What Is The Best Way To Make Money At Home?

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They Key To Unlock Your Potential Is Within You

What is the best way to make money at home? For those of you who have chosen to move away from the big smoke and live self sufficiently, and for those of you who have not, you may find yourself asking this question. You may be a long way from a place where you can find work easily, or isolated somewhat, have a disability that stops you from working, or simply hoping to avoid the need for a lot of money. Perhaps you just need some extra cash to help you through a rough patch, or Christmas, or would like to take a holiday.

 

What Can You Do To Make Money From Home?

 

How can you increase your income from your home, allowing you to remain on your property to do what is necessary to maintain your choice of living sustainably or work within your limitations? Remember that this article is not only exclusive to the people who are choosing sustainable lifestyles, in fact, these ideas are for everyone and anyone who wants to learn how to make money from home. Did you know your own skills and knowledge are ripe for the picking and the internet has made earning an income from home a viable opportunity for so many more people to unlock their potential? YOU are the key, YOU are your own best way to make money at home. Allow me to elaborate.

 

The Possibilities Are Endless!

 

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The Thinker by Rodin. Brainstorm yur way to success.

 

Many people find themselves at a loss about the possibilities, but believe me, there are many. I’ll touch on a few ideas here to help get you started.

 

There Is No Such Thing As Having “No Need For Money”

 

Let’s face it, even in a self-sufficient home, whether you like it or not, you may find yourself needing money at some stage and will need to plan for such an occasion. The world is no longer free no matter how much we wish it were otherwise. But you can still continue to work within your belief systems to earn a living or gain those few extra dollars needed.

 

There Is A Way Without Compromising What You Believe In

 

There is something for everyone if you just stop, take a breath in this hectic world, relax your mind and allow your thoughts to turn in the direction of what YOU can use to increase your income. Might I suggest that you take a good, long look at yourself, because the first way to start working out what you can do to earn more money, can be found at your own feet.

 

The First Step Is To Have A Brainstorming Session.

 

Sit down with a pen and paper and start writing things down. To earn a living from yourself, you must first get to know yourself. Pay particular attention to the following questions and how you answer them. I have a very long list of questions to ask yourself to enable you to dig really deep that will be available shortly, but here are a few examples to give you a general idea.

 

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    Are You A Farmer Or Do You Tend Animals?

    What are you good at?

  2. What do you do or have done as a job?
  3. What hobbies do you have?
  4. What are you passionate about?
  5. What holds your interest?
  6. What kinds of roles do you perform day after day? You may think the following as too simple; mother, father, teacher, sibling, human, caring, cook, cleaner, gardener, vegetable grower, livestock rearer, pet owner, nursing sick children, carer of the elderly, etc. But believe me, they are all important.
  7. What were your favourite subjects at school?
  8. What skills do you have?
  9. How do you spend your free time?
  10. What are your pet hates?
  11. Do you have a particular talent or skill that is unusual or hard to come by?
  12. Can you play music or write songs?
  13. Can you draw?
  14. Do you like craft?
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    Is Writing What You Are Passionate About?

    Can you sew or knit?

  16. Can you build things?
  17. Do you have items that you don’t need anymore?
  18. Are you practical or inventive?
  19. Can you use a video recorder or smart phone?
  20. Where do you like to holiday?
  21. Are events such as Christmas special to you?
  22. Do you enjoy writing, whether it be stories, poems, articles etc?
  23. Do you have food allergies?
  24. Are you following a particular method of eating?
  25. Are you healthy?
  26. Do you exercise and keep fit?
  27. Do you prefer a minimalist lifestyle?
  28. Do you have a disability?
  29. Do you have DIY skills?
  30. Do you have a computer and the internet? (To live sustainably, while not ideal to continue using some technology, I believe it is not a good idea to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. There are also forms of technology that you will most likely be relying upon, such as solar panels and cooking facilities etc).

 

As I’ve said, these are only a small representation of the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself.

 

So You’ve Written Down Your Answers, What Now?

 

The majority of the topics can be grouped into 3 categories, ‘products’, ‘services’ and ‘information/education’. The next step is to think about which category each of your answers to the above questions fall into. You may like to write them down on a sheet of paper or in a word document or excel spread sheet. I plan to elaborate more on each individual item listed above, plus many more, in an eBook and an extended version of this list that should be available for access soon, but for now I will pick out a few of them and discuss how you can turn them into cash flow.

 

Category 1 Homemade Items – Use Your Creative Skills And Sell At Markets or Online.

Art and Crafts

 

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Did You Know That Making Knitted Items, Or Making Patterns For Them, Can Earn You Money?

From the list, here are just some of the ideas that can be turned into money machines by making things at home. For example, if you are crafty, if you sew, knit, are artistic in terms of drawing and painting or other forms of media, you can turn these into a form of income. You may not feel confident, or you simply may not have thought about it, but there are a lot of people willing to pay good money for hand made items.

 

Example 1 – My Friend The Knitter

 

I know of a lady who knits little items for the children to play with at the child care center she works at. She has written her own patterns for each item. There is money to be made not just on one category, but across several.

 

She Could Be Making Money Several Ways!

 

She has already made more and started to sell them at markets. What she hadn’t considered was that other people may like to buy those patterns to learn how to knit them for themselves. She could sell her items or her patterns, or both, on a website such as Etsy. Expanding on that, she could make up little kits containing the patterns, a set of needles and the yarns of wool required. Better yet, she could build her own website very simply (see at the end) and use it to sell her patterns directly to customers rather than go through a middle man, she gets worldwide exposure included. There is room for future creations and even series of patterns. What about creating a pattern book with a few designs including step by step instructions? There is also room for more growth and expansion. There is a market out there. More on this topic soon as we cover each category.

 

Music

 

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A Group Of Buskers Happily Playing Their Music

If you can play music or write songs, your talent may be appreciated at local cafes, markets, street celebrations or other events. Busking enables you to get yourself noticed locally where you may be asked to perform. If you video record yourself and upload it onto YouTube or Vimeo, you are putting yourself in front of an audience that will like and share you on the various forms of social media. Music scouts are often scouring the internet for unknown artists.

 

Example 2 – My Friend Earns A Good Income From His Passion

 

I have a friend who has a degree in Law but chose music over this to pursue his passion for music. He is already a professional musician but also enjoys making videos for his music and uploading to You Tube. He is very talented at this as well as an excellent performer. He now earns a very lucrative living from his music and hasn’t needed to be known far and wide. There are ways for him to earn money by allowing advertising on his video clips, and there is the potential for earning money in other ways too which I will speak of soon.

 

Can You Sing or Write Songs? What About Writing Songs For Others Or Becoming A Professional Singer?

 

Sell the songs you write. Yes, you can. There are ways to pitch your song to a music producer and even to a particular artist that you think would suit your song. If you like the work of a specific artist you can approach them to hear your song. Google is your friend, a simple search will give you the answers you need, but remember to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” when it comes to safeguarding your work. Playing a musical instrument as well as singing, opens up more doors of opportunity. This is only scratching the surface on just one of the ideas, there are more ways you can build an income from music which will be discussed a little more later or in my book.

 

DIY – Do It Yourself

 

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Table made from a barrel

If you are great at DIY projects with furniture, look for old furniture at garage sales and dumps and spruce them up with fresh new paint etc. Many people are interested in purchasing rustic items that have been revamped. You can create totally new and modern looks, or restore back to the original, or even change it from one thing to something else.

 

Example 3 – A Simple Wine Barrel Can Become So Much More

 

Take a look at this table made from an old wine barrel. Just off the top of my head I can think of 13 more uses for this barrel. A storage trunk using both halves of the barrel and a couple of hinges, a bookshelf, a display cabinet, a sand pit, a garden bed, a pond, a baby cradle, a work bench, a seat, a child’s play boat or water tray, a livestock trough. What about building walls with them? You would have ready made alcoves for shelving or put doors on them and turn them into cupboards.

When you create something, Take it to sell at markets, roadside stalls, car boot sales. Use signage on your property to attract passers-by, advertise your products on a website, Etsy, or Amazon. As with any of the items mentioned above, search for Google Images, or on Pinterest and Etsy and you will find plenty of ideas. Building a website is easy, I will tell you how shortly.

 

Category 2 – Services You Can Provide

Are you beginning to see just how many opportunities there are to earn money through making things yourself and selling them? Did you realise that there are also many things you can do that provide a service to others? Let’s take a look at the list again. You will notice that some of the questions on the list naturally flow into the providing services category.

 

Use Your Job Or Skills To Increase Your Income

 

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Sewing Is An Art

If you have or had a job where you provided a service, there will most likely be opportunities for you to earn money doing the same. Do you repair computers for a living? Do you work for someone else? Could you start doing jobs on the side to build up clientele for extra income? What roles do you perform on a daily basis? Could you turn your hand to providing a day care service? Are you capable of providing home care for an elderly or disabled neighbour? Cleaning and/or ironing, for people who are time constrained, can be quite lucrative. Do you like shopping? There are people who have a need to have someone shop for them.

Going back to the topic of sewing, do you sew your own clothes? Start a service making clothing alterations or as a dress maker. If you knit, there are many people who don’t know how to knit but love knitted clothing or scarves, etc. Fill their need by providing a knitting service. Gardeners most likely own a lawn mower and other garden equipment. Busy people need their lawns mowed and gardens cared for. If you are a painter by trade, now or in the past, you can provide a service to paint people’s homes. The same can be said for someone who does pest control, mechanical work, window repair, and almost any other job that offers a service.

 

Animals And Pets Can Earn You An Income!

 

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Horses Pull A Sleigh Through The Snow

If you own horses, rent them out, or rent yourself and your horse out to someone who has need of one. People love trail rides, set up a trail and take people for rides.

Spare land? Provide an agistment service for horses for people who do not have the space to keep a horse. Build a cattery or dog kennel and house pets while people are away. Extend that to pet transportation when people need to get to the airport but cabs may not allow pets. Walking or washing dogs, or even cars for that matter, is another opportunity to earn extra cash. Some of these can be offered at the one place.

 

What Do Fitness Buffs, Handymen, Energy Healers and Tarot Readers Have In Common?

 

Nothing much, except that they all fit into the category of providing a service. Do you exercise regularly? Would you consider hiring yourself out as a personal motivator to work and exercise alongside another person who is trying to become fit but needs the support? If you can build things, chances are you are also a bit of a handyman. Let people know that you are available to do odd jobs for them.  If you are into natural or energy healing, your skills in this area becomes your income by providing a service to those in need. Tarot readers are popular and often don’t even need to have any reputation to begin their career.

 

Category 3 – When In Doubt, Ask A Teacher

 

That’s what we all do. If we don’t know how to do something, we look to a person who does and learn from them. We’ve looked at items to sell and services you can provide, but there is also a market in education. Use what you know how to do and teach, tutor or educate others on your topic of interest or in how to do what you do. Teaching comes in many forms; a classroom setting, webinars or video tutorials, books, articles and courses, online or physical, workshops, hands on learning, Skype.

 

What Could YOU Teach?

 

Nearly everything that I’ve discussed thus far can also be placed in this category. If you knit, sew, or do craft, you can just sell it or go to  another level and teach others, like I discussed about my friend with her patterns for knitting. She could teach how to knit the items, but she could also set up a beginner’s, intermediate and advanced knitters course. Most likely a video course would work, but a book may just as easily do the trick. She could teach by way of demonstrating how to make each item from start to finish. She could also go into advanced knitting or even teach others how to write their own patterns, she could hold workshops or one on one training.

Depending on what she wanted to do, she could set up YouTube videos and get paid for advertising on her videos as a secondary income. Or she could sell individual videos for each item. She might make a course of videos to sell. Teaching by demonstration is a great way to help others learn, you don’t necessarily have to be an actual teacher, or have any experience in it, as long as it is thorough and teaches what needs to be taught by making sure you are not missing anything, and what you teach is understandable. I find that if you are knowledgeable about something, you find it very easy to teach others.

If you don’t know how to make videos, get someone to help you, or better yet, teach you. Which leads me to another service that could be offered. People who have experience making and editing videos, can offer their services to do this for people for a fee, and they can also offer a service to teach other people how to do this as well. I could use a service like that at the moment because I haven’t a clue how to do this myself, but I would like to learn. Once again, this could be physical teaching, but it could also be done by video tutorial, book, article series to name just a few.

 

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Example 4 – Sell Your Passion To Others By Teaching Them

 

My father was a musician in the military. He was a member of the brass section of a military band. He is a classic example of how his passion for music took him to a secondary income opportunity.

 

Single Income Family? No Problem, Music Has Got You Covered

 

We were a single income family while I was growing up and my Dad had to find a way to make ends meet. When he wasn’t performing in an orchestra somewhere, or at a football grand final, or military tattoo, he taught music at several private schools.

My Dad was not a qualified teacher, but he was so good at what he did, they hired him to teach music classes to a small group of students. He earned an income by putting himself out there and asking around, and found 3 different schools who were interested in hiring him.

Nowadays, you can build a website (see further down) and use it to advertise yourself and your teaching course, among other things. Teaching music online or by video, live or recorded, is much easier than being required to physically be present in a classroom environment, and some of it can be done at any time of the day or night.

But there is also the option of becoming a music tutor. Of putting yourself out there, like my Dad did, and giving private music lessons.

 

 

 

Have I Used This Technique?

 

You may be wondering if I have used this question process myself to find my own ways of earning money. The answer is a very emphatic YES! I would not be here today telling you that you need to look into yourself if I had not at first done so myself. I asked myself these questions to learn more about me, who I am and what I know and I found quite a lot to work with. I realised;

  • I am a carer
  • I have a Bachelor of Health Science degree
  • I studied some Naturopathy
  • I am an energy healer
  • I do body work in Raindrop Technique and Vitaflex.
  • I am passionate about essential oils and aromatherapy
  • I prefer avoiding chemicals
  • I am beginning my journey to sustainable living and clean eating
  • I am a little crafty
  • I like scrapbooking
  • I loved Art at school
  • I am keen to teach others about self care and personal development.
  • I like writing
  • My goal is to teach others about things that relate to the knowledge that I have in all of these areas. I do this in my articles
  • I am writing a couple of books an am a blogger.
  • I love Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit
  • I love reading.

I know there is much more to add, but I have basically described to you in a small nutshell, ME, and each of the ways I am working with to increase my income.  Your skills will vary and align with very different areas to mine, but all are equally valuable enough to teach them to others. The key is in finding out who you are and this will lead to what you can offer. How you offer it is up to you, whether you choose to go down the path of producing your own items to sell, providing a service, or educating others, or all three. For myself, I’m doing a bit of everything because I believe that you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in the one basket. Building multiple streams of income makes a lot of sense to me.

 

If You Are A Bit Stuck, I Highly Recommend Affiliate Marketing As A Starting Point

 

Something I am really enjoying right now, combined with my love for writing, is blogging. It has allowed me to build one or more websites and write about what really interests me or topics that I am familiar with and earn an income on the side. But I didn’t know how to go about it, nor could I follow a lot of the information out there. What I did find was very disjointed and nothing made any sense.

 

I Found Someone To Teach Me

 

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Wealthy Affiliate Is My Choice Of Starting An Online Business

Thankfully I discovered a training platform that not only helps you build a website almost instantly, but has the most comprehensive training course that I have ever come across, teaching you ways to earn an income from the internet. The focus is on affiliate marketing, but there is so much information among the community, that many areas of online business are covered.

 

I cannot speak highly enough of Wealthy Affiliate, it’s versatility and of the ingenious two young men who created it. Their ethical contribution to the world of internet marketing gets my vote. There are different levels of membership. You can opt for a completely free membership, or take a monthly package, or really invest in your business idea and purchase a yearly premium membership.

 

 

If you want to know what is the best way to make money at home, I hope that I have given you an abundance of ideas here for you to consider. You’ll be amazed at your own untapped potential if you spend the time and take action on the questions and learn more about what YOU have to offer.

I would really appreciate some feedback on this article as I have never written quite such a long one before. Please comment in the section below. Thank you for reading and please sit down and go over the information I have left you with to determine who you are and how you can contribute to your own adventure into working from home.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

Homemade Halloween Decoration Ideas To Change The World In Greener Ways

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Keep It Green This Halloween

If you are looking to make a difference to the planet this Halloween, why not try these homemade Halloween decoration ideas to change the world in greener ways and contribute to a sustainable future?

They are fun, mostly simple to do, and will go so much further in doing something good for the environment than relying on store bought items that are generally the reverse of all that is good.

Many store bought decorations are made with plastics, vinyl, rubber, and other non-recyclable constituents. You can have all of the fancy trimmings this Halloween, but do so with a lighter heart and free conscience.

There are also greener ways to plan your party, organise some yummy food, create amazing costumes, and green up your trick or treat choices if you care to take a look at the remainder of the articles in my Green Halloween series.

 

Eco Deco – Eco-Friendly Halloween Decorations

 

What do you do when you are trying to maintain a lifestyle that conforms with the sustainability of our planet, yet want to participate in events such as Halloween with all the trimmings? It is not so hard to keep it green if you have a look at the following tips and ideas.

 

  • Don’t just think of Halloween when the time comes, always be on the lookout for things you find in nature or from your own household for recycling, or thrift stores, that you might be able to use. Store them somewhere and get them out from time to time to see what you have or can create from them.
  • Use glass and aluminum and other recyclable products to make your decorations. For example glass candle holders and mason jars can be painted or decorated with Halloween designs. Mason jars with small soy tea light candles in them work well for small silhouette pictures

 

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Mason Jars with a candle within, a silhouette on the side and some paper, make fantastic decorations

 

  • Cans can be used to build tin can men as a basis for a mummy, monster or even Frankenstein if you have enough saved through the year. Try making a berserk robot
  • Give your house a witch-like feel by hanging up sprigs of herbs and placing potion bottles on the window sill. You can easily make these using all manner of shapes and sizes of glass bottles. Cover a bottle with strips of masking tape, scribble over them with brown crayon and so that they look at bit aged, and make labels for them. Decorate with a bit of raffia and a sprig of herbs or a seed pod or other item from nature.
  • A simple stock pot can be used in place of a cauldron.
  • Try dressing up any dolls you have in the house in rags and use scary face paint on them. Other kids toys may be able to double up as decorations. Don’t forget the car Christene, or Cujo the rabid dog. You could even dress your own dog up as Cujo with a bit of tomato ketchup as blood or something that will wash off easily.
  • Some rubbish dumps have shops that you can browse and purchase items from. See if you can find things like old wooden benches, rusty old wheelbarrows, wagons or cart wheels.

 

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Hay Bales, An Old Wagon and some Pumpkins Make A Pretty Good Display for Halloween.

 

  • An old squeaky rocking chair sounds like just the thing to create a display of or to turn into a spooky prank, especially if you can rig it to start rocking when trick or treat visitors arrive.
  • Old shop mannequins and dress maker stands, if you can find them, would be perfect for building a scary feature/character.
  • Use only beeswax, vegetable based or soy wax candles rather than the petroleum variety. (Petroleum is a non-renewable resource)
  • Keep your lights out and use solar powered lights along the walkway to your door or as a feature spotlight
  • If you must use batteries for torches or lighting, ensure you use those that are rechargeable.
  • Collect decorations from nature, you could create a scary silhouette using strategic lighting and some weird shaped branches, or make your own

 

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Large or Small, You could use items from nature to create these spooky silhouette. You are only limited by your imagination

 

  • Spread autumn leaves over the ground to create creepy crunching sounds as they are walked on
  • Organise a family day out to go and collect items from nature to build your own creepy figures, shadows, wall decorations
  • Hang strings of popcorn through your garden and trees, these are biodegradable and compostible
  • Recycle or upcycle things you find at a thrift store such as old brooms and hats
  • Make a display from seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, leaves and flowers

 

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A Display for Halloween can be easily created from seasonal produce. Add a wicker basket or place in a wheelbarrow or on hay bales and you have an effective decoration

 

  • Stockpile old newspapers and stuff old stockings to create dead bodies or scary monsters. You can shape them fairly easily, especially if you use some thin wire inside such as florists wire.
  • Old, laddered stockings can be used to create spider webs or cotton wool can be pulled apart and thinned out to create cobwebs.
  • Stockings might even come in handy for bat wings, especially black stockings.
  • Be crafty with decorations.

 

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Clay can be used to make all manner of decorations, and is a natural substance too.

 

  • Make your own skeletons, or perhaps just simply make a pile of bones from papier maché.
  • Use homemade edible colored play dough to make your scary monsters or bugs
  • Rocks and twigs can be glued together for spiders and bugs, or painted for eyes
  • Shells, cans or bits of broken glass and china are a great way to make wind chimes for creepy sounds in the wind
  • If you must buy decorations, please consider buying something that you can reuse every year and even pass down to your children if you store it well
  • Use pumpkins to build a kind of Fall Snowman, maybe call it the Hallowman or Hollowman instead, use natural materials to make the hat and straw as a scarf

 

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Just an example of what might be possible if you use real pumpkins in place of the ceramic ones here.

 

  • Try making masks from pumpkin skin, clean and wash thoroughly
  • Torchlight silhouettes using cardboard recycle from used boxes, painted black, shaped like spiders, bats, witches, ghosts, cats and the like, and positioned where the torchlight shines on as a spotlight looks great. Or buy some good quality metallic torches and tape the silhouettes directly over the light emitting end of the torch and shine it onto a white sheet or wall.

 

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Try hanging this up on your window or behind a light source

 

  • Gnarly tree branches can be used to look like skeletal or scary arms and hands reaching for people. Try making a creepy figure by nailing these together, weird shaped tree trunks or driftwood as a head, or perhaps more than one head, and using thinner sticks or branches for arms. Add straw or newspaper stuffed biodegradable gloves or gardening gloves to the ends as hands.

 

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Halloween Terror Made Simply from wood.

 

  • Adopt and re-home a black cat to love as your pet. It will make a great addition to your home at Halloween for guests at your parties. A black cat wandering around a garden on Halloween, rubbing up against the visitors, or sitting in a window, adds a great atmosphere. I used to have a black cat named Morticia, after Morticia Adams of The Adams Family TV show. She was the most petite and dainty little princess I could have asked for. Beautiful in nature and fantastic with kids. Please make sure you only plan to adopt, rescue or buy a cat that you plan to love at all times, not just use for Halloween. Otherwise buy a stuffed toy.

 

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Typical Witches Familiar (Pet) – The Black Cat – Makes a Scary Addition To The Household on Halloween

 

  • If you are creative, make a skeleton yourself from a gray clay. You don’t need to make a complete skeleton, you can just make a pile of bones if you wish. Or pretend there is a shallow grave that has been unearthed and have a bone or several poking out of the ground.
  • Build a graveyard in your garden and use old wood or furniture for the headstones
  • Use the pumpkins as heads for your scarecrows or witches or any scary favourite that you plan to ‘bring to life’ for Halloween. Try placing one on the top of a stick that supports a plant, such as a vine or tomato plant, to add a spooky feel to the garden.
  • If you don’t mind touching feathers, collect crows feathers you find, or those from other birds, and hold on to them until you have enough to make your own crow design from them, using other natural items for the eyes, beaks and feet. the inside of shells might make great eyes, or long spiral shells for the beak, twigs or leaves can be used to make the legs and feet.
  • Old chests, suitcases and wicker baskets make ideal bases for a decorative display, with pumpkins, apples, garlic, sunflowers and other flowers of the season, fallen leaves. Add some flair with with a sign made from and old piece of wood, furniture or driftwood that you have come across at some time, and some other Halloween items that you have collected, recycled or found in nature.

 

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An old wicker basket, some flowers and some pumpkins and autumn leaves add flair to a simple decoration.

 

  • Hay bales come in handy for decorative props and seating.
  • Shop for material remnants or use your own scraps from old clothes and materials or items you have made yourself to make patchwork costumes for yourself or for your scarecrow or other items that you will use to decorate your house or Halloween scene.

 

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This witch could easily be made from scraps of material and some clay for the head.

 

  • Make tealight spiders. Use little mini pumpkins by chopping the top off and scooping out the center. Then attach 8 black pipecleaner legs and some googly eyes, place a tea light candle inside the hollowed out area and there you have it. Easy but effective.
  • I’ve seen quite a few people stack pumpkins on top of each other and either paint or carve faces on them, and use them as totem poles.
  • Try wrapping bandages around a pumpkin and suddenly you have a mummy head.
  • Carve out the pumpkin from the side and turn it into a dungeon for some of the smaller spooky creations you have made. You can carve out the bars from the pumpkin, or use thin metal poles or wire as the bars.

 

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Carved Prison

 

Choose Wisely When Purchasing Decorations

Many people don’t have the time to spend on making their own decorations, but would still like to be environmentally conscious in what they buy. If you keep in mind what the decoration is made from and avoid plastic, rubber and latex, generally you can still buy items that are made from material, metal, glass or other planet friendly or sustainable constituents. I have found some items that may help you. There are only a few but many more are available. Just be mindful of what things are made from if you find anything else, even if you intend to keep them for many years and pass them down to the family, because one day it will end up broken or too old and be thrown away.

  • You could try making something like this yourself, but the crashing witch has been a popular addition to the home or business for Halloween.
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Crashing Witch – Look Out

  • Lighting up your Halloween with eco-friendly means can be achieved with placing some old lanterns like the one below and using rechargeable batteries instead of throwaway ones. Solar lighting would be great along pathways etc, but to get an old style feel, this lantern seems to have the right feel and look to add to your spooky atmosphere.

 

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Old Lantern Breathes Eerie Atmosphere into your Halloween Adventures

 

  • These ghost flags are telescoping so that you can place them as high up as 12 feet, and they hold up well in the wind. They look delightful and I can just imagine having them lining a driveway or standing tall at the entrance to a garden pathway. Having them blowing in the wind would add an effective ghost quality to them too.
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Telescopic 12 Ft Ghost Flags will delight passersby or visitors alike.

Last But Not Least, What Would Halloween Be Like Without Creating An Atmosphere?

Try adding a eerie touch to your home to scare the daylights out of your unsuspecting Trick or Treaters with this CD of spooky sounds.

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Eerie Haunting Halloween Sounds on a CD

 

I hope you are beginning to see how easy it is to live in a sustainable way while still enjoying the fun, laughter and games of Halloween. Using these homemade Halloween decoration ideas to change the world in greener ways, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to ensure that your Halloween stays green. You can help others understand that they can too by showing them what it is possible to achieve if you set your mind to it. Do the right thing, set a good example, and your children will also understand the need to keep it green too when they are older and have children of their own.

 

I would really love to hear how you have implemented your own ideas and what you did to keep your own Halloween decorations green. Did you use any of my ideas? If so, it would be lovely to see your pictures. Leave a comment and let me know.

 

Thank you for reading and keep on keeping it green.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

Best Trick Or Treat Ideas For A Green Halloween

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Happy Halloween – Friendly Witch

I’ve given quite a lot of consideration in terms of some of the best trick or treat ideas for a green Halloween. There are many of you who are keen on making sure Halloween does not become an occasion of wastefulness in your household or neighborhood and I’m here to tell you that it is still possible to achieve this all the way down to the ‘Trick or Treat” part of the evening.

 

What Is Tradition?

 

Traditionally, Halloween was not about having the best newfangled decorations, or holding the best party, or even who gives the best treats in the street. In some folklore it is about the end of harvest time and the beginning of winter, at a time when the boundaries between this world and other worlds became thin and other beings such as the dead and fairies etc, could cross over into our world. It was a time when people dressed up in costumes to ward of evil and to serve up offerings to gods for protection.

 

We Are Losing Our Heritage And Our Planet

 

In this day and age, where commerce and modern technology abound, the authenticity of Halloween is becoming lost and so is the health of our planet as they mass produce cheap toys and gadgets specifically for Halloween, that are often thrown away after a day or two. The offerings, costumes and decorations, were originally found from what a person had, or could grow themselves, or create. Not the plastic, latex, foam and rubber items you can buy today. You can help bring back the authenticity of Halloween by creating your celebrations around sustainable practices, including the most enjoyable time of the evening, trick or treating, by taking a look at some of these suggestions. I have also written articles on keeping Halloween as green as possible in your costumes, decorations, party planning, food and games as part of a series, if you would care to have a look at those to maximise your efforts to maintain your sustainable living standards.

 

So Here We Are At Last – The Halloween Trick Or Treat Climax

What steps can you take to ensure you are upholding your beliefs?

  • If you look around, you can find organic and Earth friendly candies such as these lollipops, that are labelled as planet friendly. Although I don’t recommend individually wrapped, if these are environmentally friendly, then the wrappers should be too. You can click on the image and do a search for lollipops and you will find where I found these. This particular package contains at least 125 lollipops to give away and such yummy flavors too.
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Organic Earth Friendly Lollipops For Your Halloween Treats

  • If you are concerned about disgruntled children not understanding why they are not getting a sugary processed treat, put up a sign and tell them in advance that you don’t give out the standard treats, but if they still want to come and knock on your door, you will be providing treats in some other form. If you make it something of a curiosity, they may be interested enough by what you have for them that you can provide an education about greener living in what trick or treats you offer them.
  • Use fruit or healthy organic snacks
  • Put on a show for them
  • Show them a magic trick
  • Catch some creepy looking bugs or a large spider in bug catchers and have them on display on a table full of other creepy decorations. You can make your own or buy some.

 

The Bug Book and Bottle

Creepy Crawlies and Halloween go hand in hand. Catch some critters and put them on display. Really big spiders can be pretty scary.

 

  • Offer to take photos on an Instamatic camera for them as a group and give it to them as their treat. This way you don’t have parents being concerned about you keeping hold of photos of their children.
  • Give them something you have hand-made instead
  • Provide something for them to do at your house. For Example, make one of those blind boxes with things inside for them to touch, make sure it feels icky but not dangerous. Have them guess how many somethings are in a jar and give a prize to the winner. Make it fun and you won’t have any trouble.
  • Make these cute owls from recycled paper bags and colored paper, feathers and some cupcake cases. If you like, they could double as masks. A glue stick or sticky tape will knock it together in no time.

 

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Owls can be spooky at Halloween. My Granddaughter made this one at school.

 

  • You can also give practical treats such as funky erasers, interesting pencils, pens and crayons
  • Get them to choose from pom-pom or pipe-cleaner creatures you have made, or give them take home packs with simple instructions for them to make their own
  • Try melting down old crayons, candles or earth friendly soaps and putting them into little molds or ice trays that are specifically designed for Halloween and give those as your treats.
  • Print out and give away a variety of scary character photographs from old movies
  • Have old scary movies running non-stop on a screen that people can sit down and watch. I’ve seen it done at Christmas where people provide the screen and home theater and the chairs, and people can watch as they wander around the neighborhood.
  • Paint Halloween designs on some pet rocks or shells, and have the children pick their own to take home, or they could decorate their own to take home
  • Collect some smooth rocks, or buy some, and get the children to make their own picture. It’s a pretty popular style of art these days.

 

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Pebble Bird Family, Easy Craft Activity For The Kids

 

  • Rocks can be painted as pet rocks too, or as scary faces. You could try painting them and writing messages on them.
  • Give out shards or small crystals instead and call it treasure.
  • Try giving out marbles, but be sure to tell them they are not candy so they don’t try to eat them. The kids of the neighborhood can use them to complete against each other at a later date, or swap to add to their own collections. You can find marbles in the section called Toys Made in USA by clicking on the below image and searching.
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An old favorite, Marbles. This particular pack is sustainably produced . A pack has about 30 marbles inside. Easy to give single ones away.

  • Collect interesting bits and bobs from nature and use them to give out instead of treats. Give them funny names like Ghoul Stools or Skeleton Bones or Witches Hats (you could use those shells that look cone shaped for these).
  • Find a bunch of rocks and spray them with black or brown paint and glitter and call them meteorites or space rocks.
  • Make simple birds, insects and spiders from seed pods and leaves and twigs.
  • Make worms from biodegradable packaging and color them, perhaps get the children to make their own by threading a few onto a piece of wire and putting sticky googly eyes on them or using a marker.
  • Make some edible play dough and the children can make their own scary characters, or use clay so they can take it home to dry.
  • For some Halloween stye protection, break up some garlic into cloves and hand it out to children to ward off the vampires, or thread string through a clove of garlic and make a pendant for each child for the same reason. If you have herbs in your garden, use sprigs of them to give out and make up some special power that they have. Again string a piece on to a necklace and tell children they are protective wards.
  • Make or buy some Kinetic Sand and have enough for a few children to work at the same time and create their own Golum from it. (A Golum is said to have been raised from the Earth to kill anyone who threatens the family members of the person who called it from the Earth)

 

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Make Your Own Kinetic Sand – Your Own Private Beach

 

  • Novelty Band-Aids (Plasters if you live in the UK), temporary tattoos, and stickers are usually a favourite of children.
  • If you want to make your own temporary tattoos for use as make up, you can make them at home yourself by forming a paste made from henna powder and other ingredients, but you will need to paint it onto skin for around 10 hours prior to needing it and test a patch of skin just to be sure you will be fine with using it. Fruits and vegetables can be used to make your own paints. Recipes abound on the internet.
  • Give out necklaces strung with popcorn, leaves or seed pods. Try having children quickly make their own if you are spending the time at a table.
  • Here’s an idea. If you like tarot cards, dress up like a gypsy, witch or warlock and let each child pull a card out from either a real tarot deck or one you’ve created and pretend to tell their fortune.

 

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Set Up A Fortune Tellers Table and Tell the Children’s Fortune

 

  • Freeze grapes, pineapple pieces, blueberries and other types of berries, orange and mandarin slices, watermelon and cantaloupe if available. Give these out as candies instead. Believe it or not, frozen peas are a yummy snack too.
  • Give fresh fruit slices out and allow them to dip the fruit in chocolate fountain, or chocolate dip them yourself and let them set.
  • Make meringue ghosts
  • Use dates and other dried fruits to give out. They may not be ideal but they will still be better than the highly processed candy bought in stores. If you use seeds and nuts, be aware there may be children with allergies.
  • Buy only organic lollies or make sure any you buy do not include palm oil in their processing or ingredients.
  • Popcorn is biodegradable and you can make up new batches as you run out quite quickly.
  • Offer to tell them a short scary story and create a setting on your porch or verandah, some cushions, use eerie lighting and shadows to set the scene. You may wish to relate the history of Halloween, or talk about the most famous creatures, monsters, witches, etc
  • Find an old lab coat, some crazy glasses and a wacky wig, probably all available at a thrift store, and dress up as a mad scientist. Instead of giving treats, you can find simple experiments to do for the kids, or have them join in on them. There would be a lot of free resources online if you do a Google search, or you can buy a book such as the one below.

 

365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials

These simple science experiments will capture the attention of the children. Dress up as a mad scientist and start experimenting.

 

  • If you are a Dad, or have a Dad, that loves making cool things, this next book will get you going. Be the mad scientist Dad that your kids will love to show off as their friends come to your door on Halloween.

 

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff

Be the mad scientist DIY Dad that wows your neighborhood with cool stuff that you have created

 

  • Scare them as they walk up and knock on your door or are walking up your path.
  • Hire someone to provide the tables and activities for sand art.

 

The Stage Is Set

After looking through this article about the best trick or treat ideas for a green Halloween, and my other articles, the stage is all set for you to blaze the way into a sustainable future. People will follow, it usually just takes someone to start. Setting things in motion is the most difficult part, being the first to act is tricky, but once you do your bit for the environment, many others will light the same flame. Hopefully it won’t take them too long. The sooner everyone takes a small baby step in the right direction, the faster we halt the progress of non-sustainable practices.

 

Thank you for reading. If you have tried any of these suggestions, I urge you to tell us of your experiences this Halloween by writing them into my comments section.

 

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

 

Warm Wishes

 

Ange

Green Halloween Costume Ideas

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Welcome To Halloween

If you are looking to turn over a new leaf and keep your Halloween celebrations a little greener and environmentally friendly, the following green Halloween costume ideas and make-up suggestions should point you in the right direction.

It is possible to maintain your stance on living a sustainable lifestyle while not feeling like you are missing out on all the fun of Halloween. Being that it is a celebration that involves things from times past, that means that the traditions and decorations have not been influenced by modern technology. It’s only the consumer side of things and big business that has made Halloween the wasteful and not so environmentally friendly occasion that it has become.

 

The Buck Stops Here!

 

Making a buck at Halloween means that companies have resorted to cheap plastics and other non-recyclable methods of mass producing cheap (and expensive) costumes. Now everybody believes they have to wow everyone with the next new Halloween costume, decoration, animated toy or eyeball candy variety rather than bringing it back to what it once was. A time when people lived with what they had.

There are options to create a fantastic atmosphere on Halloween, yet feel confident that your choices are still not having any unwelcome impacts on the environment and our future. You don’t have to look very far, and if you really don’t have the time or creativity there are still places to purchase Halloween costumes that if you are careful with your choice and read the descriptions, you can still find some that fit your needs.

 

Greening Up Your Costumes The DIY Way

Try out your creative talents and make your own costumes from the following ideas:

  • Perhaps the first thing to consider is to make your own costume from recycled items of rubbish, by rubbish, I mean clean, usable rubbish. I’m sure you could come up with a pretty cool name for your character creation. How about Trash Man, or Garbage Guts, or The Creature from the Rubbish Pit, Tip Trouble? I know, these are probably more lame than cool but it’s an idea anyway.
  • Old clothes in your wardrobe
  • Old School uniforms
  • Old sports gear
  • You can get a box of remnants or buy some silk scarves and use them to make all manner of costumes that you can sew or tie together or hold on with pins etc.

 

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Box of Play Silk Scarves – 7 Different colors. Easy to throw together into a costume, and earth friendly too. Do a search on the site in Toys and then Fancy Dress

 

  • If you have siblings of the opposite sex, swap clothes. If you are male and have a sister, borrow her clothes dress up as a girl and vice versa. My own brother and one of his friends borrowed some dresses and high heeled shoes from me and dressed up as girls out on the town. Another time he borrowed my nightie. He always liked the attention so he didn’t feel embarrassed at all by this.
  • Swap costumes with your friends that were used last year with your own allowing you to be eco-friendly by recycling old costumes. Store bought costumes, especially masks, are usually made from nasty non-biodegradable plastics or rubber and add to the land fill when discarded.
  • Hold on to any costumes you have previously bought for fancy dress parties or special occasions. They can be reused or revamped.
  • Scour the internet for ideas, suggestions and how-to’s in making your own costumes and see how you can use greener items to improve on it’s impact on sustainability. For example, I found this image of a giant doll that could be made with a little bit of creativity from scraps of material, long white gloves, and a white painted face with very heavy makeup, a red piece of remnant material or scarf could be use as the hair.

 

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We’ve all heard of the evil Chucky from the movie Child’s Play, but here is an idea for a giant doll that could be made quite easily from scraps.

 

  • You may find people online who are advertising to swap costumes, often these sites are free
  • Search through garage sales and thrift stores for second hand store bought costumes to continue to recycle them.
  • Thrift stores also sell old clothes that you can rip up, tear, dye or put holes in to make all kinds of costumes, the most common being a zombie.

 

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Zombies. A Common and Easy Costume to Make using clothing from your wardrobe or old clothes.

 

  • Use simple items from home such as a sheet that can easily be turned into a ghost, or possibly turn it into a toga to become a Greek God or Goddess
  • If creating is not your style, there are places you can rent a costume, although they may not be as environmentally friendly as you are hoping to maintain.
  • Bandages make great mummy costumes, stain them with coffee or tea for added aged effect.

 

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Wrap Yourself In Bandages and You’re A Pretty Effective Mummy

 

  • Hunting through the trash or starting early to hold on to items such as cans and bottles etc, can lead to the creation of some pretty fantastic costumes.
  • Aluminum cans might be transformed into a suit of armor, but remember to cover the sharp edges.
  • Try saving bubble wrap (although not a green product, you can and least reuse or recycle it and using it to make the giant marshmallow man from the original Ghostbusters movie.
  • Likewise old flower pots can be turned into armor or a robot. You get the picture I’m sure.
  • Helmets can make a pretty good base for a costume that you can build out into something crazy. A friend of mine used a bicycle helmet and built it out into a great head for a Jar Jar Binks costume from the movie Star Wars.

 

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My friend made a Jar Jar Binks head from a bike helmet

 

Not As Creative Or Too Time Constrained To Make Something? Try These Options!

 

  • If you find you aren’t all that creative, you can still purchase some pretty cool costumes that are not always made from latex, rubber and plastics. I found this werewolf costume online and it is mainly materials that are environmentally friendly. There are many others at this online store, I have bought some myself, that are safe to use in terms of keeping your costumes as green as possible, such as this child’s bat costume and this adult male’s King Of Egypt. The less latex and plastic in a costume, the more planet safe it is. Choose material only for the best choices.
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Even the Adults can be sure to keep it green with this King Of Egypt costume.

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Kids Eco Friendly Werewolf Costume From A Store. Believe it or not, if you are careful, you can still find many. You may still need to do a search for ‘werewolf’ to find this one

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Another Eco-friendly Costume. You don’t find too many bats costumes. Do a search for bats.

 

 

 

Costume Make Up Choices Can Be Natural Or At Least As Eco-Friendly As Possible

 

It’s a bit tricky when it comes to choices in terms of costume make-up. The usual brands claim to be non-toxic so if you need to, you can use those brands and hopefully they will not be a contributor to damage to the environment. You can also try making your own. Here are a few ideas.

 

  • Using up all of those odds and ends of old make-up left at the bottom of your cosmetics case or bathroom drawers is a great way to come up with something spectacular, colorful and weird. This is a way to put them to good use without having to buy more. Less packaging and transportation impacts on the environment than buying brand new costume make up
  • There are recipes you can find online to make your own face paint without the use of food coloring. This keeps the toxins out of your skin and also those same chemicals do not end up in the waterways once they are washed down the sink. It’s easy to search on Pinterest or Google. I found this one on ehow.com and made it into an image so you can follow it easily.

 

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Home Made Face Paint Without Food Coloring

 

  • You can buy natural face paints online and I will let you know once I find a company I feel I can recommend.
  • In the meantime, if buying face or body paints online, be mindful of what is in them. Those that wash off easily are more likely to be better for the environment and yourself. The ones I am showing here are not natural paints.
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A Clown Makeup set that contains a lot of colors to give you a lot of choice

 

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If you need to cover more than just your face, this body paint is supposed to easily wash off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you have found some useful information for green Halloween costume ideas and how to keep costume make up to a minimal impact on the environment and your own skin. I would really love some feedback on what you thought of these ideas. Let me know if you tried any of them. Better yet, leave a comment and a photo if you are able to. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all do.

 

Have a fantastic Halloween and keep safe.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

 

 


A Green Halloween Is A Chance To Make A Difference -Think Green at Halloween For Food And Games Choices

A green Halloween is a chance to make a difference

An Example of a Sign or Invitation You Might Like To Use.

 

Have you given much thought to how you can contribute to sustainable living during Halloween? A green Halloween is a chance to make a difference in one of the many small ways that we, the little people, can make a statement and educate people on how even such a wasteful yet celebratory occasion can remain as green as possible.

I wrote in my previous article, which together with this and several other articles, offer more than 100 ideas on how it is possible during the lead up, preparation, decorations, costumes and trick or treat ideas for Halloween, for you to make environmentally friendly choices for the event.

This article discusses how you can think green at Halloween for food and games choices by showing you what ways you can be Eco-conscious with your food preparations and party games. The suggestions here are only a small offering in terms of the potential for Halloween to be green, there is so much more you can do, but at least these tips can give you a head start.

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve Got The Preparations Underway, So What’s Next?

 

Green Style Sustainable Food Selections Are Attainable And Available

 

  • Probably the most obvious choice you can make is to bake your own cookies, or make your own toffees, etc
  • Forego individually wrapping items, unless you can find something biodegradable or edible
  • Use seasonal fruits and vegetables and buy organic and from a local market
  • Home make everything rather than use processed, store bought foods.
  • Avoid foods that use palm oil in any part of their processing. The industries using palm oil are becoming a major pain in the behind in terms of the damage they wreak on the environment and habitats. Let’s not help them cause further suffering to animals such as Orangutans. They need a home and a life too, who gives us the right to decide their fate just because we want to use palm oil? We need to find alternatives, not the orangutans.

 

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How can we sit by and let these beautiful creatures die from deforestation?

 

  • Choose food items that meet sustainable qualities or from sustainable sources such as those with recycled packaging
  • Try your hand at making your own style of packaging
  • What about making your own clay plates and bowls? Or You can purchase biodegradable bamboo plates and cutlery.

 

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Biodegradable Bamboo Cutlery

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Biodegradable Bamboo Plates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Serve up some tasty eyeballs, using hard boiled eggs. Peel and paint eyes and blood vessels on with natural food coloring.
  • Try my simplest pumpkin soup ever if you are having guests or just a family get together.

 

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A Family Favorite, Good Old Pumpkin Soup

Party Games Can Be Fun And Still Work Within Your Conscience

 

  • The old traditional game of Bobbing for Apples has always been fairly good in terms of the environment. You can improve on it by using locally grown organic apples and reducing the impact transportation has on the planet. Then make sure that the container holding the water is not plastic. A metal tub that is recyclable will do the trick. Use the water on your plants rather than tip it down a drain somewhere.
  • Play Witch’s Hat skittles with tin cans painted with images of witches and/or hats on them. For the ball, use a hackie sack filled with rice and made from burlap or other natural material.
  • If you have some old door handles or the ends of curtain rods, or find some in a thrift shop, you can try doing this with them and creating a game of skittles or bowling from them.

 

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Skittles Idea

 

  • Play Tic tac toe using natural playing pieces like seed pods, shells, rocks and place sticks on the ground to make the grid.
  • Use hessian sacks or potato sacks for sack races. Add a little fun by making it about escaping from Zombies. You might combine the old 3 legged race with a sack race by having two people with one leg each tied together, that has to chase a person in a sack who is trying to get away.
  • Egg and spoon races can easily be turned into eyeballs on spoons by decorating the eggs.
  • What about a game of Mummy bowling, with plastic bottles wrapped in toilet paper and using a ball or hackie sack to knock the pins down?
  • Bobbing for donuts on string. Each child can try to eat their own donuts with hands tied behind back. Or perhaps string up pineapple slices instead and have them do the same thing.

 

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Bob For These Yummy Donuts By Hanging them on a String and have children try to eat them without their hands

 

  • Feed the monster! This is a bit like bean bag toss, but use a box painted like a monster with a jagged hole for the mouth to toss the bag into.
  • There is a plastic version of the old ‘Beetle’ game, but when I was younger, it was played on paper with dice and a pen or pencil to draw the body parts. You could make your own Frankenstein version instead and use cardboard to cut out the pieces in advance and have them ready to place on the body when someone rolls a body part. I wonder what this game would be like in giant form like those chess boards you can buy.
  • Croquet using a skull that you have made and sticks.
  • The game of Horseshoes or quoits, using the old rope style quoits, is still popular today.
  • Mummy wrapping competitions. First person to wrap their partner from head to toe in toilet paper. Use the toilet paper made from recycled paper.
  • Scarecrow building competition. Try gathering old clothes, pillow cases for heads, newspapers for stuffing and and any bits and pieces you can find that might for hair and hats. You don’t need to have wooden posts up for them, just lay them out on the ground.

 

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This Scarecrow Is Very Well Done

 

  • Create a haunted story by starting it off and each person add elements to it to make it as spooky or scary as possible.
  • Could you turn a few pumpkins into a mini golf course by hollowing out and shaping some of the shells as holes or novelty things to get past?
  • Best Frankenstein walk competition
  • Pin the witch on the broom.
  • Monster Mash dance freeze
  • Some of the ideas in the Trick or Treat article would easily double up as party fun and games.

 

At The End Of The Preparation And Celebrations, The Main Thing Is To Have Fun. I Hope You Do.

 

So if a green Halloween is a chance to make a difference, then I hope that you have found some useful tips and ideas from this article and my other articles in this series to make it happen for you. You have choices. Choose to do something good for the world and reduce your own carbon footprint and impact on the planet. Mother Earth will thank you. In fact, I will thank you and so will the rest of the world once they also know there are other choices. Spread the word, keep safe and enjoy your one night of the year where mayhem and madness can take over for an evening and the happiness that it brings to you all.

I would really love for you to let me know if you used any of these tips this Halloween. Put your thoughts and some pictures in my comments section. Or email them to me so I can put them up.

Thank you for reading.

Warm Wishes

Ange

A Green Halloween Is About Saying Yes To Small Changes – Be Green At Your Halloween Party

A green Halloween is about saying yes to small changes

A green Halloween is about saying yes to small changes

Have you thought about what you are doing for Halloween this year? How can you participate in it without compromising your values? A green Halloween is about saying Yes to small changes in all areas of the celebrations and still being able to feel good about what you are trying to achieve in the larger scheme of things. Choose to be green at your Halloween party.

You will find more than one hundred tips and suggestions on this website between several articles, to allow you to think sustainability and still have a great time.

The kids in the neighborhood, and their parents, may even get an education on how to live a greener lifestyle. After all, Halloween is possibly equally as wasteful as it is fun, perhaps more so, and with so many people celebrating it, that is still a very large amount of waste generated. Let’s change that together and do something new this year.

 

Holding A Halloween Party?

 

Here Are The First Steps To Making It Green- Think ‘Sustainable’ From The Get Go.

 

There are many ways in which you can choose sustainable options when throwing a Halloween party. Here are just a few.

 

  • Get your party guests involved in making their own costumes from recycled items, give prizes for best use of recycling, best design, or best theme
  • If holding a street party, do the same. Or let people know that you are holding your own competition and will judge each costume and award your trick or treat visitors with a prize for the best recycled costume. You may need to give some thought to how that will work.
  • You could take it one step further and suggest a ‘Keep It Green’ street party where the entire street holds a Green Halloween
  • Do not use paper invitations, instead email the invitations
  • If holding a party for people you know, use social media, such as creating an event on Facebook or Tweet the info out via Twitter, etc
  • Give the kids pillow cases to use as loot bags, or draw string bags, or ecofriendly shopping bags with handles rather than use plastic bags or containers, to carry around the neighborhood. Perhaps you could make your own and decorate it for Halloween.
  • Be conscious of not leaving any waste behind you, take it home with you.
  • Pick up trash along the way and teach your children to do the same.
  • Remind each of your visitors about not littering.
  • Walk the neighborhood or bike ride, car pool to other areas.
  • Organise a Halloween bus tour and take people around to the best decorated streets
  • When the night is over, compost or recycle the waste

 

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Compost the waste

 

  • Reuse some of the practical decorations for Thanksgiving, consider this when choosing decorations and try to have them double up as both.
  • Use only biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, etc. Bamboo plates and utensils are made from a renewable and easily sustainable source and are available for purchase.
  • If you are a coconut lover, try making your own bowls from the coconut shells.
  • Make sure cups are labelled with a person’s name so that they are reused by the same person and not continually getting put into the trash.
  • Use you own crockery, cutlery and cloth napkins and tablecloths
  • Use environmentally friendly dish washing and laundry items such as soap nuts, and laundry detergents that are safe.
  • Plant your own apple tree and then use your own apples to use for the game of ‘bobbing for apples’, plus you will have a supply of fresh fruit and it will add to your clean living experience as well as you won’t be contributing to the impact that transporting and industry have on the environment.
  • Plant your own pumpkin patch to be able to use specially for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas too.

 

 Green Ways To Remain Green And Use The Entire Pumpkin

Don’t forget in the excitement of it all, that pumpkins can be used for just about anything. Just look what you can do with them!

 

  • If using a carved pumpkin for your Jack-O-Lanterns, choose to buy organic and locally grown to reduce the impact of transportation and make a statement about not buying them from places where you don’t know what’s been sprayed on them. Better yet, find non-GMO pumpkins.
  • Don’t forget to make soup from the bountiful supply of pumpkins available and used by yourself so not to add to the waste. Below is my own very simple recipe that I have chosen to share here with you.

 

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My Traditional Pumpkin Soup Recipe – Easy and Heart Warming

 

  • Many a pumpkin pie will no doubt be made from the flesh. Pumpkin scones are nice too. There are plenty of recipes to be found online.
  • Try collecting the seeds this year and plant some to grow your own pumpkins for the following year, if you have a few, sell them to neighbors or give them away. There is the possibility of quite a few of them because there are an enormous amount of seeds in one pumpkin.
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Plant the seeds and grow your own pumpkins for next year, save money, save the planet

  • Another great use for the seeds you collect is to roast them for a yummy and healthy snack.
  • Use the seeds once washed and dried for props to add to the table or other decorations
  • Use the seeds for craft by gluing them to pictures, try staining or painting them to add color effects.
  • The stringy parts that are attached to the seeds can be used to make stock and freeze it.
  • Apparently pumpkin can be used to make your own skin care, once again, the recipes are available online.
  • Remember it’s a must to compost the remains, or to begin with you can leave out the skin and the seeds for animals. I read that deer apparently love the skin, and of course the seeds will go down a treat with the birds. It’s great to give back to nature in this way.
  • If you have been considering starting a composting bin, why not use this Halloween to make a start?

 

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Composting Bin That Can Be Turned Over To Keep The Oxygen Flowing Through And To Create Compost Faster Than Just Letting It Sit.

 

  • Why not use the hollowed out shells for serving bowls as a one-time quirky dining experience before tossing them in the compost or feeding them to the deer?
  • Jack-o-lanterns, once Halloween is over, can be used as planters. Once you plant something inside, dig a hole and plant the entire pumpkin with the new plant within. The shell naturally turns to compost in the ground around the plant inside and fertilises the soil around it as it breaks down into the soil.
  • Turn miniature pumpkins into candles, or convert a hollowed out pumpkin shell as a lovely Autumn (Fall) decorative vase by placing a glass bowl within.

 

Candles and Lanterns made from all sizes of pumpkins

Candles and Lanterns made from all sizes of pumpkins

 

  • A great way to promote the keeping it green theme and to use all of the pumpkin is to buy all manner of sized pumpkins and once you made all of your snacks, soups, candies, pies etc, use the shells to make all different bowl sizes and use them for serving your meals. You can also use them as candle holders, vases, snack bowls, etc. Use large pumpkins and cut them in half using a jagged cut, scoop out the middle and clean the inside of the shell, then use them for your trick or treat bowls.
  • I’ve even heard of people making butter, candy, cocktails and milkshakes from pumpkin. So versatile, who knew?
  • I think the cutest use I’ve read about so far is to use the pumpkin shell to sit a baby inside for a photography session. It acts as a prop to hold the baby in a sitting position, but also as a photographic prop such as in the photos below.

 

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Cute Halloween Baby Photo

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Another cute Baby photo for Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Respond To Questions Is Easy –  Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Do The Right Thing

 

So you see, here are more than just a few easy ways to maintain your green outlook while still enjoying the fun. There is no need to cancel Halloween just because it is a wasteful holiday, just change it, be green at your Halloween party and you will be able to be at peace with joining in and teaching others too. When people question you about why you have chosen to act in a more sustainable manner this year and into the future, you are giving other people a message. One that says a green Halloween is about saying yes to small changes. Even Halloween, is able to be turned into an event sustainable to the planet for generations to come. Do your part and others will follow. More tips and ideas to follow.

 

I would love to hear from you if you have tried any of these ideas this Halloween? Let me know what you did, leave me a message in my comments section. Together we can change the world.

 

Thank you for reading

 

Warm Wishes and Happy Halloween

 

Ange

 

What Easter Gifts For Children Can Still Be Green?

We’ve talked about decorating your own Easter eggs in another article. Now I’d like to talk about chocolate Easter eggs. What Easter gifts for children can still be fun and kept ‘green’?  There are ways that you can have all of the wonderfully colourful and gorgeously crafted chocolate versions of Easter eggs by making them yourself. You can keep it relatively simple and use cooking chocolate, or you can choose to decorate with coloured white chocolate, you might make your own wrappings and molds, and even go so far as to make your Easter gifts for children and adults alike with raw chocolate made from scratch. The creative ideas will start pouring out once you know the basics.

 

Prefer Chocolate Eggs?

 

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Easter Bunny Couple

Still keen to keep it green and homemade, but prefer chocolate eggs instead of decorated? That’s OK. You can still choose chocolate Easter eggs but maybe try to make them at home. This cute little bunny couple has been homemade from white, dark and milk chocolate and most likely made from plastic molds.

 

Be As Creative As You Like

 

For something like this, if you decide to still use plastic molds, at least check if they are ones that will last many years so we are being mindful of reducing landfill and other waste. You can purchase cooking chocolate to melt and pour to create beautiful designs like this, or make your own version. The rabbits in the picture to the left requires that you paint the areas with colored, or white melted chocolate, to create the detail on them, such as the white ears, cheeks, eyes and clothing.

 

Break The Mold Of Bunnies And Chickens

 

If you don’t require them to be specifically bunny or chicken shaped, there are plenty of items you can use as molds if you just have a look in your kitchen. I know you can buy plastic molds at the store, but remember if you are trying to reduce the problem of plastics waste, using something a little different and not necessarily traditional might just do the trick.

There are of course metal molds for jellies and other confectionery and these would still work for what you need. Be a little creative! Dig around in your kitchen drawers and see what shapes and designs turn up. Bear in mind too, that melted chocolate can be painted on to a flat chocolate to create a work of art, and also that white chocolate can be coloured with food colouring and used to decorate chocolate designs too.

 

Silicone Putty Molds

 

While this is not a biodegradable choice, you can make your own molds using a food safe silicone putty making product. My suggestion to keep this option as green as possible is to look around a few thrift shops or dollar saver shops for some ornaments such as rabbits, chickens or other type of Easter theme that have some detail in them. You can use your silicone putty to mold around the outside of the ornament, pushing in to the design and detail as much as possible and then leave it to dry and harden overnight. Then you simply slice an opening into it, use something hot to bake it to make it food safe by removing chemicals from it, and wash it ready for use. You simply pour the melted chocolate into the opening and wait for it to set. You can create solid or hollow eggs in this way, simply by slicing the mold all the way through for hollow eggs, or only partially slicing for the solid kind.

 

Why Silicone Not Plastic?

 

My reason for suggesting this instead of plastic molds, even though it is still not biodegradable, is that plastic molds break easily and need replacing more often, meaning more plastic in our land fills and recycling centers. With silicon putty, you only need one of these molds to make as many chocolate bunnies or chickens as you like, allowing time to prepare them of course, and you are still reducing your impact on the environment by using a longer lasting product. Silicone is also recyclable. Your molds that you make from these using ornaments or imprints will make your children’s Easter gifts very original instead of the same store bought items available for most children. You can still use white or coloured chocolate to add detail and colour to these gorgeous eggs.

 

Have Fun With Your Easter Egg Hunts And Never Need Fancy Wrapping Paper

 

 

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Easter Bunny Garden Variety.

 

There are many ways you can spruce up your home made chocolate eggs without having to wrap them, however I do recommend not leaving them outside without some form of covering if they are to be left there for some time. Ants will have a field day with these delectable delights if left unattended. There is also the sun that may cause melting issues so placing in shaded areas would be best.

 

Spruce It Up With Nature

 

Some sprucing ideas if doing an Easter egg hunt. Place the chocolate bunnies etc in amongst some beautiful flowers in your garden that will add colour and brightness to them if they don’t have any extra decorative effects. Add ribbons or bows for some colour, or dried flowers. Some people have hand sewn bags of hessian or colourful material to place their designs in and decorate with a beautiful bow or dried flowers or sprigs of herbs such as rosemary or lavender.

 

Add A Dash Of Fun

 

Hide the eggs in unusual places, or as if they are performing actions such as on a swing. You can think up all kinds of funny positions to place them in if you feel that is needed. In our family, we write clues from Easter Bunny to locate their baskets. We send them on a trail to find the next clue and the next so that it adds to the fun of the hunt. You can decorate these clues to pretty them up, or write the clues on pieces of wood or bark to save on paper.

Raw Is Not Just Good, It’s Better!

 

Remember, eating chocolate does not have to be unhealthy either. You do not have to resort to store bought cooking chocolate. There are plenty of recipes available to Google users, or Pinterest etc, that tell you how to make raw chocolate Easter eggs. I warn you that raw chocolate is very rich in flavour, therefore anything you make you will probably prefer in small bite size tastes. I can pretty much guarantee no one will be eating the entire egg in one sitting. It also doesn’t set quite as dry as store bought cooking chocolate but is firm enough to hold it’s shape, just a wee bit sticky, however it is very nice.

 

For an easy raw chocolate recipe that uses only 3 ingredients, pop on over to http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/3-ingredient-raw-chocolate-recipe and make home made raw chocolate to your heart’s content.

The 3 Simple Ingredients Are As Follows:

 

1 cup of raw cacao

2-3 Tablespoons of raw honey

1 cup of cacao butter or use coconut oil instead

 

The recipe on the Food Matters website also has some yummy ideas to add to the chocolate to give it that extra special oomph and you will find the method very simple. I’d like to put it on here but it’s their recipe so they should get the credit for it and a visit to their page.

 

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Easter Bunny Hiding

Fill An Item With Chocolate Instead Of Wrapping It

 

If you are more inclined to wrap your eggs but don’t feel like making something, there are also hollow wooden eggs available, that you can buy and reuse every year. All you need to do is fill them with your yummy homemade chocolates for an even more green version of Easter. These are blank too, so you can paint and decorate them as you like. They are relatively inexpensive so if you feel that way inclined you can buy new ones each year and decorate to your heart’s content.

Why Not Recycle The Foil Wraps?

 

Should you decide to go with the eggs that are pre-wrapped and not homemade, then please consider how you will dispose of the wrappings. If you are into recycling in any way, here’s an idea of how you can use the foil wrap. Many years ago my mum taught me how to use my finger to rub over the paper and smooth out the crinkles in each of the foil wrappings. It takes a bit of time, and you need to be very careful not to tear the pieces, but we used it as craft paper and made it into beautiful pictures by cutting out the paper to the shape we needed, and then gluing it to an picture that we had outlined earlier. For an example, we did a lovely Spanish dancing lady complete with a frilly skirt and veiled head piece. I really wish it had been kept now, all these years later.

 

Mosaic Designs Are The In Thing

 

It is also easy to paste scraps over each other and make up a mosaic of sorts. I just recently saw a Mister Maker episode and he was using all kinds of paper off-cuts for the scales of a fish that he was making. I realised at that time that the foil from Easter Eggs would make some really great scales and there are so many colours available, with so many different designs as well. I am sure you can think of many other ideas to use it for now that you have the inclination to put some thought into it. You’ll be amazed at how lovely these works of art look.

 

This article has hopefully answered your question of what Easter gifts for children can be made in as green a fashion as possible in this article. This means that you can still enjoy all the fun side of things that Easter has to offer.

 

Thank you for reading this article and please, if you can think of other ideas, I encourage you to join in the conversation by leaving a comment in my section below.

 

Warm Wishes

Ange

 

Natural Remedies Insect Pest Control-The Beast Is Gone

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The Beast

The beast was frightening but now he’s gone thanks to a natural remedies insect pest control idea devised by myself and Tarzan. Sometimes you just have to wing it. One of the less attractive aspects of starting a self-sufficient sustainable lifestyle is the fact that in maintaining a healthy environment for your home and the planet, there is one creepy problem that often rears its ugly head.

The common household pest is not so easy to keep out of the house and can cause much indecision about whether or not to use pesticides. My advice of course would be to avoid using unnatural, chemical-based pesticides in favour of safer and more natural alternatives. In light of an experience I had just tonight in my home, I would like to share with you our solution at the time.

We used ingenuity not chemicals and this is our story, but there are also non-chemical, non-toxic options available to you.

 

Bathroom Beastie

 

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Chris Gladys Has Provided a Perfect Photo of What I Thought I Saw, albeit Fake As It Is

It all started with a trip to the bathroom, when suddenly I felt beady eyes looking at me and saw a huge dark shape in my peripheral vision.  I so badly wanted to run, screaming out of the bathroom but being the big brave girl that I have to be, I walked out slowly and then turned around to see what was there. I cringed at what I had been sharing space with in there.

 

Eww, Yuck and Double Yuck!

 

It’s the first one I had seen in my house since moving here over a year and a half ago so I was not expecting it. A monster of a cockroach sat on the side of my vanity, staring me down. My house is not dirty, so its hard to know what attracts them to come inside, but we just turn around and suddenly they are there. We get big ones in Queensland and this one was definitely big, about three and a half inches long and that was three and a half inches too big for my liking. And they fly! Yes, you heard me correctly, they fly.

 

OMG! It Knew!

 

I swear it knew how terrified I was of it, and it just sat there, watching me watching it. Normally they run as soon as you turn a light on or see them, which freaks me out anyway, but this one was particularly bold. I’m normally pretty good at dealing with most bugs and spiders but once they reach a certain size I have to draw the line. I did what any self-respecting person would do at this time. I backed away from the bathroom and knocked on my daughter’s bedroom door to see if my daughter’s friend, who was visiting at the time, would come and save the day.

 

Tarzan To The Rescue

 

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If you don’t have a Johnny Wiesmuller, a modern day Tarzan will have to do

At a time like this what you need is a modern day Tarzan, who will wrestle the giant fiend and rid your house of the horror of it. However if your modern day Tarzan is more fearful of the cockroach than it is of him, then you are faced with a problem, a somewhat hilarious situation, but a problem nevertheless. While I watched to see if it moved, waiting for him to put his brave pants on, I was contemplating how to get rid of it. I considered that he might be able to throw a shoe at it, but if he missed, we would have a runner on our hands and both of us were likely to scream like a girl and run away, never to find the creature again.

 

 

 

 

 

Tarzan Say “Me No Likey”

 

He is not a cockroach-loving Tarzan that’s for sure and was getting the shivers just looking at the size of the thing. We both admitted to being less afraid of spiders than we were of this colossus, unless of course the spider is one of our extra large and extra hairy Huntsman spiders that are also gigantic, scary and boy can they run fast.

 

If The Shoe Hits!

 

While I stood outside the bathroom and offered encouragement, we first tried the shoe, and yes, it missed and the creature from the dark recesses of Hell did exactly what we hoped it would not, it ran. Then we lost the gargantuan arthropod among the towels hanging on the towel rack. My Tarzan hero was gingerly moving towels aside to see if he could find it when it suddenly appeared out of nowhere and scared him. To which he let out a loud gasp, not quite a girly scream, sending us both into fits of hilarity about our bravery. I’ve never known anyone to be laughing in fear before, but here we were, grown adults giggling like children.

 

My Worst Nightmare – A Cockroach In My Room

 

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This Screech Owl Represents How I Would Look With No Sleep

As a baby, my parents had put me to bed in my crib one night when we lived in Cyprus, and they checked on me a short time later. The room was dark because they had turned out the lights, but they noticed movement in the room and turned them on. Apparently there were a number of cockroaches that had worked their way through an open vent and had come into my room. My mother swears that none had been in my cot, but I have nightmares of cockroaches crawling on me on occasion so wouldn’t be surprised if at some time, one had been in my cot that night. Needless to say, the vent was sealed after that. So not quite an unreasonable fear in light of hearing this part of my history is it? Not sure I can say the same for Tarzan though.

 

A Screech Owl I Will Be And A Screech Owl I Will Look Like If I Lost It In My Room

 

As this one was getting closer to the bathroom door and therefore closer to my bedroom I shut the room door hoping that it wouldn’t charge us and break the door down and run and hide in my room, to re-surface days later, or worse, crawl over me at night. The reappearance would surely be while I was holding my eyelids open with matchsticks due to the sleepless nights I was bound to have as a result. While this was happening, we were discussing what environmentally friendly tools of the trade we could use to remove the nauseatingly ugly bug and came up with a plan. The first and foremost was to get it out of my house to begin with and then look at ways to prevent it’s re-entry and that of other potentially scarier and even larger pests.

 

Our Clever Solution Complete With Dramatic Effect (Humorous Version)

 

After tipping out the contents all over the floor, we armed ourselves with a large container, long enough so that my modern day Tarzan could be as far away from the monstrosity we were facing as he could be. We found a thin chopping board, but you could also use a piece of paper or cardboard, that must be large enough to cover the opening of the container. Then added to this a wooden place mat to add some strength to our trap.

 

  • After taking into consideration its size, speed, timing and wind factor, no, not really wind factor but it sounded good, carefully move up to the savage as close as you dare, and place the open side of the container over the top of it. When you jump in fright as it starts to run around the inside of the container at top speed, and as you break into a high pitched song that you never knew you could reach such high notes, be mindful not to let the container move so that the titan does not escape.
  • Slowly slide the chopping board (paper or cardboard) under the lip of the container without lifting it up to allow the gargantuan room to break free, so that it has covered the entire opening of the container.
  • Use the wooden place mat as an extra support to your captive’s prison by sliding it under the chopping board, cardboard or paper. You may find you will have to lift the chopping board a little to slide the place mat under it, but do not, I repeat, do not let the container up too much as we did. I can assure you these things are very watchful and crafty and will break out of its jail.
  • After you have accidentally allowed it to make its run for it, repeat steps 1 & 2 and retry step 3, this time being extra careful to slide the place mat under the chopping board.
  • Holding the place mat over the chopping board and making sure there are no openings, turn the container upside down to make it easier to carry, while holding the newly created lid on.
  • Carry the leviathan outside, take off the lid, and throw the contents of the container like a bucket of water as far as you can toss it, or if you are a bit afraid, toss the whole bucket, and run back inside, closing and securing the door behind you.
  • Take a moment to catch your breath and stop laughing.
  • Congratulate yourself on your courage and ingenuity at using an environmentally friendly and safe option of pest control and make sure that your daughter ALWAYS remembers to shut the fly-screen door behind her when she goes outside to ensure that further entries of super-beasts are prevented. That is the best form of safe and non-harmful pest control there is.

 

Enough Silliness, Here Is The Simple But Unfunny (Short)Version

 

  1. Quickly place the upside down container over the top of the location of the cockroach, capturing it inside.
  2. Slide the chopping board/cardboard underneath the container until fully covering the bottom of it.
  3. Use something like our wooden place mat, thin but firm, or a thicker piece of cardboard to slide under the chopping board to keep the bottom steady and keeping the cockroach from scampering out.
  4. Carry the container outside and throw the contents as far away as possible away from the door, remembering to close the door on your way back inside.

 

This does no harm to the environment, nor does it do any harm to the cockroach if you are more inclined to let it live rather than kill it. If you are interested in discovering other ways to minimise the entry of pests in your home, or deter them from becoming an unwelcome household guest, or perhaps even considering trapping them or eliminating them, there are other, much easier means to achieve this.

So What Other Things Can You Do Naturally For Pest Control and Pest Removal?

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Magnetic Fly Screen for Added Protection

 

There are a number of traps, electronic devices, natural substances, essential oils and steps you can take to keep pests out of the house in the first place, or rid your home of them once inside. I would initially look at how they are getting into your home and attempt to prevent it. This way you can avoid many of the harmful chemical solutions that people turn to in order to eradicate unwanted guests, or have no need of the modern day Tarzan to save, or not, the day.

 

You Weren’t Born In A Tent!

 

In our case today, simply keeping the door shut would have been enough. Buying screen doors and window screens if you don’t have any would be a step in the right direction in keeping bugs out. If you already own one, the fly-screen may have had a tear or been lifting out of its housing in the door frame, allowing a gap to appear. You can buy simple patches made of the same screen material to repair small tears and holes without much effort. You might look into the type of screen shown in the picture here on the right which has magnetic sealing options to help keep insects out if you don’t have other options.

 

Take A Good Look Around

 

Check for gaps under doors, or cracks in walls or ceilings, and possible cracks at the joins. Cockroaches in particular love it under your sink so investigate any holes that may let them in. You may find that it is easier to fill the holes or cracks in with silicone or putty or something else to block entry. You can purchase a brush like strip that you place at the bottom of your fly screen door to help stop crawling insects from getting under doors. Many houses already have these in place but check yours anyway, maybe it has deteriorated, or never had one. This should be a simple fix rather than an expensive and laborious venture.

Making sure the house is kept uncluttered will assist in keeping pests from deciding to remain living in a nice pile of paperwork on a desk that never seems to reduce in size. Whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be a form of natural remedies insect pest control such as those depicted here or in a review I have written on other options. Please take the time to comment on what you have used so far and whether it would be of benefit to other readers.

 

Thank you

 

Warm wishes

Ange

 

 

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Easter Basket Ideas For Kids And Still Maintain Sustainable Living

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Dr. Seuss and Green Eggs And Ham

Coming up with Easter basket ideas for kids and still maintaining your sustainable living ideals is not so easy. Easter is often more about the wrappings and the commercial sales of shiny, colourful easter eggs, than about Easter itself. We think more about that yummy chocolate underneath those fancy, delightful patterned papers or foil, and less about where all that waste will go. I began to think how can we keep the impact on our own immediate environment down to a minimum?

 

Did Dr. Seuss Just Invent The Idea Of A Green Easter?

 

Not that it has anything really to do with Easter, but once I started thinking about a green Easter, green eggs sprang to mind and the famous book by Dr Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham. It just reminded me of Easter eggs and served to make me realise that there are other Easter basket ideas for kids, while doing it the sustainable living way.

There’s More Than One Way To Celebrate Easter

 

You can make up different ways to celebrate Easter, it doesn’t all have to be about chocolate eggs and rabbits and fancy trimmings. There are plenty of ideas of how to make this Easter as green as possible by using homemade techniques and a little bit of creative design. After all, Easter can be so much more than the commercial money making event it has become, it can be used to achieve a real family connection if you can make a special event of it. So here is what I came up with.

Homemade Easter Eggs To Put In Your Baskets

 

Here is where you can have some fun with your children if you like, or you can do these ideas on your own and keep them as an Easter surprise so that Easter Bunny has not skipped right over the house. You could create new family traditions where Easter Bunny leaves real eggs, not chocolate eggs that are store bought, why not do an Easter egg hunt with them too?

 

The Easter Bunny Is Real

 

If your children still believe in the Easter Bunny, why not suggest that you have asked Easter Bunny to bring eggs that are completely biodegradable after they have been eaten in line with the family’s efforts to be living a cleaner, greener lifestyle. In other words, we eat the egg and the shell which is effectively the colourful wrapping, can be used in the compost bin. We would would not only reduce the waste coming from our homes, we are promoting healthy eating using whole foods as well.

See? Healthy eating can be fun after all! If the family are not too keen to be rid of the chocolate bunnies, you could suggest doing this alternate years until they warm up to the idea.

Decorating Your Own Eggs.

 

The Natural Look

 

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Homemade Easter Eggs

This homemade basket of eggs reminds me of the eggs we used to make as children, except ours were brightly coloured. I’m not quite sure how these eggs have been coloured, it’s possible they may have been placed in tea, or brown vinegar perhaps.

My mother made use of wax candles, such as birthday candles, although in this case perhaps beeswax may work instead. We would get up on Easter Sunday and after we saw what the Easter Bunny had brought, we would sit down to have our breakfast which usually consisted of boiled eggs. Soft boiled with little ‘soldiers’ to use to dip into the runny egg yolk. Yum!. Soldiers are merely sliced bread that has been buttered and sliced lengthwise into smaller slices. One slice of bread can make 5 or 6 soldiers.

Wax Works!

The fun part was the process before we cooked the eggs. We would use the candles/wax to draw pictures or patterns on the eggs before cooking them, but you had to be really careful otherwise you might break the eggs. You could do any pattern you liked but because you couldn’t actually see where you had drawn because while the wax stuck to the egg shell, it was not necessarily visible, which meant that it was pot luck how your egg turned out.

It was important to make sure you went over the section you were drawing a few times to make sure the wax was well attached. Then she would place them in different pots with red or blue or green food colouring in the water and we would boil them ready for eating. Where the wax had been on the egg, it left a white outline of whatever you had drawn after the wax melted away.

The wax had effectively blocked the food colouring from staining the egg in those places, leaving the image we had drawn intact, simply through it being the part that was not coloured. Naturally our soft boiled eggs were followed by hot cross buns. Yum!

 

Simple Yet Colourful

 

There are other simple ways to produce an effective Easter-look using chicken eggs from your very own property if you have chickens, or store bought eggs if not (might I suggest finding a local supplier with free range eggs for sale). This next method is done using pre-cooked hard boiled eggs. You can see here in this image how well it produces very beautiful bright shades. The recipe and method for colouring these hard boiled eggs is as follows:

 

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Coloured Easter Eggs

You Will Need:

1/2 cup of boiling water

1 teaspoon vinegar

10 – 20 drops of food colouring

 

Method:

Add water, vinegar and food colouring (only one colour per bowl) to a bowl or cup

Do this for each of the colours you are using

Submerge the hard boiled eggs into the dye and leave for 5 minutes before removing them with a slotted spoon or tongs.

Continue until through all the colours to be used and refrigerate.

 

Place them in a lovely basket and use them as a centerpiece, or scatter them around the garden for a fun Easter egg hunt with the children. Then you can eat them (as long as they haven’t been out in the sun too long of course). You might choose to do these as the Easter gift from the Easter Bunny if you have made them yourself and the kids don’t know you have made them.

 

Have Fun Designing Your Own Intricate Patterns.

 

Hand drawn Easter Eggs, Easter basket ideas for children

Hand drawn Easter Eggs

This method is similar to the first idea where you will be cooking the eggs after decorating them, ready to eat as soft boiled. You can also do this and continue to boil them to make them hard boiled. Or you may draw your design after they are hard boiled and cooled.

 

What Do You Need?

 

You don’t need much for this activity either except a good quality food colouring (if you decide to colour them as well, otherwise you can leave them as is), that you should be able to buy from a cake decorating shop, a set of pencils with thick cores, such as Derwents, and some water and saucepans.

If you are planning to decorate the eggs like this after they are cooked, you might try oil pastels or even markers if the eggs are not wet. I find it is handy to use the egg carton to place the finished products in as you are waiting for them to all to be completed before starting to cook them.

 

How Is It Done?

 

Basically you do a similar thing with the eggs as the wax drawing above, but you draw any design that you want, using any colour that is dark enough to stand out underneath whichever food colouring you choose to boil your eggs in. Treat it as your very own masterpiece or canvas. Some people just use markers to draw their outlines and to fill in the patterns. Personally I find that if you are boiling them after you have drawn on them, the pencils stay on the egg shell better than what a marker would.

 

Decorate Using Bits And Bobs Around The House

 

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Ribbon Decorated Easter Eggs.

 

Sometimes the simplest of decorations can look elegant, such as these lovely eggs decorated purely with ribbons. This may be leftover ribbon from other sewing efforts, or scraps bought from the store over the years, but they look lovely regardless. Thin or thicker ribbon would look just as effective, likewise bows or other decorative additions to the ribbon would be pretty.

If you don’t have ribbons made from material, there is always coloured cardboard, or scrapbooking paper ribbon, probably more ‘green’ than those made from material. These are just examples, I’m sure you can come up with plenty more ideas. Actually, it would be lovely if you have other ideas to pop them into the comments section below for the interest of other readers who may be stuck for ideas.

 

Or Blown?

 

If you prefer, you could use the old blowing method of decorating eggs, but you wouldn’t be eating the insides of the egg. To do this, you prick a small hole in one end with a pin or even a wooden skewer, and then prick another hole at the other end the same. Place inside the hole a thin straw and blow the contents out through the other end of the hole.

This may take a while. Then rinse the inside of the egg out with water. Once dry, use acrylic paint to create your design and leave to dry. Use these as you would Christmas decorations and decorate the house for Easter. They are a still very delicate, even with the paint coating, so be very gentle when handling them. They look lovely in a bowl, or as hanging ornaments if you can be bothered blowing out that many eggs.

 

But Where’s The Chocolate?

 

Prefer Chocolate Eggs? You still can and also keep it green. These are not the only Easter basket ideas for kids, there is also everyone’s favourite Easter treat to consider and that is what to do about chocolate eggs. I have written an article dedicated to chocolate Easter eggs and how to keep a green outlook. I’m sure you will find a lot of ideas there too.

 

 

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Happy Easter!

 

Thank you for reading this article and please if you have any suggestions or ideas to add to this, please feel free to add them in a comment at the bottom of this page. I look forward to reading all of them. Happy Easter from my family to yours.

 

Warm Wishes

 

Ange

 

 

 

 

Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe That Is Eco Friendly, Safe And Economical

A liquid laundry detergent recipe that is Eco friendly, safe and economical is just a few short steps away. If you read my other article about why I choose to use a homemade laundry detergent, you may have been searching for laundry alternatives that don’t have all of those harsh chemicals in them already. Chances are you have been looking, but you also found that many are quite expensive to buy, or aren’t always available at the store each time you need it. My experience has been that the more popular brands of standard laundry detergent never seem to be absent from the range due to their popularity, but those that are labeled Eco friendly and safe, never seem to get replenished as quickly.

 

It’s Both Cheap And Easy!

 

This isn’t so great if you are trying to live a green lifestyle but have washing to do. With this recipe, never be caught short for laundry detergent again. For a fraction of the cost of a bottle of laundry liquid, when you buy the ingredients, there will be enough for up to 4 batches to be made. Simply replace your ingredients after 4th batch has been made and you will be able to make a new one next time you run out. Be aware that this recipe does require standing overnight, if you remember this and make it ahead of the time you will be needing to use it, you will always be prepared.

 

What You Will Need – Nothing Too Complex Here

 

liquid laundry detergent recipe

Homemade Laundry Liquid

  • A 10 litre (2.5 – 3 gallons) bucket with a lid (I use my father’s old wine making tub)
  • A measuring cup and measuring jug
  • A wooden spoon
  • Laundry soap (I found this in the laundry aisle in the supermarket, a box contains 4 cakes of soap)
  • Lectric Washing Soda (Again I found this in the aisle for laundry items)
  • warm water (you will be partially filling the bucket with this)

 

Some people have been known to use borax with this recipe, but I am still undecided about the safety of borax and so I choose to avoid it instead.

 

It Is Very Easy To Make – Takes About 10 Minutes

 

  1. Grate 1/2 to 1 whole cake of soap and put aside
  2. Put 3 litres of water into a large stock pot or saucepan and bring to boil
  3. While waiting for water to boil pour 7 litres of warm water, not too hot, into the 10 litre bucket
  4. When the water is boiled turn down the heat to a simmer
  5. Place the grated soap into the water in the pot on the stove and stir until the soap is dissolved, stirring all the time, do not allow to boil over otherwise it will be messy.
  6. Then Pour 1 cup of Lectric soda into the pot and stir until you can’t feel the grittiness anymore and it’s dissolved
  7. Take the pot off the heat and being careful not to burn or scald yourself, slowly pour the mixture into the bucket of warm water
  8. Stir with the wooden spoon
  9. Place the lid on tightly
  10. Wait 24 hours, the mixture will have cooled and turned into a gel. It’s now ready to use. Scoop 1 cup of gel and place into washing machine as per usual. Wash as normal.

What Can I Do To Make It Smell Even Fresher?

 

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Add Essential Oils For Added Fragrance

If you find you would like to add a little fragrance, you can add essential oils to the mixture. Wait an hour or so until it cools down a little, prior to it settling into a gel and then take off the lid. Stir in a few drops of essential oils.

You may have to play around with the quantities of drops of oil. Some companies, such as the one I use, have very potent oils and you would not need as much as what you might use if you bought an essential oil from a chemist, supermarket, cheap variety store, health food store or other aromatherapy standard essential oils.

 

Find A Good Company

 

My personal favourites are Lemon, Lavender, Thieves or Purification. The latter 2 are proprietary blends of the company I buy my oils from. I might suggest 5 – 10 drops of oil to begin with and work with the resulting strength of smell from there.

If you have any really strong odours in your washing, you may like to add some white vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine to remove them.

 

Is This Cost Effective Like Promised?

 

The answer to this question is yes, very much so. I find that even buying a cheaper laundry detergent, I still might spend nearly $10 a week on getting the laundry done and then there is the added disadvantage that it is not helping the environment if I don’t choose wisely enough. I can buy a packet of the laundry soap for around $2.00 AUD and the Lectric soda for around $4.00. I only need 1 cup of Lectric soda, which leaves another 3 cups in the packet, and only 1 cake of soap, leaving 3 still in the packet.

$1.50 per 10 Litres

This means it only costs around $1.50 AUD to make one whole 10 litre bucket of detergent, that might last me one month. So for $6.00 I have now bought 4 months worth of laundry detergent. I’d say that’s a win win situation, win for your pocket, and win for the environment.

Are There Other Options?

 

If you are struggling with time and would find it too difficult to use this recipe and make it yourself, you might consider using the most earth friendly liquid you can find. I personally have used this company for purchasing laundry detergents that are safe, and also the company I use for my oils also produce a washing liquid. Try checking out their safe washing powders or liquids, but you will pay a bit more for it than at the store.

 

Check Out What Other Eco-Friendly Options There Are

 

There are also laundry balls, soap nuts and other options (see below for details), that are Eco friendly and available to buy online or in a store, and while they may be expensive to start with, they are well worth the investment because it works out to be cheaper in the long run.

 

I hope you enjoy making your new liquid laundry detergent recipe that is eco friendly, safe and economical. If you enjoyed reading this article please share it with others so that they too can help to save our environment and keep our planet sustainable. If you have any problems, comments or questions, feel free to mention them in the comments section below.

 

Until next time

 

Warm Regards,

Ange

Please find below some suggested products.

 

soap nuts

Soap Nuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

balls

Eco-Friendly Laundry Balls