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Some ideas on gifts for holidays or any other time of year

Wrapping up Christmas: a guide for gift giving

It is that time of year.  The scramble for the big Christmas day is underway!  You are in one of two positions this time of year: One, sildenafil case you are frantically trying to get your shopping done (or started) or two, you are struggling to get everything wrapped.

For the first, I wish you the best of luck and encourage you to check out some of my last minute sustainable gift ideas, or websites like World Vision, Uncommon Goods, and Ten Thousand Villages for unique and environmentally-friendly gifts.

For the second, I found myself in this boat and looking for some better solutions to wrap all the holiday gifts this season.  According to the EPA, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25% and it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills (EPA and Use Less Stuff).  That doesn’t feel good in a season where we are trying to give better lives.

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Twelve of our Favorite (Sustainable Living) Things

As we wrap up the year, generic viagra prostate our family likes to reflect on our favorite sustainable living products that we discovered this year and that made our quest to live a life with less impact easier.  And in true holiday style, order we have selected twelve of our can’t-live-without favorites in honor of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Some of these products make great stocking stuffers so if you are looking for affordable, last minute gifts, hopefully this serves as inspiration. Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark Recipe

I was asked to bring a sweet treat to a wonderful event this past weekend – “Celebrating Trees”.  As the title indicates, viagra sovaldi it was a benefit focused on trees; a combination of art, and music and poetry.  Wanting to keep with the theme, for sale I came up with this chocolate “bark” recipe.  It is quick, easy and was such a crowd favorite that I was asked for the recipe by nine people at the event.  In fact, it went so fast I failed to get a picture of the final product!  But with a crowd pleasing combination of chocolate and peanut butter, I guess I wasn’t too surprised.

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Rolling your own – beeswax candles that is!

Beeswax.. it is a very useful by-product of keeping bees.  It’s used by the bees to store nectar allowing it to cure into sweet, discount viagra viagra golden honey.  It can be added to cosmetics and furniture polish, discount viagra treat and used in culinary applications like candy making.  But one of the easiest ways to use this material is in making candles.

I really love the look, treat smell, and light of beeswax candles.  Whenever we entertain, I like to use candles to set a warm and welcoming mood.  It is also a very romantic way to cut down your energy bills!

I stumbled into making beeswax candles not because we had wax from our first harvest of honey  - for my regular readers you’ll remember my early blunder where I killed off half the hive - but because I found sheets of beeswax at a local garage sale and discovered how simple it was to create these beautiful candles.

Working from beeswax sheets (either because you make your own or purchase them) is a real easy way to make fabulous and sustainable candles.  Rolled beeswax candles are also safer to make than dipped candles (less risk of skin burns and fires) and therefore a great project for kids!

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