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Seeing the World through Baking and Traveling

By Lynn Fantom
February 8, 2010
File under: Family Time, Green Activities

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The Great Recession has taught us there’s more to life than granite countertops.

Someone said this to me recently, and I thought of it again when my co-worker Jessica Birk told me that she and her two sons, Craig, 4, and Brandon, 2, have started baking together every weekend.  Often they give their goodies away.

I don’t know whether their cookie racks sit on granite countertops or not, but it struck me how much Jessica is teaching her sons with such ordinary playtime.  On a Saturday afternoon she’s rolling out lessons about cooperation, science, and charity, along with her cookie dough.

Vacation travel also offers an opportunity for parents to build values and develop a common history with their children.  But do we think about family trips in that way or, justifiably exhausted, just default to what’s easiest? …read more of Seeing the World through Baking and Traveling here

 
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A Banner Day for Reuse

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
September 21, 2009
File under: Eco-Friendly Merchants, Family Time, Shopping

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For parents of school-aged children the beginning of the school year means the beginning of another season altogether: birthday party season.

Hosting an Earth-friendly birthday is no small feat for green-thinking parents but here is one part of the celebration that will earn you decoration from Mother Nature herself.

Celebrate your little one’s special day again and again with this reusable birthday banner by BellaBlu Designs. Crafted from a palette of orange, green and brown prints, this jungle inspired banner is the perfect welcome for all birthday celebrations. …read more of A Banner Day for Reuse here

 
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Enjoying the Summer Toddler Moon

By Angelique LeDoux
July 13, 2009
File under: Family Time, Green Activities, holidays

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I’m staring at the full moon from the 42nd floor of a green building in downtown Austin, Texas, my new home away from home. But this view of the moon- and the fact that I’m here in Austin with my 3-year-old daughter, reminds me of my baby moon.

I remember reading that trendy term when I was about 6 months preggers: “Baby moon,” as if it was an age-old, mandatory rite of passage…I wonder if Hallmark was involved in this one.

My husband, my sex-unknown baby-to-be, and I took what would be our last trip where we could stay up late, use bad words and at least one of us could drink as much as we chose. We went to Quebec and it really was a great trip. In hindsight, it was the last trip of our couple-hood, but the “baby moon” was a well-conceived idea…no pun intended.

So flash forward almost four years and I recently came across an old journal entry, I’m guessing it was from high school. Apparently I was thinking of the days ahead and my future success and I wrote something to the effect of “may I never be one of those moms…with a full-time nanny, who doesn’t have time for her own kid,” blah, blah, blah… …read more of Enjoying the Summer Toddler Moon here

 
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Organic Lifestyle Avenger vs. Junk Food Junkie Pt. 2

By Robby LeDoux
July 9, 2009
File under: Family Time, Food, Health

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PART 2 – POPPA SAID

There are 5 things young children should not be ingesting:

1. Heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic.

2. Pesticides like those in non-organic apple juice and non-organic food.

3. Chemicals like the VOCs in paint and carpeting.

4. Preservatives like those in fast food and processed food, and,

5. Too much TV and graphic images. (I’m sure I’m missing something here, but these are some biggies.)

Parents and grandparents need to stop, take a breath and realize things have changed in their world the past some odd years. Then they need to start double checking the things their children and grandchildren are consuming every day.

That’s right, this is not your great grandmother’s planet we live on anymore, where food was always organic (that’s right! organic before organic was…well, organic!). A planet where they didn’t put high fructose corn syrup in food, and a planet where they hadn’t even invented things like BPA, preservatives and MSG. …read more of Organic Lifestyle Avenger vs. Junk Food Junkie Pt. 2 here

 
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Organic Lifestyle Avenger vs. Junk Food Junkie

By Angelique LeDoux
July 6, 2009
File under: Family Time, Food, Health

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PART 1 – MOMMA SAID

A decade ago, lunch for this junk food junkie would have consisted of Chick-Fil-A nuggets, cole slaw and an enormous sweet tea, or a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat bread, some pretzels, and half of a Little Debbie Swiss Cake Roll to top it off.

Both choices once fit my definition of healthy — notice no fries, no bun, something greenish — but that was before I had a toddler in the new age of Whole Foods and mercury-laden fish.

And then there’s the influence of my husband, a born-again health nut (if there is such a thing), who calls the manager over at Whole Foods to question why my childhood favorite chocolate syrup, Bosco, is being sold there since it contains high-fructose corn syrup.

Not to mention, this is the same guy who recently researched the MSG content of those chicken nuggets thinking he’ll steer me – and therefore our daughter – away from my other childhood love. …read more of Organic Lifestyle Avenger vs. Junk Food Junkie here

 
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