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Giving Green, Giving Good this Holiday Season

Yes. Handmade is great. I love handmade gifts. But sometimes there are just people in your life that don't get the idea of handmade gifts or the suggestion to give to a charity instead. Those who might be offended that you didn't meet the required minimum for a successful "give." (Have you heard of love languages? […] Read More

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Holiday Gifts for Kids (That Won’t Break the Bank or Undermine Your Values)

Yes, I just talked the other day about greening up your holiday. But if there's one place on the holiday list that people will often make exceptions, it's for the kids. Many grandparents (ahem) simply don't understand the concept of "cutting back" when it comes to their grandbabies. If you'll manage to stick with all […] Read More

How to: Drawstring Produce Bags

  You're not still using those flimsy plastic produce bags at the grocery store are you? You are? Well, let's just fix that right now, shall we? If you have a sewing machine and can sew a straight seam, you can make these. Of course, even if you don't have a sewing machine, technically you […] Read More

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Black Friday Shopping – Or Not?

Year after year I've opted out of shopping on Black Friday, in part because we're just not that into the latest "stuff" and in part because the thought of those crowds freaks. Me. Out. Black Friday to me is consumerism at its best. Consumerism for the sake of consumerism is something I'm not much of […] Read More

A (More) Sustainable Turkey Dinner

That title may be a bit deceiving because in truth, the turkey was a struggle for me. But Thanksgiving and turkey dinners go hand in hand, right? While we've opted out in past years (pizza!), this year we decided on a full-on traditional stuff your guts spread. Here's how it's going to shake down: Turkey: […] Read More

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Organic Foods and Bulk Buying Options

  I do not claim to be fully self-sufficient. While I continually strive to improve that, there are just some things that I'll never be able to produce myself - and I'm not willing to do without. I still depend on growers in other climates to produce the wheat, the oats, and the corn that […] Read More

How do you Bag It?

 I watched Bag It over the weekend. The movie begins as a "regular guy," Jeb Berrier, wonders about the plastic bag he uses to carry a yogurt home in. As he researches and learns more about the environmental impact of choosing a plastic bag, his questions lead to more questions. What about plastic bottles?  How […] Read More

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Ten Tips for a Healthy, Sustainable Diet on a Budget

Over on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page, I posted this video of Robyn O'Brien discussing America's food system at TEDxAustin. It's a very compelling video in which Ms. O'Brien offers a calm and concise look at the foods we're feeding our families. For instance, did you know that genetically engineered corn is regulated by the […] Read More

Choose Unbleached Flour

  The difference between bleached and unbleached flour in the final product (and cost) is negligible, but by purchasing the unbleached version you will eliminate chemicals and toxins from your food and our environment. Using chlorine, bromates, and peroxides in processing our food seems crazy, doesn't it? Especially when there is a better alternative sitting […] Read More