Get Outside & Play!


Photo from pinterest

Photo from pinterest

Did you know June is Great Outdoors Month?

Here’s something I just found on my old blog, written in June, 2009! Things have changed since then. My son is now 12 and for the last few years it’s been nearly impossible to get him inside when the weather is nice. Continue reading

Leave No Child Inside with Barrington Area KidFest.


A fun-filled event May 4th!

To celebrate June as Leave No Child Inside month, the second annual Barrington Area Continue reading

Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton: Gulf Oil ‘Flow’


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This is actually an oil flow. This isn’t an oil spill. ~Hamilton

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Ocean-loving married couple Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton recently toured the oil infested waters of the Gulf Coast with NRDC staff members. On a boat near Grand Isle, Louisiana, Reece and Hamilton witnessed firsthand the destruction the BP oil spill has inflicted on the natural world. They reflect about their love for the marine environment and why it’s important to protect it.

Being sad is the first emotion. But then, after that, be active. Participate. ~Hamilton

Your voice counts! Tell your senators to pass energy legislation that will prevent future oil spills with this easy online NRDC form.

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11th Annual Topanga Earth Day Festival


Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., through Sunday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

I wish I lived in California. Then I could make it to the 11th annual Topanga Earth Day festival this weekend. It’s a 90 percent waste-free non-profit event (wow!) and will unify people from around the world in celebration and promotion of ecological awareness, cultural respect and music.  Set in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles’ original conscious-living community, the festival will give Continue reading

Natural Chemical-Free Mosquito Prevention


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Are you doing everything possible to reduce mosquito breeding?

If you’re not sure, here’s a checklist:

  • Remove, turn over, or cover any container that can hold water, such as tin cans, buckets, ceramic pots, plastic covers, and toys.
  • Store unused tires inside a garage or shed, or drill drainage holes in them. Continue reading

Plants That Deter — Even Eat — Mosquitoes


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catnip

Believe it or not… there are plants that may help keep mosquitoes where they belong–far, far away from you. No chemicals required! Continue reading

5 Tips to Get Your Kid to Play Outside


June is almost over, but it’s still Great Outdoors Month. And, in case you didn’t know, this weekend is the Great American Backyard Campout so you better get your stuff in gear.

And what better time to follow-up on my last entry, Getting The Kids Outside, with some getting-the-kids-outside tips (especially since I haven’t been able to get my son to do a second interview–but you’ll be happy to know his attitude about going outside has improved dramatically). Continue reading

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