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Things to Do with Overripe Bananas

By Fredrica Syren, aka Green mom: I for one do not shy away from brown and overripe bananas. While average consumers turn up their noses at brown spotty bananas at the grocery store, I do a little happy dance. Overripe bananas are great and should never be thrown away because …

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Wintertime Self-Care

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Do you have a routine throughout your busy life that serves simply to make you feel good? Commonly called “self-care,” this intentional time in our lives when we can take care of ourselves can be an important part of mental, emotional and physical wellness. While we …

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Arts and Crafts with Kids

By Dawna Matthews: “Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” — Loris Malaguzzi Art was always present in my life as a child. I painted, glued, cut and folded. I got messy, colored outside the lines, …

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Why Is America’s Diet So Bad?

By Larraine Roulston : Without a doubt, most people would agree that the American diet is not as healthy as that of European or Asian countries. In general, North Americans consume a larger amount of refined grains, sugar, oil, meat, calories and processed foods while at the same time not eating enough vegetables. For the past …

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Kids’ Winter Crafts — DIY Bird Feeder

By Fredrica Syren: Days after Christmas is usually when my kids are ready for some fun arts and crafts and bird feeders is a perfect craft to do with little ones in the winter time. Whenever my kids have had a snack outside, they’ve noticed that a bird would come to …

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Christmas Gifts That Keep Giving

By Fredrica Syren: I hate going shopping around the Christmas holiday. There is always lots of traffic, no parking spots, crowded malls — and you spend too much money. Since we try to live a simpler life with fewer belongings, I also try to be creative when it comes to gifts. And I really love giving gifts that keep on giving: I’m talking about donating money to …

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How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

 By Larraine Roulston: The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems.  Conspicuous consumption, waste and the accumulation of material possessions place unnecessary pressures on natural resources and the environment. If we all consumed less, our footprint would be greatly reduced. Together, we can all be a powerful …

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Tips for Buying Safe Christmas Toys 

By Fredrica Syren:  When I was 8 years old, my grandfather gave me a baby doll for Christmas. She was so pretty, and I could feed her and change her. I named her Mia. I still remember the joy of my special doll. Now I am the mom of a little girl who loves dolls, and last year Santa brought her an American …

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Colloidal Silver-What Is It And How Is It Beneficial?

By Kim Robson:  Colloidal silver is a substance that has been used as an antibiotic and antimicrobial agent for hundreds of years. Hippocrates discussed the use of silver in wound care in his writings. In the early 20th century, surgeons routinely used silver-coated sutures to reduce the risk of infection, and doctors used silver-laced eyedrops to treat …

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Reduce Food Waste—Let Your Fridge Go Bare

By Fredrica Syren:  I used to love having my fridge and pantry fully stocked because it gave me so many options for cooking and we would eat well … or at least that’s what I thought. The truth is that there were days when I looked in the fridge and found “nothing to eat,” so instead we would go out to eat or I would even make another …

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