First Weekly ‘Green Family Friday’

Family Fun Big or small, traditional or uniquely unconventional, all human or composed of those that stand on more than 2 legs as much as those that do; families are beautiful things. At 5 Minutes for Going Green, we value families and the things — both big and small — that they do together to be a little more friendly to our planet. That’s why we’re excited to announce our first weekly Green Family Friday .

Each week we’ll be collecting tips, tricks and ideas for green weekend activities from families just like yours! And every Friday morning we’ll feature them here.

Looking for something to do? Find it!

Have a green weekend activity idea? Share it!

It really is that simple.

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How can you participate?

On Twitter: Follow us @5MinGoingGreen. Anytime during the week send us a Tweet with your tip and the tag #GreFamFri. Plus if you forget, we’ll remind you! Every Thursday on Twitter we’ll start asking the golden green question: “What are you doing this weekend to green your life?” All you have to do is reply!

On Your Blog: Have a great post about fun family greening that you’d like to share? If it’s ready to go before Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m. PST email us a link at 5minutesforgoinggreen [at] gmail [dot] com. We’ll feature your post in our original Green Family Friday post that week. If it’s not, use the Mr. Linky to participate!

On Someone else’s Blog: Did you find a great post by another writer in your travels? You can nominate their post by emailing it to us, just like you would with one you wrote yourself. Just be sure to let us know in the email that you’re nominating someone else and include a link to your own blog, too — that way we can give credit where credit is due!

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So, what are other green families doing this weekend?

@Renewablergirl‘s family found a compost site in her town and her family is spending the weekend contributing their waste to the pile! Way to keep it out of landfills!

Over at Eco Child’s Play Derek Markham recently wrote about how to get outside and enjoy nature even when school is in session. My favorite, taking a neighborhood night hike.

@madnessisay isn’t just greening, she’s cleaning! When the lake level is lowered for dock maintenance they scour the beach for litter and clean it up — all while looking for arrowheads!

@AmandaMagee uses nature’s early fall cast offs for props and makes a fortress for kids, dolls and parents alike in her backyard. Who said the only use for fallen leaves and dried flowers is future mulch?

The Green Baby Guide has an adorable, get creative guide to a DIY Doll House made of things you probably have around the house.

And my family? We’re headed to the local orchard and cider mill for a bushel or two of apples, a fun morning out, and no less than a jug or two of fresh pressed cider! Homemade apple sauce here we come!

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Now you! Ready, Set, Go!

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Diana Prichard is a rural-living freelance writer, wife and mother of two who loves black toenail polish, taking pictures, vintage-styled aprons, dark chocolate, tomato sandwiches, lip gloss, t-shirts, flip flops, and mason jars. Her work and life can be found on her self-titled personal blog.

2 Responses to First Weekly ‘Green Family Friday’
  1. Gabrielle
    September 28, 2009 | 4:32 pm

    Hi, I wanted to link you all to the TruKid web site. It is a new company and they are striving for greeness by being healthy, non-toxic, recycleable and fun to use! I use them on my kids and suggest you try them. Enjoy!

  2. Rebecca (Green Baby Guide)
    November 6, 2009 | 3:30 pm

    I’m a bit late to the game–I just saw this! I love the idea of spending just five minutes to do something green. Thanks for linking to my cardboard dollhouse!