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DYI Healthy Christmas Goodies

By Fredrica Syren: Oh, Christmas and how much I love you! The lights, the mood, getting together with friends and family, And eating.. a lot. I love it, but I hate how all the indulging makes me feel, so this year my resolution is to make lots of goodies for …

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

By Fredrica Syren: Major holidays always seem to equal lots of waste but not so much eco-friendliness. It does not have to be like that. With just a little planning and very little effort, it’s absolutely possible to have an eco-friendly Christmas that is still budget friendly. Here are my …

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Real Christmas Trees vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

By Kim Robson: It’s a very real debate: Which is better for the environment, an artificial Christmas tree or a real fresh-cut one? Considering that Americans spent $1.3 billion on real Christmas trees and over $850 million on fake trees in 2015 alone, it’s a question worth addressing. According to …

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Energy Saving Holiday Gift Ideas

By Kacey Bradley: The holidays are here, which means that you probably have a million different things happening at once. There’s food to buy and meals to prep, a house to clean, family to invite to dinner and — what may be the most important part of the season — …

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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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