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Johanna Smith

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Fathers' Day Gift Guide

(19) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 5:56 PM

Fathers' day is a tricky one. Unlike moms, who are often very receptive to the fool proof formula of flowers or fancy soaps, dads can be a bit harder to please. Most father's day gift guides revolve around a presumed love of golf, or whiskey,...

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Staycations Are Here to Stay

(11) Comments | Posted June 3, 2009 | 5:00 PM

The staycation, which the New York Times' Michael Wilson described last summer as "the absolute cutting edge of the cultural buzz saw" seems like it's, well, here to stay. Despite the significant drop in gas prices, the generally abysmal nature of the economy will likely preclude most of us...

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Operation Salad: Take 1

(6) Comments | Posted April 6, 2009 | 12:36 PM

I have a keen recollection of a conversation that transpired on a houseboat shanty on the Thames that my friend Laura was living on. Her friend Somerset was raving about the salads she was growing in pots in her garden. Fresh lettuce, she enthused, was the most glorious thing...

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6 Amazing Vegan Holiday Baking Projects

(36) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 3:39 PM

Baking is perhaps the quintessential holiday activity. Not only can you share your sweet treats with visiting loved ones, but you could potentially even gather together in the kitchen and bake en famille. Baking is a great bonding activity - that is until grandma dribbles a little too much ice...

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Green Gift Guides Abound: Deep Green, Light Green And In Between

(16) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 12:19 PM

Perhaps you have already had the chance to take a look at our green gift guide, but consider these other options, too. Happily, eco-friendly gift are sprouting up all over the place, as are in-depth analyses of exactly what to buy (or make) for each person on your list....

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Green Gift Guide: Low-Impact, Eco-Friendly Ideas For the Holidays

(30) Comments | Posted November 19, 2008 | 10:53 AM

The holidays can be a tricky time to go green. Green and red, perhaps, but environmentally conscious, not so much. Assuming you've got the food part covered - organic this, local that, you know the drill - the main challenge that remains is really the gifts. Copious gift-giving can seem...

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