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So, you have a nice long weekend ahead of you, huh? Well, curl up on your couch and check out Green Child Magazine’s Holiday Issue!

Green Child Magazine is informative, free and chock full of eco-friendly tips and tricks for the holidays!

Oh, make sure to click here to read my feature all about GOOD GREEN GEAR: Cool eco-friendly clothing kids!

Click the picture below to enjoy the magazine!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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In my eyes, going green with kids means learning something new, not accumulating more stuff, and ALWAYS taking care of your body!

For exercise, Tristin and Tyler play soccer and do tons of running around, so I never really thought of yoga as an option for them, until I heard about Karma Kids Yoga!

On the next episode of Tristin and Tyler’s Tales from the City! the twins head to Karma Kids to learn some moves!

WHAT’S COOL ABOUT KARMA KIDS?  Getting Flexible!

Aside from the stretching, flexibility and playing around, there is something ahhmazing about a child learning to do a difficult yoga move, and when they rock it the first time – like Tristin and Tyler did — the kids (and you) are OVER THE MOON!  🙂

WHAT’S FUN ABOUT KARMA KIDS? Yoga with Mom!

I have done yoga tons of times, but I am soo not flexible. Trying it out with your child is amazingly different from doing it on your own.  I bet you think you will lose your concentration or “me” time with your child around, but for me it was funny, exciting and a great way to bond with my boys.

We tried something new together…what’s more fun than that?

So check out the next episode here tomorrow and make sure to check out Karma Kids Yoga here to learn about the classes they offer which the little one can take with (or without) ya!

NOW STRIKE A POSE! A yoga pose that is!

Tiffany

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So exited to have my pal Amity from Green Gifts Guide guest posting on the blog today! Check out her post below about getting kids outdoors, then  be sure to visit her blog to find out about cool ideas for green gifting and so much more!

Take it away, Amity!

For an Eco-Friendly Birthday Party, Take it Outside

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.  Our favorite eco-twins, Tristin and Tyler are always out and about interviewing New Yorkers.  You won’t find these boys cooped up inside for long!  That’s why they know one of the best ways to celebrate is to get outside.

Getting outdoors is one of the best ways to instil a love for the planet in children.  Studies show that children who spend time in nature are happier, calmer, and well adjusted as adults. Plus, outdoors the kids can be as noisy and active as they want to be without disturbing the neighbors if you live in close quarters!

Turn the conventional birthday party upside down by trying one of these ideas for creating a fun and exciting, eco-friendly birthday party for your kids:

  • Take a tour of a local organic farm and learn about animals and plants.
  • Visit an orchard or pumpkin patch.
  • Allow the kids to explore a local botanical garden, then bring them home to plant seeds of their own to take home.
  • If your local zoo practices humane and conservation-oriented animal keeping spend the day there with the kids to help them learn about endangered animals and ecosystem preservation.
  • Go on an overnight camping trip in a local national or regional park.
  • Host your own mini Olympic events including jump rope, relay races, kickball, or leap frog. Offer kids healthy cookies as “medals” – everyone’s a winner!
  • Head out to a free musical presentation or drama production (summer is a great time for such events).
  • Take the kids to a local nursery, buy them each a small tree seedling, and have them plant the tree in a local park or their own backyards. More ideas at American Forests.
  • Learn about birds by going bird watching, conducting a bird quest in a local forest, and having the kids learn to make their own flying airplanes.
  • Head out to a local butterfly conservatory and treat the kids to the miracle of a hatching butterfly.

Author bio:

Amity Hook-Sopko created Green Gifts Guide with her passion to share how gift giving can be responsible, sustainable and fun!  She loves helping busy moms find simple solutions for eco-friendly gift giving.

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I am VERY happy to introduce Laura of the Super Glue Mom Blog! She is guest posting on Tiffany’s Take this week, lucky me! Welcome, Laura!

I love Laura’s blog because it’s super informative, and she is totally honest about the trials and tribulations of being a parent (including having her hair glued by her kids, hence the blog name!).  Laura and I met on Twitter and we joke that we are long lost sisters!  Our journey to sisterhood began when I was dealing with a BIG dilemma trying to figure out what to do for Tristin & Tyler’s birthday in January.  I was so tired of being inside and it’s too cold to be outside in January!  Check out her cool take on bringing the outside IN!

The Ultimate Birthday Party

Frugal, fun, and your kid’s will love it!

I am thrilled to guest post today for my city-mom Tiffany.  I often joke that she is my lost sister in NYC.  We both have kids, see the importance of teaching them about being  ‘green’ and respecting our planet, we feel each other’s pain juggling work and family, and have spouses that we swear can’t keep up with all that we do sometimes.

One of the challenges we face as moms from the time our kids are born is coming up with fun and original birthday parties.  I remember not thinking my kid’s 1st birthday was all that important; that a small gathering with a little cake would be enough.  Boy was I wrong! The pressure!  When my son turned 3 last year, it was time for me to ‘think-outside-the-box.” What hasn’t been done before?  I settled with a drive-in movie themed party.  This is when Tiffany asked me to come up with an “original” birthday idea for her boys.

What birthday party idea could I come up with that she could do in the city and that would work for her ‘suburbia’ readers like me?  The solution: A birthday camp-out.  This can become an ultimate boy birthday party whether you live in a house with a back yard or in a 1,000sq ft apartment in the city.

What you’ll need:

  • A tent (it doesn’t have to be big), I love this one from Toys R Us
  • Sleeping bags or blankets (inflatable mattresses will do too)
  • Late night snacks & drinks
  • Fire-pit
  • Flashlights
  • Bug repellent for outdoor parties (Love Burt’s Bees Natural Insect Repellant)
  • A spooky story
  • A game or two

If you have a back yard, you might want to ‘stage’ a campground.  Pitch the tent, set sleeping bags/blankets/inflatable bed in the tent, set up a fire pit with a 2-3hr self burning log (or make a circle with stones and burry a couple of flashlights under leaves and twigs), set up a table with food and snacks, and a cooler for refreshments.  If you are doing all of this indoors, remove as much furniture from the living room and set the stage there. All ‘grilling’ can be done in the kitchen in a 350 degree oven.

If you have younger children that will not be sleeping over, you may want to do a 6-8pm party.  It would still be fun for them to bring the sleeping bags or blankets and play along. In this time, they’ll enjoy party food, read a story or two (my kids love Scooby Doo spooky stories) play a game, and make some s’mores.  If you have older kids that will be sleeping over, after s’mores is when they get to go in the tent and sleep for the night.  If the ghost stories prove to be a bit too effective, turn on the back door or patio lights for comfort. Make sure you have a big breakfast planned (see below) in the morning because they will have a huge appetite!

The Food:

  • Hot dogs of course! Bust out the bbq or grill them in the kitchen.
  • Grilled Nachos: In a piece of foil put a handful of tortilla chips and let each kid put the desired toppings: pinto or black beans, diced tomatoes, avocado, black-olive slices, salsa, and grated cheddar. Fold in the corners of the foil to create a pouch; label with permanent marker, place on the edges of the grill on low for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  • Grilled Cheese Tents & Campfire fries: Prepare grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen shoestring fries (as directed). Cut the sandwiches in half and stand them up lengthwise on plates so they lean into each other to form the tent. Secure with a toothpick on each end. Place a dollop of ketchup near the sandwiches and stack fries on top in a pile for the campfire.
  • Breakfast Banana Splits: Wrap up your backyard adventure with this a.m. treat for four. Combine 1/3 cup light-brown sugar and 3 Tbsp butter; stir until crumbly. Add 1 cup granola, mix, then set aside. Split bananas lengthwise with the skin still on (be careful not to cut all the way through). Place on sheets of foil and stuff with the granola mixture. Wrap the stuffed bananas with the foil, and roast on the grill for 10 to 15 minutes. (Rainy-day alternative: Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.) Serve with a scoop of vanilla yogurt.

Activities:

Flashlight Finders: Hide a prize, like a plastic bag filled with the makings of s’mores, in your yard (or split through out the house), and challenge your kids to find it. When they find all the bags to complete the s’mores, let the making begin!

Sing Along!

It’s corny, I know.  I can’t carry a tune; but it would not be “camping” if you don’t sing a few bars. Don’t remember any songs from your “camp” days?  Visit www.bussongs.com for ideas.

Man, oh man! What a FUN party it’s going to be!  Please send me an invitation! I’ll bring some snacks and the southern kids.

Laura aka Super Glue Mom

@SuperGlueMom

www.SuperGlueMom.com

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas is here and we are super excited!!  Just a short note to wish all of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope it is a happy and very healthy one!!

Here is a quick note from Tristin and Tyler!

 

ENJOY!!!

Tiffany

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