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 →


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 →


The current state of whale conservation is complex, and it involves people and animals in all parts of the world.  This page is home to specific articles I’ve found helpful as I learn about saving whales.

Theories on Why Whales Matter

International Whaling Commission

Japan and Whales

Vaquitas