Happy 4th Eco Birthday!!

Melissa, October 1, 2012

Talia is 4! I love throwing a good party packed with good eats, tons of friends and even some treats…eco style. This year was no different. Top 5 Tips to Throw an Eco Friendly Birthday Party 5. Rethink Gifts This is harder on your guests than it is on your little ones, especially at 4 years old when she hasn’t been to enough birthday parties to witness the gift giving tradition. Work with your kids to decide if they would like to collect donations, completely omit a present or maybe you can buy them a great gift so they are fulfilled and don’t require anything further. 4. Trash the Disposables Regardless of the material disposable party supplies (plates, cups, utensils, decorations, etc.) are such a burden on our landfills. Use your regular plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Try making some really unique birthday decoration pieces that you can reuse for each party. 3. Make the Food buying a large premade veggie tray from the grocery store is not only way more expensive than doing it yourself but chances are that the grocery store is not picking the best produce to throw on the tray. How about the birthday cake? I love using organic ingredients in the kids birthday cakes and finding great recipes that don’t call for excessive amounts of sugar. 2. Rethink the Loot Bag My favorite loot bag at one of our shindigs was the homemade playdough in Wean Cubes. My second was the first year when we painted planters and planted plants. Last year was fun when we decorated our bird feeders (ours are still bringing birds to the yard). This year I did gift cards. Ha, not exactly my most creative moment but it got the job done with no lead filled dollar store toys. 1. Offer Healthy Food This year I cheated and used the new weelicious cookbook. The table was filled with all gluten free homemade snacks and niblets including taquitos, chicken fingers, dips, veggies, fruit and more! Check out her first, second and third eco birthdays for more ideas. 

Autumn Apple Recipes

Melissa, September 30, 2012

We live a few hours away from some amazing apple orchards. Every autumn we gather up a bunch of apples and bake some of our favorite recipes. It has always amazed me to see how much sugar people add when baking in their own homes. These two traditional recipes are fantastic and sweet enough without sugar. The cinnamon gives them a little added flavour and the kids will LOVE them! Apple Sauce 8 apples peeled, cored & sliced 1/4 cup water 2 tsp cinnamon Add all ingredients into a pot. Cover. Boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Puree (you can use a fork or potato masher or throw it in your blender) Apple Chips 4 apples 2 tsp cinnamon Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Thinly slice apples (I cored them but then made them again and you can just remove the seeds). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle Cinnamon over apples. Bake for 1 hour.  Carefully turn the apples over and bake for another 30-60 minutes until the apples begin to brown and the moisture is gone. DISCLAIMER: I don’t know how these taste once they have cooled off. We have never managed to have any leftovers after taking them out of the oven! Some other Wean Green’s favorite apple recipes: Wean Green’s Slow Cooker Applesauce, savvymom.ca’s Leek, Potato & Apple Soup (which I have made so many times, a family Autumn recipe!), savvymom.ca’s Apple & Brie Stuffed Chicken, Marni Wasserman’s Sweet Apple Cider Dressing, Food Network’s Baked Apples with Fennel 

Wean Idea-Nuts, Bolts & Tools

Melissa, September 25, 2012

Add a little organization to your work bench!

Wean Idea-The Baby Guy’s Rum Punch

Melissa, September 18, 2012

The Baby Guy NYC’s wicked rum punch ” Using 4 oz cube: split spiced&coconut rum in one. Fill another w pineapple. Fill another w OJ. Pour over ice w splash of grenadine. #Enjoy”

Wean Idea-Fish Bowl

Melissa, September 11, 2012

When your cleaning your regular fish bowl make sure you use a glass container to make sure there are NO harmful chemicals!

Wean Idea-Coffee Bean Storage

Melissa, September 4, 2012

Bring your favorite size containers to the store and have them fill your containers with coffee beans!

Wean Idea-Train Station

Melissa, August 28, 2012

Thanks Sarah for sharing your new train station picture;)

Wean Idea-Soap Storage

Melissa, August 21, 2012

An awesome spot to hold all of your soaps!

Eco Friendly School Supplies

Melissa, August 15, 2012

The most eco friendly school supplies you can send your child to school with this year? Their school supplies from last year! If they have completely destroyed that opportunity (as mine have) make sure you are aware of what evil chemicals can lurk in the school supplies you send. Here are some awesome back 2 school school supplies that don’t involve chopping down the rainforest or bathing the class in nasty toxins. Top Ten ‘Must Haves’ for an Eco Friendly School Year: [SlideDeck id=’2353′ width=’100%’ height=’300px’] CONTEST ALERT: This fun contest will help us all head to school with safe school supplies this year! At the bottom of this blog post share your suggestions/stories on how you go (or went or are going to go) green for school. For every 100 comments we have we will choose a winner! Each winner will be given $100 gift certificate to  http://www.ethicalocean.com/. We will also donate a Wean Green Set to that person’s school charity of choice. 1000 comments = 100 winners! Contest closes on August 31.

Wean Idea-Serve Food

Melissa, August 14, 2012

Serve out of Wean Green’s containers for a chic party look!

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