This Week's Upcoming Eco-events...

Sunday April 10th
* 14 Carrot Whole Foods Produce sale (30% off from 1p-5p)

Tuesday April 12th
*Healthy Carolina Farmer's Market, Greene Street USC 10a-2p
*Green Reading Club (visit www.gofamouslygreen.com for more details)
*Backyard Bugs: Lucky Ladybugs @ Riverbanks Zoo for 3-4 year olds 10a-1045a ($9 plus admission)

Thursday April 14th
* Carolina Wildlife Charity Day @ 14 Carrot Whole Foods from 1p-530p
*14 Carrot Produce sale (30% off from 1p-5p)
*Open yoga at Expecting Well (visit www.gofamouslygreen.com for more details)

Friday April 15th
*10a Bulb Planting at the Cooper Branch of the Richland County Library
*12p Eco Lectures at Fort Jackson Thomas Lee Hall Library
*Party For the Planet @ Riverbanks Zoo 10a-1045a for 2 year olds, 11a-1145a for 3-4 year olds, $9 plus admission

Saturday April 16th
*Lexington United Methodist "New to You" Household Swap party for Creation Care (1p)
*Congaree National Park NatureFest (free!)
*8a All Local Farmer's Market at 701 Whaley Street Columbia SC
*Central Midlands Lawn Mower Exchange (9a-12p @ SC State Museum)
*1p Introduction to Permaculture @ CityRoots ($60)
*Plant Sale @ Riverbanks Botanical Gardens 9a-12p

Thank you to Go Famously Green for some of these events that I was unaware of :-)


Foodie Friday

Tonight I hosted a Pampered Chef party and I just have to share the wonderful recipe we made because it was 1) super easy 2) very kid friendly and 3) easy to make organic! A BIG thank you to the wonderful ladies that attended and the wonderful consultants that ran the show, I know I had a blast.

We made Apple Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips and it is a very quick fix, works for a vegetarian, raw foodie or vegan, and kids and adults will love how fresh and colorful it looks and tastes! I know I am adding it the the menu planning for my youngest sprout's first birthday:-)

Apple Berry Salsa

2 medium granny smith apples
1 pint strawberries, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 kiwi, peeled and diced
1 small orange
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp apple or apricot jelly or jam

Basically you peel and dice everything up (of course using Pampered Chef's great products like the apple slicer, the manual food processor, etc.) Then you zest the orange and juice the orange, add the brown sugar and the jam and mix it all together. And you have a quick, yummy, healthy snack! It's only 30 calories for 3 Tbsp.!

Serve it with the chips that you create by cutting tortillas into wedges, brushing with water, sprinkling with cinnamon/sugar and baking in the oven until crisp. (use the awesome stoneware for this!)

Remember to go local and organic wherever possible!

Also, chew on this: Pampered Chef is going greener! I was very impressed to learn this evening that alot of their products are going BPA free or glass (my favorite!) and they have a wonderful (fairly new) bamboo line of servingwares and more! So if you are in need of kitchen gizmos and tools click here (especially if you're in the Lexington, SC area)

Thrifty Thursday!

 A few natural and organic deals in the area shops:


Nature Valley Granola Bars, 10 count B1G1
    .50/1 printable coupon
Silk Almond or Soymilk $2.50
    $1 off printable coupon
Stoneyfield Okios Yogurt, 4 pack $3.50
     $1 off printable coupon
     .55 off in Food Lion's Nature Place magazine
Cascadian Farm organic frozen potatoes and veggies $2
     .75/1 printable coupon
     $1 off healthy clippings coupon
     $1 off Publix Gentle on the Earth booklet or printable (store coupon so you can use both and get these for .25!)
Cascadian Farm Cereal or Granola or Chewy Bars $2.50
     $1 off healthy clippings coupon
     .75/1 printable coupon (see above link)
     $1 off Publix Gentle on the Earth booklet or printable (see above link; use both it's .75!)
Back to Nature Cookies, crackers or granola $2.50
     .60/1 Publix Gentle on the Earth booklet or printable coupon


Annie's Cereal $2.50
     .75/1 printable coupon
So Delicious Coconut milk $1.99
     $1 off printable coupon

Earthfare: Very eco! With there store coupons you can use them on your cell phone or just write down the PLU! Kudos!

Free Half Chicken Breast with $5 purchase at Earthfare, just sign up for the emails!

*Also don't forget 14 Carrot Whole Foods produce sale Thursday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm and save 30% off produce!


It's definitely NOT a Wordless Wednesday...

The FDA Food Advisory Committee has determined (11 to 3 vote) there isn't enough evidence to support banning food colorings because of health concerns, particularly behavioral issues in children.

Uh, right...and Europe, Australia, Japan and South Africa are wrong? I think not! I had a false glimmer of hope when I saw the FDA was FINALLY looking into this...I should have know it was too good to be true.

Moms, Dads, and anyone who cares about health and future generations...speak up! Write, email, blog, whatever you can because we are going to have to light a figurative fire to get the FDA to say enough is enough. To get them to stop listening to the lobbyist of all these multi million dollar corporations and start doing their jobs by listening to us, the American people! I find it absurd that companies like Kellogg's and Kraft are making dye free products for elsewhere in the world yet for America it's still the Red #40 loaded crap.

You can visit Organic Authority for great articles on this topic and be sure to check out the book The Unhealthy Truth (avaliable on Nook!) by Robyn O'Brien a WONDERFUL book about "how our food is making us sick and what we can do about it."


You Can Tell It's Springtime!

Longer days, blooms and buds appearing, farmer's markets re-opening, and...asparagus! I just love the chance to play outside longer with my little sprouts and teach them about plants and produce from the emerging flowers and markets.

However, I truly knew the season when I visited the farmers market at the University of South Carolina today...I purchased FRESH, just cut, LOCAL asparagus! Oh, the delight! I whole heartedly agree with Barbara Kingsolver's statement in one of my favorite books, Animal Vegetable Miracle, that she delights in the first asparagus and that is when she too knows spring has come. She even recalls scouting for wild asparagus as a child...something that really intrigues me. I would love to find out if we have wild asparagus in South Carolina.

What tells you it's spring? Have you visited your local farmer's market? What's in season?

If your in the greater Columbia SC area check out these two things:

Healthy Carolina Farmer's Market Every Tuesday from 10a-2p thru April 19th.

Lexington Farmer's Market Every 1st and 3rd Thursday 10a-2p thru September

This Thursday at 14 Carrot Whole Foods Holistic USC's Matthew Kip will talk about Wild SC Edibles from 11:30a-1p


A few great Earth Month deals, coupons and more!

Free Reusable Shopping Tote from Target April 17th, while supplies last!

Plus, on the Target Earth Month Page (click here) you can:
* enter to win a home makeover with Sabrina Soto
* enter for a chance to design your own line of eco-friendly cleaning products
* enter various giveaways of top Earth Month products

And... all month Target will be running sales on various "green" products such as Toms of Maine, Annies, and many others!

The new Healthy Clippings is here! If your in the greater Columbia area you can find it at 14 Carrot Whole Foods or check your area shops. There are lots of great coupons in here, including my favorite...Ah!Laska Chocolate Syrup (perfect with local milk for yummy chocolate milk!)

My favorite local shop is on Groupon today! Get $30 for $15! Plus, at K.D.'s treehouse they always have great sales going on! They even have a % savings for Grandparents once a week!
Looking for a great activity to do with the kids this weekend? They are having their 3rd Annual Little Earth Day Celebration featuring Arts & Crafts with Tag It Art Studio, a local artist bazaar, Ashley Lindler from Hop Skip Jump Kids, Interactive music with Chris Lee of The Steel Band Project LLC, and a live remote with WXRY. Plus, a book signing with local author Mary Lee and her new book Air Force Mom! Toni Turbeville Morton will also be promoting her new website Go Famously Green. Hope to see you there!

Also be sure to check out Totsy, Zulily & Pure Citizen for various daily deals including some eco-friendly options almost every time!


Sunday's Eco Inspiration

" The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15)

Since the very beginning humanity has been made responsible for stewardship toward creation. It is okay to work the land, God tells us to use what He blessed us with. However, we are not to abuse it.. we are called to take care of it. Today I believe this means sustainable forestry, the slow foods movement, less plastics, alternative energy sources that do not make a permanent impact (i.e. wind energy). etc. So use the land, plant your garden but take care of the land...don't douse it in pesticides.