Happy Earth Day yesterday. We may have had record heat, but, I hope you still found a way to show love for our Earth. I've always been an advocate of recycling and the last few years I have come to learn how to truly reduce and reuse. It takes some creativity, but, it's quite freeing to know we can live with less and use what we already have to create something new. Not to mention our budget loves it too.
Also in celebration of Earth Day, last week at K-Mart (the one on Lindsay and Main) I picked up some small potted plants that were on sale for $1.60. I grabbed a few of these Fishhook succulents, because I love greenery but I knew we needed plants that required little watering. They would be replacing the wheat grass pots around our home that we grew for Eater, but had let die off. The wheat grass was beautiful and green for the holiday but needed to be watered everyday and we didn't master the water everyday skill. We planted the succulents in some terracotta pots I've had for years and now they make a great addition to my 5 year old twins' bedside table. (I got the bedside table for $1 at Goodwill and I spray painted it and let my girls put blue stickers on it. The headboard was from the second hand furniture shop The Shabby Shack in Mesa and I refinished it. We made the bed frame and my sister-in-law was getting rid of the pillow. How is that for reusing.)
Now, if you want to get out and enjoy nature, all this week, April 21st -29th, National Parks are FREE. Check out nearby parks in Arizona here.
Or help the community and reduce your library fines by donating canned foods to the Mesa Public Library through April 28th. Information here.
(Thanks Zane and Rachel for the reminders)
Also, don't forget these events we have already posted about, going on during April:
Start looking ahead to summer by checking out classes offered for adults and children from the City of Mesa. Registration is open. Here's a great idea--Fit Kids, a fun program for kids 9-12 designed with exercise and nutrition in mind.
Fun in the Sun
Bring your little one out to this free event hosted by the City of Mesa next Wednesday morning, April 25th at Countryside Park. Includes activities, parachute play, storytime, Mesa Fire Department and more. Sounds like a fun way to spend the morning with your favorite preschooler.
Would you like an opportunity to volunteer for your community? City of Mesa is looking for people for this event held Saturday, April 28th.
My Nana's Salsa Challenge is Saturday, April 28th. For one reasonable price you get admission which includes all-you-can eat chips and salsa from over 80 contestants. Tickets are $10 at the event or $8 in advance from any Fry's store. Children 12 and under are free which includes a fun zone with free games. If you love chips and salsa you can't miss this event!
Have a great week!
Do you know of something going on not listed here? Please share it in the comments!