Review: Green Mama

A compelling, well-written book for aspiring environmental mommies, Green Mama manages to fulfill its “guilt-free” promise with solid, simple advice that’s easy — for even the busiest moms! — to implement. “Leaving things better than I found them even started to seem, well, a little like something Jesus would do,” says Bianchi. Bianchi’s appealing slice-of-life […]

Review: The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects

Stand by for change! Free Spirit Publishing empowers kids and teens with the power of service in The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects. From animal safety to environment issues, this well-designed book lets kids flip to services areas that appeal their natural gifts and quickly implement programs to change a whole community. Kids can do […]

Surviving the Happiest Time of the Year

Every year I eagerly anticipate Christmas. But then I remember how much there is to do! Decorations. Gifts. Church and school programs. Parties. Pictures. New clothes. Caroling. Baking and cooking. Family get-togethers.

If you’re wondering how to get it all accomplished and still enjoy the holiday, try these time, energy, and sanity savers I’ve discovered to help you have a truly Merry Christmas this year.

1. Plan ahead.
You smart ones did this year’s shopping at last year’s after-holiday sales. However, even if the rest of us don’t get around to it until after Thanksgiving, there’s still plenty of time to find some great bargains.

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Wintertime Fitness

Winter is coming, and we are packing on the pounds. But surely our bodies are physiologically preprogrammed to pad on added insulation in the winter, right? Sorry, but no… not unless you are a hibernating bear.

While cold winter weather does produce a slowing of our body’s metabolism to compensate for the dramatic shift in temperatures, it is not nearly as profound as in other mammals, such as woodchucks or bears. Interestingly, recent clinical studies do suggest that we have “circannual cycles,” meaning cyclical changes in blood chemistry, hormone secretion, brain activity, and appetite. These circannual rhythms appear to relate to changes in the length of daylight and darkness, causing seasonal deviations.

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Live With Purpose

Successful people—and companies—throughout time have been led by mission statements.

Get inspired tow rite your own mission statement by reading some of the best mission statements of famous people and corporations.

Mission Statements of Famous People

Nelson Mandela: “To end apartheid.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Social equality for all.”
Walt Disney: “To make people happy.”
Mother Teresa: “To show mercy and compassion to the dying.”

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Dried Fig Appetizers

Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups chopped dried mission figs (approximately 9 ounces) ¼ cup superfine sugar 1/3 cup orange sections, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (approximately 1 orange) ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped 40 (½-inch-thick) slices French bread baguettes, toasted 1 ¼ cups finely crumbled extra firm tofu 5 […]

Spinach with Browned Pine Nuts

Ingredients: 2½ pounds fresh baby spinach, cut into strips 1 large onion, julienned 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped ½ cup pine nuts ½ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt Directions: Sauté onion, garlic, and pine nuts in olive oil for 3 minutes or until pine nuts are golden. Gradually add baby spinach. Add salt. Sauté […]

Broccoli Supreme Salad

Ingredients: Prep Time: 20 minutes Yield: 12 (½ -cup) servings Cost per Serving: $0.40 Difficulty Level: Easy This make-ahead salad offers a surprisingly tasty fusion of flavors and textures that makes eating raw broccoli more fun. You can replace part of the broccoli with ¼-inch slices of broccoli stems, cauliflower florets, or shredded carrots. 2/3 […]

Lemon Vinaigrette with Flax Oil

Ingredients: Prep Time: 10 minutes Yield: 1 cup; 16 servings Cost Per Serving: $0.20 Difficulty Level: Easy A good salad dressing provides valuable nutrients and inspires you to eat more vegetables. This reduced-fat dressing boosts your intake of omega-3 fats. The distinctive flavor of the flax oil is muted by the extra-virgin olive oil, making […]

Yes, You Can Grow Alfalfa or Clover Sprouts

Prep Time: 2 minutes a day
Growing Time: 6-7 days
Yield: 4 cups
Cost per serving: $0.16

You can buy a set of 3 plastic sprouting lids (fine, medium and coarse mesh) and a sprouting chart for about $5 at most natural food stores. Or you can make your own screen with cheese cloth (available at grocery stores) and a rubber band to hold it in place.)

Equipment needed:
• Wide-mouth quart jar
• Fine-mesh sprouting lid
• Medium-mesh sprouting lid
• Cereal bowl

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