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A Valentine in 2009: Giving Freely While Spending Frugally

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, more valentines may be of the homemade variety this year because of tight budgets. This may actually be a good thing. We at New Dream are not ones to advocate for obligatory spending to mark any holiday. At this time of year it's hard to es...

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Tags: Gifts, Valentine's day
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The No-Plastic Holiday Challenge

While most of us have a vague sense that plastic is part of almost every aspect of our lives, Beth Terry measures every ounce that passes through her household. She keeps a graph of her personal plastic waste output at the top of her blog, Fake Plastic Fish. Reading about the creative ways she fi...

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Tags: Gifts, Packaging, Plastic, Reduce waste, Wrapping
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No Reason To Wait

As winter approaches, all of us start thinking about the holidays. How can we help it? We are struck daily by a marketing blizzard. Luckily, this time of year doesn’t stress me out too much. My parents were never much the holiday hubbub since my mom comes from a culture that doesn’t celebrate col...

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Tags: Family traditions, Gifts, Holidays
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