Help Eco Conscious Kids Clothing Line Kallio Open a Retail & Design Studio in Brooklyn

by 09/08/14   filed under: eco baby clothing, eco toddler, green kids, kids clothing

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Last summer we introduced you to Kallio vintage kids clothing designer Karina Kallio — connoisseur of upcycling pre-loved men’s shirts into one-of-a-kind frocks for babies and tots. With over two-years of success and a proliferating clientele, the Brooklyn-based company hopes to open an all-inclusive brick and mortar design studio, designer pop-up shop and workSHOP-in-one. To realize the space that will serve as a hub for design, community and stylish kiddie apparel, Kallio is raising funds to transform a tattered shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn into a suitable haven for creativity to ignite. Click through to see Kallio’s Kickstarter Campaign in action and find out how you can play a part in helping the company reach its goal!

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See a Georgia Family's Stunning Transformation of an Old Tool Shed into a Multipurpose Playhouse

by 09/08/14   filed under: eco play, green kids

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Bloom's Retro Crib is Mid-Century Modern Design Inspired

by 09/07/14   filed under: green baby, kids furniture

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This beautiful solid wood Retro crib by Bloom is inspired by mid-century modern design, boasting unique curvatures and rounded elements. Eco-friendly touches like NO MDF or formaldehyde and low-VOC finishes make this crib both a design-savvy and sustainable choice for baby’s nursery. Two mattress heights means you can adjust the crib to suit your baby’s stages too. Best of all, you’ll save money in the long run because this sweet crib transforms easily from newborn bassinet to baby crib to a toddler bed with the addition of a toddler rail (sold separately).

+ Bloom Retro Crib in Multiple Finishes $1,200.00

+ Bloom Retro Toddler Rail in Multiple Finishes $150.00

+ Bloom

 

This Cardboard Play Castle Kingdom Has Enough Space for Multiple Kids to Reign!

by 09/06/14   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids

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Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all kings and queens! This lovely little castle is a super fun playhouse for a whole kingdom of kiddos with plenty of play space for multiple kids, including an interior play space, courtyard, tunnels, and four functional turrets. This castle is made entirely of fully recyclable cardboard and can be left white or decorated as your kids see fit with markers, crayons, paint and other embellishments. Once your little ones outgrow this playhouse, simply recycle it!

+ Kardboard Kingdom Play Castle $79.00

+ Land of Nod

 

"Falling Fruit" Online Map Directs You to Fruit Trees You Can Forage in Your Neighborhood!

by 09/05/14   filed under: education, food, gardening, green kids

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Are you starting to get a little low on the idea-o-meter for end of summer vacation activities for the kids? Well, with harvest season at full throttle, this amazing, interactive, world map from Falling Fruit may just buy you a day or two of grace. The map charts known fruit trees on publicly accessible land, and as an added bonus, you and your family can add your own finds to the map and share your knowledge of where to forage local food with the world.

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HOW TO: Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Using Chickpeas (Really!)

by 09/05/14   filed under: cooking, food, green kids, healthy recipe, how-to, kid friendly, recipe, snack, vegan cooking

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15 Terrifically Creative Button Crafts for Kids

by 09/05/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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Are Pepperidge Farm's Pink Princess Goldfish Crackers Sexist?

by 09/04/14   filed under: food

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In 2012, Reel Girl wrote about the glaring gender inequalities featured on Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cracker packaging. Cut to present-day, and now Reel Girl notes that Pepperidge Farm has reached a new low with their pink princess goldfish crackers, currently available at Target. If Reel Girl and Twitter folks are any indication, pink goldfish crackers aren’t just unnecessary they’re pretty darn sexist too. Like with most pink vs. every other color imaginable debates, not everyone hates the new crackers simply because they’re pink. In fact, some parents think the princess Goldfish are a festive idea.

Frankly, I’m a bit irked by the debate at all. When Rainbow colored Goldfish came out and brown colored chocolate Goldfish arrived, I don’t remember one debate about the colors being “too boyish,” but release pink  crackers and yup, people notice. Probably because pink may just be the most hated color of the decade. Or scratch that, in reality, pink is hated if girls like it. As Reel Girl notes of this tweet by one mama whose son wanted the pink crackers, “I love that her son wanted them.” So once again, boys who like pink are open-minded and awesome but girls who like pink are mindless princesses? This concept is beyond frustrating. That said, there’s really no good reason to buy Goldfish, pink or otherwise. Goldfish aren’t an organic snack, and although they are now made with natural colors (at least in Canada) instead of toxic food dyes, there’s still plenty of junk in Goldfish your kid doesn’t need. For example, Goldfish aren’t GMO-free and as Food Babe points out, Goldfish “are nothing more than refined white flour colored with annatto, made with GMO oils and a certain special ingredient called “autolyzed yeast” that is actually a hidden form of MSG.” You’re better off making homemade organic cheese crackers or purchasing an organic snack for your kiddos.

Would you buy pink Goldfish for your kids? Let us know in the comments.

+ Source: Pepperidge Farm introduces Princess Goldfish

Lead Image via Flickr: User Mike Mozart

 

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