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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

May we be the compassionate and engaged citizens our experiment in democracy requires and deserves.

A Mother’s Day Less Plastic

Originally posted on Trash Backwards Blog:
By Rebecca Rockefeller Celebrate your favorite mom(s) and your favorite Mother Earth in plastic-free style this coming Mother’s Day. While the old-fashioned advice that “a hand-made present is the best” still stands, of course, you may have reached a point where you’d like to gift your mother with something…

Minimalist May Day Ideas

Minimalist May Day Ideas

My youngest daughter has always had her own aesthetic. She’s no fan of pink, ruffles, or frou-frou mainstream “princess” decor. Her favorite color was red up until this year, when she switched to blue and black. When she asked to start dance lessons, she specified “No ballet. No pink. Only the kind of dance where […]

Re-hydration Less Plastic

Re-hydration Less Plastic

DIY Electrolyte Replacement Drink Perfect Whenever You’d Otherwise Drink Gatorade or Pedialyte My oldest daughter came home with a stomach bug the other day. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to deal with the sorrow and laundry that come along with a puking virus, and luckily this one was short-lived. After one miserable […]

Yes, You Can Dye Brown Eggs

Yes, You Can Dye Brown Eggs

We love being invited to join an Easter egg hunt with our Pagan and Christian friends (it’s a tradition they both enjoy, albeit with different meanings). It’s not our holiday, but it’s great fun to be included in the celebration. Thanks to our happy backyard hens, we have plenty of eggs; this year we set […]

Reuse Is My Favorite “R”

Reuse Is My Favorite “R”

Grandma Inge’s tip put used coffee grounds in car you’ll be happier I come by my love of reuse thanks to my Grandma Inge, an artist and world traveler who foraged for materials wherever she went, reused almost everything, and threw very little out. Like so many people who have known war or want, as […]

Balloon-Free Party Decor

Balloon-Free Party Decor

or The Joys of Bunting. Back when it was time for my first-born’s first birthday, I brought home a dozen helium balloons to decorate our house. I tied them to the front porch, to each chair around our table, and left the others floating freely around the house wherever the breeze took them. When we […]