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Planning for a Second Child

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Author: Liz Moorhead

When we first married, my husband and I discussed the possibility of children. We both agreed that while we wanted to have them “someday,” it was much too soon. I was fairly young, we both had just started our careers, and we were newlyweds. “Maybe in five years,” was our agreement.

At least, it was. Then, just a few short months into our marriage, we found out that I was pregnant. That five-year plan went out the window, and many of our other carefully laid plans were also changed as a result.

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Garden Your Way Through Winter

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Author: greenwrite

The thermometer read -15° this morning. And while it might warm up enough today to get us out of negative numbers, there’s snow in the forecast and the first crocus won’t pop up its head for months. Yup, it’s been a tough winter so far, but one way we’ve always coped is by cultivating a little summer with vegetables and herbs in pots. Not only do the “crops” improve our mood on bleak winter days, they also improve the taste of just about everything we eat.

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Seventh Generation Foundation Wraps Up Another Year of Giving

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Author: Seventh Generation

Since Seventh Generation’s inception, we’ve acted on the belief that businesses can be powerful instruments of meaningful change. One of the ways we work to make that change is through our giving programs, making generous grants and donations to organizations that make the world a better place.

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Storage Organziation in Three Simple Steps

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

I grew up with baskets on the floor, sitting fat in the corners or at the edge of furniture. They even found their ways into comfortable homes on the windowsills, where they’d fill up with nickels, pencils, hair-ties and invariably dust. This was our storage process.

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Foods We Love: Winter Root Salads

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During Vermont winters, the local produce provides an abundance of root vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips, and celeriac. These ingredients most often lead to slow-cooked stews or soups, but they can be great sources for winter salads. Shredding and tossing with an interesting oil dressing, can turn these roots into a fresh and raw source of vitamins and deliciousness. This root salad is great for lunch or served as a side dish.

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Party Planning for the Toddler Set

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Author: Liz Moorhead

For the third time this week, I sit down to plan my son’s third birthday. The task seems much larger than a simple party for a handful of toddlers, particularly if I spend any time at all on Pinterest or inspiration blogs. But this giant, looming job of preparing to feed and entertain children has to be done, and quickly, because his birthday is in a few short weeks.

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Repairing Clothes the Fashionable Way

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Author: Karin @ 7Gen

One thing I didn’t need as I rushed to get dressed for work was the horrible ripping sound as I shoved my arm too quickly into my sweater. Not only would I need to find another outfit (and be actually late) but I’d have to say goodbye to my favorite sweater – or would I?

Just because something’s ripped, I reasoned, doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. And what I discovered was that not only could I fix my unfortunate clothing, but that visible repairs can be quite fashionable. These four techniques make patching clothes an artful experiment rather than a chore.

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Recipes We Love: Butternut Squash Spread

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Author: Andrea Todd

Winter squash is delicious, and it is a staple of winter cuisine due to store-ability and hardiness. I often find myself with a buildup of squash in my winter CSA, and I seek new ways to prepare it. Baking a squash enables me to use it in a recipe, and store the mashed up squash for another day. Butternut squash is a winter meal staple, but it can be so much more! It is mildly sweet, moist, and versatile--good for soups, roasting, mashes, pies, etc. This recipe and preparation is a way to enjoy butternut any time of the year.

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We're All Downstream

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Author: Seventh Generation

Here at Seventh Generation, our hearts go out to the people of West Virginia who have had their water source compromised and have been exposed to a potentially harmful chemical.

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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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