Remember the good old days, when your mom told you to go outside to play all day and just to be sure to come home when the streetlights came on? Yeah, me neither (nor do most of my friends). But my slightly older husband, who grew up in a small town, does, and probably most of our parents or grandparents do. Now try and think about telling your own child to spend his or her day outside playing, exploring, and soaking up nature. If it seems like a highly unlikely experience to imagine, you’re in good company. There are multitudes of reasons (crime, environmental hazards, fear of seeming like a negligent parent) why you wouldn’t allow your children to play outside all day. Yet there are some equally compelling reasons to make sure, nonetheless, that your child is spending time getting down in the dirt, and this need for kids to reconnect with the outside world keeps growing. Richard Louv made waves with his last book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. His concept of Nature Deficit Disorder refers to some of the common issues that occur when kids don’t spend enough time in nature, including links with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood obesity, higher rates of physical and emotional illness and vitamin D deficiency.
Who would have thought that sowing heirloom seeds could be this beautiful? Sarah Rainwater has created the ultimate heirloom seed kit for beginner and more experienced gardeners alike. The best part? This particular kit contains seeds for four types of edible flowers (calendula, lemon mint, nasturtium and starflower), so you and your little ones can actually eat what you grow. Edible flowers make amazingly beautiful decorations for cupcakes and sweet treats, but they also pack a powerful visual punch in salads (which may coax more hesitant little ones to give their greens a try). We love that the kit contains a beautiful laser-engraved wooden block for holding the growing vials, biodegradable paper pots for starting the seeds, soil, a wooden crate for housing the flowers, as well as growing instructions and a recipe. Every item is simple yet stunning in design… and just waiting to adorn your windowsill. What a fun project for showing little ones how to start from seed and grow from there!
While it would be deemed blatantly false to post "fast-acting itch relief" stickers on hands of bananas at your local green grocer, Alex did have a point: You don't always have to turn to over-the-counter serums to relieve what ails you.
Case in point, here are more surprising facts about bananas as well as 6 other summer remedies you'll find in your fridge.
There may be no shortage of mommy jewelry on the market, but Heart and Stone Jewelry offers custom designed, eco-friendly charm necklaces and personalized rings that are made from 100% recycled silver sourced from X-rays, electronics and film stock — elevating these wearable keepsakes to cherished pieces of green artwork that you design yourself! Designer Julie Booras handcrafts each one-of-a-kind piece based on your individual wishes and tastes. The Heart and Stone website features a “wish list” option so shoppers may fashion their own jewelry and email the completed necklace or ring of their choice to Julie. The experience is fun and rewarding, and it results in an original creation you will truly love.
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12th! Dads and partners, team up with your kids to make one of these 6 spectacular DIY gifts for mom. Decorate the dining room table with the perfect centerpiece by converting glass jars to frames filled with special photographs of mom’s kiddos. Treat the lady of honor to a lovely breakfast in bed with our Nuts and Bananas for Mom breakfast. Mom will appreciate knowing the gift you gave her will help others. Pay it forward with these 6 Mother’s Day gifts that give back. Not sure what to plan for her special day? Here are 7 simple and green Mother’s Day surprises, and 7 ways to have an eco-friendly Mother’s Day with your kids. Pamper mom at day’s end by lighting an aromatic soy candle in her favorite scent and letting her take a relaxing bubble bath. While she’s soaking in the tub, clean the house with non-toxic green cleaners you can make yourself! If you know a woman who’s expecting, celebrate her impending motherhood by giving her Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms. Enjoy!
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LAST DAY TO ENTER: 9 Ways Your Family Can Reduce Plastic Use + Win a $100 Prize Pack from LunchSkins!
Image Courtesy of Shutterstock You know that plastic, which is made from oil or natural gas, is bad for the environment. But did you know that 11% of household waste is plastic? Americans use 100 billion
The Honest Company continues to roll out impressive personal care products for green families — and we’re delighted that babies aren’t the only ones who get to experience their lovely
We’re in the full swing of spring; the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. So let’s “put a bird on it,” by highlighting our favorite stories inspired by feathered friends.
Image Courtesy of Shutterstock Due to a slow rising number of home births in America, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a new policy statement, “Planned Home Birth.” Published this
Looking for a GMO-free, all natural, made in the USA gift for Mother’s Day? The Honest Company is constantly expanding their collection of home essentials and now offers vegan, biodegradable soy
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