USDA approves first genetically modified, non-browning apple

by 02/23/15   filed under: health & body, news

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In 2017, be on the lookout for apples with a special snowflake sticker on their skin: this small symbol indicates that your grocery store is carrying the first genetically modified apple. The Arctic® apple, recently approved by the USDA, will brown less quickly and dramatically than traditional apples after being sliced. Unlike the majority of other GMO foods, which use genes taken from other species, the Arctic® apple is modified using genes from other varieties of apples. Okanagan Specialty Fruits, the creators of the apple, hope that this quality will make apples more palatable and popular: without the “yuck factor” (their words) of browning, more apples will get eaten instead of thrown away, leading consumers to spend less for and eat more of this healthy nutritious food.

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HOW TO: Make your own natural, effective gripe water using just three ingredients

by 02/22/15   filed under: green baby, health & body, how-to, recipe, teething

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Hipster ABC Matching Tiles make learning the alphabet super cool

by 02/21/15   filed under: education, green kids, green toys

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If there’s a battle cry for modern children, it might be something akin to “Put a mustache on it!” That’s basically what Tree Hopper Toys has done with this outrageously hip set of matching tiles. From anchor to zigzags, the Hipster ABC Matching Tile Set is made in America from birch plywood and non-toxic water-based ink. The set has 52 tiles in all, complete with 26 letters and 26 tiles with a fun illustration and word that modern tots will dig. These cool alphabet tiles come in a printed drawstring bag, so your little learner can take them wherever he or she goes. After all, you can’t spell F-U-N without narwhal, right?

RELATED | Font alphabet puzzle teaches modern tots their ABCs & type designs

+ Hipster ABC Matching Tile Set $35.00

 

HOW TO: Make scrumptious homemade vegan Nutella spread

by 02/20/15   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking

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Petunia Pickle Bottom's bottle butler and pacifier porter are helpful & stylish

by 02/20/15   filed under: baby feeding, baby gadgets, baby shower, green baby, green baby gifts, green gifts

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The Petunia Pickle Bottom brand is known for its bold, vibrant and super-useful diaper bags and accessories: their unique designs make parenthood convenient and chic. For new parents who have almost everything, Petunia Pickle Bottom recently added the cheekily named pacifier porter and bottle butler to their extensive line. The pacifier porter can tote two pacifiers and zips securely closed to keep pacis from slipping out onto the ground or into the depths of your diaper bag.  The insulated bottle butler helps to maintain the temperature of one large bottle (or two smaller ones): parents can even use the bottle butler in a pinch to keep their drinks cool. Both items share several easy-to-love features: they attach effortlessly to diaper bags or strollers with a handy top clip, include vegan leather trims and water-proof linings, and are free of PVC, BPA, and pthalates. The pretty exteriors only add to the charm: our favorite is the feminine “blooming brixham” version, but there’s a variety of unisex style options available for both accessories, so you can be matchy-matchy or mix up the patterns. Add these baby accessories to the list of things you never knew about before baby, but now find endlessly useful to have on hand!

+ Pacifier Porter $14.00

+ Bottle Butler $22.00

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The Beachbot is a cute robot that creates impressive large scale sand drawings

by 02/20/15   filed under: art, kid friendly, kids entertainment

What looks a little like a robot, a lot like a turtle, and can create amazing, detailed, and impressively-sized sand art in the shape of animals and designs? It’s the Beachbot, a newly unveiled robot protype that will hopefully beautify beaches and eventually snowy terrains. This cool new Beachbot comes as a result of a collaboration between Disney’s Research Lab in Zurich and student engineers from the University of Zurich, and it features a retractable rake that applies even pressure, creating brush strokes that quickly result in impressive and often expansive works of sand art.  The Beachbot makes creating sand art look like a breeze, but the process is actually quite complex and very cool — the robot is programmed using algorithms that turn images into trajectories for the Beachbot to follow. Internal scanners help create the parameters for each work, and an inertial measurement unit helps create some of the smaller, more specific movements that result in the details of turtle, fish, dog, or other design.The Beachbot is still in the concept phase as its innovators try to make it more autonomous, but be on the lookout for one the next time you hit the beach!

RELATED | 13 Amazing Sand Sculptures

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President Obama's 'Every Kid in a Park' initiative offers free admission to all National Parks and other federal lands for a year

by 02/19/15   filed under: announcements, green family, green kids, news

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President Barack Obama announced a new program today called “Every Kid in a Park” that will provide opportunities for young people and their families to experience the great outdoors free of charge. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, every fourth grader and his/her family will be entitled to free admission to all National Parks and other federal lands for a full year. Every Kid in a Park is an effort to inspire young people and their families to connect with public lands, in preparation for the 100th anniversary of our country’s national parks, which will be celebrated in 2016. This new endeavor is an expansion of the Ticket to Ride program run by the National Park Foundation, the congressionally-chartered foundation of the National Park Service, which will also award transportation grants for kids to visit parks and other public lands, mostly through school-based trips.

RELATED | Are National Parks and Public Lands Becoming Too Hands-Off for Kids?

via The White House

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Napping after age 2 may disturb a child's nighttime sleep

by 02/19/15   filed under: kids health, news, parenting, sleeping

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Whether you consider them “terrible,” tantrum-y or not, the ages of two and three are intense times, fueled by lots of exciting developments and exploration. For parents of these pint-sized limit-testers and adventurers, the afternoon nap may be the only quiet respite during a busy, often-emotional day… but are naps ruining your child’s sleep during the night? A new report that focused on 26 studies about napping found that beyond the age of two, sleeping during the daytime is associated with more disrupted sleep at night, which can in turn be linked to behavioral issues, impaired cognitive functioning, and even obesity. Most experts agree that napping habits are different for every kid and family: some two year-olds clearly need a break in their day to recharge and will fall apart if denied a nap. If your child happily takes a nap during the day and peacefully heads off to snoozeville at nighttime, he/she may still need that extra daytime sleep. For other toddlers who take a nap (especially if they fight it going down) and then have difficulty falling asleep at night, cutting or reducing the length of the nap might be a reasonable recommendation. So pay attention to your child’s behaviors and signals — they may be a better indicator of her sleep needs than her age.

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Hello Barbie: The world's first talking Barbie boasts memory recognition and the ability to have two-way conversations

Hello Barbie: The world's first talking Barbie boasts memory recognition and the ability to have two-way conversations

TweetEmail She’s had a reputation for decades for being a little plastic and fake, but Barbie may finally have a chance to show some personality, even if it’s…

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5 'fun' things you can do with your baby's placenta

5 'fun' things you can do with your baby's placenta

1. Craft A Teddy Bear How could anyone ever forget the placenta teddy bear we previously featured? Almost 11,000 Inhabitots readers voted and deemed the not-so-cuddly ode to the organ…

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Eco-friendly PLAE shoes give us spring fever with bright colors and green details

Eco-friendly PLAE shoes give us spring fever with bright colors and green details

TweetEmail Mother Nature may have just dumped another load of snow and ice upon the majority of the country recently, but these bright and cheery shoes remind us to have hope:…

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32 new LEGO Star Wars sets are debuting soon

32 new LEGO Star Wars sets are debuting soon

In addition to sets and figurines from the six previous movies, these Star Wars sets also feature characters and creations from Star Wars video games and the popular animated show,…

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'Library Trees' offer whimsical shelf & storage space solutions

'Library Trees' offer whimsical shelf & storage space solutions

Library Trees made by Mathy by Bols are a creative, unique and beautiful way to add storage to any child’s space, be it a bedroom or playroom. In fact, these shelves are so…

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HOW TO: Make vegan sesame spinach noodles to celebrate Chinese New Year

HOW TO: Make vegan sesame spinach noodles to celebrate Chinese New Year

1. Gather the ingredients. 12 oz long noodles (we used organic whole wheat spaghetti, but you can also use linguini, rice noodles, etc) 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp minced…

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Kids Museum of Glass in Shanghai is an interactive and educational design experience for children

Kids Museum of Glass in Shanghai is an interactive and educational design experience for children

TweetEmail Located in Shanghai, the museum includes a glass city, theaters, drawing and creative DIY spaces, two cafes and a party space. Children can use the multi-media…

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From Washington to Obama: Presidential toy blocks by Uncle Goose

From Washington to Obama: Presidential toy blocks by Uncle Goose

If President’s Day celebrations are stirring the patriot within you, there’s more than one way to school your tot in our nation’s rich history—without drawing yawns.…

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Book series fashions heroes of yesteryear into relatable role models for today's kids

Book series fashions heroes of yesteryear into relatable role models for today's kids

Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln: both of these historical greats are known for what they accomplished as adults, but what happened during their childhood to help them develop into…

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HOW TO: Make a homemade and effective natural cough syrup

HOW TO: Make a homemade and effective natural cough syrup

1. Gather your ingredients. 4 oz (1/2 cup) honey (preferably raw and local) 4 oz (1/2 cup) warm filtered water 1 lemon 1 medium onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 sprigs fresh…

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