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Budget Friendly Holiday Gifts

By Larraine Roulston: During this holiday season, we strive to surprise our family and friends with useful and memorable gifts. At the same time, it helps to have a spending plan in mind in order to avoid the woes of receiving over-extended credit card bills. To remain within your budget, make a list …

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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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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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Green Holiday Wrapping

By Kim Robson: We all want to reduce waste during the holidays and avoid wrapping paper, especially non-recyclable metallic or foil paper. But I get so tired of those uninspired gift bags. Luckily, there are many creative and beautiful ways to wrap gifts that don’t harm the planet. Plenty of …

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Holiday Party the Zero Waste Style

By Fredrica Syren: I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas and I particularly love hosting Christmas parties. Parties are fun but can cause lots of waste and are in general not so green. I was not too surprised to learn that we tend to produce more trash around …

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Making Kids Happy with a Low Key Christmas

By Fredrica Syren:  I struggle with how to make my children happy with a lower key, fewer-presents sort of Christmas. I think a large part of our children’s problem is that their expectations are too high. And when that’s the case, giving more and more every year won’t fix the …

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A Greener Christmas Toy Wish

Dawna Matthews Toys are always high on the wish list of many children’s letters to Santa, but the components of many available toys are questionable. Many are made with hazardous materials, plastics, and toxic paint – oh my! All of the choices we make each day do make a difference …

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More nuts for sweet roasted nut

After a few days of jetlage  and still getting over our colds we’re getting into swing of things and having tons of fun. I always find it so much fun to be cooking in someone else’s kitchen and this time I have a very nice view from it. We’re staying …

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New Joys of Giving: Toy Swaps at Christmas

By Kim Robson Are there too many toys in your child’s room that are being ignored? How about the living room, family room, garage, basement, or attic? Do you have storage bins full of perfectly good toys that your kids have lost all interest in? Can’t imagine buying all new ones …

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Rum cake with lemon glaze

I have to admit that I never tasted a rum cake before and never had any interest because I’m not a fan of rum. That’s until yesterday when I tasted a rum cake for the very first time and it was love at first sight. Yesterday evening I could not …

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