10 Things You Should Never Order off a Kids’ Menu

Parenting Meghan JonesNov 20 Finding nutritious options for children on restaurant menus can be especially difficult. Here are some of the worst offenders—from obvious calorie bombs to more surprising, sneaky items—that you shouldn’t order off the kids’ menu, along with healthier alternatives that will still keep your kids happy. Sodas and fruit juices Ann in the uk/Shutterstock When you see a cobalt-blue or neon-green, kiddie-bait carbonated beverage on a kids’…

How to Make a Snowman: 6 Tips for the Perfect Mr. Frosty

Parenting Juliana LaBiancaDec 13 Do you wanna build a snowman? Here’s your guide to creating an insta-worthy Mr. Frosty! Know your snow iStock/borchee If you’re from a place where it regularly snows, you know there’s a difference between dry, powdery snow and wet, slushy snow. You also know how to make a snowman with the right type of snow—something between wet and powdery. “You can think of the free water…

Safeguarding Your Landscape from Unwanted Visitors

Recently, we moved to our dream house and property. At this point in our lives, we had the freedom to work for ourselves and decided to start a lavender farm. We sell not only cut lavender and plants during the spring through fall, but also lavender scented candles, soaps, etc. This means that there is a regular to irregular stream of people, from customers to delivery drivers, on our property.…

Nearly 90% of Kids Who Have This Surgery Don’t Actually Need It

Emily CappielloNov 19 In kids who have recurrent sore throat, there’s little difference between those who get a tonsillectomy and those who do not. The number of subsequent sore throats seems to diminish just as well in those who are untreated. When kids experience regular sore throats, some doctors may recommend that they have their tonsils removed. However, new research from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. suggests that…

If You Have Asthma, You Need to Eat This Food

Emily CappielloNov 19 New research from Greece suggests the right foods can reduce airway inflammation that leads to asthma attacks. OnlyZoia/ShutterstockWhile most of us are aware that what we eat can help us avoid chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests your diet can also improve—or worsen—asthma. In a clinical trial from by La Trobe University in Greece, researchers recruited 64 children with mild asthma. While…

ROCA Toys Big Gardening Activity Box Giveaway

ROCA Toys makes gardening fun! During this week’s giveaway, ROCA Toys is giving you the opportunity to win a green limited-edition curated big gardening box full of things that will help get your kids excited about the outdoors and away from screen time! What’s in the Big Box Gardening Tools with STEM Learning Guide “Good Bugs for Your Garden” Gardening Gloves 4 Seedling Planters to grow their first plants Garden…

Quarto Knows ‘Tote Bag Full Of Books’ Giveaway

With the holidays around the corner, ’tis the season for giveaways and we have a giveaway that you’re really going to dig!  The folks at Quarto Knows are giving away a Square Foot Gardening tote bag full of books, including She Sheds Style, Countertop Gardens, Starting & Saving Seeds, 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks, All-New Square Foot Gardening 3rd Ed, Vertical Vegetables, Island Gardens as well as a Keeping Chickens calendar!…

For eco-conscious city dwellers, urban agriculture is one road to real impact

“Eco-consciousness is a hot trend. It’s become a common occurrence to see shoppers with reusable grocery totes at the supermarket. Bamboo straws are flying off shelves as people opt for eco-friendly products. Urban gardening and composting, too, has taken root as consumers try to minimize their carbon footprints. These small actions are encouraging first steps, but they’re not enough when it comes to tackling agricultural contributions to climate change. Strong-worded…

17 of the Best Books to Read as Children (and Adults)

Parenting Lauren GelmanNov 17 Twilight and The Lorax aren’t the only books meant for younger readers that adults can enjoy too. Our staff selected incredible kids’ stories that also appeal to grown minds. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl My boys are older now, but when they were little we would read this classic story a lot. It was wonderful for boys, especially since it was all about…

The Apprentice viewers brand the urban gardening task the “worst” ever

“The Apprentice sent its remaining contestants into the brave new world of urban gardening in last night’s (November 14) episode, with the not-so-green-fingered candidates being asked to make London a little bit brighter. The task saw the teams set up their own urban gardening businesses, where they carried out commercial and domestic jobs for their (often not very happy) clients, which included laying some astroturf, popping a few plants along…