Preparing My Heart for Christmas

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It’s been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and discouragement. We’ve lost family and friends to cancer, and heard of more diagnoses just recently. Walked through financial difficulty, legal issues and infertility with close friends. Saw the end of a loved one’s marriage. Faced continued health challenges for my husband, and our two youngest […]

Green Christmas: Natural Kids Toys and Gifts for Guys

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This is the last of the 3-day Green Christmas event, and today I want to share with you some options for children and the men in your life (because goodness, aren’t they always the hardest ones to buy for?)… Oompa– Toys, Gear, Furniture When I first began learning about the toxins in plastic toys and possible lead contamination in items made in China was a lady on a mission to find toys that I felt comfortable allowing my children to play with (suck on, bite […]

Green Christmas: Organic Women’s Clothes and Reusable Glass Straws

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Welcome to Day 2 of Green Christmas, where I’m featuring some great “green” companies and products for more sustainable gift giving this holiday season! You can learn more about how and why I decided to run this series and what it’s all about here. Today I want to share two more online shops with you… Fashion and Earth Organic and Fair Trade Apparel I have just started buying some organic and fair trade clothes recently myself, and I am in love with them. There seems […]

Green Christmas: Hard Lotion Bars and Fabric Gift Bags

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Wouldn’t it be nice to stay away from the mall and the big-box stores this holiday season? To support some smaller companies, and be able to choose more natural, earth-friendly and unique gifts for your loved ones? Green Christmas is a 3-day focus on some of the less conventional stores and products available, to get you started in your search for the perfect gifts to bless those around you! Starting today and going until Friday (skipping Thanksgiving on Thursday), I will be highlighting 2 new […]

How To Quickly Get Your Home Ready For Guests

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The holidays are in full swing, and along with holidays usually come guests.  It is a blessing to host others in our homes, whether for a week night family dinner, weekend party, or small group Bible study, but sometimes the preparation for guests can become stressful or overwhelming. We get the feeling that we need to have the house perfectly clean and put together before our guests arrive, or we find out that company is coming over on short […]

Giveaway: 6-pack Happy Heiny’s Cloth Diapers

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Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer As I have written to you all before, more and more people (and many of you) are making the switch to cloth diapering for so many reasons!  Thanks to our ever-expanding internet technology, most of the fears associated with switching are being talked about openly and often.  Due to this wealth of conversation and information many families are finding simple solutions to stinky diapers, detergent quandaries and how to deal with rashes. You may wonder, if there is such […]

How to Plant Garlic in the Fall

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Garlic has stolen my heart as an organic gardener, because it is hands down one of the easiest and most reliable crops that I’ve grown so far. For some reason, I initially had this idea that garlic was only for experienced gardeners and would be a challenging crop to grow. I’ve had quite the opposite experience, finding it to be a simple and rewarding crop and now I can’t imagine going a season without growing it! Fall is the best time to plant garlic. It […]

Whole Foods for the Holidays: Main Dishes

During the holidays, main dish entrees are the belle of the ball. This is one of the few times of the year when we really go all out with time-consuming meals, expensive ingredients and make fancier courses that will knock our family’s socks off. Of course, I’m referring to the traditional turkeys and hams, but also to the special meals that we make for potluck gatherings, family breakfasts or brunches, Christmas Eve dinner, and any other holiday meal you can think of. In my husband’s […]