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7 cool ways to commemorate Earth Day with kids in 2021

Every day should be Earth Day, but there’s one special day a year — April 22 — that we call out as an annual reminder to take better care of our planet. It’s the only home we have.

It took a heavily polluted river catching on fire in 1969 to galvanize the American public into action. Nearly 20 million people — 10 percent of the country’s population — took part in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

Earth Day has grown into the world’s biggest civic event, celebrated by a billion people in more than 190 countries, according to Earth Day Network. What are some activities for Earth Day? Here are free Earth Day activities you can do with your family or your pod to encourage everyone to protect the Earth.

Virtual Earth Day 2021 activities

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore our Earth,” and it’s all about reducing our environmental footprint and fixing the damage we’ve already done. Earth Day Network is organizing a three-day event (April 20-22) with virtual workshops, panel discussions and special performances.

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3 Things We’re Really Loving This Spring

We regularly get offered products to check out for our readers. It can get overwhelming but a few catch our eye and we agree to check them out and provide honest feedback of the complimentary products. We went through our stash and here are three products, in particular, we’re really digging this early Spring:

Earth Day might have been last month, but we really should be protecting the earth all year. That’s what we love about eco-friendly companies like Eco by Naty.  The Swiss company is touted to be the #1 innovative ecological company in the global baby segment.

It is a vet thin this space too. The 24-year old company has invested heavily in research and development to find the best organic materials. In fact, the company is the first to receive a two-star certified by Vincotte – probably the world’s most demanding ecological organization. Since founding, Naty has branched out into a baby toiletry line, creating a 95% renewable clean potty, a 100% organic clothing line and an eco-toiletry line including a chemical free feminine care line and a 100% organic maternity/diaper bag.

Our staff reviewer checked out the Eco by Naty‘s baby wipes and found them to be quite soft and supple. They cleaned off poop of baby  bum very easily. The diaper pants are great and easy to wear and have good absorption. The panty liner for women and easy to wear and feels like you don’t even have them on.

They get a positive review from the team! Get a FREE trial of the diapers for FREE! Woot!

We are also fans of self-care. Now, whether you’re expecting or just another busy mom, we think you deserve the rejuvenation that comes with spa services. Not everyone can afford to venture to a day spa but most people can afford an in home spa experience using products like Hydra Bliss Hydrating Body Wash by Softsoap.They come in scents of coconut water, blueberry, cucumber water and mint. 

The staff checked out the line and one said they  are” literally the best soaps  I’ve ever used” adding that “the coconut and blueberry soap permeates the room as soon as you open the bottle. The soap feels so smooth as it falls on your skin and  the lather is rich  and creamy.”

She added, “my skin didn’t feel dry and was supple after showering. I didn’t even have to use lotion after soaping because the natural oils of my skin came to the surface.  Both soaps gave me the same results; but the scent of the mint in the cucumber water and mint lasted all day  on my skin and was so refreshing. LOVED THEM!!!

 

Finally, for baby, we definitely recommend you invest in You’re My Little Cuddle Bug board book by Nicola Edwards and illustrated by Natalie Marsha (retail: $7.49) . We loved this book. The colors were bright, engaging and captivating.  Babies will love the content story and the drawings and colors will keep their attention as it did with our blog babies.

We would definitely recommended as a book for story time with your kids!!

There you have it! Share with us what you’re digging this Spring. Find us on social at Bellyitch everywhere! (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest)

Happy Earth Day: 6 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Although today is Earth Day, America has a food crisis on its hands.

While there is plenty of food at stores and in the refrigerators and pantries of most homes, the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) says that 1 in 8 Americans cannot get enough to eat. And sadly, the NRDC reports that 40 percent of food in America is never eaten and goes to waste.

The average US household can waste anywhere between $1,365 to $2,275 worth of food every year. This epidemic of food waste is not prevalent in the US alone. Globally, 33% of food is thrown away on a yearly basis, totaling 1.3 billion tons of wasted food.

When an apple rots or leftovers are forgotten about and tossed out weeks later, these edibles are not the only resource lost. The water that was used to grow and produce the food, the energy used to transport it to market and the dollars spent marketing and retailing the products also end up wasted. The good news is that anyone can make a few simple lifestyle changes to help reduce global food waste.

1. Stop Buying in Bulk – Instead of stocking up on perishable foods in amounts that could feed a family for two weeks, just shop for what you need for the meals you have planned for the week. Otherwise you are likely to forget what you bought in the back of the fridge.

2. Plan Meals in Advance – Create a meal plan for the week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Only purchase the food items you need for those particular meals. If you have a sudden craving during the week you can make a separate trip. If going to the store again sounds like too much work then you did not really need that additional food item in the first place!

3. Invest in Smart Appliances – Technology is playing a huge role now in helping reduce food waste in the home. Some new refrigerators let you look inside them to check what supplies you are out of when you are not at home. If a new fridge is a bit out of you price range, there are solutions to make your existing refrigerators ‘smarter’. The Smarter FridgeCam is a retrofit device that can keep track of your food contents wherever you are via your smartphone. FridgeCam will also alert you to upcoming expiration dates and recommend recipes so you can use up what you have. These types of devices can also help you from over-purchasing certain items that you already bought.

4. Put Your Freezer to Use – Spot check your refrigerator every few days for produce or leftovers that are getting close to spoiling. Before they reach the point of no return, if you will not eat them in the next day, put them in the freezer

5. Only Grocery Shop After a Meal and Have a List – Two sure ways to end up wasting food are to shop hungry and shop without a plan. Impulse purchases end up not creating full meals leading you to make additional trips to the store.

6. Make and Prepare Meals at Home – Many food items can easily be grown at home on a kitchen counter or a backyard garden. If a recipe calls for fresh herbs you can avoid having to toss out the extra by having your own plants. And you will be less likely to let food go to waste when you have invested your own time and effort into growing it.

About Christian Lane

CEO and founder, Christian Lane, has been the driving force behind the innovative London company Smarter. Christian realized early on that the kitchen, the heart of the home, was seriously underdeveloped when it came to connected technology and was primed for disruption. Christian’s vision is to create smart products that are practical, convenient and enhance peoples everyday lives.

Earth Day: 6 Tips for Having a Greener Home Life

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By: Christian Lane, founder of Smarter

It’s Earth Day today.

 

Meanwhile, America has a food crisis on its hands.

While there is plenty of food at stores and in the refrigerators and pantries of most homes, the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) says that 1 in 8 Americans cannot get enough to eat. And sadly, the NRDC reports that 40 percent of food in America is never eaten and goes to waste.

The average US household can waste anywhere between $1,365 to $2,275 worth of food every year. This epidemic of food waste is not prevalent in the US alone. Globally, 33% of food is thrown away on a yearly basis, totaling 1.3 billion tons of wasted food.

When an apple rots or leftovers are forgotten about and tossed out weeks later, these edibles are not the only resource lost. The water that was used to grow and produce the food, the energy used to transport it to market and the dollars spent marketing and retailing the products also end up wasted. The good news is that anyone can make a few simple lifestyle changes to help reduce global food waste.

1. Stop Buying in Bulk – Instead of stocking up on perishable foods in amounts that could feed a family for two weeks, just shop for what you need for the meals you have planned for the week. Otherwise you are likely to forget what you bought in the back of the fridge.

2. Plan Meals in Advance – Create a meal plan for the week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Only purchase the food items you need for those particular meals. If you have a sudden craving during the week you can make a separate trip. If going to the store again sounds like too much work then you did not really need that additional food item in the first place!

3. Invest in Smart Appliances – Technology is playing a huge role now in helping reduce food waste in the home. Some new refrigerators let you look inside them to check what supplies you are out of when you are not at home. If a new fridge is a bit out of you price range, there are solutions to make your existing refrigerators ‘smarter’. The Smarter FridgeCam is a retrofit device that can keep track of your food contents wherever you are via your smartphone. FridgeCam will also alert you to upcoming expiration dates and recommend recipes so you can use up what you have. These types of devices can also help you from over-purchasing certain items that you already bought.

4. Put Your Freezer to Use – Spot check your refrigerator every few days for produce or leftovers that are getting close to spoiling. Before they reach the point of no return, if you will not eat them in the next day, put them in the freezer.

  1. Only Grocery Shop After a Meal and Have a List – Two sure ways to end up wasting food are to shop hungry and shop without a plan. Impulse purchases end up not creating full meals leading you to make additional trips to the store.
  2.  Make and Prepare Meals at Home – Many food items can easily be grown at home on a kitchen counter or a backyard garden. If a recipe calls for fresh herbs you can avoid having to toss out the extra by having your own plants. And you will be less likely to let food go to waste when you have invested your own time and effort into growing it.

About Christian Lane

CEO and founder, Christian Lane, has been the driving force behind the innovative London company Smarter. Christian realized early on that the kitchen, the heart of the home, was seriously underdeveloped when it came to connected technology and was primed for disruption. Christian’s vision is to create smart products that are practical, convenient and enhance peoples everyday lives.

Happy Earth Day: 15 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday

Today is Earth Day but April is Earth Month.
I found this cute blog post I did in 2010 on my first “mom blog” The Mischiefmakers that essentially was a 15 images pictorial of my family showing 15 ways to celebrate Earth Day every day, 365 days a year.
Enjoy…
To Celebrate Earth Day Every Day….
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mount a tall hay mountain…
2

dig in as deep as you can…
3

go for a hike and take the path less traveled…
4

enjoy man’s attempt to recreate the nature (a fountain in the middle of a lake?)…
5

find a hermit crab living along the shore line…
6

take a long walk on the grassy knoll…
7

enjoy the trees blossoming to their peak in spring…

 

8

go fly a kite…
9

…and see how high you can let it soar…
10

make sure you capture family holidays (like this Easter pic in the backyard)…
11

when you can, catch the sunset near the dock of a pier…
12

challenge yourself and join an athletic team…
13

climb a big rock…
14

let your family know you love them…go on and give them a hug and a call…
15

when you can, experience the REAL EARTH and enjoy it for what it’s worth…

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Earth Day: Tweet #Flipp4Forests to Plant a Tree

Today is Earth Day and if you are looking for at least one simple way to contribute to the day dedicated to celebrate mother Earth Day, the app Flipp will plant a tree with every social media share using the hashtag, #Flipp4Forests. And it will also enter you to win a $300 VISA gift card along with the hashtag.
Good for Earth and your pocketbook potentially. 
Flipp is a  free iOS and Android app available in the U.S. and Canada that digitally aggregates over 400 retail circulars from national chains as well as hundreds of local stores to help consumers find the latest sales in their community. Digital means less trees and that too is good for the earth! And it looks like it would be a time-saver for busy parents! Sweet!
Check out this infographic about forests for more reasons on why planting trees is important!

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5 ways to go Green for Earth Day

Wednesday is Earth Day. 


We can get along with nature….
Here are five ways to go Green for Earth Day:
1. Calculate your Carbon Footprint using this online FREE tool, then do something to lower it, whatever that calculation amounts to.
2. Download one of these 10 apps to help you live a greener life.
3. Start recycling in your home. Review these easy simple rules for starting.
4. Build a compost and have the kids help you make it. Follow this guide.
5. Commit to buying eco-friendly products when you can. Start by checking out these at this Eco-Store.
With these tips, you can make Earth Day, everyday!

15 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day everyday (PHOTOS)

April 22 is Earth Day but April is Earth Month. 
I found this cute blog post I did in 2010 on my first “mom blog” The Mischiefmakers that essentially was a 15 images pictorial of my family showing 15 ways to celebrate Earth Day every day, 365 days a year.
Enjoy…
To Celebrate Earth Day Every Day….
1

mount a tall hay mountain…
2

dig in as deep as you can…
3

go for a hike and take the path less traveled…
4

enjoy man’s attempt to recreate the nature (a fountain in the middle of a lake?)…
5

find a hermit crab living along the shore line…
6

take a long walk on the grassy knoll…
7

enjoy the trees blossoming to their peak in spring…

8

go fly a kite…
9

…and see how high you can let it soar…
10

make sure you capture family holidays (like this Easter pic in the backyard)…
11

when you can, catch the sunset near the dock of a pier…
12

challenge yourself and join an athletic team…
13

climb a big rock…
14

let your family know you love them…go on and give them a hug and a call…
15

when you can, experience the REAL EARTH and enjoy it for what it’s worth…

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Drew Barrymore welcomed 2nd daughter, Frankie, on Earth Day

It’s another girl for actress Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman.  The two welcomed daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman, on Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day! How perfect given Drew’s “flower child” persona of the past.
The couple, who married in 2012, are parents to 1-year old Olive. 
“Olive has a new little sister,” the statement read. “Everyone is healthy and happy!”
Congrats!

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Earth Day: Innovative online boutique recycles kids’ clothes into cash for schools

Just in time for Earth Day, we learn about the launch of an iPhone app for an innovative online consignment boutique that lets parents recycle their children’s outgrown, yet gently-used clothes and turn them into cash for their kids’ school.
The team behind the service called Schoola does all the work: collect, sort through, clean and put the gently used donated clothes up for sale on its website, then give the proceeds from the sales back to schools where the clothes were donated to. 
Brilliant!
The concept is brainchild of Boston mom, Stacey Boyd, a former teacher and school principal of a charter school who used a children’s clothing sale to raise money for the inner city charter school she built from the ground up in 1997. Boyd used the revenue from the sale to support the addition of arts, physical education and foreign language programs for the school. The effort helped improve the math scores of the students at the school which became among the highest performing middle schools in Boston within a year of its founding. 
Since then, the website, which launched in 2012, has grown to support 3,000 schools. The  newly-launched app makes everything mobile.
On the site right now, a $25.99 retail GAP dress is on sale for $7.90. A pair of $25 retail Carters plaid shorts for boys is also selling for about 7 bucks. 
It’s a win-win. 
Parents get great designer quality clothing for less and their children’s schools can buy new paintbrushes and paints for art classes, purchase new instruments for the school band, and get new books for libraries. 

Sweet Deal! Check out Schoola and download the new App for FREE at the Apple iOS store!

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