Earth Day 50 – Make Everyday Earth Day!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

While most people are stuck at home during this global health crisis, it is still possible to celebrate Earth Day! It’s a good time to be able to slow down and appreciate this giant hunk of rock that we all call home.

Here are some practical ideas to inspire you to make every day Earth Day.


local sustainable food
  • Eat Organic
    • Organic food helps to preserve the richness of the topsoil and helps protect biodiversity.
  • Eat Local
    • Local foods help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions involved in transporting food. Food is also fresher and it helps the local economy.
  • Eat in Season
    • Food that is in season is fresher, travels less, and tends to come from local farmers.
  • Reduce Food Waste
    • If food waste was a country, it would be in the top three countries for greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Eat leftovers, make soup, freeze food for later. Compost.
  • Reduce Meat
    • Try a meatless Monday!
    • Livestock is responsible for a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. Cropland is used primarily to grow crops for livestock.
    • The treatment of animals leads to animal suffering in mass commercial settings. Try to source meat locally. Local farmers usually provide better care for the animals and the meat tends to be of a higher quality.


wind energy
  • Switch to Greener Options
    • In some areas, there are green energy alternatives available. Take advantage of wind, solar or hydroelectric alternatives.
  • Replace Light Bulbs
    • Energy-efficient light bulbs consume 80% less electricity than conventional bulbs. I have noticed that they last much longer and in some jurisdictions are recyclable.
  • Lower the Thermostat
    • The average thermoneutrality of a healthy adult is about 19°C. This means that a person can maintain their body temperature without needing to use any extra body energy. This means that there technically isn’t a reason to need to heat your house above that.
    • If you’re chilly, you can always add layers. I’m always the coldest one in our house so I have some wool socks and a hoodie that I wear indoors.
    • Lowering the thermostat can also save your wallet!
  • Turn off the Lights!
    • With the energy efficient bulbs we have today, I get laughed at over this one. We should still turn off lights when we aren’t going to be in the room for a while. It can help prolong the life of your bulbs, save on every costs and even if it’s a tiny amount — reduce your energy usage.


Reduce Waste
  • Move towards Zero Waste
    • Reduce the amount of single use products in your life.
    • Buy products with the least amount of packaging.
  • Classic “3 R’s”
    • Reduce
    • Reuse
    • Recycle
  • Compost
  • Shop Second Hand
    • Thrift stores, re-sale stores, consignment stores, yard sales. You can also organise swaps at school or work. Facebook has “Buy Nothing” groups tailored to you neighbourhoods.
  • Stop Buying Stuff!
    • Do you really need it? Think about the whole life cycle of what you’re about to buy. How long will it still be around after you don’t


  • Grow a Garden
    • Whether its a smaller container garden in the city, a community plot, or a garden in a rural area it’s rewarding to grow your own veggies. I use it as a tool to show my kids where food in the store comes from.
  • Natural Fertilisers
    • Compost!
    • Chemical fertilisers can lead to soil depletion and lead to loss of biodiversity.
  • Plant Pollinator Friendly Plants
    • Planting nectar giving colourful plants will attract pollinating insects.
  • Plant a tree
  • Don’t Pick All the Dandelions
    • Dandelions are usually one of the first flowers in the spring and are an important food source for bees.
  • Collect Litter
    • Even if it’s just one piece on a neighbourhood or nature trail walk, that’s one less piece of litter.

Sustainable Transportation

  • Walking
    • Good for your health.
    • Cost effective.
    • Zero emission.
  • Cycling
    • Quicker than walking.
    • Some cities offer bike rentals.
  • Public Transit
    • By using public transportation, you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Vehicle Choices
    • Hybrids and electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular and are becoming more affordable. Some areas offer discounts, incentives, and rebates to encourage you to make the switch.
    • If hybrids or electric vehicles are not a viable option, then try to get a vehicle with the best fuel economy. Generally, a smaller engine is more fuel efficient.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Moms with a Green-ish Thumb that they are SURE to love!

Mother’s Day is pretty much around the corner.
Being a Mom, I thought I would share some of the things that I would be excited to get. This list is essentially a snippet from my wish list.

Plants can help create a sense of well being and help lower stress levels.
Plants can also improve indoor air quality.
And they’re pretty.

Nature’s Blossom Sow & Grow Kits

This “sow and grow” seed starter kit by Nature’s Blossom has everything you need to grow succulents and cacti. This is right up my alley as I often forget to water my plants.

This one is totally inspired by my husband, Andy.
We ere looking up bonsai trees and I found this sow and grow bonsai tree seed starter kit on Amazon. The reviews mentioned needing different pots for the bonsai trees and I fell in love with this set.

Succulent Pots

Succulent Terrariums

Plant Hangers

Mini Plant Stand

This mini plant stand comes with tiny tools.
Ideally, I would love to have a couple of these to add to my bookshelf.
This little shelf would maximise the number of succulents I could display and give me a reason to invest in more adorable little pots and planters.

Vintage Style Plant Spritzer

To be honest, this beautiful vintage style plant spritzer would be added to my plant shelf just for the aesthetic.
I have read online that misting and spritzing plants can lead to shallow and unhealthy roots. I would use it when we started seeds, so it would get some use. I would love to find an actual antique plant spritzer, but I have never found one “in the wild”.

Glass Watering Birds

These glass self watering bird shaped globes wouldn’t be used for my succulents, but for my other plants. They would come in handy outside in the summer.

I feel like I should add a side note.
If you notice, these are all amazon links.
I am not an affiliate. I happen to do a lot of “window shopping” on amazon and use it for product comparison and reviews.
I encourage you, if you can, please support local stores.
Especially during this time.
But do it SAFELY!
Right now, in Quebec we are under pretty strict social/physical distancing measures. I’m not overly familiar with my part of the city and many businesses are not online — I know, crazy!
I am looking forward to hitting up the thrift shops and finding funky little planters … and who knows, maybe I can find a genuine vintage spritzer.