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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

10 Easy Ways to Go Green

by Stephanie Moram, January 21, 2012

Are you hoping to go greener this year? Going green is not only good for the environment, but it is also healthier for our bodies. Here are ten easy ways to get started.

1. One of the simplest ways to go green and help the environment in the process is to bring your reusables with you when you are out and about. Start by having your own grocery and produce bags handy for impromptu shopping and slowly add other reusables to your “on the go goodie bag” such as cups and mugs; utensils; glass containers for take-out; glass straws; cloth napkins.

2. Recycling is one of the most common and thought of ways to live a more green lifestyle. However, has it ever crossed your mind to recycle when you are not at home? The majority of the people use recyclable items outside of the house and their is not always recycling bin available. So, the next time you purchase your fruit juice in a glass bottle, perhaps think of bringing it home instead of just tossing it away to eventually sit in a landfill.

3. Reduce your waste- it is not as difficult as one might think. Recycling and/or composting can remarkably reduce your waste at home. As well, bringing new life to items that would otherwise end up in the trash or recycling bin will aid help in decreasing the amount of garbage. If you want to go one step further, you can practice refusing items that are unnecessary such as excess packaging, plastic bags, plastic straws etc. A good alternatives is to purchase in bulk with your own reusable bags or buy a glass straw to avoid using plastic ones that are not recyclable.

4. If every American skipped meat and cheese one day a week, it would have the same environmental impact as the country driving 91 billion fewer miles a year. Crazy! Give Meatless Monday a try and maybe it can be a weekly occurrence for your family.

5. Organic foods can be expensive and not always available to everyone. Buying organic has health and environmental advantages: fewer pesticides are sprayed in the environment and are less ingested when eating that apple. Try buying items on the dirty dozen list first (apples, celery, strawberries, spinach, nectarines imported, grapes imported, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale/collard greens). During the summer months, look out for the local farmer’s market, where produce is less likely sprayed and will be a cheaper option.

6. Not only is walking and biking good for your health; it is equally as good for the environment. Take a nice walk to your local store instead of driving.

7. Ditch the toxic chemicals. Try to limit the amount of toxic chemicals you bring into your home. This can vary from what you clean your home with to beauty products to the mattress you sleep on. A safe and healthy way is to clean your home is with water, vinegar and baking soda.

8. Do it yourself. Why? First, it is cheaper to make your own; second, you choose the ingredients; third, it is just better for you. There are so many easy, simple recipes out there whether it is for food, cleaning products or hand lotions.

9. Living a more green life is as simple as remembering to turn off your lights in the home. You probably do not need every light on, so why not think to turn them off when not in use? Another trick is to plug your appliances and electronic devices into a power bar. That way, just flick the switch on the bar to stop the “phantom energy” from being sucked from the power grid. Believe it or not, even when your electronic devices are off, energy is still being used.

10. Wash with cold water. There really is no need for the super-hot water to clean your clothing. Cold water works just fine in my opinion.


Most people feel overwhelmed, judged, or even guilty when they can't do it all - forgetting their reusable container or throwing an apple core in the trash. It is not about what you are not doing, but about what positive contribution you are making to the environment.
Remember- every bit does help along the path to a green, and healthier you and environment.
What will you choose to do to add some green in your life?

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Stephanie Moram is passionate about promoting green habits, environmental values and doing what she can to bring about change through media. She is also the founder of the popular blog Good Girl Gone Green and can be found on Twitter: @GGirlGGreen


Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing, Stephanie!

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  2. For all the talk about reducing auto emissions, it's the meat industry that does the most damage to our environment. I'm not sold on global warming, but there are serious problems with pollution and deforestation due to the cattle industry. I don't advocate that people cut out meat entirely, but three meaty meals a day isn't doing the planet, or our bodies, much good.

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  3. Came by on the Weekend Warrior Blog Hop :-)
    Following GFC
    http://ramblingandadventure.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thanks for the comment JR! I totally agree about pollution and cutting out meat a bit. I started cutting it out a few times a week when I found how hard it is on the environment. It was easy to stick with it after my body started feeling sooooo much better.

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  5. Some plastic bags nowadays are recyclable and this can really change the way we think about plastic. Thanks.
    plastic bag manufacturers

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