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Green Living Blog: Happy Earth Day, plus our first daily winner

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Green Living Blog: Happy Earth Day, plus our first daily winner

Green Living Blog logo After reading this post, don't forget to enter our contest – you could win a new dishwasher. Plus, do you have your own story to tell? Send it to greenchallenge@canadianliving.com (no more than 300 words, please), and you could win one of 30 daily prizes. Congratulations to Leigh Smith of Halifax, the first of our 30 daily winners.
I used to live in a rural area of Nova Scotia. Along with the pretty scenery and laid-back living, I had to contend every day with the complete antithesis of the laid-back life – rush hour traffic, the bane of my existence. To encourage my longevity and provide a good example to my son, I decided to move into the city. We now live in a much smaller two-bedroom condo with fluorescent lights, programmable thermostats, cold-water washes in the washer – all the good things a little environmental Do Bee does and happily, I might add. The fringe benefits of reducing our carbon footprints far outweigh the inconveniences. We walk everywhere and take the bus when we can. My car hasn't had a oil change since I moved into the city nine months ago – I haven't put any miles on it. Walking encourages dialogue between a recalcitrant toddler and his frazzled mommy. We talk more than ever and open up the lines of communication that, hopefully, will remain. I knew I was on the right track with moving into the city the other day, though, when my son said on the bus, "Mommy, I love taking the bus. I feel sad for people who can't take the bus." Me too, kiddo.We have a long way to go, but I think it's worth it. My blood pressure is normal, my child seems to be a budding environmentalist and walking gives us a chance to talk.
Thanks to Leigh for her inspiring story. Here's what she's won: phillips lightbulb3 energy-saving dimmable bulbs by Philips, courtesy of Home Depot and recommended by our managing editor. Silence of the SongbirdsA copy of the book Silence of the Songbirds by Bridget Stutchbury, courtesy of HarperCollins. Canadian Living tote bagAll 30 winners will also be receiving a stylish Canadian Living tote bag. Today's code word: bus Read more: • How many editors does it take to change a lightbulb?5 ways to celebrate Earth Day6 ways to foster a love of nature in your children
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