Andrea McMann

Andrea McMann is a freelance writer from rural Nebraska. She grew up in a family where attachment parenting, recycling, and living off the land were the norm. As an adult, she has come to appreciate the gentle, nurturing environment in which she was raised, and she and her husband strive to employ these early childhood lessons as they raise their own children, ages two and six. Andrea writes a weekly fitness column for Peekaboo Picks and shares her life's adventures on her blog, Chocolate Fingerprints.
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DIY Green Mother’s Day Gift: Glass Jar Frames

DIY Green Mother’s Day Gift: Glass Jar Frames

I obsessively save my glass jars. I won’t throw them away, which is a good thing, because my city doesn’t have facilities for recycling glass. So, I’m stuck with a  bunch of empty glass

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Mother’s Day Monster Art Contest from Celebrate Green

Mother’s Day Monster Art Contest from Celebrate Green

Your creativity could earn you some fabulous eco-gifts for Mother’s Day! Metal for Monsters has teamed up with the authors of Celebrate Green! for a very creative celebration of Mother’s Day.

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Bamboo Belly Bandit

Bamboo Belly Bandit

Have you ever wondered how some women’s bodies bounce back so quickly after childbirth? For a few lucky ladies, the quick return to a pre-pregnancy belly is due to incredibly good genes. For the

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7 Tips For Throwing an Eco-Friendly Birthday Party

7 Tips For Throwing an Eco-Friendly Birthday Party

Celebrating your child’s birthday with a party is a fun way to highlight a memorable milestone; but birthday parties often turn into occasions of excess, where waste runs rampant and eco-friendly

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DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts: Spread the News and the Love

DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts: Spread the News and the Love

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for kids and parents alike to show their loved ones how much they really care. I think that lovingly handmade cards and decorations say so much more than

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Wrap Baby Carrier

HOW TO: Make Your Own Wrap Baby Carrier

When my daughter was an infant, I used a purchased stretchy wrap baby carrier exclusively. After she outgrew that wrap, we used a sling that was great, but lately I’ve felt the need to be able to

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Label Loving Tots Will Adore Blankiez by Keptin-Jr.

Label Loving Tots Will Adore Blankiez by Keptin-Jr.

When my kids were babies, they used to spend more time playing with the boxes their toys came in than they did playing with the actual toys! By the same token, many babies also enjoy the labels on their

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DIY No-Sew Doll Carrier

DIY No-Sew Doll Carrier

When my daughter started carrying around her very first baby doll, she wanted a baby carrier so that she could hold her baby in the same fashion as she has seen my sisters and I carrying our babies. When

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DIY Eco Craft: Recycled Piggybanks

DIY Eco Craft: Recycled Piggybanks

If your kids are anything like mine, their eyes shine every time they find a penny on the ground. As an adult with bills to pay, I sometimes forget what it was like to be a child, and how magical a found

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Eco-Gift Idea: HaPe Bamboo Games

Eco-Gift Idea: HaPe Bamboo Games

HaPe International is the maker of a great line of all natural bamboo games that were developed by designers, teachers, and technicians from over 15 different nations. I have personal experience with

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DIY CHRISTMAS: How To Make Your Own Appliqued Shirts

DIY CHRISTMAS: How To Make Your Own Appliqued Shirts

Appliqued shirts are all the rage in children’s clothing boutiques, but as cute as they are, they often cost a pretty penny, and if you want a one-of-a-kind design, it’s going to cost even

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THANKSGIVING ECO-CRAFT: ‘Thank You’ & Place Cards

THANKSGIVING ECO-CRAFT: ‘Thank You’ & Place Cards

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and counting the earth among our greatest blessings, why not teach your kids about recycling and preserving the planet to celebrate gratitude? Tailor the following ideas to

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THANKSGIVING ECO-CRAFT: Homemade Gratitude Journals

THANKSGIVING ECO-CRAFT: Homemade Gratitude Journals

One of the most important lessons a parent can teach a child is the gift of gratitude. Our children typically learn lessons about thankfulness by watching us; but it never hurts to employ a hands-on

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GREEN & CLEAN: Eco Parenting While Toting Tiny Travelers

GREEN & CLEAN: Eco Parenting While Toting Tiny Travelers

Traveling with babies and toddlers is typically a bumpy ride, filled with many surprises. Our precious cargo require so many necessities on the open road, and following the ‘green’ path can be

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100% Organic Cotton Nursing Gear by Under the Nile

100% Organic Cotton Nursing Gear by Under the Nile

Breastfeeding is an inherently ‘green’ endeavor, but finding 100% organic cotton nursing wear and accessories to complement this eco and baby friendly choice is often a difficult task. Once I

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Elle Macpherson Nursing Bras: Fashion fuses with Function

Elle Macpherson Nursing Bras: Fashion fuses with Function

Breastfeeding moms know that when it comes to finding a fashionable and flattering nursing bra, the pickings are rather slim. Most nursing bras look extremely matronly, or fit in a way that causes breasts

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Cold Weather Babywearing: The Peekaru Original

Cold Weather Babywearing: The Peekaru Original

As the weather is getting chillier, are you contemplating the old ‘baby carrier versus coat dilemma’? It can be hard to keep both yourself and your baby warm in a baby carrier when the weather

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The Art of Babywearing: Safety Guidelines

The Art of Babywearing: Safety Guidelines

Babywearing is more popular than ever, due to an ever-increasing interest in natural parenting. Wearing your baby in a sling, wrap or carrier is a wonderful way to keep him close and still have your hands

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