Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Last Christmas, I wanted to gift something that was homemade, useful and affordable and thought of making a spice blend – but which to choose? I started to think about what spices my family loves to buy and came up with the perfect idea: taco seasoning! So here is a mix that I tried and [...]

Homemade Turkey Burgers

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I’ve never made turkey burgers before, I usually just buy frozen. So when my dad invited us over for a barbecue, I decided to give it a try. My sister was visiting from out of town and she tries to eat only organic meat, so when we were wandering around whole foods we decided to [...]

Red Lentil Puree

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One of my favorite things about my son is that he will happily eat just about anything. But one of the challenges during meal time is that if there are trains, toys or anything else fun and exciting within his view (no matter what I hide before dinner, there is always bound to be something [...]

Getting Fresh, Organic Produce Delivered to Your Door

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A few months ago, we received a great gift from my father: a delivery of fresh, local organic produce to our home. We scheduled it to arrive a few weeks after our new son was born and it was awesome to wake up to healthy, fresh and organic produce on our doorstep, literally (they deliver in [...]

All You Need is a Fresh Coat of Paint

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These paint swatches have been up on our walls for over a year and a half, since before I got pregnant with our now 3-month-old son. Now that he is sleeping through the night, I decided it was time to at least get started. So maybe this transformation will motivate some of you out there [...]

My Hair is Green!

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While I have been able to seamlessly find natural, organic, and/or green replacements for basically all of my personal care needs, I was holding out in one area: my hair. Now, I’ve tried hundreds of different organic and green hair products, but I really haven’t been thrilled with the results. Until now, that is. You [...]

Cooling Growing Pain Spray

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My five year-old son is growing like a weed these days. He is eating everything in sight and all of his pants are getting way too short, both of which are tell-tale signs of long nights ahead. As with many kids, whenever he is in the throes of a growth spurt, he suffers from horrible [...]

Summer Salad Dressings

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There is nothing like the salads you can whip up over the summer. The colors, flavors, freshness, and crispness are too much to handle when everything is in season. It’s impossible not to go hog-wild at the local farmer’s market or even in your own garden. The summer months also make it so easy to [...]

Making Your Own Rosewater and Rose Oil

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Legend has it that Emperor Djihanguyr once ordered all the fountains and canals in his gardens to be filled with rosewater  in order to celebrate his marriage to Nour Djihan. Dreamily floating down the canal, her hand trailed in the rose water, the scent lingered on her hands, and humanity began its love affair with [...]

Garden Variety Vinegar

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I am fairly convinced that distilled white vinegar is the nectar of the gods! I fell in love with vinegar when I purged my home of all toxic chemicals and cleansers years ago and I have never looked back. If I have a particularly yucky or potentially disease-spreading spill, I do keep a spray bottle [...]