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    The Green Moms Carnival Knows How to Celebrate Mother's Day

    Momdaughter Mother's Day is the perfect day for the Green Moms Carnival to share our eco living tips and tricks. And that's just what we did.

    For example, noted Lisa from Condo Blues "As much as I am all over power tools and DIY projects I really am a girly girl at heart. I like pamper myself now and again and using a sugar body scrub is an excellent way to do it. Sugar is as a natural exfoliate but is still gentle enough to be used on skin. The oil in the sugar scrub can protect your skin against moisture loss. Add a few natural essential oils and you have a wonderful way to make an expensive professional spa treatment from ingredients you may already have in your kitchen!" Lisa offers four sweet recipes for DIY sugard scrubs. You gotta admit, that sounds pretty sweet!

    Lynn at Organic Mania put together a great "Top Ten Gifts" list for Moms that includes my personal favorite, the gift of time. Says Lynn, "Give her some time off. Tell her to take the afternoon off. Go for a walk. See a movie. Lie in bed. Whatever. She can pretend there are no responsibilities on her plate, no to-do lists." Sure hope that's what YOU got, Lynn!

    Karen at Best of Mother Earth reminded us all that "Moms Know Best" because we have a "gut instinct that rules the universe." Our "inner mama drive has un know when to hug, when to yell, when to scream and when to say exactly the right thing at the right time." Ain't that the truth?!

    JessTrev of The Green Phone Booth reflected on the hands that nourished her as she grew. In a lovely "thank you" note to her mom, Jess wrote, "I love that you are trying not to lose your travel coffee mug just to please me. I love that when you got reusable bags a couple years ago, you went and found stunningly beautiful red and olive ones instead of the practical black nylon ones I'd been toting. I love that you tell my children that they are so good for eating up their ice cream and getting all that calcium! I love that you thought about what was going into our bodies when we were little, and that even though you were on a budget, you made sure we were exposed to mouthwatering fare: jalapeno jack cheese on a cracker with a pepperoncini on top, drippy, tomatoey antipasto with olives and tuna, sourdough bread with thick-sliced salame, and stuffed peppers with ping (spinach, parmesan, egg and stale bread). I love that you proudly declared, "Everything is better if you make it yourself!"

    Sommer at Green and Clean Mom suggested more ways to say "thank you," - like by cooking Mom her favorite meal or dessert. Organic, of course!

    Jenn at The Green Parent recommended giving a global gift card so Mom can choose a gift that means the most to her. Options include providing baby supplies to new moms in the Bronx and supporting the use of solare energy in Kenya.

    Katy at NonToxic Kids liked the idea of giving to Mom by giving to others, too, and recommended we consult a website called Changing the Present for inspiring ideas. Katy's favorites include support for training midwives. It seems like a bargain at $25.

    I recalled at Diane's Big Green Purse how drinking a simple glass of milk - one that happened to be laden with fire retardants - imbued in me a sense of concern about the environment and the impact toxic chemicals could have on babies and children long before I had any of my own.

    Greenmoms1 For more thoughtful posts from green moms, check out any member of the Green Moms Carnival, Mother's Day or any day.


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    Lynn from

    Glad you enjoyed my post so much, Diane! I wish I could say I got the gift of time, but it didn't quite work out that way this year! Still, we had a wonderful brunch and a really fun day together. I am very blessed with my family and that's the best gift of all!

    mother earth aka karen hanrahan

    Diane -- I love that you hosted this for us, I admire the variety of perspectives here. As always it's a pleasure to hang out with such delightful woman


    Thanks, Diane, and I'm glad you took a break from your computer on Mother's Day! I love your Mother's Day post. One of the most powerful books I read while my babies were young and nursing was Raising Faith by Sandra Steingraber. It's astonishing how concentrated the issues become -literally - when you're talking about the health of our children.


    Great Mother's Day suggestions. I love the global gift card. I always learn so much when I come on over her and say hello! Thank you for putting this together. I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

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