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My daughter is only 23 months and she loves painting, coloring, getting messy and just arts and crafts in general. She's my free spirit happy to be painting her arms, the walls and admiring her artwork, wherever it may be.  This time of year leads me to wonder if Santa ought to...
Markers dry out and then what, they end up in our landfills. Children love them and if they are washable and non-toxic, parents and teachers love them. I know how to recycle and reuse crayons but markers? I've never known how to recycle them and even when I tweeted about it and did some research I couldn't...
The weather here is frightful with cold winds that blow through our warmest coats and nip at our nose making us shiver. I love having a large pot of soup on the stove for the aroma and warmth that it brings the family after sledding or shoveling. A family favorite handed down...
When I think back to my childhood, I remember spending lots of time around the holidays making decorations and food for our family celebrations. Some of the simplest activities were also the most fulfilling, because we were actively creating, not just purchasing. The time that went into each craft or treat was also a gift, a gift that said "I...
Along with band-aids, tweezers, and bug repellent, our first aid kit has an assortment of natural remedies for common kid maladies. Some come from the kitchen and some from the natural food store, and every one of them has come through for us. 10 Natural Remedies for Kids for the Family First Aid Kit: Honey - Unfiltered raw honey is...
When the weather gets cold, one of our family's favorite things to drink is chai. Homemade chai costs so much less than the pre-made stuff, and it also makes the house smell divine. Chai actually just means tea in general, so saying "chai tea" is redundant. The best term for it is masala chai. Most chai is made with real tea,...
Babies love to put things in their mouths; it's one of the ways that babies learn about their surroundings. These activities teach them about taste, texture, sound, and shape among many others. Exploring in this way is important for their development, so it is no wonder that the toy industry is a...
Moving your baby from a crib to a bed can be a big, and somewhat scary time of their lives. Both for them, as yes it's a new bed. And for you. Because you want to get them the absolute best bed (and sleeping environment). Of course, this means making them comfortable and giving them enough space to grow into...
I wrote about my daughters asthma and our childcare situation and my returning to work and hiring some cleaning help. We've been blessed to have found the right people and everything is working out perfectly (so far). I'm getting so much done during the day and having time in the evening to be with my family, read and actually...
An email came to me, warning me that baby carrots are dipped in chlorine. They are made from deformed carrots, peeled and then dipped in a high solution of chlorine to keep them from turning white and being deemed, "bad".  This made me scratch my head. Food dipped in chlorine that I am feeding my children, who love baby...
Come on the colors are orange and black! I love, love, love Halloween. I love the time of year and the cool fall nights. I love the idea that I don't have to buy gifts and wrap them up for everyone but I can still celebrate and have fun. Goblins, ghosts, and gremlins are part of the fun perhaps...
Nobody enjoys cleaning up dirt, spills, and stains, but it’s a lot more stressful when it happens on your carpet. There are many products out there that can remove all the dirt and sometimes even stench that gets trapped in your carpet. The problem is most of these products promising deep clean and instant freshness contain very harmful chemicals....
I took a few days to announce the winner of the FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Giveaway.  I really wanted to read over the comments, explore the sites recommended to me and try out some of the useful tips.  There were soooo many, thank you.  I had my interview with Dori and Val, my BBF's from More Hip than Hippie yesterday...
There is nothing like getting dirty and finding things in nature. Children learn when they see, do, touch, and experience. To be a green mom, I have to let my kids just get dirty. They have to dig for worms, feel the soil, sometimes taste it and figure out what those worms are doing. It means scrubbing finger...
When you try something new or you've decided to break a habit, it's a challenge! I thought trying cloth diapers would be hard for me, seeing I knew nothing AND I have used only disposable with my two children. I wrote about being ignorant about cloth diapers and the encouragement and support was amazing. Thanks to all of you...
Okay, war sound harsh but it's a battle of sorts. Is BPA safe or isn't it? Is it a myth that BPA is harmful and the media is fooling us because we don't have the facts?  Well, according to Mom Style News or Mom Myth Busters (same author), yes. Is BPA Safe? Here is it is folks, BPA might not kill you...
It's back to school time, almost. The other day, when I spent two hours in Target I couldn't believe the back to school supplies. Backpacks, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors and the list goes on. I miss that part of being a teacher AND a student. The back to school excitement was like Christmas day to me, I loved...
I read and read. I've mentioned this a zillion times and I've actually slated a post for 5MFGG on my top five green reads for beginners.  One of the books on this list is, Eco Kids by, Dan Chiras.  I downloaded the book from EcoBrain and have spent time reading it on my laptop in bed, it's been wonderful. ...
Over at the G&CM forum the topic of "green etiquette" came up. I've decided to share with you my experience surrounding this topic because who would have thunk it, there would be etiquette for going green? To me, its more like common sense.  Except when you get excited and passionate about something it's easy to go over board.  Let...
I didn't get to be on Oprah but I was inspired by the author and green expert, Sophie Uliano, when she was on the show. I recently had the opportunity to ask her a few questions and hope you can find some green nugget of wisdom from my interview with her. At least maybe be inspired to buy the...