May: To-Do List

1. Hit the spring fairsIt’s that time of year where every weekend has another street festival with local food and music. But your kids will appreciate a good old fashioned Ferris wheel and some funnel cake, too.  2. Commit to the community part of your community gardenSure, you’ve cleaned up your plot. But those common

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Do-it-yourself home spa pampering

Soak it In A trip to the spa can be the pinnacle of relaxation, but you don’t always need to outsource your pampering. It’s easy to make your own bath scrubs and soaks, choosing the scents that appeal to your sense of inner peace. Ingredients are widely available—even at some chain drug stores or your

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A needle and thread are simple tools with big impacts

Mend Your Ways by Anna Herman Buttons pop off. Sweaters snag. Jeans wear out. So, unless tattered clothes are your fashion preference, resolve to get to know a needle and thread.  (Way) back when I was in junior high school, one was required to take sewing, home-ec and shop classes. At the time, it seemed

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January: To-Do List

Illustration by Kathleen White 1. Order your seed catalogs January may seem like a lull in your gardening endeavors, but there’s no better time to start dreaming about spring. Order your catalog now, and when February rolls around, you’ll be ready to start your planning in earnest. 2. Go wassail a tree Caroling to orchard

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When the American Dream is a nightmare, it’s time to wake up

Illustration by James Olstein Running in Circle interview by Heather Shayne Blakeslee For the last few decades, scholar and author Juliet Schor has been studying Americans: the way that we work, play and spend. She’s made her life’s work of understanding the economic and cultural forces that mold us—as well as what makes us happy,

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PiperWai natural deodorant rocks a crowd funding campaign, hits small screen

No Sweat by William Beisley Jess Edelstein, CEO and co-founder of PiperWai, has a rote but enthusiastic way of discussing her all-natural cream deodorant, which is understandable considering their recent bombardment of interviews. Edelstein, along with co-founder and CFO Sarah Ribner, had four interviews the day before their meetup with Grid, not to mention an

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Personal Essay: How decluttering your home can enrich your neighborhood

Illustration by James Olstein Buy Nothing, Gain Everything by Susan Corcoran About two years ago, I realized that every time I walked into my apartment I felt anxious and unfulfilled. Things I didn’t use were everywhere. I was always questioning why I had so much when it caused me nothing but stress. I first tried

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Letting Go of Sentimental Items

Letting Go of Sentimental Items by Joshua Fields Millburn My mother died in 2009. She lived a thousand miles away, and it was my responsibility to vacate her apartment in Florida. It was a small, one-bedroom place, but it was packed wall-to-wall with her belongings. Mom had great taste (she could have been an interior

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