Orange is the new Green

I love fall - it's definitely my favorite season.  I love the cool, crisp air tinged with the scent of raindrops; seeing the trees going from green to orange, red and yellow.  Bundling up and staying indoors.  Just because it's not green outside doesn't mean we can't be green inside - here are some ideas on how to turn your fall months into green months.

Got Pumpkins?  Those slimy innards of your kids pumpkins don't need to end up in the trash.  Instead, rinse and dry them, then season and toast them for a delicious treat.  After the holiday is over,  use the pumpkins to make puree to turn into soup, or even a pumpkin spice latte!  Toss leftover seeds in your yard or garden and next year you'll have your own pumpkin patch.

No tricks here, just treat! Skip the bulk candy in favor of homemade treats wrapped in tissue or grease proof paper tied with jute or hemp.  Please the parents by giving kids a bamboo toothbrush instead of candy!  Send the kids out candy-collecting with pillow cases that they decorate themselves instead of plastic pumpkins.

Lights Out for Spooktacular Nights.  At night, turn off the lights and instead light your home with sustainable soy candles.  Not only does this save electricity, but it creates that spooky atmosphere perfect for telling ghost stories to the kiddos.

Get Creative with Costumes.  Skip the plastic and synthetic store bought costumes and instead make your own.  Raid family and friends closets to borrow items, or head to your local used store like Goodwill.  They have a tremendous section of clothes and accessories perfect for Halloween costumes.  

Don't forget to mark your calendars for October 21st for National Apple Day.  Grab your reusable grocery tote and head to the farmer's market to load up on tasty apples of all varieties.  


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