Thanks to some of the crazy green stuff we are up to over on EnviroMom.com, me and the kids are going to be on TV this week. Tune into KOIN (channel 6) at 5pm on Wednesday, June 25 for the KOIN Savers program (I think it's usually toward the end of the broadcast, around 5:25). Hopefully the paparazzi will respect our need for privacy and not be hounding our every move once we become famous...
Gulp. Back in September, when we agreed to speak at our elementary school about "raising green kids," it sounded like a good idea. Now that it's actually coming up, I'm reminded of the sweaty palms and heart palpitations from high school speech class...
Here's the deal:
Raising Green Kids: Ten Easy Ways to Teach Your Children to Care for the Environment
ReadySetMom.com and EnviroMom.com founders and Rieke parents Heather Hawkins and Renee Limon (holy cow, that's us!) will discuss ways to incorporate eco-friendly practices into your children’s lives. We believe no child is too young to learn about green living, and we plan to discuss practical, easy actions your family can take to decrease its carbon footprint.
If you've got preschool-age kids, bring them too. They can play, do crafts and listen to stories during the talk in a classroom down the hall.
Go easy on us, people. Remember we're writers, not speakers. No heckling, please.
Sick and tired of finding new phone books piled on your porch all the time? Why do all of these different companies think we need so many yellow page directories? Find out how to opt-out of those bulky, paper-wasting phone books.
A friend recently said to me, "Look, I love everything that's happening on ReadySetMom, but I gotta tell you, I just get a little intimidated over at EnviroMom. I'm just not there yet." Which surprised me a little, because I still feel like a newbie greenie, and Renee and I try not to overwhelm -- but EnviroMom is devoted to all things green and natural, so I get that it might be too much for some. She suggested that occasionally we pull some basics over to ReadySetMom, which is what we're going to try doing. Heck, maybe you've been living lighter on the earth than you realize! Take a look:
So many baby clothes, so little wear: Ever notice how the newborn section of your favorite resale store is always jammed with adorable, tiny clothes? That's because people receive way more clothes for their bambinos than they need. Ever consider throwing a 'gently-used' baby shower for a new mom-to-be?
Hi! I (mom of a 2-year old in Multnomah Village) really enjoy your website and read it a lot. Thanks for doing this! I just would like to let you know about a really fun family activity (for all ages) coming up this Saturday (and then less than once a month) at Fulton Park CC: the Portland country dance community FAMILY DANCE. We enjoy these a lot -- very fun, informal, and with live folk music. Thanks for maybe checking it out and mentioning it on your site.
We've mentioned here and on EnviroMom that we are fairly new to green parenting. I'm learning things every day, and trying to unlearn some past mistakes that have become habit. It's encouraging that my kids and husband are so supportive of these changes. But, sigh! I wish I would have learned more of this eco-conscious stuff while I was pregnant or in the infant/toddler stage with my kids. I shudder to think of some of the things I let them teethe on...
So if that's where you're at, this is a great one-day green fest for you! There will be exhibits, workshops, vendors and kid's
activities. Learn about creating a healthy home, natural
childbirth options, health and fitness, finding eco-friendly
childcare and more. We hope to meet you there!