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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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Don't Be a Fawn-napper!

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Author: Erin Gettler

The other day, a coworker stopped by my desk: a newborn fawn was curled up next to the building outside, and its mother was nowhere to be found. What should we do? I was glad to tell her that we didn't need to do anything, and that the fawn's mother would be much happier if we left her baby exactly where she hoped to find it when she returned.

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Taking Big Bites Out of Small Gardens

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Author: the Inkslinger

If you haven't already, it's time to get serious about garden planning. But if your space is at a premium, that's not as simple as it sounds. What exactly should you plant when you haven't got room to plant much at all? Here are some suggestions for maximum nutrition in minimum plots.

Start with some new strategies. There are several worth considering:

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Tips for Surviving Pregnancy with a Toddler in Tow

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Author: Liz Moorhead

I'm well into pregnancy these days, and finding myself short on breath, short on rest, and short on energy. None of which bodes well for wrangling an energetic three year old.

It's taken two long trimesters, but I'm starting to learn how to manage my son without draining myself. Here's what I've discovered:

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Our Daughters, Our Periods, Our Choices

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Author: Kristi Marsh

My 11-year-old daughter, Kaytee, was encouraged by her health teacher to create a "just-in-case" package to keep in her backpack - a discreet supply of feminine care products - as a way to prepare for the transition to middle school.

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Recipes We Love: Rhubarb Nectar

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Author: Andrea Todd

Hot days are helped with a sip of a cold beverage, and this recipe turns the tart rhubarb into a quenching nectar. Rhubarb grows easily in backyards, and once it starts growing in the spring, it keeps coming throughout the summer and into the fall. Typically used to make compotes or pies, this recipe turns it drinkable with honey to create a balance of sweet with the tart. Cheers!

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10 Great Uses for Ordinary Cleaning Products in Not-So-Ordinary Places

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Author: greenwrite

We try to keep it simple at our house, which means one product often does the work of two, or three. After all, just because the bottle says "dish liquid" or "laundry detergent" doesn't mean what's in it can't be used in other ways. Here's what we discovered:

Liquid Dish Soap is great for:

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Quotes We Love: All About Fathers

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Author: Seventh Generation

Stuck for the right way to tell Dad how you feel about him? Try sharing one of these quotes in a homemade card. He'll love it!

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
-William Shakespeare

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Creating New Father’s Day Memories

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Author: Liz Moorhead

I don't have many memories of Father's Day from when I was small. I vaguely recollect store-bought cards and handmade gifts from us kids - and dad using the opportunity to go solo, to finish some afternoon house repairs, or to sneak in a nap. I think his goal was to celebrate fatherhood by taking a good, day-long break from it.

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Lessons Learned in the Grocery Store

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

"We need to go down aisle six. Can you find it?" I asked my four-year-old, Chloe, as we cruised through the grocery store one recent afternoon. Chloe stepped through the crowd in her gait trainer, peaked up at the signs hanging over each aisle, and then confidently turned into aisle six.

"Nice job!" I said. "Now can you help me find the chocolate chips?"

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Play Like a Kid

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Author: Seventh Generation

When was the last time you made time to play? Yes, we said "play," like kids do. You do remember how much fun it was to play, don't you? Fact is, a little bit of play can go a long way toward boosting your productivity and happiness.

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