Well. That was weird.

As you may have noticed I took  a bit of a vacation from blogging. Like a six month vacation.

Geez.

I wish I could take a real-life vacation that long.

I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but I have been thinking about blogging a lot the last couple of months. Thinking. Obviously, not actually doing it. I don’t want this to turn into a post where I’m basically apologizing for abandoning the blog for six whole months, so let’s just say life got in the way. And then, when life wasn’t as much in the way anymore, I was afraid to start blogging again because I was certain that the internet hated me for taking such a long break and no one would read anything I wrote ever again.

You can imagine my surprise when I logged into wordpress this morning for the first time in six months and discovered that the internet doesn’t hate me and you guys have been reading the entire time I was taking my little not so restful vacation! I was shocked. So, before I get into what I was going to post about today, I just wanted to say thank you all so much! You ROCK.

The reason I logged in today is that it’s Earth Day! You might have noticed last year that I really like Earth Day.  I think it’s related to growing up absolutely surrounded by nature and seeing the super gross effects of people not caring about it… I’m looking at you, diaper trees*. Anyway, while I was browsing twitter and my bloglovin feed this morning, I came across a few great Earth Day links I wanted to share.

*I tried to find a picture of a diaper tree for those of you not familiar with the term, but apparently people actually shape disposable diapers into trees now for baby showers and that’s all the entire internet has on this subject. That is NOT what I meant. The diaper trees I was referring to are the trees that line streams and are covered with used disposable diapers after flash floods. Very different. Only a little less weird.  

First, this post from Bohemian Mom about how to be “green” without being extreme. I love to see tips like this!

Next up, from Eco-Yogini book reviews of three how-to-live-an-eco-friendly-life books. I’ll be checking at least one of these out from the local library. (If you’re curious, the one I’m most interested in is “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick”)

For those of you who don’t follow me on twitter (do it now @marthaisbliss), you probably don’t know that I’ve started running. And stuck with it. Except for when I had pneumonia. I promise all that still has to do with Earth Day. And here’s how: Runner’s World had a helpful for people who run long distances (not me) list of how to be earth friendly today.

And finally, some Earth Day Humor from someecards:

I'm hoping our observance of Earth Day will make polar bears hate us less.

Thanks again for sticking with me and Happy Earth Day!

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Earth Week: Eco-Entertainment

This is my last Earth Week post. Sad times.

I came across this article today: Top 10 eco-movies for kids.  This was pretty exciting for me because as  I’ve mentioned this at least one other time, I LOVE kids movies. I think they’re hilarious and otherwise awesome!

Of course, I got even more excited when I saw my most favorite movie as a kid had made the list: Fern Gully! If you didn’t see this, you really missed out. But if you did see Avatar, you basically saw the non-animated 3d version of Fern Gully with aliens.

Other awesome movies made the list too; Wall-E, Bambi, Finding Nemo, Free Willy, and Furry Vengeance.   Normally, I’m not a huge fan of kids and TV, due to my love of reading and otherwise being a nerd, but I like it when “entertainment” also teaches kids about being eco-friendly. Of course, I liked all these movies (except Furry Vengence–what is that anyway?) for reasons other than eco-value, but the protect the environment message is an added bonus.

I would love to continue this… but apparently I’m under a tornado warning and should take shelter.Wish me luck!

Earth Week: Happy Earth Day!

It’s finally here. Earth Day! Yay!

I’ve always been a fan of Earth Day. When I was a kid, it was the day/week when our school projects focused on conservation, recycling, and community clean-up. I mean actual community clean up. This was the time of year when we made it a point to clean up all the trash that had collected around the community throughout the year. As I got older, it became less about learning about saving the environment and a bit more commercial. It wasn’t until college that I started volunteering for community clean up projects again. I’m not entirely sure why I enjoy picking up litter so much, but it just makes me feel really awesome.

Lately, while I still love Earth Day and the focus it puts on the environment, it seems a little commercial. There’s all the Earth Day deals, like free coffee at Starbucks. Disillusionment with Earth Day has been all over my twitter feed (follow me!) and one of my favorite blogs, The Green Phone Booth, also posted about this topic.

So all this made me think: Is Earth Day overrated? Does it still serve it’s purpose of drawing attention to our environmental issues? And, most importantly, do I sound like Carrie Bradshaw right now? Cause I’m not really okay with that.

Earth Week: Free Coffee reminder…

If you’re a Starbucks fiend fan like me, you may or may not know that tomorrow is free coffee/tea day at Starbucks! Well. Kind of. To celebrate Earth Day, Starbucks is giving free brewed coffee and tea to people who bring in their own reusable mugs.

Of course, this works perfectly with my Earth Week resolution to not allow my reusable mug to separate from my hand…

It’s Earth Week!

Okay. Not really. I made that up just now.

But Earth Day is Friday April 22. So, in honor of Earth Day I’m celebrating Earth Week!

This week I will be doing more than normal to be environmentally friendly. That means no printing things at work because I’m tired of reading on the computer, no leaving lights on when I’m not in the room, always using my reusable bags, eschewing disposable tableware and napkins, and, most importantly, remembering my reusable coffee mug every day!

What are you doing to support Earth Week?