A few thoughts as we wrap up 2016…

The year 2016 has been interesting to say the least. And I know that I'm not the only one who is ready to kick this old crusty year to the curb and see what 2017 has to offer. Because for all of it's ups and downs - and let's face it, there have been some pretty tremendous down this year - it has also been a year when the dust settled on my own personal upheaval and brought some exciting twists … [Read more...]

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

I've had these resolutions knocking around in my head since we first rang in 2012 a few weeks ago.  I decided to follow my own advice and write them down so that I can make sure they actually happen.  So without further ado, here are my top resolutions for 2012. 1. Spend more time on Facebook: I know most people head into the new year with aspirations to spend less time on social media sites like … [Read more...]

Monday Meditation: MLK

I've decided to launch a new series on this site entitled Monday Meditations. The idea is to take a minute before diving into the week to reflect on a quote, story, poem, or photo.  And what better Monday to start such an endeavor than this Monday - Martin Luther Kinh, Jr. Day.  There was no shortage of quotes to choose from for today's meditation.  In fact, the really hard part was in finding … [Read more...]

8 Toddler Pitfalls to Avoid on Christmas Morning

by Ashley Grimaldo Regardless of your nostalgic, Christmas-morning-frenzy memories, you'll quickly learn that a no-holds-barred approach doesn't go over well with your toddler -- especially on the most anticipated morning of the year. Don't wing it Christmas morning. Get a game plan together now so that your entire family can enjoy the holidays without going into meltdown mode.   1. Decide … [Read more...]

How to Host Out-of-Town Guests (Without Going Insane)

  by Ashley Grimaldo   Aunt Jean is coming to town. You've known about it for months, but you're days away from her camping out in your guest room with a plethora of denture accessories. And she knows just how to cook your turkey. Face reality and get a game plan, because compensating with bourbon refills can get pricey. Sharing your home can be an awesome experience, … [Read more...]

How to Help the Oceans From Your Home

by Terra Wellington I changed my family’s habits to aid marine life.  You can too. On the eve of World Oceans Day, June 8, the devastating Gulf oil spill takes front stage on every news site, program, and Twitter page.  But, even in the midst of this tragedy, you can find a silver lining.  And that is that ocean conservation is getting much-needed media and public attention. And maybe you might … [Read more...]

Happy Eco-Savvy Valentine's Day

If you'd like to celebrate Valentine's Day in a way that's less commercial, more environmentally responsible, and infinitely more meaningful, let these ideas inspire you. Make a fancy dinner at home. Spend some time in advance pouring over your favorite recipe books or searching recipe sites for elegant, lavish choices that you wouldn't ordinarily splurge on. To make it even more special, treat … [Read more...]

Happy Healthy Halloween

By: Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director of Careful as we are all year, we seem to lose our inhibitions against junk food when Halloween rolls around – snacking on the sugar-laden treats we bought for neighbors’ children as well as the ones our own children bring home from their trick-or-treating.  Here are some tips for resisting temptation: Buy treats only a day or so before Halloween – so … [Read more...]

Recycling…As American As Apple Pie

What is patriotic? Fighting for one’s country is patriotic, flag-waving is patriotic, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” is patriotic. Now, let’s think outside the bin (sorry, recycling humor) to something you do everyday. That’s right. Every time you reduce, reuse and recycle you’re celebrating your love for your country. During World War II citizens were urged to recycle (or “salvage”) metal, … [Read more...]

7 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Are you looking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day with your children?  The best way to teach your kids about going green is to help them fall in love with nature.  So get outside, get dirty, and show your kids why this planet is worth protecting.  Here are 7 cool activities to help your kids learn about the Earth:   Create art with leaves: Collect a few leaves from the backyard or your next … [Read more...]

The Green Parent's Review of Organic Beer

Happy St. Patrick's Day Green Parents!  In honor of this auspicious holiday, I'd like to offer up this roundup of organic beers and ales you can seek out tonight as you toast to the Irish. Why Organic? Organic beer is made from ingredients that are free from the toxic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers used to make traditional brews. These unhealthy chemical inputs pollute our … [Read more...]

What's Your Eco-Resolution for 2009?

The countdown to 2009 is literally hours away.  This is the time to reflect on the year past and think about all of the cool things we can all do to make 2009 the greenest year ever?  Check out these eco-resolutions from greenies all over the country: "My Eco-Resolution(s) for 2009 are to shop local and in season at my local farmers markets, to never use plastic bags, NEVER use Styrofoam cups, … [Read more...]

The Greenest Tree: Is Your Christmas Tree Eco-Friendly?

According to the , about 29 million Americans brought home a real, live Christmas tree in 2006. But that still pales in comparison to the 70% of Americans who prefer to set up an artificial tree.  So which is greener?  Here's how to make sure your Christmas tree is eco-friendly: The Green Parent Pick: Go get a real tree. Sure, it means cutting down a tree. But these days nearly all Christmas trees … [Read more...]

Take Your Kids Around The World This Winter

'Tis the season for the winter holidays. In my house, this is the time of year when we deck the halls, talk about the nativity story, play the dreidel game, set up the kinara, decorate the tree, and whip up the eco-friendly menorah. film dvd No, I haven't lost my mind.  Much to my daughters' dismay, we don't actually celebrate ALL of the winter holidays (ie, they don't get to double dip for … [Read more...]

Happy Green Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!  Now that the pumpkins are carved, the scarecrows stuffed, and the costumes assembled, it's time to go trick-or-treating!  If your kids are like mine, they've practically been living in their costumes and practicing their lines for the last week.  Here's to a happy, safe, and green Halloween! Share Your Story:If you haven't already done so, join in the discussions on … [Read more...]