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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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10/8/2009 2:56:04 PM
Harvesting Beauty
In October it turns cold again. This is the last month of the year that our workers are outside in the medicinal garden, mostly preparing for winter and bringing inside the plants that are sensitive to the cold. Of the plants that stay outside, we cover some with leaves and other natural materials to protect them against the frigid temperatures and, later, the snow. Even though October can be cold, it’s the month with the least amount of rain, and it can be so beautiful, too. The garden often looks very pretty, although in a way that’s considerably different from the summertime. The loveliness now comes from the colorful leaves, delicate seed pods and...
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9/21/2009 12:42:53 PM
So Long, Summer. Hello, September.
September is the season of golden, warm light. Just as the summer sun begins to fade, nature, the garden and the gardeners start to slow down. It’s time to reflect on the hard work and harvesting we did during the summer season. In September, Angelica archangelica (angelica) and Valeriana officinalis (valerian) are two of the last plants we put in the soil before winter. We harvest Allium cepa (garden onions) and Allium sativum (garlic) this month. These two plants are commonly found in vegetable gardens, but as many traditional herbal or medical books show, they are thought to help prevent some diseases. Capsicum annuum (chilli pepper) is another...
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9/15/2009 10:26:45 AM
Inspiration Fresh From The Farm
It’s all about fresh food this time of year. I get these cravings for slices of tomatoes on crusty bread with olive oil, salt and pepper. We made dinner the other night and many colors were represented, from green to yellow to purple. We had striped candy beets, French green beans and locally grown corn. It was definitely a sign of nature’s bounty. Ben and I had been to the Farmer's Market that day, and we were inspired. Ben, however, is not yet so inclined to eat many vegetables. He likes, as he calls them, "mixed-up vegetables"—corn, peas and carrots, and not much else. He does eat cannellini beans, a mild white bean that he...
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