Thirty Day Plastic Bag Challenge Update

30 Day Plastic Bag Challenge Update

Halfway to the Finish Line

I’m more than halfway through with my 30 Day Plastic Bag Challenge.  Since September 1, 2010, I have used my reusable tote bags while shopping (as I always try to do), and have skipped at least 34 plastic shopping bags.  That’s pretty cool!  Imagine if everyone were to ditch the plastic – that’s a pretty significant environmental impact over time. ;)

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What about you? Do you skip the plastic bags when shopping?  Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think. ;)

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It’s DIY Friday! | Easy DIY Weekend Projects


DIY All Weekend Long

It’s Friday, and boy was it a beautiful one too!  So beautiful in fact, I’m totally late with my weekly DIY installment.  Here are some fun DIY projects sure to get your creative juices flowing.  Enjoy! ;)

  • Make Your Own Round Art Gallery: This is such a cool project!  I love the end result – a very chic, modern-looking home art gallery – and the best part?  You’re recycling those old paper rolls.  Totally cool, and totally green too!
  • DIY Wall Decals: This is such a fun project – it reminds me of some elementary school art projects I did way back when.  These would be great additions to a child’s room, or anywhere you’d like to add a sentimental, homey touch.
  • Up-cycled Junk Mail Projects: No matter how hard I try, I still get a ton of junk mail every week.  What to do with it?  Make some cool art projects with it.

Have a great DIY project you’d like to share?  Feel free to let us know – I’d love to feature it! ;)

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Plastic Bag Challenge Update

30 Day Plastic Bag Challenge Update

Off to A Good Start…

Well gang, it’s the sixth day of my self-imposed thirty day plastic bag challenge, and so far with three small shopping trips under my belt, I’ve managed to forgo a total of at least eleven plastic shopping bags.  I’m pretty stoked about that, considering we really haven’t done our usual amount of shopping for the beginning of the month.

Think about it – if ten families skipped just ten bags per month, that equals a whopping 100 plastic bags saved from polluting the environment.  Wishful thinking?  Maybe, but a girl can dream… ;)

Won’t you take the challenge too?  Feel free to let us know your thoughts, and a tweet about the 30 day challenge would be much appreciated too. Thanks! ;)

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It’s DIY Friday! | Reuse That Empty Oatmeal Container

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It’s DIY Friday! again.  This week I’ve found a new use for an old oatmeal container.  Oatmeal containers are very handy to have around -  they’re large and fairly sturdy, and are great for holding small items like crayons and marbles.  I’m giving this recycled oatmeal container to my daughters to use for their tiny toys -  the kind that usually get stepped on when I’m not wearing any shoes – ouch!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty oatmeal container with lid
  • Scissors
  • Shelf paper (it’s what I used), wrapping paper, or any other kind of material you’d like to glue to your oatmeal box.
  • Glue (I used hot glue, but any kind of glue will work that’s appropriate for your chosen material)

Cut material to fit your oatmeal container and glue in place.  Replace lid, and viola! – you now have a lovely little storage container and can feel good about keeping one less item out of the land fill.  Enjoy!  Peace. :)

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