month.
      10. Membership to a local food co-op or other group that will deliver locally grown fruits and vegetables.
      11. Herb garden.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Green Christmas Gifts...........

It's not too late to Green your Christmas Gifts.

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Good As New

  1. Buy antiques, early edition books, or vintage jewelry.
  2. A family heirloom that has been sitting in your attic could be a precious gift this year.
  3. Flea markets, estate sales, and local craft fairs are other great sources for gifts.
  4. Try shopping at thrift stores or your local GoodWill.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holiday's!!!

Here is a Great E- Card we wanted to share with all our Friends please feel free to keep it going. Click the link below.

Having A Green Christmas?


  1. It is important to remember that not everyone will want to participate in a green Christmas and we certainly do n. Be careful not to offend family members who might still be clinging to anyone. Focus on the ways in which you as an individual can make changes. Sending cards via email, instead of sending paper cards, is one thing you can do on your own.

Maybe buy Holiday Portrait Cards that your recipients will treasure forever.

  • The 2.6 billion holiday cards sold each year in the United Statescould fill a landfill the size of a football field 10 stories high. The following options could help reduce that pile.

  1. Consider switching to emailed holiday cards.
    • You can send photo and holiday e-cards using sites like Blue Mountain and Amazon.com.
    • Someecards.com provides a little comic relief for the holidays, with cards like the one pictured at right. NOTE: Several of Someecards' e-cards are not appropriate for children.
  2. Try creating a holiday album on a photo-sharing site like flickr or Shutterfly and circulating that instead of a traditional card.
  3. Buy cards printed on recycled paper, handmade papers, or paper made from materials like hemp. Three of Hallmark's lines have recycled content: Shoebox Greetings, My Thoughts Exactly, and Comedy Club.
    • Hallmark has e-cards available, too.
  4. Buy cards that donate a portion of proceeds to a good cause.
  5. Reuse holiday cards you receive to make gift tags. Most people don't write on the back of the front of the card.

Monday, December 13, 2010

National Cocoa Day!

When is this holiday celebrated?

National Cocoa Day is celebrated annually on December 13 every year!


This holiday celebrates all the uses of "Cocoa" but most information about this holiday relates it to the hot cocoa drink. So on National Cocoa Day make good use of that container of dry cocoa in your cabinet and make yourself a nice hot cup of homemade cocoa. I can just taste it now... that nice warm feeling of the drink, that nice thick layer of cream on top and that nice dust of cocoa on the top of the cream. Yummmm, pure heaven!

Now what about other things made with cocoa? Along with a hot cup of cocoa, I bet you would enjoy a big batch of warm cookies made with cocoa too! We have a great recipe and how-to-video to go along with it. This recipe also includes crushed potato chips in it! Wow! It's time to go cocoa all the way.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Gift Wrap................

Much of the additional waste headed to the landfill during the holiday season comes in the form of gift wrap and packaging. Good reused or reusable alternatives include:

  • Old maps, sheet music or colorful ads from old magazines
  • Baskets
  • Reusable tins
  • Scarves and handkerchiefs
  • Leftover fabric or fabric gift bags
  • Lightweight wallpaper
  • Pages from a child's coloring book taped together
  • Newspapers (foreign newspapers are great) and Sunday comic pages
  • Last year's holiday paper (warm iron if wrinkled)
  • A plain box decorated with leftover glitter, paint, markers, etc.

When opening presents, save the wrapping paper, boxes, tins, ribbons and bows for next year. If you purchase gift wrap, look for wrapping paper and holiday cards with post-consumer recycled content, which avoids cutting down any new trees, and "closes the recycling loop."

Doing Our Part.....


We just wanted to share with you a few things we are doing this Holiday Season to help others. Today for our 2nd year we were Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army.

Feed hungry families. Provide Christmas presents for needy children. Heat the homes of struggling senior citizens. These are just a few things that come from the Salvation Army Red Kettle.

There are many ways to help your community, especially during the holidays. Let's remember to keep giving all year.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Generationon.org

This holiday season, pledge to make a difference, and volunteer in your community. Join generationOn from now until December 10th, pledge to volunteer and a toy will be donated by Hasbro to a child in need and distributed by Toys for Tots - up to 100,000 total toys! Kids, families, teachers and youth groups—you can all get involved and spread holiday cheer this season.


Check Out Generatioon.org this site is great!!!! We can all make a difference and help other kids this Holiday Season!!

Make sure you check out all the cool stuff this site has to offer.

http://generationon.org/global/big-happenings/holiday-gift-campaign


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Holiday Eco-Tips....

Here are a few Eco-Tips for this Holiday Season............


1. When heading out to do your Christmas shopping, take your own reusable bags rather than using the plastic ones provided by stores.

2. Instead of buying physical gifts, consider purchasing a service or tickets to a concert or movie.

Friday, December 3, 2010

LED Lights............

LED lights, making smart decorating choices and recycling old strands, your home can still sparkle with holiday cheer at a minimal environmental cost.


According to Dominion’s Holiday Lighting Energy Calculator, lighting your tree for 8 hours a day with two, 100-Bulb strings of LED lights will only cost 27 cents for one month.Super-efficient, light emitting diode (LED) lights come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, including icicle and rope lights. Bulbs that carry the Energy Star logo consume up to 70 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, helping you cut down electricity use and save money.

While the savings seems small, consider this: If every American switched to Energy Star LEDs, we’d save 700 million kWh of electricity each year, achieving a greenhouse gas emission reduction equivalent to taking 100,000 cars off the road.

LEDs are also more durable. These holiday lights can last up to ten times as long as incandesents, and because they’re not made of filaments and glass, they won’t burn out or shatter. LED technology also makes neat effects possible, like dimming and color shifting.

Regardless of the bulbs you choose, built-in timers are a great way to keep your holiday lights efficient. Use your timer to turn off outdoor lights during the day, and turn off indoor lights when you’re not around to enjoy them – like after you’ve gone to bed.

For More information check out http://earth911.com/news/2010/12/03/switch-to-led-recycle-your-old-string-lights/

December 4, 2010..........

December 4, 2010 is

National Cookie Day


With all of the different varieties of cookies that are baked around the holidays, National Cookie Day seems to fall perfectly on the calendar!

Did you know that the English word "cookie" is derived from the Dutch word "koekje," which means little cake? Dutch bakers used to test oven temperatures on small amounts of batter so that they would not waste the entire cake mix if the temperature wasn't right. It was not long though before they discovered that these tiny pieces of cooked batter were actually quite tasty! Thus, the birth of the cookie.

Cookies come in all different flavors, shapes, and sizes. To celebrate National Cookie Day, bake a few batches of your favorite cookies, then invite your friends over to trade cookies and recipes!


December is also National Fruit Cake Month & National Egg Nog Month

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Mail for Heroes............

Here is a simple way to give back this Holiday Season.

Now in its fourth year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program gives Americans the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans. Since 2007, the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have distributed three million cards to military men and women, their families and veterans.

“Few can truly understand the tremendous sacrifice that our military personnel and their families make every single day on the nation’s behalf,” said Vicki O’Meara, executive vice president and president of Pitney Bowes Management Services. “Now more than ever, it is important for all Americans to seize the opportunity to say ‘thank you.’ We are thrilled to join with the American Red Cross to help make that happen.”

The public can participate in the campaign by sending holiday cards with personal messages to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Cards must be received no later than December 10. Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations in the U.S. and abroad during the holidays.


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Holiday Eco-Tips....

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.


For many, Christmas wouldn't be the same without a live, fragrant Christmas tree in their home. Today nearly all of the trees sold at seasonal Christmas-tree lots are grown on tree farms. So forests aren't hurt by choosing a cut tree, said Jeff Olson, the vice-president of marketing and development for American Forests, a Washington, D.C.-based conservation nonprofit.

If you truly desire a real tree, recycle it this year. It is well known and respected that the scent of a real tree brings a great Christmas spirit along with it. However it usually ends up in a landfill. Visit www.realchristmas tree.org to find a place near you in order to recycle your real tree.

December 1, 2010.. Happy Hanukkah.....

Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. Here are the coinciding secular dates for the upcoming years:

2010: December 1-9

Hanukkah, the "Festival of Lights," starts on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev and lasts for eight days and nights. In 2010, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1. With blessings, games, and festive foods, Hanukkah celebrates the triumphs--both religious and military--of ancient Jewish heroes.

Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish year. In the United States, however, its closeness to Christmas has brought greater attention to Hanukkah and its gift-giving tradition. Amid the ever-growing flood of Christmas advertising, it may seem especially fitting that the Hanukkah story tells of Jewish culture surviving in a non-Jewish world.



Read more: Hanukkah — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/hanukkah.html#ixzz170Rblg6D

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Holidays are Upon Us!!!

What does it meant to be Eco-Friendly?

According to Wikipedia being Environmentally friendly (also eco-friendly, nature friendly, and green) are synonyms used to refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies considered to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment. To make consumers aware, environmentally friendly goods and services often are marked with eco-labels. But because there is no single international standard for this concept, the International Organization for Standardization considers such labels too vague to be meaningful.

We at Earth-Kidz pride ourselves on being more than Eco-Friendly, but also Earth-Friendly and for us this means trying to help the entire world and everyone that lives here. This season we will offer Eco-tips for everyday and holiday use along with ways we all can make a difference.


Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. - Calvin Coolidge


What Are You Thankful For???

We want to know what you are thankful for, email us and let us know. help@earth-kidz.com



We are thankful for:

Family
Friends
Place to Live
All of Earth-Kidz Followers
Great Turkey Dinner
And Every Day!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving................


In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Take the Pledge......................

Take the I Recycle Pledge



1,440 people have taken the pledge online as of 3 p.m. Friday, 11/12!

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Making a commitment to recycling is a first simple step. A declaration to do more. Be sure to take the pledge, and share it with friends and family!

We took the Pledge, How about you?


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Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day!!!


Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of theArmistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.


The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."[2]

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President (Calvin Coolidge) issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.[2] An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Adopt A Soldier...........

Ask your family to Adopt A Soldier this is a gift that gives all year long.



Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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, its hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Candy Candy Candy................


We ended up with so much candy this year we decided to share and our going to send a big box of it to our adopted soldiers. The holiday's are here and we can give our servicemen and women some of the comforts of home. We will be adding some other items to represent the season. We will post another post on how you and your family can adopt a soldier.


Did You See The Great Pumpkin???

Halloween 2010 is in the books, ours was amazing!!!



There are still some great things you can do in the Halloween traditions.

Compost pumpkins and any other food, including leftover candy.

Don't bury your jack o lantern alive in a landfill graveyard. Make it part of the living dead by converting it to compost, the most ecologically-friendly fertilizer there is.

If you already have a backyard compost bin or pile, you know the drill. If not, check with your municipal waste management service to see if they collect compostable materials for their own composting facility. Many farmers markets also have a drop-off spot for compostable materials so check with them. If you'd like to start your own backyard compost, learn more at GreenYour's guide to making your own compost. If you're just getting started with your Halloween pumpkin, follow these steps:

  1. Scoop out the seeds and insides. If you've used your pumpkin as a jack o lantern, this step is already done. If not, make sure you remove the seeds before composting, as they will sprout if you do not. Don't let the insides go to waste: You can roast the seeds for a tasty treat, and use the flesh from the inside to make soup or other dishes.
  2. Be sure to remove candles and wax from the inside and decorations from the outside before composting.
  3. Cut or smash the pumpkin into small pieces. Left whole, the pumpkin may start to mold.
  4. Find a place in your yard to compost. You'll need to find a place where a pile of decomposing pumpkin and leaves will not detract from your landscaping and has good drainage and adequate sunshine in the winter.
  5. Add fallen leaves to the pumpkin pieces in your chosen spot. Avoid large sticks and branches as they take a long time to decompose.
  6. Add more organic matter as you can. Kitchen scraps, like fruit and vegetable peels, work nicely, as does yard waste, egg shells, coffee grounds, and newspaper.
  7. You can place this compost pile in a container, like a garbage pail, or acomposting bin if you choose. This is not necessary but will make it easier to collect and spread to your lawn and garden in the spring.
  8. Your compost is ready to use when it looks like dark, crumbly soil.