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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: The Green Year LLC; 1st edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615239730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615239736
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celebrate Green! is a wake up call and it's a fun, engaging read, jam-packed with hints, how-to's and humor. Whether you' re an old hand at thinking green or a total neophyte, Lynn and Corey will help you understand why your choices are so important and energize you, too. You'll discover simple steps to align your life with a healthy Earth, while deepening the meaning and the joy of your celebrations. -- Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad

For years I thought there had to be something more to eco-friendly parties than newspaper gift wrapping and brown recycled napkins. Corey and Lynn found it and created a green gold mine full of stylish and creative ideas. 'Celebrate Green!' doesn't just give you a way to celebrate. It gives you a reason to celebrate. -- Hannah Keeley, author of Hannah Keeley's Total Mom Makeover: The Six-Week Plan to Completely Transform Your Home, Health, Family and Lifestyle

The green movement can feel overwhelming. We all know we need to make some changes, but where to start? Leave it to two moms to find simple solutions to empower the entire family, young and old, starting with making holidays more about green and less about sugar and overconsumption. I am green with envy that I didn't think of that! Brilliant! --Stacey Kannenberg, author and publisher of Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! and Let's Get Ready for First Grade!

About the Author

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter. They share a passion for helping others enjoy life and make wonderful memories by creating celebrations that honor people and the Earth. Corey is a licensed marital and family therapist and certified clinical art therapist specializing in the transition to parenthood. Lynn has had many jobs/careers. Most recently she was a life coach with clients around the U.S. and Canada.

More About the Author

With my daughter, Corey, I'm working to change the world one celebration at a time.

My road to writing "Celebrate Green!" and my current work was, technically speaking--zig zaggy.

I've been everything from a Lamaze childbirth instructor, to a photographer, to a freelance writer, to a corporate communications, PR manager and life coach.

Whatever I've done, I've been fully engaged and passionate in its pursuit until I wasn't. Then I moved on to something else.

Some people might call me a dilettante. I think of myself a Renaissance Woman.

I know that most writers' biographies are filled with accolades, honors and long lists of books they've published. I'm not sure what we really learn from that so I won't bother. (Of course, the fact that I have no accolades, honors or long lists of books I've published has absolutely nothing to do with my silence in this arena). Instead I'll say, that if you're reading this bio, just take a look at the photo that accompanies it (taken by the way by the very talented Holli Dunn), and I think you'll know more about me than any formal biography could ever tell you.

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The book is covering various holidays, from Christmas and Hanukkah to Father's Day and St. Patrick's Day.
Peleg Kremer
I think it's wonderful to share these new ideas with them and believe that we are all helping our families, and our environment by making some necessary changes.
Tina Louise Balodi
It is completely unpreachy and fun to read with useful ideas and easy tips on living-green and some great recipes but also deeply serious.
SL Hoar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirstin on October 15, 2008
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This book is filled with an amazing amount of eco-tips, facts, gift ideas, activities, games, DIY projects, crafts and recipes that go well beyond what this EcoWarrior has ever thought of. The book's main objective is to help you become more ecologically aware of alternatives when celebrating holidays throughout the year. However, there's more to it than that. Corey and Lynn also help you discover new ways to "green up" weddings, graduations, birthdays and office parties.

"Celebrate Green!" is not just about the holidays, though. It's a "green guide" for daily living by giving simple ways to go through life with a lighter footstep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd the Submarine Guy on August 23, 2010
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Ok, so I was skeptical. I've seen so much green-washing, that I've become a bit of a cynic when approached by yet another Green movement. Everything in this book, though, just made sense.
But, instead of focusing on what we can't do, Celebrate Green aims squarely at what we CAN do - how we CAN celebrate, create joy, have fun with the kids, in ways that are better for the long term. Not only environmentally, but economically. Reducing waste, as every business will tell you, is the fastest way to save money, and these days, we all need a little help in that department.

I just checked, and there's a "Costume Swap Day" already scheduled in my downtown!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Thornton on May 26, 2010
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Love the creative ideas in this book! These ladies are eco-experts and teach us how to take the commercialism out of the holidays and put the meaning back in family get-togethers. I love that they touch on every day celebrations too - at work, at home, at family reunions - not just the major holidays. Their sites and blogs are just as helpful with even more inexpensive and practical suggestions for being more kind to the earth (and saving money along the way). This book is a resource you'll refer back to time and time again .... and "wow" your family / friends with your unique parties! Vicky from VickyandJencom
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bloom with Barb on August 17, 2010
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Corey and Lynn host a dynamite radio show and now have a super book. Loaded with creative ideas on how you can go green and create a lifestyle where the health of this planet matters. This mother-daughter duo is a pioneer in the green evolution and helps us to celebrate and entertain with less sugar and less waste and more sustainability and more meaning. Every mom needs this for simple green ideas with lots of impact. Hurray and let's celebrate Celebrate Green!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana Parker Goodwin on August 31, 2011
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Lynn and Corey are two amazing ladies! My first thought as I read the tips in the book was: "Where in the world did they get all those great ideas?" My second thought was, "I can actually use many of those ideas myself." So I set out creating a mostly green wedding for my son and his now wife. I planted about fifty pots of flowers for tables, leading a path into the forest, etc. Recently I gave one of Lynn and Corey's books to my grand daughter's Montessori school and they are having fun with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa W. on August 20, 2011
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Every time I go shopping, my family has to listen to me complain about all the packaging that comes with products. A new pair of shoes comes with paper stuffing, cardboard supports, plus the box itself. One of the toys I ordered online for the daycare came in a carton, surrounded by bubble wrap, and packaged in a cardboard box with a plastic window. I opened the box and pried no less than twelve plastic wire twists off the inner cardboard that held the toy down; the twists were threaded through six plastic bars, which were also covered by a plastic tape. Really? Really? Yes, really. It took me twenty minutes to remove the toy. Thank goodness I didn't have 8 kids staring up at me, waiting to play with it. Score one for me for waiting until daycare was over to open it. What a waste of time, money and resources! The kids loved the toy. I sliced my finger open on the plastic. Unbelievable.

Thanks to Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell for creating Celebrate Green! This book is filled with hundreds of ideas to make your holidays and celebrations green. Imagine knowing you never have to deal with the above scenario! Their ideas are practical, fun, and inexpensive. They have written a fabulous guide, filled with tips and ideas and humor.

Together this mother and daughter have revealed their secrets to keeping family traditions alive while protecting the planet, where to find the best green gifts, and my personal favorite - how to decorate like a pro without going broke! The next few months are filled with celebrations - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, plus all five of my family members have a birthday between October and January. I'll be using this book's "six essential guidelines" to planning our celebrations! I really enjoyed reading this book.
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One area that is rarely considered when you think of going green is celebrations. From baby showers to birthday parties, it's easier to consider green alternatives, especially if you have a copy of the book Celebrate Green!

Overall, the book is an easy read. It's broken down into sections with clear headers, bullet points and call-outs along the margins. Best of all, the book offers low-cost or no-cost ideas as well as recipes. What I really liked (and a key aspect of many of the tips and information that I provide on my blog), these are easy, simple ways to go green. This is key to sticking with anything.

I loved the statistics throughout the book, which really hit home. For example, the book talks about how much paper is thrown away from greeting cards and wrapping paper, and it offers alternatives that are no-brainers.

There are many unique ideas that I learned about for the first time, such as hybrid grills, which use primarily solar power and electricity as a back-up energy source.

Other green celebrations to consider include Halloween, which is where the mother-daughter author team got their start and inspiration for the book. They offer numerous alternatives to giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. As a mom who's concerned with their children's health, who doesn't want to give something other than candy?

As a committed New Years Resolution setter, I loved the idea of green New Years Resolutions. What a great way to improve yourself and make a positive impact on the environment.

While a few celebrations come to mind when you think of parties and gatherings, this book covers the gamut, including graduations, anniversaries, family reunions and office parties.
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