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Inspiration and fresh ideas for how to live as a sustainable family.

245 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

Eco-friendly Valentine's Day Fun!

Lynn Colwell from Celebrate Green demonstrates how to make fun and eco-friendly Valentine's Day cards and banners. Mother-daughter team, Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, are green lifestyle experts and the co-authors of the book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family. For great green tips, crafts, recipes and more, visit them at www.CelebrateGreen.net   read more

Fresh Start for the New Year

by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca – Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter It’s 2011 friends.  In preparation for the new year, our family has been clearing, culling, and cleaning.  There was no conscious decision to do so, no commitment or declaration.  These binges are usually driven by me – the rest of the family dragged into my cyclical need for order (you know which monthly cycle I’m referring to!). Can I truly transform the junk drawer? This time we simply began – together – each of us equally invested in starting the new year... read more

It's a Gift!

By Laura Schmitt As I look over the marvelous pile of handmade gifts that lay in front of me, I think to myself "Look out Martha, there is a new crafter in town and she doesn’t even own a glue gun!" I am giddy with excitement over my crafty-ness and I’m further thrilled that I can say our family crafting has not only saved us money, but helped us to cut back on consumerism, recycle, and even better still, it has helped me to re-create meaningful family traditions in my life, as well as create a meaningful set of values to pass on to my children. In this text you... read more

Guide to Commercial-Free Holidays

If there is ever a time when commercialism seems inescapable, it's during the holidays. Now, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has created a guide to help you find your way through the hectic holiday season. You can download your free copy here: www.commercialfreechildhood.org/holidayguide/home.htm. read more

15 Ways to Save a Tree (or part of one anyway)

  Even though we can't hear them as well as our children can, the trees are trying to tell us to stop cutting them down 1. Let your hands air dry after you wash them in a public bathroom. 2. Ask for a ceramic mug for your low fat decaf latte. Often clerks default to paper if you don’t mention you’re staying put. 3. Keep a travel mug in your bag for when you want your drink-of-choice to go. 4. Bring your own plates to school dinners. 5. Carry a handkerchief to blow your nose and your kid’s nose. (Old-fashioned is the new... read more

Swamp Hair on Thanksgiving: Guest Post by Cindy La Ferle

I first met Cindy La Ferle six years ago when I was working as the creative nonfiction editor for Literary Mama and a story she submitted, “Fragile Season,” was so beautifully written and full of compassion that I instantly wanted to meet her. Though we’ve never met in person, we’ve been in touch ever since. I’m delighted to welcome her to Mothering Outside the Lines. A different version of this essay appeared in Writing Home, Cindy La Ferle’s award-winning collection of motherhood essays and family newspaper columns. For more information, visit Cindy La Ferle’s... read more

Non Monsanto Seed Companies

Here are safe from Monsanto seed companies. Abundant Life Seeds (Cottage Grove, OR) Amishland Seeds Annapolis Valley Heritage Seed Company canada Baker Creek Seed Co. (Mansfield, MO) Berlin Seeds - they don't have a website. Atleast I didn't find one. Botanical Interests (Broomfield, CO) Bountiful Gardens (Willis, CA) Diane's Flower Seeds (she has veggies now, too) Fedco Seed Co. - phasing out seminis seeds. (Waterville, ME) Garden City Seeds Good Seed Company (Oroville WA) - cold hardy, short-growing season plant seeds Heirloom Acres Seeds -I've heard... read more

Giveaway: Charlie Banana Cloth Pads

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Charlie Banana, beloved to many of you as a source for cloth diapers, also make fantastic cloth menstrual pads for mama. Charlie Banana is giving the following away to one lucky winner: -a box of panty liners, -a box of Regulars, -a box of Supers -and a box of Super Plus feminine pads. These fab pads come in a very handy, purse-friendly pink pouch. Personal capsule review: I love them because the pads are made of so soft bamboo, and when I put them through the wash, they miraculously come out close to sparkling... read more

Green Up the Holidays

By Corey Hope Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell On Halloween 2006, a neighbor placed small bottles of bubbles in Corey's daughters' hands and in that instant, an idea was born. "Why," Corey wondered, "does Halloween have to be all about the unhealthy stuff? Is it possible to keep the fun, but lose the total focus on conventional candy?" Back home, watching her girls' joyful faces as they blew bubbles, she had her answer. In 2007, we launched Green Halloween™, a nonprofit, grassroots community movement to create healthier and more earth-friendly holidays, beginning with... read more

The Busy (or Lazy) Person's Apple Butter

You can find Kris on Twitter, Facebook (Kris Underwood), writing occasionally at her blog and sometimes at the Imperfect Parent Blog. I like to cook, particularly when fall comes around. Maybe it’s just something in the air. Or maybe it’s just the realization that winter is coming and we have that instinct kicking in to store food away for the season. I don’t know. I wanted to make apple butter, but didn’t want to do the actual canning process. I mean, that takes a lot of time that I found I have not had lately. Plus, my canning pot is sort of busted.... read more

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