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Eco Baby: Green Nursery and DIY Mobile Project
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Baby in Nursery photo by TheogeoHaving a baby can be an amazing time. Full of ups and downs, preparations and discoveries. It is also a time when we call to mind our basic values and decide what should be passed on and what can be left behind.

I wanted to perpetuate a greener environment and a greener nursery with the birth of my child. The best way I saw fit to follow these principles was through a simple nursery design with elements that reflected what was reasonable for our economic bracket and conservationist values. Read on…

Avocados: Nature’s Perfect Food for Baby, Mom and… You
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Avocados photo by Nate SteinerAvocados are celebrated by raw-foodists the world over. Their bumpy green exterior disguises an internal delight that—once “cracked open”—is the fruit equivalent of butter… the creamiest and dreamiest base to build decadently raw treats upon.

Avocados are also a great staple to carry with you as a parent. They require no tools to prepare other than a spoon to remove the pit and a fork to mash the contents. And, by eating them, your kid will be magically transported to the land of omega 3s. “Happy baby, happy mama,” I like to say. Read on…

Pregnant Yoga: Lessons for Life and the Environment
Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Pregnant Yoga photo by Lululemon AthleticaI’ve been a yoga practitioner for about ten years. It’s an on-again, off-again love affair marked by the usual drama found in dysfunctional relationships. I grow in my practice, take a few steps back, grow some more and then kick my mat into the basement for a spell.

I was schooled in ashtanga yoga, which is a fairly vigorous form.  Ashtanga and pregnancy don’t play well together, due to increasing weight gain and the inability to jump in and out of postures with one’s usual ease and grace. Read on…

DIY Birdfeeder: An Eco-Ninja Project for Kids
Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00  |  Written by Jessica Dallas | Blog Entry

Pinecone Bird Feeder by spierzchalaI love to do environmental projects around my neighborhood to better it. And I always try to make them into fun and educational activities that include all of the children in the family. In this regard, I’ve devised an ongoing ritual known to many as “Eco Ninja.” These are stealth projects that are undertaken by only the bravest and craftiest among us… usually the children. They’re fearless. Being small and quick doesn't hurt either. Read on…

Growing Plants from Seeds—A Fun Way for Kids to Learn About the Earth
Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:00  |  Written by Dawn Marshallsay | Blog Entry

Boy Watering Plants photo by whgradAs a child, I used to plant everything from pepper seeds to ash keys (winged seeds from ash trees) in pots in the disused greenhouse at the end of our garden. I’d water them every day, waiting for the thrill of spotting the first green shoots pushing up through the soil. Any failures were part of the experimentation—the unpredictability fascinated me. Do children have the time, space and patience to plant seeds in the technological age? If we want future generations to care about the environment and look after it, we must involve them in its creation. Read on…

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Eco Tip

Unplug appliances when not in use. Your electronics—computers, TVs, phone chargers—use energy even when they're turned off. Stand-by power can account for as much as 20% of home energy use. Save both energy and money by unplugging your devices, or put them on a power strip that you can turn off when they are not in use.  More tips...

Eco Quote

How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?  - Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, November 1939   More quotes...