As Pure As the Driven Snow

Living in Boynton Beach, Fla., Valerie Staggs used to boil her water after hurricanes and other natural disasters. But after her son, Ryan, was born five years ago, she had a filter installed under her kitchen sink. "I just wanted my water safe no matter what," says Staggs, an ad executive.

Environment: Going Green at Work

Allison Friedman, 34, was running her own restaurant in Brookline, Mass., when she had an epiphany. "For five years, it was enough for me to work hard, make a living and have a good time," she says. "But there was a fourth concept missing, and that was doing some social good." So Friedman sold her restaurant, a Southwestern chili house, went to business school and eventually founded the Web site rateitgreen.com, dedicated to helping consumers and businesses find ecofriendly building materials...

Good Food, Delivered

Unlike George Jetson, we'll probably never push a button in our kitchens and have a freshly cooked meal spring up from the counter. But the next best thing might be opening the front door to find a week's worth of healthy family dinners waiting for you.

Food: What's On Your Label?

A decade ago, environmentally conscious consumers had one main label to check if they wanted to make sure the food they were buying was acceptable: organic.

The More, The Merrier

If you think planning a vacation is difficult, try organizing one for a family of 14. That's what Helga Knox, 54, did last year for her husband, George, three of her stepchildren and their spouses and six stepgrandkids.

Money: Pros And Cons Of New Condos

Scott Arkills's newly built, two-bedroom condo in Cleveland is stocked with every urban amenity: floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views, granite kitchen countertops, gleaming hardwood floors, a roof deck and a gym. "With a new development, you have the ability to design a place that really reflects your choices," says Arkills, a portfolio manager who paid $500,000 for his triplex penthouse in The Condominiums at Stonebridge. "And there's more of an assurance that the building, the...

Style: Runway Rentals

You want to look like a million bucks for that holiday bash. But your closet's as empty as your wallet. Instead of snagging a cheap outfit at the mall, try renting an upscale one online.

Family: Feeling OK at the Doctor's

Most kids try to avoid the doctor like the plague. So how do you make your next visit more pleasant? Howard J. Bennett, a Washington, D.C., pediatrician and author of the new book "Lions Aren't Scared of Shots" ($14.95; ages 3 to 7), offers these tips.

Travel: New York on the Cheap

Last month Nicole Haagenson's 6-year-old daughter, Gia, decided she'd like to spend Christmas in New York City. "I think she saw the movie 'Elf' one too many times," says Haagenson, 29, of Houston.

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