Tom and Jerry Cartoon-Inspired House Uses Looney Architecture to Motivate Kids to Play

by 08/11/14   filed under: architecture, eco play

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Best BPA-free Popsicle Molds for Homemade Popsicles

by 08/11/14   filed under: gear for parents, green family, green kids, kid friendly

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'It Takes a Village' So Why are Modern Mothers More Isolated Than Ever?

by 08/10/14   filed under: green family, health & body, parenting

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Bunmi Laditan’s wildly popular article ‘I Miss the Village,’ will resonate with every mother. In a society that has unprecedented means of staying connected via technology, mothers still remain unbelievably isolated, raising their children within the confines of a home with dead-bolted doors and gated yards that can become suffocating due to lack of connection with other women, mothers and their children.

‘I miss the village I never had,’ says author Bunmi Laditan in her piece published in The Huffington Post. Feeling the loss of a village of mothers who rely on each other for companionship and emotional support, Bunmi laments the lack of conversation with her neighbors and their children playing together, in exchange for ‘locked front doors, blinking devices and afternoons on the floor playing one-on-one with our little ones.’ Bunmi, author of The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting who has a new book, Confessions of a Domestic Failure due out in November, wishes for a life where mothers live side by side; washing, laughing, kneading bread and listening to the light and darkness of life, ‘because the truth is, we need each other,’ she says.

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GREEN RANT: Would You Support a Company Whose Ideals Clash With Your Own?

by 08/09/14   filed under: food, green family, green rant

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The notion of the small, crunchy business with a cool grassroots origin story, and a hippie, love-all ethic has been turned on its head in recent years. Did you know that Burt’s Bees is part of the Clorox Family, that Stoneyfield Organics was bought out by Danon, and that Dagoba chocolate belongs to Hershey Foods? While little niche businesses exist (and many have found a way to sell through farmer’s markets, Etsy, and other artisanal marketplaces), finding and buying from a company whose ideals you believe in is not as easy as one would think. And the issue is complicated: since Clorox and Burt’s Bees combined, Clorox has actually made major strides in improving sustainability and has reduced its landfill waste by significant amounts. Many of us assume that a brand’s organic cred equates to a healthy attitude toward the planet, its consumers, and its workers, but recently I had to look beyond the logo of green health food product line Eden Foods and decide whether the politics behind the brand are too controversial for me to continue purchasing them.

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Nursery Works Luxury Contour Crib is a Stand Alone Statement Piece

by 08/08/14   filed under: eco decor, green baby, kids furniture

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Nursery Works’ new Contour crib was created for parents looking for the ultimate, ultra-chic nursery furniture, and while you’ll pay a steep price for the Contour crib ($7,500!) it may be worth it if you’re invested in high design and eco-friendly features. Additionally, this crib is a statement piece in and of itself, whether in a nursery or standing alone in any room of the house. The beautiful curvy oval form of the Contour crib is professionally designed and is created by machining a fluid surface out of solid Radiata pine. Plus, without compromising the nature of the form, Contour transforms into a bassinet with a simple removal of the front and back panels. Contour comes with an oval coco core mattress from Pure by Babyletto that’s organic and Oeko-tex certified non-toxic. Made in Los Angeles with solid Radiata pine, solid soft maple and Baltic birch plywood along with low-VOC satin paint, Contour is sure to look amazing in any nursery while upholding your eco-sensibility. Contour Crib will be shipping in late August 2014, but is available for preorder.

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9 Year-Old Best Friends Create Brooklyn-Based Handmade Jewelry Business with a Mission to Change the World

by 08/08/14   filed under: art, green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, humanitarian design, kid friendly

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Best friends Lutece and Tess imagined that they could make the world a better place through art and friendship. But instead of waiting to grow up to pursue their dreams, the two birthday-sharing buddies took charge of their mission and created Marbelous—a bespoke jewelry company that offers both style and social impact with every purchase. Since launching their jewelry business in 2013 at the ripe age of 8 years-old, the miniature duo, with the support of their mothers, have successfully landed coveted distribution of their necklaces in fashion-centric boutiques around the world.

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WATCH THE VIDEOS: Greenpeace & Kids Across the Globe are Urging LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil

by 08/07/14   filed under: green family, green toys

Update 8/6/2014: Greenpeace has released their second campaign led by kids across the world, encouraging Lego to break their partnership with Shell, via the video above.

As part of a new co-promotion, LEGO, everyone’s favorite toy brick company, has partnered with Shell, well known oil giant of the world. As part of the partnership, LEGO has actually branded Shell’s logo on a special set of LEGO toys, thus gaining Shell even more global advertising, not to mention forcing kids into brand recognition of a company that plays a role in destroying the planet and thereby their very future. This new partnership is clever on the part of Shell, who has a rightfully horrid reputation due to their controversial Arctic drilling plans. If Shell was looking to partner with a company who can boost their image in spite of the implications of drilling the very fragile Arctic, home to wildlife such as polar bears, whales, walruses and more, they picked the right company. I mean, who doesn’t love LEGO? Beyond drilling harming Arctic wildlife, Greenpeace points out that the Arctic helps regulate global climate, yet when drilled, Arctic ices will only melt faster. Plus, if there’s an oil spill in the Arctic, it’ll be near impossible to clean up. Greenpeace would like to set up a global sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole and get a ban on offshore oil drilling and unsustainable fishing in the wider Arctic region, but will this happen if everyone gets on board with Shell’s grand Arctic plans because LEGO is standing up for their integrity? Maybe not. Luckily, you can help put a possible end to this partnership thanks to a new Greenpeace anti-Shell petition. The petition asks LEGO to cut ties with Shell right away so we can focus on not only keeping the Shell brand out of playrooms around the world but also move one step closer to keeping Shell out of the Arctic. Keep reading to see the heartwrenching video Greenpeace put together to urge LEGO to end to its partnership with Shell.

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Umbilical Cord Burning: Separating Mom & Baby at Birth with a Slow Bonding Ritual

by 08/07/14   filed under: birth, green family

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It’s common practice in the United States to have your partner, midwife or doctor cut your baby’s umbilical cord almost immediately after birth, even though research says we clamp and cut the umbilical cord far too soon, thus denying umbilical cord blood and crucial stem cells to transfer from mama to baby. Now another option for severing the cherished tie between mother and baby has come to the forefront in America: umbilical cord burning — which can help solve the cutting-too-soon issue and provide parents with an experience to remember. While cord burning is a newer trend here in the U.S., it’s far from being a novel procedure. According to Today Parents, umbilical cord burning is a practice that’s been around for many years in varying cultures, and today’s parents are catching on that it may be a great way to celebrate the birth of their baby. A major pro for parents is that because cord burning takes a while, this practice helps slow down the pace after the baby arrives, allowing everyone to appreciate and enjoy the moment, rather than race through the precious moments of new life with a quick snip of the cord.

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11 Super Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Power Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

11 Super Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Power Foods for Breastfeeding Moms

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Mediterranean Polenta Towers with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Basil

HOW TO: Make Delicious Mediterranean Polenta Towers with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Basil

1. Gather the ingredients 2 small tomatoes 1 eggplant 1 cup of polenta a handful of fresh basil leaves a pinch of marine salt and pepper Sweet balsamic sauce: 1 cup balsamic…

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5 Natural Remedies for Common Breastfeeding Issues

5 Natural Remedies for Common Breastfeeding Issues

TweetEmail 1. Engorgement/high milk supply If you’re suffering from engorged breasts, you may be producing more milk than your baby needs. Ironically, engorgement can make it…

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Policy Paper Says Wildlife Decline is Triggering Violent Crime and Child Labor Worldwide

Policy Paper Says Wildlife Decline is Triggering Violent Crime and Child Labor Worldwide

TweetEmail According to a new policy paper led by UC Berkeley researchers, published in Science, worldwide decline of wildlife populations may be directly linked to increases…

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Campbell's Says V8 "100% Vegetable Juice" May Contain "meat/seafood/poultry/dairy"

Campbell's Says V8 "100% Vegetable Juice" May Contain "meat/seafood/poultry/dairy"

You’d think plain old vegetable juice wouldn’t need dead animals in it, but apparently, Campbell’s thinks it does. Food Babe just revealed that Campbell’s has…

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"Made with Code" Aims to Inspire a New Generation of Diverse Female Coders

"Made with Code" Aims to Inspire a New Generation of Diverse Female Coders

TweetEmailFemales are majorly underrepresented in the computer science (CS) field (academically and professionally), but one spectacular website and resource aims to change…

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The Swings: A Musical Swing Set that Illuminates & Plays Harmonies as People Swing!

The Swings: A Musical Swing Set that Illuminates & Plays Harmonies as People Swing!

The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation from Daily tous les jours on Vimeo. Each of the individual swings makes a sound when rocked back and forth. When each swing is occupied,…

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GUIDE: How to Stop Using Paper Towels Forever

GUIDE: How to Stop Using Paper Towels Forever

Photo by Shutterstock How Difficult is this Goal? This goal’s challenge level depends on how paper towel dependent you are. Some people use paper towels for everything. If this is…

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Ingenious Dad Builds Amazing Interactive Apollo Spacecraft for His Four Year-Old Son's Bedroom

Ingenious Dad Builds Amazing Interactive Apollo Spacecraft for His Four Year-Old Son's Bedroom

TweetEmailThe project took four months of Highsmith’s spare time to complete. The spacecraft is constructed of wood frame and lightweight paneling, but the greatest…

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Millions of LEGO Pieces Lost at Sea are Washing Up on British Beaches

Millions of LEGO Pieces Lost at Sea are Washing Up on British Beaches

TweetEmailWhy LEGO Bricks Are Washing Up Back in 1997, a container ship named Tokio Express was hit by a HUGE wave that ended up tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40…

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