Simply Living Blog Carnival April 2013 Call for Submissions: Going Green

Welcome to the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. We hope that you will join us on the third Tuesday of each month as we share posts about simple living in our lives. Submission deadline will be the second Tuesday of each month.

Going Green Just as simple living and voluntary simplicity have become catch phrases, so too has the phrase going green. How do green practices affect your decisions? Do you find that your simple lifestyle is in tune with environmental issues? Perhaps you have a practice or product which simplifies your life.

To submit an article to the blog carnival, please e-mail your submission to mandy{at}livingpeacefullywithchildren{dot}com anddelilahfineandfair{at}gmail{dot}com, and fill out the webform by April 9. Please write a new, unpublished piece for the carnival. We will e-mail you with instructions before the carnival date. We ask that you publish your post on April 16.

We want you to use creativity and to express yourself as you see fit. To that end, you are welcome to post at your discretion with a few guidelines in mind. Please be respectful in your posts. Avoid excessive profanity and poor grammar or spelling. As the co-hosts of the carnival are all advocates of peaceful living and gentle parenting, we ask that you not post about non-gentle practices or violence toward others. While we will not be editing your articles, we do reserve the right to not add your post to the carnival if it is not on topic, is poorly written, or goes against the guidelines which have been set forth.

Blog carnivals are a great way to generate blog traffic and build a supportive community. Your blog will receive links from many other blogs and you and your readers will have the opportunity to discover other blogs with similar goals in mind. Please join us as we embrace Simply Living through Simple Living! We hope you will consider joining us every month as we discuss ways we simplify our lives.

A Vow To Compost

Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren’t as “green” as they may want to be.

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Tiger worms (7 of 7)

Photo by Timothy Musson

Often when we have friends over, they will ask if we have a compost bin. I sadly shake my head, chagrined. While we have had compost piles in the past, basically just piles where we dump our food scraps at the back of our property, we haven’t ever had a true compost pile. It’s not that we disagree with composting or think it is too much work, it just hasn’t ever been a priority.

A couple of years ago, when on vacation in Chicago, our apartment was equipped with a little kitchen counter compost bin. I loved it. All of our banana peals and egg shells went in. I mentally did a little happy dance when I had some scraps to put in after each meal. I just haven’t done the same at home, mainly due to the mentality that we are moving soon. However, the move hasn’t happened yet, and neither has real composting. So, I’m changing that. Sure, we may end up moving, but so be it. We’ll start again.

We have plans for two composting systems, neither of which will cost much. We have a smaller plastic trash can without a lid that has no other purpose at the moment. It was previously in the garage holding hockey sticks, but no that we are parking the van in the garage, my mudroom is non-existent. I plan to drill holes in the bottom and place it out in the backyard.

Secondly, the kids and I are planning to build a worm bin. We are actually excited about having worms. I’m still looking into what size worm bin we want to have and where we will store it. However, sometime soon, when someone asks if we have a compost bin, the answer will be a resounding, “Yes!”

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Visit Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival!
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