Sunday, September 18, 2011

Do Something Little, Help Something Big

Disclosure – I am participating in the Energizer Canada & Evergreen “Do Something Little, Help Something Big” program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Energizer Canada & Evergreen. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 Energizer Canada and Evergreen are working together on their “Do Something Little, Help Something Big” initiative in which Energizer is proud to contribute $100,000 to Evergreen to make cities more livable.
·       For each pledge, Energizer will donate an additional $1 to Evergreen. 
·       Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to making Canadian cities greater and more liveable… creating a more sustainable future for all of us. 

It really doesn't take much to make the world a better place.  If we all just start with little things in our own backyard, the ripple effect could be tremendous.

I have been to the Energizer website and made the following pledges:

  • I will clean up litter in my neighbourhood park. --I am actually taking my Sparks group to help me out with this one!
  • I will hang the laundry out to dry (weather permitting). -- I am sad that I am quickly running out of days to hang laundry in my neck of the woods.  
  • I will plant a native tree in my backyard that is suitable for the ecozone I live in.  I actually went out with my Emmett's Cub Scout pack yesterday and helped them plant 500 White Spruce trees (our official provincial tree) in a park very near to our home. You wouldn't believe how little time it takes to get 500 trees in the ground when you have all the boys and girls we had show up all pitching in together to get the job done.  That was truly this campaign in vivid action.
  • I will tell my kids how much I love them. --Do I need to explain this one?
  • I will donate to a local food drive or food bank. --In my city, the local community college goes door-to-door on Hallow e'en night to stock their food bank and I always make sure I have a few cans of food sitting with my trick or treat candy to give to them.
  • I will donate clothes I no longer wear to a local charity.--this one benefits my closets and my local landfill!
  • I will smile and say a kind word to create more positive energy around me.  Try this one in the checkout line in the grocery store where everyone seems to be quite frazzled.  Just watch what happens.
Here is Emmett with a bundle of baby trees ready to go into the ground.

The things I pledged to do  really didn't take a lot of time and none of them cost me any money, but I feel good knowing that I am making the world a little better where I live because of the things I have done.

Click here or click the Energizer button on my sidebar and make your own pledges. 

Come back and leave me a comment if you want. I'd love to hear about what you are doing to make your wold a better place.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

We have a winner!

Random (dot) org chose this comment as the winner for my Coach giveaway.  She has already been contacted and her prize is on it's way.  Congratulations!

There is still time to enter my Seventh Generation Giveaway.  Leave me a comment here letting me know what you are doing to live a more eco-friendly life.  Get extra entries by liking my blog on Facebook and Tweeting a link to my blog.

Have a great weekend!

Say Hello to my Little Friend

Last week my mom and I took Emmett and Charlotte to our local pottery painting place.  This little guy decided he wanted to come home with me.  He is currently living in a houseplant that needs some TLC.  I have heard garden gnomes are good with plants.

I have been calling him Gnomey, but I think I could do better.  What do you think I should name him?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy New Year!

The new school year started for us yesterday.  I now have a third grader and a first grader.  Much to the surprise of Emmett's teacher, he is shockingly close to the same height as her.  Char is very excited to get to stay for lunch and then take the bus home every day. (I am very excited I no longer have to fight with the horrible parking situation around her school and wrangle Matthew while waiting for dismissal.)  Matthew and I have his dance class, playgroups and a homeschool pre-school curriculum to keep us occupied during our days home together now.

The rest of this week will be fairly quiet as the kids ease into school routines.  Next week, a steady trickle of permission slips and fund raising forms will begin to come home. Extra curricular activities start and resume.  That is when the reality of a lazy summer being officially over will really hit me.

I was a bad mama who could not find the camera in the early-morning rush yesterday, so you get pictures from my phone of my big kids heading off on their first days:


Friday, September 2, 2011

Now you are four.

Everyone helped decorate the cake.
All aboard the Chew Chew Train!!

Happy Birthday, my big boy.  How did you grow so fast?