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The latest news, food for thought, recipes you’ll love, great advice on everything from raising kids to nurturing bees, plus videos designed to entertain, educate and enlighten. If you’d like to find out what’s on our mind – or let us know what’s on yours -- this is place to be.

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Recipes We Love: Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bars

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Author: Seventh Generation

Just in time for pumpkin season, we’ve put a spin on The Kitchn’s original no-bake recipe – adding cranberries and chia seed to this vegan, gluten-free treat.

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Mom vs. Teen vs. Deodorant vs. World

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Author: Kristi Marsh

I lost a small battle of minds yesterday with my teenage son, standing amidst the spice-and-woodland fragranced deodorant in our local drugstore. His request was simple: back-up deodorant for his school sports bag, but he asked for a different one from the product picked up at Whole Foods he typically uses.  

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Plant Milkweed Now for Next Year's Monarch Butterflies

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Author: Erin Gettler

Early observations of this year's monarch butterfly migration seem to be showing that this was a better year than last for these iconic insects. Folks from all over the country are reporting migrating monarchs by the dozens at a time, compared to last year when some of the same people saw no monarchs at all.

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Preserving Your Fall Harvest

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Author: Seventh Generation

Sure, summer weather is over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop enjoying all our favorite things about summer! If you’ve been busy in the garden for the past few months, don’t let that last harvest of fruits and veggies go to waste. We’re here to tell you about different methods of preserving your harvest, so you can enjoy that fresh sweet corn in the middle of winter.

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5 Tips For Fall Cleaning

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Author: Seventh Generation

Do you Fall clean as much as you Spring clean? You should! Summer is a time of open windows and little ones running through the house from outside, which provides a lot of opportunity for germs to enter your home. Take advantage of these cooler fall weekends and get the house ready for winter with this checklist:

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Taking Time Off From Working Out: When Active People Get Injuries

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Author: Seventh Generation

I remember once during a soccer game, I was pushed by a member of the opposing team and unavoidably experienced the dreaded ankle roll. Normally someone who would easily bounce back up after falls, I knew something was wrong when I had to sit back down due to pain in my foot. Upon limping off the field and over to the bench, my coach bluntly told me to run it off and get back on the field.

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Is Your Mudroom Ready for Winter?

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Author: Seventh Generation

46 degrees at my house this morning. That can only mean one thing – winter will be here in the blink of an eye! Cooler weather brings jackets, scarves and boots, which means your mudroom is about to see a lot more traffic. Use these tips to keep the mudroom organized and under control, ready to take on winter.

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Prepare Your Fireplace for the Wood-Burning Season

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Author: Seventh Generation

Whether we’d like to admit it or not, the leaves are changing and the temperatures are starting to drop – especially in the evenings. It’s smart to use this time to inspect, clean and prepare your fireplace for winter, so you’ll be good to go when that first snow falls. Follow these steps to be sure your wood-burning fireplace is ready to heat things up.

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Toxic Algal Blooms Threaten Ecosystems and Drinking Water

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Author: Erin Gettler

In early August, the city of Toledo, Ohio raised an alarm: a bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie had poisoned the drinking water supply for the city. Toledo residents spent days using bottled water, and officials scrambled to solve the problem. The algae faded naturally. But harmful algal blooms seem to be a growing threat to waterways all over the country.

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Maternity Leave in the US: How Do We Stack Up?

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Author: Seventh Generation

Thinking about adding a new member to your family?   If so, one of the things you may be considering is if you can afford to take the time you need to care for a newborn while still supporting your family financially. 

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