Celebrate The Earth Today and Every Day

Celebrate The Earth Today and Every Day

For the last 49 years, April 22nd has become a day of celebrating our planet and bringing awareness to ways of preserving it. This year’s Earth Day theme is Protect Our Species. Some of the species that are being focused on are bees, giraffes, whales, elephants, trees, sea turtles, and great apes, which are all at risk of going instinct. The good news is that these threatened species are able to recover with help from you.  More good news is that there are so many other ways to take action and some are easy to incorporate into your daily life.Tips For An Eco-Friendly LifestyleTurn off the lights when leaving the room and when there is enough natural sunlight.Reduce your use of plastic by using reusable bags at stores and reusable water bottles.Shop local! This is a win-win as it supports the planet and your local economy. Plant a gardenReplace regular lightbulbs for LEDUnplug

Creative Ways To Dye Easter Eggs

Easter is a fun way to bond and let creativity shine. Step it up even more this year with these crazy egg decorating techniques that will make this the most memorable holiday yet!Shaving CreamGet an effect that is similar to tie-dye, but even easier to create. Roll your egg around the shaving cream and dye mix and get a beautiful surprise.Supplies:Hard-boiled eggsShaving creamFood dyeGlass dishNail PolishGather your old nail polish that’s sitting around to create this totally unique look. Roll your egg on the surface of the water (where the nail polish is floating) and voilá!Supplies:Nail PolishRoom temperature waterBowlTooth pickPlastic gloveEggs (hard boiled or plastic)Melted CrayonsThis isn’t technically dying your eggs, but it’s still a great way to decorate them. Melting the crayons will make the colors more vibrant and your drawings will pop like never before.Supplies:Eggs (hard boiled, still hot)CrayonsDinosaur EggsWho says Easter has to be all about bunnies

Magical St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day with some sweet treats that may even bring you some extra luck. While all of these foods are green, don’t forget to actually wear it or else you could get pinched!Lucky PancakesStart off the holiday of all things green with these amazing pancakes.Ingredients:Pancake mix, green food coloring, whipped cream, Lucky Charms marshmallowsOreos-O-Gold Attract all of the leprechauns with this unique pot of gold! They won’t even be disappointed to find that the gold isn’t real.Ingredients: Oreos, dark chocolate, gold sprinkles, Air head Extreme rainbow sour candy, water bottle, parchment papLucky Krispie TreatsYou’ll never want to eat plain Rice Krispie treats again after trying these. Ingredients:Butter, marshmallows, Rice Krispie cereal, vanilla extract, green food coloring, Lucky Charm’s marshmallowsShamrock FloatsThis epic float couldn’t be easier to make or any more delicious.Ingredients: Lime sherbert, lemon lime sodaLeprechaun PopcornCombine sweet and salty with this festive popcorn. But watch out, some leprechauns might come

Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

Not all young kids understand the meaning of Valentine’s Day yet, but one of the best ways to learn is through art. These crafts are great for all ages and don’t call for many supplies. Have fun!Not all young kids understand the meaning of Valentine’s Day yet, but one of the best ways to learn is through art. These crafts are great for all ages and don’t call for many supplies. Have fun!Yarn HeartThese hearts make the cutest gift and can be used as decorations around the house or at work.Supplies:Cardboard, scissors, yarn, hot glue gunValentine RocksThis is a great way to get outside and be creative. The kids will love getting to hunt for rocks, paint with their hands, and share with friends and family.Supplies:Rock, paint, markersCandy DogThis is one is trickier, but better than taking care of the real dog your kids have been wanting.Supplies:1 Smarties candy, 5

#NationalFosterCareMonth: Why Children End Up in Foster Care

By Aurora
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. While most people are, in fact, aware of foster care, not everyone knows exactly how it works, or more importantly, why it exists. A Family for Every Child works to place foster care children in forever homes if they cannot be reunited with their families. But how do the children we represent end up in foster care in the first place?Foster care becomes necessary when children are not receiving the best possible care in their own homes. There are numerous reasons why a social worker ? would feel that foster care is the safest place for a child. Below are a few of the top reasons children are placed in foster care, as identified on  adoption.com.1. AbuseIf it is discovered that a parent is physically or sexually abusing their child(ren) ?, the child may be taken by child-protective services ? and if there are no relatives available to care for them, they

Happy New Year from AFFEC: A Sneak Peak of an Upcoming Event…

Happy New Year from A Family For Every Child!     In honor of the new year, please take a moment to review our upcoming event!   A Princess For a Day 10am – 5pm Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Valley River Inn, Eugene, Oregon This is a ROYAL gathering for all the royal children in the land. This event is to celebrate the REGAL children both in foster care and not by giving them the royal treatment. This royal treatment includes being pampered, adorned in a new outfit fit for royalty, and a fancy tea party. Here is a sneak peak of what to expect at the event: The princesses get to dress up in a gown and select their slippers and crown as accessories. They get their hair, nails, and make up done by the Royal Hair & Make-Up Team They get to have their picture taken

A Home For The Holidays

7th Annual A Home For The Holidays Thursday – November 10, 2016 5:30 – 9:30pm *** Next Thursday, November 10th is our 7th annual holiday auction, and on behalf of A Family for Every Child, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to partner with us to support this worthwhile event benefiting foster children in search of their forever families. The event will be held at the Valley River Inn, and consists of dinner, auction packages both large and small, our famous dessert dash, and a beautiful holiday celebration. Individual tickets are only $75.00 for a delicious meal and fine wine! 2016 is an important year in the life of our organization, as we are celebrating our 10th year serving foster children both locally and nationally. Over this past decade with your help, we have been able to place over 5,000 Children, 1,500 Sibling Groups, 1,600 Minority

A Day for Dad: DIY Gifts & Recipes

Dad deserves a special Father’s Day celebration! Spoil him this year with these gift and recipe ideas   1.) Hash Brown Egg Nests Surprise Dad with a delicious breakfast in bed!  What You Will Need: *Frozen hash browns (or grated russet potatoes) *Shredded cheddar cheese *Eggs *Breakfast meat (bacon, sausage, or ham) *Avocados *Optional: Chopped parsley For the full recipe visit Hash Brown Egg Nests   2.) DIY Light-Up Card Fashion a card with a DIY light saber for the Star Wars fanatic Dad! What You Will Need: *White card stock or scrapbook paper *Colored LED light *Colored straw *Transparent tape            *Light-Up Card Printable For full instructions and card printables visit Light-Up Cards   3.) French Toast Kebabs Serve Dad up a fun twist on a classic breakfast! What You Will Need: *White bread * Vanilla extract * Eggs *Fresh blueberries *Fresh raspberries *Sliced bananas *Unsalted butter *Optional: Maple Syrup

Celebrate Mom: Homemade Gifts for Mother’s Day

The day to recognize mom (other than every day of course) is almost here. Treat mom to a special day with these homemade gift ideas!     1.) Thumbprint Art This is a simple and fun gift for kids to make! Use paints to create various designs on flower pots. What you will need:  *terra cotta pots * acrylic paints * black paint marker  Get creative with thumbprint bees, butterflies, and more! For more inspiration visit Spring Crafts  2.) Pineapple Coconut Sugar Scrub  Take mom to paradise with this rejuvenating homemade body scrub! What you will need: * 8 oz mason jar * coconut oil * sugar * pineapple fragrance oil * 1 lemon zested  For the full recipe visit DIY sugar scrub  3.) DIY Flower Bouquet  Pick out mom’s favorite flower, a simple vase (or repurposed drink bottle) and dress it up with scrapbook paper! You don’t need to

Every Day is Earth Day

Why wait for the calendar marked day every Spring to celebrate the Earth? Every day is an opportunity to appreciate the miraculous world that we live in! Here’s how you can help the environment a little every day: 1.) Unplug There’s no need to keep all of those electronic devices plugged in when they’re not being used! Little by little you can start to save electricity. Win for the planet. Win for your electric bill. For more ideas about how to save electricity visit: http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/saving-electricity 2.) Compost Reduce the amount of household waste and put those kitchen scraps to good use in your garden! Composting organic matter can help to create rich soil that is ideal for growing. For more composting tips visit: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/compost/gardeners-gumbo/ 3.) Conserve Water  There are dozens of ways to save water at home. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, only run a completely full dishwasher, and