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My friend Erica sent me a link to Counting Coconuts, an amazing blog for mothers of small children. The blog is full of creative ideas, projects and inspirations. I especially liked their “sensory tub” ideas. Sensory tubs, are, in essence, plastic boxes filled with stuff joined by a unifying theme. The lady behind Counting Coconuts Blog is very organized. She writes detailed lists and instructions for every tub and project. I  hate lists, can’t follow instructions and love to feel moved by inspiration, even though I admire those that are better organized than I am. Like my husband, for example. He puts everything in files.

Anyway, this is how we got the idea to do The Earth Project.

Firstly, we got a large plastic box. Then we went on a treasure hunt. While the twins were sleeping, my boy and I went outside in search for interesting Earth-themed” items, like pine cones, twigs, tree branches, rocks, dry leaves, etc…We put all of these treasures in the box. Then, we raided the Dollar Store. We bought gummy worms, caterpillars, rubber snakes, fake flowers, a tiny shovel and a fork.We also bought some green paper and cut leaves out of it. Then, we put some of our dollar-treasures into the box, filled with earthy items and – voila! Project Earth was ready.

My son loved digging in the box for hours and finding the same worms over and over. He loved wrapping the rubber snakes around the twigs and putting a plastic caterpillar on the rock, so that “he can sunbathe.” If you want to try something like that, remember that nature and a Dollar Store are a winning combo.

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Remember the carrot chips I made yesterday? Well, I had some leftovers and they went into a sandwich that turned out pretty amazing. I suspect that this sandwich can also be made into a delicious salad.

Ingredients:

Two pieces of whole wheat or gluten-free bread

2 tbsp. pesto sauce

1/4 block of extra firm tofu, sliced thinly

1/2 cup onions, sauteed in olive oil

1/2 cup carrot chips

1/4 cup mixed greens

Lightly toast the bread. Spread the pesto on both slices. Put the greens on top of the pesto sauce. Put the carrots over the greens and onions over carrots. Put the tofu over the onions. You can add more pesto to go on top of the tofu, if you wish. Close the sandwich and serve right away!

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