Earth Day Friday 5

Happy Earth Day!!!


Wouldn’t it be lovely if Ella were an Earth Day Baby? One can hope. Things ARE progressing by the book….could be any day now! Not getting my hopes up, but just saying…hope all you May guessers are dead wrong ๐Ÿ˜‰



Eco-Friendly Fashion Find


Check out H & M’s Conscious Collection



Sustainability is a long term trend at H&M and this April as part of the focus on sustainability H&M will introduce the Conscious Collection โ€“ The collection which is for women, men and children is made from enviromentally โ€“ adapted and greener materials such as organic cotton, Tencelยฎ and recycled polyester. H&Mโ€™s designers have been inspired by different shades of white, one of the most important colours this Spring. A minimalist, tailored look is combined with romantic lace, Broderie Anglaise, frills and draping. The Conscious Collection will be on sale in all H&M stores from 14th April.


All the styles look SO cute! Definitely up my alley! Can’t wait til I get some of the baby weight off and can go shopping ๐Ÿ™‚




Eco-Friendly Food

April’s In Season Veggies

(depending on where you live)




avocado, Haas n rhubarb, field

beans, fava





celeriac/celery root



garlic, green

greens including collards, dandelion, lettuces, nettles



mushrooms, morels

onions, spring

onions, sweet: Texas

peas: edible pod


spring salad mix

see what produce is in season month by month




Eco-Friendly Workout

Go outside and use only your body!

5 exercises to include…


Jumping Jacks



Walking Lunges


Guaranteed a few sets of the above, as standard as they are, will give you a fantastic workout!



5 Facts About Earth Day


1. Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 in Wisconsin. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended the inaugural event.


2. Earth Day is observed twice annually. In the northern hemisphere it is held during spring, and during autumn in the southern


3. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch a TV for three hours – it’s equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline.


4. More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.


5. Never underestimate the importance of recycling: if every newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year. Unfortunately only 27% of all American newspapers are recycled.




Video of the Week
















What Eco-Friendly Tips do you have for me?

I know MANY of you are very aware of the environment an practice an eco-friendly lifestyle. How would you tell others to reduce their waste and carbon footprint?

The biggest thing I did to make a change in my carbon footprint was to give up eating meat, poultry and most dairy.


Enjoy your weekend!!!!


Hopefully you see a labor tweet from me in the next few hours days


make sure you follow me @lauryannraik on Twitter ๐Ÿ˜‰





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  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    H&M is one of my favorite places to shop! I’m glad they’re launching an eco-friendly collection! The two ways that I reduce my carbon footprint are washing my face in the shower to conserve water and using a reusable coffee mug, water bottle and lunch bag!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Keri

    omg so excited for you!! Any day now! I love celebrating earth day with my students. Unfortunately we are on spring break this week, but I plan to celebrate with them when we are back next week…

    April 22, 2011 at 8:52 am
    • Reply laury

      I was going to post good kids Earth Day activities but figured you guys already had them for today! Forgot about Spring Break..should have done that one too

      April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Every day this week I keep hoping that your post is going to be from Michael saying you have Ella now!!! I hope she comes soon. I’m sure you can’t wait to see her pretty face!

    Love the eco friendly workouts ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 22, 2011 at 9:02 am
    • Reply laury

      I know…I am too!!!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply susan

    I’d never heard of Earth Day before, it’s a good idea. I do composting and use veggie peels, fruit, old bread and we have green bins here for paper, cans and bottles. We also have places where we can recycle batteries because it’s illegal to put batteries in the regular waste and if a person does, they can be fined. We also have to pay if we want a plastic shopping bag in supermarkets and stores so I just bring my own fabric bags. Have a great weekend and looking forward to Ella’s arrival.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:50 am
    • Reply laury

      Sounds like Ireland is ahead of us on making Earth Day everyday!! Love that you compost. I have tried it and it wasn’t working here….I REALLY want to have a successful compost bin, just so hard with no back yard in my tiny condo and the smell.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Hope to see that Tweet soon!

    April 22, 2011 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Happy Earth Day!! Ella might not be here for Earth Day but she might make her appearance on Easter ๐Ÿ˜‰ Must feel weird to already stop working ๐Ÿ˜€

    April 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    I posted about one of my favorite eco-friendly things today. They’re called snack taxi’s and they replace plastic baggies. I used to go through a ton of them when I’d pack my lunches and they’ve really help me cut down so much on them!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      I will have to look into them!!! thanks!

      April 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    I love H&M!!!

    I can’t wait for Ms. Ella to make her big debut!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    gREAT VIDEO laury!! Really strong message! WE recycle everything we can but I did not know you can recycle foil!! Glad you shared that knowledge!

    April 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply katie

    Love the Earth Day facts! To add to them – 70% of landfill space is paper that is recyclable and although the foil wrapper are recyclable, not all cities accept it. Same with regular foil like reynald’s. Contact the city you live in to find out.

    Fingers are crossed for an Earth Day baby1!

    April 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks for the other facts!! Didn’t know that about the foil!

      April 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Amy Lynn

    GREAT Earth day post!
    I love the facts!

    April 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I don’t have many tips…but I do like the idea of composting. I can’t do it where I live, but I freeze my compost and take the frozen chunks to my mom’s when I go down there!

    C’mon Ella, it’s time!

    April 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply La.

    I keep checking FB, where is this EARTH BABY!??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    April 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply laury

      still in my belly…

      April 24, 2011 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Charlie

    Great tips! I didn’t know foil is recyclable.

    April 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    Hoppy Easter !!!

    April 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm
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