Magpies are cackling over the perfect nest sticks, rivers swell against and spill over against the bank’s confines, the earth is burping up fat and lethargic worms. My daughters and the dandelions are leggier by the day. Our front yard maple tree is always the first to bud out and we wait for the day it is alive with the buzzing of bees. It happened yesterday.
The snow didn’t allow me to get the garden until recently. I am successfully resisting the pull to feel behind in my plot. In my opinion, nothing beats digging in the dirt. Especially when my kids are with me and the dogs are rolling around. I still think I’ll be a farmer one day.
It’s Earth Day today and maybe you’re like me and want to do more than we’re already doing and not feel shamed/paralyzed by what ELSE we should be doing. Or maybe you’re like me and lay in bed sweating about the warming earth and the fact that our children are inheriting a giant problem we don’t seem to do much about. Or maybe you’re like me and ponder the weird reality that environmental stewardship has somehow become elitist, leftist and exclusive. Or maybe you’re like me and have moments of what the heck can I REALLY do for this planet when everything in every aisle everywhere (and at checkout) is plastic.
Hey. Let’s do things! Let’s talk about it. Let’s start in the place that feels good and doable and appreciate the heck out of the reality that our small efforts on the homefront make a difference. Let’s learn. Let’s care a lot.
Starting Monday, April 22 (today!) we’re kicking off HONOR THE MOTHER week at DIG+CO.& dig this chick.
We’ve cooked up daily challenges, giveaways and deals that’ll inspire you and loved ones to nurture the earth and mamas everywhere (it’s nearly Mother’s Day!).
The challenges will include my favorite tips on simple shifts that make a big difference for the planet (and “bring massive joy on a daily basis” — that’s a quote from someone who took the no-bag-ever initiative (see below) I shared on instagram and ran it with it). I’ve made small changes each year and with each one I feel such satisfaction—I want to help anyone out there looking for the same feeling. Everything will be simple, affordable, and manageable!
All this goodness will revolve around a daily theme, including: Appreciate, Create, Nourish, Tend, Gather, Feed and Nest. Ready? Go.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27 / GATHER.
☆ Document sweet memories with kids & create a snapshot of this season of life with ‘My Mom: A questionnaire for kids about Mom’. Click here download this charmed PDF keepsake that we designed in-house (Amanda’s genius!)
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 / TEND.
☆ We are excited about the garden journals we are now carrying in the shop! Through the weekend: buy one, get one 50% off. Use code TEND.
☆ Challenge: Lend Pollinators a helping hand by making sure that your garden is free of pesticides that contain neonicotinoids, a bee-killing compound found on plants, seeds and pest killing agents. Check with your local garden center or hardware store, most of the larger retailers are now phasing out products containing neonicotinoids. Learn more.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25 / FEED.
☆ For a limited time, sign up for our online canning course and get my FREE Four Seasons of Canning recipe book (8 recipes / printable PDF). This offer available until the end of the Honor the Mother week, and then it will be for sale in our shop.
☆Challenge: Cut down on food waste by keeping scrap bags in your freezer. Veggie scraps and bones make nutritious broths, fruit scraps can be saved for use in smoothies, and coffee grounds and eggshells can go right into your garden soil. Visit the EPA’s website for more information and helpful tips. Scroll down for Amanda’s Use All The Parts Stock Recipe.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 / NOURISH.
☆ Challenge: Turn it off! Nourish the air, save gas and save money by turning off your car anytime you will be idling more than 10 seconds. Visit turnitoff.com to learn more about the myths surrounding warming up cars (All you need is one minute. Even in Montana) and startup waste and spread the word on social media with their handy infographics.
You could win a $20 Gift Certificate for our Nourish Section on DIG +CO. To enter, go to @digthischick on Instagram and comment for a chance to win!
☆ Deal: 10% off the Nourish section in our shop, DIG+CO with code TREATYOURSELF
TUESDAY, APRIL 23 / CREATE.
You’ll need an empty spray bottle (reuse one you’ve got or I buy our amber glass spray bottlesHERE).
And, THESEare our favorite cleaning cloths. They last a long, long time (just throw them in the washing machine!), work so well and don’t get stinky.
MONDAY, APRIL 22 / EARTH DAY. APPRECIATE.
☆ Challenge: no bags ever. Join the bag free revolution! Forget your totes? Just place your groceries or merch in the trunk and unload at home
Win a linen bento bag ! Winner is @katiedej! Congrats!
☆ Deal: $4.22 flat rate shipping shop-wide
Want to join in? Here’s how:
- Check out @digthischick on instagram and/or dig this chick on facebook for the daily giveaway post and throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win something from the shop.
- Check back here in this post for an update on the daily tips and challenges so that you can deepen or modify your everyday practices at home and out in the world.
*If you participate in this week with us, please share on Instagram and tag us (@digthischick)! We’d love to reshare and celebrate your good work.