March 29, 2014 • in Maria Recommends

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 …

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March 28, 2014 • in Random Thoughts

Accept v. Settle

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Despite my relentless pragmatism, I am, inexplicably, a big believer in signs. For the past several months, and very specifically for the past few weeks, I feel like the universe is trying …

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March 27, 2014 • in Random Thoughts

Live Baby Chick Cam: Meet Our Polar Vortex Miracle!

by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at The cyclical nature of life is perhaps nowhere more apparent than on a farm. The trusty tomato plants of summer are shriveled, brown, and barren by October; even the ragweed that plagued …

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March 26, 2014 • in By Maria

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 …

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March 25, 2014 • in Health

No More Pap Smears?

By Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund If you’re a woman over 21, that headline probably got your attention. After all, who likes Pap smears? Wouldn’t it be great to never need one again? Well, …

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March 24, 2014 • in By Maria

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 …

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March 22, 2014 • in By Maria

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 …

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