An Announcement and Request

It's time for a special announcement! A BIG announcement!! Well, it's pretty big for me...

A few years ago, The Nester started this tradition (that's a link to this year's explanation post). She decided that for the whole month of October, she would post on ONE topic. Every year, more and more bloggers join her.

Last year, I followed Organizing Made Fun's 31 days series on how to cheaply organize your home; it was how I found out about the tradition. I thought it would be an awesome challenge and experience.

So I've kept the idea in the back of my mind for a year. Thinking if maybe next year (now this year), I could do it, too. Well, I'm gonna do it!!

I know my track-record isn't all that great. I've posted, on average, less than once a week this past year. BUT I'm up for the challenge, and maybe this will be the kick in the butt I need! I'm announcing it now so that I don't back out!! Because I've already thought about backing out a few times this month. It's a scary adventure, posting every single day for 31 days on 1 topic!

I knew I needed a topic that was really interesting to me. Something I was passionate about. Honestly, I'm only passionate about a few things. And this is one of those things. Something I haven't really advertised much on the blog, yet!

You ready to know the topic? I've already made the series' button!

31 Days to Greener Sustainable Living!!

Yup, I'm a green junkie. Can you even say that? I don't really know how I got so passionate about it. Sure my parents taught me to recycle when I was a kid, and then eventually compost, but it's grown so much more than that since. But I'm also not a complete green maniac, still lots of room for improvement, I assure you!

I actually sat down at the beginning of the month and wrote down everything I could possibly talk about on this subject. And I had A LOT of points! More than 31! Like, double. So I've condensed and pooled as much as I could. I want to make it as comprehensive as possible.

I've got some out-of-the-box ideas I'd like to try out, too, and I'm taking the opportunity now to do it and share with you guys!

So, because this isn't even the introduction, that's as much as I'll say about it ;) Can't spoil all my secrets right away.

BUT, I need you help! I know I'm not the only one who has this greener, sustainable mentality. I'd LOVE to hear from you!! This is what I'm looking for:

1. If you've got an out-of-the-box idea/solution to being greener. A novel way to reuse stuff that was going to the dump (ex how to use those non recyclable yogourt cups), a way to make being greener more fun and easy, a new reusable product (ex reusable cotton make-up remover rounds) anything along those lines!

I'd like to feature you!! If you've already done a post(ex rain water barrel) or tutorial (ex for reusable bags) about it , just send me the link, I'll include it on the relevant day if I haven't already published it. More info for how to email me below.

If you're not a blogger, or haven't blogged about it, I'd love to hear about your ideas anyway! You could send me a (or a couple) pictures, or else just a little snippet of information is good, too!

2. There are some areas that I am not familiar with and haven't had the opportunity to try out yet, but I'd really like to include it in my 31 days series. I can just mention them and link to other posts, but it would be really great if I could get someone to talk about it on my blog, kinda like a guest post. A new fresh set of thoughts! Again you wouldn't need to be a blogger to help me out here, I would just need a few people to talk about their experiences doing these green solutions.

Here's what I would really appreciate input on: tips and tricks for involving kids to recycle and reuse (I don't have kids yet... I've got ideas, though!); cloth napkins; feminine hygiene products like venus/diva cup and reusable panty liners; making your own cleaning products or beauty products; maybe also some thrifting tips; and would be cool to have a refashion guru.

Now, those are the subjects that I REALLY want input on, but if you've got some thoughts on other subjects, that's good, too!!

If you want to participate either comment on the blog (make sure I can reach you by email!), or send me an email(<--- clicking will open up your desktop email client, or right mouse click and copy email address to paste directly in the TO: field of the email ;) ) with subject 31 days to greener living. Please contact me ASAP. It doesn't need to be all ready, but as long as I can know that I have some people who can talk about these things, it'll appease me! If you're not sure about a topic, we can brainstorm together, too.

And that only covers the surface of what's to come in this series!! Writing this psot has really gotten me more pumped for it! And I'm getting more and more ideas as I think about it more.

I'm trying to have as much of it done and ready before October even starts, that way I don't need to stress about being able to post. I think I can do it! That way I'll still be able to post other fun projects throughout the month on top of the series. Because Halloween is coming! Can't wait to start decorating! Have you put out your decorations?!

Want to join me and blog for 31 straight days on a topic? The more the merrier!


  1. Wow, 31 days on the same topic. That's not as easy as it sounds I think... maybe I could blog on the subject DIY or home improvement as that is mostly what I blog about anyways. Just kidding.
    But you gave me something to think about, will let you know if I join the tradition.

    Love your blog. The Greener sustainable living theme for October is looking forward to it.

  2. Hey Jen! I'm still getting back into the swing of things from being out of town so I'm definately not up for a 31 -day challenge (yet!) but I could lend a hand in the cloth diapering department. I do it myself and actually work at a store that sells them too. E-mail me and we can work on something together :)

  3. Jen,
    I think this is a great idea! As far as your series, I think this is a huge commitment so it has to be soemething you are either truly passionate about or it is something that you feel you MUST do and publicly committing to do it will help you see the project to the end.

    So, with the holidays coming upon us you could do something like 31 days of "sunshine" where you just try to do something extra nice for those you come in contact with each day for a month.

    Or you could do something like 31 days to getting ready for the winter holiday season. (i.e. getting addresses together, getting gift lists together). Or you could do something like 31 days to a "greener" Christmas...ways you could minimize your carbon footprint this holiday season.

    These are just thoughts!

    Good luck!


  4. Jen, I was so confused by your request at first...thought you were looking for ideas for the series. I see what a great post idea you hav e..a greener living. I'd love to be a guest poster if you still need someone!


  5. I sent you an e-mail. If you need help decorating your soap box...I'm there!


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