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Recipes We Love: Minty Grapefruit Salad

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Author: LisaFerber

Exercise gets me into the zone of feeling appreciative of the fact that I get to have a body and be alive, and I just want to celebrate that by putting more great stuff in my system to keep the energy going.

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REPAIR: Adding a Fourth R to Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

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Author: SJ WILSON

We live in a throw-away society. If something breaks, we simply toss it in the trash and buy a replacement. But by repairing simple items ourselves, we can save money and reduce the amount of non-recyclable trash that ends up in landfills.

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Recycled Games with Kids

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Author: SJ WILSON

I've never bought my granddaughter a toy. Not because I'm "Granny Cheapskate," but because I have no desire to add to the hundreds (literally) of toys that she already has. My gifts to her are always books and clothes.

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Food We Love: Local Produce

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Author: Seventh Generation

Vermont is a Locavore’s paradise! And we’re celebrating the bounty it provides with a new recipe series focusing on in-season produce and recipes from local farms, CSAs and specialty food producers.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Fix the Kitchen

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Author: the Inkslinger

Well, that was interesting. And by “that,” I mean the record-setting stretch of record-breaking heat that turned most of America into a pizza oven last month. Was it caused by climate change? Absolutely, according to many leading scientists. Here’s what we can do about that.

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The Latest Buzz on Bug Repellents

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Author: the Inkslinger

After two monsoon months with literally more rain than the Amazon gets, Vermont is now a giant mosquito farm, and a desperate populace is frantically reading the Environmental Working Group’s new guide to insect repellents. The first thing we’ve noticed? The bite it takes out of conventional wisdom.

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Recipes We Love: Frittata With Turnips and Olives

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Author: LisaFerber

Last week, my friend and I were taking advantage of a beautiful summer night, hanging out on his rooftop enjoying a crisp white wine and a bowl of olives. And as we lounged under the city sky, I thought how olives are such a sophisticated, adult taste that it’s no wonder I couldn’t appreciate them as a kid.

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How to Help Your Kids Avoid The Back-To-School Cold

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

The back-to-school cold is a rude invader, sneaking into classrooms unannounced and exposing kids to sniffles, sneezes and who knows what else. You can’t prevent them from coming in contact with cold germs, but you can help protect them from getting sick with these strategies suggested by health care experts.

1. Create a Regular Sleep Routine

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Less Plastic is More Fantastic

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Author: the Inkslinger

When I was a kid, I remember a bottle of Prell breaking in the bathtub and spraying glass everywhere. Yep, that’s right—a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, shampoo came in glass and plastic was a rarity. Now plastic is about all there is. But growing numbers of us are finding ways to live without any at all.

 

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Seven Simple Pleasures to Boost Your Mood

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Author: SJ WILSON

“It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most; it’s making a great deal out of the little ones.”
- Jean Webster

 

1. Frame a photograph that makes you laugh, even if it’s not the most “artistic” one in the photo album. Every time you see it, you’ll feel a burst of happiness.

 

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