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12/21/2009 9:58:24 AM
The Beauty of Family Traditions
The deeper meaning of the holiday season is shining through this year. People are making gifts for each other and enjoying time spent together. Last year, we started a tradition for Ben’s Hanukkah presents. A friend told us of a rhyme: Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. Dan and I come from separate religious backgrounds, so creating our own traditions really makes us feel like a family. We also started a family walk on Sunday mornings. We walk on a wooded path near our home. We run, skip and walk together, Dan, Ben and me. Then we have a delicious brunch. I usually workout alone but this is a great way to...
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Categories: Parenting
12/4/2009 8:50:58 AM
Could You be the Next Face of
Weleda is not about us; it’s about you—it’s about “we.” With that in mind, it seemed only natural to look for our next we magazine cover model from among all of you. The model for our last issue, Samira, was a friend of Marko’s, our COO. She was born in Iran (home of the pomegranate). She now lives in Jersey City, NJ, and enjoys eating pomegranates with her husband. With her timeless beauty and natural radiance, she was the perfect person for that cover. The search is now on for the face of our spring 2010 issue! Our “You Could Be we” contest launched on December 1, and we’ve already received so many wonderful entries that we can’t help but share a...
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11/13/2009 9:35:22 AM
Coming in From the Cold
In November, the cold, wet and gray days start to set in, as the last of the fallen leaves are blown away by the wind. But we still have lots of work to do in our biodynamic gardens!   We put most of the fallen leaves to good use as a cover on certain plants to protect them against the cold. We also create a typical forest soil using humus—organic material produced by the leaves that helps feed the soil.   In November we start to trim the hedges that surround all of our fields. We have more than 14,000(m) of hedges around the entire garden. They are an important element in a biodynamic garden; they serve as a valuable habitat for necessary...
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Categories: Cultivating beauty
11/2/2009 9:33:38 AM
Enter Our Halloween Costume Contest!
Enter our Halloween Costume Contest & Giveaway! Halloween is Ben’s favorite holiday. I think it might be our community’s favorite holiday as well. Our town, Nyack, NY, hosts a parade every year that passes by our home. I am always amazed by the costumes and floats people create! This year the local rowing team was a boatload of Vikings! The owner of our local health food store, Back to Earth, dressed up as a carrot, with a broccoli sidekick. (It was a nice reminder to eat your vegetables on a day that is awash with candy.) Ben and his friend Taylor enjoyed dancing to the beat of the marching bands. Ben was a Ninja this year. ...
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Categories: Baby, Parenting
10/28/2009 11:58:24 AM
Better Late Than Never
According to the powers that be in our Communications Department, this blog is way overdue. The reason for my tardiness is, well—work! I know this sounds shocking to the digitally inclined, since social media is supposed to bring us closer, and in our case, bring Weleda closer to you. So what was this “work thing” that kept me from my blogging duties? At Weleda, this is the time of year when we prepare our budgets for the next year. The financial crisis has largely defined 2009, and while the jury is still out on whether we have indeed made it through the worst, our industry has certainly not been spared by the economic downturn. Many natural foods...
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Categories: Our world
10/22/2009 12:32:28 PM
Living Better for Less
I enjoy a bargain. I’m the kind of person who, when given a compliment on something I’m wearing, will flash a silly grin and tell you the low price I paid for it. Frugality is becoming more valued as we deal with the changing times, but having a child also makes you learn how to do more with less. Grocery shopping is a great place to save money. It’s important to our family that we buy organic produce as much as possible, and it has been for a long time. It’s gratifying to see studies come out showing that children who eat organic foods have less pesticide residues in their bodies. I’ve also acknowledged that eating seasonally is healthy, eco and...
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