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

by 07/25/14   filed under: food, health & body, toxins

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Phthalates are a class of harmful chemicals that have been in headline news for years. After enough consumers expressed concern, phthalates have finally become less common in children’s toys, body care and other childcare products. However, as Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports, a recent study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) shows that your family may still be exposed to these toxic chemicals via your groceries. Due to the use of phthalates in food processing and packaging, there may be chemicals in the cream-based dairy products, poultry, cooking oils and many other common foods you purchase. Phthalates, as you likely know, are a family of man-made chemicals that have applications in medical, automotive and consumer product industries, especially plastic items, and diet is currently considered a significant exposure pathway for them. Phthalates are known endocrine-disrupting chemicals and have been linked to many adverse health effects, especially when exposure occurs early on in life.

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

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

by 07/24/14   filed under: architecture, green design, green kids

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Thirteen year-old Sicily Kolbeck can now proudly state that she is the owner and chief architect of her own tiny home. Inhabitots was thrilled to find the Marietta, Georgia student hard at work on her impressive undertaking last March. Using the process of construction as a part of her curriculum at HoneyFern school, she was able to raise money through an Indiegogo campaign, gifts, and tuition. After seven months of hard work Kolbeck finished “La Petite Maison,” a mobile miniature mansion complete with a kitchen, a lofted bed, and a bathroom with a composting toilet. Sicily gives a guided tour of her sweet abode after the jump!

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

by 07/24/14   filed under: food, green kids, kid friendly, kids health, vegan cooking

When 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 stores. The young entrepreneur is the creator of BeeSweet Lemonade—a tasty, natural lemonade drink inspired by her great grandmother Helen’s recipe and a love for honeybees. For each bottle purchased, Mikaila donates 20 percent of the profits to organizations fighting to save the honeybees. Now a veteran of the business (she started the company when she was just 4 years of age!), Mikaila is well on her way to leading a new generation of socially conscious tots in the way of conservation.

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

by 07/24/14   filed under: art, craft, diy kids crafts, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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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 bills itself as “an e-magazine for families who love books,” and although our family definitely fits the book-obsessed bill, we think Alphabet Glue offers fun, hands-on, and approachable activities for any family. The projects are super creative, yet completely doable: think matchbox libraries, cardboard telescopes, frozen bubble paintings, kitchen counter stalactites, and more. Each volume also contains inspiring reading lists, with themes ranging from the seasons to rainy days to the night sky. You can even preview Alphabet Glue’s sample projects (many of which are inspired by books) to see if this awesome e-zine is for you.

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

by 07/24/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green family, green kids, health & body, how-to, kid friendly, pets

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7 Yummy Vegan Milkshake Recipes Kids Will Love!

by 07/23/14   filed under: cooking, food, green kids

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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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Department Store Roof is Transformed into a Secret Garden & Magical Kids Play Area in South Korea

Department Store Roof is Transformed into a Secret Garden & Magical Kids Play Area in South Korea

TweetEmail Housed within the terrace are a diverse array of quirky and entertaining spaces, such as a tree house in the form of a cozy bird’s nest. The design incorporates a…

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Forest Kindergartens: Where Mother Nature is the Teacher in an Outdoor Classroom

Forest Kindergartens: Where Mother Nature is the Teacher in an Outdoor Classroom

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your youngster could spend his formative years outside exploring and learning about nature vs. being stuck inside without fresh air, exercise or a…

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Is Lack of Recess Breaks Causing the Alarming Rise in ADHD Diagnoses Among Children?

Is Lack of Recess Breaks Causing the Alarming Rise in ADHD Diagnoses Among Children?

The stats are pretty staggering: as many as 11% of school-aged children in the country have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2011. 10,000 toddlers have also been diagnosed with and…

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16 Essential Vegan Foods to Stock Up on to Switch Your Family to a Plant-Based Diet

16 Essential Vegan Foods to Stock Up on to Switch Your Family to a Plant-Based Diet

TweetEmail 1. Noodles, rice, and or quinoa Noodles are a kid-friendly food no-brainer. Many noodles are vegan (although check for eggs), and there are so many varieties you can…

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An Ozone Garden Tells You About the Air Quality Around Your Home

An Ozone Garden Tells You About the Air Quality Around Your Home

What if you could simply look at the leaves on the plants in your garden to find out about the air quality in your neighborhood? Theoretically you can, if you plant a National Center…

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The ARC Flatpack Dollhouse is Designed in Mid-Century Modern Style

The ARC Flatpack Dollhouse is Designed in Mid-Century Modern Style

TweetEmailDesign This dollhouse is 3/4 or 1:16 (1″ dollhouse = 16″ full sized house) and designed so that it looks great from every angle. The house has one large…

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14 Delightful Hobbit Hole Homes That Will Become Your Child's Favorite Tiny Hideout

14 Delightful Hobbit Hole Homes That Will Become Your Child's Favorite Tiny Hideout

TweetEmail Wooden Wonders’ Hobbit Holes come in three styles – the Big Merry, the Little Merry, and the Woodshire. The Little Merry is perfect for a child’s…

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