Color Me Green

Tales and Tips on the Path to Green Living

   May 09

What It’s Really Like to be a Mom

Before I had kids I remember hearing the phrase, “You’ll never really understand what it’s like to be a mom until you are one.” I have to admit to thinking that geez, I have a pretty good imagination and I know my own mother and other moms pretty well – I think I get the idea.

What I didn’t really understand though, was that being a parent isn’t just about getting all the day-to-day tasks done, keeping track of a whole household full of different schedules, doctor appointments, housekeeping, grocery shopping, and everything else (although, that sounds like three full-time jobs already!).

What I discovered when I first became a mom a little over three years ago, is that being a parent is also about love. Well duh! Of course! Everyone knows that! I guess what I learned is more about the depth of love, more than just the existence of love. I’m talking about loving another person so much it actually makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. I’m talking about loving another person so much that you really would do absolutely anything for that person.

And as mothers and parents – we do! We wipe away tears, we teach about kindness, we slide down the plastic kiddie slide knowing another adult may see our butts get stuck half-way down – we may even use our own shirts to wipe a snotty nose (when absolutely no alternative presents) – we are wonder women!

Being a mom also means keeping our kids safe and healthy. Only 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals in commerce have been tested for toxicity – so down the aisles and onto our computers we go, checking labels, researching products and companies, learning about chemicals we have no idea how pronounce, and working hard to protect our kids from toxins linked to asthma, autism, birth defects, and cancer.

I really didn’t understand just how much stamina it takes to do what needs to be done on an everyday basis as a parent, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the love that goes so deep it must come from my very soul. So here’s to you moms out there – working hard to keep your kids safe and healthy, and sometimes sacrificing your own clean shirt in the process!

Happy Mother’s Day!

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

Changing the world, one home and office at a time.

 

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

 


   Mar 12

Spring Clean to Help Others Succeed

This weekend’s warm weather breathed a little spring freshness into our home in Moorhead and I can feel the buzz of new energy that the anticipation of this season always gives me! After the long months of winter I just can’t resist the urge to clean out the closets, clear off the counters, and rearrange that living room furniture – just one more time!

One of my goals this spring is to give my bedroom closet a major overhaul. When we moved into our new home last fall (and had a baby twelve days later – who planned that anyway?! Oh yeah… me), our bedroom closet ended up at the very end of the “needs to get organized” list. Front runners were the kitchen, living room, baby’s room, big brother’s room, and bathroom. Now that we’ve had a few months to settle into those places (and yes – rearrange them all several times), the master bedroom will finally take its turn!

When I tackle a closet, I like to take absolutely everything out of it first so I have a completely blank canvass to start with. This way, I can clean the corners with no problem and I’m sure to only put back in the closet what I actually want to keep.

But what do with the pile that’s left?

In the case of my own closet, I know there will be several collared shirts, a sports coat, and a jeans jacket in the donate pile that are still in good condition but are just never worn. I’ll also throw in a pair of dress shoes I’ve been holding on to for a few years that are too small – I guess I was hoping my feet would suddenly shrink and I’d wake up one morning and be able to wear them. Well – here’s to spring, organization, and realistic thinking – toss!

There are all kinds of places you can donate unwanted clothes that are still in good, wearable condition. Dress For Success is a nonprofit with locations in 73 US cities that accepts donations of women’s suits, shoes, and briefcases. These items are then passed on to economically disadvantaged women entering the professional world. You can check out their website and see if there is a location near you at www.dressforsuccess.org. For those of us in the Red River Valley, there is a location in Hawley (421 5th St. S, Hawley, MN, (218)-483-3145).

Another place for Fargo-Moorhead locals is the Self Sufficiency Center (201 11th Street North Fargo, ND, (701) 237-6355). Partnering with the Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority, the Self Sufficiency Center strives to empower individuals to become economically self-sufficient. If you have both men’s and women’s clothing to donate, this would be a great place to go. Check out www.selfsufficiencycenter.org.

I still love those cute little shoes that I just can’t quite squeeze my post-pregnancy feet into anymore, but knowing that they may be the missing piece to helping someone land a job and earn a living wage makes it much easier to part with them.

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

Changing the world, one home and office at a time.

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow. “You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi


   Mar 09

Tomorrow’s Child

Without a name, an unseen face
and knowing not your time nor place
Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.
A wise friend introduced us two,
and through his sobering point of view
I saw a day that you would see,
a day for you, but not for me.
Knowing you has changed my thinking,
for I never had an inkling
That perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow, threaten you.
Tomorrow’s Child, my daughter-son
I’m afraid I’ve just begun
To think of you and of your good,
Though always having known I should.
Begin I will to weigh the cost
of what I squander, what is lost
If ever I forget that you
will someday come to live here too.

(Glenn Thomas)

 

This poem speaks directly to my very soul. I’m often asked what sparked my interest in green living and part of my answer is that I was involved in a Web of Creation workshop at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead which led me to start a Creation Care team at my own church, Our Savior’s Lutheran, also in Moorhead. Although this workshop was my introduction into the world of green (or Creation Care, as we say at church), what really fed my passion was becoming a mom a few months later.

My first son, Miles Oscar, came along and really did change my thinking – suddenly, I was aware of the responsibility I had to his future. My desire to leave behind a better world came sharply into focus.

I don’t think I can explain it better than Mr. Thomas, so I’m happy just to read his words again and say: “yeah – what he said!”

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.


   Mar 02

Living With Cloth Diapers

If you had asked me three years ago if I used cloth diapers for my son I would have looked at you like you had alien antennae growing out of your forehead. Honestly, my husband I did try cloth diapers with Miles when he was a newborn but we very quickly gave up. Our second son, Simon, has very sensitive skin so we were kind of forced into giving cloth diapers another shot.

After four months of using nothing but cloth diapers for Simon, I can honestly say, it really isn’t that bad. And I realize now that the reason I failed the first time around was a lack of knowledge and organization.

Although I could get over the idea of having to clean up dirty diapers (and by “dirty diapers,” of course, I mean unprecedented amounts of poop in varying shades and neon hues I didn’t know where humanly possible), I had not really done my homework or taken the time to create the organized system I needed to help me succeed. It’s taken us a few months to figure it all out, but I will now say that using cloth diapers has become as second nature as using disposables.

Here are a few of the most important things I would pass on to other parents who are considering using cloth diapers:

1. Know your own habits and adjust your system to work with them, rather than fight them. For example, I know that my schedule is crazy busy and that I hate doing laundry, so I will hate doing a load of diapers every night. So, I have accumulated enough diapers now to last us two days and two nights so that I only have to wash a load every other night. I know other parents though, who would just as soon get them washed right away and so daily laundering would work better for them. I do not think there is a right or wrong way, as long as it works for you.

2. Get a sprayer for rinsing. On our first trial with cloth diapers, we rinsed them out after each use the old-fashioned way, hands in the toilet – you get the picture. Some parents take no issue with this and, to be honest, my husband and I both did ok too – for a while. Now we use a sprayer and I would never go back! There are sprayers you can purchase that hook up right to your toilet. I have heard though, that some people have trouble containing the spray inside the toilet (and some have no trouble at all). We opted to use our sprayer in the laundry room utility sink, which is deeper than the toilet or a regular sink and there are no containment issues. Also, since the sink is right next to the washing machine we can hose them down and bam – into the wash they go. Done.

3. Trust the label on your detergent bottle – you don’t need to over-suds.

4. If you’re worried about asking your daycare provided to do cloth diapers –just ask! The worst they can say is “no.” You can handle that. And you might be surprised – I was very nervous to ask our provider and there was no need to be – she was awesome and agreed to give it a try. Now, even she will tell you it’s not as bad as she thought it would be!

I absolutely love the wet bag I got from Eco Chic in Fargo - it's SO cute and works perfectly for bringing diapers back and forth from daycare. I also have a much larger bag that is great for longer weekend trips.

5. Get a wet bag for transporting dirty diapers home from daycare and whenever you’re on the go. Wet bags are just a little zippered cloth bag with a plastic-y kind of material on the inside that makes the bag waterproof. These bags come in many different sizes, can be tossed right in the wash with your diapers and are usually dang cute!

6. Don’t use regular diaper rash creams – really. The diapers will lose their absorbency. If you need a cream, look for one that says it can be used with cloth diapers.

7. Talk to other parents who have used or are using cloth diapers. Their advice and experience is invaluable.

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.


   Feb 29

Lighten the Load

Since having our first child three years ago and especially since our second came along last fall, I have been absolutely amazed by how much laundry is involved in being a parent. In fact, I find it unbelievable! Before having kids, my husband and I could do laundry once a week and be just fine. Now, I can do a load every day and still fall behind – especially since we’re doing cloth diapers for our four-month-old.

I’ve come to suspect that there is some kind of evil laundry spirit living inside our laundry chute who, as soon as the basket is emptied, is able to conjure up enough dirty socks, sticky bibs, and smelly burp rags from the deep, dark places of the house to fill the basket right up to the top again before I can even finish folding what I just washed! I can just about hear him snickering as I stare in astonishment at this fresh, and mysterious, deposit of wash.

I usually end up hacking away at the laundry mountain in the evenings, after work and dinner and the kids are finally in bed. Since laundry is maybe my least favorite household chore, it’s the last thing I want to be doing with my evenings! But, my consolation is that doing my laundry in the evenings is actually easier on the planet than if I were to do it during the day, for the simple reason that there is less demand for energy during the evening hours. Energy companies determine whether or not to build more power plants based on peak energy usage.

Spreading the demand for energy to off-peak times takes a little of the pressure off a potentially overburdened power grid and is another easy way I can make my own lifestyle just a little greener. Luckily, it also just plain works better for my hectic schedule!

Also lucky for me, my husband is on laundry duty tonight!

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.


   Feb 22

Can Saving Trash Help Raise Money for Your Nonprofit?

“If you just leave your bag of garbage by your front door I’ll stop by and grab it on my way to work.”

This probably isn’t something most people Facebook message their friends about at 10:00 at night. But, not only is this really a message sent to me from a friend a few nights ago, but I also really did run and, excitedly, pull a bag of garbage I’d been saving for her out of the closet and set it by my front door.

Consisting of a few Malt-O-Meal cereal bags, a plastic shampoo bottle, two old toothbrushes, and several Valentine candy wrappers (oops, sorry waistline), the bag represented a couple weeks’ worth of saved objects that would normally have ended up in the Moorhead landfill.

Pam Rue, Vice President of the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) Board of Directors, has started collecting trash as a means for raising funds for the nonprofit through an organization called TerraCycle. TerraCycle offers national programs, what they call “Brigades,” for otherwise non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste and, for most of their brigades, offers free shipping and a donation for the nonprofit for every piece of waste collected. The waste is then upcycled or recycled into new products which are then available for purchase at major retailers like Wal-Mart.

Anyone can sign up for the program and start sending in garbage. Pam says she’s already kept over 3,000 pieces of garbage out of the landfill and raised $70 for the FMCT. The project has also helped teach a lesson about waste management to her five-year-old son, who now stops to ask,” Do we recycle this?” before tossing anything into the trash can.

Helping raise funds for your favorite nonprofit while also lightening the load on our landfills is a win-win!

The FMCT is collecting:

  • Candy Bar Wrappers (any kind or size)
  • Chip Bags (any kind or size)
  • Malt-o-Meal Cereal Bags
  • Toothpaste tubes and Old Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Lotion/Bodywash Bottles
  • Old Pens/Highlighters/Sharpies
  • Shredded Cheese Bags (any brand)

Choose from many different Brigades and register your nonprofit on the TerraCycle website: http://www.terracycle.net/en-US/.

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.


   Feb 13

Greener Valentines

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that I have never been too excited about (except maybe when I was little). It just seems like another day of excessive waste – a “Hallmark Holiday” that just fills our landfills with cheap junk. But since I DID enjoy the holiday when I was little, I will play along for the sake of my two-year-old son, who will be having a Valentine’s Day party at his daycare tomorrow.

Instead of purchasing cards and candy I’ve been scouring the internet for a more earth-friendly, sustainable approach. Finally, through the direction of another green mom blogger, I found a fun website with some great craft ideas that my son and I can sit down together and make tonight.

I’m still looking through all the fun ideas, but I think the one I like the best is a flower pot-shaped card (hand cut from our pile of recycled paper of course) and a little packet of seeds which can be planted indoors now and, when spring finally comes to the Red River Valley, can be transplanted to an outdoor garden. The note that goes along with the card says “Let’s Watch Our Friendship Grow!” How cute!

Making the valentines for my son’s party instead of just buying them gives us an opportunity to do something fun together while showing our friends we care about them and – bonus – now I can also talk about showing how we care about the planet too! Hooray!

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based in Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.


   Feb 11

Toilet Paper: Less Really Is More

I think my almost-three-year-old son is almost potty-trained (in my mind I imagine raucous cheering)!  And while I rejoice over our increasing success, I’ve begun to notice something else has also been increasing: the number of rolls of toilet paper we go through.

Like any other toddler, my son, Miles, thinks more of everything is better. More toys – better. More books before bedtime – better. More finger paint – better. More marshmallows in the hot chocolate – definitely better!

So of course, the same goes when we’re in the bathroom and now I know that I need to get to the TP before he does to prevent the entire roll from becoming a big, loopy pile on the floor.

Helping moderate the amount of bathroom tissue we use is an easy, no-cost way that we can be a little more “green” as a family and also teaches my son that paying attention to waste (and I’m just talking about the paper here!) is important.

Why am I even paying attention to a few pieces of tissue down the toilet? Fair question. Most of the toilet paper in the US comes from second-generation forests, which are well-managed, but their destruction adds significantly to our ecological footprint. Toilet paper accounts for 15% of that destruction.

The National Resource Defense Council estimates that on a worldwide basis, deforestation causes more global warming than the combined emissions of all vehicles, airplanes and ships—and that’s not all. Virgin fiber paper products also waste water since more water is needed to make trees into paper than recycling old paper into new products. The chlorine bleach used by many companies also poses pollution problems for water systems.

Switch to environmentally-friendly toilet paper that is unbleached, chlorine-free, and, if possible, 100% recycled. Amazingly, every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of electricity, 3 cubic yards of landfill and 7,000 gallons of water.

Yep, I think it’s clear: less really is more!

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.


   Feb 04

Shop to Reduce Food Waste

A friend recently posted the following words of wisdom on her Facebook page: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!” Definitely words to live by and applicable in just about every corner of life! Today, it resonates with me as I stand in my kitchen, thinking about food waste.

I read in a recent article by Mary Mazzoni at Earth911.com that the U.S. generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year, according to the EPA. Composting scraps and leftovers is, of course, a good way to stop some things from heading off to sit in a landfill until the end of time (or close enough!), but even better is tackling food waste at its source.

Mazzoni suggests starting at the grocery store by being realistic about the amount of food you buy. “If you live alone or have a small family,” she says, “stick to a limited number of perishables each week. If you have a busy work schedule, don’t shop as if you’ll be making everything from scratch. Buying only what you can use in the near future will save you the hassle of cooking, freezing or preserving extra food before it spoils.”

I am so guilty of this! Every now and then, usually when I’ve just gotten a new issue of Cuisine at Home, I get “new recipe fever” and I head off to the grocery store to stock up on all the ingredients I’m going to need to make those new dishes I just have to try! Too often, a few days will go by and I’ll suddenly realize that I only have one evening to make a meal at home all week and next week doesn’t look any better. Oops. Inevitably, one, or even a few, of my ingredients end up going bad before I get to them.

Or, even if I do make my fantastic feed, if I bought too much of an ingredient I don’t normally use I’ll say to myself, “I need to find something to use the rest of that in…” and place it in the fridge. Then, life happens, the rest of the busy week flies by and that little container gets pushed farther and farther to the back of the fridge until someday it gets pulled back out only to be tossed, with a groan of frustration (directed at myself), into the compost bin.

If I am more realistic with my shopping, as Mary Mazzoni advises, I can avoid a lot of that unnecessary food waste.

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo.

Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers and “Go Green” Workshops/Parties to help you on your own path to greener living. Contact Carrie to schedule a makeover for your home: csbrusven@gmail.com.

 

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.


   Feb 02

Green Your Baby Shower

Do you have a friend or family member with a new little sweet pea on the way? If it’s your turn to play baby shower hostess, here are a few ideas to help you throw an earth-friendly celebration for both the baby and mom-to-be.

Invitations

The first item on the to-do list for any shower is the invitations. The best way to “go green” with your party invites is to send them via email. There are many options available but I recommend Evites. You can choose from dozens of baby-shower-themed cards or even design your own. You can even track reservations and who is planning to bring the Snickers Salad. With email invitations there is no paper, no waste, and they’re free!

If you really want to send paper invitations consider sending a postcard, which uses less paper since there are no envelopes, or use recycled or plantable paper.

Earth-Friendly Decorations

Remember you’re celebrating life, so decorations like potted plants are always a good idea! Look for plants that help purify indoor air and they’ll double as fantastic, useful gifts for baby’s new room that your eco-conscious mommy-to-be will definitely appreciate.

The classic diaper cake can be swapped for its greener cousin – one made with biodegradable or cloth diapers. Be sure to ask what method of diapering the new mom is planning to use first.

Get out those fancy dishes– this is why you have them! Use real silverware and cloth napkins to really tell your guests that this is a special day. If you must use disposable dishware, opt for biodegradable and be sure to put out a bin especially for recycling/composting.

Menu

Use organic and in-season ingredients where you can. Your guests of honor (mom and baby) will both appreciate foods that are healthy and nutritious!

Share Experience

Possibly the most valuable thing you and your guests can give a new mother is the gift of experience. On your invitation, ask guests to bring with them a note that shares the parenting tips most helpful to them. Things they wish they’d known earlier, or thoughts they were so glad they had in advance. Collect them in a pretty basket and present them to the new mother.

Ask guests to bring their favorite baby wraps, slings, or carriers and demo them. If possible, write names on each one and lend them to the new mother so she can test them out with the new baby to see which works best before buying her own (I went through four different kinds of slings before I finally found one I liked –what a waste of money!).

Invite the moms in the group to tell a story of inspiration about their birth experience or parenting their babies, or perhaps just share an inspirational poem (stress in advance that the guests refrain from telling stories of negative birth experiences – don’t scare the poor woman!)

Greener Gifts

Shopping for babies is just plain fun! If your mom-to-be is trying to make greener parenting choices be sure to let your guests know! There are hundreds of websites with outstanding ideas for everything from cloth diapers, to wooden toys, organic wraps and clothing, hand-made items, and wool diaper covers.

Some greener choices have large up-front costs, like cloth diapering or organic mattresses. Pooling money together to go toward the purchase of some of these more costly items may be greatly appreciated!

Organize a weekly meal sign-up. Ask friends to sign up to provide meals to the new family the first couple of months after the baby is born. Load it into excel and email it to everyone, and then adjust once the baby arrives.

Gift Wrapping

Let your guests know that you want to keep waste to a minimum and gently suggest getting creative with wrapping. Use reusable gift bags, baby blankets, cloth diapers, or fun fabrics instead of more traditional methods.

GrowInStyle.com has it right: “A clean planet is the ultimate gift one can give to our children.” The small choices we make every day have a huge impact on our environment and a baby shower is the perfect time to set the stage for a greener lifestyle!

 

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers and “Go Green” Workshops/Parties to help you on your own path to greener living. Contact Carrie to schedule a makeover for your home: csbrusven@gmail.com.

LIKE my Facebook page for lots of free tips, inspiration, and advice about green living as well as information about upcoming classes and special offers on Green Irene products! www.facebook.com/colormegreennow.