8 Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing Tips

8 Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing Tips

Today I was in a local toy store and saw a lunch box for children with a sticker price of …honestly, what’s that all about?  Do people really pay for a lunch box?  I don’t care if that lunch box lasts me all year; I’m still not going to pay for it! 

Truth be told, if we all take a step back in our own homes, we will find a few different options we can use right there to pack lunches every day; we just need to get creative!

FYI-follow these tips for money saving and eco- friendly lunch packing tips:

1-Reuse baskets, tin cookie containers, gift bags or small coolers as lunch boxes.

2-Purchase small ice packs to keep lunches cool and from spoiling OR freeze water in a plastic water bottle, leaving ½” head room, and use to keep lunch cool.  The extra bonus is the ice will be melting and will provide your child with fresh and cool water at lunch.

3-Instead of plastic baggies, purchase wax eco-friendly bags, or reusable nylon snack or sandwich bags.

4-Utilize a small, flat plastic container or Wrap-n-Mat for sandwiches or wraps.

5-Small glass jam jars work really great for everything from cut vegetables to yogurt to trail mix.

6-Send along a cloth napkin for use as napkin and/or placemat.

7-Stainless steel or BPA free plastic water bottles replace the need for juice boxes or sugared drinks.

8-Send a little love note from home in your child’s lunchbox.  If he/she can’t read, a small picture or smiley face will do the trick.

About the Author

Nichi Hirsch Kuechle supports moms during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond as a health coach, craniosacral therapist and birth & postpartum doula in Minneapolis.   She publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter called Natural Family, which offers tips, ideas and resources for naturally raising your children.  She also teaches a variety of live and virtual workshops.  You can get Nichi’s New Parent Tool Kit, for free, by going to: http://www.myhealthybeginning.com

 

It includes a hospital-birth checklist, home-birth checklist, a list of her favorite natural baby care items, creative ideas for helping siblings adjust, and much more.  Get yours today, while it’s free!

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Ideas for your Outdoor Furniture

Ideas for your Outdoor Furniture

Patio furniture has advanced from the old classic plastic lawn chairs and tables that most of us used to have when we grew up. Patio furniture styles have advanced with new technology for outdoor furniture. For the new demand in patio furniture has patio furniture manufacturers now increasing the development of new materials for your deck patio furniture with new styles and prices that is in reach of anybody’s budget. While the climate and your personal taste in patio furniture should be taken into consideration you also have to decide on how the outdoor furniture will be used.

If you buy outdoor furniture made from wood, one of the primary problems that you are going to face is sun damage. UV radiation from the sun will bleach the finish or stain on your wooden folding chairs and loungers. This will cheapen the look of your deck or patio furniture which is why buying a beautiful set of cushions is a great idea because they will help protect against sun damage.

An outdoor area will look great in the evenings if you have candles at hand. Get several votive candles in glass jam jars or purchase some inexpensive tea light holders from your home improvement stores. These candles when hung and placed around the patio will create a romantic atmosphere for you and your loved ones. It will be a great place to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

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To get the best results for your wood working project buy the material at least two to three weeks before you are ready to start construction. Stack your timber in a dry location with spacers between the boards, allowing for plenty of air circulation so the material will dry out. This way you will get less warping or splitting of the wood after you have built your outdoor furniture.

There are many reputable companies offering great deals on garden furniture therefore it is important to shop around for the best deal possible. The first thing you should do before hitting the shops is to take a few measurements so you are aware with the space you have to work with. There is no point visiting a store and guessing as it may look very out of place or even not fit at all. It will also help you to narrow down the ranges you can choose from.

Outdoor furniture made of resin and recycled plastic is extremely durable and weather resistant. You can leave it outside with very little concern about the effects of the elements. Because it’s lightweight, resin furniture can be stored easily; it’s often stackable, and pieces like tables can be broken down when you need to put it away.

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