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Outdoor Entertaining: 11 Essentials for a Backyard July 4th Bash

The team at CasaSugar helps us celebrate outdoors. If you’re planning on hosting a party for Fourth of July festivities, you’ll want to make sure that your backyard is up for the challenge. Choosing decorative elements that are multifunctional is key, but it takes a bit of preparation. To ensure […]

Reinventing Our Scents

My husband is always first to note that if a perfume’s natural, why is it bottled? “People like to smell what they can’t in their everyday,” I usually tell him. After all, it’s not likely I’m going to pick vanilla beans today, wrangle up some sandalwood or score an overflow […]

UK Women Seek Retail Therapy to Cure Recession Blues

Shop till You Drop, a dead end job mystery is a humorous detective novel about a woman who uncovers crimes while employed at an ultra-exclusive boutique in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. But there is much truth to the title of this fiction. It is also the real-life saga of more and […]

New Law Protects Children from Phthalates and Lead

The past year has been a bad one for toxic kid’s products, what with lead paint on imported toys and phthalates in plastic toys. For once, Congress has been quick to act. A new law is set to go in effect on February 10th that will require all products such […]

4 Fair Trade Clothing Brands We Love for Spring

Finding fashionable clothes that are Fair Trade isn’t as difficult as it used to be. We’ve rounded up 4 Fair Trade clothing brands that are dedicated to selling Fair Trade clothing that considers the communities behind the products and the impact on our our environment. 1. Avatar Avatar is based […]

Eco Fashionistas We Love

It’s a whole wild world of green fashion out there, and sometimes it can be hard to know who’s in, who’s out, and who is giving Stella McCartney’s green eco-couture a real run for its money. So we went out into the world of green fashion to pick out some […]

7 Oscar Nominated Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Here are 7 Oscar nominated movies you can watch from the comfort of your own home. It’s the most wonderful time of the year (well, to me anyway). With the Oscars just around the corner, what better way to gear up for a night of watching celebs get their glamour […]

I Want My Green TV

What’s cool and green and seen all over? Eco-themed television! Green programming is a growing niche in entertainment, and each week, we’ll look at shows that make us shout out “I want my green TV!” “˜Future Forward’ Inspires Cooks to Recycle Kitchen Scraps Planet Green’s “Future Food” executive chef, Omar […]

20 Great (& Somewhat Obsessive) Uses of Helvetica

Welcome to the Helveti-club. Helvetica was created in 1957 and is now the typeface of record for corporations, governments and design snobs for being the clean, neutral font that Comic Sans is not and Arial tries to be. Interestingly, conspiracy theorists criticize it for being too “pro-establishment,” used ad nauseam by […]

The Scrunchable Shopper

“Oh no! I left my reusable bags at home!”   That used to be a common refrain of yours truly at the grocery checkout line, and I’d feel so badly – taking home all those paper or plastic bags that would invariably end up scrunched under my kitchen sink because […]

Lustables: Old School Victory Garden Posters for Today’s Homefront

Channeling historical  propaganda posters in the name of modern day social progress.  A long time ago, before food became so industrialized and corny, Americans expressed wartime patriotism through Victory Gardens. Kind of like freedom fries, with the exception that actual vegetables were planted during the two world wars to help […]

3 Healthy Halloween Finger Food Recipes (Great for Kids!)

Nothing spells indulgence quite like Halloween does. Have you ever eaten so many sweets at any other time in the year than on Halloween? Unfortunately, it’s easier to give into the lure of bottomless candy bags as a child than as an adult, when every bite makes that much more […]

10 DIY Tea Recipes for Cozy Winter Evenings

Tea recipes so you can make your own unique blends. If winter is good for one thing, it’s for curling up with a good book and a mug of tea. This is the season to embrace coziness. In Denmark, they have a word to describe this exact feeling: hygge. Creating […]

The Nuclear Option

With Japan at risk, the nuclear energy debate returns. Japan’s nuclear power plants were supposed to be safe. Theoretically, one safety mechanism after the other would prevent damage to the plants in the event of an earthquake. But on March 11th, that theory was disproved when a massive earthquake and […]

How to Find the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

When hunting for the best sunglasses to suit you – look no further than your face shape. You don’t just want any pair of shades. You want to find the best sunglasses ever – ones that seem like they were made just for you. Like finding the perfect little black […]

The American Dream (Home), Deconstructed

Designer Michael Jantzen’s series subverts the suburban mega-manse. We’ve covered big houses before, the death of the McMansion and the shifting scepter of suburbia (from monolithic American dreamlands to suburban wastelands). Designer Michael Jantzen’s series, called Deconstructing the Houses, caught our attention – as it has many – due to […]

Suicide Farmers See Hope in Sustainable Farming

Here’s an article to stop you in your tracks. Ecotextile News reports on the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India -an area troubled by its farmer suicide problem – and the tribal area of Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh. For those of you not aware that watchdogs are necessary, you need only read […]

Want Long, Lovely Eyelashes?

For many of us, the quest for long, luscious lashes is something akin to Goldilocks looking for that “just right” bowl of porridge. Except Goldilocks, being a supposed natural blonde, probably had eyelashes noticeable only under NASA’s strongest telescopes. Why? Because as many descendants of Northern Europe like myself will […]

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The Best Organic Makeup Brands | Consumer Guide

You no longer have to sacrifice performance in the name of healthier products. Still, shopping for natural cosmetics can seem daunting. There are so many natural beauty brands around these days. How can you tell which are the best organic makeup brands? We’ve evaluated many natural cosmetics lines, zeroed in on the cream […]

Heidi McKenzie Makes Fashion Waves With Wheelchair Fashion

Heidi McKenzie launched a Kickstarter campaign for Wheelchair Fashion in order to feature her ground-breaking, made-in-America jeans. McKenzie’s jeans are made specifically for people who are in wheelchairs. The jeans are just as fashionable as any conventional jeans, but they come with certain adaptations that make them incredibly comfortable for people in […]

Behold! How Ocean Garbage Patches Are Made [Video]

Have you ever thought to yourself, “huh, I wonder how all that ocean trash ends up in the same place?” Well, now science has the answer. This video shows how global ocean currents create large ocean garbage patches. It would be cool to watch if the reality wasn’t so damn […]

7 Important Things You Need to Know About Being the Other Woman

Take it from someone who’s been there: Being the other woman is the shits. Bitch. Homewrecker. Slut. These are just some of the labels that come with being the other woman. After all, the other woman doesn’t have feelings—she’s nothing more than a scheming tramp who only cares about herself. […]

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe with Green Beans, Red Peppers and Feta

This cold pasta salad recipe is a lighter, more seasonally-apropos take on comfort food that the whole family will love. Pasta dishes tend to fall under the category of indulgences, but they don’t have to. In fact, they can be as carefree as your next salad. All you need is […]

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Here’s Why You Need to Go Biodynamic Wine Tasting in Europe

Biodynamic wine tasting in Europe! What could be better? Strolling through vine covered rolling hills. Touring centuries-old cellars. Winding through the narrow passageways of ancient medieval hilltop towns. It’s romantic. Enchanting. Think chateaux, manicured gardens and river cruises – experiences that pair beautifully with biodynamic wines that sing out of the […]

Heidi McKenzie Makes Fashion Waves With Wheelchair Fashion

Heidi McKenzie launched a Kickstarter campaign for Wheelchair Fashion in order to feature her ground-breaking, made-in-America jeans. McKenzie’s jeans are made specifically for people who are in wheelchairs. The jeans are just as fashionable as any conventional jeans, but they come with certain adaptations that make them incredibly comfortable for people in […]

Luscious Amalfi Coast Pasta Recipe with Lemon Sauce

This pasta recipe gets a burst of freshness from a bright lemon sauce, perfectly balanced with parmesan cheese and cream. In Italy, the lemons are the size of watermelons. While that may be a slight exaggeration, some varieties that grown on the west coast of Italy are almost 5 times the […]

What If We Committed to Grow Food, Not Lawns? Foodie Underground

If you commit to “grow food not lawns,” you’re not just committing to better food security, you’re committing to a better community. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution I’ve been thinking […]

5 Adventure Jobs Women Make Look Totally Easy (and Awesome!)

Forget choose your own adventure books. Now, you can choose your own adventure career! Here are the stories of 5 inspiring women who turned the outdoors into their office and their passion into a paying adventure job. 1. Ramona Cox, Backcountry Barnstormer Adventure Pilot & Speaker The owner of SkyChick Adventures, Ramona […]