Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy Campers Guide To Being Prepared

Happy Campers are prepared campers.  It doesn't take much to be prepared. A few simple items can help you in any weather and in any circumstance.  

Camping Infographic and Article. Must Haves! What You Need and Why. Don't Forget

Need a shelter, floor cover, ground cover, tablecloth, floor mat, curtain?  Take a tarp, or two or three in different sizes.  They don't take much space and you can use them for lots of things.

Ropes, twine, string, clips and clothespins can help most anything! Hang your clothes, towels, paper towels, string up a tarp, tie up a pet, hold down a tablecloth.  You can't go wrong!

Plastic bags in all sizes are great for organizing, keeping things dry, packing them away, saving for later and tossing away.

Candles, matches, solar lights and flashlights of course.  Keep them in plastic containers to stay dry.  Light your way to the restrooms and campsite at night, light a monopoly game or late night dinner. Keep extra batteries or have a solar light!

Pocket knife or muti tool will get you though a lot of snags.  Whether you use them for an emergency or to create something you need, or suddenly discover you left behind.

Jugs and tubs to hold drinking water and wash water. Keep a facecloth wet in a plastic bag-that's always handy.

Check out our free infographic.  Print it out and save it.  Be prepared Pals!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Arbor Day Pals!

Love a tree or plant one.  Share a seed or seedling.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Earthday Pals!

It's Earthday April 22, 2015 and that's Planetpals favorite holiday! We love Earth after all. The Best Place On Earth To Learn About Earthday

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Don't Be a Drip On World Water Day

 H20 Says Don’t be a drip!
Simple Ideas For Responsible Water Use For Every Day Tasks For You and Your Kids!
Planetpals H20 Loves water!
Simple Ideas For Responsible Water Use For Every Day Tasks For You and Your Kids! 
World Water day is March 22. It’s a good time to think about how you use water and how you can save water!. Using less water is a good idea because It protects everything on our earth and preserves one of Earth's most precious natural resources. Remember, all living things need water to grow and live!
Every day we waste water doing simple everyday tasks. For instance, did you know that sink faucets run 2.5 gallons of water a minute or that each minute subtracted from your showering time can save up to ten gallons of water.
Planetpals H20 says "Don't be a DRIP". Please, be worldly wise when you use water.

Here is a simple list of things everyone, young or old, can do every day to be worldy wise :

• Do not turn the faucet on full blast. Most the time you only really need to turn it on just a bit to get enough water for what you are doing.
• Turn off faucets tightly after each use.
• It’s in your hands! When you are brushing your teeth or washing your hands turn the faucet off when you are not using the water instead of letting it run down the drain. Then turn it back on to rinse.
• When you are washing up in the morning, fill the sink with water, soap up and use that instead of running water. Then just rinse yourself off.
• For simple hand clean ups use sanitary wipes instead of the sink.
• When you are running the water and waiting for it to turn hot or cold, collect the water in a pitcher instead of sending it down the drain. Use the water to cook with or to water your plants.
   ***Test yourself! Measure how much water it takes for your sink to get hot or cold....if you were to lose that much every day, how much you water you are wasting down the drain over a week or year!
• Rub a dub dub! If you are taking a shower, shut the water off while you soap up, then rinse. Try to limit your showers to five minutes.
    ***Test yourself! For a few days, by putting a plug your bat tub when showering to see how much water you use for each shower. See if you can use less each time.
• Let every drop go down you and not the drain! Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap each time.
• If you are doing chores and washing dishes by hand, don't let the tap run free. Instead, fill a bucket with water, one to wash and one to rinse.
• Wear your clothes more than once if they are clean and teach your kids , too! That would save on a laundry. A washing machine uses up to 40 gallons per load
• If you have a dripping faucet, and it can't be fixed right away, put a container under it and use the water for something else.
Try to think of other simple ways you can save water inside and out. Maybe you can collect rainwater or snow to water plants? You can have the kids play in the sprinkler near the side of the yard that is dry and water it at the same time.
Download a free World Water Day Shapebook activity for classroom or homeschool 
Free Printable world water day shape book for kids & classroom
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Green Ways to Recycle Jeans That Won't Make You Blue!

Think Blue Jean Baby!

Jeans.  We all have them.  We outgrow them and we wear them out.  We now have solutions.

That's right, we have collected a pocketful of unique ideas for upcycling and repurposing those blue jeans and making something new, affordable and fashionable!  There are a slew of patterns out there for vests, skirts, even slippers. But if you don't want to wear the jeans you sure can find other fun solutions to green the blue.

Not only are the ideas we have collected great for teens, but there are a few that you will find fit for the rest of the family and that includes the family pet and your child's much loved doll!

Button up all your valuables in this he Blue Jean Walletfrom

Put it on this stylish Blue Jean Purse from

Put it in the bag From LSWcrittersandcrafts on Etsy

or add a little bling with this less than practical Jean Purse

Head back to school using a Jean Pencil Case found at

and one of my favorites from The Jean Book Coverwith handy pencil pouches...who wouldn't want to carry that!  Why not use sport decals, cars or trains to decorate book covers for boys!

Another cute one from is the Jeans Bib. Would be fun with decorative ribbons for boy or girls, too.

Snuggle up with that baby in this Jean Afghan..or decorate a boys room...Sew simple! 

While you are at it,  snuggle up with her doll dressed in this clever Jean Dress found at

Wrap your next gift or send your next letter in a Blue Jean Envelope also from

Perfect for the dorm or the home office the Blue jean Organizer!  Us it to hold your Blue Jean Envelopes and other supplies!  Why not that add it to boys room for shoes or toys?  From

Don't forget your cell phone?  Make a Phone Holder pouch with 2 pockets and directions from

Oh and the Blue Jean Braided Rug.  This can be  another very clever addition to that boy's room or dorm.  Also found at

Let's not forget the family pet.  The Blue Jean Pet Bed.  Cheerfully crafted with alternating colors of the Jeans. From

Lastly for the dorm or kitchen.  Two fun ideas.
From The Jean Potholder.  Tres cute with the alternating fabrics.

From The Jean Hot Pad. I have seen napkins made like this also--where you put the utensils in the pocket!  Perhaps a matching set?

Happy Upcycling!