Your hand-me-down vintage toys from the 1970s and 1980s may be harming your child

by 04/13/15   filed under: green toys, health & body, toxins

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Though it’s sweet and nostalgic to watch your children play with and enjoy the same toys you cherished as a young kid, you should think twice before handing toys from yesteryear down to your kids. According to a new study, many plastic toys manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s contain unsafe toxins such as lead, cadmium and even arsenic. The research, published recently in the Journal of Environmental Health shows that around one in four toys tested contained more than 10 times the current safety limits for lead. A full third of the non-vinyl toys tested had more lead and cadmium than what is presently considered safe, and a fifth of all toys tested contained arsenic. So which vintage toys were tested and which were the most hazardous for children? Keep reading to find out.

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See a Georgia family's stunning transformation of an old tool shed into a multipurpose playhouse

by 04/12/15   filed under: eco play, green kids

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HOW TO: Grow an herb garden in eggshell planters

by 04/11/15   filed under: green family, green kids, how-to

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HOW TO: Spring clean your house when you can't trust most cleaning products on the market

by 04/10/15   filed under: green family

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California lawmakers are considering a ban on child vaccine exemptions

by 04/10/15   filed under: green family, green kids, health & body, news, parenting

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This week, the California state Senate health committee voted to push forward a bill that would ban parents from citing personal beliefs as the reason for opting out of vaccinations for their school aged children. According to Democrat Richard Pan, the bill’s co-author and a pediatrician, the proposed bill would continue to protect medical exemptions. Parents who would like to avoid vaccinating their children for other reasons, however, would be unable to do so if the law passes. Lawmakers supporting the bill seek to prevent “the suffering caused by vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Pan. In the state Senate, the issue is being debated as intensely as it is in other forums, and the bill still has a long way to travel before it would become law. From here, the bill will be heard by the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Committee before the Assembly considers it. If it passes through those steps, Governor Jerry Brown would have to decide whether to sign or veto the controversial bill.

via The Standard Daily

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"Strong is the New Pretty:" A mother captures her daughters' strength in compelling snapshots

by 04/10/15   filed under: art, parenting

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Wool felted honey bee mobile will make quite a buzz in the nursery

by 04/09/15   filed under: eco decor, green baby, green design

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While this sweet mobile may be a little unnerving if you’ve got a bumblebee phobia, it’s so cute that you may not want it to buzz off. Perfectly adorable hanging above a baby crib, this mobile would also look charming in your home as a wall hanger or kitchen accent. Handmade by SewnNatural, the airborne art is needle felted with 100% wool attached to a real birch branch using cotton embroidery floss. It includes 6 busy bees, a cozy hive, three apple blossoms and leaves. Each mobile is one-of-a-kind so design may vary. Available with pink or blue flower accents.

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13 idyllic, organic family farm stay vacations around the world

by 04/09/15   filed under: education, food, gardening, green holiday ideas for kids

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Two moms slow down & refocus their lives as parents with photo series "Stop Here. This is the Place."

Two moms slow down & refocus their lives as parents with photo series "Stop Here. This is the Place."

The blur of modern parenthood is familiar to most people; juggling school, soccer practice, full-time jobs, and keeping an orderly household, now meshed with the big influence that…

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Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play

Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play

Pop-Up Adventure Play is an organization with many goals, but their number one mission is to support children’s play. Founded in 2010, Pop-Up Adventure Play aims to help make…

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Buyer beware: Study finds breast milk purchased online may be mixed with cow's milk

Buyer beware: Study finds breast milk purchased online may be mixed with cow's milk

You really can buy just about anything on the Internet these days, but parents considering purchasing breast milk online should be more than a little hesitant: there’s a high…

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Parent & child can enjoy a swing ride face to face with the Expression Swing

Parent & child can enjoy a swing ride face to face with the Expression Swing

Raise your hand if you’ve taken a swing ride with your baby or kiddo on your lap? The Expression Swing makes it possible to now see your little one’s face light up while you…

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"Underwater Babies" book captures adorable first dips underwater & urges water safety

"Underwater Babies" book captures adorable first dips underwater & urges water safety

Over the course of the making of the book, Casteel traveled to ten different states to visit eighteen swimming pools. Each of the pools held important water safety classes, for infants…

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A Seattle doctor believes he has discovered what causes SIDS

A Seattle doctor believes he has discovered what causes SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a mysterious and cruel killer, taking otherwise healthy babies and toddlers in their sleep. For years, nobody has been able to point to the cause…

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Frequent use of bleach linked with increased risk of flu, tonsillitis, and some respiratory illnesses for kids

Frequent use of bleach linked with increased risk of flu, tonsillitis, and some respiratory illnesses for kids

With little ones around, you probably feel like your home could always be a little (or a lot) cleaner. However, you may want to hold off on using bleach as part of your weekly cleaning…

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Unleash your inner child with Johanna Basford's coloring books for adults

Unleash your inner child with Johanna Basford's coloring books for adults

Basford has spent years working as an illustrator, using pen and ink to scribe flowery scrolls, intricate patterns, and bursts of butterflies and birds. Her black and white drawings…

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"The Land" is a documentary about the nature of play, risk and hazard on an adventure playground

"The Land" is a documentary about the nature of play, risk and hazard on an adventure playground

The Land (Teaser) from Play Free Movie on Vimeo. We previously featured The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground on Inhabitots, and readers were captivated by the concept. In an…

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7 egg-cellent ways to upcycle your plastic Easter eggs

7 egg-cellent ways to upcycle your plastic Easter eggs

Image via My Repurposed Life 1. Egg-Shaped Soap Use those plastic eggs as soap molds! Over at My Repurposed Life, you can learn how to melt and pour soap into plastic Easter eggs to…

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