Happy Earth Day, everyone!  It’s that time of year when everything is in bloom, new life is all around and outdoors is the place to be.  I couldn’t let this day pass without doing something to honor it.  I would love for everyone to take a few minutes and think about what steps you take in your daily life to help care for our planet.  I know “going green” seems all the rage lately and that’s great.  I have always been fairly environmentally conscious but no matter what your previous efforts or lack thereof may be, I think this is the perfect time to reflect and consider what you are already doing and what else you could do to help protect and conserve.

Think of it as sort of a environmentally-minded New Year’s resolution in April!  You certainly don’t have to go to great lengths to make changes, and little changes go a long way, especially when everyone makes them.  Could you drive less?  Reuse and recycle more?  Take advantage of reuseable coffee mugs, grocery bags, water bottles?  Drive a more fuel-efficient vehicle?  Buy less prepackaged food items?  Printing less recipes?!  (I know, people love that printer-friendly version but I always cook straight from the computer to avoid wasting paper.)  There are tons and tons of ways that you can help make a difference.  My own personal goal is to drastically reduce or eliminate the use of paper towels in our home.

So, on to the giveaway!  I am giving away two sets of these RuMe reusable bags.  Why?  Because I have them and I absolutely LOVE them.  I’ve had a few sets of RuMe bags for over a year now and they are literally as nice and new as the day we bought them.  They fold up small (as you can see below) and can hold up to 50 lbs. each.  They are also comfortable to carry, with nice long shoulder straps.  And it feels great to leave the grocery store without a ridiculous number of flimsy plastic bags.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me a change you have already made or a change you plan to help the planet.

The Rules: One entry per person, will ship to U.S. residents only.  Commenting will close on Sunday, April 25 at 10:00 am, EST.  Two winners will be chosen at random and announced next week.  Good luck!  (By the way, even if you don’t win, I highly recommend purchasing a set of these bags for yourself.  They have lots of great colors and patterns.  I am in no way affiliated with RuMe – I just really love my shopping bags :) )

And quickly for those interested in the cupcakes, I made a blue velvet cupcake (basically just red velvet, but with blue coloring) and frosted them with cream cheese frosting.  To make the Earth toppers, I used the same technique as I did for the butterfly cupcakes with candy melts.  I think equally cute toppers could be made easily with royal icing or fondant as well, but I had leftover candy melts and I loved the finished look of these.