Sustainable Shopping

Maria’s Five Favorites: Back to School

In September 2010, I wrote a blog about back-to-school shopping in which I lamented the onrush of fall and the fact that I couldn’t go to work in pajamas and yoga gear. Then I shared some of my favorite places to buy organic clothing. Now, four years later, September is coming once again. But this […]

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Back to Basics

by the Rodale’s team You cook with organic food. You primp with natural beauty products. You rock fair-trade jewelry. But what about the basics? Sometimes we forget that everything we spend money on matters. It’s not just the big things we purchase that send a message; it’s everything we buy. To make a true difference, […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: Fun Summer Things!

There’s still a good chunk of summertime left, which means there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had (and watermelons to be eaten)! Below are a few of my favorite summer things and ideas for using them. I hope they inspire you to get out and enjoy the season before fall comes around and […]

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Mom’s Back-to-School Supplies List

by the Rodale’s team It’s that time of year again! The season when back-to-school sales and advertisements  pop up everywhere and your shopping cart is full of pencils, backpacks, and notebooks. You might find yourself thinking for an inordinate amount of time about binders—or asking yourself why in the world Ms. Smith requires 50 red […]

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4 Tips for Beating the Greenwashing Game

by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate We live in a world where companies use terms like “natural,” “botanical,” “pure,” and “free” when their products are actually full of harmful chemicals. These companies spend millions on slick advertising campaigns to get you to buy their products—stacking the deck against you, the consumer. Many […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: Camp Out!

We’re on a camping kick here at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen! This is probably because of the horrible winter we had—we all want to spend as much time outside as possible while we can. So today I thought I’d share my favorite adventure gear to help inspire you to enjoy camping, too—the earth-friendly way, of […]

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6 Tips for a Greener Outdoor Adventure

by the Rodale’s team Aristole once said, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” We couldn’t agree more! And while there are tons of ways to enjoy the marvelousness of the great outdoors, few are quite like camping. Nothing compares to sitting by a campfire, hiking through mountains, or eating fish […]

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Maria’s Five Favorites: Made in America

Happy 5th of July! I hope you had an amazing Independence Day and that you’re continuing to enjoy your 4th of July weekend. Let’s keep the patriotic spirit going throughout the month by supporting Made in America brands and products. The next time shopping is on your to-do list, support our country, our economy, and […]

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