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You all know I’m a bit of a cheapskate right?  I mean, sure, I’ll spend $3000 on a whole steer (true story, 75% of it is in the freezer as we speak) but we ditched disposable diapers for cloth, tampons for a cup (sorry to the 3 dudes that are reading this), and don’t even purchase paper towels anymore.  Ok, so there were some health and environmental reasons to all of that as well, I mean, who wants chemicals all up in their nether regions but let’s face it, the insane money savings were probably the biggest reason all of that caught my attention in my pre-hippy days.Cheap-healthy-clean. Win-win-win.

The part I don’t love about picnics is waste.  You know, disposable everything: plates, cutlery, cups or bottles, napkins and ziplocs.  Don’t worry, I’m not a purist and I’m sure as hell not perfect but I think it’s important to tackle one area in which you can improve on and once you have that down, move on to the next.

For me, one of the big ones was making sure we were well equipped for outdoor meals (I mean, we live in SoCal for pete’s sake!).  As much as I LOVE my glass food storage at home, it’s not the ideal choice for toddlers on the go at a park.  Stainless steel and bamboo on the other hand, yes please!

This is the set I use and love.  And honestly, forget the picnic, we use these stainless steel plates every single day at home for the kids!  Much better than the plastic ones we had previously! Call me crazy but even if it says BPA free, I’d much rather use old school stainless steel and not be guinea pigs for new materials.

Win this $155 set in this giveaway for a stainless steel picnic set!

Mighty Nest is a company I love.  Their site provides ideas, tips and information about healthy changes and all the products they offer are selected as the healthiest of their kind, in addition to being practical, durable and beautiful (because who wants fugly stuff).  Right now, they have a school program where parents and other supporters can earn funds and bonuses for their school.  How cool is that?  While this is a sponsored post, you know I carefully choose the companies I affiliate with and will never endorse a product I don’t use and love in my own home.

Mighty Nest has generously offered to give away the very same set I use and love to one lucky Hollywood Homestead reader!  (scroll down for info on the pledge and giveaway)

 

What’s included in this set: Value=$155

 

Ready to plan that picnic? Pledge to make it waste-free and you could win almost everything you need from MightyNest. You’ll also have a chance to help your school celebrate Earth Day and win up to $1000 in the MightyNest for Schools Earth Day Challenge!

I pledge to spend a waste-free day outside with my favorite people

 

When you make the effort to pack a beautiful, healthy picnic for folks you love, the gear you choose is a big part of the experience. Check out the gorgeous, high quality, reusable picnic gear at MightyNest.com and take the pledge to green your outing. You could win a basket full of great waste free picnicware for a day out with your favorite people!

With the Earth Day Challenge, MightyNest is mobilizing parents and schools to make healthy changes that benefit families and the planet. Until April 28th, school supporters can earn impact points at schools.mightynest.com by pledging to make simple changes. The school earning the most points will win a $1000 grand prize and other top schools will share $3000 in additional prizing.  If you’re an individual homeschooler or unschooler, you can still encourage healthy living in your community by helping to spread the word.  Sounds pretty darn awesome to me!

Now I’d love to hear from you!  What are your favorite picnic or lunchbox foods?  What’s next on your list of things to replace to a healthier, more sustainable option?

Picnic Giveaway

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.  I carefully choose the companies I affiliate with and will never endorse a product I don’t use and love in my own home.

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Sylvie McCracken is a former celebrity assistant in Hollywood turned full time entrepreneur currently living in Abu Dhabi with her husband and 3 kids. She writes about treating and preventing health conditions with real food and natural remedies, as well as anything else she feels like writing about because she's a rebel like that. 😉
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