8 charming & creative DIY dollhouses built by parents!

by 06/06/15   filed under: art, green toys

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Color Kitchen's pure and bright food colors are made from turmeric, beets, and spirulina

by 06/06/15   filed under: baking, cooking, food, green family

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Glob’s natural paints and art supplies have a reputation for being safe enough to eat, and founder Ashley Phelps’s latest product takes the next step into edible territory: Color Kitchen’s decorative food coloring powders are non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free, and derived from turmeric, beets, and spirulina. Each single color packet contains water-soluble powders which yield rich and vibrant primary color hues (with the option for creating pastel colors as well by simply using less pigment). Kids will love experimenting and mixing the different color packets to make green, purple, and orange as well as numerous color variations. Each packet (which is printed with soy inks and made of recycled paper) will cover a dozen cookies or more and can be made into frostings, icings, or colorings for a variety of baked goods.

+ Color Kitchen decorating powders $2.99 each

 

6 great baby carriers & slings for babywearing dads

by 06/05/15   filed under: babywearing, gear for parents, green baby gifts, green family

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Family sells their home & belongings to enjoy the slow life exploring America in an Airstream

by 06/05/15   filed under: green family, green kids, transportation, video

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9 year-old girl builds mobile shelters and grows a garden to help local homeless people

by 06/05/15   filed under: green kids, humanitarian design, kid friendly, news

Hailey Ford’s summer plans are slightly atypical for the average 9 year-old: the Bremerton, Washington youth is happily devoting her time to do-gooding for the less fortunate in a very hands-on way. Hailey is currently creating 11 individual, hand-built shelters for the local homeless community. With the help of her mom (and phone assistance from her contractor grandfather), Hailey is learning the ropes of construction and is well on her way to finishing the first shelter, which will go to her friend Edward. Edward is also the inspiration for Hailey’s Harvest, the garden that Hailey created four years ago to provide fresh and healthy produce for those who are in need of food. In addition to the shelters and produce, Hailey’s Harvest is aiming to donate 500 feminine hygiene products, 1,000 toiletries, and 100 coats in 2015. Those interested in helping Hailey carry out her noble vision, can donate here; we’d love to see more similar youth-led efforts sprout up all over the country.

+ Hailey’s Harvest

via The Huffington Post

 

HOW TO: Create a successful babysitting co-op

by 06/04/15   filed under: parenting

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Young woman auctions graduation dress she made from her math homework to raise money for The Malala Fund

by 06/04/15   filed under: education, green education, news

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A passionate young feminist in Canada figured out a way to make a real statement with her graduation dress. Eighteen-year-old Erinne Paisley constructed a dress almost entirely from old math homework, and embellished it with these words: “I’ve received my education, not every woman has that right.” She took the money she would have spent on a graduation frock and donated it to The Malala Fund, an organization named for Malala Yousafzai, who advocated for women’s education anonymously through a blog for the BBC when she was just 11 years old, while the Taliban threatened occupation of her hometown in Pakistan. The Fund works to guarantee secondary education for young girls around the world.

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BREAKING NEWS: Study finds toxic chemicals linked to decreased fertility, impaired learning, liver toxicity & cancer in popular child car seats

by 06/04/15   filed under: green baby, health & body, toxins

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HOW TO: Make a mouth-watering cauliflower 'steak' and guacamole sandwich

HOW TO: Make a mouth-watering cauliflower 'steak' and guacamole sandwich

1. Gather the ingredients For cauliflower ‘steaks': 1 medium cauliflower 2 tbsp of olive oil 1 tbsp of lemon juice 1 garlic clove 2 tsp of ground cumin ½ tsp of chili…

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7 Eco-friendly Father's Day gifts for nature-loving dads

7 Eco-friendly Father's Day gifts for nature-loving dads

Oak Tree and Acorn T-shirt Set They say the acorn doesn’t fall far from the oak, and I’m never sure whether that is supposed to be a compliment. This adult/kiddo t-shirt set makes…

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HOW TO: Make homemade sunburn soother to heal & repair your skin

HOW TO: Make homemade sunburn soother to heal & repair your skin

1. Collect your ingredients and supplies. 4oz (½ cup) filtered water 2 black tea bags 2oz (¼ cup) aloe vera gel 2 Tbsp alcohol-free witch hazel 1 tsp Vitamin E oil Glass…

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Study: Children who are breastfed have a lower risk of childhood leukemia

Study: Children who are breastfed have a lower risk of childhood leukemia

A new study from Journal of American Medicine Pediatrics examined 18 previous studies and found that children who were breastfed six months or longer had a 19% lower risk of developing…

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HOW TO: Make raw vegan sushi using cauliflower 'rice'

HOW TO: Make raw vegan sushi using cauliflower 'rice'

1. Gather the ingredients 1 small cauliflower half celery plant (about 5 sticks) 1 carrot 1 cucumber 1 avocado a handful of sprouts 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar 2 tbsp of…

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This feline-shaped kindergarten is the cat's meow

This feline-shaped kindergarten is the cat's meow

Approaching the building is like walking straight up to a giant feline, paws astride in a Sphinx-like pose, with big round eyes gazing out over the entryway. About a hundred lucky kids…

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Sweden will offer a third month of paid paternity leave to dads starting in 2016

Sweden will offer a third month of paid paternity leave to dads starting in 2016

Okay, we get it: being a parent in Sweden is awesome. One of the top 5 places to be a mom and a top 5 place for overall child well-being, the country is adding a third month of PAID…

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Boy builds amazingly detailed LEGO Titanic using 30,000 bricks!

Boy builds amazingly detailed LEGO Titanic using 30,000 bricks!

Imagine spending the equivalent of 16 entire days building a giant model Titanic out of 30,000 LEGOs. That’s exactly what Norwegian Lasse Ankersø did, and he has the time lapse…

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World leaders commit to 12 years of FREE education for girls and boys

World leaders commit to 12 years of FREE education for girls and boys

One of the biggest obstacles to getting an education around the world is money, as schools in many countries charge fees to attend school. The newly released Incheon Declaration…

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Gut bacteria (or lack of it) may be causing your toddler's temper tantrums

Gut bacteria (or lack of it) may be causing your toddler's temper tantrums

Temper tantrums are a rite of passage for most toddlers, and although they are a normal phase of development, researchers from Ohio State University think they have pinpointed another…

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