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articles by: Jana Ballinger

Clean and Green for the Holidays

The holidays are coming and you know what that means--company's coming too! If you're planning to entertain a gaggle of relatives, a flock of friends, or both, then you are going to want to make your …

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A Green Thanksgiving for Everyone

We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year, and like many of you out there I have the monumental task of making a wide variety of people happy. I've got a newly vegan mom, a picky sister…

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Seeing the Paper for the Trees

My nephew must have been just 3 when I told him paper was made of trees and he laughed at me. Well, maybe he didn't laugh at me but he did giggle because I am his "silly" aunt. But in this instance, i…

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Pure Pampering, DIY Style

Between the failing economy and everything I know about the hazardous chemicals found in most beauty products, I'm thinking it's time to start using some of the great DIY formulas from our Care2 archi…

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Cast Your Vote for the Earth

Vote. One word, so very simple, yet every time an Election Day comes around there are millions of people who don't exercise this right. As many as 50 percent of people in the United States just don't …

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Halloween and the Joy of Giving

I've never really been that into Halloween. Dressing up is not really my thing and having all that candy around is just too much temptation for me. I do like seeing cute kids in their costumes but we …

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Eco-Halloween Costumes to DIY For

Halloween always seems to bring out the parental paranoia. I suppose it's no surprise with kids running around after dark, knocking on the doors of people you may or may not know, and essentially taki…

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I’ll Have the Fish, Hold the Guilt

I love fish. I love swimming with them and I love eating them. I know this is kind of sick, but a trip to the aquarium will always put me in the mood for a nice piece of salmon. But wait, is it Atlant…

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My Mom, the Breast Cancer Survivor

It was the last day of August when my sister and I were driving home from a weekend in the mountains and we got a call from my mom to let us know that they'd found something suspicious during a routin…

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Paint Your Toes Green

Chicks dig pedicures. There, I said it. Just to clarify, I am a feminist and I don't subscribe to the notion that women need to paint and coif themselves to perfection to live up to some societal noti…

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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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I am a bit confused. What I did for fun at 10 years old would look crazy if I did it now. I lined u…

Many fruit juices contain too much sugar added... Thanks for the article, very informative.