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summer | The Green Beagle

Save Your Green In June 2013

Sustainable Style for Kitchen and Dining

 

June is almost over and I know I am late with these but that is alright! July will come with many more great green deals, discounts, sales and coupons. I keep finding more and more green, organic, upcycled, community, made in the USA, ethical ect businesses and products every where which is very exciting for me, Greenies!!!!  I really enjoy seeing so many new responsible businesses popping up.  Even the difference from when I started The Beagle until now I am amazed.  There are still some fakers out there but the legitimacy of many of these businesses and their intentions have stood out which warms my heart.  Let’s keep supporting our cause Greenies!!!

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Shop To Save The Rainforest! Every Purchase Preserves At Least 1,145 sq. ft. Of Rainforest Land!

Use Code LSFO at OnlyNaturalPet for 5% Off Your First Order Exp 6/30/13

Check out the Summer Solstice sale going on at Abe’s Market! Over 2,000 products on sale, and free shipping on any purchase between June 19-21, 2013.

FREE shipping when you spend $100 from Coyuchi.com. Use coupon code: Organic100

See what’s on at Uncommongoods Eco-Friendly Products Sale Section.

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Eco-Fashion Faves For This Summer

I have been looking high and low for some great ethical accessories and outfits for the soon to be super fabulous summer and I have really found some amazing items!!! You don’t want to miss out! These great green finds are perfect for you or as a gift! Don’t miss out on some superb eco-fashion faves!!  All of these eco-chic finds are from Clean Spirited or Pure Citizen. Two great places to find eco-unique awesomeness.

Greenola Sao Paolo Pleplum Shirt

Greenola Sao Paolo Pleplum Shirt

 

Greenola Sao Paolo Pleplum Shirt is amazing! The colors are beautiful as well as the pattern. You can wear this shirt with either a pencil skirt, leggings or even some denim shorts! Perfectly paired with a blazer for cooler nights and BOOM! A dollar from every purchase at Clean Spirited is donated to environmental causes. Description: Sleeveless back zip peplum, great with a pencil skirt or leggings.GREENOLA Made by women entrepreneurs in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Empowering Women progressing towards a greater purpose: to create positive impact on the world, while encouraging revolutionary thinking. – Made by Greenola, 100% Cotton Kitenge, Made in Kampala, Uganda, by women entrepreneurs, Back Zipper, Machine wash cold, hang dry.

Fuchsia Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat

Fuchsia Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat

 

Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat comes in 5 super cute colors that you can make use out of hear round. I wear ballet flats all of the time because they are comfy and really look cute with almost any outfit. Description: The non-absorbent material has anti-microbial properties that resists the growth of bacteria, odor, and mildew.  The shoes are machine washable and easy to sanitize. The  factory and design team are located just north of Atlanta in Buford, Georgia. The Taylor Vegan Ballet Flat is recyclable! When it’s time to retire your well loved shoes, you can take them to any recycling facility that accepts items labeled as #3 under the International Universal Recycling Code. Alternatively, OKA b.’s can be sent back to our factory where we will happily recycle them into new pairs.

Recycled Skateboard Bangle

Recycled Skateboard Bangle

 

Recycled Skateboard Bangle is beyond cute! Wood accessories are perfect for summer! I really love that each piece is different from the next so no two can be exactly alike!! Description:  MapleXO’s jewelry is hand produced from recycled skateboards in many color variations from subtle and sweet to loud and crazy. Since almost all skateboards are made from 7-ply Maple Wood these bangles are super strong and durable, but delicate enough to rest sweetly around a wrist.  Each item is one of a kind and slightly varies from one another. The shape and size are the same as the photo, but shades and patterns will vary.

 

KindLabel Keep Calm Wide Neck Tee

KindLabel Keep Calm Wide Neck Tee

Kind Label Keep Calm Wide Neck Tee is a great purchase seeing as rescuing animals is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Every time you make a purchase of a Kind Label product a portion of the proceeds go to The Humane Society. Description: Luxurious Pima Cotton & Modal fabrics blended together to make a super soft and sexy wide neck drapey tee.. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt is donated to The Humane Society of the United States (hsus.org).  The shirt is made from  50% Supima Cotton and 50% MicroModal the world’s softest eco-friendly fabric.  Hand-printed with eco-friendly inks in USA. 

Build a Portable Golf Course

Build a Portable Golf Course

Build a Portable Golf Course

 

 

 

Since it is still summer and the weather is sunny and warm an outdoor craft is a great idea to keep the family entertained!  I found this spiffy little idea on one of my fave sites FamilyFun.go.com.  I think the portable golf course is the cutest idea ever! If you like it enough you can bring the course with you to parties to share with friends and family. You might even inspire them to make a course of their own.
If you are a teacher this could be an excellent project for your students. The children can make and decorate their own courses and get really creative with other things they have around the house.

Supplies:

3-liter plastic soda bottles
Colored tape
Markers
Cardboard
Cardboard tubes
Duct tape
Glue
Paint
Any decorations you want to add to make them more yours ie glitter, ribbons anything lying around the house that could be used as a decoration.

Directions:
1. Trim the bottom off a 3-liter plastic soda bottle, then cut out an arched hole (approximately 3-1/4 inches wide and 4 inches tall) in the base.
2. Use colored tape, paint, markers and anything you want to decorate and number the bottles.
3. Fold a 3- by 11-1/2-inch piece of cardboard around the bottom of a long, sturdy cardboard tube (like a wrapping paper tube or poster/document tube). Wrap duct tape around the two pieces to secure them together, then wrap the rest of the tube.

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

 

 

I was looking for some summer crafts to do since we decided against our garden this year as our outdoor fuzzy friends refuse to even give the garden a chance and everything we have tried doesn’t keep them out. I still love me some greenery and didn’t want to slack while the weather is so nice. I have been seeing succulents and succulent projects all over the place.  After much searching I have found a project that I love love love!!
Since it is summer and I know everyone knows at least one person who goes to the beach regularly and collects shells why not make great use of them. You have used sea shells as decorations before but why not as a planter right? This is an excellent way to upcycle! You can give the the conch shell planters away as gifts, do it as a party craft or even save it for next school year for a craft project. Conch shell planters can make beautiful decorations for inside or outside of your home. You can brighten up your office even! Here is all you have to do:
1. get and clean a conch shell
2. buy a pot or if you already have a pot of succulents you can use them
3. spoon

Make sure your conch shell is clean and big enough to give your succulent room to breath. You can really use any plant you want if succulents aren’t your thing.  I am really into the look of succulents lately here in NY you don’t really see them very often as decor.  I really like the look of them and there happens to be a wide variety to work with. Use your spoon to gently dig the plant out by the roots.  Once the roots and plant are out add a little soil to the bottom of the shell to make sure the roots will be covered.  Add the plant then the rest of the soil.  Make sure the soil and plant are packed tight enough to not fall out and there you have it! Your conch shell planter is ready.  I have seen some crafts where you can add wire or twine to hang the planter which is also a super cute idea!

 

Rainforest In A Jar

Rainforest In a Jar

Rainforest In a Jar

 

I have been seeing home made terrariums and succulent wreaths and the like I saw this and thought this was a perfect craft for the home. It is a learning experience and looks pretty awesome too. Many of the materials used for this project can be found in your home with the exception of the plants which is a great way to use up odds and ends of gardening materials and containers.

 

 

 

 

Materials:

  • Glass container with a top and an opening wide enough to fit your hand into
  • Pea gravel or aquarium gravel
  • Activated charcoal (available at gardening stores)
  • Potting soil mix
  • Selection of small houseplants (the one above includes a prayer plant, a button fern, a Persian shield, an aluminum plant, and a miniature African violet)
  • Spray bottle

Instructions
1. Place a 1- to 2-inch layer of the gravel in the container, then sprinkle on a thin layer of the activated charcoal.
2.Top this with a layer (from 2 inches to as much as one fourth of the height of the terrarium) of potting soil.
3.To add the plants, first scoop out holes for planting, then take the plants from their pots and carefully remove any excess soil from their roots.
4.Set the plants in their holes, then gently pack the soil around each one.
5.Lightly mist the plants with a spray bottle.
6. Replace the jar’s lid and set the rain forest in a bright spot away from direct sunlight. Your indoor garden may never need watering, but check it every few weeks and add more water by lightly spritzing the plants with the spray bottle if the soil feels dry.
7.If heavy condensation forms inside the glass, temporarily lift the cover to let some of the moisture escape.

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Kids Organic Cooking & Eco Camps

Kids Organic Cooking & Eco Camps

Kids Organic Cooking & Eco Camps

 

What a great activity for your children with your children!   They can learn and have fun at the same time.  These can be amazing experiences that your children will carry with them throughout their childhood and into adulthood.  Organic Cooking and Eco-camps can be essential to the education of the youth in the green movement. I wish more states had organic cooking and eco-camp programs available.

Date and Time: June 11 at 10:00am until July 26 at 4:00pm
Kids Summer Organic Cooking and Sustainability Camps

The Art of Food Cooking Camp June 11-14 Mon-Thurs 10am-2pm (ages 9-16)
The Spice of Life Cooking Camp July 9-12 Mon-Thurs 10am-2pm (ages 9-16)
Organic Fruitopia Cooking Camp July 23-26 Mon-Thurs 10am-2pm(ages 5-9)

These 16 hour camps are tasty hands-on classes of learning all about specific foods… organically ! We will dive into the fun food sculpting as well as seasoning experimenting and learn how to cook healthy,organic dishes while we do it. We will look at the traditional cooking as well as the non-traditional dishes. All campers will learn basic cooking skills, kitchen safety and food handling practices. Campers will taste test each dish and take home a full notebook of recipes. All equipment, aprons and food is supplied.
*Note* All recipes will be Gluten free as my kitchen is completely gluten free.

The Art of Trash Sustainability Camp June 11-14 Mon-Thurs 2pm-4pm(ages 9-16)
Water Wonders Sustainability Camp July 9-12 Mon-Thurs 2pm-4pm(ages 9-16)
The Art of Trash Sustainability Camp July 23-26 Mon-Thurs 2am-4pm(ages 5-9)

These 8 hr camps will focus on caring for our planet. In “The Art of Trash” Kids will learn about recycling and the trash we create while making fun art large and small. In “Water Wonders” kids will experiment with water while learning about water pollution and the solutions. Both camps help bring awareness of our planets problems while creating a fun way to learn about them.

Inclusive Cost Of Camps:
$175 per student for 10am-2pm cooking camp alone
$69 per student for sustainability camp alone 2pm-4pm
$229 per student for 10am-4pm cooking AND sustainability camp
$259 per student for 8am-6pm extended child care hours with both camps

For more information please contact:
Natural Living 281-678-7948
www.shopnaturalliving.com

Organic Homemade Coleslaw

Organic Homemade Coleslaw

Organic Homemade Coleslaw

 

 

I love coleslaw in the summer! It is a crisp, refreshing and delish salad that goes well with a large variety of summer meals. Keeping coleslaw around is a good idea as long as you are not using an over abundance of mayo. I found this simple & quick recipe that I really want to try, it sounds mucho delish!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

5 cups shredded organic cabbage
1 1/2 cups dried organic cranberries
1/2 cup organic celery, diced
1/4 cup chopped organic green onions, white and green parts
1/2 cups chopped organic green bell pepper
1/2 cup shredded organic red cabbage

Dressing:
1/4 cup organic mayo
1 tablespoon sweet organic pickle relish
1 tablespoon organic honey mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine cabbages, cranberries, celery, green onions, and green pepper in a large plastic bowl with a snap-on lid.
Combine all dressing ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Pour dressing over slaw just before serving. Stir well.

Happy May May Day

May Day

May Day

Don’t laugh but I know I have heard of May Day but to be honest I had no idea what it was. Today I decided to Wiki it. This is what the almighty Wiki says:

Traditional May Day celebrations

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.
As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and All Saint’s Day. In the twentieth century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival again.
Origins
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1st.
The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary’s month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowning. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps.

Personally I see this as being quite interesting…celebrating nature…I know a scary concept but I like it.  I like the idea of celebrating nature and spring.  It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside so today I will say Happy May Day and spread the warmth!

Fancy Rocks

Fancy Rocks
Fancy Rocks

 

 

The warm weather is here and if you are looking for something to craft for the kiddos or a party activity even a school craft here you go! Get a hold of as many rocks as you can (or tell the kids to bring there own cleaned rocks) and go to town. You know there are little tidbits of craft materials you have that you have been longing to finish up and rocks are the perfect small crafts to do just that. You can use paint, glitter, ribbon, feathers, buttons sequins, anything! You can turn this craft into beach fun too. While at the beach collect shells, rocks and whatever else you can get your hands on even sand to be decorated. You can use the finished product to decorate your home with. You can make garlands, decorate the inside of bowls or vases even attach to old picture frames and hand on your walls.  I personally love Owls which is why I chose these designs but you can decorate your rocks anyway you want.  You can theme them for holidays or for gifts.

Green Fun For Kids

Eco-friendly toys and games are becoming easier to find these days so why not get in on the fun! I found some amazingly green fun for kids and the family at one of my favorite green stores Green Retail and Wholesale, LLC. You can stock up on summer fun all in one place for the entire family.

Head1Liners

Head1Liners

 

Head1Liners is a total family fun game! You can get everyone involved! Adults would probably get a kick out of it even if kinds aren’t around to play. Description: A hilarious party game in which you literally write the news! Players are given 1 of 386 curious “front page” photographs and write a news headlines for it. Creativity, satire, or straightforward journalism attempts will all fare well in this inclusive, social game about our diverse perspectives. Expect absurd headlines that leave you in stitches laughing!

Xeko Mission Games

Xeko Mission Games

Xeko Mission Games are almost like a modern day Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. I like it! This is not only educational but really fun! Description: Xeko combines two things kids love: collectible cards and animals. Play tested across the USA and the verdict is in – having fun is only natural! Ancient Xeko forces are joining together to defend the most fascinating and most threatened places on Earth. The search is on for the next generation of Xeko Masters. Are you ready for the awesome animals, globe-trotting fun, eye-popping art, and brain-stimulating strategy?

 

idbids

idbids

idbids are kind of really cool! They are an exceptionally fun interactive toy that really teaches kids how to protect the environment. Description: Lovingly handcrafted using 100% organic Egyptian cotton which has been colored with natural organic dyes. No two are alike, just like children! With the purchase of each kit, a child can enter a code online that will help protect the habitats of animal friends through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant A Billion Trees campaign, Adopt an Acre, or Rescue the Reef programs.

 

BUZZ FREE ZONE

BUZZ FREE ZONE

 

 

 

 

The summer is coming quickly and the one thing I absolutely despised about it was bug bites! Most repellents are super gross but not miessense! Description: Every single ingredient in miessence certified organics line of products is beneficial to your skins health. Not only is every ingredient safe (in fact, edible) but every ingredient does something great for your skin right down to the preservatives and antioxidants. These products use only certified organic cold-pressed and unrefined oils and therapeutic grade herb and flower extracts. Products are also cold-formulated so precious oils are never exposed to damaging heat.