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Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Live Christmas Trees

The Christmas tree has become one of the staple holiday decorations for most homes but sustainable Christmas trees aren’t always available. Sometimes severe asthma and allergy sensitivities can leave you shunning the evergreen as well. Fear not my festive friends, if you don’t want a real Christmas tree you don’t have to settle for a traditional artificial replica. The following are a list of wonderfully eco-friendly alternatives to live Christmas trees.

December 6th

Natural Culinary Dyes

While birthdays, weddings and anniversaries are all occasions calling for festive and colorful treats, the holiday season screams for bright and beautiful decorations to don cakes, cookies and candies. There is ongoing concerns, however, about the safety and healthfulness of artificial dyes and it’s hard to ignore the research showing side effects ranging from head aches to attention difficulties. This holiday season you can still enjoy a myriad of glorious colors by purchasing the following dyes or making your own. Here are a few options for natural culinary dyes.

December 1st

Vegan-Friendly Blankets for Gift Giving

Vegan-friendly materials are those which do not take advantage of animals in any way. It turns out that many of these materials not only respect animals, they also make some gorgeous blankets which are also lovely to the touch as well. Here are a few vegan-friendly blankets for gift giving that your vegan loved ones will appreciate, as well as, anyone with a penchant for curling up in comfort.

November 22nd

5 Earth Friendly Place Setting Favors

While sitting around the family table, decorations are a focal point and significant detail putting the perfect finish touch on the dining experience. Place settings not only help guests find their seat, they create a welcoming, comforting moment not soon forgotten. Offer guests one of these 5 Earth friendly place settings they can take home and enjoy.

November 17th

Protecting Plants from Frost

For some, frost season has arrived while others still have a little planning time to ready crops. Gardening season may have ended for some of the country, while the rest will enjoy planting and harvesting fall and winter crops so long as they stay protected from frost damage. Here are five simple ways to protect plants from frost.

November 10th

4 Alternatives to Whipped Cream: Dairy Free Decadence!

The traditional garnish for holiday pies may be whipped cream, with its white peaks standing in stark contrast against pies of pecan or the rusty tones of pumpkin. This year, why not step off the old beaten path and try a different topping on your holiday pies. With the holiday season just around the corner here are four delicious alternatives to try instead of whipped cream.

November 8th