Discipline chart

Here's a photo of the discipline chart we created for our two year old in an effort to make punishment a teaching moment.  It has worked wonderfully! She is starting to understand that actions have consequences. 
What are your discipline techniques?


Foodie Friday: Vacation Style

This is a wonderful, easy recipe for a on the go snack or light lunch (or even breakfast!) Plus, what sprout doesn't love fruit! Take it to the beach, pool or even the museum in your reusable lunch box and stop the Styrofoam and unhealthy options normally served up at these locations. Go green without sacrificing flavor or fun!

This recipe is from vegan.sheknows.com! Thanks for sharing!

Kid-Friendly Fruit Pita Pockets
Makes 4
  • 2 whole grain or whole wheat pita pockets
  • 8 tablespoons smooth almond butter or other nut butter
  • 1 banana, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, pear, peach, or nectarine, depending on the season, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  1. Cut pita rounds in half to form 4 pockets.
  2. Slather nut butter on the inside of each pocket.
  3. Stuff with fruit, lightly mashing, and drizzle with a little agave.
  4. Serve immediately or, for a change, gently warm them in the oven.


Thrifty Thursday: Quick Edition

Since I'm currently on vacation I'm just going to give you a few quick deals:


Blue Diamond Almonds, 6 oz, at $3.19 ($1.59) -.50/1 Blue Diamond product printable
-.60/2 Blue Diamond almonds, 6 oz cans, SS 4/03 or SS 1/23
-.60/2 Blue Diamond Roasted Almonds, SS 1/23
-.75/2 Blue Diamond Almonds, SS 1/23
(use .50/1, makes it 59¢)

Sprout Stage 2 Organic Baby Food 75¢ -B2G1 Sprout Organic Baby food printable
(makes it 50¢)


Amy’s Organic Bowls, 9 oz, B1G1 at $2.49 ($1.24)-.75/1 Amy’s bowls, December First for Woman magazine
(makes it 49¢)

Better Oats Oat Revolution Oatmeal, 5 ct., $1-$1 off Better Oats Oatmeal printable
(makes it FREE)

Clif Crunch Bar, ZBar, or Twisted Fruit, 5-6 pk., $1.99-$1 off Clif Kid Zbar, Energy Snack or Zfruit rope, 6 pk printable
(use $1 off, makes it 99¢)

Quorn Meatless Entree, 7.8-12 oz, $3.99
-$2 off 2 coupon from Mambo Sprouts booklet

Lots of other great deals this week so be sure to check your coupons before shopping! And this Saturday in Lexington is the kick off for the *NEW* farmers market!

And...if your one of the first 100 shoppers then you get a reusable tote too!


Vacation time!

As summer rolls in so does vacation. Whether it be to the beach, lake, zoo, or any other adventure your family has planned. As you set off to explore here are a few eco tips to green your vacations:

1. Check your sunscreen- is it expired? What's in that stuff anyway? Most of us tend to hold on to sunscreen year in and out but sunscreen does expire; lots of chemicals, fragrances, etc. hide out in the very stuff we use to protect ourselves. I personally love California Baby and Episential sunblock.
2. Ditch the pre-bottled water...fill your own! Save the planet (and your wallet!) by filling and using your own water bottle to stay hydrated this summer.
3. Do something close to home or consider purchasing carbon offsets for longer trips; and if you rent a car see if you can go hybrid!
4. Turn your air up to keep it from cutting on while your out of town; turn off fans and other electric items "red/green lights" to save electricity (and your energy bill!)
5. Use public transportation if possible
6. If your at a hotel don't get new towels and sheets daily; most of us don't do that at home so why should we when traveling?
7. Bring your own lunch/snacks or check out local markets and restaurants to keep your meals fresh, local and organic whenever possible. And of course, pack in reusable containers!
8. Turn any trip green! Pick up trash on the beach or at the lake, remember to "only leave footprints" when camping or hiking, take every chance to teach your sprouts (if you have any) about being eco daily (a big one for us was recycling everywhere, not just at home)
9. At the beach? Rent a bike (or bring your own!) you'll get some exercise and save carbon emissions at the same time!
10. instead of buying cheap, plastic or screen printed souvenirs think about what you can make: decoupage a frame with brochures and tickets then place your family photo in the frame, decorate one with shells if it was a beach trip; how about dried flowers from a hike? The possibilities are endless and eco!

Do you have other tips/tricks that make you eco on vacation? I'd love to hear them!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Smoothie!

I came across this interesting smoothie on Homemade Mothering today on Facebook. It sounds different but in a yummy sorta way. I am going to give it a spin...why don't you? Let me know what you like! And "Like" Homemade Mothering on Facebook...tell her SimplyEco sent you!


Urban Gardening for the less fortunate

I can across this article today and wanted to share it. This is very close to my heart as it reminds me of Homeless Helping Homeless here in our local community...so check out this great mission and then visit Homeless Helping Homeless on Facebook to see how you can get involved.


Sunday's Eco Inspiration

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.

This verse was used at a DoTerra oils event I held this week at my house. And it is so true! God has given us all that we need to live; essential oils for health and beauty, amazingly intricate nature for oxygen and life, etc. Today, and everyday, care for and enjoy His glorious gifts and always remember to be thankful.