The New Dream Blog

In our blog, we feature stories, tips, and commentary from contributors around the world on topics ranging from
consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!

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Want to Encourage Gifts That Really Matter? Plan an Alternative Gift Fair!

by Jennifer Oehme Knepper   |   May 4, 2017

It's never too early to start planning an alternative gift fair. Here's one story about getting it done.

Does Your Registry Reflect Your Values, or Just Your Fantasy Vision of Yourself?

by Edna Rienzi   |   May 3, 2017

Sometimes people register for items they don't really want or need because they have these fantasy visions of themselves.

How to Create a Zero Waste Easter Basket

by New Dream   |   March 22, 2017

Challenge yourself to create an Easter basket that will produce no garbage that would be sent to landfill.

Have a More Fun, Less Stuff Easter

by Edna Rienzi   |   March 22, 2017

Easter doesn't have to be yet another commercialized, excessive celebration. You can still participate in all the fun without the waste and stress. 

You Don’t Have to Bake Your Own Matzo: Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Passover

by Evonne Marzouk   |   March 17, 2017

If you’ve been wondering how to do Passover in a more environmentally friendly way, here are six ideas that might help.

How Neighbors in Canada Used a Gift Registry to Welcome Refugees

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 23, 2017

SoKind Registry provides a unique tool for helping newly arrived families adjust to their communities.

Making the Shift to Zero Waste Living

by Julie Fathy   |   February 23, 2017

A zero waste lifestyle might seem hard to implement and complicated to follow. But by taking small steps, you can make it a reality.

Learning About Microfinance as a Family: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

by Suzita Cochran   |   February 10, 2017

We often hear about gifts that “keep on giving,” but in the case of a microloan, it really can. A Colorado mom shares her experience.

Real Celebration: Ashley and Kenny’s Chic-Macabre Hallowedding on a Budget

by Edna Rienzi   |   February 10, 2017

In the Real Celebrations series, SoKind asks registry users to share a bit about their celebrations. Read about how a couple of wine-loving DC professionals managed to pull off an amazing and meaningful wedding celebration without spending a fortune.

The One Question to Ask Yourself When Wedding Planning

by Caitlin Frauton   |   February 10, 2017

DIY Wedding Mentor's Caitlin Frauton has discovered the most important question you can ask yourself when you're at a crossroads in your wedding planning.

We Must Be the Change

by Edna Rienzi   |   January 24, 2017

Beyond everyday lifestyle changes like wasting less, we can take steps outside our homes to have greater influence.

Your Money or Your Life? Share Your Story!

by Vicki Robin   |   January 24, 2017

This classic book on achieving financial independence is being updated—and the authors want to hear from you!

Give Less, Give More

by Julie Fathy   |   November 16, 2016

Mom and simple living expert Julie Fathy explains her "give less" approach to holiday gift giving, which honors the recipient, people, and the planet.

Christmas 2016: Not Made in China

by Anne G. Lliversidge   |   November 14, 2016

How one New Dreamer found meaning in finding and creating presents that reflect the true value of Christmas and family.

Why the Elf on the Shelf Is Not Welcome in My House

by Edna Rienzi   |   November 14, 2016

New Dream's Edna Rienzi offers tips to help parents avoid the "slippery slope" of this popular Christmas tradition.