HOW TO: Make a Decadent Chocolate Cake That's Made from Vegetables!

by 07/29/14   filed under: baking, food, healthy recipe, how-to, kid friendly, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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15 Crafts Boys Will Enjoy Making

by 07/29/14   filed under: craft, eco play, green kids

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U.S. Kids are Showing Widespread Acceptance of New, Healthier School Lunches

by 07/28/14   filed under: food, news

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Feeding kids healthier meals at school has been a major uphill battle for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). First of all, it took a whopping 15 years for the USDA to even kick off healthier changes to school lunches. Then, once the healthy changes were implemented, kids, along with their parents rebelled, fighting to get the less healthy school lunches back, including the infamous pink slime burgers. What a mess! However, some good news has arrived via a new just-released study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The new study found that a full 70% of elementary school leaders nationwide say that their students like the healthier school lunches. Respondents to the survey said that while initially kids did complain about the new healthier food choices being served in schools  in fall of 2012, far fewer students were complaining by spring of 2013 and very few kids were discarding their meals. This new widespread acceptance of healthier school lunches isn’t just good news for kids, schools and the USDA, but parents can learn a little something here too. We all know kids can be picky eaters, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on serving healthy food. Kids can take a long time to grow accustomed to new foods. If you’ve got a picky eater, keep on keeping on and your hard work will pay off. Take a look at the following articles to learn more:

+ Studies Find Widespread Student Acceptance of New Healthier School Lunches

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Research Shows that Spanking May Lead to Less Gray Matter in Kids' Brains

by 07/28/14   filed under: health & body, parenting

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To spank or not to spank is one of those heated debates that can turn a room full of otherwise logical parents into a room full of crazy people. Many think that spanking is no longer as popular here in the USA, but as CNN notes, a 2012 national survey showed that more than half of all women and three-quarters of men in the USA think a child sometimes needs a “good hard spanking.” Even though so many parents are on board, spanking-advocates may be very, very wrong, with past research linking even MILD physical punishment to an increased risk for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse and several personality disorders. On top of mental problems, now CNN has collected a slew of research that shows how physical punishment may be even more detrimental than we thought. Spanking may in fact, lead to a smaller amount of gray matter in the brains of children. Harsh corporal punishment in the studies discussed by CNN are defined as at least one spanking a month for more than three years and shockingly, the kids who are regularly spanked appear to have less gray matter in certain areas of the prefrontal cortex than their peers. Researchers also say that there are “significant correlations” between how much gray matter is found in these brain regions and IQ test performance.

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83 Year-Old Photographer Rediscovers Timeless Photos of Mothers and their Children 50 Years After He Captured the Poignant Moments on Film

by 07/28/14   filed under: art, green maternity

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Give Your Kids a Protein Boost With Delicious CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Bars

by 07/27/14   filed under: food

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If your kid needs an extra dose of energy after school, at summer camp, or just while playing at the park, then CLIF Kid has your back with their new delicious whole grain protein bars. CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Bars provide 5 whole grams of protein along with 3 grams of fiber, so your kiddo can keep on zipping and zooming along. Beyond an extra smack of protein, CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Bars are certified Kosher, made with 70% certified organic ingredients, are an excellent source of calcium, and are a good source of vitamin D, iron and zinc. Plus, like all CLIF Kid products, the new protein bars DO NOT contain icky stuff like partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives and artificial flavors and trans fat. Currently, Clif Bar & Company is committed to sourcing ingredients that are not genetically engineered (GE) in all of their products. So when hungry, lagging kids come asking for a snack, hand over one of these protein bars, available in three lip-smacking flavors: chocolate chip, peanut butter and chocolate mint.

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Alyssa Milano Discusses Healthy Pregnancy Body Image

by 07/26/14   filed under: green pregnancy, health & body

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Mistresses star Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari recently announced that they’re expecting a daughter in early fall. With this pregnancy, as with her first pregnancy (Milano has an almost three-year-old son, Milo), she is focusing on growing a healthy baby rather than her own body image, which is likely what landed her on the recent cover of Fit Pregnancy. Milano, who has admitted she gained 55 pounds while pregnant with Milo, notes, “A female body is not made to look good in a bikini. It’s made to give birth and have a baby and be a cozy companion for it afterward.” Her pregnancy weight gain has garnered some criticism from fellow celebrities, but Milano refuses to play mean, instead simply taking it all in stride and stating, “”We don’t get hungry when we’re pregnant for no reason. You’re making a skeletal system. You’re making organs. I refuse to look at the scale. I didn’t look at the scale with Milo until the day I gave birth.” Milano notes she does exercise via prenatal yoga, and toddler wrangling — and she has a healthy, refreshingly un-Hollywood like attitude about her weight that all women can take to heart. Get the whole scoop here: Alyssa Milano: Pregnant and Embracing Every Minute of It.

+ Source: Alyssa Milano: How I Knew I Was Having a Girl

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Beat the Heat: 7 Delicious Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated this Summer

by 07/25/14   filed under: food, green family, green kids, healthy recipe, kid friendly, kids health

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Your Kid's Toys May be Free of Phthalates, But a Hefty Amount of the Chemicals May Still Lurk in Their Food

Your Kid's Toys May be Free of Phthalates, But a Hefty Amount of the Chemicals May Still Lurk in Their Food

TweetEmailPhthalates are a class of harmful chemicals that have been in headline news for years. After enough consumers expressed concern, phthalates have finally become less…

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6 Sneaky Food Additives: Where They Like to Hide & Why You Should Avoid Them at All Costs

6 Sneaky Food Additives: Where They Like to Hide & Why You Should Avoid Them at All Costs

TweetEmail Caramel Coloring That sounds rather innocuous, doesn’t it? I mean, all you really need to do to make homemade caramel is to reduce sugar to a syrup, right? You…

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Thirteen Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck's Self-Built Tiny Home is Complete!

Thirteen Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck's Self-Built Tiny Home is Complete!

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9 Year-Old Girl Starts BeeSweet Lemonade Business in an Effort to Save the Honey Bees

9 Year-Old Girl Starts BeeSweet Lemonade Business in an Effort to Save the Honey Bees

TweetEmailWhen most 9 year-olds are racing home after school to play outside with their friends, Mikaila Ulmer is negotiating contracts with national natural food retail…

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Alphabet Glue: An Inspired, Downloadable Magazine for Creative and Book-Loving Families

Alphabet Glue: An Inspired, Downloadable Magazine for Creative and Book-Loving Families

TweetEmail We’re always looking for innovative arts and crafts activities for our family, and finding out about Alphabet Glue is like hitting the jackpot. Alphabet Glue…

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HOW TO: Make a Refreshing Body Spray the Whole Family Can Use (Even Your Dog)

HOW TO: Make a Refreshing Body Spray the Whole Family Can Use (Even Your Dog)

1. Collect your supplies. 3-4 oz spray bottle 2 Tbsp alcohol-free witch hazel 2 drops lemongrass essential oil 2 drops lemon essential oil 2 drops tangerine or sweet orange…

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7 Yummy Vegan Milkshake Recipes Kids Will Love!

7 Yummy Vegan Milkshake Recipes Kids Will Love!

1. Classic Vanilla With only three ingredients, this is the perfect vegan milkshake to whip up when your kids (or you) are screaming for ice scream. 2. Banana Bread This banana…

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Unique Brooklyn Loft Bed & Breakfast Features Cabin and Treehouse Style Bedrooms

Unique Brooklyn Loft Bed & Breakfast Features Cabin and Treehouse Style Bedrooms

About A Cabin in a Loft The idea for A Cabin in a Loft came about in 2009 when Chiao and Frezzo decided they wanted to create separate bedroom spaces within their open-plan guest house…

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Artist Telmo Pieper Transforms His Childhood Drawings into Surrealist Works of Art

Artist Telmo Pieper Transforms His Childhood Drawings into Surrealist Works of Art

TweetEmail Creative kiddies are always scribbling their imaginative doodles in crayon and pencil, leaving us with masterpieces to tack onto the refrigerator. Parents love…

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"Breastmilk" the Movie, from the Executive Producers of "The Business of Being Born" is Available on iTunes & DVD August 5th

"Breastmilk" the Movie, from the Executive Producers of "The Business of Being Born" is Available on iTunes & DVD August 5th

TweetEmailFrom the moment they share that they’re pregnant, most women are inundated with, “Breast is best” speeches about breastfeeding. Yet, while…

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