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Brown Rice and Black Beans

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Author: LisaFerber

At a friend’s house this past weekend I noticed a magnesium powder with the word “calm” in the title. I thought, “Yeah, I can always use a little calm.” So when I went home, I read up on the mineral to see how I could get more of it into my diet.

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Cleaning Up with a Fall Yard Sale

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Author: SJ WILSON

When the kids are back to school, and you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands, the fall might be the best time for that yard sale that you meant to have during the summer, but never got around to. Not only will you cut down on the competition, when everyone in the neighborhood seems to be having one, but you don't have to sit in the summer sun all day, waiting for a sale.

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Tips for Creating a Non-Toxic Nursery

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Author: Seventh Generation

If there’s a baby on the way, sooner or later your thoughts will turn to decorating a nursery space. Whether you have an “anything goes” budget or prefer to stick to the basics, making the space where your baby is likely to spend much of her time as natural and non-toxic as possible takes some thought.

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School Bus Exhaust Is No Idle Problem

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Author: the Inkslinger

There’s no surer sign that the school year has begun than the hordes of yellow buses suddenly rolling into our neighborhoods. They do a great job of getting the kids to school. In fact, they’d be perfect if it weren’t for the toxins they’re spewing all over their precious cargo.

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More Usual Chemical Suspects Head to Count

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Author: the Inkslinger

The wheels of progress may grind slowly at the EPA, but at least they grind. The latest evidence is a new list of chemicals the agency will someday screen for endocrine disruption.

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Food We Love: Local Produce

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Author: Seventh Generation

A recent CSA share from Pete’s Greens included one of 2 different types of Eggplant - Black Beauty, which is a traditional-looking eggplant, or Japanese, which is a long and skinny. Either one would be perfect for this over-the-top veggie sandwich stack, meant to be eaten with fork and knife!

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Trading Goods: Going Beyond the Cookie Swap

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Author: SJ WILSON

Getting together with family and friends to share baked goods like cookies, brownies, cupcakes and turnovers—anything that can be easily divided and distributed—has become a fun and trendy way to share and to socialize. And everyone goes home with a variety of homemade desserts!

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Recipes We Love: Minty Grapefruit Salad

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Author: LisaFerber

Exercise gets me into the zone of feeling appreciative of the fact that I get to have a body and be alive, and I just want to celebrate that by putting more great stuff in my system to keep the energy going.

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REPAIR: Adding a Fourth R to Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

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Author: SJ WILSON

We live in a throw-away society. If something breaks, we simply toss it in the trash and buy a replacement. But by repairing simple items ourselves, we can save money and reduce the amount of non-recyclable trash that ends up in landfills.

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Recycled Games with Kids

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Author: SJ WILSON

I've never bought my granddaughter a toy. Not because I'm "Granny Cheapskate," but because I have no desire to add to the hundreds (literally) of toys that she already has. My gifts to her are always books and clothes.

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