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Weekly Menu 6/3

Monday  Seitan with Fried Potatoes and Red Wine Sauce Tuesday Pasta and Vodka Tomato  Sauce Wednesday  Shiitake Mushroom Tacos Thursday BBQ Beans and Corn Bread Casserole Friday  Pizza Night  Saturday  Hasselback Potatoes served with Marinated Beans and Salad  Sunday  Spicy Peanut and Sriracha Tofu

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Things I Have Stopped Buying Since Going Zero Waste

By Fredrica Syren: Since going zero waste and learning to live a simpler life, my family and I have been enjoying the many benefits. Most important among these are reducing our environmental impact on the world, having more time, and experiencing better health. An extra bonus to our zero waste …

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DIY Aloe Vera Gel + Recipes

By Kim Robson: Aloe Vera is the name commonly applied to dozens of plant species in the genus Aloe. This succulent, used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years in Greek, Egyptian and Roman cultures, is prized for its thick interior gel — perfect for soothing burns and skin irritations. Today, …

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Free Range Kids — Nature’s Calling

 By Fredrica Syren Sometimes when people come over to my house, they are a little horrified to run into my wild kids, who love being outdoors all day long and like to make mud cakes, spray each other with water, and get down and dirty. For me, this is just …

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Choosing Plants & Feeders to Help the Pollinators

By Larraine Roulston: Finally, there is global recognition that we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate. This includes not only the pollinating hummingbirds, bees and butterflies but also the thousands of other pollinating insects and animals. Gardens of all sizes, whether each be a wildflower meadow or a planter with a few …

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Weekly Menu 5/27

Monday Memorial BBQ Tuesday 7-Layer Quinoa Dip Wednesday  Creamy Tomato Soup served with Cheese Crackersand Sundried Tomato Hummus Thursday Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauceand pasta Friday  Pizza Night Saturday  Grilled Pesto and Tomato Bagel Sunday Seitan In Wine Marsala Saucewith Roasted Potatoes

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Sunscreen Chemicals in the Bloodstream

By Kim Robson: Here at Green Mom, we’ve been keeping an eye on sunscreens. Not just why they are important for kidsbut also about recent banson sunscreen in Hawaii, Key West, and Palau amid concerns about chemical damage to coral reefs. In particular, oxybenzoneand octinoxate, commonly found in over 3,500 sunscreens, are the most concerning. …

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Shift Happens!

By Larraine Roulston: Individuals and society at large are under the influence of advertising. Last week, when visiting Toronto, I noticed several Starbuck’s and Tim Horton’s posters while riding public transit and walking on city streets. Posters displayed beverages in familiar disposable cups, often with straws and plastic bubble tops. Reuse …

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