The Savvy Path

    Recycling With Kids

    Moms know that sometimes it’s hard to get kids to do anything that has the tiniest hint of being a chore.  With more than 220 million tons of garbage going into landfills each year it’s important to recycle what we can, but kids may need a little extra encouragement. So how do we get kids to be enthusiastic about recycling?

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    Making Veggies Fun: Toddlers To Teens

    Infuse Your Inner Ila

    Carving cucumbers into caterpillars and making sockets for raisin eyes just wasn't cutting it.  I wished to plant genuine-veggie-appreciation in my children but it seemed to be an ongoing battle. It had to be...fun, so I turned to "Ila." 

    “Ila” as the grandkids call her, is my dad’s wife and she has a way of turning every task into a delight. As a stay-at-home mother of three in the 70s, Pam was a self-professed slob and wrote Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise," leading her to appearances on the Today Show, Live with Regis, and Oprah.  Housework became manageable as she infused her mantra, “Make it fun and it will get done.”

    It was time to infuse my inner-Ila to tackle the reputation of veggies. This process had to be fun or it wasn’t going to happen at all. Over time, we found our own path. Here are our favorite four tips-turned-into-good-times from the parenting toolbox. 

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    Reluctant To Grow Food?  Start Here

    Do You Like Your Organic Veggies Cheap? 

    I know a lot of people who’d love to grow their own food, but strongly adhere to the following misperceptions:

    • Growing food is hard
    • I don’t have time
    • I have a black thumb
    • I don’t know what to grow
    • I don’t have space

    Let me just say, that I’m a firm believer that anyone can grow food. Yes, I mean you with the black thumb. You with no time. You who hates to get dirt under your nails. And I’m also a firm believer that once you have luck growing the easy vegetables, you’ll want to live in overalls and quit your day job to farm 24-7. Well, maybe that’s hyperbole, but I’m still betting you’ll love it. 

    For reluctant gardeners (or kid-focused fun), I recommend growing the following three vegetables first.

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    When Kids Make Water Bottle Refill Stations #Do-Able

    Selfish or Selfless? 

    A quick search on Amazon displays dozens of books touting how to market to,  manage or inspire Millennials, describing them as selfish, self-centered and self absorbed.  We believe this generation is actually profoundly Savvy, open to embracing ways to protect the health of this planet and all that call it home. Did you know while we explore tips and tools to create healthier homes, teens across the country discuss GMOs or watch “Food Inc” in philosophy classes, often continuing the discussions outside of school with their parents?  And colleges offer environmental health, science and technology majors across the nation?  When given a support system, Millennials’ fresh outlook and ‘can do attitude’ can lead to a range of creative solutions,  as seen in Maxwell Sheldon's story.

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    Rain Barrels of Fun

     

    Since water is one of our most precious resources—and certainly our most needed—it is imperative to not only be smart about our water consumption, but also reuse and repurpose our water where we can.  

    Investing in a rain barrel is a great way to repurpose rainwater in and around your home. You can use rainwater to:

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    How Do My Windows Get So Clean?

     
    During the pre-launch phase of my book Little Changes, I focus groups challenged me on one particular character.  “Tell us more about Ted. What did he think? Dish! What is he like?  What did he think of your crazy antics, Kristi?”  Selfishly, my instinctive answer was, “My husband?  He will have to write his own book. This book is about me.”
     
    I suppose it’s only natural. Women wanted to have an idea of how their husbands might react to the changes I was suggesting. I listened to their encouragement but knew in my heart why I hadn’t shared more. Ted is a good man. A very private man. The strong silent type with beautiful integrity and values and I naturally try to respect that. 
    Yet, he does have a rather gregarious-social wife, which must be rather challenging. Especially on days like today, when I want to share with you a husbandly talent Ted does really, really well. And that makes me very, very happy. 
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    Chores For Kids

    It's No Secret Chore Rhymes With Bore 

    As a kid, my responsibilities including vacuuming and dusting the living, dining, and family rooms of the house. I hauled around a heavy canister vacuum cleaner, relishing when it “accidentally” slammed into the furniture. I used my dad’s old t-shirts saturated in Pledge or Windex on the tables and hutches. My life improved considerably when I learned how to mow the lawn and used that as an excuse to shirk my indoor chores.

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    12 Uses for Castile Soap (Enticing Discount Included)

     

    What is Castile Soap? 

    Castile soap is a multi-tasking, kind cleaning product.  Found in both liquid and bar style, castile soap is a long time favorite for camping folk due to its multi-purpose usage and kind-to-the-environment traits.  instead of using animal fats or synthetics as its base, your new-BFF-to-be is vegetable based - usually from a olive oil, coconut, almond, hemp or jojoba base.  Which product do we recommend, how does one use castile soap, and is there really an enticing discount? 

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    A Velvety Soft Scrub for Sinks

    If only everything were as easy as placing a romantic classified!  

    "Just got out of long-term toxic-cleaner relationship. I am looking for a new product that doesn’t leave me with a thumping headache or sneezing fit after our encounters. It’s not too much for a girl to ask for, is it? A cleaning product that doesn’t need to be locked in cabinets or used with “adequate ventilation?” I promise I am not needy; a casual weekly rendezvous for a spin around the bathroom sink is fine by me."

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    Eve_profile.jpgI love seeing how we women band together to change the world. Savvy reflects so much of my own personal beliefs and the conclusions I’ve drawn after years of study. I love that we can share and learn together. It’s not a “my way or the highway” kind of place. Join in.Find your home.You’re always welcome here! 

     ~ Eve Bynum  Founding Savvy Writer 

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    ~ Andrea Fabry, Author of It Takes Time Blog & Founding Savvy Writer 

     

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    It wasn’t until I sat in on a Savvy Board meeting that I truly understood the complex workings of this amazing organization and the scope of their efforts. I was immediately proud to be part of something so much larger than myself, and a company that I believed would truly change the world. I knew from that day forward that I would take any opportunity to be a part of Savvy again as it was established and grew.

    ~ Julia Condon Founding Savvy Writer 

    I wish I had had a network like this when I started my health and fitness journey. I want to help other women just starting out to cut through the endless pages of Google results, confusing articles, and conflicting information that have lead many to give up or never start. I want to empower women to take their health into their own hands and become aware of what they’re eating and how what they’re eating can change their mood, energy levels, and bodies. As I continue my own journey, I want to share what I’m learning with health, nutrition and other allies that are dedicated to making the world and our bodies a cleaner and healthier place.

    ~ Aimée Suen Founding Savvy Writer