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Gearing up for Winter!

It seems that in the wake of Hurricane Sandy came winter.  Cold temperatures (except for the weekend’s “heat wave”) and days that get dark quickly (thank you daylight savings time) signal the beginnings of winter to me.  So this weekend, I spent some time preparing for a ‘green’ winter. Here are the winter-y things I’m forward to this season:

1. Winter Veggies.  Eating seasonal foods and veggies mean knowing what is available during the winter.  Veggies like broccoli and cauliflower last into winter, as do potatoes and yams.  I’m especially grateful that sweet potatoes last into winter – nothing says the holidays like candied sweet potatoes!

Check out this listing for more winter veggies!

2. Candles.  Candles are a great way to warm up your house without spending a fortune on heating bills.  Beeswax and vegetable oil candles are the best for the environment.  Plus, when the candle burns down, you can find a million uses for that jar.  Just stick the burnt out candle in the freezer for a day or so, pop out the wax, and wash.

Learn more about eco-friendly candles here.

3. Curling up with a good book.  There’s something about winter that makes me want to curl up under a lamp with a book and a blanket.  So I’m using this season to read up on some of my favorite mystery writers and to learn something new about environmentalism.  You can be sure I’ll be checking out our Book Club features through the winter!

4. Snow fun.  I’m certain that we are in for a snowy winter this year, so I’m preparing for all my favorite snowy activities.  There’s something wonderful about creating a snow angel in front of an apartment building!

Check out this article from the Huffington Post for some other snowy ideas for this winter!

What are some of your favorite winter activities? How do you make them ‘green’?



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