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I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Families

Eco-Friendly FamiliesJust because the previous giveaway ended last night doesn't mean I'm going to leave you in the lurch. Fear not, frugal friends, today starts a new giveaway, one that would also make a great holiday gift.

Eco-Friendly Families, by Helen Coronato, is a guidebook for learning how to raise your kids in an environmentally friendly manner. This book is suitable for those just starting out trying to green their lives, but it also offers suggestions that are useful for the more seasoned veterans among us.

The author includes a monthly calendar of four things to do or change, loads of projects for kids and different ways to reuse or repurpose items. She also discusses different areas of your home that could stand some improvement, touches on environmental eating choices and wraps it all up with a list of links for finding out more information.

This would make a great gift for new parents or for those who need a little, ahem, nudge in reducing their impact on the Earth.

If you want to be entered in this book giveaway, add your name to the comments of this post. This giveaway is open until Friday, November 21st, 6:00 pm PST. I'll be doing a random drawing and announcing a winner on Saturday, November 22nd.

Related books:
The Green Parent: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Environmentally-Friendly Living
EcoKids: Raising Children Who Care for the Earth
Living Simply with Children: A Voluntary Simplicity Guide for Moms, Dads, and Kids Who Want to Reclaim the Bliss of Childhood and the Joy of Parenting
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

103 comments:

Michelle said...

My sister would love this book. She is sometimes at a loss on how to change her and her family's life.

Sarah said...

Help in helping my family be more sustainable is always good.

The Cooking Lady said...

I am already darn tootin' green, but we could all use more tips so our Ah-Ha light can go on. Sign me up!

Burbanmom said...

That one sounds interesting! I'll put my name in the hat. Thanks, Crunchy!

TurtleSoup said...

Please count me in the giveaway!

camp mom said...

Definately count me in-evene though I've been doing this awhile...take care of youngins so this could be helpful!

Jenn said...

Sign me up. I'd love to have this book in my stocking this year.

Mrs Money said...

Thanks for the opportunity! :)

The Simpleton said...

Hiyo, always looking for ways to demonstrate to my son that we are NOT the only ones.

Maya said...

I'm always trying to find some new tips! Trouble is, it seems we do most of them already, but I still enjoy reading about them...

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Aha! This is definitely a book I need! I wouldn't call myself a green newbie, but I'm definitely going about it slowly. :) I need all the motivation I can get.

thingsyoudidntdo said...

Hey Crunchy! Looks like a really great book! Actually looks like it might be a good Christmas present for a couple friends of mine.

Jen

Robyn said...

i could always use more help in this area.

Jen said...

Count me in!

Nancy said...

This sounds great. Thank you!

pigbook1 said...

even if I don't win, this book might be on my gift giving list. Thanks!

Erin said...

Count me in.

Keri said...

awesome! hope i win! =D

MikeandCharlsie said...

count me in too please!

Billie said...

Unfortunately, the book is likely not useful for me. My husband informed me recently that he has no desire to be 'green'. He doesn't care about the planet. When I asked about what would happen if the children didn't have a planet to live on and he said he didn't care about that. *sigh*

So I guess I will do what I can but it will be with zero support.

I have been trying the freeze your buns off (without telling my husband) but when I discovered that my foot was just about frostbitten after being left out from under the covers, I decided to turn up the heat a few degrees last night. It is still less than last year so there is progress.

Michelle said...

I would love to have ideas and projects to help me along!

heidi b. said...

Want it, need it, love it!! Pick me!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

I hope I Win! You know I could use it, Crunchy!

Amber said...

My friends are adopting and have started to ask me a lot of questions about being green. This would be great for them!

Amber

Humble wife said...

I'm in!:)
Jennifer

Alexandra said...

Sign me up! Long time lurker here. I have been reading your blog for a while, and can related to most of it. Working for the "man", two kids, trying to reduce impact. I have not come as far as you have, and could use some help in that department. Thanks!

eco 'burban mom said...

Pick me! With 4 boys, I could always use the extra ideas for kids!

Jen said...

Interesting concept for a book! I'm in!

PiLibrarian said...

Throw my name in the hat! We have CFL lightbulbs, a revived compost pile, keep the thermo at 60° at night, and chickens (!) and need more ideas to keep greening up!

Chris said...

Please include me in the drawing!

Wendy said...

Oh, I'm putting that on hold at the library right now.

Nerd Extraordinaire said...

I am soooo in!

Sareen said...

come on random number generator pick me pick me

Stephanie said...

I know lots of families that could use this. Sign me up.

Abi said...

Pick me! I'm a teacher - wow how many minds would this influence! Seriously Crunchy I'd love to give it a try. Keep on with the tips..

hoorayparade said...

count me in!

Cave-Woman said...

I would love to share this with my husband. Count me in!

Christibale said...

I'm always looking for ways to teach my little girl about being green. Sign me up!

Anna said...

I would love this book!

KLund said...

Maybe this would help my kids (6) understand why we are recycling, composting and using cloth napkins. And for my older son who can't understand why I want him to do the dishes a certain way. Would love to learn even more ways to reduse our consumption of the planet. Count me in.

BRYNNE said...

My friend would totally love this book. It would be a great x-mas gift!!

The Purloined Letter said...

Please put my name in, too!

Kim said...

Ooh! Me, me, me! (Count me in please!) I have friends who could really use this.

z.briedis said...

this book will help my family help the earth! blessed be.

Lisa said...

Please enter me. My 7 year old son sewed cloth napkins for his teacher & I'm sure there are more ideas we could use & try to share with others.

JBS said...

Sounds very good. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I think i could use this book, magpie

Carpe Diem said...

Please add me to your draw for the book!

heather t said...

Sign me up, thanks!

Catherine said...

Thanks!

Belle said...

Hi Deanna,
I would like to be entered in this giveaway.
This is Belle.

Thank you for a great giveaway!

Belle

Kate said...

Yo, yo!

Would love this, especially since our family of 2 will grow next year to 3 or more!

May said...

Me too! Me too! :)

i heart spinning said...

Please add me. Thanks so much!

Nichole T

Erin said...

Please add me!

Jason C said...

entering...

Kim said...

Oh! My bestfriend is expecting her first (I'm kid free still) and wuold love this book!

Even if I don't win, I might have to track down a copy for her!

sunflowerchilde said...

Sign me up! We're hoping to be parents soon, so this will be useful. I'd rather learn to do things the right way the first time around and not have to unlearn too many bad habits.

Carrie said...

I would sort of, kind of, maybe like to start a family, but have always been concerned about how I could raise said hypothetical child, the eco-friendly (and healthier) way. This book sounds like it would be a perfect resource. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy, Crunchy Gal!

yellowpansy15 said...

Please include me in the drawing!
I love teaching the children in my family how to be sustainable. Because their parents definitely aren't!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to this stuff... my wife's brought me 'round to it after a couple years of teasing her about her compost bin and water barrel.

Thermostat's now 62 day and 58 at night here and MA!

glenn

Alisha said...

Count me in!

Granola Gurl said...

yay, sign me up crunch!

scifichick said...

Please add me to the drawing.

danie said...

I could use some help with getting my family to change. Thanks

sophstar's mama said...

Sign me up! I could use a little new motivation...

Kathryn said...

Count me in for the book drawing.

Anonymous said...

Wish I could win this for our friends who are in the midst of adopting a baby overseas. Perhaps, I can find one on half.com.

Billie: So sorry that your husband does not seem to care about the planet. This must be so hard when you obviously love your children and want them to have a living planet. We have lots of non-crunchy relatives who think we are weird. Keep your chin up and keep doing your best. (I understand about "cheating" and turning the heat up as I am struggling with some leg problems that cause my feet to feel cold all the time.)

--Ave

Neo@ said...

Count me in, I live in Mexico and would be happy to pay the shipment if I win, I'm young and have a year living with my couple and ready for big changes.

Jim Smith II said...

That does sound like a nice book for my brother-in-law and his family. I'm in please.

Lisa said...

We are doing what we can here in MD to be more environmentally friendly. I would love a little help as well. Please put my name in the hat

CrunchyChristianMama said...

I would love to have the book. Something to distract me from my husband's teeth chattering as I freeze the buns off my entire family.

Anonymous said...

It would be wonderful to have more tips
on how to raise eco-friendly children!
Please include me in the drawing!!
As always, thanks for all that you do!

salmonpoetry said...

count me in! i think i fall into the 'veteran' category, but more ideas are always welcome. thanks for your generosity with these giveaways...

Alison said...

Stiff competition this time, but I'm in! I love to share tips for parents on my blog. I could use the help for my own family, but a great book with tips to share would be even better :-)

Hot Belly Mama - taking it all back said...

ooh! I don't normally want giveaways, but I want THIS! Heck, I would even buy this. lol. Put me down.

Natalie W. said...

Thanks for the chance!

Robj98168 said...

Oh Heck- I wasn't going to put my name in but the odds of winning twice in a row are not that great! So sign me up Chicky Babe!

emmer said...

me too! i am thinking of a friend with small children who would love this book,and i would love to give it to her.
emmer

Mama2ce said...

I would love this!

Deonne said...

I would love this book for our family - we have a 4 year old. Have you ever gone through the "Healthy Children, Healthy Planet" series from the Northwest Earth Institute? My coworkers and I did it and it was FANTASTIC. Highly recommended!

FLO said...

Would love this! Thanks for the opportunity.

Mist said...

I couldn't possibly give this book away to someone without reading it myself first. *ahem*

;)

Pippi said...

I'd love this book! My daughter is still little but I could use ideas as she grows. Does it have a section on convincing significant others to be more eco-friendly as well children? :)

Rachel said...

This sounds great! Count me in!

Lizard Momma said...

Sounds like just what we have been looking for! If I don't win I look for it at my favorite bookstore!

Jena said...

I'm in! Sounds great to me since we're just starting to green up around here. Thanks!

Gracie (and Trish and Anthony) said...

Sounds great! Count me in.

dfisher said...

I'd love to read the advice.

Caron said...

I would love to have this book! Crunchy- I don't know how you do all of this, with young children. I have been keeping the thermostat down to 60 (day), 58 (night). Can't go much lower, as my newborn gets grouchy when his toes are cold. My preschoolers on the other hand love the excuse to wear footy jammies all day. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

Summer said...

Ohhh, count me into the giveaway!

Jess said...

I welcome any ideas and encouragement I can get ;)

Anna said...

While I consider myself sufficiently crunchy/green, I know there are ideas I haven't even considered! Bonus: When I am done, I would also be happy to pass it on to the other families I know who need the help!

Lamzeydievey said...

sign me up please! this sounds like something my children and i could have a lot of fun with.

marlo said...

I would love this book!

PKJ said...

I am a member of several parenting groups and I would love to pass this book around to all of the families I know.

Kaat said...

I have a friend who would like this book, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't take a peek (peak?) before wrapping it up for her...

just me said...

Please count me in! Thanks Crunchy!

Jamie

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

I would love to share this book with my sister. My fingers are crossed because our library just doesn't offer newer books with its poor budget.
Thank you.
Katie

mystique said...

I might have missed the deadline but wanted to say I love your blog, I just found it today and it suits me to a T. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Mystique

JenHarper said...

Please add my name to the pot. This book sounds great!

decook1261 said...

Would love to have this book.

Ann said...

Please count me in! I'm a longtime "lurker", living in the Puget Sound area too. I've learned so much from you--thanks for being such an inspiration!

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