This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day – the perfect time for consumers to give back and make a marked impact on preserving the environment. To help consumers in their Earth Day efforts, Spend For Good has enlisted a number of the top retailers featured on its charitable shopping site, including Cooking.com, Land of Nod, Shopbop, eBags, Moosejaw and PetSmart, to double donations to its featured “green” charity Reverb on Earth Day, April 22.

“Earth Day is an important annual event that reminds each of us that we can do more to create a healthier, more sustainable environment,” said Cristal Mendlen, Spend For Good co-founder and managing director. “In these hard financial times, we are dedicated to making the process of giving back easier by allowing consumers to donate needed funds to important charities like Reverb, without having to reach back into their own pockets. We are excited that on Earth Day, shoppers on our site can give even more to the environment through the generous retailers who have increased donations.”

Reverb is a nonprofit organization that develops turn-key greening programs for musical artists’ tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with music fans everywhere. Current artists partnering with Reverb include the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Lilith Fair and the Honda Civic Tour among many others.

“We are committed to educating musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future,” said Lauren Sullivan, director and co-founder of Reverb. “The additional funds that Spend For Good and the dedicated retailers on its site are raising for us on Earth Day will make a difference in helping to further our mission.”

To participate in the Spend For Good Earth Day Shopping Event, all consumers need to do is shop through the Spend For Good site on April 22nd. While shoppers will be able to choose from hundreds of popular online stores on the site, they are encouraged to support those retail partners that have offered to double their contributions on Earth Day: Cooking.com (10% of purchase amount); Land of Nod (12%); Shopbop (14%); eBags (12%); Moosejaw (10%); and PetSmart (11%).

Event details:

What: Spend For Good Earth Day Online Shopping Event;

Top retailers will double charitable donations for purchases made through the Spend For Good site to support green music charity Reverb.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2010 – 12:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. CST

Where: Spend For Good Online Charitable Shopping Site – Spend For Good

*Company provided information for this event.*

Were you aware that the we are celebrating Earth Day’s 4oth Anniversary this year? In 1970, 20 million Americans sprung into action to bring environmental issues to the forefront, creating Earth Day, and in the same year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was also born! Thus began a stream of regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Hard to believe that only 40 years ago, a factory could dump toxic waste into a stream flowing nearby, and there were no legal ramifications for wreaking havoc on the ecosystem in the surrounding area. We’ve really come a long way in a short amount of time!

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year? Pledging to recycle more, and use less? Bringing your own cloth bags to the grocery store? Planting a vegetable garden this Spring?

For more illuminating facts on the history of Earth Day and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), visit Earth Day and EPA History.

A sweet treat to celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary! For a little fun on Earth Day, try making these adorable Earth Day Globe Cookies from Family Corner.

While they are not exactly healthy, they sure are cute! Substitute any ingredients with the organic counterpart, and you can also buy food coloring for the icing that is natural from India Tree.

Earth Day Globe Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 C. white sugar
1 1/2 C. brown sugar
3/4 C. butter, softened but not melted
3/4 C. butter flavored shortening
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 C. flour
4 1/2 C. regular old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 C. white chocolate chips (optional)
can add nuts if desired

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream together both sugars, butter, and shortening. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla and mix well. Combine soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and flour. Add slowly to the butter and sugar mixture making sure to mix well. Stir in oatmeal, and then add chocolate chips at the end.

Drop by scant 1/4 C. onto cookie sheet, leaving some room in-between cookies for the cookies to spread during baking.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Do not over bake if chewy cookies are desired. Immediately remove from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack.

Once cookies have completely cooled, frost with royal icing* to look like planet Earth.

Royal Icing

4 egg whites
4 C. sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. clear vanilla extract

Beat the egg whites in clean, large bowl with mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar and clear vanilla extract. Beat at high speed until thickened. If you desire a thicker icing, slowly add more confectioner’s sugar until you reached your desired consistency.

For “Earth” cookies you will need:

blue paste food coloring
green paste food coloring
3 Ziploc baggies or icing bags

Divide the icing into: 1/2 to color blue, 1/4 to color green and 1/4 white. Fill in green for land, blue for water and use the white to outline the land.

Let the cookies dry completely before stacking in containers.

Thanks Family Corner!

The following is a guest post from bestselling author, Jamie Novak. Her newest book, Stop Throwing Money Away, is on shelves now!

In celebration of Earth Day, Jamie wanted to share with you the best tips that didn’t make it into her newest book, Stop Throwing Money Away, to turn clutter to cash, trash to treasure and save the planet while you’re at it!
Grab the five items below you probably already own and try these clever ways to reuse them to get more organized today:
Cardboard Paper Towel Insert
For kid’s artwork. Need a way to protect that noodle and glitter creation for years to come? Roll it and insert it into the tube. Put your child’s name and the year on the outside so you can remember who created what and when.
An Egg Carton
As a jewelry organizer. No more tangled necklaces or missing earrings. Use the egg carton to store commonly worn jewelry. Earrings, bracelets and necklaces will each have an individual section plus you can use the lid as the place to store watches.
Clothespins
For socks. Do you have a pile of unmatched socks? Most people do! Instead of trying to match socks after they’re laundered keep them together through the laundering process by clipping matches together as soon as you take them off using a clothespin.
CD Cases
For photos. If you adhere a magnet onto the back of a CD case you can then stick a photo inside and hang the ‘frame’ on the side of a filing cabinet or the front of the fridge.
Magnet
In the medicine cabinet. Adhere a magnet to the inside of the medicine cabinet door or under one of the shelves. Then you can stick tweezers or clippers to the magnet so they are within reach.

Hopefully Jamie has inspired you to tackle a project! She hopes you will join her at the Bite Size Living Cafe where all sorts of great discussions are taking place!

A BIG thanks to Jamie, “The World’s Most Relatable Organizer”

A simple summer salad that is light yet satisfying from Whole Foods.This recipe easily doubles to make a lovely dish for a brunch, a potluck or a day spent playing at the beach! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom likes to add in 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans for extra protein – the variations are endless!

Minted Orzo and Zucchini Salad

Ingredients

1 cup dried orzo
2 large zucchini, thickly sliced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped mint
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
6 ounces feta cheese, cut into cubes
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
Ground black pepper to taste

Preparation

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well, rinse in cold water and drain again.

Meanwhile, arrange a rack about 6 inches from the heating element and preheat broiler. Brush zucchini with 1 tablespoon oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Broil, flipping halfway through, until tender and deep golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to let cool and then roughly chop and transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, orzo, lemon juice, mint, garlic, feta, olives, tomatoes and black pepper and gently toss to combine. Cover and chill for several hours until flavors blend.

Thanks Whole Foods!

Stop by Fawn & Forest to enter their Earth Day giveaway and win these fabulous finds: books by Jennifer Ward or organic clothing by barley & birch! In addition, through April 23rd, Fawn & Forest is a 10% discount off your ENTIRE purchase in celebration of Earth Day.

BIG & BOLD – these roomy, stand-on-their-own bags are made from recycled materials and are meant to make the household task of sorting and separating items for recycling a breeze. With sturdy, reinforced handles for carrying, Kangaroom Recycle Bags are washable and can be used to hold everything from newspapers and cardboard to glass and lawn trimmings. They are big enough to make a great beach bag, too! They fold down easily for storage, and arrive packaged as a set of 2. Super affordable, priced at $12.99. Available online at KangaRoom Storage.

*Company provided images, information, and a sample for this review.*

A simple side dish of rice gets a makeover in this savory recipe from Whole Foods Market.

Brown Rice Salad

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups cooked long-grained brown rice
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber
1/2 cup sliced radishes
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed peas
1/4 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/4 cup chopepd flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Method

Put all ingredients into a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

Thanks Whole Foods!

In honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, Drugstore.com is giving away a FREE Seventh Generation Shopping Tote, filled with $40 worth of goodies when you spend $30 or more! This awesome freebie is loaded with favorites brands of “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom, such as Burt’s Bee’s, Avalon Organics, and Larabar!

Thanks Suddenly Frugal!

A common question you may ask yourself as you stand in the produce section of the grocery store or walk around Saturday’s farmer market is “what’s in season?” For the peak times on produce, the list below should demystify things a bit!

Spring

Strawberries, Cherries, New Potatoes, Scallions, Peas (all varieties), Asparagus, Green Beans, Spinach, Radishes, Baby Lettuces, and Rhubarb

Summer

Zucchini Squash, Yellow Squash, Beets, Corn, Bell Peppers, Basil, Cucumbers, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines. Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chard, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Arugula

Fall

Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Leeks, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Pomegranate, Cauliflower, Pears, Potatoes, and Grapes

Winter

Radicchio, Acorn Squash, Turnips, Parsnips, Lemons, Grapefruits, Clementines, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Kale and Fennel