HOW TO: Make Mini Vegan Leprechaun Cakes for St. Patrick's Day

by 03/13/14   filed under: baking, cooking, food, green holiday ideas for kids, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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HOW TO: Spring Clean Your House When You Can't Trust Most Cleaning Products on the Market

by 03/13/14   filed under: green family

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HOW TO: Make a Loaded Jacket Sweet Potato as Healthy Comfort Food

by 03/12/14   filed under: cooking, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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Firefly Infant Phototherapy Device Treats Jaundice & Saves Infants Lives in Developing Nations

by 03/12/14   filed under: baby gadgets, breastfeeding, gadget, green design, green family, humanitarian design

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Nearly 3 in 5 babies (or 60%) are born with jaundice, a condition that leaves their skin and eyes with a yellowish tint due to excess bilirubin in their blood. In most cases, newborns will recover without treatment or receive phototherapy treatment within their first week or two of life. But for babies born in under-resourced countries in hospital clinics that lack access to adequate power supplies or expensive phototherapy devices, mortality rates are startling, and untreated conditions run the risk of leading to brain damage and deafness. Design That Matters is cracking the code on this problem with their recent introduction of Firefly—a compact double-sided LED phototherapy device that uses minimal power and could cost as little as $1.50 per child.

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Riga Roo Rocker is a Funky, Minimalist Ride-on Toy for Modern Tots

by 03/11/14   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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Baby nurseries can get a bad rap for being a little too cutesy. While some of us can’t get enough of floppy bunny loveys and wallpaper featuring adorable woodland creatures, others prefer a nursery that is minimalist and contains only toys and furniture that can seamlessly fit in with the rest of the home decor. If you’re in the second group, check out the new Riga Roo rocker from True Latvia, a company celebrating the handiwork and craftsmanship of Latvian designers. With a design inspiration based on origami, the Roo rocker is available in birch, oak, beech, walnut, or laminate and is even stackable: a bonus if you have multiple kiddos and competing space for toys. The Roo’s clean lines make it a natural fit for every style profile, so your tot can rock away on this ambiguous animal (Is it a sheep? a horse?) and make any room a play space.

+ Riga Roo Rocker €136.13

+ True Latvia

HOW TO: Make Hearty, Savory Vegan Irish Stew

by 03/11/14   filed under: cooking, food, green holiday ideas for kids, health & body, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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Study Finds that Playing with Barbie Dolls Could Limit Girls’ Career Choices

by 03/11/14   filed under: eco play, green family, green toys, news

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In one of the first experiments designed to explore the influence of fashion dolls on children, an Oregon State University researcher has found that girls who play with Barbie dolls see fewer career options for themselves than they do for boys. Aurora M. Sherman, an associate professor in the School of Psychological Science at OSU states, “Playing with Barbie has an effect on girls’ ideas about their place in the world. It creates a limit on the sense of what’s possible for their future. While it’s not a massive effect, it is a measurable and statistically significant effect.” During the study, results of which were published in the journal “Sex Roles,” girls ages 4 to 7 were randomly assigned to play with one of three dolls: a fashion Barbie with dress and high-heeled shoes, a career Barbie with a doctor’s coat and stethoscope, or a Mrs. Potato Head with accessories such as purses and shoes. According to the researchers, they settled on Mrs. Potato Head as a neutral doll, “Because the toy is similar in color and texture, but doesn’t have the sexualized characteristics of Barbie.”

After playtime, the girls were asked about 10 different occupations they might engage in when they grew up and another group of boys were asked the same questions about the same careers. Half of the careers were traditionally male-dominated and half were female-dominated, but across the board, girls who played with Barbie said they felt they could do fewer jobs than boys could do while girls who played with Mrs. Potato Head saw a future full of more possible careers for themselves and for boys.

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Lather Up With Beautycounter's Dreamy New Kidscounter Nontoxic Bath Collection

by 03/10/14   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green kids

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When we bathe our kids, the goal is to get them squeaky clean sans chemicals and toxins, yet we know all too well that the marketplace is rife with bath products that are far from safe. So when we heard that Beautycounter, a company renown for their product integrity, just debuted their Kidscounter bath collection, we couldn’t wait to lather up! The pH-balanced, completely nontoxic collection includes ‘Nice Do’ shampoo, ‘Not a Knot’ conditioner and ‘Squeak Y Clean’ body wash. All of these products boast essential oils instead of damaging SLS, SLES and synthetic fragrances. And rest assured they are free of the myriad toxins used so freely in the majority of skin and bath care products. Check out Beautycounter’s Never List, a round-up of harsh ingredients the company has vowed never to use in their products, for more information. The made in the USA Kidscounter bath collection is also gluten-free and contains nourishing ingredients including pomegranate and cranberry fruit extracts, broccoli seed oil and extracts of carrot root and strawberry. We fell head over heels for the dreamy, delicious fragrances that hit the perfect note, and are not sickly sweet or overpowering. Kids won’t mind hair-washing so much once they get a whiff of the shampoo and conditioner’s creamsicle-inspired scent that’s made from pure citrus oils and vanilla extract. The berry body wash also turns every bath into a luxury, and the conditioner, which includes super-emollient safflower oil, leaves hair so silky smooth, shiny and nourished that you can save water and wash your kiddo’s hair every other day (if you’re typically on a everyday washing regimen).

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Gardenhouse NOA Cabin is an Idyllic Play Space or Cozy Family Cottage

Gardenhouse NOA Cabin is an Idyllic Play Space or Cozy Family Cottage

In the quest for the ultimate kids’ play cabin, there are options ranging from tents and forts to treehouses and hobbit holes, with a thousand variations in between. My own…

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Fashion Design Camp Teaches Kids How to Mindfully Create Their Own Clothing from Scratch

Fashion Design Camp Teaches Kids How to Mindfully Create Their Own Clothing from Scratch

It only takes one week to transform your little fashion-designer-in-the-making into a full-fledged prodigy. The Unincorporated Life—a Los Angeles-based branding, clothing, and…

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hereO GPS Watch is Designed Especially for Kids & Dubbed the World's Smallest Real-Time Tracking Device

hereO GPS Watch is Designed Especially for Kids & Dubbed the World's Smallest Real-Time Tracking Device

Keeping track of your kids is a 24/7 job in today’s increasingly complex society. To help parents monitor where their kids are at all times hereO is debuting a new GPS watch, and…

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HOW TO: Make Vegan, Gluten-Free 'Blarney Stone' Cookies for St. Patrick's Day

HOW TO: Make Vegan, Gluten-Free 'Blarney Stone' Cookies for St. Patrick's Day

1. Gather the ingredients. 1 1/2 tsp egg replacer 2 Tbsp water 1/4 cup  and 2 Tbsp sugar (preferably coconut palm sugar), plus extra for rolling 2 Tbsp nondairy milk 1/8 cup…

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New Barbie Doll is Designed to Look Like the 'Average' Teen - But How Average is She, Really?

New Barbie Doll is Designed to Look Like the 'Average' Teen - But How Average is She, Really?

Last summer, artist Nickolay Lamm decided to show the world what Barbie might look like if she had the CDC measurements of an average 19 year-old woman in America. Fast forward to…

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D-Torso's Cardboard Animal Puzzles are No-Mess, Hands-On Fun

D-Torso's Cardboard Animal Puzzles are No-Mess, Hands-On Fun

We all hope we’re coming to the end of this harsh winter, but we’ve found a secret weapon for keeping the kids occupied during these last snow days: D-Torso’s animal…

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7 Green St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

7 Green St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

Lucky Clover Patch The Lucky Clover Patch by Lisa Storms is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day craft that can be displayed every year. We love the idea of writing what your child is…

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Detect Your Body's Chemical Burden with Toxin-Capturing Silicone Bracelets

Detect Your Body's Chemical Burden with Toxin-Capturing Silicone Bracelets

Photo of wristbands worn in study by Environmental Science & Technology   Candy colored silicone bracelets are the hot accessory of choice for kids who want to show support for…

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The Hartsbrook School's New Waldorf Early Childhood Building Teaches Kids the Art of Sustainabilty

The Hartsbrook School's New Waldorf Early Childhood Building Teaches Kids the Art of Sustainabilty

The Hartsbrook School in Northampton, Massachusetts is celebrating their newly constructed environmentally friendly early childhood building. Set on the Waldorf School Hadley campus,…

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HOW TO: Make Organic Sculpting Clay in 4 Simple Steps Using 4 Ingredients!

HOW TO: Make Organic Sculpting Clay in 4 Simple Steps Using 4 Ingredients!

#1: Gather the Ingredients 2 cups organic baking soda 2 cups organic cornstarch 1 1/2 cups cold water natural food colorants #2: Mix and Stir Over medium heat, add the baking soda…

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