The little Green Project 2011

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Welcome to The little Green Project 2011! 
Saving Green, Eating More Greens, Earning Extra Green,
Going Green, Your Green Thumb, Crafting Something Green

This year, I decided to share a few of my favorite tips in each of the GREEN categories. I could have come up with something new and green, but I got a little bit lazy busy, so old and green it is.  But let’s not call it old and green. That sounds like something that got lost in the back of my fridge. Eh, call it whatever you want. Here’s my little Green Project 2011:

Saving Green

My favorite way to save green is to simply not buy stuff in the first place. There is no need to try to keep up with the Joneses. If you don’t have money, don’t spend it. Even if you do have money, consider carefully if you truly need something before spending the money on it. Like socks. I think it’s okay to spend money on socks…if in fact you need socks. I also think it’s wise to spend money on nutritious food. But stuff? Stuff just gets dusty. Or I step on it in the middle of the night and it hurts. Don’t buy stuff.

Eating More Greens

If you haven’t tried my Strawberry Peach Slushie recipe, you really should. There’s green leafy spinach hidden in there and no one ever knows. These slushies are a great way to eat more greens.

And also, if you’re going to be eating greens in a salad, I strongly encourage you to easily make your own salad dressings! It’s unfortunate that most commercial salad dressings have icky ingredients, turning your fresh green salad into junk food. (Not completely, but you know.)  If I want junk food, I’ll eat a Cheeto. (Not that I ever want junk food.)  (Especially Cheetos.)  (The crunchy kind.)  (Laura, will you stop already and go eat a some lettuce?)

Anyway, here’s where you can find my simple, money saving and healthy salad dressing recipes!

Earning Extra Green

I haven’t talked very much on my blog about earning extra green, although I do have a wonderful guest post: How to Find Legitimate Work From Home Opportunities. Otherwise, I have just two tips to share: 

  1. Look into Heavenly Homemakers Affiliate Program. One of the main reasons we set up an Affiliate Program was to give all of you an opportunity to earn some extra money. We would be so honored and excited if our Affiliate Program could benefit you and your family.
  2. Sign up for Swagbucks. Then tell all your friends about it. It’s free. There’s no catch. It’s just a search engine that earns you FREE gift cards. I love Swagbucks and turn most of my earnings into Amazon gift cards. It helps our family buy books and organic groceries…for free.  Swagbucks are a wonderful blessing!

Going Green and Your Green Thumb

I’ll combine these two categories because for me, they go hand in hand (or thumb as the case may be). I’m not a gardening expert, but I have been doing this for a few years and have a few gardening tips to share. Here is a link to all of my gardening and preserving posts. We garden organically and in case you want to see my husband holding a bucket of my kitchen garbage (and you know you do), hop over hear to learn how we compost.

Crafting Something Green

Well, of all the green tips I have to share, crafting something green may be where I fall short. I don’t do a lot of crafting at my house, mostly because my boys are a little bit too busy building cities and knocking them over to sit down with glue and glitter. I do have a fun post about how to make Flubber…and since you have to put food coloring in it…use green. There. I came up with a green craft. Hopefully you’ve got something better in mind to share.

SO…what’d you come up with for your little Green Project this year? Tell us about anything green:

  • Saving Green
  • Eating More Greens
  • Earning Extra Green
  • Going Green
  • Your Green Thumb
  • Crafting Something Green

You’re welcome to link up an older post if it fits the above categories. You’re also welcome to link up more than one post. If you don’t have a blog, please leave a comment letting us know of your little Green Project! Then let’s all go visit everyone’s blog and learn more about their little Green Project!

If you’re linking up a post, please copy and paste the following link into your post…

Join us at Heavenly Homemakers for the little Green Project!

The little Green Project 2010

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My husband and I decided that this year for our little Green Project, we’d show you how we manage our compost. Composting is SUCH a great way to use produce waste to put nutrients back into the soil. See, we have this great little plot out in our back yard that we…

Hold on. Why don’t I just let Matt tell you about it. For the record, can I just tell you what an honor it is to have my beloved describing the contents of my bucket of garbage to you?

And there you go. Our compost plot. 

As you can imagine, digging a hole and burying our slimy banana peels and cantaloupe guts is one of the boys’ favorite summer chores. Nothing…I repeat nothing is more fun for them than being sent out with a shovel on a 103° day to bury a bucket of slop. 

SO…what’d you come up with for your little Green Project this year? Tell us about anything green:

  • Saving Green
  • Eating More Greens
  • Earning Extra Green
  • Going Green
  • Your Green Thumb
  • Crafting Something Green

You’re welcome to link up an older post if it fits the above categories. You’re welcome to link up more than one post. If you don’t have a blog, please leave a comment letting us know of your little Green Project! Then let’s all go visit everyone’s blog and learn more about their little Green Project!

If you’re linking up a post, please copy and paste the following link into your post…

Join us at Heavenly Homemakers for the little Green Project!

The little Green Project: Shorten Up the Showers

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We do our best to conserve water around here. Partly because we know it’s the right thing to do for the earth…and partly because it saves money on our water bill.

We’ve taught the boys to turn off the water while they’re brushing their teeth. We always have a full load of dishes in the dishwasher when we run it (crammed full…I might add). When I wash pots and pans by hand, I only put a little water with soap in the sink…really it doesn’t take very much. 

However…showers around here have been a problem.

Three out of four boys can take a shower on their own now. (hoo-rah!)  We usually say something like, “Okay guys go get your showers real quick!” 

Do you know what telling our boys to so something “real quick” looks like? It looks like…it’s kinda like…well…it’s slow.

There are distractions and fun things and “I can’t find any clean socks in my drawer” all along the way to take a shower. Then, once one of them is in the soothing warm water…all thoughts of doing anything “real quick” that were remaining go…down the drain.

It can take them sometimes three or four times as long as it takes me and it is my personal opinion that the mama’s shower should be the one that logistically takes the longest.

Is it just my boys? Do little girls do this too?

We finally made the “taking of the shower” routine into a race against the clock.  ANYTHING that is timed or “competitive” usually works for our kids. 

They now set a watch timer right before they hop into the shower and then see if they have “broken their shortest shower record” as soon as they hop out. 

This little plan is working so well for us…and I’m pretty sure the boys are still getting clean

Have you found any tricks to help your family learn to save water?  My boys We would all love to hear about it. 
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How about another little Green Project you have up your sleeve? Blog about anything you have going on or want to try that has to do with saving green, going green, making extra green, eating extra greens…anything at all that has anything at all to do with the color green! Link up here with us so that we can read about your little Green Project!

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The little Green Project: Our Garden

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It’s almost time to plant our garden!

Just as soon as the ground thaws out long enough to be tilled. 

Just when it seemed that spring was coming to Nebraska…we woke up to days and days worth of freezing cold weather again.   

Oh Sunshine…I need you. Where did you go? Where are you now?

Okay…enough whining (hopefully). Some day soon it will be so hot I won’t even want to turn on the oven to make brownies. (yeah, right)

So, just pretending that I really will be able to get my hands into some soil soon…here’s the garden plan we drew up. We try to rotate our crops each year. By the way…I have several different garden spots. We started with one when we first moved here…but every year we keep tilling up more because we just want more…MORE!   We’re saving a little bit of yard for soccer playing though. Aren’t we nice?

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(Well…you know my  name is Simon…
and the things I draw come true
…) 
(PLEASE tell me you remember that song!! Or am I just that old?)

So, I can’t draw as well as Simon…but I did my best. (Yeah, it’s pitiful, I know.)

And, obviously I didn’t take the time to draw this to scale. There’s actually a good bit of yard between “onions” and “tomatoes” that is our official soccer playing field. In the picture I drew, it looks like I’d have to shimmy sideways through that area to get through.

Someday when things are green and lovely (but before the weeds have grown in) I’ll take you on a tour of our yard. Until then, you get to see my little garden drawing. 

We’re also hoping to plant a bunch of sweet corn with a friend who has a larger garden area…we’ll see if that works out!

Sooooo, are any of you planting a garden this year?? What are you planting? 
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Let’s see YOUR little Green Projects this week! Working on going green, saving green, eating something green, making some extra green….ANYTHING green? Blog about your little Green Project then come link up with us here! 

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The little Green Project: Mint Milkshakes

When I announced the little Green Project in this post…Sarah admitted,

“Whenever I think of green in March I think of Green shakes at McDonalds. (Horrible I know, but they are so yummy!)”

I haven’t had one of those in forever, in fact I forgot they existed. BUT, since she brought it up, that’s all I’ve been able to think about. Mmmm! Shamrock Shakes.

SO, I did what I MUST. I tried to re-create a minty milkshake. They aren’t the healthiest things on the planet…but because I knew the ingredients in them I KNOW they’re healthier than the McD’s version.

And because I made them myself, I know they’re less expensive than the McD’s version, so I saved some green.

Okay, so my milkshake isn’t green. I tried to find some fresh mint, but I wasn’t successful. I had to use mint extract instead.

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Hey, if you want to add green food coloring…I’ll look the other way. 

Instead, I put a green straw in mine and took a picture of it on my green tea towel. 

We all found this milkshake to be SO refreshing and a very fun treat (that I’ll probably make once a year…sometime in March.)  My men love it when I experiment with recipes for you. :)

March Minty Milkshake (Oh how I love coming up with ridiculous recipe titles)

3 cups vanilla ice cream (unless you’re using homemade, I recommend Breyer’s ice cream since at least it uses real ingredients)
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 t. pure mint extract

Mix all ingredients well in a blender. Makes 4 one cup servings.

So that was my fun little Green Project this week. What fun little Green Project did YOU come up with to share? 

Blog about anything green…saving green, eating greens, crafts that are green, ANYTHING you want to that has any possible thing relating to the color green. Link up with us here so that we can come read about YOUR little Green Project!

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