Category Archives: Earth Day

Leave No Trace

My kids are constantly amazing me. As a parent you always wonder if you are raising them to be respectable little beings when they go out into the world. 

Last week my kids started yet another week of soccer camp followed by Apple camp in the afternoon. Yet another week of fitting in patients and paperwork, while I make sure my kids have all I didn’t growing up, especially, summer fun. 

After the first morning session of soccer camp, I picked up my kids, exhausted, and heated from 3 hours of play in the sun. My kids and their friend are always last because 1: they are discussing how to wrangle a play date, and 2: they just plain old enjoy each other’s company. When my friend and I got to the area where the kids keep their belongings, we were greeted by plastic cups all over the floor from the water breaks. My friend and I cringed and reminded the kids the scout phrase “leave no trace”. These kids went over and picked up each cup they had no part in leaving without so much as a complaint or a sigh (they bring refillable water bottles). 

The next few days there was a garbage bag near the water cooler, so way less mess. On the final day though, no garbage bag = big mess. The next thing I know, my daughter went, got a garbage bag from maintenance and started picking up garbage without any direction from any adults. Bit by bit, 3 other campers began helping her. When I asked her why she did it she just answered “I don’t know, I just did it.”  

At that very moment, my hectic day melted away. I totally did something right. 

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day! Do you know the best way to protect the planet? Eat more plants!

Today is a cold and rainy day in New Jersey, however yesterday we spent the bulk of the afternoon clearing the yard of leaves for the compost pile. This will be the year my garden is bountiful!

How are you spending Earth Day?

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GARDENFEST 2012, Hopatcong, NJ

In celebration of EARTH DAY this year, the Hopatcong Community Garden is hosting Gardenfest: An Afternoon of Family Fun on April 22, 2012 from 12-4pm (rain date April 29, 2012) at Modick Park.  Please see picture for details.

The Hopatcong Community Garden is completely funded by fundraisers, donations (like from Nutrition Map) and grants.  Come support a great project that is bringing the gift of good health to Hopatcong, NJ.

Nutrition Map will have a vendor table in support of the garden.  Come by to learn how to use up all those fresh goodies from the garden.

Save the earth, oh and some calories while you are at it!

Copyright NutritionMap 2012

This month we celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, 2012.  We think about grand ways to decrease our “carbon footprint” while we are here on this planet. What often happens is we start making changes and then go right back to what we have always done.

This year consider the small changes you can make to make a huge impact.  How about changing your drink to plain old water in a reusable, eco friendly bottle.  While your at it, you will be saving loads of calories, sugar, caffeine and sodium that usually come along with what you usually have.

What permanent changes will you be making?