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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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A Long Strange Trip Up Tom's River

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Author: the Inkslinger

I’ve read more books than I can count about chemicals, cancer, and the environment, virtually all for reasons related to duty not desire.  So when the latest arrived, I steeled myself for yet another excruciating scholarly experience that would leave me begging for the relief a root canal might bring.  Boy was I wrong.

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Barbequing That Won't Burn Your Own Buns

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Author: the Inkslinger

That sizzle you hear is the sound of summer happily hitting the grill. And while I refuse to mediate the permanent argument between hardwood charcoal purists and true gas-fueled believers, I will say this: When it comes to our health, what matters is not so much where we grill but how we grill when we get there.

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Homemade "Spider Spray" to the Rescue!

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Author: greenwrite

The blood-curdling scream from my daughter's room at 6 this morning was no surprise. It happens every spring. Roused by my digging in the garden, a small army of 8-legged  crawlers was making its way indoors. My daughter had opened her eyes to a member of the scouting party, rappelling its way from the ceiling to her bed.

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Show Your Love with an Eco Wedding

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

You're engaged! Congratulations! As you start planning your wedding, you'll have a lot of choices to make. We've got some great ideas to make your wedding not only a reflection of the love you have for your partner but also a reflection of your commitment to living green.

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RECIPES WE LOVE: Stuffed Grape Leaves

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Author: LisaFerber

I've always found stuffed grape leaves so elegant: a minty, tangy, streamlined, multitextured appetizer that's sure to wake up your senses and never disappoints.

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FOODS WE LOVE: Basa

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Author: LisaFerber

One food I've become quite fond of in my ongoing quest to maintain a healthy body and a smart budget is basa fillet. It's a tasty fish, with a delicate texture and nice, white flesh. A 100-gram serving provides 14 grams of protein.

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Focus on Preventing Cancer

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Author: Seventh Generation

by Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., is president and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund

To what lengths will women go to prevent breast cancer from striking their lives and robbing them of time spent with loved ones?

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