What's It Like, Living Green?

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Announcing What's It Like, Living Green Fundraiser for the Hibiscus Children's Center in Florida [original story]

Author Jill anderwood to help Jessie Green Reach Hibiscus Playground Fundraising Goal

Devon and Jessie Green

'Giving Back' has become a family tradition for Devon and Jessie Green. Now the Hibiscus Children's Shelter will get a playground.

Provided by: Michael Green

On March 29, 2008, a letter to the editor appeared in the Stuart News regarding the desperate need for a new playground at the Hibiscus Children's Shelter in Jensen Beach. You can view this letter at: TCPalm

The letter which appeared exactly one year ago today was written by seventeen year old Devon Green, who is well known for helping the shelter to raise money to provide for the children in past years. Devon's letter was an appeal to our generous community to help her younger sister Jessie to raise enough money to build the playground. Now, exactly one year later, a well-known children's author from Utah has offered to contribute a large sum of money that may push this fund raiser "over the top". Jill Ammon Vanderwood is a highly regarded and successful author. She was the 2008 Writer of the Year for the League of Utah Writers. She is the author of four children's books: Through the Rug; Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog; Stowaway: The San Francisco Adventures of Sara the Pineapple Cat, and her first non-fiction book-What's it Like Living Green: Kids Teaching Kids by the Way They Live-her most recent publication, released by Booksurge Publishing on March 10, 2009.


Mrs. Vanderwood grew up in Oregon, the third of eleven children. Jill and her husband Bill are parents of four and grandparents of six. They make their home in Utah.

Jill loves going on adventures with her grandchildren, she loves to travel and tries to write something every day.

The "kids" whose special stories are told in Jill's most recent book include Martin County's own Devon and Jessie Green. Now, Jill is offering to help Jessie to reach her fundraising goal by contributing the sales profits from 100 books which amounts to a very generous contribution. To make this even more exciting for the shelter kids, Jessie has gathered commitments from local business people for the construction of a water feature in the playground, a hero wall recognizing the contributors who made it possible, and a fence to make the playground safe and private. Stay tuned for further updates as this long awaited successful outcome becomes a reality.

Instead of This for Baby,
Try This...

Tips to Save Money on Everything from Baby Gear to Entertainment

By Lisa A. Goldstein

I Parenting April 2009
With quotes from Jill Ammon Vanderwood

The Books Are Here and Selling Fast

By Michael Green
May 13, 2009

What's It Like, Living Green? Press Release

Just in time for Earth Day, children's author Jill Ammon Vanderwood is excited to introduce you to some very special families who live green and kids who really make a difference for the environment. In her new children's book, What's It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live, kids as young as four up to seventeen are making green choices every day--and so can you.

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) March 25, 2009 -- There is a lot of talk these days about living green, but does anyone really live that way? In this non-fiction book, What's It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live, you will meet contributing authors who live green, such as Ryan Hreljac from Canada, who started Ryan's Well Foundation, by providing clean water to a village school in Uganda, at the age of seven. Learn about green kids like Devon Green from Stewart, Florida who began Devon's Heal the World Recycling at the age of five; she is now joined by her sister Jessica. Together they give their time and efforts to raise money for community causes. The students from St. Benedict's School in Blue Island, IL, have made a commitment to live environmentally green lives. You will learn from families how to make green choices as simple as putting on a sweater rather than turning up the heat. Learn how easy it is to reduce, reuse and recycle, to create a healthy environment for the future.

What's It Like, Living Green?

This book is written for kids nine and up, with tips for families as well as school activities. A portion of the books proceeds will be donated to Edwin Watts Southwind (sustainable and accessible) Park and Erin's Pavilion, in Springfield, IL, and Hibiscus Children's Center, to help build a playground for abused and neglected children, in Jensen Beach, Florida.

Jill Ammon Vanderwood lives in West Valley City, Utah with her husband Bill. She is a mother and grandmother who wants to bring kids together to make a difference for the planet. Jill participated in the first Earth Day in Portland, Oregon. She is a public speaker, teaches workshops, and was the winner of the 2008 Writer of the Year Award, from the League of Utah Writers.

Other books by this author: Through the Rug (9-12) ISBN 978-1425910983; Through the Rug 2; Follow that Dog (9-12) ISBN 978-0979845543; and Stowaway: The San Francisco Adventures of Sara, the Pineapple Cat (4-8) ISBN 978-1440421013.

What's It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live
ISBN: 1-4392-2477-3
EAN: 9781439224779
Booksurge Publishing
148 page paperback
$14.99 suggested retail price

This book is available on Amazon.com and can be ordered through Baker and Taylor, Ingram's or through your local retailer.

To contact the author or request a review copy, contact Jill Ammon Vanderwood


What's It Like, Living Green? Is Featured In Hollywood Mothers Day Gift Bags, For Celebrity Moms

Contributing author, Lynn Hasselberger of MyEarth360.com has has put together gift bags packed with green goodies, including her own reusable water bottles and reusable, organic table linens from another contributing author, Julie Mullin.

Now you can receive the same bag as 25 new-mom celebs will receive on Mother's Day 2009 (May 9th). Recipients: Alison Sweeney, Alyson Hannigan, Amy Poehler, Angelina Jolie, Angie Harmon, Ashlee Simpson, Camilla Alves, Constance Marie, Elin Woods, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Elisabeth Rohm, Gwen Stefani, Jamie-Lynn Spears, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Julie Bowen, Kelly Rutherford, Lisa Marie Presley, Michelle Monaghan, Minnie Driver, Nicole Richie, Nicole Sullivan, Rebecca Romijn, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Tori Spelling

Read about our bag on Hollywood Today!

The Gift Bag The bag that holds all the eco.goodies is hand-wovenfrom fibers extracted from the leaf sheath that is regenerated by the Abaca plant--a banana-like plant native to the Philippines. The handle is hand-twisted paper. Feel good reusing the bag for other gifts, knowing it's sustainable and biodegradable. Made with Fair Trade practices.

I Count for myEARTH Reusable Water Bottle In the U.S. alone, we toss out enough disposable water bottles to circle the equator every 2.9 days! The plastic water bottle crisis spurred eco Mom and green advocate Lynn Hasselberger to take action, including the creation of these reusable bottles sold at her son's school.

The I Count on my EARTH Bookmark Written from a kid's point of view, this poem is a great reminder of all that the earth provides for our enjoyment and survival. Printed on 100% PCW recycled paper.

Andira Rain Tee A 100% organic luxury line of apparel for women and children, designed by youths living in endangered rain forests across Central & South America. Founder, Beth Doane, donated school supplies to the children and asked them to illustrate what they see happening around them. For every Rain Tee sold, a child involved in Kids Saving the Rain Forest (in Costa Rica) will receive a tree they can plant to replace one that has been destroyed. Select your size and, if child size, specify boy or girl in special instructions during checkout. Designs will vary based on availability but we will take special requests into consdieration.

Hand-Dipped 100% Pure Beeswax Tapers Handmade from USA beeswax--a renewable resource--with no added scents, fragrances or color. Wicks are 100% cotton; no lead or metal ever used. In addition to being healthier for your indoor air, they burn longer (1 pair burns 20 hours) and cleaner than conventional paraffin candles! Size: 10" X 3/4"

Wine Bag Give a host or hostess gift in green style: this green wine bag is hand-woven from abaca fiber and is sustainable, 100% biodegradable and reusable. Made with Fair Trade practices.

myEARTH360 SKOY Cloth One SKOY cloth saves 15 rolls of paper towels. Disinfect it in the microwave (1-2 minutes wet) and wash it in the dishwasher; 100% biodegradable and printed with non-toxic inks. If every household in the U.S. replaced one 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels, we would save 544,000 trees! Help make it happen with SKOY!

What's It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids by the Way They Live A valuable book to share with your chidren. You'll meet contributing authors who live green, such as Ryan Hrelijac from Canada, who started Ryan's Well Foundation, by providing clean water to a village in Uganda, at the age of seven! myEARTH360 Founder, Lynn Hasselberger, and her son are also mentioned in this book. Printed on 30% recycled paper, the book offers tips for families as well as school activities.

Banana Paper Memo Book Take note in green style: this notebook is made from a combination of banana leaves and post-consumer waste paper such as newspapers, office paper and magazines. Hard cover design is printed with water-based inks.

Colored Pencils These pencils are FSC-certified: a warranty that the wood used is obtained from renewable and sustainable sources, contributing to the preservation of the environment. It even comes in an earth-friendly package! The ergonomic triangular shape makes them easy to hold. 12-pack.

Glass Straws Handmade in the USA, these straws made by GlassDharma are great for hot or cold drinks and are microwave and dishwasher safe. They won?t leach any toxins, and are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee AND lifetime guarantee against breakage! 2 straws included.

Elegant Picnic or Alfresco Dining Items You'll help keep the billions of plastic knives, forks, and spoons--not to mention paper plates from our landfills-- with these next three biodegradable or reusable items:

Fiberactive Certified Organic Hand-Dyed Sateen Napkins These lovely napkins are hand-cut and hand-sewn by female Vietnamese Montagnard refugees now living in North Carolina. Made from fiber reactive dyes and low immersion techniques to minimize the environmental impact of the process. Includes 2 lunch-size napkins.

Fiberactive's owner, Julie Mullin, provides a flexible schedule for the refugees including the necessary tools to work from home. Fair trade practices includes good wages, free transportation, on-site free child care, on-the-job training; and lessons in English, reading, nutrition and other learning tools necessary to live in our technically advanced society.

VerTerra Plates from Fallen Leaves Add a stylish touch with these eco-friendly, single use plates made from fallen palm leaves. They're 100% free of chemicals, lacquers, glues, bonding agents or anything toxic. That keeps your meal and our earth free from harm. Added bonus: they're microwave and dishwasher safe & 100% biodegradable and BPI-certified compostable. Includes two 6" plates. Other shapes and sizes are sold separately.

WUN by aspenware Biodegradable Wooden Cutlery Made from birch and aspen -- hardwoods that are ordinarily burnt or left to rot during regular industrial logging. They contain zero chemicals or GMOs, no bleaches or dyes, and are FDA Food Contact Approved. Aspenware's plant runs on hydro-electric power and the manufacturing processes emit minimal (if any) carbon. Includes a set of 2 forks, knives and spoons.

Grow-a-Note Cards Make a lasting impression with these handmade cards. made from recycled paper, printed in the U.S. using soy inks, and embedded with wildflower seeds! The recipient can plant the card directly in the ground, and the paper acts as mulch. Includes a package of 5.

Do you know a mom that is expecting? Consider throwing in a set of Baby Announcement cards!

Tote The creation of this unique tote helps highly disadvantaged Cambodian women secure income and significantly improve their quality of life through training and employment. Roomy and made from recycled rice and feed bags; you'll have no trouble carrying a load of Mom essentials while on the go.

Total Bag Value: Over $185!

Get your Gift Bag!