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    Green Gift Guide: 23 Ways to Give Better

    It’s a common theme in parenting groups these days: what can I ask for or give that won’t add to the clutter in my home? We already have so much “stuff” that the thought of an over-flowing Christmas tree isn’t as joyful as it…


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  • How CertClean Wants to Detox Your Bathroom

    A few weeks ago on the blog, I shared tips on replacing your toiletries – what to do with your conventional products once you’ve decided to make the switch to healthier alternatives. But what if you know you want to make the switch, but don’t know how to choose better…


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    How to Detox Your Cosmetics: Getting Rid of What You Have

    So you’re ready to ditch your conventional cosmetics, toiletries and body care products. Maybe you’re sick of the eczema, or allergies, or headaches that many people get from products with synthetic fragrances. Or maybe you want to stop contributing to water pollution. Perhaps you are now aware of the carcinogens and hormone disruptors in every-day products….


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  • Homemade Natural Cleaners That Really Work

    I’ll let you in on a little secret: up until 2 years ago, I’d never made my own cleaners. OK, so maybe not earth shattering, but considering that every green expert on the internet does it, I did feel like a bit of an outcast. Why hadn’t I tried homemade cleaners yet? The…


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    How to Reduce Waste (But Not the Fun) for Halloween

    I enjoy Halloween, and even dress up to hand out candy, but for some reason it always sneaks up on me. We’re always the last ones on our street to get a pumpkin, and by the time I get around to figuring out what to hand out it’s so late in the game that I grab whatever box of treats are…


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    5 Tips to Pack a Litterless Lunch… Like a Boss.

    If you’ve got school-aged kids and you’re anything like me, you’re in denial about having to start packing lunches on Tuesday. I got used to the lunch-making routine the last few years with our previous daycare but I have to admit: having a summer off (both for the kids and me since I now work from home) was…


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  • Is Borax Toxic?

    Borax has been lining DIYer’s shelves for decades. It’s been a green cleaner staple and is even used to make kids’ crafts. But that is about to change. This month, Health Canada released its “Draft Screening Assessment for Boric Acid, its Salts and its Precursers”. It includes recommendations to avoid products like…


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  • 11 Non-Toxic Ways to Kill Weeds

      Weeds: the bane of a gardener’s existence. If you want a beautiful lawn, healthy vegetables or flourishing fruit, you need weeds to stop taking up valuable space. Chemical weed killers may be effective, but they can be toxic to the environment. Luckily, you’ve got options to get rid of weeds in eco-friendly ways. 1. Form a Blockade  


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    3 Ways to Grow Food in a Small Space

    You may not think you have the right geography or amount of space to start a functional garden, but the truth is that virtually anyone can grow their own herbs and vegetables at home. To show you how easy it can be, guest blogger Bobbi Peterson of Living Life…


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    Why you should try natural deodorant (and which ones really work)

    Summer can be a scary time to think about testing a new deodorant. Especially a deodorant branded “natural”. But there are a few good reasons to ditch your conventional anti-perspirant and opt for a deodorant with fewer chemicals. The best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice personal hygiene to do it! Here’s why natural deodorants are the way to go, and what…


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