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The Greenest Calendar Ever?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

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Yes, I know it’s already January 9th, but if no one gave you a desk calendar over the holidays, check out cute and clever "plantable" calendar from Botanical Paperworks. Each month’s sheet is embedded with wildflower seeds, so once the month is up, you can plant it and enjoy! Not in the market for a calendar? They also sell plantable cards, gift tags, and more. Love it!

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A Green Christmas Tree

Friday, December 14th, 2007

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Now before you say, "duh"… do you know how to make a naturally green Christmas tree, well, Green?  Here’s a hint: You don’t have to chop down an evergreen to enjoy it during the holiday season. (And I’m not suggesting you decorate the fir tree in your front yard instead of putting one up in the living room either.) This year I’m taking a cue from my sister (who normally scoffs at what she calls my "tree-hugging ways"). She and her boyfriend will soon decorate a live Blue Spruce Christmas tree, which they bought from the local nursery for $95 (not much more than your average cut-tree price tag, mind you). Their plan is to plant O’ Tannenbaum in the backyard after the new year and have something to remember their first Christmas together by for years to come. Now of course for this to work every year one would need a very large backyard that could accommodate a lifetime of Christmas trees, but even still I think it’s a pretty cool, eco-friendly idea. So when she sent this picture of her new tree to my cell phone last night, I praised her efforts and welcomed her to the "green side". Then I reminded her to decorate with LED lights, since they use 90% less energy (I just couldn’t resist).

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Funky (and Budget-Friendly) Gifts

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

At a teeny bit shy of age 32, I know I’m kind of old to be shopping at Urban Outfitters, but they’re currently winning over my inner teenager with their adorable (and pretty affordable) gift selections. Just look at this stuff!

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I’d say this is perfect for tweens, but I’d shamelessly display this in my house, too. $26.

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I will never get tired of all things cupcake-related. I hope all my friends feel the same way because they’re all getting this lip balm set for Christmas. $10.

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Even your black-thumbed friends can probably keep these pretty micro terrariums in bloom. $6 each.

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Amores perros … y ardillas

Monday, September 10th, 2007

60185445_918e85eae8_m I don’t know about you, but these days I’m finding squirrels a lot more interesting than people. So as a follow up to our “Crazy Critter Attacks” story from Friday, we offer this more cuddly squirrel tail. Er, tale: Four baby squirrels were felled from their nest and orphaned. Sniff, sniff.

… but wait! They’re saved by Derek Varnes, the tree cutter who found them on a downed limb. Mr. Varnes gives them to his fiance’s mother (can’t wait to see what he gets her for Mother’s Day!) and, in turn, her dog Mimi adopts the baby squirrels as her own. The chihuahua dotes on the little things, even to the point of nursing them with her own milk. (And you thought your kids had sharp teeth!)

Actually, a quick web search revealed that baby squirrels in fact have no teeth. But once they’re adults, a squirrel’s teeth never stop growing.

And for anyone really, really desperate for a crafting idea, why not try trimming a wild squirrel’s chompers? Proof positive that you can find everything on the Internet.

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Toxic Shocker: Part 2

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

541815533_a0378b1339_m_2    As I listened to the news this morning, I felt like I was living my toxic shocker nightmare all over again! ABC News reported that 5 out of the ten garden hoses they tested for lead content were above the EPA standards. With some of those hoses including this warning: "This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or reproductive harm" in teeny tiny writing on the back of the packaging. (who would even think to look?)
    Clearly, this is a huge FYI for parents! (So be sure to spread the word) Turns out it’s not just old paint chips and Chinese imports that can make our children sick! Make sure to find out if your garden hose is safe, and skip filling up a kiddie pool or taking a drink from the hose until you do. 
    Read the story here for more details and visit the EPA for info on protecting your child from lead poisoning.

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so much depends upon a red (accented) wheel barrow

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

WheelbarrowGet your kid to help you out around the garden—or the house—or just let him push his cars and ugly dolls around. The best part of this work-of-art wheelbarrow is that it has a pulling lever for real-live dumping. You can get one at mimmo.
Link thanks to cribcandy.

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