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Week 42-Lucky Number, Day 2-1

Today’s lucky number is one because that is the number of little boys that K will be having in February!!!  I was waiting for my phone to ring for like an entire hour today waiting to hear what the sex of baby Bunting was.  I had placed my bets down on the pink end of the baby spectrum, but this is the one time I’m happy to be wrong.  One is also one of my favorite numbers because I am just a little competitive.  Be sure you and read the sarcasm here.  One can also be the loneliest number, but that’s what’s happen when you’re at the top.  Thankfully, when your number one priority is helping others you’re never alone.

Sweet baby boy!

Something that I would love to see in my lifetime, or even my children’s lifetime, is peace.  Peace One Day knows what a challenge that would truly be.  So instead of aiming to end all the violence in the world forever, they challenge that for one day everyone puts down their weapons avoid all types of violence.  POD works through film, education, sports, live events, and through you to make peace their number one priority.  Just last year on Peace Day, which was the 21st of September, all 192 UN member states, and 28 organisations carried out 88 humanitarian activities across 31 countries.  That is something to really be proud of, and guess what?  You can be a part of Peace Day 2011 because it’s on September 21st again this year.  If you think that 1 person can’t make a difference, then you’re wrong.  POD has plenty of suggestions for individuals who want to get in on this peace train.  The charity 1% For the Planet had me sold when their “About Us” blurb starts with the line, “To be perfectly honest, it’s not about us.”  I’m totally adopting that as my new philosophy.  1% knows that the key to fixing some of the problems facing our planet is businesses realizing that they are connected to ecology no matter what.  Since 1% was founded in 2002, they have inspired thousands of businesses to donate a measly 1% of their profits to environmental organizations around the world.  I have a feeling they probably didn’t even notice.  I want to keep Earth in business as long as we can.

Peace One Day Donation

1% For the Planet Donation

So here’s to you 1!  You’re the first number we learn as we grow up, and the one we can never forget as we grown old.  You make us feel like a winner, and help us remember that even if we are on top that someone helped us get there.  I can’t wait to welcome one very special boy next year, but in the meantime, I’m going to focus on number one.  Those in need.

Yup!

Week 33-Modern Marvels, Day 6-Stove

I’m not sure how many times I’ve said I like to cook, and therefore eat, over these past 33 weeks but I can’t say it enough.  One of my favorite culinary traditions in our family is Mexican Monday!  It doesn’t matter how good or bad your day has been a little bit of salsa can only make it better.  We had some delicious nachos for dinner, and they would not have been possible without our stove.  Stoves aren’t a new invention by any stretch of the imagination but they sure beat the heck out of cooking everything over an open flame or in the microwave.

Building a stove in Honduras

In this day and age everyone is looking to do things as efficiently as possible.  Trees, Water, & People is helping people throughout Central America and Haiti build healthier fuel-efficient cookstoves.  More than 80% of families cook over open wood fires which causes deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and respiratory infections.  Since 1998 TWP have built more than 46,000 Evo-Stoves, Justa stoves, and Rockets that use up to 70% less wood than traditional stoves.  The other great thing about these stoves is that they can all be manufactured locally using all local materials, and they are extremely low-maintenance and cheap.  It would only cost a family an average of $10.50 a month to run one of these stoves.  TWP is proving that helping people and the planet simultaneously is possible, and even fun!  Another easy way to help out the planet and people is to donate your old stove when you decided to upgrade.  The Vietnam Veterans of America have a program called Pick Up Please, where they will come and pick up your old appliances!  All you have to do is schedule a pick-up online, leave your clearly labeled donations outside on the designated day, and VVA will leave your tax deduction receipt on your door.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!  They don’t just take stoves either.  They will take your old clothes, books, bikes, stereos, shoes, tools, you name it, and they will more than likely take it.  It’s nice to know your old stuff is going on to have a new life after you.  Plus it gives you a great excuse to get new stuff for your new life.

Trees, Water, & People Donation

Schedule a time for Please Pick Up to come to your house! or Vietnam Veterans of America Donation

So here’s to you stoves!  It doesn’t matter if you’re a Viking, GE, Whirlpool, or Kenmore because a flame is a flame.  Without you it would be much more difficult to make brownies, lasagna, or cheesecake.  There are times during the summer where Mr. Grill gets used a bit more than you do, but it’s not personal, you just make the kitchen so dang hot!  Thank you for cooking up good food and good memories.

No Kitty! Bad Kitty!

Week 21-Go Green Week, Day 6-Home

Well ain't that cute!

It only makes sense to make the place you rest your head at night green.  It’s where you cook your meals, pay your bills, do your laundry, and play with your children.  Going green in your home can also be a lot easier than you think.  You can buy environmentally friendly flooring like bamboo and switch out your old Einstein light bulbs for those curly cue energy-saving ones.  If you feel like you still can’t go green enough you can buy this book to help you make sure your home is as energy-efficient and environmentally friendly as the Jolly Green Giant.  Whether you want to start your own compost or put solar panels on your roof, Mother Earth is thankful for any and all you do to help her out.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be a part of a community that supports your decision to go green?  Well look no further because Earth Island Institute is perfect for you!  EII acts like an incubator for groups and individuals with ideas, programs, and long-term goals to promote ecological sustainability.  The well renowned environmentalist David R. Brower founded EII in 1982 as a non-profit, public interest, membership organization that welcomed and supported people creating all types of solutions to help the planet we all share.  The list of projects EII supports is as extensive and broad as the Earth itself.  They have something for everyone, and if they don’t, they’ll be happy to support your idea.  If this week has really inspired you to go green then you should look into joining Green Corps.  Founded in 1992 as a graduate school for environmental organizers, but with a twist.  Sure they would still get a great academic education but they would also be given the opportunity to gain field work and make connections as well as relationships with those in major organizations they hope to work with.  GC believes in training leaders and teach graduate students to be able to fight the environmental battles that lay ahead of us.  Those who learn from GC today will be the ones who are greening our homes, offices, malls, and work places tomorrow.

Earth Island Institute Donation

Green Corps Donation

So here’s to you home!  You’re the first and last place we see in a day, which is all the more reason we should green you immediately if not sooner.  In your defense you do make it pretty easy for us.  All you ask is for a little less waste and a lot more love.  You give us a roof over our heads and place to call our own, so making sure we take good care of you and protect our planet at the same time is the least we can do.  Thanks for taking us in and helping us realize green is where the heart is.

Week 21-Go Green Week, Day 3-Earth Day Fashion

Happy Earth Day!  Today is all about giving back to our planet, but you don’t have to do it in your beat up old jeans and scrubby t-shirt.  There are lots of really fashionable brands out there who are stepping up and making their clothing lines green.  Everything you wear from top to bottom can be recycled, renewed, or reused in some way, shape, or form.  Clothes are essential for all of us, unless you live in a nudist colony, so we might as well make sure we’re responsible about what we put on everyday.  Just be thankful I didn’t ask you to wear fig leaves.

Urban Outfitters has a great line of clothes called Urban Renewal that is made from vintage, deadstock, and surplus materials.  They have taken the taken the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”, and ran with it.  Theses pieces are  handcrafted and all unique.  Making up a story about how your cute frilly dress came from a set of vintage bedsheets is also an added bonus of this fun line.  It’s also fun to turn your old flip flops into new playgrounds, which is exactly what you can do when you take them into your local Old Navy store.  ON has partnered with TerraCycle to celebrate the 41st World Earth Day and do their part in reducing waste, cause let’s face it, who can resist their great deals on flip flops!  TC has been working to outsmart waste since 2001 by collecting your non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste products, usually for free, and turning it into affordable green products.  Over 19 million people in 11 different countries are helping TC eliminate the idea of waste by creating new products and solutions for things we normally throw away.  Smart and green, what more could you ask for on this beautiful Earth Day?

Flip your flop into a new playground!

Buy some cute Urban Renewal clothes and accessories, or take your flip flops to your local Old Navy

Sign up for TerraCycle…sometimes the time you give is much more valuable than any money you could every give.

So here’s to you Earth Day fashion!  You have inspired me to take those dingy old flip flops collecting dust in my closet down to Old Navy and help build a new playground.  And not that I needed any inspiration to shop, but the Urban Renewal collection is too good to pass up, especially those cute vintage earrings.  Thank you for reminding us that love means never having to buy anything that hasn’t been recycled.