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Winter is finally here and for our family, the drastic change in temperature demands we pay better attention to our skin. Wind, cold and bright sun can be especially hard on sensitive skin like ours. CP#1 is prone to chapped lips, and MP, who runs outside throughout the winter months, has rough hands and feet. And whether we are cross country skiing or sledding, all of us need to protect our lips and faces from the elements.

For MP, the challenge has always been finding a bodycare line that appeals to the whole family. Enter Mad Gab’s — a Westbrook-based company that specializes in lip and body balms made with a balanced combination of natural and organic ingredients. Their line also includes convenient, SPF 30 Sun Sticks for sun protection on the go.

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A cool, camo design makes this a popular choice for kids.

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The team has been on a homemade granola kick lately, sampling a variety of recipes to find which we like best. MP decided to take granola a step further and make homemade granola bars for school snacks. We all agree the homemade version is ten times better than boxed. The satisfying granola bars are flavorful, moist, and naturally sweetened with honey. Best of all, the whole house smells delicious when you bake them.

MP prefers store brand oatmeal for this recipe. It’s typically less expensive and you can buy a big canister for future granola bars. She splurges on local honey instead. The team likes the dark, late season honey from the Maine Audubon Nature Store.

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While shopping around, MP discovered a little boxwood tree planted in an embellished soup can and thought, “The team can make that!”

This is a simple planting project for little ones, but it does require some cutting and measuring by an adult beforehand. You’ll need:

• Craft paper or cardstock
• A small boxwood tree, evergreen or poinsettia plant (we found our plants at Hannaford, but we’ve spotted them at local nurseries, too)
• Elmer’s glue
• Empty Campbell’s soup can
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Ribbon (optional)
• Paintbrush or Q-Tip (optional)
• Potting soil
• Spoon

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