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Toys that are Shiny and Bright...and full of chemicals?

by: Sara on 12/06/2017

Many people say, “Christmas is for kids” and while I understand the sentiment, the pressure to fulfill the wish list full of BPA and cadmium ridden shiny, plastic, play things, can be hard for anyone trying to buy gifts that align with their values. As much as our kids beg for the newest toys, can we really in good conscious give them a gift …

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How to Make Felted Soap

by: EJ on 12/05/2017

Today's excerpt comes from Deborah Niemann's second edition of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-reliant Living.

Felt is the oldest known fabric made by humans, and there is evidence that it has existed for thousands of years. St. Clement is given credit for accidentally discovering felt when he wrapped wool around his feet …

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Top 5 Reasons to Cure your Own Meat

by: Sara on 12/04/2017

On our fourth day of our Gifts that Make a Difference sale we hear from Meredith Leigh author of The Ethical Meat Handbook Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and the recently released Pure Charcuterie: The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. Today Meredith shares with us her top 5 reasons to cure our …

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Give the Gift of Health and Happiness

by: Sara on 12/03/2017

 

The holidays can be at time of over indulgence, whether it’s an extra cookie,  a second or fourth Baileys over ice, or a few too many days stuck in the house hiding from the cold. And while indulging -- in moderation -- can be a treat, rich foods and alcoholic beverages may start out making us feel merry and bright, but as pants begin to …

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Align your Giving with Your Values with the Help of The Better World Shopping Guide

by: Sara on 11/30/2017

 

In yesterday’s blog I shared my goal to try to stop my obsessive holiday shopping ways and to align my gift giving with my values. So, the first on my list of gifts that make a difference has to be The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference by Ellis Jones.

This pocket guide not only makes a good gift for the socially minded …

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