Growing your own food has incredible benefits for adults - it tastes great, it calms you down, it unites your family, it's even an antidepressant (and that's not the half of it)-but no one appreciates the process more than kids. No botany class will ever be able to fully explain how a tiny seed a quarter centimeter long can, in the span of weeks, become a soft, sweet, nutritious fruit a hundred times that size. As adults, we lose sight of the miracle in that. But kids recognize it, and their awe is written all over their faces as they observe the process. How can you make sure your kids enjoy growing food instead of looking at it as a chore? Click through for 7 essential tips for growing your own food with your kids! -By Jeanne Nolan and Amanda Little
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
Growing your own food has incredible benefits for adults - it tastes great, it calms you down, it unites your family, it's even an antidepressant (and that's not the half of it)-but no one appreciates the process more than kids. No botany class will ever be able to fully explain how a tiny seed a quarter centimeter long can, in the span of weeks, become a soft, sweet, nutritious fruit a hundred times that size. As adults, we lose sight of the miracle in that. But kids recognize it, and their awe is written all over their faces as they observe the process. How can you make sure your kids enjoy growing food instead of looking at it as a chore? Click through for 7 essential tips for growing your own food with your kids! -By Jeanne Nolan and Amanda LittleRead More »from Veggie Monsters: 7 Essential Tips for Growing Your Own Food with Your Kids
If you love the idea of getting married outside in a lush garden but your location or season makes that an unlikely option, you can bring the garden indoors. With beautiful flowers, a gorgeous backdrop setting the scene when you say your vows, and the right lighting, you can create a garden effect in almost any venue. Here are our favorite indoor garden weddings to inspire you.
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When it comes to wedding flowers, colorful bouquets are gorgeous...but lush white bouquets scream "WEDDING!" in the most chic way. White bouquets super versatile, but whether you feature peonies or tulips, they remain incredibly glamorous. These luxurious white bouquets will definitely leave you wanting pale petals at your wedding.
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Going green during your pregnancy doesn't have to be a totally overwhelming - or outrageously expensive - experience. And while it's best to be as green as possible during your pregnancy, simply following just one of these tips will make a difference for you, your Little One, and the earth. But be sure to leave the guilt at the door if you can't manage to accomplish all of these tips. Do what you can, ladies! Even if that's just sharing this info with the pregnant women in your life. -By Aela MassRead More »from Mother Nature: 7 Smart Tips for a Green Pregnancy
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Though red roses are typically associated with Valentine's Day, June 12 is National Red Rose Day. This classic bloom is a perfect addition to your wedding bouquet. Roses are lush, romantic, and surprisingly versatile. Here is a round-up of our favorite red rose bouquets.
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- Martha Stewart Living | Green – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 2:52 PM EDT
Any garden -- large or small, urban or country -- can take a few cues from the use of formal effects at Hollister House in Connecticut. The key is to divide your space into a dynamic series of visual events.
Create Strong Geometry
Formal gardens have long relied on squares and rectangles to define space. These hedges, walls, and pathways provide a sense of structure and hold in blowsy flower beds and shrubs. Counterintuitively, the visual trick often makes small spaces seem larger.
EXPERT TIP: Use dwarf boxwoods or raised beds to create a garden of square planting beds where there would ordinarily be an open lawn or a terrace.
Find the Right Stone and Brick
A former antiques dealer, Hollister House owner George Schoellkopf is a great believer in patina. He uses the rougher backside of cut stone for steps so their surface reveals a more natural, appealing texture. He also prefers hand-molded bricks that show small imperfections.
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Jul 1, 2013 11:04 AM EDT
"As a President, as a father, and as an American, I'm here to say we need to act," President Obama said in his recent speech at Georgetown University about his plans to reign in climate change. "I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that's beyond fixing."
He rattled off stunning statistics: The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years. The cost of weather-related disasters in the U.S. exceeded $110 billion last year. Sea levels in Manhattan are already a foot higher than they were a century ago, which is why Hurricane Sandy left "large parts of our mightiest city dark and underwater."
This came just days after the Pentagon officials said they are rethinking their entire strategy as they face a world in which climate change poses a greater threat to national security than terrorism.
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- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
ArubaLet's talk sustainable destinations. We dished on the the world's 10 greenest cities, but it looks like a Caribbean island will be the world's first when it comes to relying on 100% sustainable energy. Which one is it?
The 70 square-mile island of Aruba. They are currently on track to officially become the world's first sustainable energy economy by 2020. In 2009, the island built the Vader Piet Windmill Farm which currently produces 20 percent of the island's electricity with 10, 180 meter high wind turbines, and plans are underway for a second wind farm, doubling the energy capacity, bringing them at nearly 40% - more than most places in the world.
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- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
You've probably seen the cover of the June issue of O Magazine: Oprah is knee-deep in kale with her health guru Bob Greene. They're sporting matching gingham shirts, cargo pants and thousand-watt smiles at their new vegetable farm in Maui, Hawaii. Now, we love Oprah. And we obviously love food gardens. And we love that Oprah is building buzz for the grow-your-own movement. But even though Oprah's cover article has lyrical moments (like when Oprah describes working as a child with her grandmother in the Mississippi vegetable garden that fed their family) and some laugh-out-loud moments (like when she dubs her giant fuschia radishes "baboon-butt radishes"), it also has some glaring blind spots. The story, and Oprah's Hawaiian-farm endeavor more broadly, reflects a narrow view of local homegrown foods, and at times lacks both the pragmatism and the vision that Oprah is known and loved for. So, here are 7 pieces of advice we have for the ultimate advice-giver. -By Jeanne Nolan and AmandaRead More »from The One Thing Oprah Isn’t an Expert in (and 7 Pieces of Advice We Would Give Her)
- One Green Planet | Green – Wed, Jun 26, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
The global market for coffee and tea is forecasted to reach 10.57 million tons (23.3 billion pounds) by 2015. Both producers and consumers have an opportunity to minimize their impact on the environment. From the way the plants are grown, processed, packaged and shipped to they way they are prepared and consumed, we all can make a difference, one coffee bean or tea leaf at a time. Here are the essential products you will need to green your daily beverages.Read More »from Ultimate Guide to Eco and Fair-Trade Coffee and Tea Essentials (with Recipes!)
1. Fair Trade Coffees
The best thing you can do to green your morning cup of joe is purchase fair trade coffee, preferably organic and shade-grown. Not only are you looking out for the environment, you are also ensuring that farmers are safe from harmful pesticides and get a fair price for their product. Here are the 9 Best Fair Trade Coffees. While you are at it, read this article that discusses all things coffee and includes some deliciously healthy coffee-based recipes for all you coffee lovers!
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