Saturday, April 4, 2009

April 4th-Ruby Pinwheels Contest for (2) $100 Gift Certificates!!

As you all know by now, I am green. I eat green, I sleep green and I wear green. Not only is green my favorite color but I would have named Dexter Green if I thought I could get away with it! My very generous friends at Ruby Pinwheels feel the same way! They offer children’s apparel and personal care products that are eco-friendly, organic and made under fair trade conditions. Ruby Pinwheels passionately believe that the terms “natural and organic” and “hip and stylish” are not mutually exclusive.

I bet you are wondering how Ruby Pinwheels got their name. If you weren't wondering that, I bet you are now. The story goes like this..... "a pinwheel is a child’s toy that almost all of us played with at some point. To us, it represents simplicity and balance as demonstrated by its basic yet elegant construction. And it brings thoughts of joy, creativity, and imagination as we picture children running through the yard with the wind blowing their pinwheel. Ruby is derived from the Latin word rubens meaning red and the elements associated with this color through time have been fire and blood implying warmth and life for mankind. Ruby gemstones are believed to stimulate the heart chakra and to help one change - moving you from the person you are today to the one you want to be. To us the combination of these two words, ruby and pinwheel, represents what we want your experience to be with our company - simple and fun yet one that promotes balance and positive change in our communities."

Not only is Ruby Pinwheels an online store that specializes in organic products but they are also a member of the Organic Trade Association. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.

It is no secret that Ruby Pinwheels is green. They are so passionate about the environment that they want to know "What Being Green Means to You". That is why they are offering (2) $100 gift certificates to two different winners!! How generous of them!

There are two categories to enter, parents and children. They are asking parents to write an essay (in the comment section) that answers the question, what does being green mean to you. Children who are too young to enter can have their parents write (from the child's prospective) about what being green means to them. Older children can draw a picture, write a poem or any other creative form of expression. You can send the scanned pictures/drawings to me at newmommyin08 {at} yahoo {dot} com.

My friends at Ruby Pinwheels will be choosing the winner based on content, originality and sincerity. This contest can have one entry per person, per category. You can enter yourself and your child(ren) but you can only win one gift certificate! The contest will close on May 10th and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter. In your entry, please be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you when you win!


Andrea said...

As Kermit the Frog said, "It's not easy being green." To me, being green is all about educating myself and then making choices that are safe for the environment and my family. As I've grown more aware of the impact I can make as one person, I constantly question my choices. For example, if I am heading toward the garbage can with something, I stop myself and ask, "Can this be recycled?" or "I know this can't be recycled, but is there another way I could use this instead of making it trash?" When my local recycling authority came out with new guidelines that allowed MANY more items to be recycled, being green meant checking in with my neighbors to make sure that they knew about the changes too. A few years ago, I'd pick any old cleaning product off the shelf and take it on home. Now, I'm much more aware of which products I want to bring into my home. Am I perfectly green? Nope, I'm still learning, but striving to become more green each day, instilling what I know into my son's daily life. When he's my age, I'd love for him to tell Kermit the Frog, "It IS easy being green."
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JamericanSpice said...

Green. I love that color in nature, especially the beginning of Spring.

The past few years I've been hearing about going green and everything green. I don't mind it, but fact is, I was always doing my little part in being green because hailing from a Caribbean island, we don't always have the luxuries as other well developed countries and so we learn to conserve and work with nature in every way possible.

Now that I'm here in America I've carried over all those life lessons with me and now share with my family.

I ensure to educate myself and my children about water conservation, taking care of our environment and using produce and materials in our daily living that is favorable to our health and to the health of our environment.

I love doing these things. It doesn't have to be overwhelming. It's in the little things we do each we use our water, our electricity, meal consumption, etc.
I hope everyone will do their little part until it becomes second nature.

Going green to me means I get to enjoy and take care of this wonderful earth that God made for

Anonymous said...

Being green means not wasting anything, which is a hard concept for me, being only 14 months old. Why can’t I tear a roll of toilet paper into tiny pieces? It’s hours of entertainment. Or taste a little bit of every food at dinner and dump the rest on the floor? There will be more tomorrow. This being green business often makes me blue.

But Mommy said we need to learn to be more resourceful. We no longer use paper towels to clean up when I spill my milk on the floor; the jars my baby food used to be in are used for leftovers ; and we come back from the grocery store with huge canvas bags, instead of the plastic ones that make fun crinkling noises when I bunch them up.

Mommy says it’s easy for people to get discouraged about saving our environment because they think being green means having a lot of green. But, what she has learned this past year is that anyone can make a difference by making small choices like these.

She learned this from my grandmother. I don’t think my grandmother throws anything in the trash. She can create any meal out of a week of leftover food. Last year, my grandmother finally built her dream house --- a solar-powered house made of reclaimed lumber and bricks.

You see, my grandmother teaches me that it’s never too late in life to make an impact. And, she does this because she loves me and wants to leave a better place for me.

I still have a lot to learn about being green. I am, after all, still trying to learn to say “doggie” and “kitty”. But, do you want to know what the best part about learning this is? It’s that my Mommy is learning it every day along with me.

UnrealBaby said...

Living in a society that upholds values like making the most money, having the biggest and most expensive commodities and getting everything they want fast no matter the cost has truly opened my eyes. I too, as a young adult, thought that this is what it meant to be successful. I thought in order to make my mark in the world I would have to live this lifestyle and do my best to get what I wanted and get it fast. I have since become a mother and in that long, and not always easy, journey into motherhood I started thinking about what really mattered. What do I really care about? What is important for me and my family? What can I do to make the world better for this little child growing inside of me? I started looking at my every day choices. The ones I made so easily and so quickly that made a huge and lasting impact on our environment. A true hero of mine, Dame Anita Roddick, said it best. “If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”

Now I realize that everything I do, or don’t do rather, makes the most impact. Being green isn’t a fad for my family, it is about sustainability, living well, being happy and not taking this precious and fragile world for granted. I am proud to know that my daughter will grow up respecting the earth and taking care of it. Now I know success isn’t monetary gain, its living life to the fullest every day and loving everything that is dear to you. “To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.” - Dame Anita Roddick

debraunrealbaby at gmail dot com

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

I have always wanted to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, but I was intimidated by things like buying solar panels or living 'off the grid'. They seemed so lofty and out of reach.
So, like many people, I started with small changes. I bought many things second hand (reuse!), and began to eliminate the disposable items we used at home. We now use cloth diapers, cloth wipes, cloth napkins, rags instead of paper towels, and I use reusable products for my feminine needs.
I really strive to not produce much waste. We donate our compostable scraps to a community garden.
We are a family of four (1 year old, 4 year old, and parents) and gradually I began to feel convicted about the amount of resources our family was using. So we decided to downsize from a three bedroom home to a two bedroom home. The smaller house is within walking distance to work and school, so we went from two cars to one car.
These seem like BIG changes, but surprisingly a lot of freedom has come along with the changes. A smaller (and cheaper) home and being rid of one car and all of the associated financial drain that a car can bring gave us a little extra breathing room in our finances, as well as simplifying our lives.
The house takes less time to clean, and it also means we are limited in the amount of stuff we can buy to fill it. That is a true system of checks and balances!
It takes some personal conviction, but to us, it really IS easy being green!
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lawyergirl said...

I read the other day that “Green is the new Black.” Perhaps this is because everywhere you look, something is being touted as green. The President is pushing for green jobs, products are marketed as being green, businesses even compete with each other over which one is the greenest.

But there is no definition of green to guide us in determining whether an item qualifies. Neither the Department of Energy nor the Environmental Protection Agency has established standards that must be met for the adjective to apply. In fact, I would say that its not their role to do so.

So, we are left to our own devices in defining green. That could be good (no additional regulations), or bad (potential misuse of the term).

BOJESNE said...

I have been green long before it's been in. I have always tried to reuse things.

Andreah said...

It means helping the Earth, protecting the Earth and saving it's resources. It also means to try not to pollute water and land. It is very important because it is the only Earth we have.

This was what my 7 year old says is the meaning of being green to him.

simplyandreah [at] gmail [dot] com

angela said...

Being green means doing everything possible to preserve the Earth, not for ourselves, but for our future generations. It is all the little things that we can do in our daily lives to move closer to sustainability, but it is also pushing for the bigger things so that we can really make progress. We can all start by questioning everything that we purchase or consume. And while we cannot force others to change, we can do our best to educate and make everyone aware of the impact of our choices and decisions.

Kit Kat K said...

Being green means being conscientious about what we do on a daily basis. It means embodying the 3 R's. It is so simple yet it has never been better said. Reduce what you bring in. Reuse what you can. Recycle as much as possible

Butterfly said...

I have been a vegetarian, animal lover, and earth lover for so many years. Way before it was the cool or "in" thing.
To me, being green is abstaining from using or purchasing animal products as much as possible. This includes fur (gross) and leather.
I recycle everything and anything possible and purchase recycled products whenever possible.
I do not buy bottled water, but filter it myself. I buy green cleaning products or use natural products to clean my home.
Use CFL lightbulbs and changed my showerheads.
I want to do my part to help our environment in whatever little ways I can. I am trying to always further educate myself and I'm excited that the world is finally catching on and everyone is trying hard to do their share!
Happy Earth Day!!!

jenbutterfly12 said...

My five year old said that being green means cleaning up the litter that "bad people" throw on the ground.
Today at his school in order to celebrate Earth Day, the kids went around picking up litter (like cans, plastic and juice boxes) off of the school property!

AmandaNRoy said...

For me, as a young mother, being green means there will be a future for my babies. Many times I have sat and thought about what impact I have on whether or not my children will be able to breathe clean air, drink safe water, and have babies themselves that can do the same thing. All mothers want the best for their children. They want them to be the best and do the best. Being green to me means not having to worry if I am doing what is needed to make sure my children's and grandchildren's lives are the best they can be. Every little that I cut back on energy, and waste, and contribute to the planet - that's a little more that my babies and grandbabies WILL have. And that's a big enough reason for me to be green!

Seeryus Mama said...

Being green is so much more than just being. It means that I care. I care not only for my planet and children, but I care for all of the future generations. I want my future grandchildren to be able to run free in the park, enjoy the beautiful and oh-so very tall trees. See the bright blue vibrant sky, and smell the fresh air. I want them to be healthy. In order for that to happen, I'm raising my children to be earth friendly. To first think of Mother Earth, before themselves. To know that their decisions will have a big impact. I've taken the chemicals out of our home, we use eco-friendly products and recycle. By teaching them now while they are young, it is my hope that the planet will be even greener as they grow...because they are helping to make it so.

Tif said...

Green to me means giving my children the best opportunity at the best life. Both of my daughters are autistic and I feel very strongly about surrounding them with as many natural and organic things as possible-both in their everyday life and in their diet. While I don't know that this actually does effect their autstic behaviours and symptoms, I know that it makes ME feel better as a mother. It makes me know that I've done all I can at eliminating chemicals and other environmental triggers that have been shown to complicate what is already a complicated child's behaviour. It lets me feel that much better about the lives that my children live. That's what being green means to me in my little corner of the world.

shortysally {at} gmail {dot} com

babalisme said...

My daughter is still a 7 months old baby, I can't educate her about being green right now. But I do believe that being green is a way of life, something that burst out of necessity and habit. It's nothing for me, to wear and purchase eco friendly products to be trendy but still harming our dear mother earth with smoking or littering. I know my baby won't get WHY I cloth her in fabric diapers, even if that means changing her every 20 minutes, nor will she understand WHY I never throw away her toys' cardboard boxes. But gradually in time, she will be doing the same thing, knowing WHY when her time has come.

For me being green is not a trend or a movement which will occasionally arise and forgotten, it's a daily habit, there's no need to boycott or protesting, why don't we start from ourselves and give an adequate example for younger generations to follow.

Rachel East said...

I have heard that in order to fix the world, we must look towards the family. In order to fix the family, we must first fix ourselves. A lot of people connect the concept of “going green” with saving or fixing the earth. They recycle, reuse, and conserve in order to preserve a beautiful and amazing planet for future generations. Intrinsically driven, these people make it an integral part of their lives to protect nature from being suffocated by selfishness. Like them, my life has become integrated with green living and I am concerned about the environment. Being green doesn't just stop at the world level for me, though. Instead, it is something that gets at my soul and the things that are the very most important to me in life: my family.

I want to fix the world and in order to do that, I need to preserve my family. I actually come from a family of ten people. My parents, amazingly enough, had eight daughters of whom I am the second oldest. The large family size made it important for us to not waste anything because of the cost, so I grew up with the mentality of being frugal. The importance of making what you can, reusing, and protecting the earth has followed me into my adult life where I am now married to a wonderful man and have a beautiful six month old daughter. Family is the one thing in life that must be protected and nurtured above all else, and this is why I choose to live a green life.

Every morning, my heart is broken as I leave my home to go to work. I desire, as do so many mamas, to spend my days delighting in my child and teaching her how to live. Unfortunately, bills must be paid and the working world offers little time for parents to spend with their children. Going green, though, gives me back the ability to spend quality time with my daughter. Instead of bottle feeding with formula, I pump mama's milk every day at work. Breastfeeding allows families to safely bed-share, which gives me more time with my daughter while at home. We are able to snuggle each other at night, and I am given the peace of mind knowing that I'm providing her with the healthiest nourishment possible as well as eliminating a lot of waste and energy that goes with producing and packaging formula. Cloth diapering also gives us more time, as it's a lot faster to run a load of laundry than it is to run to the store to buy a new package of Pampers or to tie up a load of garbage and bring it to the dump. Through these and other things like vacuuming less often (she plays on a blanket on the floor), not bathing every day (wiping her down with a wash cloth works great), and not allowing electronics to dominate our home, we are able to claim more time as a family, building stronger relationships and a better foundation for the future.

Being green isn't about being “hip” or looking like an unselfish person to me. It's about loving the things that are important to me through my actions. The earth is important to me. My family is important to me. I am important to me. I want to protect and take care of the things that I love, as well as preserve them for the future. I want to give the best things that I can to my daughter which includes safe and gentle organic clothing, food, and toys. It also includes giving her the best earth that I can and teaching her the importance of being green, as this is something that will impact all of the generations to come after us as well.

The world's a scary place right now. I worry about what the economy, pollution, and safety will be like when my daughter's too old to be content in my arms. While it's impractical to think that I'll be able to keep her away from every worrisome thing in a mother's heart, it is practical to protect her now and to protect the earth that she will one day grow up to enjoy. Not using chemicals on her delicate skin or throwing disposable diapers into the trash every day know that they will spend the next 70 years in a landfill are choices I make that protect my daughter and her future. John Wooden once said “do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do,” and this is how I choose to live my life. While I cannot do everything, I can do something, and it starts with me as an individual working through my family to make an impact on this world.

Rachel.East at houghton dot edu

Rachel said...

Green Baby Love
(to the tune of “I'm a Little Tea Pot”)

I'm a little baby, six months old
Happy, safe, and loved, I am told
I know my mama loves me, because she cares
What goes on my bottom, and what washes my hair

I only get my mama's milk, even while she works
She says that it's yummy for me, and that it helps the earth to stay green
Through our daily life I am, learning how to care
Not just for myself, but for everything so to be fair

No more chemicals for me, I am safe from harm
I can run around and play, without any alarm
Smiling and innocent, I am allowed to stay
Because my mama cares for me and says “green is the way”

When I grow up tall and bright, I will not need to fear
We've reused and protected things so that they'll still be here
But for now I will be glad, to discover what I will
Knowing that while we live green, it means I am loved still

From Amara, per her mama
Rachel.East at houghton dot edu

Pam said...

GREEN? I'm tryin. I have always done the easy things like reuse grocery bags and recycle cans, but until recently being green has never been that important to me. It was always something that those "crunchy granola" people did. Not me. I live in Texas, and being green isn't always popular or easy. People do give us a strange look sometimes when we take our reusable grocery bags to the store. I recycle much more items than ever before, and I try to do green things like using less power and water conservation.

Now that I'm 11 weeks pregnant, I have really started to think about the things I can do to protect my child. One of those is making sure that we do what we can to preserve our natural resources so he/she can have the beautiful Earth for themselves and their grandchildren. I have found Dexter's Mom's blog to be very informative and interesting in my search for ways to be green and protective of my child. Another way I can protect my child is by watching what chemicals I expose him/her to.

So, I may not be the Greenest person, but I'm working on my hues!!


Anonymous said...

Being green doesn't mean much to me right now--I'm not even three years old yet! But my mommy tells me that someday I will appreciate being green. When I go to the playground and people have not thrown their trash all over the ground but have instead put it into trash cans and recycle bins, Mommy says I'll be thankful. Afer all, who wants to swing and slide in someone's trash heap?
Mom says that we use vinegar and water to clean our tubs because those chemicals are safer than others for us and for the environment. All I know is that it smells like we are dyeing Easter eggs after bathtime!
Mom says a lot of things about being green, but more importantly, she tries to show me by example. She turns off lights when we're not using them and she lets me carry the plastic shopping bags to the store to be recycled. She shows me how to wash my hands and brush my teeth without wasting too much water, and she tells me that even though it's really fun, I shouldn't flush the toilet over and over again because that's wasteful.
I don't know the difference between the round light bulbs and the twisty ones Mom calls CFLs now, but someday I will, and I will know what being green means to me and future generations, and I will know my mommy tried.
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

z. Smith said...

I have been married for thirty-five years now. My darling husband and I were green before it became fashionable.

It is easy to make your life greener - we recycle, have our house powered by solar, take our water from our own well and we grow our own food. People do not realize that growing your own food saves in lots of different ways including but not limited to saving the fuel it take to process and transport the fruits and vegetables - also it is so much healthier for your family. We plan our week so that we only have to drive into town once a week.

The best part of always having been a green family is that we naturally passed our philosophy and techniques on to our sons. Both of them have never known any different! They are green, and don’t even realize it. It is very rewarding to go to their house and see them live their lives, leaving a smaller footprint on the planet.

Anonymous said...

It is somewhat easy to remember to recyle the ordinary things that we use in our lives ei: newspapers....bottles, glass and plastic....and we also help out local boy scout group who collects all of our aluminum cans one time per month. (helps them make money for their troups and saves us a trip to the recyle center.) But lately, we have been trying harder to think of things to do on a daily basis to help become green. We unplug anything that maybe be off but still generates a "light" meaning it is using electricity, such as televsions when not watchig get unplugged as well as the toaster, computer and cell phone gt the idea. We have also changed (ALMOST) all of our light bulbs !! Get this!! A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to hear and light 18,000,000homes. So just think what we are saving the earth with our new and slightly more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs!! We keep looking and trying to BE GREENER everyday. I want this earth to be a better healthier place for my children.

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Christina said...

I emailed my daughter's drawing submission to you. She was super excited about this and really enjoyed participating. I realized later I should probably come and comment too. Thanks for hosting!