HOW TO: Make Tasty, Healthy Vegan Baked Potato and Zucchini Latkes

by 12/11/14   filed under: cooking, food, green family, green holiday ideas for kids, healthy recipe, how-to, kid friendly, recipe, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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School districts across America aim to ban antibiotic-laden chicken from the lunch menu

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Chicken served in school lunches in six of the nation’s largest cities (including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles) will soon be missing a common ingredient in the poultry production world: antibiotics. On Tuesday, the Urban School Food Alliance, which feeds almost three million students among the districts, vowed to use their purchasing power to support poultry suppliers who don’t utilize antibiotics in feeding their chickens. While the FDA has not been particularly proactive in limiting the use of antibiotics in livestock production, concern about the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of super germs is at the root of this new standard. Overuse of drugs and antibiotics can lead to troubling and difficult to treat complications from common infections. The new policy for the involved schools means that no chicken that has ever been fed antibiotics may be sold or served in school lunches.

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A rainbow of Christmas lights - handmade felt ornaments

by 12/10/14   filed under: green holiday ideas for kids

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These adorable Christmas lights are guaranteed never to burn out and won’t increase your energy costs one bit. They will however, enchant the whole family. Each of these slightly-larger-than-life-size old fashioned Christmas bulb ornaments are made with eco-felt by hand and each includes a pretty hanging ribbon. In a blaze of colors – red, hot pink, orange, gold, yellow, green, teal, blue, violet and purple – these ornaments are sure to make your Christmas tree stand out, or you can use them on a holiday table or hang them from your fireplace.

+ Christmas Lights Felt Ornaments (ten lights) $25.00

+ Dekapo

 

HOW TO: make a vegan eggplant "BLT" with sriracha vegenaise

by 12/10/14   filed under: how-to, recipe, snack, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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Merry Christmas blocks spell holiday greetings or stack up as whimsical tree decor

by 12/09/14   filed under: eco decor, eco play, eco toddler, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, green toys

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Whether you need a perch with a message for your Elf on the Shelf, or you’d like your own little elf to learn how to spell holiday greetings, these Merry Christmas blocks from Uncle Goose make delightful decor that does double duty as festive stacking toys. The 14 embossed blocks are painted red on one side to spell “Merry Christmas” and green on one side to spell “Happy Holidays.” The additional sides feature whimsical stacking trees, that would look smashing on a mantle. Designed for ages 2 and up, Uncle Goose blocks are handcrafted in the USA using sustainably sourced basswood from Michigan and decorated with non-toxic, child safe inks.

+ Merry Christmas Blocks $24

+ Uncle Goose

 

Extra large rainbow blocks encourage hours of open-ended play

by 12/09/14   filed under: eco play, green toys

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Most parent advocates of pretend play are familiar with the colorful Waldorf inspired rainbow blocks from Grimm’s Spiel & Holz. However, what you may not know is that this awesome design company also makes huge, life-sized sets of their popular rainbow blocks. These are not your ordinary rainbow blocks, but instead are blocks so large that your young toddler can actually build climb-through tunnels and other larger than life structures with them. These huge colorful blocks teach young children about sorting, stacking, colors and much more, stimulating skills surrounding coordination and fine motor skills. The pretty blocks are large enough to use as cradle for dolls, a fence for animals, or a tunnel or bridge for vehicles, and so much more.

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FLEXA furniture features classic Scandinavian style and green design ethics

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Festive limited edition Skip Hop winter-themed zoo packs and tableware make the holidays merry

by 12/08/14   filed under: green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids

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Designer of all-female scientist LEGO set adds more scientists to the mix

Designer of all-female scientist LEGO set adds more scientists to the mix

TweetEmailThree New Science Minifigs The new Alaterial concept is another set of three different LEGO scientists, but this time each of the figures has their own mini…

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GUIDE: To Choosing the Most Sustainable and Pesticide-Free Christmas Tree Possible

GUIDE: To Choosing the Most Sustainable and Pesticide-Free Christmas Tree Possible

TweetEmailChristmas trees are a booming business in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that 33 million real Christmas trees are sold…

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6 simple recycled holiday ornaments you can make with your kids

6 simple recycled holiday ornaments you can make with your kids

#1: Bottle cap Snowmen I have to admit, snowmen are hands down my favorite decoration for the holidays. I love their simplicity, playfulness and charm – and these bottle cap…

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Festive fun holiday craft: Christmas felt ball cascade kit

Festive fun holiday craft: Christmas felt ball cascade kit

TweetEmail Get festive with these fun and colorful felted wool spheres. Turn them into a beautiful garland for your Christmas tree, wall or window or use them to make a pretty…

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PlanToys creative dough play sets let kids get crafty with clay

PlanToys creative dough play sets let kids get crafty with clay

TweetEmailPlanToys creative dough play sets contain perfect accessories for a child who loves to play with clay. Three distinct sets are available including a basic creative…

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HOW TO: make natural candy cane play dough

HOW TO: make natural candy cane play dough

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies 2 cups organic flour 2 cups water 1 cup salt 1 tablespoon organic cream of tartar 1 tablespoon organic vegetable oil natural red colorant peppermint…

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CDC issues updated guidelines concluding health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks

CDC issues updated guidelines concluding health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks

Along with choosing the right crib and seeking out breastfeeding advice, parents-to-be of baby boys have another decision to make: whether or not to circumcise their son. According to…

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HOW TO: Make dark chocolate peppermint vegan truffles for the holidays

HOW TO: Make dark chocolate peppermint vegan truffles for the holidays

1. Gather the ingredients. 10 oz dark chocolate chips 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsps coconut milk (Note: Use regular, not low-fat coconut milk) 3 Tbsp coconut oil (It is fine in the solid…

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DIY: 7 festive holiday wreaths made from upcycled materials!

DIY: 7 festive holiday wreaths made from upcycled materials!

#1: Wrapping Paper Wreath This wreath was made using leftover pieces of wrapping paper – which I absolutely love for this time of the year. It seems like every time I wrap a…

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Ladybird Books drops gendered book titles 'for boys' and 'for girls' as not to limit children

Ladybird Books drops gendered book titles 'for boys' and 'for girls' as not to limit children

Children’s book publisher Ladybird will celebrate its 100 year anniversary next year, but we think their latest venture is even more reason to cheer: they recently announced they…

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