Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's It Like, Living Green? {review + giveaway}

It is so wonderful that we're all going green, or are already a nice shade of forest green, but what happens once our generation is gone? What kind of earth have we left our children, and will they continue to be better stewards?

Jill Ammon Vanderwood's latest book, "What's It Like, Living Green?" is a compilation of stories about kids, geared toward kids, on various topics for living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Even though it's "kids teaching kids", I think we could all get a little inspiration from these kiddos!

The book is separated into easy to read sections, each with a handful of stories to illustrate the objectives, like reusing, recycling, reducing, and treating the earth with respect. Simple solutions, like turning down the heat and layering clothes, to more advanced ideas like starting a neighborhood recycling route, are all included in this inspiring book!

The most important aspect, I think, is the focus on teaching kids a greener lifestyle when they are young. That way, as they become adults, being eco-friendly is just a part of life. There are hundreds of small steps that we can take, and if our children follow in our footsteps, it increases the impact by an additional generation! Check out this book here to learn more about teaching our future to go green.

I'm so excited to be able to offer What's It Like, Living Green? as a prize for a lucky reader of The Ivy Twines! So many thanks to Jill Ammon Vanderwood for offering up this awesome giveaway!!!

To qualify: Simply comment with a way that you could encourage the upcoming generation to be more Earth-friendly, or a way that you already do! And be specific! Not just "recycle" but "my kids separate the recycling into the bins"

**Please leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!**

And if one entry is not nearly enough. . . (please leave a separate comment for each extra entry)

Earn one additional entry:

  • Follow The Ivy Twines (publicly) using Google Friend

  • Follow The Ivy Twines on Twitter and leave twitter name

  • Fan(now like :)) Ivy Twines on Facebook

  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave link

Your GIVE BACK Entry:

  1. Participate in our Give Back "Love Our Earth" Week 4 Challenge! (Head over to this post for the details, check out the weekly challenges, and leave a comment on that post telling us what you did!)

  2. Help the Earth, and earn 5 extra entries here!! Yay!

Good luck readers! I hope you win!

Giveaway will end at May 12th at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be chosen via and contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. Must be 18 to enter, US entries only. Thanks to the wonderful Jill and her awesome new book! What a great idea, and we just love all the ideas!!!


  1. I homeschool my kiddos and we plant,compost,work in the yard together. Also we have community cleanup days, Join walks for causes and take active roles in parades (we handed out lettuce seeds). I would like to use this book to teach out of.

  2. I teach my kids to recycle and we also compost so they help separate the items to the right bins then they get to take it out on trash day and the backyard and help out

  3. I follow via google friend connect

  4. I follow you on Twitter (@jkgorcery)

  5. I tweeted:

  6. as a family we plant a lot of fruit trees in our big backyard and as a family we tend to them and then we enjoy the "fruits of our labor" in Florida is perfect for that sort of thing

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  7. I teach my son not to be wasteful. Paper can be used on both sides, when clothes are outgrown, they can be donated if they are in good shape.

  8. I am a gfc follower.

  9. We have taught our 4 year old to ask if an item can be recycled before she throws it away, and then we will either wash it or if paper just place it in the recycle bins. We also have asked her to remind us to grab the cloth bags when shopping, so she has been really helpful with this and love carrying them to the car and stores.

  10. I follow your blog publicly

  11. I am an ivy twines facebook fan

  12. my lil guy helps me empty water/soda containers and then he helps his dad bring the tote to the curb...and he helps me bring the cans to the store for deposit
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  13. I teach my son to recycle and also when we go to the park we pick up the stray garbage/recyclables.

  14. i follow your blog

  15. Example is important! Kids can spot inconsistencies in our example so easily. I think we use the scare tactic too much.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

    We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

  16. my kids are learning to recycle and why we use reuse bags and bottles, but I also am teaching them why not to waste, and to turn off water and lights, games when not in use.