Mom Goes Green’s BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

(Drumroll, please…)

As “Mom Goes Green”, I’m thrilled to announce the release of my very first book, Save Green While You Go Green.  (See, I told you I was working on something exciting!)

Some of you might recall that I was a featured writer for Suze Orman’s online community, Money Minded Moms. My columns were all about saving money while taking important steps to live an eco-friendly lifestyle for the health of ourselves, our families and our planet. I wanted nothing more than to dispel the myth that “going green” would “cost you green”. And, in the process of writing, I started thinking… I had actually put together some really useful information!

So the development of Save Green While You Go Green was put into motion.  When all was said and done, I knew I had a great book to share.  I’m happy to say that the fine people at Hyperink agreed and they wanted to publish my book.  With some fine-tuning, it has arrived.

I truly believe you will love it as much as I do. Now (especially after putting it all together) I know I have assembled a worthwhile, amazing and useful guide to share with you.

Save Green While You Go Green is available for purchase (now!) at Amazon.  I hope you will embrace it as much as you have embraced Mom Goes Green over the past four years. I believe this is something that not only speaks to your love of the environment and desire for a healthy life, but it proves that you can ‘hug a tree’ and ‘protect your wallet’ at the same time… and it’s a great path to choose!

Thank you for your ongoing support of Mom Goes Green, the environment, your health and all things “eco”. I hope the next step in your journey includes Save Green While You Go Green!

Where in the world is Mom Goes Green?

I’ll admit that I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I normally do.  But no worries… I haven’t jumped the “green” ship!

I did, however, realize that I’ve shared a lot of great information with this blog.  Nearly 500 posts in the last (almost) four years, in fact.  Sometimes it starts to sound a little repetitive though…

So, with that, I want to remind everyone to please take advantage of those little “Search” or “Categories” features in my sidebar.  Over time, I’ve written about so many topics and created categories for just about anything I wanted to discuss… and, hopefully, everything you’ll be interested in!  Give it a try, because there may be plenty of things you’ve missed along the way.

I also have an extra little project that I’ve been working on and I’ll be sharing that with you soon.

In the meanwhile, THANK YOU for reading Mom Goes Green!  If I’ve shared just one thing with you, that you found helpful, I feel like I’m doing my “job” and I’m making a difference.

So, again… thank you, keep reading, have a great Earth Day and there will be more news to come!

Stay green!  xoxo, Mom Goes Green

 

Earth Day 2012… 20 ways to “do something”!

Sunday, April 22, 2012, marks the 42th Anniversary of Earth Day!!! (Yes!… this is our major holiday, fellow “greenies!”)

Earth Day was created in 1970 as a way to remind us to appreciate nature and this amazing planet we live on, and learn how to protect our environment and all of its inhabitants. (Did you know:) While it is celebrated in the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is actually observed in the Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (both days being the exact “middle point” of the season). Ahh… Earth Day trivia!

This year, find a way to celebrate! Take notice of all that we HAVE to celebrate and no matter how small and insignificant your actions may seem, they matter… they add up… they make a difference…

Take action, talk about it, MAKE a difference… EVERY day should be Earth Day!

Earth Hour 2012: The lights ‘turned off’ all over the world!

I hope you participated in Earth Hour! On Saturday, March 31th, 2012, from 8:30-9:30 pm, lights did turn off all over the world!

The Mom Goes Green family turned off the lights for the fourth year and this year was no less exciting.  We were thrilled to once again look out at the Cleveland skyline from our backyard and see it mostly dark (Thank you, Cleveland!).  Our hour (which actually stretched to over an hour and a half!) included venturing to every corner of the house and plenty of silliness along the way.  The kids’ flashlights (equipped with rechargeable batteries) were a great source for “The Shadow Puppet Show”.  We also had lots of great conversation about why Earth Hour is important and the family togetherness and “snuggle time” was a big bonus in my book!

We even created a great new game that we dubbed “Would you…/If you…” We all made up questions and everyone had to give answers for things like “Would you rather live on a mountain, in a forest, by an ocean, on a savannah or in a city?”  My daughter even asked “If you had a symbol to represent you, what would it be?” to which both of my kids answered, “Mom, that’s an easy one for you.  You’d be a tree!” … and they’re probably right!

Anyhow… this year’s Earth Hour had record participation.  Over 6000 cities and towns in 147 countries participated(!) and I wondered how many children from my kids’ school were participating with their families. We sent home a notice with all 492 of them(!) announcing Earth Hour.  If they sign the pledge that says they participated, some of them will be randomly selected to win an eco-prize reward including BPA-free water bottles, pencils made from recycled newspapers and TerraCycle pencil bags (made from upcycled drink pouches)!

If you participated, you literally joined families from all around the globe… Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Singapore, Beijing, Moscow, Sydney, Athens, Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Oslo, New York City, Abu Dhabi, Bucharest, Capetown, Mumbai and Cairo (just to name a few!). When else can you imagine these cities and countries banded together in a unified cause? Earth Hour brought the world together in support of our common thread… Planet Earth!

You can still experience the magnitude of this event.  One thing I count on every year is from  Boston.com … it allows you to click the images and see the lights go off in locations around the world!

Quite powerful, I’d say.

Now, let’s see what we can do to take this momentum and not allow this event to become just ONE hour in an entire year… what can you do to make every hour Earth Hour?

Earth Hour 2012: March 31 (can you spare the time?)

I hope you’ve circled the date on your calendar! This Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 8:30-9:30 pm is Earth Hour!

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning off their lights for one hour as a “vote” FOR the earth, and a “vote” AGAINST global warming.  By 2011, this movement had grown to hundreds of millions of people, and even darkened the Sydney Opera House, Rome’s Colosseum, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Parthenon in Greece, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the Las Vegas Strip, New York City’s Times Square and landmarks around the globe.

Last year people from all around the world switched off their lights in a unified vote because, regardless of where you live, we all depend on the same planet! This is the perfect time to turn off the lights, discuss global warming and the importance of “being green” as a family.  Consider taking actions to assure that we aren’t polluting our earth and overusing resources in our everyday lives.

For more information, go to www.earthhour.org and sign-up to be “officially” counted!

Need some inspiration?

Or want to know what we did last year?… click here

now…

Will you (please) “vote” with me this year?