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articles by: Jana Ballinger

Gorgeously Green Salt Rub

Forget all the worrying about the dangerous ingredients found in most beauty products these days by making your own. This salt rub from Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life b…

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Going Solar or Going for Broke?

Some girls dream of diamonds. I have always dreamt of solar panels. When I was a child in the '70s, I remember hearing about solar energy and thinking that someday it would be everywhere---a solar ene…

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Gas Prices and the Hybrid Car

The Internets were abuzz today with Toyota's dramatic unveiling of the next-generation Prius at the North American International Auto Show. The top-selling hybrid hopes to keep its spot with a car tha…

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Just Say No to “Convenience” Food

I'm here to tell you the inconvenient truth about "convenience" food: It is not very convenient at all. The definition of convenient is "not troublesome." But if you ask me, there's something very…

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Healthy New Year’s Appetizer Ideas

If you're throwing a New Year's Eve party, or just planning a quiet evening at home with a few friends or your family, you're going to want some appetizers that won't set you back in the health depart…

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Good Samaritans, Be Wary?

A few months ago, I was walking through the Costco parking lot when I saw an elderly and somewhat frail couple trying to load two gigantic bags of pet food into the back of their car. They were clearl…

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The 12 Days of Green Christmas

On the first day of green Christmas (or non-denominational winter holiday of your choosing), my true love e-mailed to me An eco-friendly Christmas tree. On the second day of green Christmas (or…

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Simple Ways to Detox Your Home

A clean home is more than just sparkling countertops and well-vacuumed floors, it's fresh-smelling and chemical-free too. Here are some easy ways to detox your home from Simply Green Parties by Danny …

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A Cup of Tea for What Ails You

What could be nicer on a cold day when you don't feel so hot than a cup of tea? Make your own infusions, which are water-based herb extracts, by simply pouring water over a medicinal and allowing it t…

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Gift Idea: Spiced Up Organic Coffees

Here's a easy-to-make, thoughtful and customizable gift idea for every coffee lover on your list. Since most flavored coffees are full of artificial flavors and aren't made from organic beans, the …

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about Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.

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As much as I would like GMO food to be labelled (I'd check the label) So many people don't check la…

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That made my cheeks hurt just watching! Yikes. I'm thinking that next time this hamster's human ough…