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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 4/10/2019

These days, sitting behind the TV or computer screen, playing video games and watching movies is the order of the day for kids. Encouraging them to keep in touch with nature is a good idea. When they get their hands dirty, there are valuable life skills, you as a parent can teach them. Gardening is not just a means to produce foods. It can create a bonding time between parents and kids. It can be the ideal time to broaden their knowledge of science and the origin of food.

Some valuable life lessons your kids will learn from gardening are:

1. Responsibility

When you teach your kids to be responsible, it prepares them for all that life has to offer. With gardening, you can teach young ones the importance of responsibilities. They get to accept a task or project and see it to fruition. They not only take pride in their accomplishment, but they also grow up to become responsible adults.

2. Creativity

Gardening can also help bring out the genius in your kid. They get to exercise their creativity and do something new. Whatever their task in the garden – selecting plant, staking, watering, planting or learning as plants grow, the garden provides the perfect spot to build and develop.

3. Health and Fitness

Doing something fun like gardening in the outdoor is plain fun and exciting. Hence, you need to encourage your kids to get their hands dirty. The bending, carrying, walking up and down are all forms of exercise. With this, they get to grow healthy while developing their physical and sensory faculties.

4. Nutrition

Eating healthy, food that you grow yourself, is way more nutritious than buying it from the grocery store. With locally produced foods, you enjoy all the vitamins and other essential nutrients in the produce. Hence, you enjoy a healthy and balanced meal. Growing your vegetables is better than depending on processed foods that are laden with chemicals and already lost nutrients. Home-grown sorts of foods are healthy for kids. They will even learn to make much wiser food choices in the future.

5. A Perfect Opportunity to Discover

The garden is like an outdoor classroom where your kids can learn practical and real-life lessons. In here, you can teach your kids about nature, nutrition, weather, the importance of water and sun to plants, etc. Many kids also believe the grocery store is the source of food. A garden is a perfect spot to change this misconception.

Imagine how better off your kids will be if they spend time in the garden. Plant a yard today and instill valuable life lessons in your kids.




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 9/14/2016

On average each person living in the Unites States uses around 90 gallons per day. That’s a lot of water. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we have easy accessible clean water, however, it is also something we easily take for granted. Using less water in our day to day lives not only means a smaller water bill each month and preservation of water, it leads to less energy usage as well . Here are some ways to save water, and energy, around the house: Upgrade - When it comes time to replace your old toilet look for a new one that is a low-flow model with a WaterSense label. This will ensure that each time you flush you consume less water without even thinking about it. Instant-gratification - Installing a recirculating water pump in your home will save on energy in a big way. Recirculating pumps create warm water the instant you turn the handle which means less time waiting for the water to heat up and less unused water running down the drain. Easy does it - Installing a low-flow shower head to your bath is another great way to limit how much water is used without even thinking about it. You can save up to 15 gallons of water per 10 minutes in the shower. Cool it - By washing laundry in cold water, you will not only prolong the life and color of your clothes, you will also be saving on energy. In fact, around 90 percent of the energy used during a wash cycle is from heating up the water. Make the switch, literally and figuratively, and the impact will be huge. Reuse - Most clothes are still clean after a first wearing. By getting more uses out of a garment before washing it you will prolong the lifespan of that item and use less water over time. Shirts can be worn a couple of times before washing while pants and sweaters can be worn up to five times before adding them to your next load. Speaking of, when you do wash your clothes ensure that you do a full load to further preserve water and energy with each cycle. Switch to off - The faucet that is. There are plenty of day to day scenarios in which we leave the water running when we really don’t need it. When brushing your teeth and while soaping up when washing hands be sure to turn off the water. Fill up the sink with water when washing dishes instead of leaving the faucet running. When rinsing fruits and vegetable fill up a bowl to wash them in instead of passing them through running water. Instead of running water till it is cold keep a filled (reusable) bottle in the fridge which will be chilled and waiting for you when you need a drink. By establishing more water conscious habits you not only save yourself some money each month but you also preserve water and energy and therefore shrink your impact on the environment. And with most of these habits being so easy and free to implement, you can’t lose!




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