HOW TO: Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Using Chickpeas (Really!)

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15 Terrifically Creative Button Crafts for Kids

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Are Pepperidge Farm's Pink Princess Goldfish Crackers Sexist?

by 09/04/14   filed under: food

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In 2012, Reel Girl wrote about the glaring gender inequalities featured on Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cracker packaging. Cut to present-day, and now Reel Girl notes that Pepperidge Farm has reached a new low with their pink princess goldfish crackers, currently available at Target. If Reel Girl and Twitter folks are any indication, pink goldfish crackers aren’t just unnecessary they’re pretty darn sexist too. Like with most pink vs. every other color imaginable debates, not everyone hates the new crackers simply because they’re pink. In fact, some parents think the princess Goldfish are a festive idea.

Frankly, I’m a bit irked by the debate at all. When Rainbow colored Goldfish came out and brown colored chocolate Goldfish arrived, I don’t remember one debate about the colors being “too boyish,” but release pink  crackers and yup, people notice. Probably because pink may just be the most hated color of the decade. Or scratch that, in reality, pink is hated if girls like it. As Reel Girl notes of this tweet by one mama whose son wanted the pink crackers, “I love that her son wanted them.” So once again, boys who like pink are open-minded and awesome but girls who like pink are mindless princesses? This concept is beyond frustrating. That said, there’s really no good reason to buy Goldfish, pink or otherwise. Goldfish aren’t an organic snack, and although they are now made with natural colors (at least in Canada) instead of toxic food dyes, there’s still plenty of junk in Goldfish your kid doesn’t need. For example, Goldfish aren’t GMO-free and as Food Babe points out, Goldfish “are nothing more than refined white flour colored with annatto, made with GMO oils and a certain special ingredient called “autolyzed yeast” that is actually a hidden form of MSG.” You’re better off making homemade organic cheese crackers or purchasing an organic snack for your kiddos.

Would you buy pink Goldfish for your kids? Let us know in the comments.

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SPONSORED: CVS Health Makes a New Promise for Your Health

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HOW TO: Make Organic Apple Cider Served In Apple Cups

by 09/03/14   filed under: baking, food, green family, green kids, green party, healthy recipe, how-to, kid friendly, recipe, recipes, snack, vegetarian, vegetarianism

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HOW TO: Make a Recycled Rain Stick and Baby Rattle

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Pretending to Understand Babies Babbling Can Make Them Smarter

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Your baby’s gurgles and coos may not make much sense to you, but new research shows that the simple act of pretending to understand your baby’s babbles may make your little one smarter in the long run. The research, published in the journal Infancy, says that babies, “must develop the phonology of sounds and the ability to use vocalizations in social interactions” in order to build effective communication skills. Within this new study, the researchers looked at how a mother’s responsiveness to her baby’s coos and babbling may help tots develop better vocal communication skills, and what they found was amazing. When a mom would respond to her baby as if she understood him in a nice conversational style, it was shown to speed up the baby’s language development more than when mothers just talked about them or at them. Even better, when moms responded to their baby’s vocalizations, babies showed an increase in developmentally advanced, consonant–vowel vocalizations and some language measures. This study shows why spending lots of time really talking to your baby in a normal, conversational tone is vitally important if you want your little one to develop healthy language skills. Of course, chatting with your baby also has other perks, such as bonding, successful later school performance — and better early speech and language skills are overall associated with success in developing reading, writing, and interpersonal skills, in childhood and in adulthood. So, the next time your baby coos at you, smile, engage by looking him in the eye and talk back to him knowingly!

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7 Vegetarian School Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

by 09/02/14   filed under: baking, cooking, green family, green kids, kids health, parenting, recipes, vegetarianism

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7 Ways to Reconnect with Your Kids on Busy School Nights

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The BiliCam Smartphone App Detects Jaundice in Newborns

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10 Kid-Friendly Vegan Dishes for Backyard BBQs

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

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A Mother Photographs Her Sons Relishing a Slow Summer in the Polish Countryside

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It’s commonplace to occupy a child’s time with television, computers and video games — but much grander adventures beckon in the great outdoors. Urbaniak’s…

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This Inspiring 99 Year-Old Woman Sews a Dress a Day to Send to Young Girls in Africa

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99 year-old Lillian Weber sews a dress every single day. While that fact in and of itself is remarkable — what makes Weber’s labor of love even more inspiring is that each…

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The Snack Stack Enables Green, Waste-Free Snacking On-the-Go

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TweetEmailAvailable in a virtual rainbow of colors, the versatile Snack Stack by Re-Play is the perfect snack container for school lunches, play dates, picnics on the beach…

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Too Much Screen Time May Prevent Kids from Being Able to Read Facial Emotions

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Aloetree Kids Clothing Company Aims to Raise Funds to Prevent Child Trafficking

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