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a quick recycled CRAFT

Paigey and I made this bird house out of two cardboard six-pack bottle holders. I helped her construct it and she added the stickers and coloring. She told me exactly how she wanted it.  It was not a long project but fun for her and free for me…a win/win! I hope it inspires you to go make something like this with the little’s in your life! Click HERE for more recycled crafts that you can find on Pinterest!
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go GREEN & get ORGANIZED

That’s right. You heard me! I know it sounds crazy but you too can do this. Re-purpose old things into new, recycle what you cannot use any more and/or reuse the things you already have as long as possible. You can even do this to get organized!Check out these links below:
Making Everyday Supplies Cuter 

Craft Organizing

More Craft Organizing

Storage Tips

Earth day is around the corner and while I know some people are greener than others I wanted to put a few more ideas out there to inspire those of you who may not be feeling very green. Check out my Pinterest board HERE!

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greenVALENTINE {WRAP IT UP}

Wrapping presents is not my favorite thing…I’m not good with the detailed folding and taping and the time it takes to wrap. And don’t even mention that the waste of throwing the paper out kind of makes my stomach hurt {that’s “mylittleGREENheart” talking for my stomach}. But once in a while I just have too. And I do love to make things look beautiful. So here are a few ideas of how I’ve wrapped gifts in a fun and somewhat GREEN fashion in the past! A little less waste is a good thing!
The kids and I stamped this paper from brown grocery store bags last year.
{If I’m being honest they were total pains when we did this and I think I yelled at them more than once during the crafting time…but hey…it looks cute!}
I made these fun “pom-poms” for my presents last year! You can figure out how to use them here!

I’ve also used brown paper bags as wrapping paper, cloth napkins and dish towels! Anthropology has great options!
I love using photo boxes for wrapping because they can be used over and over again. Or they can make nice keepsake boxes like my favorite gift to make…see how I make ornament boxes here!
A few more pretty ideas from PINTEREST:
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mylittleGREENheart {GIFT GIVING}

Consider buying your loved one’s gifts that are consumable or that give back to someone or something else!

This year (for Christmas & birthdays) we’re trying to give gifts that express our love but also make less of an impact on landfills and clutter in our homes. Yes I know that some people find this impersonal, and I get that, but let’s be honest for a minute. How many gifts do we get every year that just fill up our home with more stuff? Not that stuff is bad (we Americans love stuff) but with the exception of a few things…here or there…I for one really do not need more of it!
So here we go with a few ideas:
*Consumable Gift Ideas*
*CERTIFICATE for TIME SPENT
*CERTIFICATE for A HOMEMADE MEAL
*CERTIFICATE for a SPECIAL TRIP
*HOMEMADE FOOD (such as jams, breads, nuts, cookies)
*CERTIFICATE for a SPECIAL CLASS (such as cooking, sewing, dance class or swim lessons)
*GIFT CARDS (for meals, clothing stores, grocery stores, movies, spa treatments, shows, events or even flowers)
*GOURMET GIFT BASKETS (chocolate treats for a chocoholic or for a friend with a special diet like celiac you could group together specialty gluten-free products)
*For KIDS: Bubbles, Chalk, Art Supplies, Stickers (one can rarely have enough of these things)
*Giving Back Gift Ideas*
*Have you heard about Operation Christmas Child from Samaritans Purse? Click on the link to check it out and look-up how it works and where you can drop off your box this year! Hurry because the deadline to drop off your box is in a few weeks. Our MOPS group is doing it this year as a fun way to give back and get our kids involved.  Maybe even consider giving a box in place of a gift for a family you know and on Christmas present them with a description of why you have a box in their name and a picture of what you put in the box and where it went.
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*Do you know about LOVE146 yet? Their mission is to END CHILD SEX SLAVERY AND EXPLOITATION.  I learned about this organization at Blog Sugar and have not been able to get it off my mind. I’m going to buy a few items in their store as gifts (most of the money goes back to their organization).  Check it out and be ready to grab a tissue or two or twenty for this one.
*And of course there are two ways to give to Compassion right now. Year Round: Compassion is an organization that allows you to sponsor children all over the world to help them with basic physical (and spiritual) needs. You pay a monthly fee and are able to write letters back and forth and give extra money for their birthday’s and Christmas if you can.  We have really enjoyed doing this and wanted to spread the word!  Check them out if you are considering a new way to give-back this year!  And one more thought…if you have a baby or small child and are not sure what to get them for Christmas (because after all they are a baby and have no idea what is going on) consider looking up a Compassion child to sponsor by the birthday and gender of your child.  We did this for both the kids for their “Baby’s 1st Christmas” gift and it has been fun watching other children grow up with their birthdays (even though they are not their age)! It’s a nice way to have something in common with these beautiful children all over the world. Just something to consider as you make your lists!
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greenVALENTINE {VAMPIRE ENERGY}!

Do you know about VAMPIRE ENERGY? This has nothing to do with Twilight or Halloween (I couldn’t resist referring to these) but energy that we use everyday without thinking about it and sometimes even knowing about it. Many of our appliances are using energy 24/7.  Check it out below!
If this chart is hard to read please click HERE!
Some household items can be plugged into power strips and turned off when they are not in use and others are just good to think about unplugging when you go out-of-town (even for a few days).  We’ve seen our energy bills go down by just being a bit more mindful of what’s plugged in.
So try to unplug more and hopefully you will cut energy and save some money too! Woohoo!
P.S. If you want to read more check out this article at life hacker!
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