Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
We just sent the September/October issue off to the printer, so we’re complete with bathrooms and harvest menus and it’s time to move onto bedrooms and holiday preparations.
On a wintry Sunday morning, I can’t think of much I’d rather do than settle in at the kitchen table with a cup of fresh coffee and read the big, fat Sunday New York Times.
In this blog series, I’ll guide you through eight sustainable wedding issues — starting with rings, and making stops for invitations and food — that are both easy and fun to remedy. After all, it may be your big day, but that doesn’t mean you should forget the big picture. This blog is all about eco-friendly wedding decorations.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
Oxfam America Unwrapped allows you to give the gift that keeps on giving. Help end poverty, hunger and injustice worldwide this holiday season.
Does your family celebrate the season in a non-traditional way? Please tell us about it.
The holidays are upon us. What traditions do you faithfully observe each year?
Give thanks and give back to the earth this Thanksgiving by greening your celebration. Here are eight tips to get you started.
Wish your friends and family happy holidays with our free, fun and animated e-card.
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
More tips, ideas, and considerations for choosing green gifts. A sequel/supplement to last year's article!
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
Experiments in making an all natural body scrub.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and homesteader Rachel, of the Bay Area's Dog Island Farm, shares her method for cooking the very best Thanksgiving turkey ever.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Planning a party? Let wabi-sabi’s influence lead to a casual, comfortable gathering.
What gifts are we going to give this holiday season?
A Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, suggests that natural Christmas trees generate fewer greenhouse gases per year than artificial trees.
A Garden Planner subscription is a budget-friendly gift that offers the satisfaction of spending the chillier chunks of the calendar plotting the bounty ahead.
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
Shopping and lack of shopping is a hot topic right now with the economy, but it's also a question of what your holidays are all about. What would your celebrations be like without (or without so many) presents?
Reclaim the joy of the holiday season with homemade gifts that aren't too late to make.
Use olive oil, garlic, oregano and more to create an appetizer that is both savory and satisfying. Easy to make, these seasoned crackers will be a hit at your next holiday gathering.
Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
HOMEGROWN.org unwraps its 2013 holiday gift guide, featuring lots of homemade presents, as well as a few stocking stuffers for under $20.
There’s no reason not to “go green” when picking up a game for a young loved one. Despite the abundance of “Made in China” plastic toys and games that line the aisles, some companies have made it their business to create amazingly fun toys and games for children in ways that protect, preserve or restore the planet.
Chocolate peanut butter cups make a lovely Mother's Day present. They're all the better when you can make them organically, inexpensively, and sustainably.
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence suggests some tasty, eco-conscious recipes and tips for your Earth Day celebration.
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
Try these easy and unique homemade gifts--from your kitchen and from nature--for your loved ones this year.
We offer you some helpful tips on how to have a green holiday this year.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
Check out these tips and share your ideas for welcoming 2010 with a green New Year’s Eve party.
Need gift ideas? Check out these 10 natural beauty products, including lip balm, face wash, body wash, nail polish and more.
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
A great recipe for the holidays or any time of the year!
Celebrate those gardeners and birders in your life by making them homemade holiday gifts this year.
During a quiet, pre-dawn moment, an owl hoots softly. Is this connected with the bounty of mice and a big harvest?
Potica is a light and delicate Slovakian holiday bread stuffed with a brown sugar and nut filling. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now and one to save for Christmas morning brunch.
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
17 ideas to lower the cost of holiday gifting, entertainment, decorating and office parties.
Mia Birk's new book weaves together personal and professional history to illustrate the transformative power of bicycling.
The vegetables and herbs that are still available in our Southeast garden make for delicious, festive and surprisingly varied holiday fare.
Just in time for the holidays, here's a list of recommended garden tools made in the U.S. by family-owned companies.
Simplify the Christmas season with these 12 tips for gifts, gift wrapping and decor—as well as steps you can take to make your celebration light on the planet.
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
The Yule Goat is an ancient Scandinavian tradition which predates Christianity. Learn about how our oldest farm animal became the symbol of Christmas.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
Christmas is just about upon us, and here's a very easy, quick and simple fudge recipe. You can embellish it any way you want with several options for fruits, nuts, and liqueurs. Your taste buds will thank you (not to mention friends and family).