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Why My Child Is Crying

 By Fredrica Syren: Last weekend, my three-year old son had a meltdown when he thought I had forgotten him at a coffee shop. Crying hysterically, with big tears rolling down his cheeks, he came running to me. It took holding him and reassuring him that I would never leave him …

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DIY Natural First Aid Kit

By: Kim Robson: Having a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand is one of those grown-up things we know we should do, but often put off. Instead of buying a pre-assembled kit from a store, why not build your own first-aid kit with natural remedies? Your kit should include cotton balls, …

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By Larraine Roulston: Vermicomposting is the use of red wiggler worms kept in a box of earthy bedding.  The reward is a supply of decomposed organic matter called humus that is full of beneficial microbes and is five times more nutrient rich than backyard compost. As the first week in May …

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Women Judging Women

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Unfortunately, passing judgment on others is easy. As human beings, we have a tendency to assume our perspective is the right one. Remaining nonjudgmental is a common practice in my life, but I suppose the key word here is “practice.” Life is a constant test to …

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Nothing Left To Do but Smile – Oil Pulling

Dawna Matthews: I started an Ayurvedic spring cleanse last week. In this cleanse, there are several routines and healthy habits such as a daily oil massage, sipping warm lemon water, and eating vibrant seasonal greens. One of the procedures I perform during this cleanse is oil pulling. I had heard …

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Home Birth – A Celebration of Life and Birth

 By Arianna Sunshine: Our son was born in early January at our home in San Diego. I labored throughout the day, moving slowly from one position to another, from inside to outside; quiet music played softly; and the smell of carrot cake filled the air. Without knowing how it would …

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Earth Hour Every Day

By Kim Robson: Darkness does good things for our health and psyches. In fact, medical research shows that excessive light causes a variety of adverse health effects. Many lighting design textbooks use human health as an explicit criterion for proper interior lighting. Over-illumination and improper types of light can compromise …

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The Humble Spud—the Vegetable with a Bad Rep.

 By Fredrica Syren: Tomorrow is Earth Day and why not celebrate this day by planting some potatoes? With a bad reputation for being high in carbohydrates, white starch, potatoes are one of the most misunderstood vegetables.  I think its reputation was born from weight-conscious eaters cutting out starch as a …

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Earth Day Celebrations 2014

By Fredrica Syren: I can’t believe that I almost forgot about the upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd.  Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet and to reflect on what is going on with Earth. Now the most celebrated environmental day worldwide, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day …

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Rescue Dogs Help Veterans

By Kim Robson: United States military veterans are committing suicide at more than double the rate of the civilian population. Records from 48 states show that the annual suicide rate among veterans is about 30 for every 100,000 people, compared to a civilian rate of about 14 per 100,000. About …

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