Posts Tagged ‘ nature ’

Gardening Fun for Kids: Windowsill Peas

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Screen shot 2011-03-22 at 10.56.33 AMYou might not associate temperatures in the 40s with gardening, but mid-March is actually the perfect time to plant peas, according to gardening expert Rebecca P. Cohen, author of the new book, Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. She recommends planting them in containers outside or, if it feels too nippy to be digging in your garden, on a windowsill. It’s an easy project for little ones to help out with—and peas are one of the most exciting vegetables to grow (add a stake to each container, and your kids will enjoy watching the peas vine up the sticks over the coming weeks). If you don’t want to deal with soil, you can even use wet newspaper with the seed pressed up against the glass, Cohen notes. Within seven days, your seed will sprout!

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Get Outside: It’s National Wildlife Week!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

After this year’s extra cold winter, your kids are probably itching to get outside now that temperatures are warming up. Here’s one more reason to do it right now: It’s National Wildlife Week!

In order to connect families and communities to nature, help us raise healthier children, and instill in future generations a life-long appreciation for the environment, the National Wildlife Federation is offering up a slew of awesome outdoor activity ideas for families (everything from looking for animal tracks to creating a nature journal), plus some great online games and printables for kids.

So go on and celebrate nature!

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

23912994_8a0b5eb062 Got a great tip or trick that makes your life easier? Tell us about it and you could be featured in Parents magazine!

Whether it's a surefire way to get your picky eater to eat her veggies, a simple organizing solution, a clever way to keep kids busy on long car-rides, or the perfect go-to present that's a hit with every child, we want to know our readers' best nuggets of homegrown advice! It can be about anything—so go on and share! To add yours, go to our new community site. We can't wait to read your amazing tips!

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CLINICAL BOX It certainly doesn't feel like summer in NYC yet, but if you're lucky enough to be in warmer temperatures, you may be getting a whiff of the fact that your regular deodorant isn't getting the job done. The latest odor-attacker out there is BAN Clinical Defense Roll-On, $7. It claims to work better than the other clinical-strength deodorants you've seen in drugstores because it uses a technology that eliminates two stress-related odors—spicy odor and s-odor—instead of just masking them. Give it a roll and let us know what you think.

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A New Use for Mud

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Adobe2 Last week, I was clicking over at ohdeedoh, and my heart just about melted when I came across a post on building mud-brick houses. I loved making mud pies and building fairy houses as a kid—if I'd known the secret to making mud bricks (hint: add some grass to the mud and then pack it into an ice cube tray) I'm sure I would have gone nuts with them too.

Bricks Got a little builder or mud-fiend in your backyard? For detailed instructions (and other fun outdoorsy projects and activities you can enjoy with your kids), check out the original post on the Imagine Childhood blog.

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Lower Your Carbon Footprint, Literally

Monday, April 20th, 2009

068899_1_600x600 Payless is celebrating Earth Day with a colorful new line of eco-friendly shoes. Every pair from the zoe&zac line is made with earth-friendly materials like organic cotton and recycled rubber, plus Payless will give $1 to The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign for every pair you buy. Doesn't that make you want to buy two pairs? Well it also happens to be buy one get one ½ off everything in the store through May 4. I’d go with the Lotus oxford for now and the Linden slingback for later.

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Good Deed Friday: The Fresh Air Fund

Friday, August 1st, 2008

On Monday, my boyfriend and his entire company took a bus up to volunteer at The Fresh Air Fund—a program that provides free summer vacations to NYC children from low-income communities. The volunteers did arts and crafts and had fun water-balloon fights with the kids. The Fresh Air Fund has a camp (like the one Kris volunteered at) in upstate NY, or any family around the country can volunteer to open your home and host an inner-city boy or girl between the ages of 6 and 18 for two weeks or more. Last year, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. So if you can’t imagine growing up without ever picking flowers, or running through the sprinkler, or laying under the stars, think about opening your home and your backyard to a kid for the summer!

Photo by Kris LoCascio.

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Goody Green: Handmade Eco-Plush Toys

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

21105Don’t you just love this adorable elephant plush? It’s one of many cuddly toys from Aurora’s brand new eco-friendly line, Aurora Naturally. They’re handmade in Indonesia from soy beans (outer plush) and a sustainable rainforest crop called Kapok (the stuffing). Get your hands on an arctic, jungle, or endangered animal here.

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