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So you love to cook, but worry about the negative effect your heavy use of kitchen gadgets has on the environment? Spend less time fretting and more time cooking with these 6 guilt-free, eco-friendly kitchen gadgets.

 

Many household kitchen items aren’t exactly energy efficient or harmonious with Mother Nature. Not the case with these 6. We scoured through the top earth-friendly kitchen appliances to bring you the best of the best. Do we smell cookies baking in the induction-technology oven?

Top 6 Chef and Earth-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets

1) FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System

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This foodsaver allows you to vacuum-seal any leftovers or unused food. Its vacuum-sealing technology locks in the freshness and keeps out air, which means the food lasts for much longer in the refrigerator or freezer.

Stop throwing away leftovers after a few days or worrying about freezer-burned meat. Vacuum seal your food and use it when you need it without worrying about it spoiling.

2) LG – 23.8 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel

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This LG refrigerator is highly energy-efficient. It also uses LED lighting, which means the bulbs don’t need to be replaced as often as traditional refrigerators.

And with its smart-cooling technology, you can direct the most airflow and cooling to specific areas of the refrigerator, which means less spoilage and longer-lasting food.

3) Maytag 24″ Jetclean® Plus Built-In Dishwasher w/ Premium Rack Glides – Stainless Steel

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This dishwasher is Energy Star-compliant, and it features some heavy-duty cleaning power. Instead of rinsing or scrubbing your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher, you can load them straight into the racks.

The extreme cleaning power of this Maytag dishwasher blasts any food residue and particles, leaving your dishes sparkling clean without using additional water or detergent. Best of all, the food dissolves during the cleaning process, so it can’t get stuck inside the hoses or filters.

4) PUR Faucet Mount – Stainless Steel

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Water straight from the tap can taste metallic and may contain contaminants. Bottled water can provide clean filtered water, but the plastic bottles never disintegrate and pollute landfills.

With this PUR faucet filter, you can get refreshing, ice cold filtered water directly from your kitchen sink. Just install a disposable filter inside the device, connect it to your faucet and enjoy clean water that’s free from mineral deposits and other particles that affect taste and purity.

5) Waste King Food Waste Disposer, L-8000 1 HP, EZ-Mount

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Stop wasting money and plastic buying garbage bags for unused or spoiled food. With this garbage disposal from Walmart, you can dispose of your food quickly and without filling up your trash bin with spoiled or leftover food.

This garbage disposal’s stainless steel design means it will hold up to even the toughest jobs and will last for years. It’s also insulated, which means its operation is much quieter than most garbage disposals on the market.

6) Electrolux Wave-Touch 4.2 cu. ft. Slide-In Double Oven Induction Range with Self-Cleaning Convection Oven in Stainless Steel

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This high-tech oven and stove top uses induction technology during cooking, which uses less than half the energy compared to a traditional stove. In addition, the faster and more efficient heating process means your food will cook 30 percent faster.

The oven also has two compartments for cooking different items at different temperatures, as well as self-cleaning features that eliminate the need for harsh cleaning products. Finally, the oven has an automatic shutoff feature if the oven is ever left on for more than 12 hours, giving you peace of mind and energy savings.

List of Kitchen Gadgets + Where to Buy Them

Here’s a quick compilation of our 6 best ec0-friendly kitchen gadgets, complete with where to shop for them!

  • FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System (Find at Amazon, QVC, JCPenny, and Target).
  • LG – 23.8 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel (Find at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowes).
  • Maytag 24″ Jetclean® Plus Built-In Dishwasher w/ Premium Rack Glides – Stainless Steel (Find at Sears, Lowes, and Amazon).
  • PUR Faucet Mount – Stainless Steel (Find at Walmart, Target, and Drugstore.com).
  • Waste King Food Waste Disposer, L-8000 1 HP, EZ-Mount (Find at Amazon, Sears, and Walmart).
  • Electrolux Wave-Touch 4.2 cu. ft. Slide-In Double Oven Induction Range with Self-Cleaning Convection Oven in Stainless Steel (Find at Amazon, Sears, and Lowes).

Enjoy Cooking with these Top-Notch, Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets!

With these gadgets, you can cook, bake, re-hydrate and clean to your heart’s content without worrying about its effect on the environment. Best of all, these gadgets are built to last and are beautiful in design and appearance, increasing your home’s appeal and value for years to come.

It sure would be nice if there was a university parents-to-be could attend that offered courses with parenting tips in children’s nutrition and behavior. Yet, even after 4 years of vigorous studying on the matter, parents would almost certainly still be hit with a few surprises along the way!

 

That said, there are some tried-and-true tips that every parent should know. These 10 healthy parenting tips will make grocery shopping a breeze and ensure your children get all the nutrients they need to grow.

Parenting Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping:

1) Pick items with as few ingredients as possible.

  • If you notice only one or two ingredients on the list, chances are you know it’s natural.
  • Seeing a half-dozen, unrecognizable ingredients increases the chance that it includes preservatives that cause allergies or health problems.
  • Try to find unsweetened, unsalted foods with no additives in them.

2) Learn the alternative names for sugar.

  • This sweetener comes in a variety of forms and derives from a vast number of foods. For instance: fructose comes from corn as well as fruits. Avoid “high fructose corn syrup” that manufacturers transform it into during processing.
  • Other forms of sugar include glucose, sucrose and dextrose. Although not harmful in small amounts, watch out for them.

 Healthy eating - child eating an apple, lots of fresh fruit on t

3) Look for certified “organic” labels.

  • Foods that are officially organic will have been produced using USDA standards for growing natural foods.
  • For meat, look for options that are “grass-fed” and produced “without the use of hormones.”

4) Do not be fooled by “all-natural.”

  • This can mean many things and is often just a sneaky way to market a product. The best way to know what a food has in it is to check out the ingredients. Educate yourself and investigate on your own.
  • Read the nutritional label to find out what vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fiber the item offers.
  • Always look for “organic” or pesticide/insecticide free items.

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5) Use foods in their rawest forms when possible.

  • You can use blueberries, strawberries, spinach, carrots, lemons, almonds, flax seeds, wheat and oats in their purest form.
  • In some cases, you might have to do some grinding or pureeing to gain the full benefits.

6) Be careful where you get seafood.

  • Make sure to choose “Wild Caught” when looking for Alaskan Salmon.
  • Stores like Whole Foods, Walmart, or Target should have fresh supplies of fish that are not harvested from contaminated waters.

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Health- Conscious Parenting Tips for Eating at Home

7) Keep your recipes simple.

  • Finding an assortment of simple, easy healthy recipes you love will make you more likely to stay on task.
  • Quick meals include: baking chicken breasts, preparing fish, or putting a roast with some vegetables in a slow cooker. A fresh salad on the side is always fast, healthy, and delicious.

 chicken dinner healthy parenting tips 

8) Bake instead of fry

  • You can of course enjoy the occasional crispy potato, breaded fish or chicken wing. More regularly, it’s a wise choice to lightly bread and dust them with oil.
  • Place the items in the oven instead of dousing them in partially hydrogenated oil to crisp them.

9) Make wise choices when preparing snacks

  • Try varying your snack time routine by offering dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds or Calbee snapea crisps.
  • Drugstore online has a large selection of unique snacks that are healthier than the standard potato chips or chocolate chip cookies.

  Parenting tips pack healthy snacks

10) Create balance in your child’s meals

  • Make sure you introduce your child to a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and proteins.
  • People develop their lifelong eating habits from a young age, so implementing a balanced diet now will also serve your child  in the future.

Use these parenting tips to ensure your child’s meals are nourishing and chemical-free!

Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to take on (just about) anything parenting throws at you. Well, at the very least the grocery shopping and meals are under control!

With the look of a gadget straight from the future, the energyEGG is ready to be your household helper. Find out how this innovative device can save you big bucks on your energy bills and prevent the release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

 

After making waves in the U.K., TreeGreen’s energyEGG is gearing up to take U.S. retailers by storm. The energyEGG promises to drive down energy costs and improve household safety with ease, but does it really help? Happy reviewers are claiming “YES!”

Why energyEGG?

This device has one job: to turn electronics on and off as people enter and exit rooms. It sounds simple, but this one action can be crucial to drastically lowering energy costs in your home. A few saved watts here and a couple more there seriously add up in the blink of an eye.

save money with energyEGG

This concept is similar to smart thermostats that lower HVAC usage when no one is home. We all tend to get caught up in our busy lives, and so we often forget to make energy-saving choices.

Think about the many times you’ve finished watching TV, left the room with your hands full, and neglected to turn off those devices and lights for hours! energyEGG steps in to rectify that.

TreeGreen promises that the energyEGG:

  • Improves home safety: Never worry about leaving the iron on again.
  • Reduces energy consumption: Lower your bills by turning off what you’re not using.
  • Is easy to use: It’s automatic and can be controlled via remote.

energyEGG how to

How energyEGG Works

The energyEGG is a sensor that wirelessly controls a number of specialized plugs. The EGG itself uses “SitStill” technology, a motion sensor that detects when people enter and exit a room. It turns devices on instantly and off according to a preset timer. It also cuts so-called “vampire” or “stand-by” power from devices that draw energy even when they’re turned off.

How many plugs can the energyEGG control at once?

The basic energyEGG unit controls up to 10 wall plugs, and you can expand its usefulness by connecting the plugs to surge suppressors instead of individual devices. This makes it easy to customize what gets turned on and off. The unit can also be controlled manually using either a remote or a button on the EGG.

But Does It Really Work?

What consumers are saying about energyEGG:

The energyEGG has had wild success in the U.K. Users love how easy it is to control, even from a distance. It’s even found itself a niche market for people with limited mobility who struggle with out-of-the-way plugs. If your TV and cable box are left on for even a couple hours a day, the energyEGG can pay for itself in just 12 months and prevent the release of hundreds of pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.

energyEGG reduces CO2

The energyEGG website offers a calculator that estimates your savings, and users attest that the projections are accurate. If you really want to see the difference energyEGG can make, snag a home energy monitor from New Egg and watch how much your savings compound over time!

Sounds Great! Where Can I Get One?

The energyEGG is available through Amazon. Everything you need to set up your EGG, even batteries, is included. The basic package will include the EGG and one wall plug, and extra plugs will be available for purchase. In less than 10 minutes, you can be set up and saving energy with your very own energyEGG!

healthy family outside

Children today interact with so many electronics, they’re more likely to stay glued to a TV or iPhone than blissfully run around outdoors; don’t worry – these endlessly entertaining, healthy family games will have them racing to the yard.

 

We know how it is: children these days have been raised in a technological age. They’re capabilities with laptops, tablets, and smartphones very likely already exceeds our own. Yet, what other time than childhood do we have the precious freedom, wild imaginations, and limitless energy to spend full days playing outside?

Exercise, fresh air, and active play are all crucial for children’s growing minds and bodies. These 6 healthy family activities are sure to please your kids and be far more entertaining and laughter-inducing than any iPhone game.

For the Active Healthy Family

scoop ball for healthy family

1) US Games Fun-Air Scoop Ball

With this scoop ball kit from Amazon, you and your family will no doubt enjoy hours of playful fun in the backyard or on the beach!

This game is perfect for young children (and the not so coordinated), as the scoops are large enough for easy catching and the whiffle ball moves slowly.

Fun fact: the game helps children develop hand-eye coordination!

healthy family on trampoline

2) Propel Trampoline with Enclosure

There’s nothing like a trampoline for endless entertainment. Kids, and even adults, flock to these for hours of laughter and exercise.

This large  trampoline from Sears includes an enclosure for extra protection. The excitement of such boundless bouncing can quickly lead to launching clear off the trampoline, so you’ll be grateful for this safety precaution.

For the Healthy Family with a Competitive Edge

badminton for healthy family

2) Competition Badminton Standard

This badminton kit from Walmart can be set up quickly and easily in your own backyard. This friendly competition is sure to get everyone in the household fired up and involved! Play teams of kids against parents for a silly challenge.

The full-size collegiate style net means the game is very simple to learn, but real skill takes determination! Kids and adults alike will bond over the thrill of victory when playing this ultimate outdoor game.

basketball set for a healthy family

5) 44 inch Portable Basketball System

Inspire in your children a love for sports with this professional-quality basketball hoop from Toys “R” Us. The rim is adjustable from 7.5′ to 10′, so it can grow along with your children! The rust-resistant pole and weighted stand help keep it upright and intact for years.

Best of all, there’s no concrete construction required–just fill the stand with water or sand, and you’re ready to go!

For the Crafty Healthy Family

healthy family play set

4) Alpine Custom Wooden Play Set Kit

Treat your kids to their own treehouse, swing set and climbing rope with this Alpine Custom Wooden Play Set Kit from Target. Made for children ages 3 and up, this play equipment includes 10 activities and is all-weather proof, so it will stand up to even the harshest environments.

The quick installation system will help you build it in no time, so your kids can begin the daily adventure of having a swing set and wooden fort!

healthy family enjoying the pool

6) Intex 32 ft. x 16 ft. x 52 in. Rectangular Ultra Frame Pool Package

This massive pool from Kmart is so large, the entire family can splash around at once (and even swim laps!). With a length of 32′ and a width of 16′, this pool is equivalent to having a full-sized swimming pool in your backyard without the added cost that comes with digging up your lawn!

Teach your children to swim or just cool off on hot days. Construction and cleaning are a breeze, and the pool is ready to be filled with water in just 60 minutes.

No need to spend any more money on taking your kids to crowded public pools. Your very own personal pool awaits.

Get going!

Well, don’t just sit there! Gather up the kiddos and get on your way. Endless adventures and memories now exist in your yard. Forget trying to convince the kids to play outside; now you’ll hardly be able to keep them in!

Dinner time? We hope you like backyard picnics, because your healthy family will be too busy exploring their fort and competing in a badminton match to sit still in your dining room.

Back to School Outfits

Back to school outfits are of major importance to kiddos and teens. Remember when you’d agonize over what to wear your first day? We have 5 perfect outfit ideas to help your kids feel confident and ready for a great new school year. We can’t guarantee they won’t stress over hitting the books, but at least they’ll be happy with their new looks!

 

Backpacks, lunch boxes, binders, pencils, pens, highlighters, textbooks… back to school shopping lists seem to go on and on. That’s why we’re here to make your life a little simpler, your errands a little saner. Our top 5 must-have back to school outfits are sure to please students from all elementary, middle, and high schools. Whether it’s a polished and trendy uniform for private school or a cute new style for public school, these items will make going back to school feel like an exciting and fresh start.

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Elementary Back to School Outfits

1) Gap Kids Uniforms

back to school outfits uniforms

Some kids may complain that uniforms limit individuality, but this definitely needn’t be the case! With Gap Kids uniforms, your child will find the most popular, original, and fashionable uniform styles to express their own unique styles. The best part? They come at an affordable price!

2) My Michelle Belted Chevron -Print Shirtdress

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This adorable, colorful, and sweet dress is a favorite among elementary school girls. Comfortable enough for long days at a desk and running around the playground, the My Michelle Belted Chevron-Print Shirtdress (available at Macy’s) will have your daughter actually excited to get ready for school in those early morning hours!

3) Sports Team Graphic Hoodie

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Wait! So, New York Giants aren’t your favorite team? Before you scroll past this comfy and sporty classic boy’s hoodie, note that The Children’s Place has a selection for just about any sports team you love! Chicago Bears, Pittsburg Steelers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, you name it! Help your boy walk into his elementary school with pride, supporting his very favorite team.

Middle and High School Back to School Outfits

4) Lush Cross Back Layered Tank

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Sweet, flirty, and sophisticated, the Lush Cross Back Layered Tank (available at Nordstrom) is the ideal choice for middle school and elementary school young women. Easily paired with a variety of seasonal looks, this multi-purpose tank looks perfect tucked under a cozy sweater in the fall and winter months or worn with shorts and flowy skirts in the spring!

5) RVCA ‘Hipe Stripe’ Short Sleeve Henley

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Sporty, handsome, and sleek, the RVCA ‘Hipe Stripe’ Short Sleeve Henley (find it at Nordstrom) fits the middle or high school young man with any interest and taste, from skateboarder, surfer, and snowboarder to football player, track runner, and academic.

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 Get Your Back to School Outfits at a Discount!

Back to school shopping costs can really add up. Save serious cash on these outfits by checking out  the discounts and deals on our Giving Assistant website. You’ll find coupons for Macy’s, Nordstrom, The Children’s Place, and Gap! We hope your kids enjoy their back to school outfits and have a very happy school year!

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Feeling Heroic?

Check today’s to-do list. Does it include saving the planet? Many of us care deeply about protecting and restoring our planet from the terrible thrashing it’s been forced to bear. Still, how many of us can say we’ve actually stepped up to take responsibility and action? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of rising greenhouse gas emissions, polluted waterways, and overpopulation.

Find Motivation in the Pages of Eco Barons

Sometimes all we need is a strong dose of inspiration. Enter, Edward Humes’ book, Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet.

In just under 400 pages, the Pulitzer Prize winning author spins a compelling narrative about a select set of wealthy entrepreneurs, green technology engineers and nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving our planet’s environment.

Eco Barons then empowers its readers by providing ways each of us can contribute to the environmental legacy we leave for our children and grandchildren.

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Funding Land Conservation in a Big Way

Doug and Kris Tompkins, founders of Esprit, North Face and Patagonia, are center-stage in Eco Barons. Together they are devoting $200 million to land conservation efforts.

Already, they have donated tens of thousands of hectares of pristine, wild land to Chile and Argentina to be set aside as national parks. They are not doing this in a hands-off manner either; the couple has spent years living in South America, working with local eco-entrepreneurs to create and shepherd these projects.

The story of Roxanne Quimby, the founder of personal care products “Burt’s Bees,” is also one of enthusiasm, creativity and foresight. She has directed much of her fortune to protecting 120,000 acres of Maine forest that otherwise would have fallen to clear the way for suburbs, strip malls and golf courses. She is now working to set aside the majority of her holdings for a new national park.

The Green Technology Game Changers of Eco Barons

Not all the heroes of Eco Barons are wealthy individuals. Equipped with knowledge, shrewdness and persistence, the humbler stars of Eco Barons make up for any lack of funds.

A perfect example lies in the efforts of The Center for Biological Diversity. Its members put up a large fight without a large wallet. This nonprofit is melding its limited resources with smart science and legal tactics to wage its fight against climate change by helping polar bears via the Endangered Species Act.

You’ll also come across the story of Andy Frank, an engineering professor. Andy and his students have spent over 20 years of personal effort in education and promotion of affordable plug-in hybrid automobiles to lawmakers and the auto industry. He is considered the father of PHEV vehicles.

Giving Planet Earth Your Personal Best

Humes knows that saving the planet is not entirely up to the wealthy or those with the scientific knowledge and stamina to convince others to employ green technologies. Everyone has a part to play in healing our relationship with the Earth’s environment, including you.

To emphasize how big an impact we can have on the world just by making changes at home, Eco Barons reinforces the maxim:

“Think Globally, Act Locally.”

Eco Barons includes an appendix of educational resources and practical tips for reducing your personal environmental impact every day.

One especially helpful tip is to make informed choices regarding where you shop. Consider that Kohl’s sells reusable shopping bags, has 78 stores with solar power and pursues green building techniques.

The Body Shop has held the health of the planet as one of their 5 core corporate values for nearly 40 years. They run numerous environmental programs that put their money where their values are.

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Eco Barons: The Takeaway

From examples of wealthy capitalists preserving ecosystems to scientists developing green technologies to individuals reducing their daily carbon footprint, Eco Barons will raise your environmental awareness and renew your faith that making smart choices can improve the world for everyone.

Eco Barons is available from Amazon in both paperback and hardcover versions. Once you have finished it, you may find that saving the planet does have a place on your daily task list.