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Green Your Pet's Routine

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Let’s face it, pets are family. And as responsible pet parents, it only makes sense that we do everything we can to help reduce their carbon “paw” print. The next time you’re faced with choices for your pet, rely on these tips to help you make the sustainable one:

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Hide & Go Eek! Our Homes’ Surprising Toxic Secrets

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Author: the Inkslinger

At this point, we all know the drill: There are potential cancer-causing ingredients in those cleaners, pesticides on that produce, and hormonal havoc in the canned goods. Common trouble spots like these are hardly news. But not all hazards on the home front get this kind of press. Some hide in the strangest places.

Here’s a handful that caught even a hardened eco-vigilante like me off guard:

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Go Gluten-Free for Super Bowl Sunday

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The NFL Super Bowl is one of the biggest food fests of the year for many of us. The average fan eats about a day’s worth of calories during the game and the U.S. Calorie Control Council estimates that Americans pack away 11 million pounds of chips on Super Bowl Sunday. Why not kick off the day a little differently this year with a stack of fantastic, gluten-free pancakes and follow through with your own line up of vegan and gluten-free snacks for game time.

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Recipes We Love: Butternut Quinoa with Cranberries & Pepitas

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“My book group loved this salad!” our Sales Executive Assistant Helen says of this recipe from the dailywaffle.com. We tried it ourselves and have to agree that this vegan delight is hard to resist. Here’s the recipe:

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Reading vs. Screen Time

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Author: Liz Moorhead

My little son is a three-foot ball of energy. If he isn’t racing through the house, he’s jumping on a bed, or stomp-stomp-stomping in the halls. “Constant” is the best word to describe him – non-stop motion and movement and noise from the moment he wakes until it’s time for bed. It can be very tempting to plop him in front of a noisy flashing screen for just a few brief minutes of calm. He loves cartoons, begs for them. And he’s so quiet and still as he watches!

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Planning for a Second Child

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Author: Liz Moorhead

When we first married, my husband and I discussed the possibility of children. We both agreed that while we wanted to have them “someday,” it was much too soon. I was fairly young, we both had just started our careers, and we were newlyweds. “Maybe in five years,” was our agreement.

At least, it was. Then, just a few short months into our marriage, we found out that I was pregnant. That five-year plan went out the window, and many of our other carefully laid plans were also changed as a result.

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Garden Your Way Through Winter

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Author: greenwrite

The thermometer read -15° this morning. And while it might warm up enough today to get us out of negative numbers, there’s snow in the forecast and the first crocus won’t pop up its head for months. Yup, it’s been a tough winter so far, but one way we’ve always coped is by cultivating a little summer with vegetables and herbs in pots. Not only do the “crops” improve our mood on bleak winter days, they also improve the taste of just about everything we eat.

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Seventh Generation Foundation Wraps Up Another Year of Giving

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Author: Seventh Generation

Since Seventh Generation’s inception, we’ve acted on the belief that businesses can be powerful instruments of meaningful change. One of the ways we work to make that change is through our giving programs, making generous grants and donations to organizations that make the world a better place.

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Storage Organziation in Three Simple Steps

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

I grew up with baskets on the floor, sitting fat in the corners or at the edge of furniture. They even found their ways into comfortable homes on the windowsills, where they’d fill up with nickels, pencils, hair-ties and invariably dust. This was our storage process.

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Foods We Love: Winter Root Salads

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During Vermont winters, the local produce provides an abundance of root vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips, and celeriac. These ingredients most often lead to slow-cooked stews or soups, but they can be great sources for winter salads. Shredding and tossing with an interesting oil dressing, can turn these roots into a fresh and raw source of vitamins and deliciousness. This root salad is great for lunch or served as a side dish.

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