Tag: Environmentally Friendly

Biodiversity: Will There be Positive Change This Time?

I came across an article by Richard Black, environment correspondent for the BBC, called Solving Nature Loss: Child’s Play?  This article introduced me to the UN Convention of Biological Diversity meetings currently taking place in Nagoya, Japan.  I was intrigued by the delegates references to making real changes for the sake of future generations.  This is of course the right reason for making… Read more →

Our ‘Bugging’ Entomologist

As many of you know our Annika (aged 5) loves bugs.  At her preschool ‘graduation’ after all the princesses, fire fighters, and artists, the teacher announced:  “When Annika grows up she wants to be an entomologist”.  Most of the parents looked at each other and laughed and the kids all looked confused.  Like most parents I hardly even knew how to spell… Read more →

Re-Use For Old Boots and Toys

I have a problem, I hate to throw things away.  Either stuff just sits around the house cluttering it up, or I do something with them.  What do you do with old rubber boots(wellies) and toy trucks that are holey or broken and can’t be given to charity?  My solution was to reuse them in the garden. Annika has a… Read more →

How to Make a Bird Nest Ball

The other day I was a the garden supply store and I came across bird nest balls for helping your backyard bird friends gather building materials to make their nests.  I thought to myself that this was a great idea for a craft I can do with the kids.  The store was changing $7 per ball!  I wonder if someone will… Read more →

Earth Day Everyday

Earth Day came and went this year and we heard of many great environmental conscious acts that people did special for that day.  Us at familynavigation.com did not do anything different on Earth Day, we just did a bunch of stuff that we have incorporated into our everyday lives.  Since our move we are trying to make decisions appropriate for Earth Day every day… Read more →

Making Your Own Household Cleaners

Store bought household cleaners can contain unhealthy chemicals that are not safe for ourselves, our children, and the environment.  The big cleaning supply companies want you to think you need them, or you will never get rid of germs and bacteria.  You can make all your own cleaners from easy to find ingredients that are healthier for you and for a fraction of… Read more →

Planting Seeds With Small Children

Bring out the pots, seeds, dirt, water, and head outside.  This sounds like a lot of fun for kids, which it was.  For me it was a trying activity.  OK, maybe planting seeds with 3 kids under 5 was a bit ambitious, but I wanted to get them involved with gardening from the start.  I probably knew that it would end in tears, most… Read more →

We Celebrate Earth Hour

Saturday, March 27this Earth Hour and we will be joining in to cut our electrical consumption for an hour.  Last year we put the twins to bed and we read to Annika by candlelight.  Martin and I had a quiet dinner, also by candlelight, while we played some board games.  Two hours went by and we didn’t even realize it.  It was almost a… Read more →

BPA – Still a Hot Topic

Back in 2008 we remember the panic caused when we first learned about bisphenol A (BPA) and its presence in baby bottles and other plastics and the potential for serious health problems.  In Canada many products that contained BPA were pulled from shelves and have since been replaced by BPA free items.  So is BPA gone from our food supply? … Read more →

Earth Friendly Weed Killers

So the question is, why do we use so many herbicides and chemicals in our gardens?  I think the answer is we don’t have the time anymore to weed the “old fashioned way”.  Have a look at this blog on a free, earth-friendly weed killer.  Not only is it good for our environment, it’s cheap! “Free, Earth-Friendly Weed Killer for… Read more →