Showing posts with label eco friendly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eco friendly. Show all posts

April 9, 2012

Green living show 2012

The Green living show, North America's largest green consumer event will be held from April 13th to 15th at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition place. There will be over 400+ exhibitors and companies in Canada that will exhibit all types of product categories; energy, food & beverage, health & wellness, home & garden, transportation, eco-tourism & recreation, fashion & beauty...
Here is the schedule
Friday April 13th 10 AM to 9 PM
Saturday April 14th 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday April 15th 10 AM to 6 PM

Free admission If you bring electronic waste to recycle sponsored by Samsung and Sears. Children under 12 years accompanied by adults get in for free as well, a good opportunity to teach children about green living.
Elementary schools get in for free when they participate in the Passion for E-recycling school challenge.
Join other green-minded Canadians, learn and enjoy from these fabulous attractions. Some of the cool ones :)

EcoKids Zone sponsored by Earth Day Canada will provide entreating workshops to create crafts, seed balls, eco activities and live animal presentations.

Learn about the importance of birds for the ecosystem and watch live bird attractions

Interactive exhibition about Canada's oceans

Explore new innovative electric mobility technologies hands-on at the vehicle show and test drive environmentally friendly automotive.

Bring your bikes, there will be valet bike parking weather permitting.

Swap your pre-loved DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs

There will be a farm fresh fare with restaurant chefs making gourmet meals using Ontario grown ingredients. Part of the proceeds from the Farm Fresh Fare ticket sales will go to Evergreen's children's food program and Slow food Toronto's learning garden programs.

There will be an Eco fashion show, farmer's market, job forum and lots more...

Follow on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date. Looking forward to see you guys there :)
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April 3, 2012

Nutella Crêpe and French café playhouse

French café playhouse
Kate Fagelman, the mompreneur of Little play spaces made this creative Parisian style café with recycled corrugated cardboard. This eco-friendly French café has lots of beautiful artistic detail.

March 19, 2012

Painting eggs and Joy to share Kinder Canada

We painted eggs using two different techniques. If the egg has been out for more than 2 hours don't consume.

To paint the eggs you will need...

food colouring
rubber band
kitchen paper towel

The tie dye method

Damp a paper towel with water and put about a 1 tbsp of vinegar all over the paper towel. Spread different colour food colouring in a pattern. Place the egg and fold the paper towel to wrap the egg. Pour or sprinkle some water over it. Place a rubber band around it and leave it until the paper towel is dry. Remove the paper towel and see the colourful egg.

Rubber band method

Place a few rubber bands around the egg. Place the egg in 1 tbsp vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 tsp food colouring for a few hours until it becomes the colour that is preferred.

Kinder values the time we spend with our children throughout the year. Kinder Canada has partnered with Children's Miracle Network to bring joy to families in need. It is important to remember, reflect and be thankful for our blessings and help others in need.

Many families have benefited from Children's Miracle Network, check the Kinder Facebook page to read their stories. It is important for all of us to help our communities in some way i.e. donating or volunteering our time and to remind ourselves and teach our children to be thankful, this will make us humble.

Follow Kinder on twitter @KinderCanada or @KinderCanadaFR, they are giving away 100 Kinder eggs a day for 10 days from March 19th to 30th.

Disclosure: I am part of the Kinder mom program and receive special perks for being part. All opinion and rights reserved on photographs and written content Createwithmom © 2012. Please Ask First

March 15, 2012

Go Green Lunch Box

Go green and save money with these waste free lunch boxes. It is a bento style box, free of phthalate, BPA, lead and PVC.

The silicone seal used in the lid keeps the food fresh. The box is insulated, airtight and leak proof. The lightweight lunch box comes with a steel water bottle that fits into one of the five compartments.

The flap inside the lunch box carrying cover has a pocket to put utensils and napkins. There is also an innovative white board to write messages using a dry eraser; this is cute idea that eco-consciously saves paper.

There are clips on the side of the box, which allows the box to stay with the lids. This could be detached to separate the lid from the box. The box is not microwave or dishwasher safe, however it is easy to wash with soap and water.

It is easy to pack a variety for our children, without wrapping the food individually as the box is designed well and the food will not mix together, even when it is flipped i.e. the sandwich won't get soggy because of the apples :) These boxes makes it easy for the parents in the morning to follow school guidelines for waste-free lunches.

This eco-friendly option would be wonderful for children grade one and up to take to school everyday. It would also be good for summer camps and trips; the stainless steel water bottle holds about 8 oz (1 cup) of water so it is a good idea to take extra water bottles. There are snaps and a lovely turn n' lock mechanism on the lid. Everything is visible for the children, so they know what they have for lunch and will not forget :) to open all the boxes.

The cute designs of the outer covers are made with polyester fabric. Here is a list of locations the lunch boxes are sold at. Save money and the environment by going green with these lunch boxes.

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March 13, 2012

Dig it handwear and planting parsley

dig it garden gloves
Dig it handwear is a proper fit comfortable quality glove that can be worn throughout the year for many uses i.e. gardening, DIY projects, sweeping, cleaning, yard work, moving furniture, shovelling snow, washing the car etc...

Dig it handwear provides dexterity and comfort, as it fits perfectly allowing the hand and fingers to move flexibly to do the job. There won't be any reason to remove the gloves to do something because of discomfort. 
dig it garden gloves
The gloves are durable because it has a double protective layer. The palms of these gloves are made with synthetic leather, dots are silicon, the back fabric and fingertips inside are 100% polyester. The gloves are made with breathable fabric, which will not sweat the hands. The nails don't have direct contact with the gloves because of the pillow top built inside the gloves, which protect nails from dirt and debris. It also has a snug wrist synch, which keeps the water and debris from entering the hand. To clean the gloves rinse or hand wash with mild soap and cold water then lay it flat to air dry.

The Dig it handwear is a handy useful glove to have and will also be appreciated as a gift for anyone, female or male. The gloves come in S, M, L and XL; here is a link to the size chart. The package is also eco-consciously made with recycled material.

Dig it products are sold in USA and Canada stores and online.
dig it garden gloves
I planted some parsley seeds in the pots painted last summer...
You will need

Soak the seeds for 24 hours then plant the seeds 1/4" deep. Sprinkle some water and leave it in full sun by a warm windowsill or outside if the weather is warm (55 to 65 F). It will germinate in 18 to 24 days.
dig it garden gloves
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March 7, 2012

March break giveaway from DK books and Face plate craft

Next week is March break :) We get to spend some quality time with our children during the day. It is better to plan the week;) at least some of the days so it will be smooth.

Books like My Art book and Make it today, give inspiring ideas. They have lots of familiar and new crafts and art to do with our children i.e. painting faces, making masks, picture frames and painting stones.

My Art Book published by DK publishing is a fabulous, creative book with glossy step-by-step pictures and instructions that explain and inspire children to watercolour landscapes, pastel portraits, to make mosaics etc... It is a lovely introduction to history and technique of art with young children.
Make it by Jane Bull is a book filled with craft ideas made from recycled material and things we find around our home. It teaches eco-friendly ideas to children as they create personalized artwork and jewelry.

We look forward to put these books to good use during the break.
Here is an idea from Createwithmom to make Face plates
paper plates
construction paper
oil pastel
popsicle sticks optional

Let the children imagine any type of face they want to make. Then tell them to think big :) draw the features of the character i.e. bunny, a person etc... on the construction paper. Then cut the shapes. Older children can cut it by themselves and help the young children to cut.

Let the children stick the features however they imagine on to the paper plates. They might want to put popsicle sticks to create a play. You can improve their literacy and imagination by asking them to tell you a story about the characters they have made.
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February 14, 2012

Chocolate macaroons, decorative garland and an event

chocolate coconut macarons
To make these macaroons will need...
4 egg whites
1 cup of vanilla flavoured sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups desiccated coconut
1/2 cup cake flour

Detailed recipe on how to make these delicious easy macaroons are here.

Chocolate dip
1/4 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate
1 to 2 tbsp cream

Melt the chocolate in a double broiler or microwave and dip or drizzle the macaroons.
Let it sit on the counter (if the weather is cool) or in the fridge until it sets and serve.
paper craft garland
To make the decorative garland paper chain you will need...
construction papers in different colours
decorations such as stickers, foam shapes
paper craft garland
Cut the paper into strips of 2" to 3" in thickness. Let the children decorate as they please. Connect the ends of one of the strips and glue it. Then connect another strip by putting it through the connected circular strip, connect the ends and glue it.

Keep connecting as many as you want to make a garland or to decorate anywhere you please.

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February 7, 2012

Stained vase craft and Kinder® contest to win $500

The Family day long weekend and the March break is just around the corner. I am planning on spending some quality time during the day with the children making crafts and food. I am also looking forward to relax, stay close to home and visit local attractions like the Ontario Science Centre :)

February 1, 2012

Green toys

Green toys are safe, fun and good for the earth. All green toys are made with 100% recycled plastic milk containers which is already food safe plastic. Since these toys do not contain BPA, PVC, phthalates, coating, melamine or metal in any of their products, it makes me feel comfortable as my children handle and play with these toys.