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Love is the Color of a Rainbow by Kathy Parra - Giveaway!

Love is the Color of a Rainbow is a children's nature book written by author Kathy Parra...and we're teaming up with Kathy to give one copy away to a lucky Keen For Green reader!

Here's how to enter:

1)  Like Keen For Green on Facebook.

2) Like Kathy Parra on Facebook.  

3)  Leave a comment on Kathy Parra's Facebook page naming your favorite part of nature.   

To be entered in the giveaway, please email krisk4g-giveaway@yahoo.com to let us know that you've done the steps to enter.

The giveaway ends on July 29 at midnight and a winner will be alerted on July 30.   
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A Greener Day at the Beach


On a sizzling summer day, why not head to the beach?  Keep yourself and your families cool and enjoy some outdoors time and sunshine. Here are some tips to keep your beach visit as keen and green as can be!

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What are Certified Organic Cosmetics?

You may have noticed that there is a new trend in makeup and cosmetics - to provide a natural product line option.  The packaging is usually simpler or incorporates green into the label to show that there is something organic about the product.  The bottomline is though, we have yet to see Certified Organic Cosmetics and Makeup because this industry remains highly unregulated.

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Summertime… And The Living Is Green

Summer is upon us and the school vacation is just around the corner. All that lovely spare time for you and your kids to have fun and relax together in some hopefully sunny weather. However, although the formal studying has finished for a while, there’s no reason why the learning has to stop. Spending time at home and as a family is a great chance to get the kids involved in sustainable living at the same time as having some great fun.

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Grow Your Own Green Future

green visions in bostonMy Boston neighborhood’s spring festival celebrates the victory of a Green vision of the future over a vision of doom. In 1972 local activists defeated plans for an elevated highway that would have decimated the community. Instead of six lanes bisecting the neighborhood, we now have the Southwest Corridor Park: a five-mile long greenspace with a new subway line, community gardens, and a bike path to downtown. The Wake Up the Earth! festival affirms this victory every year, beginning with a parade of latino dance troupes, ironic New Orleans brass bands, Zairean drum corps, and more, winding through city streets then entering the park to join the festival. Now in it’s 33rd year, Wake Up the Earth! has solar-powered music stages, face painting for the kids, and booths and tables hawking food, politics, and everything organic. The community, the park, and the festival are real-time examples of urban sustainability, founded on the activists’ vision of the kind of place they wanted to live in.... read more

Teach Your Child to be Eco-Conscious with These Ten Simple Tips

Penny Bauder, mom of two and owner of the popular, earth-friendly craft subscription service Green Kid Crafts shares some tips with us on raising eco-conscious children.

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We know that children learn by example, yet sometimes setting a good example can be difficult for parents. But if you start early enough and follow as many of the ten tips given below as you can, you will teach your child to be more eco-conscious. Teaching environmental responsibility from an early age makes it a lot easier for older children to be more earth-friendly.

You can help your child learn to be eco-conscious in the following ways:

1.  Unplug your kid and get them outside. People protect what they know from first-hand experience, and so good environmental practices sink in if a child appreciates what they are protecting. This can be as simple as playing in the yard or taking them on a nature walk. Let them enjoy getting dirty. A love of the outdoors and a dirty kid go hand and hand. As a bonus, a love of nature often brings a respite and a safe haven from an increasingly busy world.... read more

How to Throw a Green Dinner Party

Traditional dinner parties aren’t particularly environmentally friendly. If you want to plan and throw a green dinner party for your friends, you’re going to have to put forth some extra effort. You’ll find that your extra effort is worth it, however, when you consider the favor you’ll be doing for the earth. Here are some tips that will help you plan an eco-friendly party to remember:

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Green Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away!  I wanted to give some green gift ideas to our readers from a fellow eco-minded mom.  (Me!)  I would also love to hear your suggestions!

For the coffee-drinking mom:

Buy a membership to a coffee CSA through CoffeeCSA.org.   Coffee CSA is 100% owned and controlled by the farmers that they feature! Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to get involved with the farms.  You can even pay to plant a tree on a small coffee farm as an extra gift!  The coffee is organic, fair trade certified, and all proceeds go directly to the farmer! The best part?  The coffee will arrive at mom's doorstep via UPS.

For the soda-drinking mom:

Help her green her soda drinking habits with a SodaStream!  You can pick up the machine and the syrups at Bed Bath and Beyond.... read more

The Other Baby Book: An Interview with the Authors

The Other Baby BookThe Other Baby BookKeen For Green is excited to be today's stop on The Other Baby Book's Virtual Book Tour!  I had the opportunity to interview the authors, Megan McGrory Massaro and Miriam Katz.   Learn about their book and their green parenting practices.... read more

How did you first come up with the idea of writing this book?

Megan and I met through an Attachment Parenting moms group in the Boston area. We were using similar practices – elimination communication, baby-led weaning, babywearing, co-sleeping, nursing on demand, etc. Many of our friends and even group members would ask about our parenting tools, which we had both researched extensively. We found ourselves repeatedly wishing that there were one resource where you could learn about all of these baby-centric practices. New moms don’t have tons of time to read, so we felt we’d be doing them a service if we converted our knowledge and passion for the topic into a practical how-to manual.

Earth Day Giveaway - New Wave Enviro's Litter Free Lunch!

Welcome to the Keen For Green Earth Day Giveaway 2012!

We're pleased to offer the LITTER FREE LUNCH KIT from New Wave Enviro!  It comes with a bamboo rayon lunch sack, Panda reusable water bottle, and stainless steel food container.  (All pictured below)  It's a $40 value! ... read more


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