Tomorrow is Earth Day and, as a Manhattan Mom, I plan on celebrating the day in a less-than-typical New York City-way: I'm going to plant a tree.
A tree, you ask? Yes, a Red Maple to be exact. Before you get all jealous that I live in some gorgeous brownstone with a big backyard, rest assured, I don't. What I do have however is an easy to grow Red Maple seedling from DuneCraft -- 5% of the proceeds from which are donated to the Arbor Day Foundation.
Can you think of a better way for us Manhattan Moms to mark Earth Day? We already recycle, our carbon footprint is lower than any suberban mom's, and I've even heard from a few of you that you've tried your hand at composting! So, what's left? Planting, caring for and growing a tree of our very own. Why should parks have all the fun?
If Red Maples aren't your thing, or perhaps you want something a little more compact, you've got a lot of options:
Feeling feisty? DuneCraft's Carnivorous Creations are the way to go. Feeling girlie? You'll love their
Fairy Triad. Or, embrace your inner yogi and grow your own herbal teas in The Tea House. Of course, if you're one of the lucky ones and have a backyard, you're going to want to try one of their Sprout n' Grow Greenhouses. They've got everything you need to grow your own tasty tomatoes or bananas.
If you have older kids, there is nothing like planting, nurturing and watching a plant thrive together and it's especially true this time of year. Plant a tree with your kid(s) and, while you're at it explain what Earth Day is all about, how important trees are (they clean the air, hold up mountains and hillsides, and even clean our water supply) and how what we do -- and don't do -- impacts the environment in very real ways.
If you have younger kids, they'll love DuneCraft's Curious George, Dora the Explorer, Diego, Backyardigans, and SpongeBob terrariums. All plants will sprout in a week or less, and are guaranteed to grow.