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Homemade Playdough with Essential Oils

By Fredrica Syren: A year ago, I was introduced to the wonderful (and nice smelling) world of essential oils when a friend gave me some oils to help with my boys’ persistent cough. I was amazed at how well it worked, so I took a class in making household cleaners …

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Gardening with Kids

By Larraine Roulston: Gardening has been described as a “happy endeavor.” Research suggests that breathing in the soil’s bacteria can increase the brain’s serotonin levels. This may indicate that gardening offers therapy that acts as a natural antidepressant for young and old alike. My mother, a gardener with a truly great green thumb, …

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Trouble in Toyland–The Environmental Impact Of Toys

By Larraine Roulston: Prior to World War II, children’s toys were manufactured from durable materials and designed to be passed down to succeeding generations. Once metal became scarce, plastics made their grand entrance. Giving these shiny gifts to children soon became very popular. Since that time, toys have become big business, and marketing plastic …

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Teaching Children to Love Nature

By Larraine Roulston: Children are our greatest resource and whenever possible we need to allow them the opportunity to enjoy and learn from nature. Remembering that kids love to get dirty, allow them freedom to go outside and just play. Although my childhood didn’t include camping, it did consist of a …

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5 Easy Ways to Teach Kids to Save Water

By Uma Campbella:  Most of us in this country are privileged to have lived our lives accessing fresh water simply by turning on a faucet. However, because society as a whole hasn’t been particularly conscious of our natural water sources, we do indeed have a depleting supply. We need to …

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Homemade Fruit Leather

By Fredrica Syren: Of all the kids’ snacks you can buy, fruit leather must the biggest rip-off because making your own is so super easy. So forget those processed, sugary fruit leathers, and say hello to juicy fruit leathers bursting with natural flavors — and that contain only fruit. As …

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Cate & Levi Hand Puppets Review

By Fredrica Syren: As an eco-friendly family, we take steps to reduce our carbon footprint by refusing plastic, especially when it comes to our children’s toys. It’s a huge step in the right direction, so if you want to make sure your children’s toys are as sustainable as possible, choose …

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How to Raise a Green Toddler

By Larraine Roulston: First, kudos to the La Leche League and its volunteers who inspire women to nurse their babies. Their efforts marked an important turning point for mothers to return to nourishing their infants naturally. Secondly, a more recent natural “movement” called Elimination Communication promotes the EC method that not only involves …

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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: Last week, two of my three children started school, and that meant they needed some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with a first-grader and a fifth-grader can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as …

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The Importance of Chemical-Free Toys and Where to Buy Them

By Fredrica Syren: In past years, there have been many toy recalls because of high amounts of chemicals and heavy metals found in them. Sadly, there are very few guidelines or regulations regarding chemicals in toys in the U.S. However, the good news is that, thanks to recalls, more attention …

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