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Pets Going Green: Healthier Options for Your Furry or Feathered Friends

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio The craze for natural and organic products doesn’t stop with humans. More and more companies are offering healthier alternatives to standard pet products, including better foods, natural treats, and more eco-friendly bedding, toys, supplies, and even holistic health remedies. Before you get stuck in the same old dog food rut, consider the more natur... »

Sustainable Living in the Lehigh Valley

By Maya Rodale The “green” movement has its roots firmly planted in the Lehigh Valley. In 1940, J.I. Rodale (my great-grandfather) purchased an old farm in Allentown. This plot of land on Cedar Crest Boulevard was where he tried out his organic farming ideas—and from where he subsequently launched the organic farming movement in America. Since then, life in the Lehigh Vall... »

Go Green with Organic Wines

By Maureen Sangiorgio I am sitting on my deck with my feet propped up on the railing, holding a glass of wine. The sun warms my face and rolls over me like a loving embrace–life, my friends, is good. New research suggests that wine has been a source of relaxation and enjoyment for man since the start of the earliest civilizations in 8,500 B.C.  While much has changed from ... »

The Scoop on Supplements

Carli S. Timpson From the drive-through at your favorite fast food restaurant to the aisles at your local grocer, nutritionally empty food choices abound. American consumption of fats has increased 56% since the mid-1970s, and per year sugar intake is an astonishing 15lbs more than 1970*. Making healthy food choices today is difficult to say the least. Even those who striv... »

Lehigh’s Green House

By J.F. Pirro Plenty of college campuses have green initiative buildings—buildings designed and built with green innovation in mind—but Lehigh University’s Green House stands out as a residential community of students who are “living green.” Green House is the campus’ evolving environmental residence hall that’s geared toward sustainable living. Its 17 residents promote da... »

The Search for Sunlight: One Woman’s Struggle to Combat the Winter Blues

By Sara Vigneri January 3, 9 a.m.: The winter vacation is over and all I’m left with is the stark reality of the cold, dark winter ahead of me. Considering the Lehigh Valley begins decorating for winter nearly three months before it begins, how soon can we start decorating for spring? Perhaps I’ll buy some yellow silk tulips and start a new trend. January 5, 7:... »

Scrapbooking 101

By Jill Spotz As holiday decorations and memories are literally and figuratively packed away, we look forward to spring and warmer weather. But what is a crafter to do when the cold winter still lingers? There is no better time than now to start a scrapbooking project. If you have holiday pictures still resting in their Snapfish or Shutterfly delivery envelopes, or worse, ... »

Chocolate Anyone?

by Mary Beth Schwartz A plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies while watching a chick flick. A cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream after sledding. A decadent chocolate cake for your birthday. Racing to the pantry yet to see what you might have on hand? There’s something about chocolate that can take the blahs out of dreary winter days and make them much more ... »

7 Tips for a Successful Book Club

By Christine A. Krahling Winter is the perfect time for curling up by the fireplace with a good book and then getting together with people who share your interests to discuss it. What a great way to beat the winter blues! In fact, book clubs that meet throughout the year are quite popular, offering friendship, fun and stimulating discussions of the written word, no matter ... »

Decorating The Christmas City

By Jennifer LoConte For most of us, the annual holiday decorating begins around Thanksgiving weekend. Lighted candles appear in neighborhood windows, festive outdoor lights pop up and Christmas trees tied to the tops of automobiles make their first appearance as December draws near. For one man and his team, however, the arduous task of decorating the entire city of Bethle... »

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