Green-4-U

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Working Mom of two kids under the age of 4 giving everyone tips on how you can live a greener and healthy life.

Leigh is a winner of Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms - 2013

What's a fun way to repurpose household items into toys or crafts?

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy’s approach I purchased a bunch of baby food pouches. Prior to that I had made all the baby food but since I anticipated losing power I needed to have some on hand. We saved the caps to the pouches in a jar and we use them now as a counting toy, to help with color lessons, and just to build tall buildings. Those tops have provided hours of enjoyment for my kids and we still have them 6 months later. It helps ease my guilt that we are able to use them over and over again for some fun activities.

Do you know any great children's books that teach kids about being eco-friendly?

There are tons of children's books that teach kids about the environment like The Lorax and Why We Recycle (two favorites in our house) but there are tons of environmental lessons in other books. For example, Blueberries for Sal, a children's book classic has Sal and her mom going out to get berries to can for winter. They even use a stainless steel pail to collect them in. Even books with even less obvious environmental themes can be used for lessons. Are there characters wasting and throwing things away rather than recycling? Are there they enjoying the outdoors and the plants and animals that live there? I even point out in stories when they are using reusable bags in the illustration. I think it is important to show kids that being eco-friendly is a part of life and showing that to them in books that are not just about the environment really drive the point home.

What organic or healthy snacks do your kids love? Please share a link to a recipe if you have one.

We love yogurt in our house! While I still buy yogurt at store occasionally especially the on-the-go yogurt drinks my daughter loves I make homemade yogurt. My kids and I eat yogurt everyday so we were going through 3 containers a day. I have to admit I was concerned about the footprint on the planet of all those plastic containers. I recycle them at home but I am not sure they do at school. I switched to larger container yogurts and then I decided to make it myself. It is so much cheaper and it lets me make my kids flavors they like that are not in the stores. I purchased a yogurt maker that paid for itself in less than month. It has 7 individual glass jars which is perfect because I make yogurt 2 times a week. You do not have to purchase a yogurt maker, just Google "make your own yogurt at home" and tons of people have posts about how to make it using all sorts of household items.

Here is the recipe on how to make yogurt you will be surprised how easy it is: http://www.green-4-u.com/2013/01/08/how-to-make-homemade-yogurt/

Remember make it organic or better yet grass fed organic!