Study finds that smoking around toddlers is as damaging as smoking while pregnant

by 06/25/15   filed under: health & body, kids health, news

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As if anyone needed an excuse to quit the filthy habit of smoking, researchers have found that smoking around your toddler could have the same effects as smoking while pregnant. A study from the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre linked secondhand smoke to not only the expected lung problems, but also to child weight gain. The study showed that kids who had been exposed to secondhand smoke from ages 2 to 10 had waist sizes 3/5 of an inch to a whole inch larger than their peers with non-smoking parents.

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LEGO is investing $150 million to ditch plastic & start creating their blocks with sustainable materials

by 06/24/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, green toys, news

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LEGO has announced a plan to develop sustainable manufacturing materials that would allow the toy company to ditch plastic forever. The Denmark-based company is investing millions to create a Sustainable Materials Centre to employ over 100 people who will carry out the search for a better building block. The company aims to identify a sustainable plastic alternative by 2030.

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Handmade wooden Avakai Dolls use smart technology to communicate with each other

by 06/24/15   filed under: eco play, gadget, green design, kid friendly, kid gadgets, kids entertainment

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NYC students celebrate the end of polystyrene trays with a giant puppet show

by 06/24/15   filed under: education, green education, green kids, news

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Last month, we reported that the six largest school districts in the U.S. would be switching to compostable plates to replace the polystyrene trays they have been using for decades. New York City schools are among that group, and the new eco-friendly plates have already been introduced in many schools in the city. On June 22, students held a celebration in Union Square featuring larger than life puppets to commemorate the ousting of polystyrene trays from their cafeterias.

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HOW TO: Make bonfire banana boats with melted dark chocolate

by 06/23/15   filed under: cooking, how-to, kid friendly, recipes, vegan cooking

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Novella Crib has an extended life as a toddler bed, day bed and reading nook

by 06/23/15   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, kids furniture

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If you’re looking for a crib with more uses and a longer life than many typical baby cribs, than Novella Crib by Nursery Works may be just the ticket. This aesthetically pleasing crib is designed to be with your child from the infant years well into elementary school, converting from a stable crib to a toddler bed to a daybed (rails included) or into a fun and cozy reading nook (cushions sold separately). This crib is American made with a solid ash frame, bridle joinery, ash-veneered MDF, birch plywood and solid steel legs, so it will hold up to years of playing, climbing, napping and jumping. Finishes include safe, low-VOC, water-based stain and paint. The modern design means this piece won’t look out of place even as your child’s tastes evolve.

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Green spaces around schools linked to smarter, more attentive kids

by 06/23/15   filed under: eco play, education, green education, green kids, healthy recipe, kids health, news

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Spending time in nature gives most of us a feeling of peace and wholeness with the earth as well as a mood boost, but those feel-good emotions are usually not enough for scientists who are forever interested in quantifying things. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences does just that: it measured the working memories and attention span of 2,623 children in Barcelona at intervals throughout a year after surveying the amount of vegetation around the children’s homes, along their commutes to school, and around their schools. Using a series of word and number tests, the researchers found that children who had more greenery around their schools improved their working memory and attention span over the course of a year.

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10 hearty vegan camping recipes for your adventures in the wild

by 06/22/15   filed under: food, recipes

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Photographer's 'Idiot Box' series captures telling images of children's faces while watching TV

Photographer's 'Idiot Box' series captures telling images of children's faces while watching TV

The Australian-born photographer and mom to a four year-old isn’t opposed to television, but she was intrigued to ask, “Should we exhibit more caution about the role of…

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Costs of environmental health conditions in California children = $254 million annually

Costs of environmental health conditions in California children = $254 million annually

Want to put a price tag on the havoc that preventable environmental hazards such as air pollution, pesticides, and common chemicals wreak on our children’s health? The Public…

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HOW TO: Make a mouth-watering vegan Philly 'cheesesteak' sandwich for dad this Father’s Day

HOW TO: Make a mouth-watering vegan Philly 'cheesesteak' sandwich for dad this Father’s Day

1. Gather the ingredients a long bread roll half an onion a few mushrooms a few dried mushrooms a bunch of fresh parsley some pickled cucumber chili peppers Vegan cheese: almond…

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Australian court overturns ban on mother breastfeeding her child after getting a tattoo

Australian court overturns ban on mother breastfeeding her child after getting a tattoo

A 20 year-old Australian mom was banned from breastfeeding her 11 month-old child by an Australian Federal Court Circuit Judge this week because she recently got a tattoo. Getting…

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HOW TO: Make a refreshing body spray to spritz on between summer adventures

HOW TO: Make a refreshing body spray to spritz on between summer adventures

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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HOW TO: Make ready-to-eat veggies & noodles in a jar in 10 minutes

HOW TO: Make ready-to-eat veggies & noodles in a jar in 10 minutes

1. Gather the ingredients 1 mason jar with lid 1 packet of rice noodles Vegetables: 1 spring onion 1 carrot half small red cabbage a bunch of fresh parsley 1/2 cup of…

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Silly, rambunctious playtime with dad has developmental benefits for kids

Silly, rambunctious playtime with dad has developmental benefits for kids

Moms who are the primary caregivers for young ones can often feel frustrated with dads and how they seem to parent differently. Dads are notorious for arriving on the scene, usually…

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Kutchu's biodegradable natural rubber play mat is a non-toxic landing for tummy time and play

Kutchu's biodegradable natural rubber play mat is a non-toxic landing for tummy time and play

Babies spend hours rolling around and practicing tummy time on their play mat, which makes it all the more surprising that so many are made from vinyl or foam and a garden variety of…

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Mother's exposure to DDT while pregnant linked to fourfold increase in daughter's risk of breast cancer

Mother's exposure to DDT while pregnant linked to fourfold increase in daughter's risk of breast cancer

The use of DDT has been banned in the United States for over forty years, but its toxic effects continue to run rampant. A study utilizing blood samples of pregnant women from fifty…

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Kodama Zomes: Hanging lounge chairs that let families sway in nature

Kodama Zomes: Hanging lounge chairs that let families sway in nature

What are Kodama Zomes? Kodama Zomes, invented by revolutionary architect Buckminster Fuller, are a combination of art, structure, engineering and architecture. Each swing is a hammock…

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