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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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Nature Walks… Without the Walking

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

I have always loved walking through nature. When I was a kid, summertime camping trips weren't complete without hikes through the woods of New Hampshire, discovering secret streams, seeing beaver dams and trees that they had chewed through, and even spotting the occasional snake. I always knew that my daughter would love nature walks, too.

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Want a Better Reader? Get Active!

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

Here's another reason to get your kids off the couch and into the backyard, pool, or sports field this summer: A new study shows that being physically fit could help kids become better readers.

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Recipes We Love: Fresh Herb Oils

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Author: Andrea Todd

It's easy to capture the freshness of summer with herb oils. At this point in the season, all the herbs in the garden are thriving, and while they are great added directly to meals or recipes, here is a way to stretch the herbs and fresh flavors into other seasons. There is no need for specific quantities of this recipe--use as many herbs and as much oil as desired for using and preserving.

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8 Easy Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget

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Author: the Inkslinger

Organic foods aren't the food chain outlier they used to be. These days, they're easy to find though they're still often hard to afford. And that's kept an age-old question alive: Are they really worth it? The short answer is yes, but they don't have to be budget breakers. Here's why and here's how.

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Recipes We Love: Asparagus Green Sauce

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Author: Andrea Todd

The fresh greens of the late spring and early summer season are so delicious! Traditional salads are the standard, but I am always looking for new ways to prepare and consume them. The sweet and strong flavor of asparagus is well balanced with the spicy and strong flavor of arugula. This recipe is great for using alone, as a side dish, or mixed into pasta as a substitute for marinara sauce.

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Looking After Your Toddler at a Wedding

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Author: Liz Moorhead

Is it the time of year, or the phase of our life that seems to spell sudden, numerous wedding invitations? Either way, we find ourselves with a handful of creamy letterpress cards hung on the fridge. This year, however, we've found that many of the invitations include a slightly smaller guest-- my three year old son.

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Don't Be a Fawn-napper!

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Author: Erin Gettler

The other day, a coworker stopped by my desk: a newborn fawn was curled up next to the building outside, and its mother was nowhere to be found. What should we do? I was glad to tell her that we didn't need to do anything, and that the fawn's mother would be much happier if we left her baby exactly where she hoped to find it when she returned.

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Taking Big Bites Out of Small Gardens

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Author: the Inkslinger

If you haven't already, it's time to get serious about garden planning. But if your space is at a premium, that's not as simple as it sounds. What exactly should you plant when you haven't got room to plant much at all? Here are some suggestions for maximum nutrition in minimum plots.

Start with some new strategies. There are several worth considering:

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Tips for Surviving Pregnancy with a Toddler in Tow

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Author: Liz Moorhead

I'm well into pregnancy these days, and finding myself short on breath, short on rest, and short on energy. None of which bodes well for wrangling an energetic three year old.

It's taken two long trimesters, but I'm starting to learn how to manage my son without draining myself. Here's what I've discovered:

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Our Daughters, Our Periods, Our Choices

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Author: Kristi Marsh

My 11-year-old daughter, Kaytee, was encouraged by her health teacher to create a "just-in-case" package to keep in her backpack - a discreet supply of feminine care products - as a way to prepare for the transition to middle school.

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