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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waste Not, Want Not Wednesday

Wednesday seems to be the day for themed blogs.

 Wordless Wednesday, with a picture (or two) just crying out for attention.

 Word Filled Wednesday, overflowing with the words that give life.

 But I don't like to do what everyone else is doing. Call it the rebel in me. So, I have been mulling over an idea of my own. This morning was the clincher - we finished off a box of cereal and rather then just put it in the trash, or even in the recycling bin, my seven year old automatically asked "Mom, what can we make with this?"
 That is my life and something, I will admit, I am proud of.
 I am not promising a long term commitment. No contracts here. However, I have several Waste Not, Want Not Wednesday ideas.

 If you have something to add, please, add a link and join in. I would love to have your ideas too. There is nothing like taking the beautiful earth we were given as a gift and enjoying it to it's fullest, while carefully saving it for our children, and their children... and on and on.

 We'll start with a very playful and kid friendly one. Not precisely Earth friendly... but still, Waste Not, Want Not. 
 This weekend when my in-laws were visiting we made brownies and finished off a batch of eggs. Since I buy my eggs from a lady down the street, I never know what kind of container they will come in. This week they were in an old Winn Dixie carton. My boys immediately claimed it to color, and cut and generally make a disaster with.
 My MIL, a former art teacher and current gifted teacher remembered a project she had done with her students before, "shrinking" packing peanuts down for homemade jewelry. Thus, our shrinky-dink day was born.
 We decorated with permanent markers (regular crayola's will not work). 

We punched holes in them to make them "beads"...

so we could string them together.

Happy boys!

We later moved to plastic bottles. The bottom of those are already shaped almost like a flower, so when they are colored and shrunk just a little, they are lovely. I went to take pictures of their creations to post here, but they seem to be missing. I can almost assure you that Daddy has something to do with that. He really likes to "clear out" (trash) anything that is not being used at the moment. So, unfortunately I cannot show you pictures of anything they made except for the beads... 
 Just use your imagination. Beautiful, colorful, melted plastic and foam. 
 Waste Not, Want Not
 How do you save the earth, a little piece at a time?


Carrie said...

How fun! And soooo you! This would take a bit for me to be able to participate in, ha ha. But I do have several cereal boxes waiting for them...*ahem*...trash...so maybe I will save them now! :)

Karen said...

Great idea! And Carrie wrote my first thought...it is so you!

Angelia Sims said...

Oh, I like the new look. :-)

I love the rebel in you! I like Wordless or Wordful normally because it's easy and I'm in a hurry. :-D

But waste not, want not - that is catchy! And green. I could definitely use some help in recycling. The pictures are too cute. Their smiles are infectious!