Weekend activities for Earth Day and TV Turnoff

Wow, what a great time we had at The Mom Shop on Saturday! Thanks to all of those who came out. We got to meet a lot of fantastic people and saw the cutest kids in the fashion show that you have ever seen!

We had great weather all weekend here in Portland. It is so lovely to see the sun shining again. My family I spent most of Sunday outside. We planted our small vegetable garden, made pine cone bird feeders with the boys, and watched a pair of birds building a nest in our apple tree. The baby got to crawl all around trying to eat the grass. Playing outside was everyone’s favorite part of the day. We even ate our meals outside!

Did you get your green hour in?

This week we will celebrate two events: Earth Day on April 22 and TV Turnoff Week April 20-26.

There is some controversy about Earth Day this year. Yes we should be living green all year long, but I have come to love the big symbolic gestures. Earth Day is less about being green for a day and much more about bringing awareness to those that may not realize all of the great ways to save money and save the planet all at the same time! Plus it is a great excuse to do something out of the ordinary with your children: go on a mid-week nature hike, do an Earth Day craft, take part in a special Earth Day event near you, learn something new about recycling or a new way to reuse your old cloth diapers.

TV Turnoff Week is near and dear to my heart, much to my oldest boy’s chagrin (he had a hard time with this last year, and he doesn’t even watch that much tv!). I think that so many American kids spend way too much time in front of the television each day and far too little time exploring their natural world. I am excited that this week looks like it will be great for my kids to spend more time outside. But even inside, there is a lot to do besides watching a show or playing a video game.

Do you have any special Earth Day plans? Any fun activities for TV Turnoff week?


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