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The Case of the Stinky Shoes

The other night, I walked into my teenage daughter’s bedroom to say goodnight and my eyes-in-the-back-of-my-head alarm went off. “What is that smell?” I asked. The odor was a bit like fire, petroleum, and toxic chemicals, mixed with an electrical malfunction. Generally bad stuff. Dangerous stuff. “I’ve been smelling it too,” she said. We both […]

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Vindication for Lazy Parents (Like Me)

The other day, while driving into New York City, I heard a radio interview with Dana Goldstein, author of the recent Atlantic article “Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework.” The article discussed two researchers from Duke University who went through 30 years of surveys to determine what really works when it comes to parental […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: Easter Basket Gifts

Easter is just a couple of weeks away! So it’s time to decide how you’ll be prepping that organic ham and what side dishes to whip up. You may even want to consider making your own organic candy. But as healthy and organic as we may be in the kitchen, there’s one place many of […]

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A Better Butter

by guest blogger Nicole Cherie Jones, associate product editor at Rodale’s Here’s the nutritional scoop on good-for-you nut butters, plus yummy snack recipes to try. Maqui Camu Super Berry Almond Butter This sweet-and-savory blend pairs protein- and fiber-rich almond butter with Amazonian superberries camu camu and maqui, which add vitamin C, polyphenols, and anthocyanins—powerful antioxidants […]

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What Do You Stand FOR?

Most of us can easily answer the question of what we are against. Just a few key words will show you what I mean (I’m not implying which side of the fence any of us are on, just that there is a fence): guns, abortion, gay marriage, GMOs, immigration, Monsanto.… But often it’s harder to […]

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10 Surprising Ways to Teach Kids to Love Nature

As the weather starts to improve, it’s the perfect time to get kids out and about and show them the joy of nature. It doesn’t have to be a structured thing—in fact, unstructured is almost always better when it comes to kids and nature. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here’s a list of […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: It’s Time to Start Gardening!

It is finally spring! Which means it’s time to start gardening again. Did you plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day? Or start your first potatoes or onions of the season? I haven’t been able to plant much yet, with the polar vortex’s leftovers still in my garden—but I am gearing up, literally, with my favorite […]

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Five Spring Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but it feels like the whole year has gotten off to a very late start. For example, traditionally on St. Patrick’s Day we are supposed to plant peas around here, and my garden, as of this writing, is still covered by a good six inches of hard packed, ice-ridden snow. […]

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