Did you know that about 90% of the energy in a typical laundry cycle is spent heating the water? While hot water may be necessary for certain stains or for running a sanitizing/allergen cycle, using hot water to do laundry is a waste of energy. Plus, washing clothing in cold water allows fabrics to retain their color and strength longer.
Halloween does not have to mean lots of plastic trash and junk food! You can go green for Halloween: reuse, reduce, recycle!
My biggest laundry pet peeve is dealing with stains. I know it’s important to treat clothing properly, and I particularly want to keep my oldest’s clothing in good condition so it can be used as hand-me-downs for his younger brother. But after a long day at work, I don’t want to spend time googling stain removal. And now I don’t have to! My new Whirlpool Duet Washer has an app for that– right on the washing machine.
As a newlywed, I didn’t care much about my washer and dryer. Oh…how things have changed. In my pre-kid days, I wore lots of dry-clean only clothing to work. I did two or three loads of wash a week: sheets, towels/whites, and our clothing. Now as the mom to two kids, I do at least one load a day because, as every mom knows, babies make a lot of laundry.
Because the puzzles are open-ended, the educational potential of these puzzles is limitless. Whether you are studying basic concepts, such as shapes, colors, relative size, or counting, or more advanced concepts, such multiplication or fractions, there are plenty of play possibilities to engage your child. Plus, the puzzles encourage creative problem solving, spatial relations, and fine motor control.
Cloth diapering families know they can never have enough FuzziBunz! FuzziBunz are a perennial cloth diaper favorite and it is great to stock up when they are on sale. Here’s a great discount on FuzziBunz — no coupon code needed, just click the link!
How are you celebrating Earth Day with your family?
Young children are natural eco-warriors. They love the outdoors and creatures great and small. My kids are always dragging me outside to play and explore.
And I love that environmentally-friendly options are usually money-saving options, too. When we reduce, reuse, and recycle, we save both kinds of green.
Here are a few ideas for celebrating Earth Day with your kiddos…
Want to make your next school fundraiser something meaningful instead of the usual “buy a ton of junk so you don’t have to torture your friends and neighbors guilt fest?”
Equal Exchange Fundraising offers organic and fairly traded foods, beautiful fairly traded gifts and recycled (tree-free!) cotton gift wrap. You can build your own community organization while supporting sustainability in communities around the globe…
Seeing Elmo live is a magical experience for little fans. I took my son to see “Elmo’s Green Thumb, a Sesame Street Live Show, last March to celebrate his 2nd birthday, and we had a wonderful time. So I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to offer one lucky Mamanista reader the chance to win a Family Four Pack of Tickets to Sesame Street Live “Elmo’s Green Thumb” at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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