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I’m not a fan of celebrating holidays. The whole thing just seems like too much work. Spending a bunch of money buying decorations, searching tirelessly for ingredients and competing with other consumers for the last ham at the grocery store, cooking a ton of food, and having a messy house all for just a few short hours. Still, it wasn’t until this past Christmas that I realized just how important celebrating something is. Having a child leads me to revalue the joy and togetherness that holidays bring into our lives. Simply because we are alive, well and happy to have each other. It doesn’t have to be one of the traditional holidays, but it should be something that is important to our family. I’d like for my son to have fond memories of a special day that we got together and did something fun for a good cause. So we’re starting our own traditions!
Mommy Can LearnEarth Day is this Friday and while it isn’t a homemade holiday, what better reason to celebrate than the solitary planet that homes us and provides us with food, water, and air! Here are 3 ways that we can do a little good for our planet that does so much for us.
Teaching your kids about sustainable living
Reading books to kids is the best way to teach them about, well anything! Learning about the importance of sustainable living is a great way to get kids involved and thinking about preserving our planet at an early age. And once kids take an interest in something new, they’ll be sure to remind us to do our part as well. Here are 4 great books to get started:
Earth Day activities
Earth 911 – Cool DIY projects with reusable materials.
Education World – Earth Day lesson plans and projects – great for homeschoolers!
TinkerLab – 50 Earth Day activities for toddlers and little kids.
Utilizing sustainability sites
Freecycle – A great resource for donating and receiving free reusable goods to avoid using landfills.
Healthy Home Economist – A list of organic, non-GMO, Monsanto-free seed companies.
I Want To Be Recycled – Everything recycling!
Local Harvest – Find local farms, farmers markets, co-ops, CSAs and even pick-your-own fruit gardens.
What do you have planned for Earth Day?