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

by 05/13/15   filed under: green maternity, health & body, kids health, news

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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 Journal of Obesity found that children of mothers who drank caffeinated beverages throughout pregnancy were 89% more likely to become obese compared with children of mothers who didn’t imbibe caffeine. Children were 2.3 times as likely to be obese if their mothers drank more than 150 milligrams of caffeine daily. For reference, a shot of espresso has about 64 mg of caffeine, a medium size cup of coffee has around 150 mg of caffeine, and a cup of green tea contains between 25 and 45 mg of caffeine.

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

by 05/12/15   filed under: art, green family

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HOW TO: Make crispy peanut butter cauliflower 'wings'

by 05/12/15   filed under: cooking, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, snack, vegan cooking

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

by 05/12/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, kids clothing

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

by 05/11/15   filed under: education, toxins

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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 chemical that “probably” causes cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, autism, fertility problems, birth defects, and more — which is very bad news considering how exposed humans are to Roundup. A new analysis and interactive map by Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that your kids are even exposed to the ubiquitous herbicide at their schools. The analysis and map shows the amounts of glyphosate sprayed in each U.S. county plus it tallies the 3,247 elementary schools that are located within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field, along with another 487 schools that are located within 200 feet.

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

by 05/11/15   filed under: health & body, prenatal

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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 making headlines since his arrival but parents Natasha and Omar Rajani are just happy to have a healthy baby. Unable to become pregnant naturally, the Rajanis turned to fertility drugs, intrauterine insemination, a naturopath and finally after four long years of trying, IVF as a possible solution. However, because Natasha’s eggs were too old, her doctors attempted a mitochondrial replacement technique called Augment. This treatment entails removing mitochondria from stem cells that develop into eggs, found in Natasha’s ovarian tissue. Stem cell mitochondria replaces the mitochondria in the old egg, and once fertilized behaves like a younger egg, thus hopefully increasing the chances of IVF success. According to a TIME exclusive, Zain is the very first to be born with help of this kind, but he won’t be the last. 7 other babies around the world have also been conceived with this new technique and will be born in the summer of 2015. The new stem cell reliant treatment is controversial, and indeed still illegal in the United States because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers Augment a form of gene therapy, which the FDA regulates. However, perhaps the U.S. will rethink their standing on gene therapy once more healthy babies around the globe are born with the help of Augment to parents who had already tried everything else. As new mom Natasha tells TIME, “We see Zain as a symbol of hope for all couples struggling with infertility. While the process is long, emotional and physically draining, there is light at the end of the tunnel—and that light for us is Zain.” Watch an exclusive TIME video of adorable Zain and his parents.

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14 DIY recycled cardboard crafts that will amaze your kids

by 05/11/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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

by 05/10/15   filed under: art, green maternity, green pregnancy, health & body

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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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Billowy Cloud House is a dreamy abode for dolls

Billowy Cloud House is a dreamy abode for dolls

From Rock & Pebble, the same folks who brought us the clever apple shaped dollhouse and elephant shaped dollhouse, comes the serene Cloud House. This unique dollhouse offering has…

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HOW-TO: Make homemade kid-friendly insect repellent spray

HOW-TO: Make homemade kid-friendly insect repellent spray

1. Collect your supplies. 6 oz spray bottle 2.6oz (1/3 cup) filtered water 2.6oz (1/3 cup) alcohol-free witch hazel 10 drops peppermint essential oil 10 drops lavender essential…

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HOW TO: Make juicy rainbow veggie skewers on the grill

HOW TO: Make juicy rainbow veggie skewers on the grill

1. Gather the ingredients: 4 garlic cloves a bunch of mushrooms 4 baby potatoes 1 sweet potato 1 zucchini 1 pepper 1 carrot 5 cherry tomatoes or 2 big round ones 5 baby…

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Positive discipline methods + why you shouldn't yell at or spank your kids

Positive discipline methods + why you shouldn't yell at or spank your kids

Image via Shutterstock Why you shouldn’t hit or scream Hitting and screaming are violent acts that have the capacity to scare adults, so imagine how scary and violent these acts…

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10 kid-friendly DIY projects for the home and yard

10 kid-friendly DIY projects for the home and yard

1. Container Gardening If you’re planning an herb garden or just want to spruce up a window, invite your kids to help you plant. They can help choose what to plant, what…

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Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Perfluorinated alkylated substances (pdf) (PFAS) (the new generation of PFCs – replacements for chemicals once used to make Teflon and Scotchgard) are already linked to some negative…

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Designer Rachel Zoe opens an on-site office nursery for her employees' babies

Designer Rachel Zoe opens an on-site office nursery for her employees' babies

When five of designer Rachel Zoe’s employees announced their pregnancy within a period of a few months, she made an important and thoughtful decision: she had an office nursery…

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The best country in the world to be a mom is... (hint: it's not the USA, which ranks 33rd)

The best country in the world to be a mom is... (hint: it's not the USA, which ranks 33rd)

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Save the Children has released their annual “Mothers’ Index,” a scorecard of the best and worst places in the world to be a mom.…

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Organic "origami" blanket goes from blanket to cuddly bird with a few folds

Organic "origami" blanket goes from blanket to cuddly bird with a few folds

With the Fabelab play-fold-bird blanket, young children get to see a an unassuming blanket magically transform into a flying bird, swimming swan, or anything else they can dream up.…

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