10 Amazing Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

by 10/09/14   filed under: green baby, green design, green family, green halloween, green kids, how-to

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6 Ways to Prepare Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Seeds

by 10/09/14   filed under: baking, cooking, food, green family, green kids, green party, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, recipes, snack, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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FREE '60 Minutes of Motion' Deck of Cards Encourages Kids to Get Active

by 10/09/14   filed under: green family, health & body

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In honor of National Child Health Day, (October 6) families can download a fun physical activity program called 60 Minutes of Motion for free. New U.S. research proves fit bodies lead to fit minds in children, and in light of this news America’s Nutritionist, Mitzi Dulan in partnership with CLIF Kid, has developed 60 Minutes of Motion, an engaging deck of 25 cards that kids can mix and match for outdoor and indoor movement, play and adventure. Families may chose to use the entire deck for 60 straight minutes of activity, or pick and choose just a few cards to customize each activity experience. The interactive deck of cards combines 25 different motion, activity, adventures and games, making it easy for kids (and parents) to get active inside or out. The 60 Minutes of Motion deck of cards includes 10 motion cards that focus on specific movements, like star jumps, crab walks or planks, 5 sustained 10 minute activity cards, 5 adventure wild cards with inspiring words and phrases that prompt kids to choose their own imagination-filled adventure, and 2 game cards with motion-filled games (inspired by CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year). Plus, the deck also includes a snack card and hydration card with tips about how to nourish yourself before, during and after outdoor play and activity.

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INTERVIEW: Singer-Songwriter Essie Jain on Writing Original Lullabies & the Importance of Music for Children

by 10/08/14   filed under: green baby, green family, green kids, parenting, sleeping

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My daughter and I listened to singer-songrwriter Essie Jain’s album of orginial lullabies all the time when she was a tiny baby, and we continue to listen to Essie’s music now. It’s beautiful and relaxing for both parent and child. It’s also been proven that music helps develop communication skills in young babies, and that babies who listen to and play music are more sociable and smile more, too.

Essie Jain is an English singer-songwriter from London. She moved to New York City in 2001, where she still lives today. She’s trained in classical piano and operatic singing. Essie released two albums, before releasing Until the Light of the Morning, a collection of lullabies for children and their parents, under her own label in 2011. Jain is releasing a new album of modern chants and meditations called ‘To Love’ this month. She sat down with Inhabitots for this fascinating, exclusive interview on writing original lullabies and the importance of music for babies.

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Apple & Pear Shaped Dollhouses Put a Refreshing Spin on Playtime

by 10/07/14   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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We’ve seen many a cool dollhouse here at Inhabitots. From dollhouses in guitars to tiny adorable dollhouses to dollhouses shaped like logs, but we’ve never seen dollhouses quite like these sweet fruit shaped dollhouses by Rock & Pebble. The Apple and Pear dollhouses boast a refreshing shape, made with lovely untreated natural birch wood that’s left unfinished. Each little house can be personalized by your child with paint, stencils, or even decorated with washi tapes. Their size is perfect for little peg doll people and when your child outgrows the dollhouse as a play item, it’s pretty enough to use as a display in your home.

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Naaya by Moonlight Organic Baby Quilts & Blankets are Destined to be Your Child's Treasured Lovies

by 10/07/14   filed under: baby shower, green baby, green baby gifts, green bedding, green gifts

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HOW TO: Make Homemade Halloween Face Paint

by 10/06/14   filed under: craft, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, how-to

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Five Year-Old Girl is First Child in the UK to Receive a Prosthetic Hand Made with 3D Printing Technology

by 10/06/14   filed under: health & body, humanitarian design

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In what may be one of the most inspiring and innovative uses for 3D printing we’ve seen, a young girl has just received a brand new hand thanks to 3D printing technology. Five year-old Hayley Fraser from the UK used to try to hide her left hand in photographs or when playing with friends due to her distress over being born without fingers. But hiding is perhaps a thing of the past for Fraser, after a new US-based charity called E-nable built the young girl a pink and purple robotic hand inspired by Iron Man. E-nable stepped up to the prosthetic limb challenge after The National Health Service (NHS) refused to help Fraser’s parents obtain an artificial limb for their daughter.

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'Care for Our World' Book Kit Encourages Children to Respect the Planet

'Care for Our World' Book Kit Encourages Children to Respect the Planet

TweetEmailCare for Our World is a beautifully designed story book written by Karen S. Robbins and illustrated by Alexandra Ball, that encourages children to respect the beauty…

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HOW TO: Make Scrumptious Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

HOW TO: Make Scrumptious Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

As the weather starts to get chilly and pumpkins seem to be congregating on every corner, this vegan pumpkin cupcake recipe will satisfy the heartiest fall sweet tooth. Show your…

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Blissful Beginnings Bag Has Everything New Moms Need to Stay Energized (Aside from a Nap)

Blissful Beginnings Bag Has Everything New Moms Need to Stay Energized (Aside from a Nap)

Looking for the perfect green baby shower or new mama gift? Look no further, because the Blissful Beginnings Bag has everything a new mama could want — and it’s all…

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Giant, Creepy Victorian Houses Made Entirely of LEGOs by Mike Doyle

Giant, Creepy Victorian Houses Made Entirely of LEGOs by Mike Doyle

The artist describes his Two Story with Basement: “To my eyes, patterns of decay find a more pleasing path than an untouched object. A roof collapsed by the weight of snow, side…

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10 Eco-Friendly Halloween Crafts for Green Kids

10 Eco-Friendly Halloween Crafts for Green Kids

#1: Recycled Maple Leaf Art Have you found yourself with a large stack of pressed leaves from that family fall hike? If you are looking for a new and fun way to display them in your…

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15 Beneficial Uses for Coconut Oil

15 Beneficial Uses for Coconut Oil

TweetEmail 1. Metabolic Support Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are delivered directly to the liver to provide an immediate source of energy. This…

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50 Halloween Kids Treats Including Vegan, Fair Trade, Gluten-free and More

50 Halloween Kids Treats Including Vegan, Fair Trade, Gluten-free and More

10 Healthier Halloween Treats A healthy Halloween doesn’t have to be boring. Pick-up these healthier treats that are still fun for kids: Stretch Island Fruit Leathers Organic…

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9 DIY Halloween Masks to Make with Your Kids

9 DIY Halloween Masks to Make with Your Kids

#1: Recycled Lion Mask If you are looking for a fun mask to make with the kiddos with a template provided, this is the mask for you. This mask isn’t only a ton of fun to make,…

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Beyond Wheat: A Guide to Gluten-Free Flours (and What to Make with Them)

Beyond Wheat: A Guide to Gluten-Free Flours (and What to Make with Them)

1. Buckwheat Despite its name, buckwheat is not actually wheat or even a grain at all. It’s a plant, and its grain-like seeds are eaten (some call it a pseudocereal). Rich in…

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Stylish Pebble Lounger for Kids is Comfy and Eco-friendly

Stylish Pebble Lounger for Kids is Comfy and Eco-friendly

TweetEmail Sleek, modern design brings the Pebble Lounger by Nook Sleep Systems into the playroom, bedroom or even the living room, because this kid’s chair isn’t…

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