What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with books and music make it easy – and fun – to be green!
For the initial launch of Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC, we’re giving away a few homegrown gems: a copy of the wonderful CD Earth Day Everyday from Solar Publishing, a great company based in Maryland, and a copy of the wonderful children’s book “The Bicycle Fence,” the first in the series “Recycling Creatively with L.T.” by D.C.-based landscaper Tom Noll.
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I first met Robyn Ringgold of Solar Publishing at the 2007 DC Green Festival (which returns to town this spring, May 31-June 1, 2014) and have loved her books ever since. Back then, I bought and instantly loved My Mom Hugs Trees, and when I saw her read from My Mom Eats Tofu in 2010, I fell in love with the book’s message of caring about where your food comes from (whether you eat soy or not!). Robyn is a local treasure! I caught up with her last month at the second annual Grow Your Health Festival and was excited to get another copy of the fabulous CD our family loves.
Robyn’s newest book, My Mom Stands on Her Head is a beautiful celebration of yoga, with the same delightful artwork by Alexandria artist Vidya Vasudevan. I picked that one up at the 2013 Green Festival where I met Tom at a shared table and learned of his new book series that aims to share fun ways to get kids excited about recycling. When I ran into Tom again earlier this month at the School Environmental Action Showcase sponsored by NoVA Outside earlier, he donated copies of The Bicycle Fence for this giveaway and showed me proofs of the next book – about farm fresh eggs – due out in May. We’ll sit down with Tom for a Q&A and do a giveaway about that when it becomes available, and we’ll also be hearing from Robyn and Vidya in guest posts the near future about their work and how they balance it with parenting.
This is what we’re about here at Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC: sharing news about events and opportunities for involvement; showcasing local businesses, organizations and practitioners who are committed to health and well-being; connecting readers with great local resources that support healthy families, and giving a space for parents to share their own journeys, including the bumps along the way. After years of wishing a site like this existed to help me in my parenting journey, I’m excited to launch it to share news on local parenting topics and ways to live naturally as a family. The blog will include profiles of local businesses and organizations and guest posts by people who have made it their passion – and sometimes their profession – to be healthy and mindful in their own families and to help parents find a holistic way of living that feels vibrant and sustainable. We hope you enjoy what you learn here and that you will consider sharing your own story (link to submission guidelines) with us. And be sure to add events to our calendar and businesses and groups to our directory.