12 Reasons to LOVE cloth napkins

12 Reasons We Love Cloth Napkins

Each year in our Back to School issue, we use the most adorable cloth napkins as backdrops and accessories in our popular school lunch inspiration section and feature. Not a week goes by in August that we don’t get an email asking, “Where can I get the pink polka dot napkin from your healthy lunches…

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Play Up Your Child’s Imagination and Creativity with “No Battery” Gifts

Remember that thing you played with all the time when you were a kid?  It was with you from sun up till sun down.  You didn’t buy it at any toy store… it was free.  And it’s what could turn an empty box into a dollhouse or a broom handle into a light saber. Where…

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How to Choose Waste Free Lunch Containers

How to Choose Waste-Free Lunch Supplies

We’ve always done our best to pack waste-free lunches. Our boys have used stainless steel water bottles all along, but for packing food, we’ve experimented with everything from BPA-free plastic to stainless or glass containers.   I’m fairly certain that – unless for a field trip – we haven’t sent a plastic container or baggie to school…

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Green Wedding Gifts that Don't Create Clutter

Green Wedding Gifts That Don’t Create Clutter

This question showed up in my Facebook feed yesterday: “What are your most used and least used items from your wedding registry?  I don’t want something in my kitchen or house that doesn’t belong there.” My friend’s younger sister is getting married and asked this question. It’s interesting to read the answers and see some…

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Little Fox Monthly Gifts of Awesomeness Giveaway

“Monthly Gifts of Awesomeness” by Little Fox Giveaway

When a company promises “monthly gifts of awesomeness,” you can’t help to have high hopes. With this package of goodies from Little Fox, feel free to let your expectations soar. The December 2012 pack (of awesomeness) was an eco-consciously packaged cluster of items including a Little Green Pouch reusable food pouch, Coyuchi organic cotton aviator…

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Tansy Dolls

Eco Spotlight On: Tansy Handmade Dolls

Play to Your Heart’s Delight Play is an essential part of a child’s healthy development. Through playing, children mimic the world around them.  By simply playing with a doll, they build the skills to grow into a nurturing, responsive person who interacts comfortably with those around them. Dolls are also a way to introduce the…

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What Does it Mean to Be Green? By Rana DiOrio

Earth-Friendly, Inspiring Children’s Books from Little Pickle Press

We love finding inspiring children’s books to share with our readers.  So, what a treat to have come across the “What Does It Mean” series written by Rana DiOrio of Little Pickle Press! While many a green mama dreams of raising a fellow activist, the truth is at the toddler stage… our kids just want…

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Vinegar Fridays Non-Toxic Guide to Cleaning

Vinegar Fridays: An Interview with Green Grandma

You know Hana Haatainen Caye, as The Green Grandma — Green Child Magazine’s own green living and cleaning go-to source.  She’s also a wife, mother, and grandmother who shares her passion for common sense green and healthy living.  Hana’s book, Vinegar Fridays, came from the most popular section of her blog. Hana is no stranger to answering questions and dishing…

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Find Healthy, Sustainable Food With Clean Plates Guides and App

I started reading the Clean Plates guides to Manhattan and Los Angeles last week, the first thing I thought was, “why doesn’t every city have a Clean Plates guide?” The website itself is outstanding, no matter what city or town you live in, and whether or not you are vegetarian or a carnivore.  Clean Plate’s website is…

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nourish organics coconut balm

Eco Spotlight On: Nourish Organics

Here’s a question that puzzles me.  If one talented, passionate mom is able to create luxurious and effective baby care products with only safe ingredients… why aren’t the big manufacturers even willing to try? The answer dances somewhere around the all important bottom line. But even though many parents don’t have the time or resources…

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DIY Natural Insect Repellent recipe

DIY Natural Insect Repellent with Essential Oils

Our Summer Issue is full of Natural Summer First Aid and Safety Tips… including this recipe for making your own natural bug repellent. Why go to the trouble of putting together a non-toxic first aid kit if you’re going to keep spraying your family down with DEET to keep mosquitoes at bay?  Commercial insect repellents…

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green eileen Silk Georgeorgette dress in Sapphire-1

Eco Spotlight On: Green Eileen

by Karen Lee EILEEN FISHER makes timeless fashion statement that symbolizes simplicity and sustainability through, not only in her designs, but also thorough company’s actions. And their recent Grand Opening of GREEN EILEEN store demonstrates the company’s philosophy of prolonging the lifecycle of a garment. According to Cheryl Campbell, Managing Director of The Eileen Fisher…

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Cloth Birthday Banner from Green Planet Parties

Eco Spotlight On: Green Planet Parties

When it comes to birthdays and holidays, sometimes even the greenest parents end up making less than eco-friendly choices. Think of the last child’s party you attended.  The decorations, plastic, paper plates, and heavy duty toy packaging… did it fill a couple of garbage bags?  And since most wrapping paper is not recyclable, even if you…

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Green Cleaning Guide

DIY Green Cleaning Guide

Most of us have an assortment of cleaning products under our sinks and throughout our homes.  There’s a different product for everything in our house that needs to be cleaned… one product to clean countertops, another for the floor, the toilet, the windows and so on… Building this collection of cleaning products is expensive, takes…

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