Easy ways to help on Earth Day | Trendy Little Sweethearts | Photo: MysterialSuzanne @MorgueFile

Earth Day!  It’s almost here (at least for 2019).  April 22nd marks a day that makes me very happy.  Millions of people around the world pause to think about something bigger.  Something that brings us all together, no matter what tiny corner of the world we call home.

I know that you move as quickly as I do.  And it’s hard to take action on something for Earth Day when you have a to do list that’s a mile long.  I’ve pulled together a list of 5 ideas that you can plan quickly (literally 10 minutes or less research) to celebrate Earth Day this year.

Let me know if you try any of these.  I would LOVE to know if this is useful for you.

..xx Brandy

1. Pick One Species to Help Periodically This Year

Pick one animal or plant species to learn more about.  In a 3 minute read, you will learn interesting facts, understand why they need our help, and get a handful of ideas you can do to help.  Then you can do something right then, or list them out on your calendar to do periodically, like once a month.


2. Try Implementing a New (Easy) Daily Habit

Download the Free Everyday Sustainability Guide from The Nature Conservancy.  This is a well written article on little things you can do to make a difference.  Pick something and try implementing it as a new daily habit.


3. Look for an Earth Day Festival Near You

Are you free on the big day (or weekend leading up to it)?  If so, consider joining your community for something fun.  I love this roundup of activities all over.  If your city isn’t listed here, I recommend looking for events on Facebook near you.


4. For Kids! Download an Activity to do Together

I love this page.  Pick one of over 100 printable resources to share something that interests you with your kids.  Everything from recycling, to gardening, to weather.


5. Take a Hike, Literally

Get outside!  If you have grass, take off your shoes!  Same goes for sand, or dirt, or anything you feel comfortable digging those tootsies into. 😉  Enjoy a walking meditation through your neighborhood, or any undeveloped “still filled with nature” place near you.  If you’re like me, it’s easy to plan to do this, but then remove it from the list when things get busy.  Promise yourself an Earth Day walk and let me know how it goes.  If you’d like to enjoy a guided nature meditation while you’re out, here’s one of my favorite resources.


We’ve recently changed our name from Trendy Little Sweethearts to For Animals. For Earth.  Why?  Click here to watch my video update.

If you’re interested in grabbing a new Earth Hugger Animal Lover tshirt for the holiday, they’re currently on sale!  These are made with recycled plastic, organic cotton, and a $5 donation will go to help one of the grassroots rescue groups we support.  Available in kids and adult sizes.  Click here to visit Etsy shop for sale.

QUICK NOTE: This three part series is specific to our kid’s tees and was written before we stepped into Adult & Dog Clothing and our Simply Loving Animals Collections.  But you’ll still get the jist of what we do around here and see some fun photos if you read them. 😉

If you haven’t figured this out yet… I am INSANELY excited about the hand-printed shirts in our new Animal Rescue Collection!  (This is a 3 part series.  Click to read Part 1: Made in the USA or Part 3: Organic, Eco-friendly, Sustainable)

Each shirt is unique, with its own personality, printed by hand in my shop.

Yep that’s right!  I personally draw designs, burn screens, and print every single shirt that leaves my shop here in L.A.  My favorite part of doing this is that NOT ONE ITEM IS THE SAME as the next.

If we’ve been lucky enough to see you at a show, you know what I mean.  Some shirts have a light, “vintagy” print, while some have a bold, sharp print.  And others fall all over the spectrum between those two opposites!

There are probably 100 factors that play into the final look of each shirt. Are you curious how the process works?

Trendy Little Sweethearts | Hand-printed, Eco-friendly, Animal Rescue tshirts for kids
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QUICK NOTE: This three part series is specific to our kid’s tees and was written before we stepped into Adult & Dog Clothing and our Simply Loving Animals Collections.  But you’ll still get the jist of what we do around here and see some fun photos if you read them. 😉

There are SOOOO many options for kids clothes these days, and honestly 99% of them are SUPER CUTE, right?!  I love shopping for clothes for my kids.  But when I started selling kid’s clothes a couple of years ago, I quickly learned that not all kids clothing is created equal, not even close.  And most clothing harms Mother Earth a lot more than you would think.

Our children will live on an Earth that could be quite different from ours, and imagine our grandchildren, or GREAT grandchildren!  What will Mother Earth look like for them?

Cute kid's graphic tees made from recycled water bottles and organic cotton | Trendy Little Sweethearts

I picture the whales we help swimming in the ocean, and the elephants going about their daily lives in Africa, and it seems impossible to raise money to help, while harming the Earth we share at the same time.

By no means do I claim to be a model for sustainability.  Nor am I an expert.  As you get to know me, you’ll come to find a mom who simply works each day to better understand the impact my business has on the world, and how I can make that better.

This post has background on why eco-friendly, sustainable clothing is important, and how we’ve made choices to provide the best product we think is available on the market. Continue reading →

One of my favorite discoveries while living in Tokyo was the Furoshiki wrapping cloth.  I came across this nifty cloth a few weeks after we moved there (foreigners in Tokyo run an awesome “hello wagon” called Welcome Furoshiki and they give you one).  I couldn’t get enough of it!

I began wrapping everything in them, especially gifts.  I even used them to carry food and wine to dinner parties.  They’re super economical and provide a unique option for eco-friendly gift wrapping.  The best part: I can wrap (and re-wrap) gifts with my daughter, and teach her about eco-friendly gift wrapping options at the same time. Continue reading →


Max & Maddie are two best friends,
who can’t wait to learn about elephants.
They’re headed right now in Max’s car
to visit Aunt Mary, who lives really far.

She used to live in Africa,
where the elephants roam.
She always has good stories
when they visit her home.

“What do you think she’ll teach us?”
Max said from his seat.
Maddie replied, “Hmm… I don’t know…
maybe what they eat!” Continue reading →

I’ve been keeping an eye out lately for good places to donate toys as I hop around town. With each birthday party or holiday, we pick up new toys, and inevitably it makes sense to pass some on to new homes.

But… every time I go to put a toy into the box, I flashback to Corduroy and feel bad! Have you read that book? Anyone in the same boat?

Here’s a quick low-down of 8 unique places to donate your gently-used toys, where I think they will be loved just as much as they were at your house. 😉 Continue reading →

I’m always looking for ways to CONNECT YOU MORE with the animals we help.  I know that you’re busy, and it’s not often that you get to go behind the scenes and see how your shirt makes a difference.

Below is a working list of links to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust videos, good reads, etc. so that you can get your quick DOSE OF ELEPHANT LOVE.  You can even share some of these with your kids! Continue reading →

Are you a Spring Cleaner? I’m not always on top of it myself, but this year I did it WITH my kids, and guess what… we did it QUICKLY!  I just finished pulling clothes out of the closets to donate, and I thought it may be fun to SHARE A FEW RESOURCES & IDEAS with you guys.  I imagine most of you do your Spring Cleaning when the kids are out… as this must be by far the easiest way!

I’ve been hoping for that scenario at my house… but, I’ve accepted that I need to Spring clean with the kids at home.  So why not experiment with a lesson in giving back?

I’ve broken this post into 3 sections: Ways to Donate Clothes VERY Easily (if we’re going to do this, we need it to be easy right?), Processes for Deciding What to Donate, and Donating Clothes with Your Kids

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Have you guys heard of One Little Word?  I learned about it through Elise Blaha Cripe (link below).  In a nut shell, you pick one word to encompass your goals for the year, with the thought that having just one word keeps it top of mind every day.

For 2017, my word is FAMILY.

Why am I sharing this with you?

The simple reason… I think it’s an awesome tool that you may like too.

The complex reason… I find connecting with MY FAMILY is something I have to work at.   Continue reading →