Saturday, January 29, 2011

Signing: All Gone!

We've been working with Noah on several signs for quite a while now and although we know that he understands most of them, he exhibited his expertise on one just in the last couple of weeks.  This was just after we finished our sensory rice activity:

Sensory Activity: Rice

I found this activity online and knew Noah would LOVE it!

Not only is the rice texturally fun, but it sure is fun to throw too!

Funny enough - Sandy tried to eat our project!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Borion Chestal Cough at CVS

Awesome deal at CVS this week!

Borion Chestal Cough Honey  $5.00
Use with $1.00/1 printable 
$4.00 after coupon
Receive $5.00 in Extra Care Bucks 
Free after coupon and ECB!


Thanks Your Green Helper!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hand, Foot and Mouth Virus

Noah started running a fever yesterday that only escalated to 102.1 and has remained consistent throughout the day today.  Even with Tylenol, it only abated the fever to just under 100 degrees.
Took him to the pediatrician and found out that he has Hand, Foot and Mouth. Fun!  Viral, so no antibiotics.  Just a concoction of Tylenol and Motrin and then Maalox and Benadryl!
Ulcers all down his throat, he hasn’t eaten in 2 days and cries constantly.
Bless his little heart!
Sorry for the quality of the pictures. These were taken on my camera.  You can see how miserable little man is.


Makin' and Playin' with Homemade Play-Doh

Last week Noah and I made Salt Dough to play with.
Warning: You WILL learn of every little cut on your hand, visible or not!
We had a lot of fun mixing up the ingredients and playing with it, but not so much in trying to eat it!  Let’s just say….gag reflex!
I’ve been wanting to do some sensory activities with Noah and this just seemed to be the perfect way to start!






Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free 2011 Wildflower Reference Guide



Don't you love spring?

I love it in Texas, because we are known for our wide array of wildflowers, thanks to Lady Bird Johnson!

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Simple Steps for a Greener Lifestyle - Start Recycling

By: Your Green Helper


Trying to be a little greener in 2011? I know this is a popular New Year’s resolution for many people. I also realize making changes towards a greener lifestyle can be intimidating. I often get asked where to start. My recommendation is to focus on making one small change at time. This will ease the feeling of being overwhelmed and help ensure your family does not retaliate against your efforts. This year I will be sharing simple steps you can implement to help you succeed on your eco-friendly journey.

Simple Steps for a Greener Lifestyle – Start a Recycling Plan in your Household

If you are completely new to the concept of recycling, I would recommend first checking with your trash company to see if they offer recycling service. Most now offer curbside pickup for recycling. Our company does charge an additional $2 per month for the service. However, they do not require us to sort our recycling which is a huge time saver for us. The only thing they do not pick up is glass. 

You can also check to see if there are any community drop off sites in your area. Most landfills now have a recycling center. However, they may charge you to drop off your recycling. Check out your local schools as well. Some have a recycling drop off site to help earn money to support the school.

Again, I recommend starting with smaller steps and ease your way into a fully committed recycling plan. Start off your first week by only recycling cardboard. You will be amazed at how many boxes you will go through in a week. Once you are in the habit of recycling your cardboard, then you can add in plastics and so forth.



Here are some great tips to get you started….

Break down your cardboard, even the small tea boxes. This will save space in your recycling bin and help out down the recycling line.

Collect newspapers in a paper grocery bag or in tied bundles, depending on your community’s guidelines, and set them out on pickup day.

Don’t recycle wet cardboard. It can clog sorting machines. Throw it away to keep it from contaminating the rest of the load. 

Don’t recycle bottle tops; they’re not made from the same plastic as recyclable bottles. But if you forget, don’t sweat it. They’ll be sorted down the line.

Rinse cans, but crushing isn’t necessary. The aluminum can is the most recycled item in the United States, as well as the most valuable. It can be recycled again and again and so efficiently that a can is regenerated and back on the shelf in as little as 60 days. 

Don’t fret if you can’t get the lime out of the beer bottle or the last of the peanut butter from the jar. The recycler’s machinery will zap all contaminants. But do empty and rinse glass jars and containers. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And the ReBinder Winner is......

Congratulations to Robyn Lee!

She is the proud winner of the ReBinder 100% Recycled Office Products giveaway!

Woohoo!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Congratulations!

to.....

julis55 said...104

I am a follower. I would use these on the weekends

She is the winner of the Mozaik 40 piece premium plasticware!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Noah (Of Old Testament Fame) Gets on the Eco-bandwagon...


...Purchases $160 million Environmentally Friendly Ark

ark 300x187  Noah (Of Old Testement Fame) Gets on the Eco bandwagon, Purchases $160 million Environmentally Friendly Ark
The Ark Encounter
In much of the developed world, businesses “going Green” has certainly become a universal trend.  Having said that, I still did not see this one coming.
Answers in Genesis, an organization famous for its  “Creation Museum” in Petersburg, Kentucky, has announced their next project – A theme park revolved around the Biblical story of Noah’s ark.
Aptly named “The Ark Encounter”,  the 160-acre complex will feature a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark.  On top of that, it will feature a walled city, animal shows, a replica of the Tower of Babel, a 500-seat special effects theater, an aviary, a journey through biblical history, and a first-century Middle Eastern village.
What’s most interesting about the $150 million project, is that it’s going to be “green”.
The building planners are slated to utilize ‘Leader in Energy and Environmental Design‘ (LEED) building techniques throughout the entire park.  In addition to this, they plan to utilize all major renewable energy sources to power the massive park including solar, geothermal, hydro, and wind energy.
Much of the cost of the park is expected to be covered by public donations made through the Answers in Genesis website, but also through Kentucky’s tourism development laws, which will allow them to recover up to 25% of the project costs.
State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, quoted by MSNBC and Cincinnati Enquirer, said Ark Encounter will provide a,
once-in-a-lifetime economic boost…This project will do two things for our community: It will add 900 permanent jobs at a time when they are extremely hard to come by, and it will become a worldwide beacon for those who share our faith.
The park is projected to attract at least 1.6 million visitors a year while bringing over 900 jobs toNorthern Kentucky, which is how the state is justifying its questionable endorsement of the project.
Grant County Judge-executive Darrell Link said, “With every ark there is a rainbow and at the end of this rainbow is a pot of gold.”
Source: MSNBC
What was once thought impossible, has become reality. The spread of creationist propaganda has oxymoronically merged with popular environmentalism- a movement based on a worldview that staunchly contradicts that of the typical creationist. Who would have thought we’d find a solar powered Ark? Or a geothermally heated Tower of Babel?
What happens next in this truly bizarre convergence of conflicting ideologies?
God only knows!

Thanks Care2.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

ReBinder 100% Zero Waste Green Office Supply Review & Giveaway



Rebinder is an amazing company that produces green office products and featured below are an array of some of their best selling recycled products. 







Each year, over 500 metric tons of toxic PVC ends up in landfills as the result of vinyl binders that people use. Today we should expect more. Products should be made in our country, with our workers, out of responsible materials with the intention that no landfill be required. ReBinder meets that demand.
ReBinder is the only true zero waste office supply manufacturer and the brand of choice for customers looking for sustainable, quality office supplies. Assembled by a local, AbilityOne certified disabled workforce, all ReBinder product materials are sourced from responsibly managed forests and verified FSC and SFI certified sources. With each purchase of ReBinder products, solid waste, greenhouse gas, energy, tree and water consumption are reduced. Check out our original recycled binders line.
ReBinder products have recently been nominated for the Best Office Products in North America. Learn more about our product line and how they stack up against traditional vinyl binders.
Making products responsibly means considering the source of the materials, the use of the products and where they end up at the end of their life. When used for Sales & Marketing, Events & Training or simply every day internal use, our innovative, durable and practical products raise both brand and environmental awareness while helping responsible organizations reduce solid waste and lower their carbon footprint.
Together, ReBinder customers have saved:
  • -Millions of pounds of greenhouse gases
  • -Millions of gallons of water
  • -Tens of thousands of trees
  • -Tens of billions of BTUs of energy
  • -Hundreds of tons of solid waste

RePocket: The two pocket folder is ideal for presentations, media and press kits or back to school. RePockets are thicker and more rigid than traditional folders. Made from 100% Recycled 20 point FSC Certified bending chipboard.

1" ReBinder: The original 3 Ring Binder with a removable and recyclable cover. Made from rigid recycled corrugated cardboard, our 1 inch ReBinder is the binder choice for every day use around the green office, as well as a by top architects, graphic designers and creative agencies. Your presentation and image will stand out from the rest when you present in a ReBinder.  This is an amazing recycled binder!

RePouch -- (IN THE 1" BINDER): When your proposal requires an additional pocket, CD and or business card, RePouch fulfills all those requirements. Made from 20 point recycled bending chipboard, it holds up to continuous page turning.

ReTab -- (5 TAB Dividers): Divide your documents with our rigid brown ReTabs. ReTabs are made from rigid 18 point FSC Certified bending chipboard in a five-cut tab configuration. We also carry an eight-tab version (not included in the sample pack).

1.5" ReBinder: Rougher and tougher, our 1.5" ReBinder is made from 100 point solid FSC Certified recycled chipboard and contains our unique removable ring metal assembly. Just because it's not made of plastic, doesn't mean that it's not durable!

ReSleeve: A Recycled CD jewel case...making plastic cases a thing of the past. ReSleeves are made from 16 point rigid FSC Certified bending chipboard to protect your CD/DVD . The perfect off the shelf solution for the software company, the music label, the band or the board room. Show off the artwork on your CD through the open hole in the front...or choose the version with no hole.

RePlay: Ideal for one disc or two, these RePlay cd sleeves comes with two open pockets that fit a single disc and a small booklet or two discs. Looks like a traditional jewel case but made from 18 point recycled FSC Certified bending chipboard. You'll want to replace all your broken plastic jewel cases with a RePlay.

ReBadge: Tradeshows, Conferences, and Seminars all produce a lot of waste. Green up your event with a ReBadge. Your attendees won't believe that their badge is made from plants and not from plastic! We hope you'll reuse your ReBadge multiple times, but if you can't -- compost it! Comes with a sample our 100% recycled perforated brown cardstock.

ReWrite mini 
-- LINED: We've created the perfect sized 5" x 8"recycled notebook for taking notes, sketching or doodling. Our ReWrite mini comes with 40 pages of 100% Recycled / FSC Certified paper and a recycled FSC Certified bending chipboard cover. You'll get a sample of our most popular college ruled (lined) version but our ReWrite are available in case quantities in ruled, blank or quad ruled graph paper.

ReBound: Make your presentation a game winner -- go for the ReBound. Document Finishing supplies have been limited to plastic and non recycled paper options. ReBound's clear cover looks, feels and performs like plastic but it's made from plants! ReBound can be used with any comb or coil binding system and comes with a clear PLA cover and a 20 point recycled FSC Certified chipboard back. It's the perfect solution for proposals or LEED proposals.


MY REVIEW
I was excited to receive and review a great sampling of ReBinder products.  Intermittent with our move, I was actually able to use the products to reorganize our home office while moving.  It was great!  With our own commitment to use sustainable and recycled products in our own home, we were quite excited and pleased with the ReBinder products!






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Big G Whole Grain Cereal Prize Pack Giveaway

According to the 2010 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, only five percent of Americans get the three full recommended daily servings – a shocking statistic. 

With many Americans making New Year’s Resolutions to live healthier, it’s never been easier to get the whole grain you want without sacrificing taste. Every Big G cereal contains at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving, with more than 20 General Mills cereals delivering 16 grams or more. (At least 48 grams of whole grain are recommended daily.) Big G cereals are America’s number one source of whole grain at breakfast, providing America with more whole grain at breakfast than any other breakfast food from any other manufacturer. 

Only whole grain gives you the vital nutrients from the complete grain. The health benefits of whole grains can’t be pinpointed to one particular component of the grain. It’s the “whole grain package” that makes the difference. In addition to fiber, whole grain contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients that help ensure a healthy diet. A diet high in whole grain has been found to help with diabetes and weight management, and it may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. 

Get into the whole grain habit by just looking for the big white check on Big G cereals! Cereal is already one of the healthiest breakfast choices you can make, and the entire Big G cereal line is made with whole grain, making it a great choice. Big G cereals have the brands and flavor your family will love, including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios®, Fiber One® and Total®. 

To be sure the other foods you are choosing have the healthy whole grain you need, just follow these two easy rules:
  1. Look for a whole grain symbol like the big white check on Big G cereals or the Whole Grain Stamp developed by the Whole Grains Council
  2. Scan the ingredient list and choose foods that list a whole grain near the top of the list
Visit www.WholeGrainNation.com for more tips, additional information about the benefits of Whole Grain and how Big G cereals can be a convenient and tasty way to incorporate more whole grain into your day. 



MY REVIEW


I had the opportunity to receive a prize pack to help fulfill my healthy living goals, including a VIP coupon for one Big G cereal, a cereal on-the-go bowl, lunch bag, walking enthusiast kit and a digital jump rope. 


I love Honey Nut Cheerios and that is what I purchased with my coupon.  Being newly pregnant, I really need to refocus on my health! This is a great jump start!








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