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Are you missing someone important on your holiday gift list? What about your community?
Is this the year you finally volunteer for the local soup kitchen, or donate socks, underwear and non-toxic deodorant or toothbrushes to an organization in need?
I say, yes it is! And there's still time.
How to donate to someone you've never met
Option 1: organizations
Check out must-have lists or volunteer hours for organizations. For example:
• Mustard Seed in Victoria needs 1,000 turkeys (see wish lists for Edmonton and Calgary)
• Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver needs long johns and gloves
• Holiday Helpers needs help assembling Christmas bundles or you can sponsor a family in the GTA
"Happiness is an inside job" (says a postcard by Dr. Nedd above my desk).
His recipe to become a happier person:
- Celebrate whatever there is
- Bring a sense of wonder to your life
- Enjoy nature
- Be with happy people
- Treat everyone as if you care
- In everything, give thanks
Does this describe how you stay happy during the holidays? Then read no further.
But Dr. Nedd also has a "How to become a miserable person" recipe:Continue reading »
What have water treatment plant workers ever done to you?
Make their jobs easier — and give the environment a break while you're at it.
Allow me to introduce the "unflushables":
Despite what the commercials say, tampons (and applicators) go in the garbage, ladies. Don't wait for "that time of the month" to change your ways. Omit disposables today.
Gentlemen, you're not off the hook. Condoms are garbage, too.Continue reading »
I'm back! And now I'm a work mom, like many of you.
For 411 days, my life revolved around naps, milk delivery and diaper changes—and finding my top five "green" baby items for surviving and thriving the first year:
Whether you're co-sleeping or sleep training, a lovey or stuffie can soothe your babe. Made from cotton, stuffed with sheep's wool and coloured with AZO-free fabric dye, our PEPPA® bunny helps my son sleep through the night and nap happily. It's safe to chew on and no parts will come off.
Did you know that sheep's wool absorbs scents?Continue reading »
Composting has been around since the beginnings of agriculture and is still celebrated by garden enthusiasts and permaculture gurus. In 1998, the David Suzuki Foundation salmon forest project demonstrated irrevocably that the completion of the salmon lifecycle grows our forests — their return to the earth is an integral part of a healthy ecosystem.Continue reading »