Bugs (Part 5)

November 14, 2011

So we waited and waited for this thing to hatch.. one day, Ms. Kaz went into my daughter’s room and said, “oh! It hatched!”

It was an exciting day. We took pictures and tried to learn what to feed it (sugar water) and tried to keep it alive until Baba arrived. I am not sure we were doing it right, or if the butterfly was “getting it”. It didn’t appear to be interested in eating. Part of its wing broke off (malnutrition?).

We managed to keep it alive a few days, then convince my daughter that we needed to let it go. We had a small Release Party for the butterfly. Somehow, when getting the butterfly cage from her room, the butterfly managed to escape. After chasing it around for 5 minutes, we were able to get it back in and down to the backyard.

The beautiful thing is that, after release, it flew directly to the butterfly bush my daughter had us plant a few years earlier. Maybe because it was starving, it spent plenty of time drinking (and posing for pictures) before flying off.

Easter Fish

March 16, 2008

easter fishMy daughter has really been into drawing and painting lately. And she’s gotten pretty good at making things look a bit like the thing she is trying to draw.

The other day, Ms. Kaz and she were making cards for Easter for everyone. Today, she showed me how she made one, and made this most awesome drawing. It was so awesome, in fact, I had to change the blog’s header (look up!).

The card is actually for one of our cats, but that’s okay, because it means I get to keep it around the house.

When she showed it to me, she told me, “this fish is mad because it has to live in dirty water…”

I am glad to see she’s learning about her environment. Now we just need to get her to draw some angry birds and perhaps a whole line of angry animals. She might even be able to pay her way through college!

She also drew a most awesome “buggy guy” and a parrot, which I will have to upload some time.

Will it ever slow down..?

October 31, 2007

Work’s been crazy. Home’s been crazy. I’ve got a post on Post Partum Doulas that I have been working on for a couple days. Hopefully, I’ll have that out soon. In the meantime, here’s a quick post about my daughter’s environmental conservation education.

Why we don’t waste toilet paper – “It will make the trees sad”
Why we don’t waste water – “It will make the fish sad”
Why we don’t waste electricity – “It will make the robots sad”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go participate in a Robot Parade.

Not just a Wee bit green

August 17, 2007

Wee Generation

As I agonize over whether to buy the Maxi-Cosi Mico car seat without seeing one in person first, I find myself drifting back to the BabyStyle website over and over. Today, I noticed a link talking about a new website, Wee Generation, which is a collaboration between green products producer, 7th Generation, BabyStyle, and Healthy Child Healthy World (formerly CHEC), an organization which helps promote a healthy environment for our children.

This site was created to help educate parents on how they can become “Greener”, for their children’s sake, as well as, apparently, to one day move merchandise make green products available to parents. They are starting with “the first diaper bag to be Cradle-to-Cradle certified, and they are looking for input on design. If you add you input, you will be eligible to win one when they are produced.

They are also giving away organic baby tees, and a green nursery make-over.

Eventually, there’ll be more tips and a blog for info on Green Parenting (note to Wee Generation: my email address is over there to the right if you need writers).

It looks like it could be something very fun and exciting, so check it out.

(I also didn’t realize BabyStyle had a Green Shop here.)

This is planet Earth

July 25, 2007

… you’re looking at planet Earth. Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop…

Welcome what I can only assume are aliens looking for planet Earth. I’ve been getting pounded (well, for me, anyway) by people searching the internet for “Earth” (or “earth” or “EARTH”). Not sure why. I’d take you to my leader, but, well, I think he’s an alien, so you probably already know him.

Anyhow, I haven’t posted in a while, so you’re probably wondering if I’ve been kidnapped by aliens. Well, no. But I have been pretty busy. Especially at work. Except for today, when our network was down for, like, 3 hours, and I had to play about 20 games of bubble hockey (yeah, at work… cool, eh?).

Here’s a few things happening:

  • I’m still preparing my daughter’s new room for painting. We’re still on target for purple. She told someone recently that I was going to paint her windows green. Uh, wha? I think she is thinking of our discussion about green curtains.
  • Oh, and it is still, in her mind, a “Tinkerbell bedroom”. I’m searching now for some small, subtle Tinkerbell wall decals I can discretely sprinkle around the room.
  • And I am leaning toward Sherwin-Williams’ Harmony (low- and no- VOC paints). Possibly “Kismet” for the color.

Okay, that was an update entire composed of moving my daughter into her Big Girl Room. Not much else going on these days, other than avoiding coming up with a boy’s name…

What’s new in your world (Earth, or otherwise) ??


July 22, 2007

I used to post on weekends.

I remember reading that it was one way to increase blog traffic, since most of us slackers take the weekends off (or, like Clare’s dad, take a whole week off).

And, I always intend to, but, well, time always seems to slip away. Just like I always intend to post lots of tips about how to be a Green Parent. Yet, I can never keep up.

I mean, we’ve got one kid and another on the way. There’s no way I could post of whole list of Green tips, let alone post one on the weekend!

Oh, wait. Damn that LA Daddy!!

(I’ll get him. Ms. Kaz is reading that new Harry Potter book (I think it is called “Harry Potter VII”) — I’ll tell LA Daddy the ending!)

Green Baby Announcements

July 20, 2007

When you have a baby, and are trying to raise a green family, your first challenge could very well be how to announce your new arrival. Okay, it probably won’t be your first eco-challenge, but one of the first you may face after the birth of your little one.

Everyone wants to know, so you gotta let ’em know. Sure, you could e-mail an announcement, but good luck walking
Grandma through the steps of checking her email a month later when you ask her how she liked the announcement, and she says, “What announcement?”

birth announcmentsWell, thanks to the folks at drool.icio.us, I found out about these really nice eco-friendly announcements from Fine Moments (those Babble folks do surprise me now and then).

There’s a gazillion (that’s a word now, right?) choices, and I like them all. You can add your own photo, and inside message. No wood is used anywhere in the manufacturing process, according to their website(I guess they don’t put the paper on wood pallets…) Anyway, the key is, they are printed on 100% recycled paper (unlike that Harry Potter book you are going to buy).

No word on eco-friendly inks, so I assume traditional inks.

These could very well be the front runners for our baby announcements in a couple months. Relatives only. The rest of you can read it here.

(100% recycled paper birth announcements from Fine Moments, starting at $3.85 per — good lord, is that what announcements cost these days??)

Something going on this Friday??

July 19, 2007


So, apparently, there is some book coming out this Friday. Hairy Porter? Harry Petter? Something like that. I guess they expect a lot of copies to be sold..?

That’s right, it is the riveting final installment of Harry Potter’s Magnificent Adventures in the School for Wizardly Wonder (a.k.a. Deathly Hallows).

And, hey, all you Green Parents should be happy — it is being called the Greenest Book Ever. And just look at all the trees and resources they are saving! Scholastic’s US printings are creating this savings by printing on paper which is 65% certified ancient forest friendly. Err…

And we find out Harry Potter is dead! Dead wrong about just how green this book really is.

Is this really a case of The-More-You-Spend, The-More-You-Save? The resource savings is likely driven to such high numbers due to the sheer volume of books produced. But could you not also say that because of this volume, this book has the potential to also be the least eco-friendly book ever..? As TreeHugger points out, this book could also use more trees than any other book published this year.

(Read more @ EcoGeek, via Treehugger.com)

Maybe I am being a little too hard on them – I mean, Scholastic could be doing a lot worse. I am always happy to see company’s taking steps (every little bit helps, right?). But they could also have used 100% recycled paper, as per Ms. Rowling’s request(those of you in Canada are getting a much greener version of this book).
Still, your best bet is to get it from the library, or borrow it from a friend when they are finished reading (you may have to wait until Saturday morning to borrow one). If only there was an electronic version available. If only. Ahem.

Oh, yeah, apparently these books encourage kids to read and turns their souls over to Satan.

What? A Year Already?!?

July 13, 2007

So, as of tomorrow, I will now be doing this a year (My response: “Holy, crap! A year already!? How did I find enough stuff to post about for a year???” Ms. Kaz’s response: “Really? Only a year? It seems longer.”). One of my goals was to present information to help parents be more responsibly green.

I can’t say I’ve been a runaway success with that, but it hasn’t been a failure.

That being said, I wanted to point out a great discussion over at DaddyTypes about reponsible toy makers. This is beginning to come down to which ones make toys with lead-free paint, environmentally conscious woods, and free of chemicals.

There are some great suggestions there. Check it out, and if you know of a great toy company, please add your comments.

Or add them here if you don’t want to head to DaddyTypes. But if you’ve never been to DaddyTypes, you should…

Stroller Decision: BabyPlanet Unity Sport

May 17, 2007

So, why do I like side-by-side? Okay, maybe it is mostly for looks. And if it is mostly for looks, I blame BabyPlanet’s Unity Sport.

This double stroller is pretty new, so reviews (at least by people who have actually bought it) are a little scarce. I can tell you that it won the JMPA 2007 Innovation Award.

Unity SportI’d like to check one out in person, but I don’t live that close to a Buy Buy Baby store.

Anyway, the things I like about this stroller, besides being side-by-side and the nice styling on it, are (and remember, I am just going based on the company’s description) that it is lightweight, and has an “ultra-compact fold”. It features a large storage area underneath and two cupholders

The Unity Sport also offers a unique steering system which supposedly makes this double stroller easier to steer than others. Easy steering is one of the things we like about our Maclaren stroller.

The other thing that I think the BabyPlanet strollers have going for them is the company’s commitment to the environment.

When I originally wrote about this stroller here, the company stressed their commitment to using earth-friendly, hypo-allergenic, and/or organic materials. However, I am not finding this information on the company’s website anymore. If this information has changed, that would be disappointing.

However, the company does still maintain a dedication to recycling, and to that end, they offer a stroller recycling program. When you are done with the stroller, you can print out a shipping label to send the stroller back to the company (so save the box it comes in!). The company will then clean it up and donate it to a charity “in need of children’s products.” If they determine your returned stroller is beyond hope, they will dismantle and recycle as much of the materials as they can.

These guys have the green edge…

(BabyPlanet’s Unity Sport strollers can be found for around $290)

Product Roundup

May 3, 2007

I’ve recently run across a few interesting products lately…

  • First, Greg at DaddyTypes took time out of writing about toys to tell us that Orbit, the company which makes a funky, modular stroller system, is introducing a “green” version of their bassinet cradle, which will be made of eco-friendly materials. The company already clean-energy, buys carbon offsets, and recycles. So, if you are in the market for a stroller soon (like us!) and can get past the Bugaboo Bee, then check it out. (via DaddyTypes)
  • The folks over at Strollerderby take time out from celebrity news to tell us about Mabel’s Labels’ Allergy Alert Label. These are ultra-sticky labels with your child’s name and their allergies listed. Customizable in terms of name, graphic, and allergies, it is even possible to turn these into an I’m-A-Vegetarian label by making the second food allergy line be something like, “and I am vegetarian.” Of course, that only works if your kid also has an allergy (like mine).

    Now that our daughter is in a new, and slightly larger daycare, it might be something for us to consider. No word if Vegetarian (i.e. Vegetarian w/o food allergy) labels are in the works. So stick these to your kid’s lunch box, backpack, sippy cup, forehead, wherever. (via Strollerderby)

So go check ’em out, already…

CFL (Quick) Update

May 2, 2007

I’ve encouraged others to give compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) a try, so I feel it only fair to post this information…

If you happen to break one of your bulbs, which do contain very minute traces of mercury, do not panic. TreeHugger tells us (a) why not to panic, and (b) how to clean up this mess.

What you probably don’t want to do is call Home Depot or listen to Fox News (good advice in general), as this woman did. She also now apparently refuses to believe that perhaps her local DEP made a mistake and is now correcting it. Stay the course!

Anyhow, I know if I ever break one of these, I will freak out, because that’s the way I am. If you do – try not to worry too much, and follow the steps outlined in the (first) link above.

And, if you don’t break one, but want to dispose of it, remember to return it where you bought it, or your local IKEA, or your local hazardous waste facility.