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As Nice as New: A Guide to Thrift, Consignment, and Secondhand Shops in the Iowa City Area

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of a thrift score. Uncovering a treasure at a bargain price not only saves you money, but is environmentally-conscious in that you are recycling already-manufactured goods. I rely on thrift stores to clothe my family and furnish my home, and also donate items regularly as well. Read on for […]

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A Few Easy Ways to Do Some Good

“Care. Love. Be outraged. Be devastated. Don’t just give up. The world needs good humans today.” This source of inspiration the day after the Las Vegas shootings came from an unexpected source: a post on The Ellen Show’s Instagram account. But maybe the source isn’t so unexpected–who hasn’t been touched or inspired by Ellen?! When […]

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Think Outside the Lunch Box – Tips and Tricks for Packing School Lunch

Between the glue sticks and the composition notebooks, we find our fellow moms. We will meet up again in the aisle alongside the colored folders. Together, we help decipher our supply lists and figure out which ones are the plastic, 2-pocket folders with brads/prongs. We will try to hide our frustration as we struggle, for […]

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Urban Homesteading: 15 Ways to Go Green in the City

The word “homesteading” brings to mind adventurous settlers rushing to stake their claim on lands out west in the 1800s. You might think of homesteaders as Little House on the Prairie-types who reject modern technology and conveniences in favor of cows, sows, and plows.  But modern homesteading simply means embracing a lifestyle that values sustainability over […]

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The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: When to Buy Organic

Should I buy organic? Does it matter? Is it worth the extra cost? If I can’t afford to buy everything organic, how do I choose which foods to splurge on and which ones to save on? The Environmental Working Group creates a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, updated yearly, that ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular […]

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A Magical Fairy Garden

Spring is here. The weather is getting warmer. The grass is getting greener. My Pinterest boards are filling up with landscape design and gardening tips. There is just one problem: my thumb is brown. I love the idea of a beautiful garden, but after years of failed attempts I needed to think of ways to incorporate natural elements […]

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