Earth Month Fun with Elias & Adeline

by jessicaturner on April 27, 2015

Tom's of Maine and Earth Day
With Earth Day being last week (and April being Earth Month), Elias and Adeline have been doing a lot of activities related to the Earth, conservation, learning about waste, etc. at school.

It’s been fun listening to them, especially Elias, talk about the importance of caring for the earth. I totally saved some of his schoolwork for Project Life.

This weekend, we did some further application at home thanks to Tom’s of Maine.

Tom's of Maine and Earth DayTom’s of Maine is a new Mom Creative partner and I am grateful to be a member of their blogger Goodness Circle this year. While I have been aware of Tom’s of Maine products for many years, I had no idea of the scope of their dedication to caring for the earth. I’m excited to share their programs and products with you today and in the coming months.

Tom's of Maine and Earth DayFor instance, this month Tom’s of Maine partnered with TerraCycle to encourage families to fill a free box of old and broken toys. These items then get recycled into park benches, picnic tables and more.

We have been doing a lot of purging of excess in our home lately and so filling up a box from TerraCycle was an awesome exercise. I talked with Elias and Adeline about how cool it is that we could send away their old and broken toys and they would be recycled into something else.

They loved the idea and immediately started going through their toy chest looking for toys to send away. It was amazing to watch – and amazing to get a big box of junk out of our house!

Tom's of Maine and Earth Day

Tom's of Maine and Earth Day

Tom's of Maine and Earth Day
According to a Tom’s of Maine study, more than half (55%) of parents frequently throw out toys to reduce clutter in their home. I know I have!

The good news/bad news is that the recycled toy program was so successful for Tom’s of Maine that they don’t have any more free boxes at this time. However, if you still want to do something to teach your kids about the importance of recycling, you can sign up for the Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade.

This is the next exercise I am doing with my kids to teach them about the importance of recycling and I’d love for y’all  to join me.

I need to be honest. I always toss empty containers from things like deodorant and mouthwash. But not anymore! The Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade collects and recycles these products  – and you can send them in for free.

Tom's of Maine Accepted Waste Small

Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade accepted waste:

  1. Mouthwash bottles and caps
  2. Deodorant containers and caps
  3. Toothpaste tubes and caps
  4. Soap packaging
  5. Floss containers
  6. Toothbrushes

So cool, huh? Three cheers for helping the earth, teaching our children well and having less trash!

How have you celebrated Earth Month with your children?

This post is sponsored by Tom’s of Maine. I am very intentional to only partner with brands that I use, love and believe in. I hope you are inspired by this post.


Elise Gets Crafty… with Me!

by jessicaturner on April 23, 2015

I was SO delighted when Elise contacted me about being on her podcast to chat about The Fringe Hours. I have am such a huge fan of her, and we really connected. You know those people you totally think you would be besties with in real life – she was one of those people to me. :)

I think y’all will love our podcast episode that launched this week. Check it out.

Side note: I love listening to podcasts while I clean, drive or do simple work. Going back to work means more car time for me, so more podcast listening. What are your favorite podcasts?

To listen to other podcasts I have been on, click here.


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Today Only: Free Shipping Joss & Main

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My Abs are Separated – Diastasis Recti

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This weekend I was on Facebook in the middle of the night, while feeding Ezra, and clicked on this article: This Condition Could be Causing Your Mom Pooch. The piece was about Diastasis Recti, which is the separation of the ab muscles, causing your stomach to pooch. The article said 2 out of 3 women […]

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Getting My Sexy Back

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One of the challenges for me (and many others!) of having a baby is the weight loss journey. With each of my kids, despite having terrible sickness in the first half of my pregnancies, I still gained 50-60 lbs. Both times, I managed to lose most/all of the weight. But I have been told that […]

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