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Happy Birthday Bella!– Making Her Party as Eco-friendly as Possible

By Fredrica Syren

Our beautiful baby girl turned six years old last week. I still can’t believe she is the same tiny baby who struggled so much with jaundice and weight loss the first month of her life due to a somewhat early birth. Now she is a confident little girl with a mind of her own who loves dancing, dressing up, dolphins and all kinds of berries. She is very nurturing and caring.

Of course we needed to have a birthday bash to celebrate Bella, but it’s a difficult task to accomplish and still create minimal impact on the environment. Luckily, we don’t go overboard on birthday parties but, still, parties do come with tons of trash, etc.  To do our best, we used paper plates and cups made from recyclable materials and, except for a dip, all the food — including the gluten free, vegan carrot cupcakes with pink frosting — was bought at the farmers market. We served cupcakes, a homemade pumpkin bar, fresh fruits and cut up veggies with a homemade vegan ranch dressing. Bella chose the menu and, again, I’m lucky she is so down-to-earth. She does not care if her presents are small or large or even if they are used. She just loves spending time with her friends and family, and having a cupcake.

So this is what we like to do to minimize our carbon footprint during a birthday celebration:

· Use paper plates, napkins and cups made from recyclable materials

· Make the food ourselves

· Buy food from our local farmers market

· Have the birthday party at home or in a park
· Minimize presents and emphasize quality time, instead.

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About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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