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Carols, Cups, and Caffeine

Posted by Tammy Hrab on December 12, 2016 - 4:33pm
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By Roch Boisvert and Tammy Hrab

There are little things that we can do in our daily lives to help reduce waste.  Remember to take your reusable travel mug while you’re out shopping.  Not only will it keep your drink warm in this cold weather, but many stores will give you a discount when you buy a coffee with your reusable mug.  If the giving spirit means that your friend brings you a Specialty Coffee that is only available this time of year, remember that most of the cups used these days are paper and can be rinsed and recycled.  You don’t have...

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Seasons Greetings

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 12, 2016 - 12:29pm
Regional

The sights and sounds of the season are all around us, glimmering lights, giant snowmen, green wreaths hung on doors and the peek of a Christmas tree in your neighbor’s window. The holidays are here and with them Christmas greetings, warm wishes for the holiday sent with love from friends and family. The annual Christmas card flurry has arrived. It’s that time of year when you learn what your 2nd cousin twice removed did for summer vacation and how little joey was the MVP of his baseball team. When I was little, I remember going to my gram’s house and seeing all of her...

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Turn the Page ~ Beautiful vintage ornaments made from book pages

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 8, 2016 - 3:07pm
Regional

One of our favourite things to do during the holidays is to find new ways to use old things and turn them into beautiful decorations for the tree or house.  Today, we are going to help you get some use out of books or newspapers that are ready to go to recycling. 

YOU'LL NEED TO GATHER:

Once you've gathered all your supplies, you will need to do the following:

1.  Carefully pull out 36 pages  - don't worry if the...

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Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman!

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 7, 2016 - 6:17pm
Regional

Holiday time in our house used to mean 2 little boys anxiously waiting each day to see if the postman was going to stop at our house with a package for them.  My boys are not so little anymore, and the postman doesn't come to our house as much since the installation of our community mail boxes, but the anticipation is still there.  Now it means making a trip around the block to the mailbox and as we made our first trip to check this week we realized we hadn't actually checked our mail in quite a while.  As a matter of fact, after a little discussion, my...

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Oh Christmas Tree

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 6, 2016 - 5:09pm
Regional, NEAT

It is the subject of great debate in households throughout Canada: Christmas trees, real or artificial?  Ask anyone you meet and they will have an opinion.  It appears we are very loyal to our choice.  The truth is, there are positives and negatives to both choices.  Most artificial trees are made from PVC which is definitely not the greenest of all plastics, if plastic can even be labeled as green.  However, if you can keep your artificial tree in use for 20+ years, it becomes more environmentally friendly than a real tree.  Cutting down real trees can add...

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The Gift That Shares

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 5, 2016 - 5:00pm
Regional

In our last 2 articles we talked about giving charitable and experiential gifts.  We love those ideas and think they should top everyone's gift giving list, but we also are realistic and know that there will be "stuff" to be given, too.  We all like getting something special under the tree, but how much better would we feel if we about giving that special gift if we knew that we had purchased it from a company that cares?  A company that has pledged to give back to people and causes that make a difference.  The list of companies that do just that is...

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The Gift That Lasts A Lifetime

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 2, 2016 - 5:17pm
Regional

Stuff.  It's everywhere.  I talk about it on a regular basis with kids throughout the Peace Region.  In North America, where only 7% of the world's population lives, we use 1/3 of the "stuff" on the planet.  Owning that stuff also means we use 1/3 of the natural resources on our planet because that iPhone didn't just appear from nothing.  We own and use so much stuff in North America that it has been said, by many scientists, that if the whole world consumed "stuff" the way we do we would need 5 planets to produce enough resources...

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Buy Bulk Better

Posted by Tammy Hrab on December 2, 2016 - 1:36pm
NEAT

Bulk Barn recently announced their pilot project and roll out of Project Waste Free. The plan is that people are able to bring their own containers to fill at the store. This got us thinking about our local bulk stopping options, so we made some phone calls. We have good news for you, just in time for holiday baking and gift making. 

If you shop at Homesteaders Health Foods in Fort St. John or Health Food Centre in Dawson Creek, you are able to bring in your own containers for bulk items.  The days of having to...

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The Gift That Gives Back

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 1, 2016 - 3:24pm
Regional

It's here!  The most magical month of the year!  Whether you're 1 or 101, there's something about the month of December that just brings out the warm fuzzies...am I right? 

Maybe it's because December is a month of giving, and we all know it isn't just the big guy in the red suit that's making a list and checking it twice. There's a certain feeling of satisfaction when we find the perfect gift for someone in our lives.  From your parents to your spouse, your kids to their teachers, gift giving is what the season is all about.

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Have a Holly Jolly Green Christmas!

Posted by Susan McGarvey on November 30, 2016 - 5:12pm
Campaign, NEAT

Waking up this morning it was hard to believe that the last day of November was upon us. I don't know about you, but for me, 2016 has gone by in the blink of an eye! I swear just yesterday I was in the garden, with tons of little helpers, learning, planting, growing...and just like that *Insert snapping fingers here*, we wake up and the grass is snow covered, the kids have gone through summer break and have been back in school for 3 months and are looking forward to their winter break and the holidays are only a few meager sleeps away!

As you prepare for time with...