Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Earth Day Is Monday 4/22

When is Earth Day?
This year, Earth Day is Monday 4/22/13.

What is Earth Day?
Earth Day was started as a way to celebrate and raise awareness about the Earth and its environment. It is celebrated world-wide. The first observation of Earth Day was on 3/21/1970. The United Nations made April 22 International Mother Earth Day in 2009. Lately, the focus on Earth Day had been about recycling, reusing, and reducing your carbon footprint.

  • Free entrance to select National Parks April 22-26.
  • Caribou Coffee: Although they are closing many stores nationwide, they are still offering a free cup of coffee if you bring in a reusable mug on 4/22. Also, if you Like them on Facebook, they will plant a tree in Central or South America.
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Kids get a free pack of seeds! Freebie runs from 4/20-4/22, while supplies last.
  • Starbucks: Bring in your own reusable mug and receive a free coffee or tea on Monday 4/22.
  • Target: Stop by Guest Services on 4/21 and receive a free reusable bag. (1 per guest, while supplies last.) Some of the lucky bags may have free samples inside them as well.
Our free bag from last year
  • Qdoba: Buy one entree, get a second free on Monday 4/22. They will also be giving out reusable bags, while supplies last. I saw this on a sign at our local store, but have not found anything on their website.
Qdoba sign
  • Disney Store (see #4 on the list): Bring in 5 plastic grocery bags and receive a reusable Cars or Brave bag on 4/22.

Easy Ways to Celebrate:
  • Plant a tree in your yard.
  • Have the kids help you sort the recycling and bring it to the recycling bins.
  • Let the kids pick out flowers and have them plant them in the garden.
  • Recycle used cans, bottle caps, or paper towel/toilet paper rolls into crafts. (I have a wind chime craft that uses bottle caps and lots of paper towel/toilet paper roll crafts.)
  • Start a vegetable garden in your yard.
  • If the park/store is close by, walk instead of driving your car.
  • Have the kids help clean up trash at the local park. Many cities have a community clean up event for Earth Day.


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