Monday, April 5, 2010

Earth Day Resolutions

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Homemade Mamas have decided make an Earth day Resolution. We are going to post only earth friendly projects this month. All of our projects will be made from recycled materials or be reusable.

Check out some of our past earth friendly projects and our homemade cleaning products which are better for the earth and your wallet!

We sat down with our kids and talked about what we were going to do for Earth Day. Then we discussed what new resolutions we could make as a family. They came up with some great ideas. One of their ideas was to not buy new things if we can make them out of something we already have. Here is a great example of that idea:

Earth Friendly, Money Savvy Piggy Banks:

Our local bank was selling these piggy banks with different sections in them. One was for spending, one for saving and one for donation. They were supposed to teach your kids to be money savvy. We loved this concept, but spending $15 on a plastic pig sure didn't seem money savvy, or earth friendly.

We found three different containers from our recycling bin. We covered them with paper and labeled and decorated them. The smaller peanut butter jar for spending, the juice jug for saving and the pickle jar for donations. We used superglue to seal the juice jug's lid closed. Then we cut a slit in the top of the jug to slip in our money. This way the kids won't be tempted to take money out of the save bank.

The banks work great and the kids are learning two great lessons-how to be earth friendly and money savvy.
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15 comments:

  1. I love the idea of having different jars for different purposes, rather than one. Great idea!

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  2. I loved it! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. This is a truly terrific concept! I absolutely LOVE your earth day resolution, too. I will definitely be back to see what you have to share in the days to come!

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  5. What a smart concept. It's nice to get your kids involved.

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  6. Just the other day, we were talking about getting our son a piggy bank to keep pennies he finds. This is a great idea rather than buying one! I will heavily consider this option! Thanks for linking up!

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  7. Great idea! I love a good repurpose! :)

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  8. Very nice idea! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday! Looking forward to seeing what you've been up to next week!

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  9. Great idea! Thank you for bringing your hodgepodge to my party! Hope to see you again.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  10. We've been using an oblong mayo container with a flip top lid. You can imagine the looks we get when my son says he has to put his money (b-day parties and the like) in a mayo jar. Ha!

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  11. Great idea! I made a smarty pants jar for my daughter.. We pay her for her grades and we keep the money in her jar..

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  12. What a great idea!! It is awesome that you talked with your kids about what you all could do for Earth Day. I think it is always a good idea to get their input too. Makes them more committed to it! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft!

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  13. What a wonderful idea! I have been looking for something like this for a long time! We created ours today during our homeschool's FUN FRIDAY!

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  14. I love the this interesting idea of having different jars for different purposes, rather than one.We all should use Eco friendly products in our life.

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