Earth Day Compost Art

Compost Art Reflection:
I watched as layers and layers of egg shells, coffee grinds, vegetable peels and apple cores get tossed into the compost bin.
The more we add in, the more beautiful it gets, layer by layer, piece by piece.
Individual pieces of everything all getting thrown away all break down, until one day, it turns into something beautiful and useful together.
Everything that was meant to be useless, broken, and tossed into a waste basket eventually turns into something fruitful for all the earth.
It reminds me of the world we live in…no one is perfect, yet when everyone works collaboratively, earth becomes a richer place. 
All this inspired me to create this page of compost art…and remind me of how beautiful nature is!

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Earth Day Skoy Eco-friendly Cloth, Scrubber and Towels Review and Giveaway

Skoy Cloths are made from natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. Yes, this is a cloth derived from wood! This sponge alternative is dishwasher, machine washashable/dryer safe and biodegradable/compostable! Read more on my review on the cloths, scrubbers and towels!

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Happy One Year Hopscotch Mom and Giveaways!

Hopscotch Mom Turns One! Come on and join in on the giveaway! We are giving away an end grain walnut Cutting Board from Brooklyn Butcher Blocks, a set of adorable Eco-friendly Friendsheep Wool Balls and one lucky winner from around the world will win a signed art print by Edie Art!

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Friendsheep Wool Eco friendly Dryer Balls

Friendsheep Eco Friendly Wool Dryer Balls and Other Goods. These dryer balls are made with fair wage by Nepali Artisans in underprivileged communities and all their packaging is 100 percent recyclable and/or biodegradable and compostable. These adorable dryer balls work great to soften the load. I am more than happy having them found in random places in my home, as they unexpectedly bring a smile to my face whenever I see them. Add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls to gently scent the clothing. The fun designs and shapes of the dryer balls and air freshener make them a welcome addition anywhere in our home drawers, washing machine, children’s playhouse and more. Tuck in Spring or Easter Egg hunts, in goody bags, gift to adults and kids alike!

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Beef Chili with Whatever Canned Goods You’ve Got

Chilli to me is a full sensational experience in a bowl: the spices of cumin, garlic and Chilli seasoning warm you; the aromatics from beginning to end stages slowly build up your craving for it. The raw onions, garlic and peppers wake you up the minute you start cutting them up. Then when you hear it sizzling, and bubbling, you await the moment it is done cooking and ready for tasting. Then when you taste it, you feel comforted and happy, yet excited from the kick from the jalapeños!

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Cool Down and Work Through Anger by Cheri J. Meiners

Excellent, clear and easy to understand book with examples of when children might get angry and how to work through them in a positive way. Great images. Bonus guidelines in the back of the story for adults on how to engage in discussion with children and a page by page(s) on how to break down the content.

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LEGO Play!

How often do you stop and truly PLAY with your child(ten)? I encourage you to stop what you are doing at least once this month to just play! You will see your kids’ face light up, like never before. You, their parent who is usually working or cooking, cleaning or folding; it’s the most intriguing and endearing thing to them to see you laugh, be creative and play like a kid ! You are their role model. You are the person your child looks up to; their first teacher; their inspiration. What are you telling/ showing your child when you stop what you’re doing to play with them ? How does that make them feel? How does that make you feel?

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Art tells us it’s Okay to be You

Why kids do so much art? Why is art important in early childhood and beyond?

The more you art, the more you start to realize art is embedded in our lives and shares bits and pieces of who we are as unique, one of a kind individuals.
Art is about developing yourself. It’s taking baby steps to try new things and trying to understand things other people create and respecting their point of view.

Art is you and you are one of a kind. You are special because there is no one like you.

Life is about sharing who you are to the world, and finding not IF we connect, but HOW, WHERE and WHY we connect.

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Olivia’s 6th Birthday- Thunderstorm Party

Thunderstorm Themed Party inspired by senses. Hail-Ci-cles, tornado tops, pop rocks, raindrop jellybeans , lifesaver wintergreen spark, dried flowers, mod podge drizzle, marble painting, sensory calm tube, calm after the storm, comfort food.

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Replacing Paper Towels with the Multipurpose Harringdons Tea Towels

Replacing Paper Towels with the Multipurpose Harringdons Tea Towels- wrap a gift, keep bread fresh, apron, drying dishes and cutlery-they are amazing, 100% cotton and so soft in your hands- they don’t snag, wash well and work for everything you could imagine in your kitchen.

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Hick’s Nurseries- Christmas Wonderland

Have you picked out your Christmas tree yet this year? Do you love unique plants and Winter Wonderland? Maybe all the holiday shopping online has been draining you of the Christmas spirit? Living in New York all my life, I really can’t believe I’ve ever been here. My husband found this place and we have been meaning to go for years now, but we never had a chance to, until now. It will now be a yearly trek to Long Island to visit Hick’s Nurseries. You come here and you feel as if you’ve traveled in time, back into childhood if days that beautiful trees and ornaments filled your eyes with awe, minds with magic and heart with joy. Come and reminisce on those nostalgic memories of childhood days, where you learn to live in the moment and appreciate the little things that spark great joy.

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Plastic to Wooden Cutting Board featuring Virginia Boys Kitchen Walnut Wood Cutting Boards

Why I switched to a wood cutting board. A review of Virginia Boys Kitchen Walnut Wood Cutting Boards. Responsibly made in the USA, using all natural materials and sustainably sourced local wood. They stand behind their cutting boards and offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE.

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Filipino Style Bitter melon (Ampalaya) Egg Scramble with Tomatoes

Filipino style scrambled bitter melon with egg and tomatoes. After sprinkling the bittermelon with salt, the bitterness is barely noticeable and you are left with a slightly smoky flavored pepper. The garlic, scrambled egg and tomatoes make this dish humbly delicious.

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Korean Beansprouts Two Ways

Beansprout soup, like Miso Soup, I love to make for the girls for either breakfast or dinner during school days. It’s nutritious and loaded with beansprout, garlic, scallions and dried sardines.
After a long day at school, often eating salty and dried foods, having this for dinner I feel helps balance whatever they had at school all day. I love how versatile the soup is and how if you are watching your salt intake, it’s easy to control or go sans salt altogether and add extra Korean red pepper powder.

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Easy Chinese Take-out Fried Chicken Wings

You can’t really go wrong with fried chicken wings. Seriously , you can probably just add salt to the chicken wing and flour them, deep fry them and they will be tasty. It’s something about the crispy, yet chewy Unami flavor of the first juicy bite. Not matter how you fry it, it’s just tasty in its own way. This recipe for Chinese take-out chicken wings is super simple and satisfying.

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