- We recycle. All glass, plastic, newspaper, magazines and cardboard go in our recycling bin. The city of Chesapeake got real about recycling about a year or so ago and gave us these nice big recycling cans instead of the one little blue bin we had before. Now, if they would just start recycling every week instead of every other! We definitely fill this sucker up in 2 weeks! I'm pretty sure we could fill it every week by adding paper to our recycling list.
- We switched from incandescent light bulbs to CFL light bulbs. CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs use at least 2/3 less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, if every U.S. household replaced just one regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, it would prevent 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the equivalent of taking 7.5 million cars off the road. The drawback? They do contain mercury, so will need to be recycled properly and never thrown in the trash. The good news? They don't need to be changed all that often, so it's not that big of a deal! :-)
- We use reusable grocery bags. Ok, I'm not going to lie. Sometimes I forget my bags - I'm not perfect! But I do my best to remember to grab them and use them when I do my big grocery trip every 2 weeks. What I need to try to do is use reusable bags for all my shopping trips. This is something I plan to try to work on. Why is it so important to use reusable bags? Check out this website to find out!
- We are growing a garden. This one is a work in progress! We just started our garden this year. Our seedlings are growing and Mike has already prepared the area for our garden. Hopefully it all works out, but again, it's all about doing your best! How does growing a garden reduce your carbon footprint? You use your energy to maintain and harvest your garden versus the use of machines in large agribusinesses. There is also no need to transport them. A small change, which doesn't sound like much, but again, lots of small changes = a big impact!
There are a lot more things we could be doing, and I am constantly working toward being more mindful - always with the help of my Haley Bug! ♥ Want more ideas for "going green?" Do a Google search! There's lots of great information out there.
So, after 2 weeks of not being able to go to the gym, I was finally able to make it this afternoon because Mike got off early from work! So, I did my first Fitquest workout and then ... ZUMBA! My favorite instructor was teaching tonight, Jessica Webster. She is just so cute and full of energy - she really makes you want to keep going. I loved reading about how she has lost 125 pounds!! Holy cow - there's some motivation for ya! (In case you didn't notice, her name is a link to her Zumba instructor page.) So far, Zumba has been fun no matter who the instructor is, but I really love her. I got a cute a super cute "I Love Zumba" bracelet from her after class tonight. I hope the girls are all better next week so I can start going on the regular again! I will definitely be going tomorrow morning though, since Daddy will be here to watch the sickies! ;-)
Speaking of the sickies, Carly and Callie are doing a lot better. Carly only needed one breathing treatment today and I only wiped a few snotty noses. Hopefully that means they are on their way to kicking these nasty sickies. I did notice Callie coughing a few times today - REALLY hoping that doesn't turn into wheezing like Carly. I honestly cannot even fathom having to hold her down for a treatment! LOL Callie is still commando crawling away, but has gotten up on her knees a few times. Carly is crawling like a champ all over the living room. It is the cutest darn thing ever! I just can't get over how big they are getting SO FAST!
I had planned on making dirt cake cups for Earth Day, but the day got away from me. Mickey would have thought that was cool I think. Or, being OCD, she might have thought it was disgusting! LOL It's the thought that counts, right? :-)