Weekend Links

Sending out a few good reads to my fabulous readers after enjoying a quintessentially summer day… I hope you have been enjoying your summer wherever you may be!

Also, if you don”t already subscribe to the great Simple Mom Podcast, be sure to listen in the latest one for a fun chat between Tsh and Yours Truly! I had a great time recording with Tsh, as we touched on lots of new-baby-related topics like cloth diapers and baby essentials, and even some fun random topics like surfing and what”s on my nightstand.

Our great Healthy Home Party Kit giveaway is on until tomorrow (Monday) night, so be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win a kit to host your own Healthy Home Party.

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Giveaway: Healthy Child Healthy World Home Party Kit

I‘m sure most of us have hosted or been to some kind of home party or another. Today I want to tell you about an opportunity to host a different kind of fun home party, one where you can educate your family, friends, school, and community to protect children’s health and development from common toxics. This party is one of Healthy Child Healthy World’s programs– have you heard of this organization yet?

Healthy Child Healthy World is a well-respected non-profit organization that, in their own words,

is inspiring the movement to protect our children from harmful chemicals. Millions of America’s children are suffering from an unprecedented rise in chronic diseases and conditions such as cancer, autism, asthma and developmental disabilities. Scientific evidence increasingly points to chemicals in our everyday environments as contributing to many of these diseases. Healthy ChildHealthy World translates the science, advocates for policy change and empowers parents to make easy lifestyle choices that better protect their children. Simple and practical changes such as choosing organic foods when possible and using non-toxic household cleaners most of which can be made with regular household ingredients. The organization began after five-year-old Colette Chuda died of a rare form of non-hereditary cancer linked to environmental factors; her parents, Jim and Nancy Chuda, turned their grief into action in 1992.

As a parent of three children, many of the choices I make for less-toxic products or more natural ways of doing this are done for the simple reason that I want to protect my children from avoidable environmental toxins and chemicals.

Read on for a great giveaway, and to see how you can learn more about the organization and choices you can make at one of their home parties.

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Enjoying Outdoor Sports With Young Children

Written by contributor Tiffany Larson.

When we had children, we knew we wanted to introduce them to our love for the outdoors by including them in our adventures on the dirt, in the water and on the mountain. With each season of their growth, the activity may change a little but over the last five years, we”ve continued to bike, ski, wake board and camp, bringing our children along with us.

If you love outdoor sports and have young children, I encourage you to get out there and get your sport on. It requires a little more planning and preparation than you used to do, but it”s worth it. Here are a few things we”ve learned along the way:

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Things That Sting

Written by contributor NJ Renie.

We love summer. We love being outdoors, flowers, barbeques, long sunny days, and fresh fruit. But we are not the only ones out there that love those things; insects do too and occasionally our paths will cross. Once in a while our tiny, frustrated neighbors will turn to violence and when that happens, it usually involves a thing that stings. Let’s take a look at a few of the common ones. [Read more...]

13 Ways To Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

The following is a guest post by Amy Bowman of New Nostalgia.

I have had much success in getting my kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. How? By appealing to the things they love!

  • Kids love COLOR
  • Kids love GAMES
  • Kids love LEARNING
  • Kids love feeling “GROWN UP”

Below are some tips that appeal to these very things: