5 Ways to Be a Green Dog Owner

5 Ways Dog Owners Can Go Green | Eco-Mothering.com

Adopt Instead of Buy Millions of dogs are put down every year in animal shelters. Shelter animals are often owner surrendered for numerous reasons (family allergies, didn’t get along with another pet in the house, etc.), and they just need a loving home. You can even rescue specific breeds of dog if you’re pining for a certain kind. Sure, puppies are cute, but puppies are a lot more work, and that adorable puppy stage doesn’t last long. Read why rescuing a dog is a better option than buying one from a pet store. Choose Eco-Friendly Products So many dog products are … Continue reading

Taking the Shame Out of Regifting

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Regifting is a touchy subject. Even though about 50% of adults consider it acceptable, the practice is often shrouded in shame and secrecy. The belief is that a gift should be bought brand new — but why? What is this cultural obsession with newness? Newer doesn’t make us happier. According to the Story of Stuff, our national happiness peaked sometime in the 1950s, even though we consume twice as much as we did back then. Yet we continue to buy new stuff for ourselves and for others, especially around the holidays. The Truth About Buying New It uses up our … Continue reading

December’s Top Eco Crafts

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Welcome to my monthly installment of eco-friendly arts and craft projects gathered from around the Internet. While some projects require adult supervision, they are a fun, educational and green hobby for your kids to enjoy! This month’s collection includes creative ideas for Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. Solstice Ice Lanterns from The Crafty Crow Felt Solstice Calendar from Green Kitchen Toilet Paper Roll Menorah from Creative Jewish Mom CD Dreidel from Minds in Bloom LEGO Menorah from Bible Belt Balabusta It’s an eco-friendly reuse if your kid already has LEGOs.

Unique, Wacky and Gently Green Holidays to Celebrate in DECEMBER

Unique, Wacky and Gently Green December Holidays | Eco-Mothering.com

Some people only think about an eco lifestyle on Earth Day, April 22. However, a little research showed me that every month has a few unique and earth-friendly holidays that can be cause for celebration. Pick whichever ones appeal to you, then get out there and celebrate! December is Human Rights Month — Created by the United Nations in 1948 to promote awareness about human rights worldwide, Human Rights Day is observed on December 10. It commemorates the day the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Select a preferred human right or country and learn what you can … Continue reading

How to Enjoy a Low-Stress Holiday Season

How to enjoy a low-stress holiday season | Eco-Mothering.com

According to an American Psychological Association poll, Americans love the holiday season, but eight out of ten admit to experiencing a great deal of stress around it. And the majority of those stressed-out people are women. That’s not a surprise. We tend to do most of the planning and preparation around events and celebrations. But all that juggling takes a toll on our physical and mental state of being. It’s time to take a step back from the holiday madness and make some changes. From gifts and parties to personal health and resolutions, women bloggers share some ideas on how … Continue reading

How to Maintain Healthy Sleep During the Holidays

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This is a guest post by Rosie Osmun. The end of the year is a wonderful time of celebrating and getting together with the people closest to us. However, all our busy plans can wreak havoc on a steady sleep schedule. To combat this, here are a few natural tips to help you and your kids sleep better through the holiday season. Practice Bedtime Yoga A fun, connecting activity the whole family can do before bed is nighttime yoga. The relaxing benefits of yoga will allow your kids to calm down, stretch out any tension in their bodies from the … Continue reading

Guilt-Free Green Tip #77: Decorate with Nature

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Welcome to a regular blog feature called Guilt-Free Green Tips. These will be easy action steps you can take to be a little greener, and each mini post will feature one tip. Choose the ones that appeal to you, and learn what eco benefits a single, simple step can make.  Decorating for the holidays is a fun tradition, but did you know that this year Americans spent nearly $2 million decorating for Halloween? And in 2011, we purchased $6 billion of holiday decorations for Christmas! That’s a lot of money at a time when people often stress about not having enough for … Continue reading