Toxin Free, Eco-Friendly Lunch Box Options


If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that any kind of plastic that comes into contact with food or drink is no good. When it comes down to it, plastic is made from harmful chemicals that have been linked to cancers and hormone disruption. Just because a plastic is BPA free doesn’t mean it’s safe. It just means that the BPA was replaced with another chemical, such as EA, which is still toxic. These toxins leach most in warm and moist environments, like in dishwashers, in the dish basin, or when it’s holding something moist and warm, like certain food or beverage (such as warmed milk in a bottle). For more on this, see these links: The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics and Is BPA-Free Plastic Safe? (Fox News)

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Because I do not want my children to be part of a science experiment, I chose…

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Why my kids never experience nature

Really lovely post from a mother to her children.

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Dear Evan and Lulu,

I’m so sorry you never got to experience nature growing up. You see, the fact is parents have to choose between technology and being outside. Clearly, we chose technology. It is the same grueling decision that parents make when they have to decide whether they want their children to learn reading or math. There can only be one!

There were those 4 times we went camping every summer. The weekends we took the canoe (that we own) out on lakes throughout our beautiful state of Idaho. Oh! The trip we take to the ocean every year. A few dozen hiking adventures each summer. Skiing, snowshoeing, staying in yurts and cabins in the winter. Fishing, biking, and swimming when we can fit it in (obviously your technology addiction takes up most of your time.)

I’ve heard from hundreds of concerned folks since I posted this blog who…

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Real Learning is a Creative Process

Creative by Nature

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”    ~Albert Einstein


Real and meaningful learning is a creative process. Skills and knowledge cannot be downloaded like computer software, they must be acquired and mastered– through long-term application, experimentation and effort.

Those who have studied successful skill mastery describe a common process that is followed, one that requires practice, effort, patience and deep concentration. This is as true for basketball, chemistry and guitar playing as it is for cooking, painting, karate, engineering, parenting and brain surgery.

Take the example of language learning. All children are born with the natural ability to…

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