Friday, April 22, 2016

Our Earth Day Fun, plus some tips on how to Go Green!

 
Earth. There is only the one. This one, the one you are on right now.
 
No matter a person's nationality, religious beliefs, or political stand...one thing nearly everyone can agree on is that we need to take care of our planet. So, perfect time to acknowledge this?...
Earth Day :)
 

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.

 
As adults we know the basics. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse. However, it is also our job to teach our kids, the next generation, about taking care of our environment. So, every year around Earth Day, I remind my son about being kind to our planet. It is also the perfect time to do some planting of flowers and picking up garbage we see laying around outside. I know it might be slightly old-school, but the "Give a hoot, Don't pollute!" slogan still sticks with me from my childhood and I continue to say it to this very day!

 
This week, we got a jump start on some planting. Since we live in Western New York, where it tends to have crazy weather, we were not comfortable planting flowers in the ground yet. In case temperatures drop low and we get a frost, they would die. So, we took the safe route and planted some flowers in pots and then we will transplant them outside once the flowers have started to grow and we know we are safe to plant them outside as far as the weather goes.
 
 
 
 
My son, who is 7 years old, absolutely loves flowers! He always has. When ever we go for walks, he loves to talk about all the different types of flowers we see. So, for him, planting flowers is always a super fun activity to do! His favorite? Shasta Daisies! I imagine most 7 year olds would not know specific flowers, like Shasta Daisies, but mine does!

Some beautiful weather allowed us to do our planting and soak up some sun!

 
 
 
 
So, since it is Earth Day and all, let's dig deeper than just simply planting flowers. We have all heard the term "Living Green", but what does that mean to you? What steps can you take?
 
 

Go Green!

 
Driving Green? In this day in age, we have the option of Hybrid cars! Perhaps you can consider trading in your gas guzzler for a hybrid or at least a compact car that is good on gas. If we all did this, it would potentially have a huge impact on the environment!
 
Recycle? 1 in 20 adults admit they never recycle. Thankfully, that sounds fairly decent because that means 19 out of 20 are doing some sort of recycling! Thank you! But, my guess is, we could all do better!
 
Water usage? Do you leave the water running while you brush your teeth? Do you constantly water your grass all summer long? Yes, I understand you want your yard to has grass and not a crispy burnt mess, but good water management is important. Try to not waste water is all I'm suggesting.
 
Who turned out the lights? Don't forget one of the most simple ways to do your part is to just turn off the lights when you don't need them. Unplug electronic devices when you're not using them. For example, keeping a microwave plugged in will continue to use a small amount of electricity, even when you are not using it.

 

Bottom line is we can all try to help, and not hurt our planet!

Today, my son is supporting the cause with this "Go Green" t-shirt. A simple (and cute) reminder to all to try and live an environment-friendly lifestyle, which includes recycling, reusing, and reducing our waste!

 

 
You can find many "Go Green" t-shirts at by clicking here!
 
 

What things to you do to recycle, reduce and reuse?

Do you do anything special for Earth Day?

 
This is a sponsored post and I may have been compensated for my time,
but all opinions are genuine and my own.
 
 
 
 
 

 

8 comments:

  1. I try to instill this in my children daily....

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  2. We don't do anything special for Earth Day, but then again, my children are practically grown! But we do recycle and I reuse anything I can to make crafts with. We are also in the habit of turning out lights when we leave a room. Every little bit helps! :)

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  3. Awesome! Your son is so handsome. I love that you guys planted daisies, and that you are instilling good Earth values. We do recycle, but I'm sure we can do more to help. Great reminder!

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  4. So much fun! We planted berries in our upcycled styrofoam cooler planter boxes to celebrate Earth Day.

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  5. That's awesome! We are going to do some planting today. It's past Earth Day, but never too late to celebrate. :)

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  6. Awwwww how fun!!!! We planted a sunflower since hubby got one at work for a "earth day" present! Really hope it actually grows for my daughters sake lol.

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  7. Love this! I have so much respect for the earth and it's amazing how many people I see that don't. People just toss their liter everywhere and don't pick up after themselves. Even recycling is so simple. Over 1/2 of my trash I recycle. I want to learn how to make my own compost and use it to grow vegetables and flowers :)

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  8. Great ideas, especially in getting the kids involved. I'm constantly reminding the kids not to be wasteful from the food on the table to the electricity in our house.

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