One more day till Earth Day 2015. Giddy. Last week I suggested buying products from a local source for your Mother's Day and/or End of the Year teacher gifts. Wouldn't it be fitting to get Earth Day gifts from them too? But if you're like me and just can't plan ahead, my Earth Day teacher gifts are coming from Trader Joe's instead. Hey, that rhymes (April is Poetry Month). TJ's is pretty "local" for most of us! Find their Lavender Dryer Bags - a set of 4 costs about $4. Besides leaving the laundry smelling like a day at the spa, it's a natural moth repellent. Plus, the "earthy" part about this thoughtful pinch is after you use it for 5-10 laundry cycles in your dryer, cut open the bag, sprinkle the florets on the carpet and then vacuum it up after the smell has settled. Ta-da! This dryer bag has given you a bang for your buck! All while being Earth-friendly. I'm just giving one bag per teacher/staff attaching a note with the ways to use the bag. A pinch. In hopes that the wheels start turning and maybe they'll go buy a pack for themselves. You're welcome Trader Joe's.
Now this is fun for the kids to do with you and they can pinch anyone that does not work or live in a NUT-FREE zone. Of course Family Fun Magazine came up with this recipe. But hey, I'm owning the gift tag phrase that we attach with the goods: "Sticks and Stones might break your bones, but the Earth will never hurt you. Thanks for being gentle with Earth on April 22 and every day." I know - good, right? Ms. Ruth, the piano teacher, helped me with that one. The kids and I put about 2 cups of this stuff in a brown paper lunch bag, stick the gift tag on it along with the recipe and the kids can not wait to hand them out.
Earth Day, however you celebrate it, is all about sticks and stones. Resources to use but not abuse.
P.S. The baby picture of my son was when he was 5 months old. I used a diaper service for his cloth diapers. Seemed like a costly investment at first but was so worth every penny. I didn’t have to use my energy (time & electricity) to wash the diapers. I saved over 3,000+ diapers from hitting the landfills and best of all, at 25 months he was fully potty trained - no Pull Ups at night. I saved a boat load because Pull Ups are not cheap! That’s a pinch to the Earth for sure.