Petit Collage's Pop-Out Winter Wonderland Set Brings a Kid-Friendly Twist to Holiday Decorating

by 11/18/14   filed under: green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, green toys

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Petit Collage‘s Pop-Out and Play Winter Wonderland set makes decorating for the holidays into child’s play in the best possible way. Featuring Santa Claus, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, Frosty the snowman, elves, a caroler, and Christmas trees, the set can be easily assembled and displayed on the mantle or used as props for seasonal playtime. Made from recyclable cardstock and printed with non-toxic vegetable inks, the winter wonderland set will become a beloved part of holiday decorating for years to come and would also make a lovely hostess gift.

+ Pop-Out and Play Winter Wonderland Set $12.00

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Injection Given to New Moms to Speed Up the Delivery of the Placenta May Cause Breastfeeding Problems

by 11/18/14   filed under: breastfeeding, health & body, news

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New findings, published in the scientific journal, Breastfeeding Medicine show that new mothers who receive the drug ergotmetrine are more likely to experience pain or problems while breastfeeding as compared to their peers who are not administered the drug. Ergotmetrine is given to mothers to help speed up the delivery of the placenta, and it’s also used to control excessive bleeding following childbirth. However, the downside of this drug, given via injection, is that women who receive it are more likely to have problems breastfeeding, and are also significantly less likely to continue breastfeeding at all by the two and six week mark. While the injection had no significance when it came to moms choosing to breastfeed, many women who did get the injection stopped breastfeeding early on and pointed to physical pain while breastfeeding as a main reason. What this study suggests is that injections of ergotmetrine may not reduce breastfeeding initiation, but may seriously reduce duration. The researchers note that more research is needed to establish whether or not the pros of ergotmetrine outweigh the cons and that moms who need the drug to help control post-childbirth bleeding may also need extra breastfeeding support.

+ Active Management of the Third Stage of Labor May Reduce Breastfeeding Duration Due to Pain and Physical Complications

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HOW TO: Make a Homemade and Effective Natural Cough Syrup

by 11/18/14   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body, how-to

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The EGAO Rocker is a Kid-Powered Rocking Toy and Seat Destined for Smiles

by 11/17/14   filed under: eco play, green design

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Egao means “smile” in Japanese, and that’s something your kids are sure to do when they take a ride on this rocker from Spanish furniture and design company Estudio J. Comprised of plywood and foam covered by organic cotton fabric, the EGAO rocker is specifically designed to respond to your child’s back-and-forth movements. The soft foam cushion makes for a comfy seat for when the EGAO is not in use as a rocker (for adults as well as kids). The rocker is adorned with two rods that function as hand and foot rests, which means that “playing horsie” is inevitable — and it’s big enough that two little ones can go for a ride. The sleek EGAO rocker will also find a home in the playroom or family room as a place to laze around on or as extra portable seating anywhere.

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ZURI is a DIY, Programmable Robot That Kids Can Build with Cardboard

by 11/17/14   filed under: diy kids crafts, gadget

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Any kid can become a robotics programmer with ZURI—a new do-it-yourself robot kit that lets makers of all levels design their very own movable robot. Best of all, the robot can be built with simple tools like cardboard paper, glue, a ruler and a razor knife. The kit, which comes in various iterations and complexities, includes servomotors and controllers to make the ‘bot movable. There’s also a Bluetooth module that allows you to control the ‘bot wirelessly through a computer or smartphone. Check out this impressive prototype in action when you click through to watch the video.

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Mom Launches (R)evolution Cookies to Provide Future Employment for Her Daughter & Others with Developmental Disabilities

by 11/17/14   filed under: baking, food

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Look out cronuts and macarons! See you later, cupcakes! A new dessert is on the horizon, and the story behind it will warm your heart (and satiate your sweet tooth). The Indiegogo campaign for (R)evolution Cookies is in full swing, and the sight of the droolworthy filled cookies alone is enough to make you donate dollars on behalf of your taste buds. Handcrafted in the Napa Valley with inaugural flavors including chocolate with fleur de sel caramel and toasted hazelnuts and coconut cookie with lemon-lime curd, (R)evolution Cookies are described as mini cookie pies. This budding company has a mission as sweet as its pastries: to provide meaningful employment and culinary training to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

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Mighty Tree Top Adds a Fun Spin to Christmas Morning

by 11/16/14   filed under: green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, green toys

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Add a sweet spin to Christmas morning stockings with the fun Mighty Tree Top. The spinning top, a low-tech toy option has been charming kids for generations and this fun version, designed by Karl Zahn with sturdy Beech wood, will delight your kids as well. The Mighty Tree Top is small enough to fit into a holiday stocking, yet still promises fast-action fun. Besides green hemlock, this cute wooden top also comes in gold cyprus, white pine and blue spruce.

RELATED | Awesome Green Holiday Gifts For Tots

+ Mighty Tree Top $12.00

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EWG Warns Consumers in New Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives

by 11/15/14   filed under: education, green family, health & body, kids health, news, toxins

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We’ve followed the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list for fruits and vegetables every year, and now they have published a Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives as part of their efforts (including a new food-scoring website) to educate consumers about what they are eating. The Dirty Dozen Additives list includes substances associated with serious health concerns, ingredients banned or restricted in other countries, and substances to watch as their potential health associations and risks have yet to be determined. Among the EWG’s listed additives are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, GRAS (or “Generally Recognized as Safe”) ingredients that do not require government review or approval before reaching the market, and undisclosed “flavor mixes” with mysterious and potentially hazardous components. The EWG’s recent website launch and publications aim to shine a light on the need for stricter regulations and reviews of consumer products. The popularity of the new FoodScores database and the attention to the released guides are welcome signs that the public is interested in what’s on their plate, and will hopefully push to have a more transparent and accountable process for the foods that reach our grocery shelves. Read on to see the Dirty Dozen Food Additives List and the types of foods in which these additives are most commonly found.

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14 Dreamy Kids' Rooms That Have Us Yearning for Childhood

14 Dreamy Kids' Rooms That Have Us Yearning for Childhood

1. Enchanted Forest Nursery From the tiny lights that twinkle like fireflies to curtains that swing from real tree limbs and a lily pad bed, everything about this little girl’s…

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HOW TO: Make Versatile Vegan Cashew Cream

HOW TO: Make Versatile Vegan Cashew Cream

1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of raw cashews 1 cup of water 2. Wash the cashews Wash the raw cashews under cold running water. 3. Soak overnight Soak them overnight in the fridge,…

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"Aminals" are Blocks, a Puzzle, and Eco-Decor All in One!

"Aminals" are Blocks, a Puzzle, and Eco-Decor All in One!

Playing on the common and endearing mispronunciation of the word “animals,” Aminals is the latest creation from design and furniture company Studio Dunn. The twelve piece…

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Family Home's Library Slide Lets Kids Slip Right Into a Good Book

Family Home's Library Slide Lets Kids Slip Right Into a Good Book

The floor plans for the Panorama House were designed to foster family bonding. The kitchen and dining spaces were also accentuated, with the television moved into a smaller room. The…

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HOW TO: Make a Comforting One-Pot Quinoa Curry With Pumpkin & Coriander

HOW TO: Make a Comforting One-Pot Quinoa Curry With Pumpkin & Coriander

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients 1 cup of quinoa 1/4 of a small pumpkin (or 1 cup of frozen pumpkin chunks) 1 red onion 1 cup of chickpeas 1 small bottle of coconut…

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HOW TO: Make a Homemade, All-Natural Lice Prevention Spray Using Just 3 Ingredients!

HOW TO: Make a Homemade, All-Natural Lice Prevention Spray Using Just 3 Ingredients!

TweetEmail 1. Gather your supplies. 3 oz spray bottle 1 oz vodka (or alcohol-containing witch hazel, in a pinch) 20 drops each: lavender and rosemary essential oils 2 oz…

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GoldieBlox Introduces Ziplining Action Figure to Bring Engineering to Girls

GoldieBlox Introduces Ziplining Action Figure to Bring Engineering to Girls

Have no fear — Goldie is here! In just a few years, female-focused company GoldieBlox has become a darling of the retail world. Started by a female engineer who wanted to inspire…

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BOOK REVIEW: 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

BOOK REVIEW: 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

TweetEmail Figuring out easy and fun craft and playtime activities for little ones can be more complicated than one might think. In this Pinterest-pretty society, we see scores…

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Wool and the Gang Offers a Range of Handknits for Little Ones - That You Can Buy or DIY!

Wool and the Gang Offers a Range of Handknits for Little Ones - That You Can Buy or DIY!

TweetEmail The Baby Gang range comes in sizes 0–6 and 6–12 months. At point of purchase you can choose whether to knit the item yourself, receiving wool, easy-to-follow…

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Children's Library in Mexico Features Bookshelves that Double as Climbing Structures

Children's Library in Mexico Features Bookshelves that Double as Climbing Structures

Anagrama describes the purposeful use of the bookshelves beyond storage, offering as an alternative, a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while…

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