16 essential vegan foods to stock up on to switch your family to a plant-based diet

by 08/27/15   filed under: cooking, food, green family, health & body, how-to, parenting, snack, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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The Crayon Initiative recycles discarded crayons into new crayons for kids in children's hospitals

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Crayons — those cheery, ubiquitous coloring implements, are likely lurking in your purse, hiding in at least five different drawers throughout your house, and leaving their mark on countless masterpieces from your child. Unfortunately, you can also find them filling landfills: between 45,000-75,000 broken and discarded crayons end up in landfills across the country each year, where the wax sits and sits for centuries. The Crayon Initiative aims to give crayons a second life with a higher purpose by recycling them and donating the new and improved crayons, with a thicker and easier-to-grasp shape, to children’s hospitals.

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Woman who received womb transplant from her mother gives birth to a baby boy

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In an amazing feat of medicine and science that has uniquely united three generations, a woman who received a womb transplant from her mother recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy — so the same womb in which she grew inside her mother was used to nurture her own child. Womb transplants have only just become a viable option for women hoping to conceive but who have lost their own uterus to cancer or were born without one. This new mom is the fourth woman to deliver with a transplanted womb. This particular womb transplant, however, is the first to bridge three generations of a family.  The Swedish doctor responsible for the procedure is being applauded for what has been described as the biggest breakthrough in fertility medicine since IVF and is currently working with doctors around the world to plan more womb transplants. The new baby boy may eventually have a little sister or brother, but for right now the whole family (who has remained anonymous to maintain their privacy) is celebrating his birth and the miraculous womb that ties them together. As the new mom said, “It can’t be described how happy we are.”

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The many downfalls of kids' addiction to tech: why limiting screen time will benefit your child

by 08/26/15   filed under: eco toddler, green family, green kids, halloween, parenting

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Couples who share childcare duties equally have better sex, according to new study

by 08/26/15   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green family, green kids, news, parenting

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How you and your partner parent and divide household responsibilities directly correlates to satisfaction levels in the bedroom, according to a new study. Researchers at Georgia State University have found that heterosexual couples who share parenting duties and chores in roughly equal amounts are happier in their relationships, fight less often, and have better sex than couples in which the mother bears the brunt of the work.

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Parents sue Massachusetts boarding school, alleging the institution's WiFi is making their child sick

by 08/26/15   filed under: education, health & body, kids health, news

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Keeping up with the latest technological advances is a priority for many schools, but the installation of a new, industrial-strength WiFi network is actually the reason one Massachusetts boarding school is being sued. The parents of a student at the Fay School filed a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying that the WiFi network is harming their child (causing issues including rashes and headaches) and that the school failed to act accordingly to alleviate the situation. The 12 year-old student in question is said to suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS), a controversial disorder that includes symptoms such as nausea, nose bleeds, and heart palpitations resulting from sensitivity to electromagnetic activity. The World Health Organization recognizes that the symptoms of the syndrome are real, but the cause of the symptoms has not been proven; double-blind studies have not proven a link either.

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This feline-shaped kindergarten is the cat's meow

by 08/25/15   filed under: architecture, art, education, green design, green education, green kids

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Doctors may be able to predict preterm labor by examining microbes in mom’s body

by 08/25/15   filed under: green pregnancy, health & body, news

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It’s pretty much common knowledge that levels of so-called ‘healthy bacteria’ in one’s body can have a huge impact on a person’s overall health. Researchers at Stanford University have published a new study that links low levels of healthy bacteria with an increased risk for preterm labor. In essence, doctors may soon be able to determine a patient’s risk for preterm labor based on the populations of bacteria in her digestive system.

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Public school district in Marin, CA makes history as first in the U.S. to serve 100% organic school lunches

Public school district in Marin, CA makes history as first in the U.S. to serve 100% organic school lunches

Finally, we can announce something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. America now has its first public school district that serves 100% local, seasonal, organic, non-GMO…

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5 excellent reasons to make your kids walk to school

5 excellent reasons to make your kids walk to school

Little girl looking through window – Shutterstock Image To Grow Healthy Kids Childhood obesity rates are out of control and have more than tripled in the past 30 years. Though…

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Harry Potter-themed classroom makes going back to school a magical adventure

Harry Potter-themed classroom makes going back to school a magical adventure

From fashioning the platform 9 3/4 door, to incorporating a magical font throughout the room and in the organizing areas, this teacher is starting off the year in a memorable and…

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Best-selling bedtime story 'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep' promises to make even the most sleep-resistant child doze off

Best-selling bedtime story 'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep' promises to make even the most sleep-resistant child doze off

A 26-page children’s bedtime story, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way Of Getting Children To Sleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, has climbed to the top of the Amazon…

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HOW TO: Make vegan cinnamon roll waffles

HOW TO: Make vegan cinnamon roll waffles

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients 3 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar 1 1/4 cup organic soy milk vegan egg replacer for 1 egg or 1 organic egg 6 1/2 tbsp…

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5 kid-friendly vegan cookbooks for busy families

5 kid-friendly vegan cookbooks for busy families

The Kind Diet Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet is a cookbook and more. Filled with vegan lifestyle advice and lots of nutritional information, The Kind Diet provides a solid…

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Breastfeeding moms and their babies flooded Yankee Stadium with a 'sea of pink' to normalize nursing in public

Breastfeeding moms and their babies flooded Yankee Stadium with a 'sea of pink' to normalize nursing in public

A group of 250 Yankees fans showed their support for public breastfeeding on Tuesday night while watching their favorite ball team on the field. The Bronx Breastfeeding Coalition…

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The practice of 'Seeding' lets mothers pass on healthy bacteria from their birth canal to babies born via C-section

The practice of 'Seeding' lets mothers pass on healthy bacteria from their birth canal to babies born via C-section

Seeding sounds like something you do in your garden in the springtime, but it’s also the term being used for a new practice, meant to expose babies born via Cesarean section to the…

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Super dad makes Star Wars Speeder Bike Rocker for his little Leia

Super dad makes Star Wars Speeder Bike Rocker for his little Leia

Gemir came up with the idea to make his daughter a speeder bike when her first birthday came around, wanting to handcraft something for her as he had for his son in the past. He…

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Chord Cubes turn learning how to jam on the guitar into child's play

Chord Cubes turn learning how to jam on the guitar into child's play

Babies and kids LOVE music. From their earliest months, they bob their heads or clap whenever they hear a tune. Later, they bounce up and down on somewhat shaky knees or hilariously…

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