Celebrations and Holidays

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hanukkah Gelt with Less Guilt

Hanukkah Gelt with Less Guilt

I grew up eating and enjoying the standard foil-wrapped chocolate gelt my mother found at our local grocery store, and I introduced my own kids to the same stuff. It’s not great chocolate, but it tastes like sweet dreidel victory to me. We play dreidel our own way, with a combination of pennies, faux gold […]

Halloween Less Plastic – A Work in Progress

Halloween Less Plastic – A Work in Progress

Halloween is almost here, and the excitement in my home is approaching fever pitch. My kids love this Holiday; depending on when you ask them, it’s either their favorite or second to Hannukah and Passover…OK, perhaps it’s not so very Jewish to celebrate Halloween, but its ancient roots have deep resonance with many souls, whatever […]