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5 Things to Do to Help the Environment

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There are always so many ways to help the environment. Where do you start?  Some things seem to take a long time to do, cost so much money, or require a major life shift.  There are some things that are little things that can make a big difference.  In fact, many of these smaller things are a great way to get young children into caring for the environment.  Indirectly, many of these tips can help you save money or be more minimalistic.  It’s a win win for everyone.  Here are 5 tips you can use to up your environmental quotient.

  1. Add plants to your living space.  Plants are nature’s detoxifer.  They can help purify the air and bring the outside in.  Just adding a couple of plants to each room will help purify the air.  Then relax and enjoy.
  2. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth.  If you brush your teeth after every meal you can use up to as much as 45 gallons of water.  Way to much waste.  Speaking of faucets, also get a leaky faucet or running toilet fixed.  It will use less water and not annoy you as much.
  3. Support politicians, musicians, companies and websites that are devoted to helping the environment.  Your support matters.
  4. Join an organization that supports environmental causes near to your heart.  It could be an international, local, state or national organization.  There are so many out there from conservative groups to radical ones.  Some are long established others address newer concerns.  Just make sure they work within the law.
  5. Share.  One of the things that I have done to help the environment and share is giving toys to other kids in the neighborhood when my son outgrows them.  They enjoy them and they continue to get use out of them.  See if you can set up a sharing circle with some of your neighbors?  It’s a great way to get new items and not have to pay new prices.  Then they don’t end up in the landfill either.

What ideas do you do to help take care of the environment?

 

 

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5 Quick Ways to Help the Environment

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We are all so busy right?  We want to do a lot of things but never seem to have the time.  Once of these things is helping out the environment.   How can we be more sustainable without spending all of our time.  Below, find 5 quick ideas to help the planet be a better place.

  1. Use biodegradable poop bags for your dog.  Yes, they exist.   Keep plastic out of the landfills.
  2. Reuse gift bags.  We have all got them for birthdays and holidays.  Too nice to throw away right?  Cut off the address tag and reuse them.  You can give gifts in them, use them to carry things, cut them up for a decoration.
  3. Buy Bamboo when possible. Bamboo is durable and fast growing. It’s renewable and sustainable. It can also be used for a variety of things from interior design and clothing, do bowls, and utensils.
  4. Volunteer for a river or park clean up.  Spend a few hours one weekend a year to help get trash out of our water supply. It will not only help keep our drinking water clean, but also keep animals from eating garbage or getting trapped in trash,
  5. Support an animal.  Volunteer or donate items to  a shelter.  Adopt through a wildlife organization or zoo your favorite animal.  I’ve sponsored endangered species  before. It’s also a great gift for others!  Christmas is coming!

What quick ways do you know that help the environment.  Share them with me.

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20 Great Fall Bucket List Ideas

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Fall, and a new school year is just around the corner.  I love this time of year.  It’s not too hot, not too cold, and the trees turn a beautiful color.  What do you like best about Fall?  Each year my family tries to incorporate different events and gatherings into our life.  What follows is a list of some of the things I like to try.  What is on your Fall bucket list?

  1. Have a big Bonfire.
  2. Make different types of Hot Coco.
  3. Rake leaves and jump into the pile!
  4. Roast marshmallows and make gourmet smores.
  5. Dress up for Halloween.
  6. Make a new soup.
  7. Go on a fall leaf tour.
  8. Go on a Halloween Decor Tour.
  9. Attend a haunted house.
  10. Carve a pumpkin.
  11. Go on a hayride at a local farm.
  12. Make Carmel Apples.
  13. Navigate a corn maze.
  14. Have a scary movie marathon.
  15. Have a holiday cartoon marathon.
  16. Go on a hike.
  17. Have lots, and lots of pumpkin pie.
  18. Go to a sporting event and tailgate.
  19. Go Apple picking and try some new flavors.
  20. Make pumpkin bread.
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Favorite Fall Memory

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What do you like best about fall?  For me its the changing leaves.  I wish the trees would change their colors a little slower. My favorite color is red.  Orange and yellow are okay, but red are so vibrant.

I love fall.  I love the weather gets colder, exciting holidays are coming, new television shows, the kids are in school, hot coco, pumpkin pie and so much more.  Do you have a favorite memory of fall?

One memory of the small town I grew up in is of a giant old oak tree on Main street.  The oak was old. Taller than a two story house, and almost as wide.It would turn an orangy-red every year.  It was so beautiful and vibrant that people would pull over and take pictures.  I would walk home from elementary school and see people lined up on the side of the road with cameras out. I have yet to see another tree as pretty as the one from my childhood.

Do you have a favorite childhood memory?  Let us know in the comments below.

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