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Earth Day Fun for the Whole Family - Links We Love

Recycling is a great chore to delegate to kids, and even toddlers can get in on the act. Kids Recycling Zone is a fun website that helps kids sort out the ins and outs of recycling and teaches kids about what happens to recycled goods after they le...

Walking School Buses Offer a Safe Route to School

When the town of Lecco, Italy decided to tackle childhood obesity and greenhouse gasses at the same time, the city took a radical step. They did away with school buses, but kept the school bus drivers. Today, staff and volunteers walk the school bus ...

Jenny McCarthy's "Too Good" line of non-toxic baby goods

Besides being an actress, Jenny McCarthy is probably best well known for her autism advocacy, especially her controversial stance on vaccinations. But her concerns over children's health doesn't stop at shots. She's also worried about toxins in the e...

The wonderful world of wipes

Wipes. Once you have a child, it seems impossible to get away from using them. They're everywhere and made to use for everything baby related. And there are so many different kinds to choose from, you find yourself sampling until you find the "right...

Showers versus baths - How are your kids getting clean?

My kid takes showers. He is sixteen months old. I took showers as a kid, but spent most of my time in the bath, surrounded by various toys and lots of suds. When our children are first born we barely bathe them, then move them into the little plasti...

Riding the subway - to school?

How do your kids get to school? How did you get to school when you were a kid? Taking the yellow school bus, walking or riding a bike may all seem like normal methods of getting to school. In the modern world, we drive and carpool as well. But what ...

Bill Nye returns to television

Remember Bill Nye the Science Guy? Sort of a cross between Pee-Wee Herman and Mr. Wizard? Well, it's been about ten years since his TV show ended, but now he's set to return to the small screen in a new show called Stuff Happens, on a new channel ded...

Utah goes to a four-day work week

State employees in Utah are about to get an extra day off -- sort of. The state government is switching to a four-by-ten work week, beginning in August. Instead of working eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, about 17,000 workers will put in ten...

WALL-E: Cute robot or liberal propaganda?

While I had my issues with WALL-E, I wouldn't have considered leftist brain-washing to be one of them (although, I suppose some might argue that I'm so far gone I wouldn't notice it in the first place). It seems, however, that some of the more conser...

Some dishwasher detergents banned in Washington state

What are the two chores in a household that are never really finished? Dishes and laundry. Throw in a couple of kids and suddenly a dishwasher becomes very, very important. (Or is it just me?) Families in the Washington counties of Whatcom and Spokan...

Super mom Kate Hudson to release eco-friendly haircare line

Kate Hudson has it all. She's an actress with a good track record in Hollywood, she has celebrity parentage, she was married to a rock star and had his baby, and her kid is as cool as she is. Not content to just enjoy that success, Kate has taken it...

Can there really be an eco-Barbie?

So, the children of Iran don't get to play with Barbie dolls because they undermine their Muslim culture. American kids, meanwhile, are apparently eschewing the dolls because of the environmentally unfriendly packaging. There's probably not much Matt...

Take your kids on the trash trail for Earth Day

Looking for a way to educate and entertain this Earth Day? Why not take your kids on the trash trail? A trash trail tour simply follows your garbage from your kitchen garbage can to its final resting place. Visit the transfer station, the dump, or th...

A foldable bike

Amsterdam is perhaps my favorite city in the world and the one I've visited the most: six times, now, and I've fallen a little more deeply in love with it each time. It's partially the windmills and the tulip fields outside the city, it's maybe the a...

Divorce is bad for the environment

According to researchers at Michigan State University, divorce is bad for the environment. While it may seem a stretch to link the two, it's all about cohabitation. Basically, people living apart take up more space and use more resources than people ...

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