Low or No Waste Holiday Parties

November 27, 2012

  ‘Tis the season – to create about 25% more garbage! Seriously, that is how much more trash Americans create between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Ready to do your part in reducing that number? Follow these tips for less to no waste: Start with the invitations – e-mail […]

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DIY Halloween Costumes

October 24, 2012

  Using some fuzzy math, I figured I have 30 kid Halloweens under my belt. That’s adding up each Halloween, times the three kids who are now teenagers.  Although in recent years I’ve had less and less costuming to do, when the children were younger, creating their Halloween costumes was an important annual tradition.  It […]

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Green Holiday Tip #10: Spend Time, Not Money

December 26, 2011

Spent all your money but still have a few people on your list?  Try a different currency – time. Having a birthday near Christmas, I remember a few years where I wished that my siblings would hang out with me on my birthday rather than spend time that day searching for a gift for me. […]

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Green Holiday Tip #9: Buy Pre-Owned

December 25, 2011

OK this won’t work for everything or everybody, but from books to gear to gadgets you can find a ton of great items on the cheap when you buy used. To this day one of the best presents I gave my husband was a sewing machine off Craigslist. Save money and save on waste! What […]

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Green Holiday Tip #8: Think Outside the Box

December 19, 2011

My husbands grandparents have a Christmas tradition that I discovered the first one I spent with them.  Upon tearing into the wrapping paper of my present it was like the music stopped and everyone looked at me.  What no one told me was that they have been reusing wrapping paper for years, some of it […]

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Green Holiday Tip #7: Choose to Reuse

December 16, 2011

Reusing has become more mainstream in the past few years with the plethora of stylish reusable bags, water bottles and mugs available for purchase.  These are all easy to use and each make a big impact in reducing our dependence on convenient disposables in our society. But What About at the Holidays! Often these finely […]

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Green Holiday Tip #6: Buy Local

December 15, 2011

What is it you appreciate about living in Central Oregon?  Whether it’s the mountains and rivers, family and community or our high desert weather, chances are it’s not because we have big box stores located here.  Our communities are made up of small businesses that are owned by people invested in our region.  They provide […]

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Green Holiday Tip #5: Buy the Product, Not the Packaging

December 14, 2011

On average, 10 percent of what we pay for a product goes towards the packaging…often that same packaging that maybe persuades us to buy that product over another, and then often enough ends up in the garbage as soon as we get home. By The Numbers According to the EPA, of the 250 million tons […]

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Green Holiday Tip #4: Handmade Holiday

December 8, 2011

Make it Yourself I don’t know about you, but my favorite gifts to give are the ones I make myself. They are free for me, personalized, and fun to make. It is hard to give up such refined finery, but in the end, I only have so much wall space. And it’s not just me […]

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Tip #3: Choose Quality Over Quantity

December 6, 2011

Quality over quantity: a common expression But won’t one item instead of twelve, end in depression? “No, no, no”! I sing, for that one item will last Whereas everything else may fall apart so fast! So if we spend a little extra we’ll have less to store, And at the end of the year, less […]

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