Designers create furniture and toys with natural wicker to explore the theme of ‘Mobile Experiences’ in childhood

by 02/04/15   filed under: eco play, green design, green kids

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Swap the soda pop for healthy drinks with Beatrix New York's Cozy-Cans

by 02/03/15   filed under: eco toddler, green kids, kid friendly

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Beatrix New York has put a creative spin on the sippy cup with their new Cozy-Cans. Designed to resemble a can of soda, the lid unscrews so you can fill the cup with healthier drinks and ditch the soda pop. Made of food-grade 18/8 stainless steel, this sippy can holds 280 ml (about 9.5 ounces) of liquid and boasts vacuum insulation to keep drinks hot or cold. The cap has a sealable opening with a straw and all components are free of lead, BPA and phthalates. My kids have never had a can of soda and therefore they don’t need to be swayed to a different drink in a like-minded vessel, but they think Cozy-Cans are totally fun, functional and adorable in their own right. Cozy-Cans bear cute illustrations with a vintage vibe of the following creatures: dinosaur, owl, robot, whale, octopus and ladybug.

+ Cozy-Cans $22.50

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Love heart blocks by House Industries express the sentiment in 12 different languages

by 02/03/15   filed under: eco decor, eco play, eco toddler, green kids, green toys

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How do I love thee? Love Heart Blocks let tots count twelve different ways. Designed by House Industries, each set of four blocks features a dozen colloquially-correct compositions of the sweet sentiment — so kiddos are introduced to English, Hebrew, French, Swedish, German, Arabic, Greek, Spanish, Bengali, Russian, Japanese, Korean all in a day’s play — what’s not to love about that? In addition to being smart, Love Heart Blocks are also easy on the eyes. Available in hues of red or black, the blocks are embossed with hearts which comprise a greater puzzle (much like the emotion itself). Made in the USA from replenishable Michigan-grown, kiln-dried basswood and printed by hand with non-toxic, lead-free child-safe inks, we think Love Heart Blocks shouldn’t be reserved for child’s play. The set would look très chic on a coffee table, shelf or desk, as a reminder of the universal language of love we all hold so dear.

+ Love Heart Blocks $20

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Casa Kids debuts sleek and space saving Cabin Bunk Bed

by 02/03/15   filed under: green design, kids furniture

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Kids will 'love' these vibrant wooden heart-shaped blocks from Grimm's Spiel and Holz Design

by 02/02/15   filed under: green holiday ideas for kids, green toys

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These colorful wooden heart blocks are such a sweet offering for a child on Valentine’s Day. Made by the always amazing Grimm’s Spiel and Holz Design, each set is really a set of blocks and puzzle in one. The small heart-shaped blocks come in a heart-shaped wooden storage tray which comes apart into 3 pieces and can be used by your child to build a structure, a platform to build upon, or as part of a table display with the hearts. These blocks are handmade in Germany with real, solid wood, and finished with nontoxic, lead-free, water-based stains. The sets are available in three equally gorgeous color combinations including reds and pinks, blues and greens and rainbow.

RELATED | 120+ Homemade Presents Friends and Family of All Ages Will Treasure

+ Grimm’s Wooden Heart Blocks Building & Stacking Play Set $46.50

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Eight year-old girl may have just made major headway in finding a cure for cancer

by 02/02/15   filed under: health & body, news, parenting

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Two cancer researcher-parents may have made headway in finding a cure for several types of cancer as a result of discussing their work with their eight year-old daughter. In an attempt to include her in their dinner conversation, Camilla Lisanti’s parents asked her how she would cure cancer. Camilla’s answer: to use an antibiotic, “just like when I have a sore throat” seemed deceptively simple, but her parents decided to do a little research of their own to determine its viability. By experimenting on cells in a dish, the Lisanti-Solgia family found that antibiotics fought and killed stem cells in seven of the most common types of cancers, while leaving the healthy cells intact. Although Camilla didn’t know it, antibiotics can stop the growth of mitochondria, which are found in high numbers in “mother” cancer cells. Human trials are needed, but if this inexpensive treatment option becomes a reality for cancer patients, the world will have an eight year-old young lady to thank.

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Serena & Lily's stylish storage baskets are made out of repurposed plastic pallet strapping

by 02/01/15   filed under: eco decor, kid friendly

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In our never-ending search to corral our kids’ stuff and keep our homes from resembling a college dorm room, we came across these utilitarian and cool decorative storage baskets from Serena & Lily. Made with a bamboo rim and featuring repurposed plastic pallet strapping, these storage baskets come in aqua, navy, gray, and “juice” which perfectly describes the fruit punch-colored basket. The vibrant patterns on the baskets are reminiscent of stars and contrast with the white pallet strapping to make for a bold print that somehow manages to fit with a multitude of decors. Available in several sizes (some which even come on rollers), these Mercado baskets are a quick and easy way to take your family’s living space from chaos to calm.

+ Mercado Baskets $38.00-$58.00

 

LAST DAY TO ENTER: Win a ZumZum balance bike worth $249!

by 01/31/15   filed under: contest, eco play, eco toddler, green kids, green toys

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It’s every kid’s dream come true — a brand new bike! We’re offering the chance to win the coolest new balance bike on the market to one lucky Inhabi-tot! The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike accommodates kids from age 18 months up to four years-old — and it can be ridden by kiddos indoors or outside! This sleek, lightweight bicycle can be taken on any adventure, and the ergonomically designed seat and natural suspension ensure safe and comfortable ride time. Read our previous coverage of the ZumZum Balance Bike to learn all about this sweet ride’s amazing features. And learn how to enter to win after the jump!

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HOW TO: Make refreshing chocolate-dipped mint leaves for a unique Valentine treat

HOW TO: Make refreshing chocolate-dipped mint leaves for a unique Valentine treat

1. Gather the ingredients A bunch of fresh mint leaves Organic dark chocolate 2. Wash and dry the mint Choose only mint leaves that are in ‘mint’ condition. Wash and dry…

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Mom transforms a secondhand American Girl doll into a boy for her 6 year-old son

Mom transforms a secondhand American Girl doll into a boy for her 6 year-old son

When little girls want a doll that bears a resemblance to them, many parents turn to the American Girl series of dolls, because their collection is vast and features many varying…

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The Family Dinner Project is a movement to help families bond over healthy meals

The Family Dinner Project is a movement to help families bond over healthy meals

Between school, work, after-school activities, homework, baths and bedtime routines, it’s a miracle we even remember to eat dinner some nights. The Family Dinner Project,…

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'A Place to Live' board book for tots features gorgeous watercolor paintings

'A Place to Live' board book for tots features gorgeous watercolor paintings

If you long for the days when children’s book illustrations were hand-drawn or painted and were full of a poignancy often lacking in computer-generated pictures, look no further…

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6 sweet and savory dips and spreads that will spice up Super Bowl Sunday

6 sweet and savory dips and spreads that will spice up Super Bowl Sunday

1. Sweet Bean Dips They may sound weird, but sweet bean dips can taste really good and can add yummy protein into your family’s diet. Choosing Raw’s sweet bean dips include…

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100%Brouk designs organic baby basics that double as lovies

100%Brouk designs organic baby basics that double as lovies

The designers use cat and long-nosed hedgehog characters to add charm and amusement to their designs, and these characters are featured in products including a cushy spotted pillow…

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Plantable eco Valentine's Day cards bloom as wildflowers

Plantable eco Valentine's Day cards bloom as wildflowers

TweetEmail Flowers and cards are two top sellers every Valentine’s Day. Botanical Paperworks ingeniously combines the sweet duo of offerings into one with their…

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HOW TO: Make delicious vegan, gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust

HOW TO: Make delicious vegan, gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients 1 large or two small cauliflower heads 1 small red onion 1 large tomato a bunch of fresh basil 3 garlic cloves 2 tbsp of chia seeds 1…

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Polar bear tea bag holder makes waiting for tea to steep a delight

Polar bear tea bag holder makes waiting for tea to steep a delight

Tea has been my favorite drink for years and years, and my kids have happily adopted my morning habit (within reason). This ridiculously cute “Shirokuma” polar bear tea bag…

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6 adorable DIY Valentine's Day cards to make for your loves

6 adorable DIY Valentine's Day cards to make for your loves

TweetEmailValentine Fortune Tellers Thanks to Design Mom, making these clever Valentine’s Day cootie catchers is easy-peasy. Start by printing the free PDF pattern (on…

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