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One Pan Mexican Quinoa

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green mom: Quinoa is one of those foods I find to be most misunderstood. People either don’t know how to eat it or how to cook it. I love quinoa, and we eat it at least once a week. Native to South America, it is a …

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How To Dehydrate Food

By Kim Robson: Summer’s bounty is just around the corner, and we may find ourselves with far more garden produce than we can consume. Canningis a good option for preserving food, but many people feel intimidated by the whole process. Dehydrating food is an inexpensive and simple way to store …

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Food Bill Too High? — How to Lower Your Cost of Food

By Fredrica Syren: Many people struggle with food costs and try to lower them. Eating healthfully on a budget might seem like an impossible task, especially with children. Believe me, I know because I’m raising three hungry children, and I’m focusing on organic and healthy plant-based food. A year ago, …

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Products Made from Ocean Plastic

By Larraine Roulston:  Approximately 40 years ago, scientists began to study ocean pollution. During the 1990s, they discovered the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch — an array of discarded floating plastics that have formed an island.  Today, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. …

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Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel

By Fredrica Syren: Witch hazel, a shrub that grows in the eastern and midwestern U.S. as well parts of Canada, has been used by native Americans as medicine for a long time. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory properties because it contains tannins that help reduce swelling and fight bacteria. …

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7 Natural Remedies for Allergies

By Emily Folk:  By some estimates, 25 percent of the population has an allergic disorder. And, while there are plenty of over-the-counter remedies that can assuage the symptoms of seasonal allergies —including sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion— you’re not limited to manufactured treatments. Instead, try any of these all-natural options for …

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Is Recycling Plastic Worthwhile?

By Kim Robson: We like supporting companies that practice environmentally-aware policies, including using recycled plastic in their products. But recycled plastic raises an interesting question: Which is better — creating more demand for recycled plastic, which would help increase its price as a world commodity and make it more worthwhile …

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How to Become a Minimalist

By Larraine Roulston: Environmental awareness has made the expression “Shop ’til You Drop” lose its appeal. Deep down, we all know there is joy in seeing uncluttered spaces and that happiness does not come wrapped in cellophane. Not purchasing the latest fashion or piece of technology will result in less …

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Why Natural Sunblock Matters

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green Mom: Goodbye winter clothes and hello sandals, swimsuits and long days at the beach. I know we all have been lectured about the importance of sunblock to prevent skin cancer and premature aging, so I’m not going to preach about that. However, natural sunblock is …

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Tick Prevention and Safe Removal

By Kim Robson: This time of year, we’re spending a lot of time outdoors, and we’re likely to encounter ticks. I’m grateful that my pup has short, light-colored fur, as it makes spotting ticks on him that much easier. Tick bites are not only painful and annoying, but they can …

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