Festive limited edition Skip Hop winter-themed zoo packs and tableware make the holidays merry

by 12/08/14   filed under: green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids

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Designer of all-female scientist LEGO set adds more scientists to the mix

by 12/08/14   filed under: eco play, kid friendly

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GUIDE: To Choosing the Most Sustainable and Pesticide-Free Christmas Tree Possible

by 12/07/14   filed under: green holiday ideas for kids, health & body

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Christmas trees are a booming business in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that 33 million real Christmas trees are sold annually. However, a major downside of the Christmas tree business is that fewer than 1% of all Christmas trees come from certified organic farms. Beyond Pesticides points out how detrimental conventional Christmas tree farming is for people and the environment, noting, “The pesticides that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers for use on conventionally grown Christmas trees are linked to numerous adverse health effects, including cancer, hormonal disruption, neurotoxicity, organ damage, reproductive/birth defects, asthma, and more.” Still, pesticide laden Christmas trees are still arguably healthier for people and the planet than artificial Christmas trees. Most artificial trees are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, lead and other plastics, plus, unlike real trees, artificial trees won’t ever biodegrade. As an eco-minded family, you do have some options. You can ditch the Christmas tree this year and go with a more eco-friendly Christmas tree alternative or you can hunt down a certified organic Christmas tree. Learn how after the jump.

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6 simple recycled holiday ornaments you can make with your kids

by 12/07/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, green family, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids

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Festive fun holiday craft: Christmas felt ball cascade kit

by 12/07/14   filed under: craft, green holiday ideas for kids

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Get festive with these fun and colorful felted wool spheres. Turn them into a beautiful garland for your Christmas tree, wall or window or use them to make a pretty and creative homemade gift. Each lovely kit includes 40 balls of coordinating colors, embroidery floss, needle and instructions about how to use them so it’s easy to create holiday decor in a flash for your home or a holiday party. Due to their small size, this craft kit is not suitable for children under age 5, but older kids will have fun whipping up a sweet garland that will add charming decor to your home year round — not just during the holidays!

+ Christmas Felt Ball Cascade Kit $21.00

+ Acme Party Box

 

PlanToys creative dough play sets let kids get crafty with clay

by 12/06/14   filed under: craft, green toys

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PlanToys creative dough play sets contain perfect accessories for a child who loves to play with clay. Three distinct sets are available including a basic creative set, a pastry set and a build-a-town set. The various sets, made from sustainable PlanWood, include super fun components such as handles with interchangeable rollers, various pattern designs, rolling pins, vehicle and pastry molds, patterned stamps, car axles, dough cutters and more. Clay is not included with these sets, but no worries you can easily make your own homemade natural unscented play dough or peppermint scented play dough.

RELATED | 20 Educational and FUN Sensory Table Activities for Kids!

+ Creative Dough Set $20.00

+ Pastry Dough Set $20.00

+ Build-A-Town Dough Set $20.00

+ Plan Toys

 

HOW TO: make natural candy cane play dough

by 12/05/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, eco play, eco toddler, green family, green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, how-to

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CDC issues updated guidelines concluding health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks

by 12/05/14   filed under: health & body, kids health, parenting

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Along with choosing the right crib and seeking out breastfeeding advice, parents-to-be of baby boys have another decision to make: whether or not to circumcise their son. According to the recently released draft of guidelines by the CDC, the benefits to this controversial medical procedure clearly outweigh the risks. Due to religious, personal, and cultural reasons, the Center for Disease Control can’t actually tell parents to circumcise their little bundle of joy, but the updated guidelines conclude that there are potentially significant longterm health benefits associated with the procedure, which is typically performed within the first week or two of life. The cited health benefits include cutting a man’s risk of getting HIV from an infected female partner by 50 to 60%, reducing their risk of genital herpes and HPV by 30% or more, and lowering the risk of urinary tract infections during infancy, and cancer of the penis in adulthood.

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HOW TO: Make dark chocolate peppermint vegan truffles for the holidays

HOW TO: Make dark chocolate peppermint vegan truffles for the holidays

TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. 10 oz dark chocolate chips 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsps coconut milk (Note: Use regular, not low-fat coconut milk) 3 Tbsp coconut oil (It is…

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DIY: 7 festive holiday wreaths made from upcycled materials!

DIY: 7 festive holiday wreaths made from upcycled materials!

#1: Wrapping Paper Wreath This wreath was made using leftover pieces of wrapping paper – which I absolutely love for this time of the year. It seems like every time I wrap a…

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Ladybird Books drops gendered book titles 'for boys' and 'for girls' as not to limit children

Ladybird Books drops gendered book titles 'for boys' and 'for girls' as not to limit children

Children’s book publisher Ladybird will celebrate its 100 year anniversary next year, but we think their latest venture is even more reason to cheer: they recently announced they…

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10 surprising everyday uses for apple cider vinegar

10 surprising everyday uses for apple cider vinegar

TweetEmail Image via Shutterstock 1. All-purpose cleaner Apple cider vinegar can be used as a simple cleaning product as well, either diluted with water or at full-blast with a…

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5 Healthier Holiday Drinks For Kids: From Vegan Eggnog to An Easy Mulled Cider

5 Healthier Holiday Drinks For Kids: From Vegan Eggnog to An Easy Mulled Cider

TweetEmail Vegan Eggnog Some may be scratching their heads at the idea of vegan eggnog, and I must admit, it’s been a while since I’ve tasted a traditional eggnog.…

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HOW TO: Make Kid-Friendly Salt Dough Ornaments For The Holidays

HOW TO: Make Kid-Friendly Salt Dough Ornaments For The Holidays

TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients and supplies you will need. For the ornaments: 4 cups flour, plus a little more for rolling out the dough 1 cup salt 1 1/2-2 cups…

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Health Care Providers are Pushing Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Not Pills, to Help Kids Get Healthy

Health Care Providers are Pushing Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Not Pills, to Help Kids Get Healthy

TweetEmail A New York City-based weight management and nutrition program for overweight and obese children is going back to the basics. Instead of pills, intense exercise…

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aden + anais Collaborates with Celebrity Moms and (RED) to Stop the Spread of AIDS in Africa

aden + anais Collaborates with Celebrity Moms and (RED) to Stop the Spread of AIDS in Africa

aden + anais swaddles are beloved around the world, and the company’s second collaboration with (RED) offers even more options to love. With help from celebrity designer moms…

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Study Finds Over Half of Babies are Still Being Put to Bed with Blankets and Other Suffocation Hazards

Study Finds Over Half of Babies are Still Being Put to Bed with Blankets and Other Suffocation Hazards

TweetEmail In 1993, an astonishing 7 out of 8 parents used blankets or soft bedding for their babies when putting them to sleep. With sleep safety campaigns such as the…

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13 Eco-Friendly Christmas-Themed Crafts for Kids

13 Eco-Friendly Christmas-Themed Crafts for Kids

TweetEmailPine Cone Gnomes These pine cone gnomes are just about the MOST adorable craft ever and an awesome way to use those pine cones your toddler loves to pick up on nature…

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