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Green Toys

Green Toys

Toys are one of the first things children encounter. After parents, of course, they are favorite and important objects in a baby’s life. Nonetheless, Toys are essential to a child’s learning and growth; however, with a child’s growth, comes a child’s safety. We want toys for our children that are safe for them.  Well, what […]

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Back to the Roots: Homegrown Organic Fun

Back to the Roots: Homegrown Organic Fun

Summer is still here. Want to get that sun-kissed look? Forget about the beach. Start with what you put inside your body. After talking to Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, the co-founders of Back to the Roots (BTTR), this is what I think: This summer, I want to have some homegrown organic fun! Since I started […]

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Moms Across America

Moms Across America

This 4th of July, Green Lifestyles participated with Moms Across America and LabelGMOs in a successful parade march located at Sunland-Tujunga in conjunction with 177 marches occurring nationally. 20 volunteers including Timmy, the activist dog, carried banners and signs as they marched down Foothill Boulevard chanting and handing out educational literature on GMO labeling. The response at […]

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Female Circumcision in a Different Light

Female Circumcision in a Different Light

“All three of her daughters are circumcised” my mother gossiped while sipping her chai. I did not know what to make of what she had just told me, so I calmly asked, “what about you?” She nodded her head matter-of-factly, conveying the commonality of female circumcision in rural Sudanese villages. I sat there in silence, […]

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Little Foodies

Little Foodies

It was a warm day, so driving to Santa Monica was a relief. Mid-city Los Angeles can get sticky and muggy, but on the west side, the ocean sweeps through to cool you down. It reminds me of when I was a child, walking through a misty sprinkler after playing on hot concrete all day […]

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Fathers Critical to Children’s Development and Success

Fathers Critical to Children’s Development and Success

Last Sunday was Father’s Day, that annual holiday celebrating Dad with goofy ties, “Master Griller” t-shirts, and honey-do jokes. In contrast to the reverance with which we celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has an undertone of benign tolerance for the person who used to be the backbone of the family, but is now usually the […]

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A Future Afloat

A Future Afloat

Invention as a Child of Necessity We all have seen Waterworld. I mean … haven’t we? I saw it in theaters when I was 18 years old and that was the first and last time I saw Waterworld. Some things about the movie make me very uncomfortable, like the idea of living on water when […]

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Paul Tough: The Building of Character

Paul Tough: The Building of Character

If I were to summarize Paul Tough’s California Endowment speech, Why Some Children Succeed While Others Lose Their Way — based on his book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character — in a few words I would say, the building of character. Optimism, zest, curiosity, social intelligence, gratitude, self-control and […]

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

What do the countries of Fiji, Bonaire, Germany and the United States along with more than eighty other countries have in common during the month of May? During this month, all usual activities will be suspended for a day as people everywhere honor Mom – it’s Mother’s Day. Restaurants are already booked, greeting cards and […]

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Painted Ladies and the Celebration of Life

Painted Ladies and the Celebration of Life

I told my roommate I had to cover a butterfly release for Green Lifestyles because of our May theme – Children and Food. “Come on, who are you kidding?” he said. “You just want to see a butterfly release.” He was pretty much right. Who wouldn’t want to see a butterfly release? Every year, Kidspace […]

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