Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Snuggling Piggies {Linky}


Check out these huge snuggling pigs! We found them snoozing away at a huge fair near where we live. (I just love the food dish over the one's head. He wants his sleep!)

Thanks for visiting! Please leave a comment and link up your WW below.

Happy Wednesday!
Christine

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sidral Mundet Apple Soda Prize Pack Giveaway



Have you heard about Sidral Mundet sodas? They're classic Mexican sodas that are really becoming popular here in the United States. I was lucky enough to receive a prize pack from Sidral Mundet containing their classic red apple soda and their newer green apple soda in addition to a t-shirt! My husband was so excited about the sodas that we had to drink them right away. And they were great! My husband liked the Green Apple the best and I really liked the Classic Red Apple best.

What do I like about Sidral Mundet Apple Sodas? First of all, they're delicious! Second, they're made with real sugar--no corn syrup here. Third, they're made with real apples, not fake artificial flavoring or colors. Fourth, they're packaged in glass bottles, which should be easy to recycle no matter where you live.


So, my dear readers, Sidral Mundet would like to shower you with gifts. One lucky reader (US only) will win a Sidral Mundet Prize Pack containing two sodas and a t-shirt. To enter, please use the easy rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Happy Winning!
Christine

Friday, August 26, 2011

$130 Cash Giveaway NOW: Follow Frenzy (8/26-8/28)

Welcome to Follow Frenzy August!

hosted by Formula Mom & Tales from the Nursery!

Follow Frenzy August

My first major giveaway! I'm so excited to team up with many other great bloggers to bring you this $130 cash giveaway. Read on for more details!

This month you have a chance to win $130 paid via PayPal or Amazon gift code! Each entry is another chance to win, so check out the Rafflecopter form below and get clicking to support all of the amazing blogs participating in this event! (Please enter the giveaway from one blog only. Each blog's entries will go into the same entry bank.) You will be able to enter between 12:01am EST on Friday, August 26th and 11:59pm EST on Sunday, August 28th. Following the conclusion of the event, a winner will be drawn and notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to confirm their win or another winner will be drawn.

Good luck!
Christine

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ode to Buses and Breastfeeding


Today I spent $4.50 in bus fare. It seems like a lot, but then again, I did a lot of riding back and forth today: I went to campus, came home, went to campus again, and finally shuffled home for good. (So there were 3 bus trips and 1 car ride in there, if you were noticing that my trips didn't add up.)

Why am I
a) Traveling to and from campus so often?
and
b) Spending so much on the bus?

Well, the answer to a) is easy: I need to come home to nurse baby E. She does get bottles of pumped milk while I'm gone, but I really prefer her to only have one bottle a day. So I rush home during my 2 hour break between teaching and classes and fill her up. Then I grab some lunch for myself and it's back to campus for me. I've realized that my life basically involves going to campus and then rushing home to feed the baby. Always rushing home to feed baby E. That is going to make this semester rough, but breastfeeding is a top priority here!

Tomorrow: Win $130 Cash in the August Follow Frenzy!


Follow Frenzy August


Welcome to Why We Love Green! We all know by now how much I love giveaways and so I am just thrilled to be a part of the Follow Frenzy Giveaway for August! The giveaway will begin tomorrow at the stroke of midnight and one lucky entrant will win $130 cash through Paypal or as an Amazon gift card. Just come back tomorrow and fill out the easy-to-use Rafflecopter form!!

Happy Winning!
Christine



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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Anniversary Roses {Linky}


We had our 5 year anniversary a couple weeks ago and my husband bought me these beautiful roses! He loves to buy me red roses, but surprised me this time with a variety of colors. *wub*

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Produce Purchasing Power: Buying Local {Guest Post}


I'm so excited to have my post "Produce Purchasing Power: Buying Local" featured as a guest post today at Made In USA Challenge, where buying American-made products as a conscious consumer is a top priority. Head on over to read about how buying local produce is good for the environment, your health, and the economy!

Also be sure to stop by Sarah's wonderful  Made In USA Challenge guest post here on Why We Love Green, all about "Red, White, and Green: America as an Environmental Leader." You're sure to enjoy both posts!


Happy Visiting!
Christine



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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Playdough Boy {Linky}


Our birthday boy playing with his new playdough. Can you guess what he made? If you guessed a fish, then you'd be right!

Thanks for visiting my Wordless Wednesday. I'd love it if you left a comment and linked up your WW posts below!

Making Textbooks More Earth-Friendly




Did you know that per major university, over 1,000 tons of recyclable paper is sent to the landfill each year? This occurs even with paper recycling programs and facilities in place. (Read more about it here.) It's no wonder that universities focus most of their recycling efforts on paper, as this is where the most improvement and change can be made.

As a student, I know that I use a lot of paper each semester. I do try to buy recycled products (I vow to make an even greater effort this semester!) and I make sure to always recycle my used paper, but I know not everyone does. (I've seen paper in the trash in our office, fellow grad students! I'm calling you out!)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Twitter Tuesday Follow Guest Co-Host

I'm very happy to announce that this week I am the guest host for the Twitter Tuesday Follow hosted by My Very Own Mommy Blog and MariaS Hand Made Love


Come link up! The rules are as follows:
  • Follow both hosts via Twitter @rosasmommyblog & @MariaS_Handmade 
  • Follow me, this week's guest host @WhyWeLoveGreen
  • Tweet about the Hop 
    • Twitter Tuesday Follow! Meet fellow bloggers & get followers! @rosasmommyblog @MariaS_Handmade @WhyWeLoveGreen http://bit.ly/nDEYui #bloghop
  • Follow as many others as you like! (Make sure you let the person know you are following from the Twitter Tuesday follow so that they can follow you in return.)
Also if you are just joining in please leave me a comment below. If you'd like to be guest co-host in the future please email Rosa. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Red White and Green: America as an Environmental Leader {Guest Post}

A big welcome to Sarah from Made in USA Challenge, who has graciously agreed to be our guest poster today! Sarah is on a quest to find and purchase only American-made products in order to support "human rights, the environment, and the economy." Please visit her blog about her challenge and adventures at madeinusachallenge.com!




There are a lot of privileges that come with living in America. Sure, the economy is suffering, but we are still very fortunate. We enjoy clean running water, an abundant food supply and energy resources. With these privileges also comes responsibility. How we act locally affects the world's citizens globally. The United States remains the top emitter of CO2 gas--contributing to pollution and global warming worldwide. The good news is that our country has the resources, technology, and labor needed to lead the green movement through new environmental innovations. Now is the time for us to step up and take control of our nation's and our planet's futures.

A Lesson on Canning Tomatoes (Can It Forward Day!)



Are you overrun by tomatoes and zucchini? Canning and preserving foods are a great way to make sure that your abundance of vegetables doesn't go to waste. It is also a great way to use fruit and vegetables that are in-season when they're cheapest, most flavorful, most nutritious, and travel the shortest distance to get to you. And don't forget, August 13th is National Can It Forward Day! You can learn more about National Can It Forward Day (and get canning tips and instructions) on the Ball Canning website.

Today I went with two of my friends to a local farm to participate in a canning workshop.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Blueberry Picking {Linky}

 J is our expert blueberry picker. He is small enough that he can weave his way through the bushes to get to berries that others have missed!

Thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment and link up your Wordless Wednesdays!

Happy WW!
Christine






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Green's Received the Versatile Blogger Award!



I’m so honored to receive The Versatile Blogger Award from Stay at Home Grandma!!! Stay at Home Grandma is all about the life of a grandmother raising children, grandchildren, and (soon) even her daycare kids. Please visit her and say hello!


The Rules of accepting the Versatile Blogger Award are:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.


Here at Why We Love Green I blog about saving money while saving the earth. I love to try out and support natural and organic products and make lifestyle changes that will benefit future generations. I also love to find a good deal. Going green does not have to be expensive! Here are 7 things about me:

I am in grad school studying Germanic Linguistics and my husband is studying Acoustics.
My 5-year wedding anniversary is this week! (What's the 5 year gift supposed to be?)
I have a 3 year old son and a 5 month old daughter and I adore them so much.
Cookies are my favorite food dessert.
I just got contacts for the first time.
I am on the lookout for an burnt-orange knee-length bridesmaid dress (with sleeves). It's kind of urgent!

Congratulations to the bloggers below, who have been selected for the next round of The Versatile Blogger Award!

Just the Two of Us and Deals
The Peaceful Housewife
Moose Tracks and Tater Stacks
Red Door Kitchen
Wishful Thinking 247
Adventures of a Military Family of Eight
Textbook Mommy
Kelly's Lucky You
A Meg Moment
Quick Tattletails
Dropped Stitches
Baby Giveaways Galore
Get in Shape and Save
MamaWolfe
Funny Mum

Again, many thanks to Stay at Home Grandma for choosing me for The Versatile Blogger Award!

Happy Awarding,
Christine



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Friday, August 5, 2011

Winner of Video Camera Giveaway



Thanks so much to all who entered! I think this giveaway was a great success! Clean Teen Reads and I are pleased to announce that the winner is comment #216, as chosen by random.org. And the winner is...



Lilac!



Lilac said, "https://twitter.com/#!/Elfvixen/status/9766306724...." Lilac has been contacted and has 48 hours to respond. Congratulations!



Happy Filming!
Christine



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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nursing Slogans {& Linky for Breastfeeding Posts}


In honor of Breastfeeding Month, I wanted to post my favorite nursing and breastfeeding slogans and sayings just for fun.

Breastmilk is liquid gold.

I make milk. What's your superpower?

Got Breastmilk?


Cow’s milk is for baby cows
Soy milk is for baby beans
Mama’s milk is for me!

I'm so crafty I make people!

Human milk for human babies.

 
(Images available from www.lactivist.net) 


I'd love to read what you've written in celebration of breastfeeding week/month.



Happy Breastfeeding!
Christine



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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Clean Teen Reads Review and Video Camera Giveaway! (8/3)

*Giveaway Closed*


Photo from Amazon.com

 
It's time to celebrate--we're having our first giveaway! I want to thank all those who have visited the Why We Love Green blog, followed, and left great comments. It has been so much fun getting to meet such great people! This giveaway is sponsored by Clean Teen Reads at CleanBooksforTeens.com, a site that provides detailed reviews of young adult books. Thank you, Clean Teen Reads!

Freebie Finding MomClean Teen Reads is a very useful website where teens and parents can read detailed reviews of young adult books. All reviewed books are carefully read to find and alert readers to any possible Offensive Language, Sex/Nudity/Reproduction, Drugs and Alcohol, Violence and Death, Dishonesty and Criminal Behavior, Witchcraft/Fantasy/the Supernatural, and any other elements that might concern teens or parents. Clean Teen Reads also outlines other useful information like books for reluctant readers, books for boys, and reading levels. New books are added each month.

As stated on the Clean Teen Reads Facebook page
"The CleanBooksforTeens.com website has three sections:
1) a TEEN SECTION provides reviews without getting too specific, so they doesn't spoil the book. Teen and tweens don't need to log in.
2) a PARENT SECTION provides reviews with detailed information, including spoilers. Parents and other adults over 18 may register for free to use this section
3) a SUBSCRIBER SECTION offers enhanced search options. Subscriptions are available to people over 18 for $12 per year."

I definitely recommend Clean Teen Reads to anyone who loves Young Adult literature. I have been able to find great books to read, that I otherwise would not have discovered. And the great part is, I know they're clean! It's hard to find reading material that is clean, and Clean Teen Reads has done the hard work for you! You can go to the site (CleanBooksforTeens.com or CleanTeenReads.com) and search over 120 books! And why is this green, you ask? Well, you will save time, resources, and money not buying books that you will later just get rid of. You will also be supporting an online business that creates no waste, has no packaging, etc. If you are interested in an easy way to evaluate books, then Clean Teen Reads is for you.


Clean Teen Reads has graciously offered to sponsor our first giveaway, which features the VistaQuest DV-700 Digital Video Camera!  This Video Camera is a video camcorder, digital still camera, and voice recorder all in one!  It's a cute, compact little camera and looks great for on-the-go use. Your prize includes the brand new Video Camera, charger, batteries, hand strap, and TV-cable.  Open to US and CANADA!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Sibling Love (with Linky)

Wordless Wednesday: Sibling Love

Aren't they so cute when they're getting along? Baby E has clearly been working hard on her bald spot.


Thanks for visiting! Please leave a comment and link up your WW!

Happy Wednesday!
Christine





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Green, Natural, and Organic Giveaways (Linky)


We know that I love a good giveaway...probably too much, in fact! To satisfy my desire for inexpensive and free green products, I spend time each evening skipping through the blogosphere and entering giveaways. During my recent outings I came across a number of giveaways for green products that I thought you might be interested in, too! Also feel free to add your giveaways to my linkies below. (There is one linky for green giveaways and one linky for other giveaways.)



















     



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    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Gymboree Coupon Giveaway *Rafflecopter*


    To celebrate my new access to Rafflecopter, I'm having a mini-giveaway to test things out. The prize? I'm giving away three Gymboree coupons to three lucky winners.

    • 20% off Entire Purchase (Exp 8/7)
    • $15 off $60 Purchase (Exp 8/7)
    • 20% off Entire Purchase (Exp 8/31)

    To enter, just complete the actions stated in the Rafflecopter giveaway below. If you have any issues with the form (or with completing any of the actions), please leave me a comment letting me know.

    Please read the fine print on the giveaway. Two of these coupons expire quite soon and the codes will be emailed to the winners. The third coupon expires at the end of the month and can be emailed and/or mailed via USPS to the winner. This giveaway is open to the US and CANADA.

    Happy Winning!
    Christine

    This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Gymboree. All content on this blog is my own and is not in any way connected to Gymboree.


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