12 no-bake, vegan desserts your family will love on hot summer days

by 07/15/15   filed under: baking, food, healthy recipe, kid friendly, recipe, snack, vegetarian

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HOW TO: Make organic sculpting clay in 4 simple steps using 4 ingredients!

by 07/14/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, eco play, green kids, how-to, recipe, recipes

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Young siblings sailing around the world want to raise money to bring supplies to remote schools in Indonesia

by 07/14/15   filed under: green education, green family, green kids, humanitarian design

Brother and sister Indi and Sydney may be growing up on a boat, but they certainly have their feet planted solidly on the ground and their priorities firmly in place. Along with their parents, these young kids have created The Green Gorilla Project, which is raising money to bring educational packs and art supplies to children in some of the remote communities they are visiting during their travels.

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Mom transforms hearing aids for kids into cool character accessories

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The Mama Sherpas documentary highlights the importance of midwives in halting America's rising C-section rate

by 07/13/15   filed under: birth, green family, green maternity, green pregnancy

From executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born) comes The Mama Sherpas, a documentary film about the growing shift in the birth industry and the increasing role of midwives working alongside doctors in hospitals to ensure women can have the best and safest birth possible. This important and topical documentary film takes a close look at the shockingly high rise of Caesarean sections in the United States (currently at over 30% in America) and ponders if midwives may be the solution. The film helps to inform families about “collaborative care,” a practice in which doctors and midwives manage women’s care together in an effort to not only produce better outcomes for mother and baby, but help prevent unnecessary C-sections. As the filmmakers point out, the rate of unnecessary C-sections is dangerously high in the U.S. right now, so making this movie is more urgent than ever for expecting mamas and their families who want a safer, more natural birth situation. Check for a screening near you or order the movie on DVD.

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Sustainable Miniguum crib functions beyond the baby stage as a chic toy box or play table

by 07/13/15   filed under: green baby, kids furniture

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The Miniguum is a highly innovative and beautifully designed crib that you can use for years to come. More than a simple cradle, this sleeping space goes above and beyond most crib conversions and can be enjoyed as a lovely toy box, baby play pen, side table or play table with extra storage once your baby outgrows it. If the design aspects and transformation qualities don’t win you over, this crib’s awesome eco-features surely will. Keep reading to learn more.

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Camp Google: four FREE weeks of science activities and adventures for kids starts today!

by 07/13/15   filed under: eco play, education, green education, kid friendly, kids entertainment

Starting today, July 13th, and continuing for an entire month, your child can go to camp absolutely free and without worry of homesickness. Camp Google, an online learning opportunity geared for kids ages 7-10, has four themed-weeks including ocean, space, nature, and music. The camp aims to answer questions such as “Why do guitars have holes?”, “How do fish talk to each other?”, and “Where does lava come from?” through hands-on activities.

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So-called "safer" plastics linked to health problems in children

by 07/12/15   filed under: green family, health & body, kids health, news, parenting, toxins

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They’re called diisonoyl phthalate (DINP) and diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and it doesn’t matter whether you can pronounce their names properly: just know that you should avoid these chemicals which are commonly found in plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics, and food containers. A recent study of 1,329 children ages 8-19 published in the medical journal Hypertension, found a link between increased levels of the two chemicals and increased blood pressure. Another study reported that increased concentrations of DIDP and DINP were linked with an increase in insulin resistance. Ironically DIDP and DINP were introduced to be “safer” plastic alternatives, filling in for DEHP , which has been banned for a decade in Europe but is still allowed in the United States. Phthalates, which are commonly used as “plasticizers,” have been linked to numerous potential health issues, including several that involve metabolic functions. According to the article as well as to a variety of health organizations, you can limit you family’s exposure to these chemicals by washing kids’ bowls and cups by hand in lieu of using the dishwasher, avoiding plastic containers with #3, 6, or 7, not microwaving plastic food containers, and not using plastic wrap to cover foods in the microwave since the heating and cleaning processes can allow these chemicals to leach into foods.

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Ride off into the sunset on this humongous Tyrannosaurus Rex-shaped bike

Ride off into the sunset on this humongous Tyrannosaurus Rex-shaped bike

Apparently, you can find almost anything on Craigslist, including a rideable Tyrannosaurus Rex-shaped bike that’s 8.5 feet tall and 12 feet long. Designed and created by an…

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The Outside-In Bench invites kids to examine nature & behold the beauty of a tree

The Outside-In Bench invites kids to examine nature & behold the beauty of a tree

Rather than looking out over the park grounds, IK Design’s Outside-In bench refocuses the visitor’s gaze onto the lush tree, allowing little ones to examine and explore nature…

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Fiii Fun House Cafe in Buenos Aires ensures a stellar family dining experience

Fiii Fun House Cafe in Buenos Aires ensures a stellar family dining experience

The open space of the venue’s first floor is divided up into semi-private sections by a timber fence, hanging bench, and a series of pitched-roof tent structures that house long…

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16 kid-friendly recycled Mason jar crafts and projects

16 kid-friendly recycled Mason jar crafts and projects

Glowing Fairy Jar With some glowing paint, a paintbrush and a little time, you and your child can make this beautiful jar of fairy-like light that magically glows in the…

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Londji's recycled paper doll family is a delightful, chic version of a classic toy

Londji's recycled paper doll family is a delightful, chic version of a classic toy

The doll family comes with five themed wardrobe changes: we can’t decide if our favorite option is the superheroes or the fancy finery. There’s also a bundled up version…

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CanopyStair spiral steps are a stairway to treetop heaven

CanopyStair spiral steps are a stairway to treetop heaven

Despite a cool, almost mystical aesthetic that makes us feel like hobbits or fairies are going to pop their heads out of the tree cover and step to earth, the CanopyStair was…

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Seven year-old girl's stand for equality featured on T-shirts whose proceeds benefit LGBT youth

Seven year-old girl's stand for equality featured on T-shirts whose proceeds benefit LGBT youth

The day after the Supreme Court solidified marriage rights for people of all sexual persuasions, a young girl in Columbus, Ohio made a stand for the equality she believes in. Seven…

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Pirasta's giant coloring posters guarantee hours of artsy fun for the entire family

Pirasta's giant coloring posters guarantee hours of artsy fun for the entire family

Coloring is an activity that unites every age group — even parents can’t resist this calming and creative pastime. The folks at Pirasta obviously understand the universal…

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BREAKING: EWG finds asbestos in crayons and play crime scene fingerprint kits

BREAKING: EWG finds asbestos in crayons and play crime scene fingerprint kits

In a terrifying study of common children’s toys, researchers discovered a toxic chemical that has been banned in the United States since decades ago. A report commissioned by the…

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LAST DAY TO ENTER TO WIN a twin size organic cotton mattress worth $494!

LAST DAY TO ENTER TO WIN a twin size organic cotton mattress worth $494!

Sleep. It’s no doubt one of the biggest topics on your radar as a parent. How much or how little sleep you and your kids are getting, co-sleeping, sleeping through the night, big…

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