Archive for June, 2012

Easy Blooming: A Self-Watering Plant

I love having green plants on my balcony. But my lack of knowledge about botanical science unfortunately leads to more than one droopy basil or tomato plants. Try as I might I never seem to be able to water them right. Herbs and plants can be a fickle lot, requiring just the right amount of sunshine and love to thrive. Thankfully one designer has found a novel solution to urban gardeners who lack gardening skills.

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Green Kids Craft Ideas

We’ve made no secret of our love of eco-friendly subscription services. Nothing like receiving a surprise in the mail every month, and even better if that surprise can help swap out some of our less-green products. We’ve highlighted Jessica Alba’s eco-friendly baby goods delivery service, and Eco-Emi’s, an eco-beauty subscription service. And now eco-craft kids are joining in on the trend. Welcome to Green Kid Crafts, a delivery service that sends your kid three new projects a month that are not only earth-friendly but also inspire kids with nature.

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Make Your Own (Professional) Cosmetics

 

 

With all the warnings about the toxins in households products, it’s often scary to think about what we’re slathering on our skin on a daily basis. Sometimes the surest way to be safe is by creating our own beauty products. While it’s easy to make an avocado face mask or olive oil hair treatment, what about more complex daily creams? European company Rowenta has created a new consumer product that lets users easily create professional products at home with naturally decadent ingredients.

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Recycle that Tie into a Gift for Dad

This weekend we celebrate father’s day, thanking dads everywhere for being such swell guys. Looking for a last minute gift? You can recycle any old tie into something useful with this handy guide courtesy of Ecouterre. Find the tackiest, most out-of-style tie and turn it into something useful. Ecouterre provides step-by-step directions for making an awesome new guitar strap, eyeglasses case, camera strap, cellphone case, and pillow.

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Sweet Summer Shades

Ooh la la summer is finally here. It’s time to pull out the beach bag, grab a swimsuit, and find some hot summer shades. Here’s a list of our summer-approved shades. We pulled out our top favorites for their sharp style and sustainable features.

First up are some gorgeous golden glasses from Schwood, a Portland-based company that makes bespoke shades from sustainable wood. We love the vintage vibe that anyone with an eye for design can appreciate. Each pair of frames is handmade and comes in a super sturdy matching wood box.  You can even order a pair made from recycled skateboards! Guaranteed to give you a one-of-a-kind look.

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Easy, Healthy Baking at Lookbook Cookbook

When it comes to eating, I’m sensitive to all the major culprits: wheat, dairy, gluten and sugar. It’s hard to find anything worth indulging in. Then I stumbled upon what is by far my favorite new recipe site: The Lookbook Cookbook. It’s full of fun treats that are easy to make, and all are vegan and gluten free. I tried out the recipe for B-Raw-Nies this weekend, and could swear they were better than any box-made sugar-laden brownies. If your child has any food allergies, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy regular treats. Check out this amazing recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cookies or Chocolate Peppermint Fudge, made with only four ingredients.

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American Grown: Gardening for Everyone

We’ve been looking for a good reason to start gardening, despite our lack of a green thumb, and found one with new inspiration from the First Lady herself. First-time author Michelle Obama has put together a photo-rich book, American Grown, on how her efforts to start a garden at the White House. It’s an inspiring book that shows us how to grow our own patch of green, no matter how big or how small. The book is part of Michelle Obama’s initiative in fighting childhood obesity with easy suggestions on incorporating more exercise and more vegetables into our lives.

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Healthy Homemade Sodas

Image: Romulo Yanes

Mayor Bloomberg recently announced that he plans on banning super-sized sugary beverages from New York City’s restaurants and food vendors. While it’s not without controversy, we can appreciate measures intended to create a healthier city. Indeed, Bloomberg’s ban on smoking in public places and trans fats from restaurants has set the bar high for many other major cities. The good news is that banning soda doesn’t necessarily mean limiting yourself to H2O for life, although there’s nothing wrong with that. For special treats, there are plenty of homemade sodas that can be made while skipping the sugar and the chemicals. And they’re simple and fun to make, even for kids. Here’s a few recipes to try at home from Cherry-Vanilla to classic Ginger.

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