Bring a Reusable Cup to Starbucks for a Free Cup of Coffee

Starbucks is hoping that in 5 years – by 2015 – all their beverages will be served in reusable or recyclable cups. To promote the initiative, they are giving you a FREE cup of joe!  Tomorrow, April 15th, bring a reusable cup to Starbucks and they’ll pour you a free cup of brewed coffee!


Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

One of the things I’ve found in my ‘green’ journey is that there is likely a healthier alternative to something I’m already doing or buying.  Although at times, that seems overwhelming, I just focus on one new change or purchasing one new product at a time.  Right now, I’m looking ahead at Easter. 

In 3 weeks, we’ll host our families for a big brunch after church and it wouldn’t be the same without a good ol’ fashioned Easter egg hunt.  As this is my 2 year old’s first year hunting eggs, I want to use real eggs, and I want to spend time with her dyeing them.  So, I went on a hunt looking for alternatives to the normal artificial food coloring in the $3 boxes at Target.

Now, I won’t say this is less work but I definitely think this is way more fun and educational, particularly for older kids.  Round your kids up and have them help you hunt through your kitchen and pantry for foods or spices that can be used to dye your eggs.   Here are a few examples to get you thinking: 

Red: Beets, cranberries

Orange: Outer skins of onions

Light Yellow: Carrot tops, orange or lemon peels

Dark Yellow: Turmeric

Blue: Blueberries, red cabbage leaves

Beige or brown: Coffee or tea

Once you gotten them together, put each in a pot to boil with water and a tablespoon of vinegar.  After they’ve boiled, put them into separate bowls and dip your eggs as normal.

We’re going to try our first round of naturally dyed eggs soon, I’ll let you know how they turn out! 

I’d love to hear your ideas on foods or spices to use – add a comment!