We’re moving into month #2 in our Year of Living Simply! Join us to learn how to live greener and more simply and be happy doing it!
For the latest on sustainable leaders, don’t miss our new Leaderboard, which takes an in-depth look at those green-minded and innovative people who are working to make our world better a better place.
It may be cold, dark and snowy, but we’ve got tips to help you stay active, eat healthy and have fun all winter long!
- 5 recipes to fight the winter blues
- Tips for riding your bike all winter
- 15 fun outdoor ideas for winter
- Natural beauty tips for gorgeous winter skin
- 5 vibrant winter salads
- Why winter is a smart time to garden
- Why you should run outdoors this winter
We’ve rounded up some of our top links for eating healthy and staying fit in 2013!
- DASH and Weight Watchers are 2013’s best diet bets
- 9 eco-friendly diets
- How to increase metabolism
- Healthy foods that will help you lose weight
- How to get a great workout at home
- How to survive your first month as a vegetarian
*And don’t miss our 7 resolutions for a better planet!
MNN photo editor Catie Leary kicked off 2013 by transforming her cubicle into a standing desk. Research shows that people could live longer if they cut down the amount of time they spend sitting, so it’s definitely a step in the right direction and we suspect it’s only a matter of time until other MNN employees stand up and join the standing-desk bandwagon.
Although Catie says her new desk is taking some getting used to, she says she won’t go back to sitting eight hours a day. (Plus, the rest of us enjoy waving at her from down below.)
Want to create your own DIY standing desk? Here’s how Catie made hers with just $22 of IKEA parts.
With Thanksgiving over, the holiday season is truly upon us, and MNN has some tips for your holiday preparations.
- How to create less waste during the holidays
- Nutrition data for 17 seasonal lattes
- The best gift cards to buy
- What’s more eco-friendly? A real Christmas tree or a faux one?
- Cider: The better holiday cocktail
Alyson Lucey and her husband, Sean, of Massachusetts will be traveling to Costa Rica in May to spend seven days at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, the country’s first certified sustainable hotel. This contest - sponsored by the smart folks at PGI - gave Alyson the thrill of a lifetime.
A longtime fan of the Mother Nature Network, Alyson says MNN is her homepage and that she often spends hours reading articles on the website. We spoke to Alyson about her reaction to winning the sweepstakes, what she’s looking forward to most and how she stays green while traveling.
What was your reaction to winning?
When I received the email stating that I won the trip I almost didn’t respond because I thought it was a scam. I was very hesitant because I never win anything and there are too many hoaxes out there. I almost deleted the email without even reading it. The only thing that led me to believe it might be true was the fact that it was from the Mother Nature Network. After reading the email I remembered filling out the contest information. I was still in shock and really thought it wasn’t true. Once I realized it was true (which took me a while to sink in) I was overjoyed. My husband and I never really get to do much together without work being involved in some way.
What are you looking forward to most about the trip?
Sean and I plan to treat the trip like our second honeymoon since we may not get the opportunity to travel alone again for a very long time. Between his schooling, work and our new baby, timing is complicated.
I am looking forward to taking in the scenery and culture of the surrounding areas. I love to explore new places even if it is just a park down the road. I can’t wait to see the wildlife and natural flora of the area.
What are some of your green travel tips?
Some things I do regularly are I always reuse the linens for a day or two, use public transportation and do a lot of walking.