Archive for the ‘podcasts’ Category

Podcast: Read to your baby!

Posted on December 12th, 2011 in podcasts, reading & literacy, seeds of change |

We’re so pleased to share a podcast interview with Caroline Blakemore, co-author of Baby Read-Aloud Basics.

Tanya spoke with Caroline about the many reasons to read to babies, tips for reading to babies, how reading aloud changes from the newborn to toddler period, and more.  Caroline shared why, as a reading specialist for older kids, she became such an advocate for reading to babies, as well as her opinions of programs that claim to teach babies how to read.

You can listen to the podcast using the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download it at our free iTunes store!

How can you know if the toys you’re buying are toxin-free? A podcast interview with The Smart Mama

Posted on November 28th, 2011 in feeding baby, organic, podcasts, seeds of change |

We’re very happy to share an interview about toxic materials in toys with Jennifer Taggart, author of Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure.  Jennifer runs the website The Smart Mama.

As many of us get ready to buy toys for holiday gifts we thought we’d explore the issue of toxins in toys, and try to answer the question:  “How do I know that this toy is safe?”

Jennifer talked about the chemicals of concern, which types of toys are of particular concern, how toxins in toys are regulated, and resources to help consumers avoid buying toys with toxins.

You can listen to the podcast with the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download and listen from our free iTunes store.

 

 

Podcast: What’s so bad about plastic straws?

Posted on August 31st, 2011 in podcasts, recycling, seeds of change, Uncategorized |

Today we’re happy to share a podcast interview on the downside of plastic straws.

Tanya Lieberman interviewed Daedra Surowiec, founder and owner of Strawesome, a company which makes beautiful glass straws (including the one to the right).

Daedra and Tanya talked about the number of straws thrown away, toxins which can leach from straws into your food, and how non-plastic straws might actually help you lose weight!  They also talked a bit about how Daedra’s home-based business got started.

You can listen to this podcast with the player below, with Quicktime, or at our free iTunes store.

Podcast: Nature adventures for city kids, with the author of “It’s a Jungle Out There!”

Posted on July 25th, 2011 in podcasts, Uncategorized |

Can city kids find nature in the concrete jungle?

Our podcast guest Jennifer Ward says yes.  She’s the author of It’s a Jungle Out There!  52 Nature Adventures for City Kids.*

Jennifer talked with Tanya about where to find nature in urban environments and shared her favorite nature activities for each season.  She also offered an activity for days when the weather prevents kids from going outside.

You can listen to the podcast using the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store!

*We were provided with a review copy of this book.

Podcast: Micronized vs. Nano? Oxybenzone? Retinyl Palmitate? Safe Mama Kathy Scoleri explains what you want and don’t want in a sunscreen.

Posted on June 27th, 2011 in podcasts, seeds of change, Uncategorized |

Puzzled by all the ingredients in sunscreen?  You’re not alone.

If you’ve been scratching your head in the sunscreen aisle, be sure to listen to this podcast with Kathy Scoleri, founder of safemama.com.

Kathy has compiled an unmatched sunscreen cheat sheet for all of us.  She’s even called each company to ask if they use micronized or nano zinc oxide – and if you don’t know what that means, you’ll want to listen!

You can listen with the podcast player below, listen with Quicktime, or download the podcast for free at our iTunes store!

Saving money and the planet while preparing for baby: A podcast interview with author of The Eco-Nomical Baby Guide

Posted on June 7th, 2011 in feeding baby, organic, podcasts, recycling, seeds of change |

Going green and saving money while preparing for a baby isn’t that hard!

For this month’s podcast we talked with Joy Hatch, co-author of The Eco-Nomical Baby Guide, and co-founder of the website Green Baby Guide, about how to do it.

While the average family spends $7,000 on their baby in the first year, Joy spent less than $1,000.  In our interview she shared some great tips for saving money while reducing, reusing, and recycling.  One piece of advice we liked:

“Your baby will think a box is fascinating – or a little piece of ribbon.  So I think it’s wonderful to buy some really nice organic toys, and then instead of buying a whole bunch of low quality plastic junk, letting them play with what you have.”

We talked about how to know if used gear is safe, which parenting choices are high on the green list, and baby products you can make yourself.

You can listen to the podcast with the player below, listen with Quicktime, or at our free iTunes store!

Podcast: I Love Dirt! Activities to help kids discover the wonders of nature

Posted on April 25th, 2011 in podcasts, seeds of change, Uncategorized |

Whether you live in the country, city, or suburbia, the lessons of nature are all around us.

But how do we explain them to our kids?  How can we create opportunities for them to explore the natural world?  And how can we do this without lots of preparation or knowledge of science?

In this podcast interview Tanya spoke with Jennifer Ward, author of I Love Dirt, 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature* about her answers to these and other questions.

Jennifer shared four simple activities from her book – one for each season.  We think you’ll enjoy these simple, fun activities for kids ages 4-8.

You can listen to this podcast using the player below, listen with Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store.

*We were provided with a review copy of this book.

How to Throw an Eco-friendly Baby Shower: A podcast interview with the authors of Celebrate Green!

Posted on March 28th, 2011 in dandelion products, organic, podcasts, recycling, seeds of change, Uncategorized |

Planning a baby shower?  You can do it with more meaning and less impact on the earth, say Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations, and Traditions for the Whole Family.

In this podcast, this  mother and daughter team share easy -and sometimes adorable – ideas for green decor, gifts, food, and tableware for a baby shower.  Their ideas and tips show that you can celebrate a new mom while looking out for the planet.

You can listen with the podcast player below, download and listen with Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store (available soon).

Making your own babyfood: A podcast interview with Maggie Meade

Posted on February 21st, 2011 in feeding baby, organic, podcasts, seeds of change |

Making your own babyfood couldn’t be more earth-friendly:  fresh and organic ingredients, prepared without preservatives or additives, made in your kitchen without packaging.

But many of us don’t know where to start.  What do you need to get going?  How much time does it take?  How do you store and thaw it?

This podcast interview with Maggie Meade of wholesomebabyfood.com will get you started.  Tanya talked with Maggie about preparing simple foods like sweet potatoes, making more complicated recipes for older babies, even making your own rice cereal and teething biscuits.

You can listen to the podcast with the player below, listen to it with Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store!

Greening your nursery and kids’ rooms: A podcast interview with Alexandra Zissu, co-author of Planet Home

Posted on January 19th, 2011 in organic, podcasts, seeds of change |

We’re happy to share this interview with Alexandra Zissu, co-author with Jeffrey Hollender (co-founder of Seventh Generation) of Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World you Care About Most.*

We all want to create the safest homes we can, and few places are as important as the rooms where kids spend many of their sleeping and waking hours.  In this interview, Tanya Lieberman asked:

- What are some small, important, and inexpensive steps that we can take to green our homes?

- How can you more safely renovate a nursery before having a baby?

- Why buy an organic crib mattress, or snug fitting pajamas?  And what’s wrong with particle board furniture?

- Should we be keeping electronic and wireless devices away from our babies’ heads?

You can listen to the podcast with the player below, listen to it with Quicktime, or download it from our free iTunes store!

*We were provided with a review copy of this book.