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Keeping the Winter Blues Away

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Author: greenwrite

The winter of our first year in Vermont was one of the coldest on record. It's also the winter we built a "beach" in the basement -- an old waterbed frame lined with plastic, a few bags of play sand, a couple of heat lamps and a some beach chairs. Add in a little island music and we had an escape that got us through until spring.

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Essential Oils, Facial Serums and Botanicals: Why the Trend?

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

When it comes to facial care, “oil” used to be a four-letter word. We associated it with grease and petroleum, shine and sweat. But the tide has turned. In 2013, facial oils, botanical serums and essential oils were among beauty care experts’ top picks for enhancing radiance—and the trend is here to stay. What changed? We “rediscovered” the truth.

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10 Things to Pack in Your Car for an Emergency

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Author: greenwrite

At the risk of dating myself, I will admit to being stranded in the blizzard of ’78. It was a biggie that hit the East Coast and shut things down for the better part of a week. My car just gave up and died in a traffic back up in Providence, RI. The only emergency supply I had on hand was a beach blanket, but it came in handy as I trudged through blinding, snow and wind to the home of some friends. I was lucky that I was stranded in “civilization” with help nearby, but since then, I’ve always kept an emergency survival kit in my car. Here’s what’s in it:

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Just Beet It!

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Author: Andrea Todd

There are so many ways to enjoy beets throughout the year--fresh from the ground with leafy tops and tender roots, or in mid-winter as the hardy roots store well in the cold and are often central components to winter CSA's. This recipe and variations utilizes the root. The sweet and earthy root is nicely balanced with the salty feta, and the greens just make it look and taste good.

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Crockpot Recipes to Share

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Author: Seventh Generation

These favorites from Cooking Light prove that there's nothing quite like comfort food to bring the family together.

Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms

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Diaper Fit Guide

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Author: Seventh Generation

If you have a baby in the house, you'll be changing diapers as many as 10 times a day! That adds up to as many as 70 diapers a week, 280 or more diapers a month, and close to 3360 diapers during the first year. With an investment that big, it pays to become a diaper fit expert as early as you can.

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Recipes We Love: Curried Kabocha and Kale

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Author: Andrea Todd

A common winter squash is butternut, but kabocha can be a nice alternative or way to mix up the winter squash cuisine. Kabocha is a beautiful orange or green squash that is firm and savory. It has an orange flesh, and because it holds its form easily, it can be used in a variety of recipes--soups, stews, roasted, baked, etc.

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Recipes We Love: Curried Kabocha and Kale

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Author: Andrea Todd

A common winter squash is butternut, but kabocha can be a nice alternative or way to mix up the winter squash cuisine. Kabocha is a beautiful orange or green squash that is firm and savory. It has an orange flesh, and because it holds its form easily, it can be used in a variety of recipes--soups, stews, roasted, baked, etc.

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(Re)Solutions for a New Year

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Author: the Inkslinger

The annual epoch of holiday traditions is drawing to a close, and now comes the season's denouement - those sometimes rueful measurements of another year gone by and our humbling New Year's promises to do better. Some say such resolutions are a crock. But I say make them right, and you'll make a big difference in 2014.

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The First Five Manners to Teach Your Toddler

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Author: Liz Moorhead

We're finishing out the "terrible twos." I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. This year may have had arguments, tantrums, and a few instances of pulling the cat's tail - but through it all, my son has always said, "please," and "thank you." I celebrate these minor victories.

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