Kids Can Build Creative Forts Indoors or Outside With PL-UG Den Building Kits

by 09/16/14   filed under: eco play, green toys

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Colorful & Notched Kaleidos Blocks Take Building to a Whole New Level

by 09/15/14   filed under: eco play, green design, green toys

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Kaleidos is an award-winning “ColorToys” set of wooden blocks from Brinca Dada that not only allows children to discover an array of hues as they construct with 42 different colors, but shows them how blocks can be used for so much more than simply stacking. Kaleidos features unique notched blocks that allow for various combinations of hue, value, and intensity—the basic attributes of color. The notches let kids build out with their blocks rather than just stack them, plus the color design possibilities are even greater than you’d imagine because each block features natural wood grain on one side. Kaleidos was designed by renowned toy designer and early childhood education expert, Karen Hewitt of Learning Materials Workshop and this open-ended toy is sure to delight and educate your child as he/she plays. Made with safe, sturdy Beechwood and non-toxic, lead-free paints.

+ Kaleidos $50.00

+ Brinca Dada

 

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Sesame Street at The New York Public Library's Special Exhibit

by 09/15/14   filed under: kid friendly, kids entertainment, parenting

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You won’t need to ask for directions to get to Sesame Street anymore. The beloved show that taught you and your kids your ABCs and 123s is making its way to the New York Public Library this fall to celebrate 45 years on television! In collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Sesame Workshop is inviting parents and kids to experience the magic behind the making of the show and the chance to see Muppet favorites like Elmo, Grover and the Count up close and personal. Original scripts, story boards, line sheets and other behind-the-scenes props will be on display too. Kicking off September 18th, the exhibit, titled: “Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder,” isn’t one to miss! 

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MIT Researchers are Trying to Develop a Breast Pump That Doesn't Suck

by 09/15/14   filed under: breastfeeding, news

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On Sept 20th-21st, 2014, 150 parents, engineers, designers and healthcare providers will gather at the MIT Media Lab for the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon. Other than finding a perfect, less toxic daycare, breast pumps may well be one of the bigger problem issues facing working women today. Current breast pumps on the market don’t often function well enough for mothers who pump their breast milk. Even some of the better breast milk pumps available are too large, hard to transport, loud, and tough to use in a smaller space, such as an employee break-room, or heaven forbid the bathroom. MIT notes that other current breast pump problems include the following: “The motor is loud. There are too many parts. They are hard to clean. You can’t lay down and pump. There is no good space to pump. It’s hard to keep track of what you pump. Your colleagues think pumping is weird. People are skeeved out by breast milk. People are embarrassed by breasts.” Considering that only 43% of U.S. babies are actually being breastfed at six months of age, in spite of the benefits of breast milk, MIT is correct in thinking that the common breast pump needs a major overhaul.

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BPA-Free Seedling High Chair Has Adjustable Settings to Accommodate Babies in All Their Feeding Stages

by 09/14/14   filed under: green baby

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The Seedling High Chair by OXO is a great find because not only is it safe, easy to use and stylish, it will also accommodate your child from ages 4 months to 3 years via handy adjustment settings. The high chair features a contoured seat perfect for infants still on the bottle or sippy, and can recline back if they fall asleep right after feeding. Once your little one is self-feeding, Seedling easily adjusts to the perfect angle for babies to feed themselves and gain independence. If you’re teaching your baby to eat, there are five different height settings — so no matter if you’re standing or sitting, short or tall, this chair adjusts to your needs. Bonus, the depth-adjustable tray has different settings to accommodate your growing baby, and stores neatly away on the back of the chair’s legs when not in use. Check out other great features of this high chair below:

  • Large, comfortable and intuitive buttons for easy chair adjustments.
  • Tray cover is dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.
  • Cushion is stain resistant, wipeable and easily removable for machine washing.
  • Adjustable, 5-point safety harness provides maximum safety.
  • Tool-free assembly and adjustment.
  • Smooth, crevice-free surfaces stay easily clean and crumb-free.
  • BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.
  • Safe for tots up to 45 lbs.
  • 4 modern colors available including green, blue, graphite, and mocha.

+ Seedling High Chair $149.99

+ OXO

 

Adooka's Vibrant Organic Baby Layette Collection Supports Small American Businesses

by 09/13/14   filed under: eco baby clothing, green baby

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When we see clothes hanging in the store or on a scrollable screen, we miss out on the lengthy and involved process to the final product, a road that includes steps such as cutting, dyeing, and sewing fabrics together. Adooka’s baby layette collection is 100% organic and designed, cut, sewn, printed in the USA, and they are proud to show you the process in making these cheery garments. Adooka began as a commitment from two moms to create a company that supports small American businesses, and they have followed through with finding and supporting artisans in their respective fields. Seeing how each item is constructed will give you a whole new appreciation for these beautiful and well-made clothes.

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Surprisingly, Steve Jobs was a Low-Tech Parent and Many Tech CEOs are Advocates of Kids Going Screen-Free

by 09/12/14   filed under: green family, kids health, news

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It’s not a stretch to assume that Steve Jobs, dubbed, “the master evangelist of the digital age” tossed technology at his kids like candy falling out of a pinata. However, this assumption would be wrong. Jobs did not adhere to an “apple” a day for his kids — not even close. In an interview with journalist Nick Bilton, when asked what his kids thought of the iPad, Jobs replied, “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” This Jobs revelation, while refreshing, is not uncommon among technology chief executives and venture capitalists writes Bilton, noting that these individuals are more likely to strictly limit kid screen time than your typical parent. If major tech CEOs are advocates of limiting or not even allowing screen time for their kids, as opposed to immersing them in the digital age culture, all parents would be wise to heed their warnings and advice. As Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired and now chief executive of 3D Robotics, tells Bilton, he and his wife have instituted time limits and parental controls on every device in his home, because “we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Sweet And Spicy Moroccan-Style Glazed Eggplants

by 09/12/14   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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Miss Possible Dolls Teach Girls that They Can Change the World Through Math and Science

Miss Possible Dolls Teach Girls that They Can Change the World Through Math and Science

TweetEmailMiss Possible is a start-up doll company created by engineering alumna, Supriya Hobbs and current engineering student, Janna Eaves. The co-partners came up with the…

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Ele Villa is a Unique Dollhouse That's Shaped Like an Elephant!

Ele Villa is a Unique Dollhouse That's Shaped Like an Elephant!

TweetEmailIf you thought apple and pear shaped dollhouses were unique, wait until you see this playful pachyderm dollhouse innovation from Rock & Pebble — the Ele…

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Photoshop Experts Give Male Superheroes Hello Kitty-Style Pink Makeovers!

Photoshop Experts Give Male Superheroes Hello Kitty-Style Pink Makeovers!

TweetEmailPink Spider-Man This new photo trend has taken off on Tumbler, with oodles of shares and lots of kudos to the artists about their pink superheroes, such as…

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Vegan Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte (with Real Pumpkin)

HOW TO: Make Your Own Vegan Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte (with Real Pumpkin)

TweetEmail 1. Gather the ingredients. 1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top of drink 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for sprinkling…

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Moulin Roty Les Valises Sewing Kit Introduces Children to Sewing

Moulin Roty Les Valises Sewing Kit Introduces Children to Sewing

TweetEmailThis lovely little Moulin Roty heirloom quality miniature sewing kit is presented in a sturdy vintage style suitcase and contains everything your little one needs to…

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Adorable Hedgehog and Beautiful Butterfly Join Skip Hop's Zoo Crew of BPA-Free Backpacks & Lunch Gear

Adorable Hedgehog and Beautiful Butterfly Join Skip Hop's Zoo Crew of BPA-Free Backpacks & Lunch Gear

TweetEmail Skip Hop has been steadily adding to their fun-filled Zoo collection over the years, and we’re very impressed with this season’s adorable additions to…

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Messy Play Ideas for Babies That Will Encourage Their Love of Discovery & Exploration

Messy Play Ideas for Babies That Will Encourage Their Love of Discovery & Exploration

TweetEmail We love messy play in our house and you know what, it doesn’t have to be that messy – don’t picture carpet cleaning bills and hours of scrubbing. Messy play…

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Annie's Sells Out to General Mills for $820 Million

Annie's Sells Out to General Mills for $820 Million

It’s a sad week for many bunny fans as news of Annie’s acquisition by General Mills makes waves. According to an Annie’s press release, General Mills has swooped in…

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The Dollhouse Book Features Blank Pages for Kids to Design a Dream Abode

The Dollhouse Book Features Blank Pages for Kids to Design a Dream Abode

TweetEmail Budding artists and interior designers will adore The Dollhouse Book from the innovative Rock & Pebble. The Dollhouse Book is a 15 room dollhouse contained in…

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Mothers Who Live in Greener Neighborhoods are More Likely to Have Better Birth Outcomes

Mothers Who Live in Greener Neighborhoods are More Likely to Have Better Birth Outcomes

TweetEmailNew research out of Oregon State University (OSU) shows that moms who live in greener neighborhoods may have better birth outcomes. The OSU researchers, who also…

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