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Aldi bans bee killing pesticides

Aldi Bans Bee Killing Pesticides and Their Profound Impact

Aldi Bans Bee Killing PesticidesAldi, the German supermarket chain, announced on January 1, 2016 that they will be the first major retail supermarket chain to ban bee killing pesticides from their produce. Aldi’s push to make dramatic changes doesn’t stop there. They continue to step up the game by offering additional organic food options, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items.

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Superhero house plants

7 Superhero House Plants Purifying the Air

Superhero house plantsAre you feeling stuffy being stuck indoors during these long, cold winter days? You might notice that the air around you doesn’t feel as clean and fresh as it does in the spring and summer months. Have you ever wondered what causes that to happen?

Indoor air can be some of the worst air to breathe. The air inside can build up with all the daily contaminants like smoke, toxins, pesticides, mold, bacteria, etc. We can clean like crazy, but still not get rid of all the different contaminants found in our air.

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9 Gardening Tasks for the Month of January

January Gardening TasksIf you live in a part of the country anything like mine right now, you might be sitting inside watching a white blanket of snow cover everything in sight. Gardening can feel like it has to sit on the back burner in months like this one.

While a January in Austin, Texas is going to be much different than in Seattle, Washington, or Detroit Michigan, there are some great ways to keep your gardening spirit alive even in these low key months. Here are 9 of our favorite gardening tasks that any climate zone can accomplish in the month of January.

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Recycling Christmas trees

5 Eco-friendly Ways to Recycling Christmas Trees

5 Eco-friendly Ways to Recycling Christmas Trees

It was my first Christmas as a young adult on my own, and I was so excited about having my first live Christmas tree in my own home. Growing up, my family always used artificial trees, so when I was able to experience that amazing evergreen aroma in my living room during the holidays I was hooked.

However, when it came down to tearing down the tree and finding a way to recycle it, I felt a little lost. In fact, I had no idea what to do, I had missed our garbage Christmas tree pickup dates and found myself with my tree hanging out in my backyard for the rest of winter. At that point, I needed to get creative to find other ways to recycle a dead Christmas tree.

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Decorating Christmas tree branches

Creative Ways to Decorate with Christmas Tree Branches

Decorating with Christmas tree branches

A Christmas tree is the center piece of all Christmas decorations. There is nothing like the amazing aroma of evergreen filling your home. However, it can also be a great source of extra stunning decor that you can spread throughout your home, or give as gifts.

Using evergreen branches can be a great way to spread the Christmas tree love throughout your house. Here are 7 fun and easy ways to decorate your home with Christmas branches and how to care for them.

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Ivy – The Christmas Magic and History Behind It

Ivy Christmas Wreath

What are Christmas decorations without some beautiful ivy wrapped around a stairway or wreath? Many people have used this delightful greenery as a Christmas decoration, but have you ever wondered why? Maybe you are familiar with the old 17th – 18th century Christmas carol, The Holly and the Ivy. How did this unique plant make its way into Christmas songs, traditions, and decorations?

When you begin to study the characteristics of plants, you begin to see what sets them apart from others. There is always more than meets the eye, and ivy is no exception. This climbing plant stays lush and green even when the weather outside is frightful.

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The Secrets Behind the Mistletoe

The Secrets Behind the Mistletoe

Have you ever found yourself under a mistletoe and wondered what it is and how did we came to practice this strange holiday tradition that involves kissing?

Washington Irving’s words in the 1800s describes it best by saying, “young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under [mistletoe], plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.

But, why the mistletoe? Is it just another clever way for boys to steal kisses from their crushes? What does it have to do with Christmas? Let’s take a moment to step back and try to understand the mystery of the mistletoe – what is it, where did it come from, and how it came to be a holiday tradition today.

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