Making Easter a Little Kinder Towards God’s Creation

When I was growing up my family owned a gift shop. When you are in the gift business, your life revolves around holidays. Good thing we loved holidays! Although Christmas was magical, it was also exhausting and back then there seemed to be a lot of pressure on giving to everyone. People were stressed and harried. That’s why my father’s favorite holiday was Easter. He always said people give at Christmas because they have to, people give at Easter because they want to. Easter was big with an egg tree and decorations. Pastel colors, chicks and bunnies abounded but one set of decorations gives me the fondest memories. Early in our family life Mother and Daddy had volunteered to decorate tables at church. They blew out dozens and dozens of eggs. They washed them well and papier machéd them. Those eggs were so strong because of the glue and paper that they were part of our decorating for years. Continue reading

Creation Care Hack: Energy Efficiency at Home and Energy Efficient Kits

What’s the best way to help cut our impact on the planet from carbon emissions? Use less energy. Did you know that up to 20% of the electricity* that is produced in America is lost before it ever arrives to your home, office or church? Yep, it’s a well-kept secret that energy prodcuers don’t want you to know. Some of it is coal or natural gas lost in transit to generation stations. Most of it is the transmission of the electricity or natural gas to the end-user. You don’t get charged for the loss directly. It is built into the rates everyone is charged. But waste is waste, and we can all take part in reducing waste. So, what’s the answer? Reduce your use. There are many ways to reduce your usage. Number one use? Air-conditioner. No, I am not telling you to turn off your air-conditioner. I live in Hotlanta after all and the rest of my family lives in even hotter places. Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas Recycling

Oh the holidays! Who doesn’t love it, even though it can be overwhelming? One of the ways it is overwhelming is all the stuff. The paper, the packages, the presents, the bows, the tree, the garland and don’t forget the mistletoe! And all that stuff has a big impact. December is the highest month for landfill deposits. Ready to be overwhelmed? Household waste increases by a whopping 25% between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 30 million Christmas Trees will end up in landfills. 4 million tons of wrapping paper and gift bags alone will be used. Continue reading

Creation Care Hack: Train Yourself to Use Reusable Shopping Bags

Using cloth shopping bags should be easy, right? Well, not so fast. Using cloth shopping bags actually has to become a routine. When I made the commitment to use reusable shopping bags, I realized I better have a plan or I would never be able to make it the habit it needed to be. Continue reading

5 Ways to Care for God’s Creation on Thanksgiving

WooHoo, it’s Thanksgiving! It’s my family’s favorite holiday because this is the holiday we have designated to be together. Once kids entered our world, traveling with little ones for Christmas got complicated as we live all over the Southeast, so, Thanksgiving became our holiday. Of course, there is the bonus that we are Southern, and we love to eat and cook! Continue reading

5 Things to Reduce Your Kid's Lunch Box Trash

And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination. - Jeremiah 2:7 It takes work to care for God's Creation, but we all want things to be easier! How do you know what to choose and what makes the most sense? Well, EEN Moms is here to help. We have spent years attending organic, green product and sustainability events. Hundreds of new projects exist that are healthy and sustainable. This list of lunch box items is not meant as an endorsement. Rather, this list serves as a guideline to help you find your own items to reduce waste. If you think we missed something, please share at the bottom in the comment section.  Continue reading