Jaws-themed baby crib blows bedtime out of the water

by 01/07/15   filed under: art, kid friendly, kids furniture

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Perhaps this Jaws-themed crib isn’t exactly what sleep experts had in mind when they suggested creating a calm, comforting sleep environment for babies, but we definitely appreciate the amazing technique and sense of humor that resulted in this highly creative and inspired baby gift. Toy inventor, children’s furniture and set designer, and sculptor Joseph Reginella is always up for a creative challenge (past clients have included Lady Gaga). When he found out his best friend (and fellow Jaws aficionado) was going to add another member to his family, Reginella got to work, using a drawing by another friend as a guide and then spending two weeks making this surprisingly realistic and detailed crib. Baby Mikey fits snugly inside the ship and just beneath the great white’s impressive jaws. All things considered, the living quarters actually look pretty cozy in there! Concerned parents, take note: Baby Mikey has a real crib to actually sleep in. This one is purely for the photo ops, and it has apparently inspired other parents to request similar sleeping arrangements for their own little sharkbait… er …precious cargo. If families plan on co-sleeping, we think they’re going to need a bigger bed. Da na, da na da na…

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20 educational and FUN sensory table activities for kids!

by 01/06/15   filed under: eco toddler, education

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Formerly homeless girl launches Blankets for the Homeless & provides blankets and necessities for thousands in need

by 01/06/15   filed under: humanitarian design, news

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Although the holiday season is officially over, we wanted to share the story of an inspiring non-profit organization that spreads the spirit of giving hope and generosity all year long. Virginia-based Blankets for the Homeless provides blankets, hats, coats, clothes, shoes, tents, toiletries, backpacks, seasonal items, and lunches to the homeless population in the coastal Virginia area. What sets the organization apart from other noble causes is founder Mariah’s amazing story. Born and abandoned on Christmas Eve twenty years ago, this formerly homeless young woman has set out to inspire and serve thousands. After giving a blanket and food to a homeless man outside a local restaurant, the then-teenage Mariah became motivated to help others by providing basic essentials for the many people who live on the streets and are unable to find help in homeless shelters.

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HOW TO: Make sleepy time bath salts with magnesium

by 01/06/15   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green baby gifts, green family, green kids, green pregnancy, health & body, how-to, sleeping

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HOW TO: Make a hearty and healthy vegan bean, squash and corn soup (aka Three Sisters Soup)

by 01/05/15   filed under: cooking, food, green family, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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Photographer travels the globe to capture stunning photographs of the world's rarest & most ancient trees

by 01/05/15   filed under: art

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Announcing the winners of Inhabitots' 2014 Readers' Choice Awards!

by 01/05/15   filed under: announcements

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We’re pleased to announce the winners of Inhabitots’ 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards! Thank you for casting your votes to tell us which stories of the past year resonated with you the most in the realms of green parenting and green design for kids — and which of our most popular stories were ultimately your favorites! See the results after the jump…

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Tape Gallery's railroad tracks and road tape rolls transport kids to playtime anywhere

by 01/04/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, kids entertainment

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As the mother of a once transportation-obsessed toddler, I often toted an embarrassing amount of cars, garbage trucks, trains and tracks whenever we went practically anywhere. If only Donkey Product‘s Tape Gallery had existed back then. With options for a railroad-themed tape roll that comes with a train and a road-themed version that includes a car, Tape Gallery rolls have over 100 feet of road or track. The tape sticks to walls, tables, and floors, which means the options for building are practically endless. This tape is a greener option than buying lots of bulky plastic track — and it will definitely fit into your purse a lot more easily than all those tracks too.

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Dachshund cardboard “dog” offers instant storage without ruining your carpet

Dachshund cardboard “dog” offers instant storage without ruining your carpet

The Dachshund Dog is designed and manufactured in Madrid and might bark with a Spanish accent if you can get it to talk.  Much like a real live dachshund (or weiner dog) the dachshund…

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15 beneficial uses for coconut oil

15 beneficial uses for coconut oil

1. Metabolic Support Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are delivered directly to the liver to provide an immediate source of energy. This means the body uses…

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6 kid-friendly homemade fruit and veggie juice recipes

6 kid-friendly homemade fruit and veggie juice recipes

Apple and orange juice 2 apples 2 oranges Juice the apples. Mix with orange juice squeezed using a traditional, non-electric hand juicer — the kind where you halve an orange or…

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6 green family New Year's resolutions that will help save the earth

6 green family New Year's resolutions that will help save the earth

Photo: Klean Kanteen Ditch Bottled Water Buying plastic bottled water for your family is a terrible habit, and a great one to break. Not only is most bottled water simply tap water…

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HOW TO: Exercise with baby in tow as a busy, exhausted parent!

HOW TO: Exercise with baby in tow as a busy, exhausted parent!

photo by Harald Groven 1. Strength Train with Your Baby Don’t think of your kid as a barrier to getting regular exercise. Scoop that baby up, and use him in your workouts! My son…

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Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

A complete set of 6 Yoga Joes comes in a display case with bamboo flooring. The 6 poses are: Warrior Two, Child’s Pose, Meditation Pose, Headstand, Cobra Pose, and…

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6 super easy green New Year's resolutions your family should implement in 2015

6 super easy green New Year's resolutions your family should implement in 2015

TweetEmailPhoto by Shutterstock Switch to Cloth Napkins If your family eats three meals a day plus snacks, you’re using about 4,380 paper napkins per year on average.…

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This awesome igloo was made from 500 recycled plastic jugs!

This awesome igloo was made from 500 recycled plastic jugs!

We spied this amazing igloo on parenting website Diary of a Working Mom, and we thought it would be a great project for a summer camp, childcare facility, school, or even a communal…

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Dad commissions 23 artists to make unique portraits of his 8 month-old son as a stellar gift for his wife

Dad commissions 23 artists to make unique portraits of his 8 month-old son as a stellar gift for his wife

The out of the box idea came to Berlin when he was thinking up an original birthday present to give to his wife. Since their newfound joy centered around their baby son, he decided to…

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Top 6 editors' choice stories of 2014 - Help us choose the winner!

Top 6 editors' choice stories of 2014 - Help us choose the winner!

TweetEmail It was no easy feat, but we have chosen our top 6 favorite Inhabitots stories of 2014 — and we need your help deciding which story was the best one of the…

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