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Love Your Skin: Winter Skin Care Tips

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Author: Seventh Generation

Just when you have your skin-care routine in order and everything’s working beautifully, winter arrives – and everything changes. Even the most perfectly balanced and wonderfully dewy complexion can show the effects of time spent outdoors in the wind and cold…and time spent indoors in dry, overheated air. We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can offer these tips for boosting your skin regime, so your skin stays moist and supple during the winter months.

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Gluten-Free Recipes: Valentine’s Day Pizza

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Author: Seventh Generation

Valentine’s Day may be the time for decadent chocolate desserts, but we’re guessing this Gluten-Free Recipe for Pepperoni Pizza from About.com will warm more than a few hearts!

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Recipes We Love: Citrus Salad with Coriander and Pepitas

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Author: Andrea Todd

Minneola, tangelos, blood oranges, red navels, grapefruits...February begins the citrus season, and biting into a delicious citrus variety this time of year is a nice taste of sunshine. This recipe is a citrus salad, so feel free to mix varieties or substitute a different type of orange. Have for this salad for lunch or serve as side dish. Even better, make tiny pancakes and with a spoonful of the salad on top it becomes a great finger food or tapas.

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Easy Tips for Avoiding Winter Weight Gain

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Author: Seventh Generation

The holiday eating frenzy may be behind us, but the winter cold that’s stretched across much of the country means even more of us are finding excuses to stay indoors and cuddle up with a little comfort food. Some scientists think those few extra pounds we tend to put on in the winter may give us a little seasonal immune boost, but Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, medical director of the Bariatric Institute in Ottawa and author of the blog Weighty Matters debunks the notion that humans are biologically programmed to gain weight in the winter. So unless there’s a little bear DNA in your family tree, here are some tips for fighting the urge to chow down and chill out when the temperatures drop.

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Green Your Pet's Routine

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Author: Seventh Generation

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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Author: Seventh Generation

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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