Better Late than Never: Happy Festivus

February 16th, 2009

The smell of fresh baked cookies greeted my brother-in-law, his wife and kids, as they arrived at the house today for our annual Christmas gift exchange.

No, this is not a re-tread post. It’s Presidents Day, and we’re finally getting around to closing out Christmas ’08. I do believe in stretching out the Christmas season (aka Slow Christmas), but even I’ll admit this was a bit extreme.

Yet in the Episcopalian-Jewish-Buddhist-Agnostic-Non-Religious-and Roman Catholic family I married into, Christmas celebrations are decidedly different than those I remember as a child.

And I couldn’t help but compare our belated celebrations to the tweets and emails I received earlier in the evening from my @greenmoms friends Janelle Sorenson of the non-profit Healthy Child, Healthy World and Sommer Poquette of Green and Clean Mom. Rather than miss participating in last week’s Green Moms Carnival, they added their posts today. “Better late than never,” I tweeted back to them.

It’s a motto this Mom can relate to.

– Lynn

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I Believe

February 8th, 2009

For this month’s Green Moms Carnival, Jennifer Taggert of The Smart Mama asked us to blog on the topic: “I Believe.”

I believe that small steps make a difference.

I believe in God, and I believe that God wants us to take care of the Earth.

I believe in the power of the Green Moms Carnival. I believe that raising our voices together makes a difference, whether we are blogging about global warming, or urging the Obama Administration to adopt a prevention agenda, or any of the other upcoming topics, like plastics.

I believe that sometimes you need to step away from the blogging and writing and spend more time just being and doing. That’s one reason I’m not quite as active in the blogosphere as I was this time last year. I’m spending more time building my client base of green and wanna-be-more green companies, helping them to take small steps that cumulatively will make a big difference to us and our children. As business has taken off (good!), my time for blogging and visiting my favorite blogs has decreased (bad!)

I believe that it’s never too late to make a difference.

And I believe that for some reason, this was one of the hardest Carnival topics to tackle! What do you think?

Be sure to check out Jennifer’s site on Monday to see the other Green Moms Carnival posts!

– Lynn

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Nothing to do Tomorrow? It’s IICFBD!

February 6th, 2009

That’s International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, held the first Saturday in February. What began as a small gathering in upstate New York is now a worldwide event, but still very much under-the-radar!

So call some friends, and make tomorrow morning an Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! A sure cure for the winter doldrums, it’s pretty hard to be dreary when you’re eating ice cream for breakfast along with your pals!

Here’s more on the story from the “official” Ice Cream for Breakfast Day website.

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Ruth and a little boy named Joe. Ruth and Joe grew up in the
back of beyond in New York state where it was very very cold. Every winter between New Year’s Eve and
Passover, life in up-state New York got extremely boring, so their parents invented a holiday to brighten
up the dreary days of winter. It was called Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. This was a wonderful holiday for
children and parents alike because to celebrate you had to eat ice cream for breakfast on the first Saturday in
February.

Well, Ruth and Joe grew up and went away to a university. They made many friends and taught them all
about Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. After college Ruth had a roommate named Barry to whom she also told
about this tradition. Many years later, Barry met Itzah C. Kret in Washington, D.C. and converted him into an
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day observer.

Nobody has kept precise track but through word of mouth ICFBD has been celebrated in many homes, states
and countries all over the world. Some people give parties with musical instruments, others simply
celebrate with family members. There is no right or wrong so long as you follow the 3 plus 1 simple Ice
Cream for Breakfast Day Rules

(1) Eat ice cream
(2) for breakfast
(3) on the first Saturday in February

(4) spread the word

The rest is up to you!

As for me, I’m fortunate to be invited to the famous Barry’s party, where I’ll also get to see Itzah C. Kret. Check out the great site they’ve put up, take a peek at the great pix on this new Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Blog, and let me know if you spring for Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! (And yes, make it organic!)

Have fun!

– Lynn

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About the Next Green Moms Carnival: I Believe

February 2nd, 2009

Normally the Green Moms Carnival runs the first Monday of each month, which means by rights you should be enjoying the posts today. Coming on the heels of our win for “Best Green Content” on Twitter in the first Shortys Award Competition, we’re eager to kick off the next carnival.

Eager but tired.

My friend Jennifer Taggert, aka The Smart Mama is hosting the next carnival over at her site next Monday. She and I were up until 3 a.m. EST/midnight PST sending out a stream of crazy tweets trying to round up the final votes in the competition. I don’t know about you, but it takes me a lot longer to recover from staying up till 3 a.m. than it did in my single days!

Many of you have contacted me asking how to participate in the next carnival. Here’s how:
1. Write a post on the topic of “I Believe.” As Jennifer explains it, “This is an open topic. The idea stems from a website I read a year or so ago that asked people to do post 500 words starting with the words “I believe . . . ” The particular website was a toxicologist’s website, so the various posts were all technical in nature.

But, the idea here is to talk about what we believe – do you believe small steps can change the world? the power of the big green purse (Diane)? that we can (or can’t) solve global warming? that Obama means a new era? You could talk about faith & being green, or whatever. It really is open. Just start with the words I believe and reflect from there. But keep it green or healthy or non toxic in the theme of our carnival.”

2. Be sure to link to the SmartMama’s site and to the Green Moms Carnival Home Page.

3. Submit your post to greenmomscarnival@gmail.com by Sunday, February 8th.

Please bear in mind that due to the volume of submissions, there is no guarantee your submission will be chosen. Posts are selected purely at the discretion of the blogger hosting each month. Rules are posted here on the home page.

And if you just want to check out the submissions, be sure to visit my friend Jennifer, who truly is one SmartMama, next Monday, February 9th.

Thanks for your interest!

– Lynn

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