15 terrifically creative button crafts for kids

by 05/16/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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Where do the world's happiest children live?

by 05/15/15   filed under: education, kids health, news, parenting

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Where do the happiest children in the world live? It depends on how you define happiness, according to Children’s Worlds International Survey of Children’s Well-BeingThe recent survey, encompassing 50,000 children between the ages of eight and twelve in fifteen different countries (which did not include the United States), examined areas including family and home life, friendships, schools, exercise and activity levels and overall happiness levels. The findings included that children in Africa were happiest with regards to school, European children were happiest with their friendships, and that boys and girls were equally happy in general (although in several countries there were gender differences regarding satisfaction with oneself). In positive news, most of the surveyed children reported that they were happy. The highest self-reported rates of well-being (10 on a scale of 0-10) were 78% in Turkey and 77% in Colombia and Romania, while in South Korea the rates hovered around 40%.

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10 kid-friendly vegan dishes for backyard BBQs

by 05/15/15   filed under: cooking, food, green family, green kids, kid friendly, recipes, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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9 ways to declutter your home & keep it tidy (even if you have kids)

by 05/15/15   filed under: books, green family, how-to, parenting

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Woodly crafts gorgeous cradles & Montessori floor beds for green babies & kids

by 05/14/15   filed under: green baby, green design, kids furniture

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Choosing the perfect crib for your baby can be a challenge given all of the options now available, from hammocks and co-sleepers to cribs galore. Since a newborn will be spending a large portion of his life sleeping, it’s important to find a piece of furniture that is free of toxic chemicals, comfortable, and as environmentally friendly as possible. Italian-based company, Woodly crafts beautiful hanging cradles, cribs, and Montessori floor beds from PEFC-certified wood, toxin free varnishes and glues, and natural textiles. For every piece that is purchased, Woodly will plant a tree with the child’s name which can be monitored through a personal webpage.

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State themed flash cards are the cutest baby souvenir this side of the Mississippi

by 05/14/15   filed under: eco play, education, green kids, green toys, kid friendly

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Like many of us, Bright Eyed Baby founder Ashley loved to travel in her pre-baby days. Now that she has a young son, she found a way to pass on her wanderlust with a line of flash cards that celebrates each state’s unique attributes. Currently, the waterproof and tear-proof flash cards are available for California, Colorado, and Washington. Each set of 30 cards is illustrated with bold graphic pictures that remind us of old travel postcards — bearing words associated with the state, including the state flower and flag, as well as other cultural references (ie: Washington includes a lumberjack and California has cards with the Golden Gate Bridge and an avocado). The chunky state flash cards, made of recycled materials and printed with soy ink, are a fun way to incorporate geography into play and a great way to keep away the “Are we there yet?”s during long car rides this summer. They would also look great arranged on a child’s wall for a bright, visual way to get kids interested in the world around them.

+ State flashcards $18.00

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16 kid-friendly recycled Mason jar crafts and projects

by 05/14/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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This children's book can be planted to grow a tree after you read it!

by 05/13/15   filed under: books, news

We love educational books, and Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva or My Dad Was in the Jungle (in English) gives a whole new meaning to this idea: kids can actually plant the book after reading it! The Tree Book Tree project was started by Pequeño Editor, a publishing company based in Argentina, with the idea of helping kids understand where books come from. Creating My Dad Was in the Jungle is the result of many caring hands: the book is hand-stitched, printed with eco-friendly ink on acid-free paper, and includes jacaranda seeds inside of it that will germinate when planted. We hope more publishers catch on to this cool, green book idea as an opportunity to get families talking about the environment and planting new seeds!

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Kids are spending over one full day online per week

Kids are spending over one full day online per week

Despite recommendations that children should not be exposed to more than two hours of screen time each day (and the less screen time, the better), a recent study of British youth…

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Research suggests that children of moms who drank caffeine during pregnancy are 89% more likely to be obese

Research suggests that children of moms who drank caffeine during pregnancy are 89% more likely to be obese

Pregnancy brings many charming changes to your body, including fatigue, but you may want to reconsider using coffee as a pick-me-up. A recent study published in the International…

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13 amazing sand sculptures that will inspire kids to get building at the beach

13 amazing sand sculptures that will inspire kids to get building at the beach

1. The Classic Castle This image, from the 2011 National Sand Sculpture Festival at Revere Beach, Massachusetts, is straight out of a fairy tale. Crisp, white sand and high-piled…

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HOW TO: Make crispy peanut butter cauliflower 'wings'

HOW TO: Make crispy peanut butter cauliflower 'wings'

1. Gather the ingredients 1 medium cauliflower 1 tbsp of peanut butter 2 tsp of olive oil 1 tbsp of soy sauce 1 tsp of lemon juice 1 tsp of masala 2. Cut the florets After washing…

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Handmade capes, caps and wrist cuffs let little ones channel their inner superhero

Handmade capes, caps and wrist cuffs let little ones channel their inner superhero

The action-packed collection of capes and caps was inspired by Huerta’s 3 year-old, Clementine. Mother and daughter shared a love of playing dress-up and make believe, so the home…

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Interactive map shows if your child's school is in a toxic spray zone doused in Monsanto's Roundup

Interactive map shows if your child's school is in a toxic spray zone doused in Monsanto's Roundup

Map of Estimated Glyphosate Application Chemical and GMO companies say that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is very safe. But in reality, this herbicide is a toxic…

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This is the world's first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

This is the world's first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

Last month, in Toronto, Canada, the very first baby to be conceived with the help of a stem cell-dependent in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was born. Little Zain Rajani has been…

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14 DIY recycled cardboard crafts that will amaze your kids

14 DIY recycled cardboard crafts that will amaze your kids

Sweet Airstream Camper Playhouse Of all the cardboard crafts out there, this awesome airstream camper playhouse has to be one of the best ever! Amazingly, it’s not too tough to…

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Photographer Jade Beall captures realistic images of mothers' bodies in 'A Beautiful Body'

Photographer Jade Beall captures realistic images of mothers' bodies in 'A Beautiful Body'

Beall describes her work as “Medicinal photography for women,” a medium that allows mothers to see a true representation of the female figure. She also hopes that her images…

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10 gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts kids can make (with a helping hand)

10 gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts kids can make (with a helping hand)

1. Painted wooden utensils If the Mom in your Mother’s Day loves to cook, brighten up her wooden utensils with this super easy DIY idea from Little Bit Funky. This tutorial uses…

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