HOW TO: Make a refreshing body spray to spritz on between summer adventures

by 06/19/15   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green family, green kids, health & body, how-to, kid friendly, pets

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HOW TO: Make ready-to-eat veggies & noodles in a jar in 10 minutes

by 06/19/15   filed under: cooking, food, healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking

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Silly, rambunctious playtime with dad has developmental benefits for kids

by 06/19/15   filed under: eco play, parenting

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Moms who are the primary caregivers for young ones can often feel frustrated with dads and how they seem to parent differently. Dads are notorious for arriving on the scene, usually after a long day, and succeeding in getting the kids riled up, overexcited, and super crazy just when it’s time to settle down for the evening. Research has shown that dads do indeed have different parenting behaviors than mothers do, and they’ve been dinged for it in the past when it comes to studies trying to measure parent-child bonds in terms of typical soothing and comforting behaviors. However, newer studies show that the type of silly play that dads are famous for can be valuable in encouraging kids and instilling confidence.

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Kutchu's biodegradable natural rubber play mat is a non-toxic landing for tummy time and play

by 06/18/15   filed under: eco play, green baby, green baby gifts, green gifts

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Babies spend hours rolling around and practicing tummy time on their play mat, which makes it all the more surprising that so many are made from vinyl or foam and a garden variety of toxins and chemicals. A new mother in Canada simply wanted a safe play mat for her little one, so she created it. The Kutchu play mat has impressive eco-friendly features: it’s non-toxic and made from biodegradable natural rubber, a renewable resource. The easy-to-clean surface only requires wiping (meaning you’ll have one less thing to add to that pile of laundry), and the play mat rolls up just like a yoga mat. With a large play area (approximately 4.25 x 5.5 ft), and a reversible design that boasts bright purple and vivid green colors, the Kutchu play mat is a non-slip, gently cushioned place for little ones to sit, crawl, and practice for their next big step into the world.

+ Eco-friendly Children’s Play Mat about $121.00 ($149.00 Canadian dollars)

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Mother's exposure to DDT while pregnant linked to fourfold increase in daughter's risk of breast cancer

by 06/18/15   filed under: green maternity, health & body, kids health, prenatal, toxins

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The use of DDT has been banned in the United States for over forty years, but its toxic effects continue to run rampant. A study utilizing blood samples of pregnant women from fifty years ago found that the daughters of women who had higher levels of DDT in their bodies while pregnant were four times as likely to develop breast cancer. The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, utilized certain data from a larger research project that has been tracking nearly 15,000 mothers, daughters, and granddaughters in the Bay Area since the 1960s. Genetic mutations, diet and exercise, and obesity have also been linked with breast cancer, but for many cases (much to the frustration of doctors and patients), there’s no known cause.

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Kodama Zomes: Hanging lounge chairs that let families sway in nature

by 06/18/15   filed under: green family

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Economists estimate the stress of parenting costs $66,000 per kid

by 06/17/15   filed under: news, parenting

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No matter how minimalist and thrifty you try to be, raising kids ends up being expensive in today’s world. Some potential costs include childcare or school, music classes, sports, birthday parties (your own child’s as well as presents for all the kids in his or her class), even buying a car big enough to lug all those mega car seats around. And of course you have to feed and clothe kids too. And did we mention maybe buying a toy or two? It can definitely add up, with the U.S. government estimating that the average cost to raise a child born in the past few years to be over $240,000. Three economists just added insult to injury with the findings in their working paper in The National Bureau of Economic Research: the stress of parenting a child costs $66,000. Per child! So what exactly is the cost of stress? Basically, it’s the amount of money it would take to offset the stress of having a child and constantly feeling like you are running behind, never getting ahead, and are often overwhelmed and low on free time.

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Boy's lost toy tiger goes on an epic airport adventure

by 06/17/15   filed under: green kids, news

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School district says kitchen manager wasn't fired for giving free meals to hungry kids

School district says kitchen manager wasn't fired for giving free meals to hungry kids

Della Curry is the former Colorado elementary school kitchen manager who has garnered many a news headline lately, following her claim that she was fired by the Cherry Creek School…

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Beatrix New York Wheelie Bags ensure smooth travels this summer & beyond

Beatrix New York Wheelie Bags ensure smooth travels this summer & beyond

Traveling with a ‘big kid’ this summer? Equip your flight companion with her very own Wheelie Bag from Beatrix New York to make her feel special and self-sufficient and to…

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Preschool housed in a retirement home offers children & the elderly a magical opportunity to learn from each other

Preschool housed in a retirement home offers children & the elderly a magical opportunity to learn from each other

Like any other preschool, the ILC is a blend of structured and unstructured activities that allow children to learn routine, explore their creative sides, relax or play. But what…

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Cambridge University will hire a LEGO Professor to research play in education, development & learning

Cambridge University will hire a LEGO Professor to research play in education, development & learning

Prestigious Cambridge University, where brilliant minds including Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin all studied, may soon see a heavy uptick in applications, perhaps…

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Study finds that babies know how to show empathy & understand when adults are sad

Study finds that babies know how to show empathy & understand when adults are sad

They cry, they want lots of attention, and they want it NOW! From the moment a baby is born, it can seem to be all about them and what they’re feeling, even if they don’t…

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San Francisco wants to mandate that health warnings be placed on soda ads

San Francisco wants to mandate that health warnings be placed on soda ads

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed first of its kind anti-soda pop legislation. The new legislation targets pro-soda pop advertising, bans soda ads,…

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8 ways for toddlers to venture outdoors, even on warm summer days

8 ways for toddlers to venture outdoors, even on warm summer days

photo by William Prost 1. Find a splash pad. I don’t know if this is an Atlanta thing or an everywhere thing, but there are splash pads popping up all over town! These are usually…

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Kids can make their own puppets or stuffed animals with Cate and Levi's eco-friendly kits

Kids can make their own puppets or stuffed animals with Cate and Levi's eco-friendly kits

The long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time for kids to be creative: Cate and Levi‘s make-your-own puppets or stuffed animal kits are an awesome, eco-friendly activity…

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Natural ways to prevent & treat bug bites and stings

Natural ways to prevent & treat bug bites and stings

Be Aware But Don’t Panic Sure, if we waged war with the insects, they’d win, simply due to their sheer numbers. But that doesn’t mean they’re out to get your…

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HOW TO: Make gooey & delicious vegan, gluten-free sweet potato brownies

HOW TO: Make gooey & delicious vegan, gluten-free sweet potato brownies

1. Gather the ingredients. 1 large sweet potato (the original recipe calls for 600 grams or about 1.3 pounds. My large sweet potato fit this description almost exactly) 12-14 dates,…

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