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Posted: December 6, 2019 ...by
“The dark is rising,” I say to my friend, Vanessa, a photographer who has called to tell me how a bird fell out of the sky and landed at her feet, dead, during her morning walk. She is obsessed with birds. She has hundreds of them in her freezer. Songbirds collected and given a second...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 4, 2019 ...by
I love reading. My children love reading. Much of our family culture is modeled around reading. I read for work and for pleasure everyday and most days I also read to my children for at least an hour. Thanks to the advent of audiobooks, I also listen to hours of audiobooks. Indeed, my children are...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
What to do when your family isn’t together over the holidays [I recently contributed a tip to Military Travel Mama on budgeting tips for families and I asked her to contribute something about what it’s like to create a family when often there are thousands of miles and many, many weeks between visits. While my...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
'Tis the season.  The lights of Hanukkah will soon fade into the past and the lights of Christmas are on the horizon. Parents everywhere are thinking about gifts. It is one of the questions I am most asked: "How do I green celebrations?" The winter holidays are a test for most of us: wanting to please our children, wanting to have more money, wanting less stuff, wanting to please our relatives. »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
If there is anything universal about faith these days, it’s that everybody seems unsure what to do about Christmas.   Even many Christian families struggle with this question, watching the entire holiday being pulled towards excessive consumerism with its associated spending and waste. In my family, my husband and I represent four very different religious...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
 Mama to Mama: Holiday Traditions Feliz Navidad! I have two young boys. Christmas is, understandably, their favorite holiday. (Thanksgiving is mine.) And as we are Hispanic, our family traditions are Spanish in origin. On the 1st of December, I place the Nativity crèche “stable” out. Every Sunday, we add a few animals, palm trees and angels....Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
Meaningful, Ethical, Green & (Not-too-late) Gift Ideas for the  Kids and Mamas in your Life Want presents this holiday that are less about stuff, yet still allow you to enjoy the act of giving and receiving? Of course you do. Here’s a look of what some of our TheGreenMama.com team are doing! (And, yes, this...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
Greening your Christmas Tree If you want to go even greener with your Christmas Tree purchase, there are a variety of other options available to you. 1. Buy  a live, potted tree. My family has done this for years. Most pine trees can live for many years in a pot or you can replant the...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
Six tips for getting more meaning (& less stuff) into your winter holiday whether you celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, Solstice, or something (or nothing) else 1. Have a conversation with your partner and older children about the traditions and values that resonate most and that you want to celebrate and strengthen. Similarly, discuss what you don’t...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
How to Celebrate Advent Simply, no matter what your faith This is not really a “How To” in any sort of prescriptive way. I like the simplicity of that title. Advent is defined as the four Sundays that lead up to Christmas. Yet, in my family, where we celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, and the big event...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 1, 2019 ...by
How to create more magic in your holidays, regardless of what you believe You don’t have to believe in magic yourself to create magic. But, if you would like to know WHY it is so important that children believe in magic, I encourage you to read the Green Mama article on it. In the article...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 21, 2019 ...by
Candles are a lovely way to add a celebratory feeling to a birthday, chase a little of the dark away during the holiday season, or grace a dinner table. Unfortunately, most candles release toxins into the air and, then, into the body of your family. Regular candles are made of paraffin wax which is basically...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 12, 2019 ...by
I fell in love with Vancouver’s newest Christmas Tree Rental company because they are so much more than even that (which is a pretty cool thing in and of itself). So, just how green can your Christmas Tree be? I did an interview with Carbon Sync‘s founder Brad Major to find out. 1. How did...Read More »Read More
Posted: May 7, 2019 ...by
Can Learning Challenges Be Gifts in Disguise It was a great surprise when I realized my clearly bright, gifted daughter struggled with reading, writing, counting… really, with words and symbols of all sorts. In some ways, I continue to be shocked by it though we are years past her official diagnosis and our family’s embracement...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 13, 2019 ...by
What a parent should know about ensuring a vegetarian baby is healthy I was a vegetarian, and for some years a vegan (strict vegetarian), during my early adult life. I chose this path for a mixture of health, environmental, and ethical reasons. But I do not recommend this for the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum years....Read More »Read More