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A Simple Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 2015

Plant a little…Eat a little

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Have you ever caught yourself doing a double take & having that “ah-ha” moment?  

This happened to me while in our local Lowes Foods grocery store.  I’d seen this tabletop garden out of the corner of my eye, but never paid any attention to it.  I assumed it was grocery store decor.  As I got closer I realized that the garden was there for shoppers to clip their own herbs.  What a great idea to the alternative pre-packaged herbs!  This got my wheels turning & I remembered that Earth Day was coming up.  Every year I say (in my mind) that we are going to do it up for Earth Day…..plant a tree, start a garden, make a bird feeder or attend a festival.   However, my ambition is too great & our activity schedule is too crazy that my plan always fizzles out.  So, small as it may be I whipped up a simple idea & with one afternoon we had our Earth Day plans in check.

 

Of course, my next stop in the day was to Target.  🙂  I found flowerpots, potting soil & garden seeds in the back of the store…jackpot!  We’ve planted veggies & strawberries in the past and my kiddos always enjoyed eating what they grew.  So, I knew that this would be the perfect Earth Day project for them.  (Sidenote:  You know I was checking out those #TargetDollarSpot bins before any Earth Day planning was gonna go on right?!?  Hee, hee! 🙂 )

 

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Potting Mix was $4.49, Seeds were around $1.50 each, Plastic pots were $1.34 each. Chalkboard labels I had stashed away…FREE! 🙂

 

I chose Garden Bean and Mesclun Lettuce (fancy way of saying a “variety of lettuce” seeds) seed packets for the kids to plant.  These I knew the kids would enjoy picking.  Reading the label on the packets this time of year was best for planting….Yay!  I also had leftover chalkboard labels I stuck on each pot to label what we were growing.  This activity was a good way of showing my kids how they can take green steps toward caring for their planet and providing food for their family.

 

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Planting our seeds. 🙂

 

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Kids watered their seeds & soon-to-be veggie salad. 🙂

 

This simple activity took about 30 minutes & watching my kids take on their role of starting their own garden was very rewarding.  Watching children plant has always made me happy…even if they get a little dirty. 🙂

Their reward after all their planting was a special treat I found while at Lowes Foods.  Keeping on the Earth Day theme I wanted the kiddos to have a special snack that was local, healthy & fun.  

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Chad’s Carolina Corn – Kettle Corn Flavor…$5.99 Crazy Yummy!!!!!

My family loves popcorn and while shopping I came across Chad’s Carolina Corn – Kettle Corn flavor.  I’d purchased the popcorn before through my local Produce Box last summer & really enjoyed it. So seeing it in my nearby Lowes Foods grocery store was a nice surprise.  Chad’s Carolina Corn is a family run business based out of Greensboro, NC….perfect…local…check! 🙂 This gluten-free, all natural gourmet Kettle Corn was the BOMB!  (Did I just date myself by saying that…heck, it’s true!)  My kids tore through two bags & I was kicking myself for not buying more.  The popcorn was sweet & salty and the kernels were light & fluffy.  Chad’s Carolina Corn was a pleasant reminder of the Kettle Corn you find at the State Fair, but this stuff was better!   My plan was to save a bag for movie night while we watched a National Geographic movie on Netfix in celebration of Earth Day.  Oh, well, I am happy to go back and snag another bag or two. This popcorn was delicious!  While my hungry kids were munching away we discussed the ways we were helping our planet Earth by buying local natural products….this was a brief discussion because the majority of the time my kiddos were stuffing their faces with their sweet treat.  (Sidenote: If you live in N.C. you have to scoop up a bag or two, but if you can’t you can order this popcorn-goodness online here.)

Although, our Earth Day preparation was a small event I left our little family activity feeling more energized into what we can do together to care for our Earth.  Earth Day is a beautiful celebration & I hope years to come my family & I will continue to plant & give back on this special occasion.

Here are two sites I came across that had some fun Earth Day activities for families.  Check it out!

Mother Nature Network  (This was a very cool site.  I can see myself using this for other activities for my fam.)

PBS.org   (As a Mama & a former educator I LOVE all things PBS!)

 

What are you doing for Earth Day….big or small,,,,you are making a difference!  Can’t wait to hear from you & Happy Earth Day Celebrations!

 

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  • Logan Can April 22, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Sounds like the perfect day! I need to get outside and plant something in my large planter!

    • All Inspired Mom April 22, 2015 at 2:51 am

      Logan, it did end up to be a nice afternoon plant. Surprisingly, an hour later we were being pelted with hail…crazy N.C. weather, lol! What are you planting? I have some huge planters that I am always trying to figure out what to plant in them. Take care & thanks so much for stopping by A.I.M.! 🙂

  • Natasha April 22, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Love love love this! I keep saying the same thing…in my mind…that I will plant a small garden with the kids (3, 6, & 8 yo) but haven’t. My mom and grandma always had one when I was growing up and they still do so I wanted to give my kids at least a taste of it…along with the freshness! Needless to say I haven’t but these small plantera are a wonderful doable idea!!

    • All Inspired Mom April 22, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Natasha, I totally agree! It is hard when you have 3 little ones running around. Honestly, I poured a little soil in the planters, stood back and let the kids go. We will see what pops up in those planters in the next few weeks. Good luck in your adventures of gardening with your kiddos. Take care & thank you for stopping by A.I.M.! 🙂

  • Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom April 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    What a great way to celebrate. Can’t wait to do this with the kids after school–planting here we come!

    • All Inspired Mom April 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Kristen, this was so much fun & got all the jitters & wiggles out before they had to run and do homework. Have a great time with your little ones! Thanks so much for stopping by A.I.M & take care! 🙂

  • Addie April 23, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    You did it big for earth day! Congrats =) I didn’t actually get to do much celebrating, life is busy, but I finally posted a post about being more sustainable in fashion choices which has been a draft on my blog for over a year now! It’s the little things lol. Happy Earth Day =)

    • All Inspired Mom April 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Oh, wow! I can’t wait to check out your Earth Day post. I, too, have some post-babies sitting in draft form, ugh! Thanks so much for stopping by A.I.M & take care! 🙂