a blog about all things earthy and birthy in the life of one slighly nomadic family, regularly posts about involving kids in zero waste lifestyle, earth friendly projects, cooking and healthy choices.

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

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

I don't do a lot of planned crafts but I think ingenuity is one of my strong skills. I can usually come up with something off the top of my head so I find that to be the most fun. Most of the time I leave the ideas for repurposing up to her. Her little imagination comes up with things I never would. One of our longest lasting repurposing was our old paintbrushes. Instead of pitching them I handed them over to my girl. On sunny days she'll take them out with water and "paint" designs. She loves to watch them evaporate and then paint all new ones again.

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

I think the first step in building the desire to lead an earth conscious life is to start by loving nature and the outdoors. Children won't care about the earth if they don't spend any time exploring the wonders of the great wild. I love books that involve adventures in nature. Anything by Elsa Beskow is great but Sybille Von Olfers is my favorite. We read The Story of the Root Children every year for the first day of spring and the root children leave my daughter seeds and spring themed surprises. I found a print from that book at a thrift store when I was expecting my daughter so Sybille has provided much nature wonder and education to our lives over the years.

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

Well, I do my best to run a zero waste kitchen so we really do chow down mostly on fresh fruits and veggies since those can be acquired with no packaging. We also make a lot of smoothies and our own popscicles. We are really digging on easy popsicles in these early hot summer days. My most recent un-recipe can be found at: