Artist Omid Asadi Creates Intricate Masterpieces Out of Fallen Leaves

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Umbilical Cord Burning: Separating Mom & Baby at Birth with a Slow Bonding Ritual

by 08/07/14   filed under: birth, green family

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It’s common practice in the United States to have your partner, midwife or doctor cut your baby’s umbilical cord almost immediately after birth, even though research says we clamp and cut the umbilical cord far too soon, thus denying umbilical cord blood and crucial stem cells to transfer from mama to baby. Now another option for severing the cherished tie between mother and baby has come to the forefront in America: umbilical cord burning — which can help solve the cutting-too-soon issue and provide parents with an experience to remember. While cord burning is a newer trend here in the U.S., it’s far from being a novel procedure. According to Today Parents, umbilical cord burning is a practice that’s been around for many years in varying cultures, and today’s parents are catching on that it may be a great way to celebrate the birth of their baby. A major pro for parents is that because cord burning takes a while, this practice helps slow down the pace after the baby arrives, allowing everyone to appreciate and enjoy the moment, rather than race through the precious moments of new life with a quick snip of the cord.

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11 Super Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Power Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

by 08/06/14   filed under: baby feeding, breastfeeding, green baby

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Mediterranean Polenta Towers with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Basil

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5 Natural Remedies for Common Breastfeeding Issues

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Policy Paper Says Wildlife Decline is Triggering Violent Crime and Child Labor Worldwide

by 08/05/14   filed under: green family, news

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According to a new policy paper led by UC Berkeley researchers, published in Science, worldwide decline of wildlife populations may be directly linked to increases in conflict, organized crime and child labor. The policy paper, shows how wildlife decline leads to food and employment losses, thus resulting in a higher risk of violent crimes, including human trafficking. The paper authors note that wildlife decline also helps foster political instability. Lead author Justin Brashares notes, “Billions of people rely directly and indirectly on wild sources of meat for income and sustenance, and this resource is declining. It’s not surprising that the loss of this critical piece of human livelihood has huge social consequences. Yet, both conservation and political science have generally overlooked these fundamental connections.” The paper points to some detrimental situations taking place globally, including how children are being sold to fishing boats and forced to work 18- to 20-hour days at sea for years without pay because when wildlife declines, it takes more labor to hunt animals down, and kids, especially trafficked kids, are an exceedingly cheap labor source.

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Campbell's Says V8 "100% Vegetable Juice" May Contain "meat/seafood/poultry/dairy"

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You’d think plain old vegetable juice wouldn’t need dead animals in it, but apparently, Campbell’s thinks it does. Food Babe just revealed that Campbell’s has confirmed that their V8 Juice IS NOT vegan and that V8 natural “flavoring” may include “meat/seafood/poultry/dairy.” The source of Campbell’s V8 “Natural Flavor” was offered up on a Twitter Q&A along with a confirmation that Campbell’s does not currently offer any 100% official vegan products, which, as Food Babe points out, means that the “100% Vegetable Juice” claim on the label of V8 is totally false. This isn’t the first time Campbell’s has been accused of sneaky substances in their food products, but people seem extra irked by this issue considering it’s flipping tomato juice – why does it need animal flavoring? Like V8, but don’t like Campbell’s deceptive ingredients? Visit Food Babe to get a recipe for homemade vegan tomato juice and sign this soon-to-be-sent-to-Campbell’s petition – Stop sneaking animal products in our V8 and soup.

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+ Source: There Might Be Dead Animal Parts in Your V8!

 

"Made with Code" Aims to Inspire a New Generation of Diverse Female Coders

by 08/05/14   filed under: education, kids entertainment

Females are majorly underrepresented in the computer science (CS) field (academically and professionally), but one spectacular website and resource aims to change this fact: Made with Code. Made with Code, created in collaboration with Chelsea Clinton, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA, Mindy Kaling, MIT Media Lab, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Seventeen and TechCrunch, promotes a simple, yet poetic idea: “code is a tool that lets you write your story with technology.”

I never coded a thing until I was 30, so exposing my children to this burgeoning field didn’t seem like much of a priority. Made with Code changed that by showing how coding innovates in unexpected areas: from creating dramatic light effects for a dance performance to helping improve breast cancer detection diagnostics. By giving girls real-life examples of how coding can be implemented in places such as fashion or in the environmental field, girls will begin to see the skill as useful, changemaking, and as a vital form of expression.

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The Swings: A Musical Swing Set that Illuminates & Plays Harmonies as People Swing!

The Swings: A Musical Swing Set that Illuminates & Plays Harmonies as People Swing!

The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation from Daily tous les jours on Vimeo. Each of the individual swings makes a sound when rocked back and forth. When each swing is occupied,…

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GUIDE: How to Stop Using Paper Towels Forever

GUIDE: How to Stop Using Paper Towels Forever

Photo by Shutterstock How Difficult is this Goal? This goal’s challenge level depends on how paper towel dependent you are. Some people use paper towels for everything. If this is…

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Ingenious Dad Builds Amazing Interactive Apollo Spacecraft for His Four Year-Old Son's Bedroom

Ingenious Dad Builds Amazing Interactive Apollo Spacecraft for His Four Year-Old Son's Bedroom

TweetEmailThe project took four months of Highsmith’s spare time to complete. The spacecraft is constructed of wood frame and lightweight paneling, but the greatest…

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Millions of LEGO Pieces Lost at Sea are Washing Up on British Beaches

Millions of LEGO Pieces Lost at Sea are Washing Up on British Beaches

TweetEmailWhy LEGO Bricks Are Washing Up Back in 1997, a container ship named Tokio Express was hit by a HUGE wave that ended up tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40…

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The Medical Community Is Failing Breastfeeding Moms - How To Find The Support You Need

The Medical Community Is Failing Breastfeeding Moms - How To Find The Support You Need

TweetEmailBefore my son was born I figured breastfeeding would be a snap. Honestly, how hard could it be? One, attach baby. Two, baby nurses. The end. Ha. When my son was a…

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10 Easy, Natural Ways to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

10 Easy, Natural Ways to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

TweetEmail 1. Nurse frequently Nursing often, regardless of how much milk you’re producing, will help tell your body to make more. Switch sides during each feeding session as…

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Why Your Family Should Quit Using Paper Towels Immediately

Why Your Family Should Quit Using Paper Towels Immediately

Paper towels create a major drain on the environment. Hopefully this isn’t news to you, but paper towels do actually come from trees. Now of course, the paper industry calls…

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Petit Collage's New Craft Kits, Puzzles and Placemats Boost Creativity and Fun

Petit Collage's New Craft Kits, Puzzles and Placemats Boost Creativity and Fun

TweetEmail Featuring familiar and endearing monkey, rabbit, fox, and cats graphics, the new Petit Puzzles measure only 6” by 6” so they’re perfectly portable. For…

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LEGO Fusion Couples LEGO Construction with Virtual App Games for Kids

LEGO Fusion Couples LEGO Construction with Virtual App Games for Kids

TweetEmail With LEGO FUSION, kids build physical structures with LEGO bricks and play with their own designs in an app-based game. Each box set comes with more than 200 bricks…

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Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Important Reminders About Keeping Kids Out of Hot Cars

Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Important Reminders About Keeping Kids Out of Hot Cars

It’s the height of summer, which means it’s also time for a super important safety reminder. Never, ever, leave your child alone in your vehicle, not even for a minute. Even…

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