Green Halloween’s National Costume Swap Day Is October 13, 2012.

Four Loko Halloween Costume.Green Halloween’s National Costume Swap Day is one of the best reuse/reduce/recycle events of the year. All you have to do is visit their website and by state, find the closest participating store. Anytime between now and October 13, you can drop in and donate your previously loved Halloween costumes. Each store is offering some type of incentive (goodie bag, discount coupons etc.) for donating your old costumes and you’ll receive a ticket to the costume swap on Saturday, October 13. [National Costume Swap Day via Inhabitots]


Jubbling Is Back At Work

Mid-week national holidays are killing our momentum. We tried to tie Jubbling in with some green 4th of July ideas but that was going nowhere. So instead, we focused on making our Independence Day celebration less brown by lighting off 10 fewer fireworks than we did last year (successful) and by consuming 5 less beers (unsuccessful).

The only story we missed was the tiny DIY “One SQM House” by Van Bo Le-Mentzel. Have a great post-4th week. [Treehugger]


Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs. Jubbling?

First you’ll need to start with 100% silk ties. Right now we’re on skiing vacation, so rather than rid Mr. MK of a few duds laying around in his closet, I picked up a few from a thrift shop in Banff. It’s a good thing we were buying them to destroy, because the pickin’s were slim and ugly.

DIY Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs
I’m willing to accept the idea of the Easter Bunny delivering eggs and the connection to spring and fertility but I have to draw the line somewhere and it might be coloring Easter eggs with cut up silk ties. Offered as an alternative to the normal egg dyeing process using vinegar and food coloring, the “tie” dyed coloring option requires a silk necktie and 20 minutes of boiling.

Using silk ties to color Easter eggs – is this a good example of reuse or waste? Seeing how most of the ties used in the example on would be an upgrade for me, I’m leaning toward waste.


Final Post On Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards: Elementary School Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day! As with every holiday, we pulled through it with some last minute heroics. We didn’t buy the pre-packaged cards this year and my kids were able to participate in the design of their classroom Valentines. I have to come clean, I’m definitely not one of those parents who patiently works with their kids on baking or craft projects; I’m skilled at impatiently not-working on projects with my kids. But making the Valentine’s cards from scratch was easy and my kids had fun making it their own. Here are their final Valentine’s cards:

Spongie Brad No-Pants Valentines CardSpongie Brad No-Pants Valentines Card – Didn’t want to infringe on any copyrights so we went the knock-off route. Harry just filled in the blanks with his classmate’s name and a word to describe them (ie funny, nice, crazy etc.). Had to slip in a plug for the Burj Khalifa too. BTW: did you know the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at 2,651 feet? I hear it almost everyday.

You're A Treat Card You’re A Treat Card – So my daughter did go with the You’re a treat card with a slight modification. She added the “JK” (Just Kidding) because she’s too nice to not give something. She also insisted on not including or writing her name on the card just in case. I think she’ll be an attorney.

Homemade Valentine’s Cards For The Classroom

Valentines Card PacksDefinitely don’t want to leave the kids out; they probably need more help with Valentine’s cards than their parents. That’s because if your kids are elementary school age, they have to bring Valentine’s cards for everyone in their class – even for the kids they don’t like. For us, it’s been an annual trip to the Rite Aid where we spend 15+ minutes choosing one of the over-packaged Valentine card kits with SpongeBob, Hello Kitty, Harry Potter etc. The card is like gift wrap and is quickly peeled off and forgotten while the treats are collected and traded like prison cigarettes.

But don’t fret this year because Jubbling can help and you won’t have to leave your house. Our sample homemade classroom Valentine’s cards were created more to inspire but if you see one you like, it’s yours free of charge. It’s your call if you want attach a sticker, tattoo or candy to your homemade Valentine’s card but staying at home and making more memorable classroom cards yourself is the key to your kid’s Jubbling Valentines.

Pre-Recycled Classroom/Kids Valentine's Card Pre-Recycled Valentine’s Card – This is the easy way out card. Use at own risk.
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Homemade joke Valentine's card for kids Valentine’s Day Joke Card – Wasn’t sure about this one but my kids thought it was funny. Just the word poop alone can bring down the house with the 3rd grade and under crowd. Sprinkle in some Valentines message and you’ve got a winner.
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Homemade kid's Valentine's card for the classroom bully. Valentine’s Day Card For The Classroom Bully – If Valentine’s day is your kids last day at their school and they have a bully in their class, this is your card. Ideally your kid will have two bullies in their class so they can sign it from/to each bully.

You can also substitute the penny with a piece of copper wire to get the same effect.

You are the treat - homemade classroom Valentine's card You Are A Treat – My daughter is planning on handing out this card. It has a positive message and replaces the need for an actual treat.
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Homemade, Handcrafted Valentine’s Day Card #8 – I’m A Sitter

Card #8: I’m A Sitter

Handmade Valentines Card 8 - I'm A Sitter

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Probably shouldn’t explain this one.