I’m going to begin my Earth Day post with a giveaway.  I love giving things away.  So much fun.  

So today I have a My Natural Bamboo Collection monkey from MiYim to give to one lucky reader.

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This cute little guy is 9” tall and made of all-natural bamboo fiber.  He retails for $14.99 and is available exclusively at Barnes and Noble.

Bamboo is a renewable resource easily grown without harmful pesticides and it absorbs more carbon dioxide and releases more oxygen than any other plant on earth.

It’s naturally antibacterial, has reduced toxicity and allergy levels and is super-absorbent and quick drying.

The PureWaterWash™ coloring process is safe for all little ones.  The fabric is brightened with nature’s own plants and minerals and then hand dyed repeatedly in soy-water to set the color.

If you would like to enter the giveaway to win this My Natural Bamboo Collection monkey:

1.  Leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you do to help the environment.  (If you don’t have a blog, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win)

2.  Tweet this giveaway for a 2nd entry.  Leave another comment with your twitter name.

3.  Stumble this post for a 3rd entry. Leave another comment

4.  Become a subscriber and follow my blog for a 4th entry. Leave another comment (just let me know if you already do these 2 things)

You have until 10pm Tuesday April 28th.  Good luck

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An here is a little of what we did today to celebrate Earth Day.

TEDDY BEAR PAINTING

I picked up these adorable EarthRite teddy bears from CVS yesterday for $1.99 each.  What a bargain.   The bears are made from the conversion of recycled (PET) plastic bottles into new polyester.  I thought they would make a great Earth Day activity for the twins.  I put out some fabric paints and armed the twins with paintbrushes and away they went.  Painting their own teddy bears.

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PLANTING SEEDS

While I had newspaper on the table it was a great time to get out the gardening kits Easter bunny had brought for the twins.   They had a great time sprinkling too many seeds in each pot and watering their little pots to the point of seeds splashing over the side but they loved it.   Their little greenhouses are sitting on the kitchen window and we’ll wait and see if anything grows – which may happen if I actually remember to water them occasionally ha ha.   Flynn planted seeds for cucumbers and carrots and Marisol planted seeds for Zinnia and Cupid’s Heart flowers.

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Onto some links:

Walmart

Win a
$20,000 grant for your schoolIf you haven’t seen the Earth Day Every Day Challenge essay contest from Walmart and have school age children then you should definitely check it out and you still have until the 1st of May to enter.

Walmart also have a You Tube channel dedicated to green tips and ideas for Earth Month.  The channel is full of product reviews, sustainability efforts and education so please check it out.

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38 comments

Anonymous April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Awesome Earth Day activities… as usually you are such a role model for us all!!!All I did was mow my lawn, trim my hedges and seed the lawn…. does any of that count as Earth Day activities? I was being kind to the earth! LOLKate

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The Collins Family April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

4. I follow and subscribe!

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Shannon April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Okay – so we just went through our house and replaced all our light bulbs with the ones that are supposed to save money and be good for the environment – does that count?

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Shannon April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ummm – I Subscribed now I follow 🙂

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Amber, That's Me! April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I used my “green” bags at Walgreens and the grocery store tonight! Thanks!BTW… I also noticed you are reading Friday Night Knitting Club, we are reading that for my book club. I have to find a copy since I refuse to buy books at full price!

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Amber, That's Me! April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I follow in my google reader! Thanks!

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Shannon April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

We planted seeds today too! Carrots, cucumbers, poppies, black-eyed susans (they were the same kits that you had there for your kids, thanks for the tip on where to get those!). Oh, and tomorrow is Wills b-day and I sent him a plant kit (from Uncommon Goods) that comes with a 100% biodegradable container 🙂

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Peta April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Um, we compost, recycle, changed all our globes, the kids bath together, we bought a front load washer, I use ‘green bags’. I buy ib bulk and save on packaging..is that enough?..lolI follow and I have you on my blog roll (does that count?) and I have your button on my blog..lol (do I get extra brownie points?)lol

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Bridget Smith April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

We collect all the shovels and pails left by beachgoers before we go home in the evening. Saves alot of plastic from being swept out to sea!

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Anonymous April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I like the above idea of picking up the leftover plastic toys off the beach……Good one!We use canvas bags (I have some from 1993 that my mom gave me so we have done this for a long time) at any store we go to (the mall, groceries, etc etc) and we found HUGE reusable bags at Ikea for 59 cents that are great for Costco; I charge my cell in my car instead of at home, we have all of our electronics on power strips and shut them all off at night or during the day when we are not using them; we use cloth diapers; we recycle and try to buy items with less packaging (like bulk, not single servings); I reuse the plastic bags our veggies come in from our CSA at the grocery store instead of using new ones for fruits and veggies; We make our own household cleaners and use reusable spray bottles and pint jars…..Great post, and I like your ideas and suggestions…what a great resource. I know you weren’t looking for all these things, but since the beach idea was inspirational I thought I’d throw out things we do in the hopes of giving ideas…. 🙂

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Rachael April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

i love the bears, they turned out really darling!

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Christy April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

We use the energy efficient light bulbs, rarely have lights on, keep our heat low and our A/C high. 🙂

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Christy April 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I subscribe and I follow.

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cat April 23, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Truly, you are such a creative mom!

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Invito Cards April 23, 2009 - 5:00 pm

The biggest thing I do for the environment is recycle. As a matter of fact our recycle bin is larger than our garbage can, and full every week! Thankfully I live in a city that makes it easy.

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Invito Cards April 23, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I tweeted too!

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Andrea April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

We recycle everything that we can and we also keep our thermostat turned down to conserve energy.

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Jenn H April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

We recycle, conserve water (thanks to a very resourceful 6 year old’s passion for it!), turn off the light when you leave a room. Keep the thermostat in the mid 60s in winter, have no A/C…..Love the twins bears and the veggie and flower planting!

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dolls123 April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I use cloth bags for shoppingluckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

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dolls123 April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Blog followerluckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

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Brooke April 26, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I LOVE those bears, they turned out cute and what a steal!!!Last week we just didn’t wear diapers at all, that counts, right??? Seriously trying to potty train this little girl who has decided she doesn’t like to be wet anymore.Oh yeah, and we picked up a few bags of litter yesterday on our March of Dimes walk.

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Erin April 27, 2009 - 5:00 pm

We do many earth happy activities! We love to garden! One of the charities we love to support is the Florida Oceanography society. Dave has been volunteering with them to take care of the sea turtles since 1992. But our biggest way we help the environment is to recycle reuse. we reuse SO much! Glass jars we reuse for all kinds of things! Sorting nails, screws, etc. Sorting scrapbooking stuff like chipboard letters, brads. and i must have 300 of them sorting my beads buttons! We also reuse things like plastic containers, plastic paper bags, boxes. We take cans to the recycling center and collect the tabs from soda cans to donate to the shiners hospital and a few other organizations that take them. i could go on and on, but i think ive said enough. hehe :)your ideas with the kids for earth day are fantastic! If I was rich I would seriously pay you to teach Elijah too!

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Erin April 27, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I stumbled! sonupsondown

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Erin April 27, 2009 - 5:00 pm

i tweeted! @erinjeany

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Erin April 27, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I subscribe to you through google reader follow you on blogger! 3

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CanCan (MomMostTraveled) April 27, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I have books about nature that I read to my kids (like “I’m Turning Green” and “Nature Discovery In My Big Backyard”). I’m going to start a garden with my 4 1/2 year old soon, it will be so fun, he loves gardening!onlycancan ta hotmail tod com

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christy April 27, 2009 - 5:00 pm

We do many things to help the environment, but my favorite is cloth diapering 🙂

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christy April 27, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I just subscribed and followed you 🙂

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Donna April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm Reply
Donna April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I tweeted. (donnak4)[email protected]

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Knit Purl Gurl April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

To help the environment, we have a completely Energy Star Certified home complete with Energy Star appliances and geo-thermal heating. Love the monkey and so would my 4 yo.

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Knit Purl Gurl April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I tweeted about it!KnitPurlGurl

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Knit Purl Gurl April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I’m a follower. 🙂

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Sharlene April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I am a follower and my amazing earth helping activities include recycling like a recycling nazi and cloth bags at grocery stores.

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Rick April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I drew an Earth Day cartoon to help spread the word about Earth Day. I’ll be none of your other readers did anything like that!!! Now give me that monkey!

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Ali, Ryan and Rayna April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I’m a follower, and use reusable grocery bags, as well as recycling, reusing, etc, daily, to help our environment.

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The Collins Family April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I just (finally) tweeted 🙂

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