American Heart Association sets added sugar limit of six teaspoons per day for kids & ZERO for tots under age 2

08/25/16   filed under: health & body, kids health, news, parenting

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One of the many things to do on the list of being a parent is monitoring the amount of sugar your kids are consuming. And it’s a tricky task to keep track of: sugars are hidden just about everywhere, including under all sorts of not-sugary-sounding names. The American Heart Association’s new guidelines have set a limit on suggested added sugar consumption: six teaspoons or 25 grams per day (and zero for kids under age two). If six teaspoons sounds like a lot, consider this: a tablespoon of ketchup has one teaspoon of sugar. One can of sugar-sweetened soda adds up to a whopping 10 teaspoons of added sugars. The average child in the U.S. is consuming double or even triple the recommended amount of daily added sugars, which could lead to issues including obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. We know it’s tough to be the sugar police, especially when the other kids are pulling out lunches and snacks packed with this addictive substance. If your kiddo complains next time you put the kibosh on daily (or hourly sweet treats), just tell them it’s doctor’s orders. And the good news about starting to limit sugar now: a study last year showed that reducing sugars in children’s diets can improve their health in as little as ten days. Also, sorting out the sugar confusion (naturally occurring, such as those found in fruit, versus added) will get easier in July 2018: the U.S. will require food labels to differentiate between total sugars and added sugars.

via Yahoo!

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Free, fabulous, educational fun is at your fingertips with Mr. Printables

08/25/16   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, eco play, eco toddler, education, green education, green kids

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Introduce kids to the magic of solar power with these tiny working toy solar houses and automobiles

08/25/16   filed under: craft, green design, green toys

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If you’re looking for an utterly charming (and affordable) way to introduce your little one to the magic of solar power, then Litogami is the way to go. Litogami offers a wide range of beautiful and tiny toy houses and solar automobiles you build from scratch via a kit, then power them up. Litogami products are perfect as a stand alone decor item, toy addition to a play city or block set or can even be used as a creative nightlight in the nursery! Litogami solar kits are made of recycled or PEFC/FSC cardboard that’s 100% recyclable at the end of its life, plus these little kits are easy to build and decorate as you wish. The “solar-led module” enables the whole family to experiment with solar energy and to light the little house. To fill your house or car with light, simply place your built kit on the windowsill to charge the battery. Five hours of charging in sunlight results in five hours of lighting, and the solar capabilities automatically switch off when exposed to sunlight.

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Customize My Little Family dolls to look just like your clan

08/24/16   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, green toys

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What could be more charming and entertaining for your child than having a set of dolls made in your family’s likeness to play with in his/her dollhouse and playroom? My Little Family Dolls may be fully customized to resemble the adults, children, babies and pets in your clan. You can choose their hair color and hairstyle, eye color, outfit and shoes, as selected from a huge variety of fabric choices. The soft, durable dolls are comprised of 100% organic cotton and hemp, and their designer fabric clothing is 100% cotton and free motion embroidered. When you order two or more dolls, they arrive in a handy drawstring bag to keep them safe and totally portable for myriad adventures. My Little Family Dolls would also make great gifts for children going back and forth between two homes, carrying a bespoke doll of mom, dad or siblings with them in both directions. These dolls would also be helpful for role playing to discuss feelings and resolve disputes. Once your child outgrows playing with the dolls, they’ll live on in perpetuity as darling keepsake decor. Note: there is a four week turnaround time for doll orders and they ship from Australia.

+ My Little Family Dolls $6.50-$20

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Candylab Toys' sleek wooden cars are a nod to the modernist vibe of the 1960s

08/24/16   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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Animal-free milk is "sustainable, kind, delicious" & a moo-vement against factory farming

08/24/16   filed under: baby feeding, health & body, news

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There are plenty of organic milk alternatives on the market. From almond to soy to hemp to homemade cashew milk, it’s not as if dairy avoiders and vegans don’t have a plethora of choices. But in 2017 there’s going to be a new option that’s rumored to be closer to cow’s milk than any other milk alternative, and it’s simply yet powerfully named “Animal-free Milk.” Perfect Day (a re-brand of Muufri) scientists are working hard on this innovative milk product that’s crafted without the need for a single cow — and it’s more nutritious, humane, and sustainable than mainstream factory-farmed cow’s milk. Plus, Perfect Day notes that their Animal-free Milk will win people over based on the taste alone.

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Bitsies jewelry for kids teaches mini fashionistas how to be socially conscious consumers

08/23/16   filed under: green design, green kids, kid friendly

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My daughter loves draping herself in jewelry, but steering her away from most of the baubles that are geared towards kids (and often high in toxic chemicals like lead) means she raids my jewelry box instead. Now we’ve all got a much better option: the Bitsies line by 31 Bits. The colorful, nine piece collection of necklaces and bracelets feature 31 Bits’s trademark handcrafted beads, which are made from rolled up strips of recycled paper and then coated with a non-toxic water-based varnish. Each piece also has an empowering name such as a “reach for the stars” bracelet or a “shine on” necklace (both shown in the image after the jump). You (or your kiddo) can choose from multiple color possibilities, and we love that several of the items in the collection are sold as a set, so that your little one and her bestie (or her sibling) can be all matchy-matchy. As cute and appealing as the Bitsies collection is, we have fallen even harder for the mission behind this inspirational brand.

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Dutch kids get to pedal their way to school on this awesome Bicycle School Bus

08/23/16   filed under: green design, green kids, kid friendly

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We’ve learned that Dutch children can build their own village in four days using teamwork, so it’s no surprise that the enterprising kids can also team up to power the Bicycle School Bus. Designed and built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, this excellent mode of transportation features eight sets of pedals to accommodate kids ages 4-12, a driver’s seat for an adult, and three benches for non-pedaling passengers. Capable of reaching a speed of up to 10 MPH, and equipped with a sound system and an awning in the event of rainy weather, what student wouldn’t want to make the wheels on this bus go round and round, all through the town? While there is a motor on this oversized bicycle, it can run on kid-power alone if all passengers are on deck. So far this sweet ride, priced at $15,000 (a bargain compared to a gas-guzzling standard school bus), is only available in Europe, but we’d love to see it stateside so our kids could get some exercise and help save the earth, all before the first school bell rings.

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14 year-old transforms a 1974 Wilderness camper into a dreamy 'glamper'

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Recyclable DIY desk and chair set brings smiles to study time

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Apple Park organic dolls are the perfect first doll for babies

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If you’re looking for an absolutely perfect starter baby doll for your little one, look no further, because Apple Park organic baby dolls are here! Sweet and cuddly, each Apple…

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7 global trends in education we wish would make their way to U.S schools

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Moonflower Toys stackers double as play sets and come in an array of unique themes

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A quality stacking toy is an essential toy for toddlerhood. Seemingly simple in scope, stacking and sorting toys provide a multi-tasking activity for little ones, helping them develop…

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