Wednesday, November 30, 2011

W!N 100 Dollars Cash G!veaway!! (12/23)

We are excited to SUPPORT MOMMY with $100 CASH!
Giveaway runs from 12/1 to 12/23. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below to follow us all on Twitter! For even extra entries come back for daily votes!
In addition to this giveaway, we are promoting a TOYS FOR TOTS donation drive. 
(Donation has NO bearing on Giveaway)
You can donate as little as $1 to make a brighter Holiday for a child!
Donate here or check the widget in my sidebar. Share the spirit of Christmas and help out how ever much you can!

Please click to view the Rafflecopter form.

WW: Attempt at Craftiness {Linky}

I like to craft, in theory. The problems are that I don't really have time, I don't have the talent of other people, and I am impatient! But I still try to get crafty on occasion. Here is my latest attempt--a hair clip made out of recycled felt.

Thanks for stopping by my Wordless Wednesday! Please leave a comment and link up your own WW posts so I can visit you, too.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Support Handmade-- Win a Christmas Prize Pack of WAHM Gifts! (12/12)

Welcome to the Christmas Giveaway and Donation Event!
The theme of this event is: 
May the season warm your soul
We will be holding 5 events from now until Christmas designed to SUPPORT SOMEONE.
There are three giveaways and two donation drives so that you can win while helping someone in need.

We've got something for EVERYONE on your list!! WIN 12 amazing gifts this year!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The BIG Christmas Event starts Monday with hidden Amazon ***Gift***Codes***!

Get Ready! The BIG Christmas Event begins Monday November 28!

  Mark your calendar for the Dash for Cash! All participating blogs will have Amazon codes hidden for YOU to find! Clues will be posted on our Facebook pages starting Monday at 9 PM EST! Start HERE!
This event is ALL about support!
November 28-December 23
11/28-12/12 Handmade Gift-Basket Giveaway
Support the Children
12/1-12/15 Toys for Tots Donation Drive
12/9-12/23 Decorate for Goodness Sake Art Sale- to benefit St. Jude's
Support Mama
12/2-12/23 $100 CASH Giveaway 12/9-12/23 Holiday Hop
Benchmarks and Babies Initials Inc. Stephanie By Design Photo Props and More Vicious (Up)Cycle Groovy Girls Loren's Moo Blooming Elephant Time Past Toys Esscents Scents Soaps and More Avon
So COME JOIN US! Support SEVERAL great causes and WIN at the same time!
And just to mention, give our sponsors a clickity click for Small Business Saturday!
May the season warm your soul!

Happy Holidays!
I am so happy to be a part of this amazing giveaway and donation event! Please come back often to enter each segment of the event and to donate to Toys for Tots and St. Jude's.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kindle Touch ***Giveaway*** from Clean Teen Reads and My Blog (11/26-12/12)

Would you like to win a Kindle Touch to give as a Christmas gift—or to keep for yourself?, a website that provides detailed reviews of books for teens and tweens, has connected with nine great blogs to promote its updated site and give away a Kindle Touch!

Prizes: Win a $99 Kindle Touch or one of five subscriptions to Clean Teen Reads, a website that provides detailed reviews of clean books for teens.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Comments on this blog post will not count as entries. You only need to enter on one of the sites, as the form is the same on all sites. See the Official Rules at the end of the Rafflecopter form.

Here is what you need to know about the wonderful website

I do not want my children watching things on TV or in movies that are crude, violent, or scary. The same goes for what they read. Now that they're little, it's easy to decide what's clean and what's not. But what about when they turn 10+? It's so hard to know what teen/tween books contain offensive material--and many do! That's why I love the website Clean Teen Reads (which can be found at and

Clean Teen Reads provides FREE reviews of teen and tween literature and rates the books according to many potentially concerning factors including violence, physical relationships, witchcraft, language, etc. I know that not every parent is worried about all of these topics, but Clean Teen Reads covers a range of topics in great detail so that the reviews can be useful to all parents.

Both parents and teens can use the site for free, and parents and teens read separate reviews which are tailored to the group. Most of the reviews are for new books, although some classics are also reviewed. Subscriptions are also available to adults and the subscription unlocks additional search options.

I think that the reviews are really cleverly written. In fact, the review on Robinson Crusoe made the book sound so intriguing that I got it as a Christmas present later that year! (And I enjoyed the book very much.) Now I am very happy to help promote the updated website by hosting this Amazon Kindle Giveaway!

Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck!

Sign Ups Open for the Mega Blog Ad Campaign Event!

This is a post for those interested in signing up to participate in the Mega Blog Ad Campaign event. (If you are looking to enter to win free advertising for the month of December, head here for the Giveaway. )

What is The MEGA Blog Ad Campaign Giveaway?

The MEGA Ad Campaign Giveaway is a FREE event in which, in lieu of CASH or PRIZES, we are offering publicity! Each participating blog agrees to the following: 1 Promotional POST for the winner, Weekly Facebook shouts and Tweets for one month for the winner, and sidebar button space for one month for the winner. Participants MAY enter! This MEGA campaign is hosted by Cindy of Cute-Ecakes, Mariah from >Formula Mom, Lisa from >Planet Weidknecht, and Christine from >Why We Love Green.

When is this MEGA campaign? The MEGA Ad Campaign Giveaway will accept sign-ups each month during calendar weeks one and two, and cap at 20 bloggers each month. The event will run for weeks 3 and 4 each month. Participation is always FREE!

Who Can Participate in the MEGA campaign? This is first come first serve! Anyone can participate for FREE, and registration includes one method of entry (GFC, Facebook, Twitter). Additional entry methods may be purchased at the following rates: $5 for ONE additional entry, $6 for ONE social media, and ONE daily Picket Fence Vote, $7 for TWO additional entries, and $8 for TWO social media PLUS ONE daily Picket Fence.

Participants will be confirmed upon registration via email. Please add to your safe senders list so our information does not end up in your spam box! Participants will be required to post the event at 12:01 AM the Saturday (Late Friday) of Calendar week #3. All blogs will be checked, and anyone without a post by noon on Saturday will be removed from the Rafflecopter form.

Join Us!!!

First, Fill out our form HERE! When we are full for the month, the form will be closed. To be notified when it re-opens, and to be notified of all group giveaways, fill out the contact form HERE. When you have submitted payment for your chosen forms of entry (or simply when you submit the form for FREE participation) you will be notified that your spot is secure. By participating, you agree to post both the giveaway and the winners promotional post. You agree to send a shout out on both Facebook and Twitter weekly for one month, and to place the winners button in a prominent place on your sidebar for one month. Reminders will be sent weekly to each participant to complete these items. If you can agree to these guidelines, please click to complete the Super MEGA Blog Ad Campaign Giveaway form and send your payment as a gift via PayPal to

Thank you for joining us this month for the ONLY FREE MEGA GIVEAWAY!

Happy Mega Ads! Christine

Friday, November 25, 2011

Blogger Event Sign-ups Open: Have a Heart *Giveaway* *Hop*

Hello fellow bloggers! Do you love Valentine's Day and giveaways? We love Valentine's Day, so to get in the spirit we would like to bring you the Have a Heart Hop! This hop is hosted by Cindy of Cute-Ecakes, Mariah from Formula Mom, Lisa from Planet Weidknecht, and Christine from Why We Love Green, and we would love to stick to the theme of love! The Have a Heart Valentine's Hop will run from January 27 @ 12:01 a.m. EST to February 4 midnight (February 5 @ 12:01 a.m. EST). Each blogger is responsible for getting a sponsor package (or self-sponsor) of at least $25.00 and setting up and running their own giveaway on their own blog for the time above.  

Bloggers can host a Giveaway for, pink, gifty, sweet, or in some fun twisty way, LOVE appropriate! 
Why the "Have a Heart"??
For the duration of the event, I will be adding a donation button to both my sidebar, and event giveaway. This will be to benefit The American Heart Association, and I will welcome participants to post the widget as well! (Not required)

Donate To Have a Heart Hop

What does this do for you? It’s an opportunity for bloggers to share a giveaway on several other blogs. How? When you join the Have a Heart Valentine's Hop, your name is added to a linky on all the other bloggers giveaway posts that participate. What a great way to promote your giveaway and increase your traffic!
Blogger participation fee is $5 which goes towards our grand prize.
Grand Prize
The grand prize will be announced when sign-ups close, and based on participation. 
Entries for the grand prize will be to enter each of your giveaways!

Ready to sign up?

This is going to be a great event! I am excited to see all of the Valentine's related giveaways that you come up with.

Happy early Valentine's!

Loveable Labels and Gift Cards *Giveaway* *Hop* #12DaysGalore (12/6)

gifts galore hop
Hello and welcome to the 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop hosted by Tales From the Nursery, Formula Mom, and Mama on a Green Mission. Together we are giving away over $5,000 in prizes to help you get the gifts you need this holiday season!

After you are done entering our Loveable Labels giveaway you'll want to check out everyone else's giveaways AND enter for a chance to win one of three GRAND prizes sponsored by Kudzoom! They will be giving away a $150 GC, $100 GC, and $50 GC - open US/Can. Each blog you stop and enter at will be another entry!

Here at Why We Love Green, you can enter to win a Holly Jolly Holiday Pack from Loveable Labels!
The pack includes 15 Sticker Labels, 40 Slimline Sticker Labels, 12 Shoe Labels, 6 Large Clothing Dots, 6 medium Clothing Dots, 12 Small Clothing Dots, and 2 mini Metal Tags. This is a great pack with all of the variety you will need to label your child's items. Approximate value 24.99.

When I received my package of Lovable Labels to try out I was impressed by their professional look and by their packaging (they come in a booklet). I really appreciate being able to keep them together and organized. Right away I stuck a clothing dot on the inside of my son's backpack/suitcase. The label was really impressive in that there were no edges peeling up or issues with the sticker on the material. The clothing stickers can be washed and won't come off! I was also really excited to receive the metal tags, which will help my son be able to open and close his backpack in addition to identifying it at school.

Finally, I was excited to learn that the Sticker Labels and Slimline Sticker Labels are microwave and dishwasher safe. That is a must at our house. I plan on labeling some of our sippy cups that get taken to parks and play-dates. Loveable Label also sells labels for identifying your children's allergies.

I am very excited about having Loveable Labels in our home. They are a high quality product and I can't wait to order another pack! I recommend Loveable Labels for all your labeling needs.

Lovable Labels has generously supplied us with a "Holly Jolly Gift Pack " for one lucky winner!  Thanks, Lovable Labels! This giveaway ends just in time for the Holidays at 11:59 on 12/06.  The winner will be selected by random draw and will have 2 days to respond to our notification email before another winner is selected. 
This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only.

Happy Winning!

Please visit all the other blogs for more great giveaways and additional chances to win the grand prizes!

Disclaimers: I was not paid for this post. I received a pack of labels in order to facilitate my honest review. Please note that Tales From the Nursery, “12 Days of Gifts Galore” or the “12 Days of Gifts Galore” bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

*Wordless* Wednesday: Twisted Veggies {Linky}

Weird and twisted veggies from our farm share. I could hardly bear to touch them! Any guesses as to what they are?

Thanks for visiting my Wordless Wednesday! Please leave a comment and link up. (Also see my giveaway linky here.)

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vampire Power: Draining the Earth's Resources

Halloween is over and there are still vampires hanging around! (And I'm talking about more than Twilight/Breaking Dawn, here!) These vampries are the kind that suck your electricity, not your blood.

Did you know that when your appliances and electronics are plugged in and not in use, they are still drawing power!? Many of our household items use a little power to stay in a standby mode (computers, for example), to be able to respond to a remote control (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, Blu-ray players, CD players, Radios, etc.), or to be able to respond to a communication instantly (printers, fax machines, phones with a separate base, etc.). But having these electronics plugged in all the time is actually very costly for the consumer and for the earth's resources.
It is estimated that the cost to consumers for all electricity for all vampire power in the USA is about

Easy Eco-Challenge #1: Unplug it!

Why We Love Green is starting a new weekly challenge for eco-friendly living called the "Easy Eco-Challenge!" Each week I'll post our new challenge for going green (and saving money at the same time).
If you agree to the challenge, leave a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear back from you about how it went and if you discovered any tips and tricks for making it easier or painless. I'm all about easy and painless.

Also, if you have a green post you'd like to link up, please add it to the linky below.

The ***GIVEAWAY*** for Bloggers to ***WIN***: Mega Blog Ad Campaign! (12/1)

Are you looking to increase your exposure and following for your blog?

Then you have come to the right place! 20 blogs have joined together to offer you a chance to win a MEGA ad campaign!

The lucky winner will receive:
A promotional post on ALL 20 blogs
Premium Sidebar advertising for the entire month of December on ALL 20 blogs
Weekly Facebook Shout-outs from ALL 20 blogs
Weekly Tweets from ALL 20 blogs

With the heavy hitter blogs we have participating, this would mean HUGE exposure for you and your blog for the entire month of December!

Entry is simple! Just follow us all on Twitter using the Rafflecopter form below, and be sure to come back for your daily entries too!! Ends December 1st, posts and other promotions begin for the winner Dec. 2nd.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mega Blog Ad Campaign Giveaway Open (12/1)

Are you looking to increase your exposure and following for your blog?

Then you have come to the right place! 20 blogs have joined together to offer you a chance to win a MEGA ad campaign!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Most Embarrassing Moment

So the other day I was late to teach. I rushed to campus, got out of the car, looked down, and this is what I saw:

Seriously. Seriously!

I was wearing two totally different shoes! And I was already late and had no time to go home and change. (And no back-ups in the car.)

Here's what happened: at home, Little J had been tormenting playing with Baby E. In order to distract him away from her, I asked him to help me choose some shoes. I was going to wear the brown plaid loafers (on the left), and he wanted me to wear the black patent leather heels (on the right). He wouldn't drop it, so I put on the black shoe to appease him, and figured I would just change it later when he wasn't watching. Apparently I forgot. Nice.

So yes, I did teach two German classes like this. Now I have a newest embarrassing moment. (It was a good opportunity to review commands and the present perfect in German though, as I recounted to my students what Little J had said.)

Well, thanks for visiting my not-so-wordless Wednesday! Please leave a comment and link up. :-)

Happy Wednesday,

3.50 for 30 Dollars of Reusable Cloth Sandwich Bags at Plum District!

Did you know that over 1 million plastic bags are used every minute? With how many plastic bags we use and how slowly they degrade (1,000 years!), finding an alternative to plastic bags is really important. Plastic sandwich bags are also a repeating household expense. Because they are costly and bad for the earth, we need an alternative!

That's why I have been wanting to get into reusable cloth sandwich baggies for a long time. I can't believe we're not using them already! If you are looking to try them with me, or need to bulk up your stash, head on over to Plum District to get a great deal on reusable snack and sandwich bags!

1. The regular deal is "Spend $15, get $30" worth of reusable bags
2. If you are new to Plum District, you will get a free $5 credit just for signing up!
3. This week you will earn $5 Plum Dollars for every Plum Deal purchased Monday 11/14/11 12am PT through 11/18/11 11:59pm PT (not Plum Steals though) (as stated on the Plum District blog)
4.  Use Plum District coupon code "fabulous" to receive 10% off your order. (One-time use only).

To recap, that means you're spending $8.50, earning $5 to use later, and getting $30 worth of reusable Sandwich bags in return. That's essentially $3.50! What a great deal!

Woohoo! I'm super excited for these. (Can you tell from all of my exclamation points?) I love saving money on green items for my home!

Happy Baggies,

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Waste Not: Freezing Vegetables Without Blanching

As we begin to celebrate Thanksgiving, a new study reveals that about half of all food in America is wasted. That number includes food waste from restaurants, families, grocery stores, etc. Did you know that 14%-25% of the food that enters American households gets thrown out? We waste almost a quarter of our food!

Throwing out food is a waste of money and is bad for the environment. Food decomposing in landfills is a contributor to global warming! Of course we should buy only what we need and use the food that we buy. We can also compost our food scraps instead of contributing to landfill waste. But those are posts for another day. Today I am writing about what we can do with the extra food in our homes before it goes bad. Today, let's talk about freezing vegetables without blanching.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon When You Take the North "Poll"

More great coupons for toys that are good for the earth and your kids! I really love Melissa & Doug toys because they are high quality and made with care for my children.

Melissa & Doug want you to tell them which of their educational toys you think is the best! Just click on the image below to place your vote in the North "Poll!" You'll Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon** to use at just for voting!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Just in time for Christmas: Eco Friendly Gifts at a 10 Percent Reduction from "My-EcoBaby Store"

My Ecobaby Store
Great news! My-EcoBaby Store has created a special 10% Off Coupon Code for readers of Why We Love Green! See the code below.

Here are some things I'm thinking about getting for my family:

This bib is eco-friendly and is made with microfiber to hold everything your baby can dribble onto it!

These adorable booties come in many sizes and colors and are handmade to order. I'm thinking about getting heathered purple and blue...or maybe with a grey. So many options!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Just Fine The Way They Are" Children's Book Rafflecopter Give-away! (11/30)

Just Fine The Way They Are is the perfect children's book for my family! It's all about roads, cars, trains, progress AND has an environmental message. Let me tell you that my three year-old and I read this book and he was fascinated. When we were done he immediately requested to read it again! It was a hit! (If you are interested in winning a copy of this book, please enter using the Rafflecopter form below.)

Just Fine The Way They Are is by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge with illustrations by Richard Walz. And just how did Connie Wooldridge combine transportation and the environment?

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Carnival Event

I just signed up for another great giveaway hop! It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your mother. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Carnival Event from May 10 12:01 PM EST to May 18  at 12:01 PM EST and is accepting signups now.

Happy Mother's Day in advance!

Wordless Wednesday 11/9: The Writing's On The Wall {Linky}

So this is why Little J was being so quiet in the kitchen...

Thanks for visiting Why We Love Green for Wordless Wednesday! (Sorry to have been MIA these past few weeks. I've missed seeing all your WWs!) Please leave a comment and link up your Wordless Wednesday posts as well.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Introducing "My Eco-Baby Store!"

My Ecobaby Store

Please join me in welcoming My EcoBaby Store to Why We Love Green! I am so excited to introduce you to this eco-friendy and fair-trade baby store! I have fallen in love with their embellished onesies and tiny baby booties. Stop over and say hi and you'll see what My Ecobaby Store has to offer. I'm sure they'll become one of your new favorites for baby and holiday shopping this year.

Other baby items available from My Ecobaby Store include eco-friendly shoes like mary janes and booties. Clothing and accessories such as  babylegs (great for using with cloth diapers!) and crochet items are also available, and almost everything is organic! 

Are you interested in winning some baby items that are fair trade, organic, and eco-friendly? Read on!

What do the USA, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland have in common?

No paid maternity leave!

Did you know that the USA, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland are among the only countries in the world that have no guaranteed paid maternity leave? Almost all other "western" countries also offer paid paternity leave, but not the US. As of February, California and New Jersey were the only two states that offered paid maternity leave.

The benefits of paid maternity leave include more money in the private-sector economy. How does that work?

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Wicked Jack" Children's Book {Rafflecopter Give-away} (11/28)

We are huge fans of children's books at my house. I have wonderful memories of reading books each night with my mom. Now that I have a family of my own, our walls are lined with bookshelves. My son loves to read, and that is something I am so grateful for!

This love of good books is why I want to recommend (and give away a copy of) the children's book Wicked Jack by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge with illustrations by Will Hillenbrand. Not only is this a fun book for children ages 8+, but I found it immensely entertaining as an adult as well. (And this book is printed in the USA!)

The story is an adaptation of an old folk tale, which tells the real story behind the mysterious lights that appear in the swamps and marshes of Virginia and North Carolina. You may have heard of these as swamp or marsh gas, but you should know the truth! It's Wicked Jack and his burning coal.

Cloth Diaper Liners Give-away: Sharing for Christmas Charity! (11/14)

Welcome to the Sharing for Christmas Charity Event! I am very excited about this event because it is for a good cause. Hauling and Trucking & Makobi Scribe present Sharing For Christmas where we gathered together to donate to Parker’s Pals, which is an organization that helps children who are diagnosed with cancer under the age of three. The bloggers hosting the event donated just under $200 to go towards a Parker's Pail. The cost of a pail is $240 so we came really close! Please check out this worthwhile organization!

As my prize, I am offering a pack of 12 cloth diaper liners! These liners are handmade and are made of cute printed flannel backed with solid-colored flannel. (Two are topped with plain cotton, not flannel.) They have enough layers to also function as a thin and trim doubler for your cloth diapers!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Win $145 Bucks 4 Black Friday! (11/20) {Rafflecopter Giveaway}

Bucks 4 Black Friday! 

Bucks 4 Black Friday is brought to you by Formula Mom and Tales From the Nursery!

Welcome!! A collection of fabulous bloggers have come together to bring you a great cash giveaway in honor of one of the busiest shopping days of the year! Beginning today through November 20th, you will have the opportunity to win $145 to fund your Black Friday shopping madness!
Enter by following these great blogs on Twitter and liking them on Facebook--then use the Rafflecopter form below!

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! (11/25) {Rafflecopter Giveaway} #CouponCabinHop

Hello! Welcome to CouponCabin’s 25 Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz! This multi-blog event is hosted by Simply Stacie, Makobi Scribe and Sassy Mama in LA and is sponsored by CouponCabin. This is the biggest event the blogosphere has seen with over 400 giveaways each at $25 value or more plus a huge giveaway with some major prizes like a MacBook Air, iPad2 & Visa Gift Cards. You can find all the giveaways from the participating blogs by visiting the host blogs,  Simply Stacie, Makobi Scribe and Sassy Mama in LA. Each host blog will feature a different set of giveaways for you to enter!

You could win the following prizes from CouponCabin, in addition to over 400 prizes offered by bloggers like me! (See below to enter to win the $25 to Amazon!)
Grand Prize: MacBook Air (11-inch, 128GB; ARV $1,199)
2nd Runner Up: iPad2 (16GB, with Wi-Fi +3G; ARV $629) & $200 Visa Gift Card
3rd Runner Up: iPad2 (16GB, with Wi-Fi +3G; ARV $629)
4th Runner Up: $300 Visa Gift Card
5th Runner Up: $200 Visa Gift Card
6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Runner Ups: $100 Visa Gift Card each

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