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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 the place to be.

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Wildlife and Winter: Do Animals Need Our Help? Not Really!

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Author: Erin Gettler

My bird feeder has been occupied non-stop since winter weather finally shifted into my area. To judge from the stream of chickadees, titmice, cardinals and blue jays digging in the sunflower seeds, not to mention their confused examinations when the feeder is empty, my neighborhood birds really appreciate the seed I put out.

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Recipes We Love: Vegan Lentil Bolognese

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Our take on Bolognese is sure to satisfy vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Lentils and eggplant help make this sauce hearty and flavorful, while traditional Bolognese flavors are still present throughout each bite. Perfect for a cold, winter night! 

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Homemade Lavender Bath Salt

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Relax your body and your mind with a lavender bath soak! This bath salt mix infuses your water with the calming scents of lavender and rosemary, while the Epsom salt helps ease stress and body pain. Store in a cool area of your bathroom and add a handful to your bath whenever you’re in need of some relaxation. 

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Fresh Air From Plants: 20 Plants to Purify Your House

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Author: the Inkslinger

I don’t need to remind anyone just how much of a winter this winter has been. But it’s worth remembering that buttoning up our homes in defense means the air inside them is getting pretty stale if not polluted at this point. Yes, we could open the windows to help our families breathe easier. But here’s a solution that doesn’t involve frostbite… 

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Recipes We Love: Plum and Berry Greek Yogurt Cake

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We fell in love with this Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake from Julia’s Album the moment we laid eyes on it. Frozen berries work great for this recipe during the months where truly fresh fruit isn’t always available. Greek yogurt keeps the cake light, without compromising flavor.

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Another Source of Pollution in Waterways Identified: Plastic-Fiber Clothes

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Author: Erin Gettler

I don't buy clothes very often. In fact, I think I'm still wearing socks I bought in college. Back then, as now, I put a priority on buying clothes made with natural fibers like cotton, wool, and linen. Recently though, I had to restock my sock drawer for the first time in years, and I discovered to my dismay that things have changed. It's hard to find cotton socks!

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Diaper Bag Must Haves - Don't Leave Home Without Them!

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Author: Seventh Generation

Messes happen – especially when you’re out and about with little ones in tow. A fully-stocked diaper bag can be the difference between a mess and a mini-disaster. We asked some of our Seventh Generation moms about their diaper bag must-haves and here’s what they won’t leave home without! 

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Homemade Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Instead of heading to your local grocery store for a pack of cards and candy, add a personal touch with these simple, homemade crafts. Kids will love making them, and their classmates will love receiving them even more!

1. Friendship Bracelet Valentines 

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11 Ways To Help Keep Our Oceans Clean

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Author: the Inkslinger

Ever since the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a vast gyre of floating trash, was discovered in the 1990s, researchers have been wondering just how much plastic the world’s oceans contain. Now research is providing the answer and some surprising good news. 

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Motherhood in the Age of Instagram

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Author: Liz Moorhead

My second son is in the early stages of infancy, a uniquely absorbing and time-consuming stretch. Hours are spent immobile with a sleeping baby on my chest, or up at 3am when no one else is awake. In these moments when there’s nothing else possible, I spend a good bit of time scrolling through Instagram photos and flipping through magazines.

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