16 kid-friendly recycled Mason jar crafts and projects

by 05/14/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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This children's book can be planted to grow a tree after you read it!

by 05/13/15   filed under: books, news

We love educational books, and Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva or My Dad Was in the Jungle (in English) gives a whole new meaning to this idea: kids can actually plant the book after reading it! The Tree Book Tree project was started by Pequeño Editor, a publishing company based in Argentina, with the idea of helping kids understand where books come from. Creating My Dad Was in the Jungle is the result of many caring hands: the book is hand-stitched, printed with eco-friendly ink on acid-free paper, and includes jacaranda seeds inside of it that will germinate when planted. We hope more publishers catch on to this cool, green book idea as an opportunity to get families talking about the environment and planting new seeds!

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Kids are spending over one full day online per week

by 05/13/15   filed under: eco play, kids entertainment, parenting

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Despite recommendations that children should not be exposed to more than two hours of screen time each day (and the less screen time, the better), a recent study of British youth found that the average amount of time kids spend online each week is 27.5 hours. That’s right: kids are spending more than a full day each week on a variety of media including smart phones and tablets (and we’re horrified by the fact that this statistic doesn’t even take into account how many more hours they are likely watching television). This number represents an increase of 3.5 hours per week since last year alone and is TRIPLE the amount of time kids spent online a decade ago. And for the record, adults aren’t doing so well with limiting screen time either, spending on average 20 hours per week on their various devices. The availability of mobile devices is the logical reason for this steep increase in both adults and kids. If you or your family members are reaching anywhere close to these alarming numbers of time online, there’s no better time (or season) to make a family pledge to unplug and have an adventure by going on a hike, exploring a new part of town, or having a park picnic.

RELATED | Why Limiting Screen Time Will Benefit Your Child

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Research suggests that children of moms who drank caffeine during pregnancy are 89% more likely to be obese

by 05/13/15   filed under: green maternity, health & body, kids health, news

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Pregnancy brings many charming changes to your body, including fatigue, but you may want to reconsider using coffee as a pick-me-up. A recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that children of mothers who drank caffeinated beverages throughout pregnancy were 89% more likely to become obese compared with children of mothers who didn’t imbibe caffeine. Children were 2.3 times as likely to be obese if their mothers drank more than 150 milligrams of caffeine daily. For reference, a shot of espresso has about 64 mg of caffeine, a medium size cup of coffee has around 150 mg of caffeine, and a cup of green tea contains between 25 and 45 mg of caffeine.

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13 amazing sand sculptures that will inspire kids to get building at the beach

by 05/12/15   filed under: art, green family

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HOW TO: Make crispy peanut butter cauliflower 'wings'

by 05/12/15   filed under: cooking, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, snack, vegan cooking

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Handmade capes, caps and wrist cuffs let little ones channel their inner superhero

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Interactive map shows if your child's school is in a toxic spray zone doused in Monsanto's Roundup

by 05/11/15   filed under: education, toxins

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Map of Estimated Glyphosate Application

Chemical and GMO companies say that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is very safe. But in reality, this herbicide is a toxic chemical that “probably” causes cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, autism, fertility problems, birth defects, and more — which is very bad news considering how exposed humans are to Roundup. A new analysis and interactive map by Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that your kids are even exposed to the ubiquitous herbicide at their schools. The analysis and map shows the amounts of glyphosate sprayed in each U.S. county plus it tallies the 3,247 elementary schools that are located within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field, along with another 487 schools that are located within 200 feet.

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This is the world's first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

This is the world's first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

Last month, in Toronto, Canada, the very first baby to be conceived with the help of a stem cell-dependent in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was born. Little Zain Rajani has been…

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14 DIY recycled cardboard crafts that will amaze your kids

14 DIY recycled cardboard crafts that will amaze your kids

Sweet Airstream Camper Playhouse Of all the cardboard crafts out there, this awesome airstream camper playhouse has to be one of the best ever! Amazingly, it’s not too tough to…

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Photographer Jade Beall captures realistic images of mothers' bodies in 'A Beautiful Body'

Photographer Jade Beall captures realistic images of mothers' bodies in 'A Beautiful Body'

Beall describes her work as “Medicinal photography for women,” a medium that allows mothers to see a true representation of the female figure. She also hopes that her images…

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10 gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts kids can make (with a helping hand)

10 gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts kids can make (with a helping hand)

1. Painted wooden utensils If the Mom in your Mother’s Day loves to cook, brighten up her wooden utensils with this super easy DIY idea from Little Bit Funky. This tutorial uses…

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Billowy Cloud House is a dreamy abode for dolls

Billowy Cloud House is a dreamy abode for dolls

From Rock & Pebble, the same folks who brought us the clever apple shaped dollhouse and elephant shaped dollhouse, comes the serene Cloud House. This unique dollhouse offering has…

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HOW-TO: Make homemade kid-friendly insect repellent spray

HOW-TO: Make homemade kid-friendly insect repellent spray

1. Collect your supplies. 6 oz spray bottle 2.6oz (1/3 cup) filtered water 2.6oz (1/3 cup) alcohol-free witch hazel 10 drops peppermint essential oil 10 drops lavender essential…

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HOW TO: Make juicy rainbow veggie skewers on the grill

HOW TO: Make juicy rainbow veggie skewers on the grill

1. Gather the ingredients: 4 garlic cloves a bunch of mushrooms 4 baby potatoes 1 sweet potato 1 zucchini 1 pepper 1 carrot 5 cherry tomatoes or 2 big round ones 5 baby…

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Positive discipline methods + why you shouldn't yell at or spank your kids

Positive discipline methods + why you shouldn't yell at or spank your kids

Image via Shutterstock Why you shouldn’t hit or scream Hitting and screaming are violent acts that have the capacity to scare adults, so imagine how scary and violent these acts…

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10 kid-friendly DIY projects for the home and yard

10 kid-friendly DIY projects for the home and yard

1. Container Gardening If you’re planning an herb garden or just want to spruce up a window, invite your kids to help you plant. They can help choose what to plant, what…

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Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Perfluorinated alkylated substances (pdf) (PFAS) (the new generation of PFCs – replacements for chemicals once used to make Teflon and Scotchgard) are already linked to some negative…

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