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If I Were A Fish

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Features: What better way to teach and inspire children about this great, green earth than through music? If I Were a Fish, a thirteen-song disc from Birdsong and the Eco Wonders, is geared toward educating kids about marine animals, the ocean, and the planet through rhythm, dance and good ol’ fashioned fun. Also noteworthy,  Birdsong’s music is used as a teaching reference in state, county and city parks throughout southern California.

Green Factor: CD is packaged in plastic-free, eco-friendly material.

Bonus: The Tide Pool Song, a tribute to tide pools written in 2005, appears in a short film that won an Emmy for Children’s Programming

Find It Here: Birdsong and the Eco Wonders

Win It: We’ve partnered with Birdsong to give away TWO copies of If I Were a Fish to one lucky winner!

Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter WF04 as the giveaway name and tell us what animal is playing the bongos on the Birdsong web site. Giveaway ends 05/10/10; $30 value. Open to residents of the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Belize, Australia and Europe. Official Rules. Giveaway Closed.

On our Blog: The Pollution INSIDE Your Home

The Pollution INSIDE Your Home

babycarpet.jpgWhen you think of air pollution, chances are you’re thinking of the air outside—but have you ever considered the air pollution inside your own home?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air indoors can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside. That’s a pretty sobering statistic because indoor air pollution is linked to a host of health issues including but not limited to headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, fatigue and allergic reactions, as well as diseases such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and cancer.  Studies have shown that infants, children and the elderly are the most susceptible to air pollutants.

Indoor air quality is compromised, primarily, by particles and gases. Most homes have many potential sources of air pollution such as: Read the rest of this entry »

The Six O’Clock Scramble

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Features: Aviva Goldfarb’s new cookbook, SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue!, is packed with ideas for preparing meals for busy families, as well as ways to eat with the environment in mind. Aviva dishes up tips on efficient meal planning, buying in bulk and freezing/storing meals. Also helpful are suggestions for weekly plans and shopping lists that will make the most of your grocery trips.

Green Factor: Teaches readers how to lessen their environmental footprint by eating seasonally, cutting out waste, knowing when to buy organic and by moving toward a slightly more vegetarian menu.

Bonus: Subscribe to The Scramble to receive weekly menu plans, newsletters and nutritional information. Create your own Recipe Box, search the database to customize your weekly dinner plan and organize your meals, all in one place!

Find It Here: The Six O’Clock Scramble

Win It: We’ve partnered with The Six O’Clock Scramble to give away a copy of SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue! PLUS a three-month subscription to The Scramble!

Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter SS04 as the giveaway name and tell us what magazine is giving the cookbook rave reviews. Giveaway ends 05/04/10; $37 value. Open to US & Canadian residents only. Official Rules. Giveaway has ended.

On our Blog: The Pollution INSIDE Your Home

Kids Health: Pesticides in Food

images.jpgChildren’s developing bodies are especially vulnerable to toxins found in our food and environment. Switching to organic food has an immediate effect on the body. Within 36 hours, pesticides may no longer be detected in a child’s urine.

Pesticide Exposure Has Been Shown to:

  • cause low birth weight and birth defects;
  • interfere with child development and cognitive ability;
  • cause neurological problems;
  • disrupt hormone function;
  • cause a variety of cancers, including leukemia, kidney cancer, brain cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Win It: The Green Hour

greenhourjpg.pngHappy Earth Day!

What: The Green Hour

Features: Research shows that spending time in nature actually makes kids happier, healthier and even smarter. Todd Christopher, the creator of the GreenHour.org, has filled this book with activities designed to encourage discovery, creative play, and a wonder of nature, as well as practical advice for parents to make getting outdoors easy and worry-free.

Green Factor: The premise behind The Green Hour is to encourage parents to carve one ‘green hour’ in to their kids’ days. This year, celebrate Earth Day every day for an hour (or more!) outdoors.

Bonus: We love that The Green Hour mixes family time with outdoor education. Brilliant! Watch this video trailer to learn more.

Find It Here: Amazon.com

Win It: We’ve partnered with Shambhala Publications to give away TWO copies of The Green Hour to two lucky readers! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter GH04 as the giveaway name and tell us what federation recommends that parents give their kids one ‘green hour’ a day. Giveaway ends 04/30/10; $18 value. Open to residents worldwide! Official Rules. Giveaway has ended.

On our Blog: Kid’s Health: Pesticides in Food

Naturally Better From Peter Rabbitâ„¢

peterrabbit.pngWhat: Naturally Better

Features: From “The World of Beatrix Potter” comes Naturally Better, a line of products that are better for people and planet.

Green Factor: The timeless children’s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit is back, printed in vegetable-based inks and sporting a fresh new cover design! Peter Rabbitâ„¢ Organic Spring Garden Baby Care Products are made of naturally derived and certified organic ingredients, making them perfect for infants, children and adults with sensitive skin. And for the wee ones, Rattle Sticks are phthalate-free, made of certified organic cotton and packaged in PVC-free materials

Bonus: A line of award-winning, organic, reasonably-priced baby care products? It doesn’t get much better than that!

Find It Here: Peter Rabbit Official Store

Win It: We’ve partnered with Penguin Young Reader’s Club to give away a great prize package: a copy of the newly designed classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a bottle each of Organic Spring Garden Baby Shampoo and Lotion and one Peter Rabbit Rattle Stick! Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter PR04 as the giveaway name and identify two of the ‘Main Characters’ listed on the web site. Giveaway ends 04/28/10; $37 value. Open to US residents only. Official Rules. Giveaway has ended.

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Favorite Things: Push Mowers

reel mowerWe recently got our FIRST push mower (also called a “reel” mower). We had been wanting to get one, especially my husband, because he hated our unreliable gas mower but it wasn’t until that motorized piece of junk finally died for good that he went and picked out a nice sturdy Craftsman push mower from Sears (NOT an endorsement or sponsored plug…he just digs Craftsman stuff).

He is in LOVE with it. No more trips to fill up the gas can, no more pulling on that annoying string thing to get it started, no LOUD noise, no more smelling like exhaust after mowing the lawn and best of all, no combustion engine to break AGAIN!

When the blades need sharpening, you can take them somewhere to be sharpened or if you have the tools, you can sharpen them yourself. Basic care is all it really needs!

Now, it won’t ride you around the yard on a padded seat and we didn’t get the bagging attachment so we won’t have that luxury either but there’s just something really satisfying about going off the petroleum-dependent grid, even if it’s just with a lawn mower.

Find It Here: Sears

Sun Chips in Compostable Bags

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What: Sun Chips in greener packaging

Features: Did you know that the small bags of Sun Chips are now packaged in a completely biodegradable bag? Each 10.5 oz bag will fully break down in about 14 weeks when composted.

Green Factor: In addition to creating compostable packaging, Sun Chips has started using solar power as opposed to fossil fuels in their Modesto, CA plant

Bonus: Less packaging guilt! Also, you can watch how the new Sun Chips bag decomposes here—it’s pretty neat.

Find It Here: Sun Chips

You Owe It to Your Kids to Care

Ibabyearth.png rarely write editorial posts but with Earth Day approaching, I have a few things on my mind.

When Kermit the Frog said “It ain’t easy being green” I’m sure he had no idea how many times those words would someday be uttered—not by fellow frog puppets—but by regular people like me who care deeply about the environment.

I encounter virtual eyerolling and mockery of environmentalism on a regular basis all around the internet and even from people I consider my friends.

I have to say…it irks me.

Why? Because they, too, have children.

What is so mockable in caring about the legacy you will be leaving your kids? Is it not enough that certain childhood cancers have increased 40-62% over the past 40 years?

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Meat Free Mondays!

meatfree.jpgWhat: Meat Free Mondays

Features: The “Meat Free Mondays” campaign is getting worldwide attention as people become more committed to protecting the environment. Taking meat out of one day’s worth of meals is a simple way that we can help save the planet and adopt healthier eating habits, all at the same time

Green Factor: The UN has said that the meat industry dominates one-fifth of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Ouch! Going veggie one day a week or more would dramatically reduce those harmful emissions, and would save gallons upon gallons of water and gasoline

Bonus: The Meat Free Mondays web site is full of good stuff–there’s all sorts of information and recipes, including tips on which wine will best compliment your meal. Deee-lish!

Find It Here: Meat Free Mondays

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