Celebrating Earth Day lends itself to a posture of gratitude. If you do only one thing on Earth Day, go outside!

10 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day:

Earth Day is a celebration! This year let’s be mindful to treat it as such,  because celebrations bring families together. Set aside time to do something different. Have fun together. And remember the incredible life lessons Earth Day and living green will teach your children:  Get outside! Take a walk, explore someplace new, or lay down…

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Life Lessons from Earth Day

Earth Day is a celebration! Treat it as one, because celebrations bring families together. Set aside time to do something different. Have fun together. And remember the incredible life lessons that Earth Day and living green will teach your children: Gratitude Celebrating Earth Day lends itself to a posture of gratitude. If you do only…

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Eco Spotlight: TruSweets Organic Candies

With Easter coming up, we can easily envision the day’s festivities: giggles of joy while small feet run around hunting for colored eggs, gathering with family, perhaps partaking in a day of worship or spring-related celebration, and, of course, breaking into baskets of goodies. There’s nothing sweeter for many kids than finding their Easter baskets…

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Making (and Keeping) Your New Year’s Resolutions

‘Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.’ ~ Spanish Proverb While we love the optimism of New Year’s Resolutions, unfortunately, the enthusiasm and hope often fades within weeks, and our efforts at self-improvement come to a whimpering end.  New Year’s Resolutions usually fail because of a combination of some of these reasons: We try to…

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Celebrating Winter Solstice

Light amidst Darkness: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Winter’s cold and darkness can be mild or intense, the drag of a chilly brown landscape or the drama of very early sunsets and deep snowdrifts. For many, winter begins to feel endless after a while. But at winter solstice—although those of us in northern climates still have plenty of cold to weather—the balance has…

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DIY HolidayCrackers

Homemade Holiday Crackers

Family tradition, festive décor, and fun way to wrap small treats or gifts… holiday crackers can be customized to any seasonal celebration. And they’re fun for kids to make! As the name suggests, traditional crackers opened with a bang when pulled apart by each end. Some even contained messages or words of inspiration. The great…

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How to organize your gift bags (paper or fabric), wrapping paper, and other items that might be handy to embellish a gift.

DIY Gift Wrapping Station

The simplest way to wrap your gifts in an eco-friendly way is to use what you have. Using what you have means if you still have paper gift bags left over from last year, by all means, use them!  Don’t think of paper as your enemy – it’s really one of the best options for wrapping bigger gifts. …

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Play Up Your Child’s Imagination and Creativity with “No Battery” Gifts

Remember that thing you played with all the time when you were a kid?  It was with you from sun up till sun down.  You didn’t buy it at any toy store… it was free.  And it’s what could turn an empty box into a dollhouse or a broom handle into a light saber. Where…

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A Modern Homesteading Christmas

A Modern Homesteading Christmas

I remember the days when gifts of fancy clothes and décor items were hotly anticipated in our home.  Seems like forever ago.  Then we moved to ‘the country’, and my personal Christmas gift list became unrecognizable from my previously very urban sensibilities. Since moving onto our 6 acres, my gift list has gone from high…

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Giving Thanks: Celebrating a Conscious Thanksgiving

For a holiday that’s all about gratitude, it’s decidedly ungrateful that we waste 200 million pounds of food each Thanksgiving. “It undermines the spirit of the holiday and ignores the 50 million Americans who frequently don’t get enough to eat,” according to Food Tank. “The turkey we waste on Thanksgiving could provide a meal to every…

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Holiday 2014 GCM

Our Holiday 2014 Issue is Here

Your one-stop guide to celebrating the holidays sustainably! Find festive ideas to bring both FUN and meaning to your family this year. Kid-friendly DIY gifts, ideas to deck the halls naturally, and tips for keeping your family healthy this winter… From celebrating a conscious Thanksgiving to embracing the spirit of the season, you’ll be ready…

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Add a Little Heart to Your Holiday Gift List

It’s almost time to start your holiday gift list.  Whether you use our planning tool complete with names, gift ideas, decorations, and budget – or you use the back of the grocery receipt… you’ll soon be filling it along with your hopes and dreams of getting all your shopping finished by December 15th. Having a list to…

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Take a volunteer vacation and get a chance to soak up the local flavors and culture, while making it a meaningful trip!

Travel for Good — Volunteer Vacations

As their children get older, many conscious families look to Ecotourism for their annual family vacation.  Essentially it is responsible travel, replacing indulgent vacations that are either no longer affordable… or just don’t feel right to green-minded travelers. The Travel Industry Associations of America says nearly 56 million Americans have taken some form of volunteer…

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Little girl running on meadow with sunset

Free-Range Summers

Chickens aren’t the only ones who deserve to roam in the grass and breathe in the fresh air. Kids are naturals when it comes to free play, but it’s always helpful to have a few ideas up your sleeve to combat the inevitable “I’m bored” whine.  This summer, try a few of these tips to…

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Vintage & Thrift Gift Shopping

Vintage and Thrift Store Shopping for Gifts

Did you know National Thrift Store Day (August 17th) is a holiday?  If you like a good treasure hunt, get ready for this out-of-the-box green gift giving idea. Shopping vintage stores and thrift shops is one of the greenest ways to buy something special for those you love.   Think about it – buying used…

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