Spring cleaning is upon us once again, and rather than dread the chore of rolling up your sleeves and getting into the old "elbow grease," consider that this year, very simply and with no great personal expense, you can green up your cleaning practices. You'll not only save .... read more
1. No more bottled water in regular plastic jugs. Drink from glasses, filter your own water, use refillable jugs (see every option at www.reusablebags.com). Do something other than give into those tempting little 12-oz. plastics from the corner store that pile up landfills fas.... read more
Little children, who spend their days climbing trees and splashing in puddles, who adore woodland creatures and wallow in dirt, often become, without their even realizing it, staunch environmentalists. For though they may not grasp the magnitude of pollution and deforestat.... read more
Make every day Earth Day. What does that mean for your family? It may mean you recycle, drive a hybrid car, have a compost, or participate in local cleanups. But you may not be "closing the loop.""Closing the loop" means that you are making a conscious choice to buy products m.... read more
You’re looking forward to Easter, but you’ve got some work ahead of you. Dozens and dozens, hundreds perhaps, of Easter eggs to fill before the big hunt on Sunday.Before you go out and buy a pound of jelly beans, take a moment to think about that mound of cand.... read more
Marie LeBaron is the founder of the wonderful craft site Make and Takes, and if you haven't visited her site, you absolutely should. It is chock full of creative projects that are perfect for little hands and big hands, even those that aren't so crafty. She has graciously ag.... read more
So you have a few too many books, do you? Those picture books are really starting to pile up, and now the kids are moving on to chapter books. Where are those supposed to go? As it is, the shelves are so tightly crammed that it has actually become difficult to dislo.... read more
There's nothing like the first days of spring. Driving down the road, your eyes catch a glimpse of beautiful pink blossoms emerging from a naked tree. You step out of your front door and are greeted by cool, clean comforting air as you inhale and breathe in the intoxicating sw.... read more
Just as the leaves are quietly unfurling, and the flowers raising their lovely heads, so Easter is creeping up on us. It’s a wonderful chance to welcome spring, and celebrate the renewal of the natural world.For small children, Easter is all about the eggs and the bunnies..... read more
Children like to have choices—this we know. They are much happier to choose apples or raisins for a snack when they know they have a choice between the two.Adults, it turns out, also like to have choices, and in many areas, we do. When it comes to holidays, howeve.... read more
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