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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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If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Fix the Kitchen

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Author: the Inkslinger

Well, that was interesting. And by “that,” I mean the record-setting stretch of record-breaking heat that turned most of America into a pizza oven last month. Was it caused by climate change? Absolutely, according to many leading scientists. Here’s what we can do about that.

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The Latest Buzz on Bug Repellents

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Author: the Inkslinger

After two monsoon months with literally more rain than the Amazon gets, Vermont is now a giant mosquito farm, and a desperate populace is frantically reading the Environmental Working Group’s new guide to insect repellents. The first thing we’ve noticed? The bite it takes out of conventional wisdom.

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Recipes We Love: Frittata With Turnips and Olives

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Author: LisaFerber

Last week, my friend and I were taking advantage of a beautiful summer night, hanging out on his rooftop enjoying a crisp white wine and a bowl of olives. And as we lounged under the city sky, I thought how olives are such a sophisticated, adult taste that it’s no wonder I couldn’t appreciate them as a kid.

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How to Help Your Kids Avoid The Back-To-School Cold

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

The back-to-school cold is a rude invader, sneaking into classrooms unannounced and exposing kids to sniffles, sneezes and who knows what else. You can’t prevent them from coming in contact with cold germs, but you can help protect them from getting sick with these strategies suggested by health care experts.

1. Create a Regular Sleep Routine

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Less Plastic is More Fantastic

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Author: the Inkslinger

When I was a kid, I remember a bottle of Prell breaking in the bathtub and spraying glass everywhere. Yep, that’s right—a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, shampoo came in glass and plastic was a rarity. Now plastic is about all there is. But growing numbers of us are finding ways to live without any at all.

 

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Seven Simple Pleasures to Boost Your Mood

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Author: SJ WILSON

“It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most; it’s making a great deal out of the little ones.”
- Jean Webster

 

1. Frame a photograph that makes you laugh, even if it’s not the most “artistic” one in the photo album. Every time you see it, you’ll feel a burst of happiness.

 

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Volunteer to Read

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Author: SJ WILSON

If my house were on fire, the first thing I’d try to save would be my photographs. But my books would be a close second. I’d save them before my clothes, my computer, or anything else considered “valuable” by most people. Reading a good book, whether novel or non-fiction, has always been one of my greatest joys.

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Tips for Toxin-Free Back-to-School Shopping

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Author: Shelly @ 7Gen

It is that time of year again -- back to school! The kids are compiling their “must have” lists for back-to-school supplies, and parents are wondering what happened to last year’s binder and backpack and how much of what’s on the list is really needed.

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Recipes We Love: Tomato Watermelon Salad

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Author: greenwrite

A new school year may not be far off, but our gardens are busy producing the best of summer. Here’s a beautifully simple recipe from mother nature network that lets you put the best of the season’s to very good use.

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Keeping Your Cool During a Summer Pregnancy

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Author: Shelly @ 7Gen

Did you know that July, August and September are the most common months for a woman in the United States to give birth?  If you’re one of the millions of women that will be pregnant during the hottest months of the year, we hope one or more of these survival tips will help you stay cool and comfortable.

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