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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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Natural Flea and Tick Remedies for Pets

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Author: the Inkslinger

When I was a kid, my dogs had flea collars. They smelled a little funny, but they made your parasitic problems vanish when you slipped them on. Flash-forward 40 years and I've found out something I always suspected: many of the chemicals these collars contain may not be safe for animals or for anyone petting them.

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Planning the Perfect "Eco" Picnic

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

Fresh lemonade and cold sandwiches aside, there’s just something about a picnic that screams, “Summer is here!” From blanket to basket, the perfect picnic requires very little planning and just a smidgen of cooperation from the sun. Here’s how you can make your picnic eco-friendly in no time.

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RECIPES WE LOVE: Curry Coleslaw

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Author: LisaFerber

Coleslaw is a food that is often taken for granted. The side dish seems to be treated with almost condiment status as it is generally served free with various meals in restaurants. So let’s take a moment to enjoy a closer look at this staple of American mealtime.

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The Best Thing About Being a Dad

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

Seventh Generation loves dads. What better way to celebrate them than to find out what the dads on our team love about fatherhood? Warning: Smiles will ensue.

"This morning's conversation!  
Me: Good morning!?  
My son: Extra kisses for Dada."

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Volunteering for a Vacation

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Author: the Inkslinger

With winter well behind us, many of us are looking toward that crazy little thing we call our summer vacation. We're hatching grand schemes and blocking off vast swaths of the calendar. But before you book, consider this: a volunteer vacation may be the best one you've never taken.

 

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Beaching it with Baby

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Author: greenwrite

Remember when getting ready for a day at the beach was as simple as throwing your bathing suit, a towel, a snack and some sunscreen in a waterproof bag and heading out the door?

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Let Them Eat Dirt

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

I spent four hours at a farm the other day with my three-year-old daughter, Chloe.

"What the heck did you guys do there for four hours?" my husband wondered later that night.

Although we ate a picnic lunch and fed the animals for a little while, Chloe spent most of her time digging in the wide expanse of sand that’s part of the farm’s small playground.

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RECIPES WE LOVE: Mint

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Author: LisaFerber

A few years ago, my best friend saved my summer sanity by suggesting I put food-quality mint oil in my drinking water. What a difference! Now I have a yearly ritual so I can welcome in the warm weather a little bit more easily. I've also found myself drinking more mint-flavored coffee now that the sun is in force, and am very happy that this leaf found its way into my life.

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Armchair Travel for Kids

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

My daughter is a mini geography buff (the talking globe she got for her 3rd birthday was one of her all-time favorite gifts). But ever since I got home from a work trip to Italy, she's showing symptoms of having been bitten by the travel bug. One day she wants to see the Eiffel Tower. The next day, she's begging to go to Brazil. She asked if we could live at Disney World.

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