Thursday, April 24, 2008


Green Tips

We all have to start doing our part for the planet somewhere and what better place to get going than with some simple suggestions from organizations like the National Recycling Coalition, The Conservation Fund and other bright lights in the sustainability movement.

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    Be Energy Smart

    tips provided by the Alliance to Save Energy Logo

    • Turn off your lights when they're not in use.
    • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
    • Cut cooling costs by as much as 30 percent with high-performance ENERGY STAR windows.
    • Close blinds or shades on the south- and west-facing windows during the day, or install shading devices such as trellises or awnings to avoid heat build-up.
    • Tune-up of your heating and cooling system each year to improve efficiency and comfort.
      • Clean or replace filters monthly or as needed.
      • Seal your heating and cooling ducts and improve the efficiency of your cooling system by as much as 20 percent.
      • Cut your air conditioning load and reduce pollution by planting leafy trees around your home and installing reflective tiles on your roof.
      • Install a programmable thermostat and cut summer AC bills by about 10 percent.
      • Seal up your home and install the proper amount of insulation.

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    Reuse and Recycle

    tips provided by the National Recycling Coalition logo

    • Rinsing cans and keeping boxes out of the weather makes them easier to process (keeps costs down).
    • Take it upon yourself to be an accurate recycler. A cereal box is probably great, but a greasy pizza box may not be. Maybe milk jugs are good, but not the caps. Check the lid of your recycling bin for guidelines, or make a call or visit your municipal Web site to find out the rules. Then, follow them.
    • Steel cans, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, plastic beverage bottles, milk jugs, glass bottles and jars, cereal boxes, other clean and dry cardboard boxes.
    • Recycle your old computers and cell phones. Check out Dell, Staples, and Waste Management/Recycle America websites for information on how you can recycle these items.
    • Household hazardous wastes like paint cans, motor oil, antifreeze, car batteries, pesticides, pool chemicals, etc., usually need to be disposed of separately. Again, check your community resources and guidelines.

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    Offset Energy You Can't Reduce

    tips provided by the Conservation Fund Logo

    • Calculate your carbon footprint: and then "zero it out"
    • Decrease your carbon footprint whenever possible:
      • Walk, bike, carpool, use mass transit, when possible.
      • Check your car's tire pressure regularly; it will get better gas mileage when the tires are fully inflated.
      • Plant a Tree for Me: The next time you make a purchase on, you can help address two of our planet's most pressing environmental challenges: habitat loss and climate change.

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    Reduce Your Impact on Endangered Forests

    tips provided by Forest Ethics 

    • Believe it or not, paper and wood are still being made fromendangered forests. Avoid such products by using less paper and wood, and by buying products that are post-consumer recycled and/or from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests.
    • Businesses can provide guidance to their employees and suppliers by adopting a sustainable wood and paper procurement policy.
    • Climate changes also threatens forest ecosystems—and deforestation and other logging contribute roughly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. You can help by reducing your carbon footprint and supporting more effective climate policies.
    • Consumers should also contact www.CatalogChoice.organd to avoid unwanted junk mail.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Toilet Fun

Culprit #1
Livia Bliss

Culprit #2
Best Friend - Sophia Rayne

Giving their baby a bath in the toilet, and then using 4 rolls of toilet paper to dry off the baby.

Oh, and they thought it was so funny!!

Tennis Reunion


We all had a good time at the Tennis Reunion. It was so fun to see everyone again.  

Conference Weekend

Thanks Ryan and Julie! We always have so much fun at your cabin!!

Of course Liv would dump sand in her hair. 

And then eat the sand.

Mya and Paige

Brynn and Celine

Mya going down the zip line.

Celine and Brynn ready for another round.

Livia was insistant that she had a turn so we let her. When she finished going down the zip line she said "I fly like Tinker Bell Mommy" and was ready for round 2!! 

And Blair was right behind her. "I do it too!!"

Precious Celine

She loves her books!

Taking cookies to the firemen. 

Just look at that face... Don't you just fall in love!!

Sweet Mya

Donating hair to Locks of Love.

She loves school and adores her teacher.

We have to remind Mya that it is ok to be aggressive while playing soccer.  In the middle of the game she will start talking to the opposite team "Whats your name?  I like your bow." Meanwhile her coach is yelling..."Mya, get the ball!"  It is Hilarious!!  She is very outgoing and always up for new friends.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Funny Liv

I could NOT get this off her finger.

You Rock!

      Livia found the vaseline.       
Daddy was watching me..... or was he??

Life is never boring with little Liv. She is a very curious little girl, always getting herself in some sort of trouble and as her mother I'm always wondering "what were you thinking?"  These were just a few of the many pictures of her being her. The best part about these pictures was that she was wearing her homemade PJ's her Grammy gave her. Livia figured out how to take her diaper off at an early age so keeping her clean while she was in her crib became quite a challenge. She could get out of anything! Thanks to Grammy who came up with the best PJ's ever! Livia is a rough tough kid that can keep up with her sisters, but she also has a very sweet sensitive side. She can make you melt!