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$75,000 Healthy Home Makeover Contest!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

What would you do to make your home a healthy, eco sanctuary?

Upgrade to energy efficient appliances?

Buy new organic mattresses and bedding?

Give the rooms a fresh coat of spa-blue, no-VOC paint?

Now you can dream BIG and make your vision a reality.

Enter EcoMom.com‘s Healthy Home Makeover Contest and you may win $75,000 (!!!) in healthy, eco-fab supplies and services for your home and family.

And even if you don’t take home the grand prize, you can still walk away with some green. Win $1000 just by sharing the contest with friends. Bloggers, if you happen to refer the winning family to the contest via a widget on your blog (see ours to the left – wink, wink), you can win $2500. Not too shabby, eh?

Here’s how the contest works:

1. Upload a picture of your family and share in 100 words or less “Why I Want To Win ecomom’s Healthy Home Makeover”

2. Share with your friends and family to get votes

3. The 20 families with the most votes will be judged by a panel of experts (including Ricki Lake, Sara Snow, Dr. Alan Greene, Anna Getty, Zem Joaquin, Kimberly Pinkson and yours truly ;) )

4. Winning family will be awarded a custom healthy home package worth $75,000

So enter today and start dreaming! Your healthy home awaits.

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

 

 

 

 

Eco-Friendly Workouts

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Awe, spring is finally here!  Which also means that summer is just around the corner and it wont be long before your baring your bikini at the pool or beach.  It’s time to get in shape!  It turns out, you can create a work-out program that doesn’t involve the over-use of heavy machinery that impacts the Earth.  Here are some ways to work out in a green-friendly way:

Hike in the woods

Stopping to Enjoy the Scenery on a Nature Hike

Get Outdoors: When the weather warms up, there are many activities that you can do that not only clear your head but burn major calories.  Visit your local park for a hike in the woods, kayak, snorkel, surf, run outdoors, swim like a fish, and bike to take in the beauty of natural scenery.

 

Gardening: Planting, digging, mulching and creating a beautiful garden is a great way to boost endorphins and burn calories galore.  It also tends to have a meditative effect on your psyche so dig in!  Just be sure to wear sunscreen, preferably an SPF of 30 or higher is best.  One hour of gardening effectively burns off 345 calories!

 

Wash Your Car: Yes, washing your car with a hose can be wasteful and cause pollutants to run off into our oceans.  Use a single bucket filled with biodegradeable soap to conserve water and if possible pull your car onto the lawn instead of the driveway to prevent pollutants and water your lawn.  In the meantime, your getting a great workout hand washing your car by burning off a whopping 181.46 calories in an hour.

Now that’s a reason to smile!

Blogger Laurali Star can also be found on The Damsel in the Attic.

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

St. Patty’s Day – All Things Green

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Were back with our favorite girl from Tuscon, Arizona Creative Kismet blogger, Regina M. Lord!  Recently, she took some pictures in celebration of St. Patty’s Day and we thought we’d share a few with you to celebrate with her!  Here at Green Halloween, were all about the green!

Everything Green

Were celebrating St. Patty's Day with Creative Kismet blogger Regina M. Lord

Rainbow Filled Cupcakes

Get the luck of the Irish with these Rainbow filled cupcakes made by Regina!

Detox Cleanse

From the Crazy Sexy Diet, two green detox cleansers

Regina recently tried the Crazy Sexy Diet on her blog with a green juice and a green smoothie, check out the book if you’d like to kick your St. Patty’s Day into healthy green action!

Green Desert Cactus

Regina is from our founder, Corey Colwell Lipson's Hometown in Tuscon, Arizona

May the luck of the Irish be with you, may you live in a world that’s green, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Blogger Laurali Star can also be found on The Damsel in the Attic.

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

Throw A Garden Birthday Party

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I recently threw a party for my youngest daughter’s 9th birthday and in celebration of spring decided to turn it into a garden party!  Kids love to get their hands dirty and there’s nothing more special than taking home a party favor that you planted yourself.  This little shindig is not only easy and cost effective to pull off but an organic experience for all little nature lovers.

Girl in the garden

All you need is a pair of gloves, potting soil, a flower, and a pea pot to throw a Garden Party!

How to Throw A Garden birthday Party:

You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like.  I chose a local park favorite, Boca Ciega Millenium Park in Seminole, Florida and stole a park bench and a patch of grass for kite flying and fairy flower cupcakes.  Then it was time for the digging to begin!  The kids just plant a flower in the pea pot, add a little potting soil, then take it home as their own personal party favor.  It’s that easy!

This girl positively blooms

Gardening helps kids appreciate our beautiful planet Earth

Dozen Pea Pots for a Dollar

Finally, a party that you can afford! Dollar pea pots!

What to Bring:

pea pots (A dozen for a $1.00) at the local dollar store

Potting soil (Bag for a $1.00) at the local dollar store

A dozen pea pot size flowers (any variety will do) $10.97 at Home Depot

Little wooden push up flowers in pink ($1.00 each) at Joanne’s Fabrics

Kites ($1.00 each)  at the local dollar store

Something kids can dig into!

It's okay to get messy for this party

Kids walk away with a party favor of their making

Everyone walks away with a flower and a smile

Blogger Laurali Star can also be found on The Damsel in the Attic.

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s In Your Water Bottle?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The Environmental Working Group recently released a report on 173 water bottle products and came up with some surprising results!  You may think its safe to drink your water but much of the information disclosed by the water bottle companies are kept top secret from consumers.  The EWG, a non profit organization, mined for details on where the water comes from, how or if the water is treated, and even went so far to act as consumers, making calls to water bottle companies to see if they would reveal all.  Undeniably, many companies weren’t so forthcoming with the results.

Here are the three brands that made top rank:  Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, and Penta Ultra Purified Water.  So the question is, does your water bottle make the grade?

EWG Report

Does your water bottle make the grade?

Here’s how you can find out:  173 Water Bottles results list.

Blogger Laurali Star can also be found on The Damsel in the Attic.

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.