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This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

20140413_204305540_iOSApril is Earth Month – very appropriate as it’s that time of year where we’re usually beginning to see things grow again after a long winter of cold and snow. Even this year, when it seemed like winter would never end – finally the snow is gone and the earth is beginning to wake up again. I love this time of year when we can start to open windows, and there are so many changes in the things growing around us almost daily.

Spring is a reminder to make those changes where we can in our lives to help protect this planet we live on. And there are some great deals available at HealthyEssentials.com to help us do just that. You can save over $55 in April on favorite HealthyEssentials products (including some helpful ones as spring allergy season begins, like Zyrtec and Children’s Benadryl Allergy).

Along with saving money, the HealthyEssentials site also offers some helpful tips on ways that you can celebrate Earth Month (and Earth Day on April 22nd) – such as planting a vegetable garden, recycling in the bathroom and more. My kids have been asking for the past few years to have a garden, and I think this is going to be the year that we finally will get that going. I have lots of memories of the small garden that I planted as a kid with my mom and brother – there’s nothing like munching on green beans and carrots that you planted, grew and harvested yourself. Maybe my picky middle daughter will actually try some vegetables if she had a hand in growing them!

20140417_042548000_iOSAnother way to help the Earth (as well as other causes) is to share photos via the Donate A Photo app from Johnson & Johnson. It’s such an easy way to donate to your favorite cause – for every photo that you share, J&J donates a dollar to a cause that you want to help (you can choose from a list of trusted causes). Just who has been helped so far? Well, there are an additional 436 recycling bins in classrooms, 64 women learned to farm, 14 public parks have been restored and 181 people got access to safe, clean water – just to name a few. And that’s only since the app launched on April 2, 2014!

The app is available for iOS and Android and is a free download. We all have our smartphones with us wherever we go nowadays and are snapping photos of our families, vacations, dinner plates and whatever else interests us anyway… Why not have that photo do some good? I think it’s a brilliant idea and have already installed the app on my iPhone. For a list of all the causes you can help when you Donate A Photo, check out http://www.donateaphoto.com/the-causes.