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 customers for the last ham at the grocery store all for just a few short hours.  I know, I know.  Bah humbug!  

It wasn’t until this past holiday that I realized just how important it is to celebrate something.  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 a traditional holiday, but it should be something that is important to our family.

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Earth Day is coming up 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 4 ways that we can do a little good for our planet that does so much for us.

Teach 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. 

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.

           Earth Day craft: tissue paper flower & sunflower seed in a moist bag.

Grow Something!

Another great way to help out the earth is to plant flowers, trees or a vegetable garden.  Whether you have an acre of land or an apartment balcony, you can contribute to the planet by saving the bees, creating homes for wildlife or teaching your children about self-sufficiency and how to avoid food waste.

Our DIY seedling pods made from egg cartons.

English cucumbers after a few days! Time to transplant.

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?