memestache.com_279921_1355464802Are you ready for this?  Do you want to make your life easier, save money, save time, and save the planet for your children?  There is a Very Easy Way to do this.  Drum roll please.  Boycott the Children’s Party Favor Bag.  Do not, I repeat, do not hand out party favors at your child’s birthday party.  Inevitably these gift bags contain everything that is wrong with the world today – tiny toxic pieces of disposable plastic crap invariably made in China.  Can we just stop with the party favor bags?  Kids should go to a party to have fun, not to bring home more junk for Mom and Dad to feel guilty disposing or for the dog to eat or the toddler to choke upon.  Who came up with the idea of the party favor bag and how do I maim them?

If you feel you absolutely must give the little creatures something then nix the cheap plastic (yes, all of it, every last bit) and the plastic bags.  Instead give them a colored paper bag with candy and stickers, or bubbles, or  play doh, or a kite, or wildflower seeds, or a small plant, or crayons, or soap, or bubble bath, or heart shaped suet for birds (make your own, spend three days showing the other moms that you are superior to those lowly beings who buy from the store!  That’ll teach ’em).  I’d really rather see the whole party favor trend die a flaming death so Moms everywhere could use the time they save thinking about, shopping for, arranging and transporting said party favors, to drink margaritas with their friends.  Starting today, Moms of the world you need to start a Pro-Margarita Anti-Party Favor Movement.  If everyone stops the insanity, you can too!

While we’re at it, let’s Boycott Balloons.  I admit, I’m a total party pooper on this one and a hypocrite because I’ve had them at my child’s parties.  Just so you know, there is a drastically increasing amount of balloon pollution and it is choking our wildlife, especially the sea turtles.  So if you want to save the turtles, you’ve got to get creative and use fun balloon alternatives.   I know, I know, it isn’t a party until some kid loses his balloon and throws a bloodcurdling fit ending the party early so you can head off to Margaritaville.

If you must have balloons then at the very least, don’t release them and use twine or string which biodegrades, instead of the crinkle tie ribbons that take much longer to biodegrade.  Crinkle tie is also responsible for many bird and other wildlife deaths because they get caught in the ribbon.  Also, use the latex balloons which at least biodegrade in 4-6 months over the mylar balloons that won’t biodegrade in your child’s lifetime.   The clerk at the store might look at you like you’re a freak, but ask for string or jute on the balloons.  The kids won’t know the difference but the animals sure will.

Now you’re ready to party!


About Katie Noble

Katie Noble is a real estate agent at Summit Sotheby's International Realty in the beautiful Heber Valley, Utah. She is a real estate professional in every sense of the word. Katie started her career at the age of five with a paintbrush in hand varnishing stairs in her parents’ vacation home in Cape Cod. She’s still not sure who would give a paintbrush to a five-year-old, especially one prone to knocking things over, but everyone survived even if there was an odd lump hidden under the carpet for years after. After graduating with honors from Colgate University with a degree in History, Katie's career ambition was to save the whales. In furtherance of this goal (and truly to avoid door to door canvassing talking about whales with strangers), she attended law school at the University of Utah College of Law in Salt Lake City, mostly because it was a great school and they gave her a scholarship. She thought that paying for law school herself and going all the way across the country would keep her family out of her business. Two words: flawed logic. Unable to find any whales in Utah that needed saving, Katie worked for The Nature Conservancy during law school. They told her she needed experience as a real estate attorney, so she dutifully went back to Boston and flew up the corporate ladder as a commercial real estate lawyer at prestigious law firms, such as Saul Ewing and Hinckley, Allen & Snyder. At a fairly young age, she became General Counsel for a multifamily investment firm, working primarily on $100 Million - $1 Billion apartment transactions. After ten years practicing law, sailing, and buying and selling her own properties in Boston and Newport, RI, Katie missed her old Utah life: the mountains, the sun, the snow, and the open spaces. Not one to fear change, Katie started a family and a new career selling real estate shortly after returning to Park City. Katie started selling commercial real estate for Commerce CRG then moved to residential as part of a top producing team. She now works on her own selling exclusive properties at the wonderful Summit Sotheby's agency. Katie loves helping people sell their homes and find their dream home or vacation property. She equally loves the logic and numbers involved in commercial real estate sales and development. Katie is a listener, negotiator, diplomat, advisor, and a trusted friend to all. True to her promise to save something (even if it wasn’t whales), several years ago she founded the successful non-profit Pure Midway which is dedicated to preserving Midway’s open spaces. Katie lives in Midway with her husband, young daughter, Bernese Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever and a rescue cat named Spanky. She loves art, traveling, baking, reading, hiking, skiing, mountain biking and hosting very last-minute parties, especially if they involve costumes.
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