February 27, 2011
Aunt Frances says:
"Now don't go snappin your bill."
February 25, 2011
Remind others to be kind to pets and people. Make ďKindnessĒ bookmarks and leave them at the library or hand them out to your friends and family.
February 24, 2011
Live In The Real World
Donít live your life in front of a t.v. screen. Turn off the television and the computer for an entire day. Or if that's too much, trying turning off all electronic devices for just one hour.
February 22, 2011
Is someone you know having a birthday? Send an e-card instead of a paper card.
February 21, 2011
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
February 20, 2011
Aunt Frances says:
"That one wouldn't scratch her own mama's fleas."
February 19, 2011
Do you have a home computer? Save trees and ink by using recycled paper. Cut down on the number of pages you print and print on both sides of each sheet. When youíre out of ink order recycled cartridges.
February 18, 2011
Build A Solar Oven!
The sun is a great source of renewable energy. Here's a simple way you can use the sun's heat to cook a hot dog.
1. Cut a square hole in the top of a large pizza box. The hole should be almost as big as the top of the box.
2. Line the inside bottom of the pizza box with aluminum foil.
3. Open the lid of the pizza box and place a hot dog on top of the aluminum foil. Close the lid.
4. Cover the top of the pizza box with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will hold the sun's heat inside of the solar oven.
5. Set the box outside in an area that's getting full sun.
6. Watch the food cook through the plastic wrap. Cooking speed will depend on the how hot it is outside.
February 17, 2011
Take showers instead of baths to save water and energy.
February 14, 2011
Happy Valentine's Day
Are you giving valentines to your family and friends this year? Think about sending one to a neighbor or someone you usually wouldn't include--just to give them a lift.
February 13, 2011
Aunt Frances says:
"You been nibbling skunk cabbage again?"
February 12, 2011
Sometimes it's the simplest things that make a big difference. Just for one day, try smiling at every person you meet.
February 11, 2011
Do you really need gift wrap paper? Be creative and wrap your gifts in the Sunday funnies. Or decorate a paper bag with a rubber stamp and gold stars. If you don't get the newspaper, use an old map, magazine, coloring book pages, sheet music, or tear out the pages of an old phone book. In other words, recycle!
February 8, 2011
The Amazing Sun
Without the sun, there would be no life on earth. It is bigger than anything we can really imagine--a million planet earths would fit inside it! It takes millions of years for the energy from the center of the sun to reach the sun's surface, and then just eight minutes for it to travel the 93 million miles to earth. The sun gives off more energy in one second than people have used since the beginning of time.
Plants make food out of sunlight, and then animals eat plants, and then we eat animals (or maybe we just eat plants, if we're vegetarians). Without sunlight, plants couldn't make food, and there would be nothing for us to eat. Not only could plants not make food without the sun, they also couldn't make oxygen, and no animals could breathe, including us. The sun produces nearly all the heat on the planet, too--without it, the earth would be freezing cold--minus hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit, almost as cold as space. The sun also makes the wind blow and the ocean currents flow. Its heat makes clouds, rain, snow, and all the weather on our planet, too.
February 6, 2011
Aunt Frances Says:
"If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around."
February 5, 2011
Send A Card
Has someone in your life done something nice for you? Every week, send an electronic card to someone special. People appreciate knowing that you're thinking about them.
February 3, 2011
Buy In Bulk
Buy in bulk or buy larger packages and put the amount you need for school or snacks in reusable containers. Buying in bulk is cheaper than buying individually wrapped servings and saves plastic and paper used in packaging.
February 2, 2011
Expand Your Circle
Make friends with someone who's lonely--a person you wouldn't ordinarily think of as friend material. You might be surprised.