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Green Home Tips

Insulate Your Walls and Attic If you add insulation to your home, you can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. The amount of insulation you will need to keep the warm air in during the winter and the hot air out in the summer depends on where you live. Several varieties of Earth-friendly insulation exist, such as recycled wood-fiber cellulose or soy-based, open-cell spray foam. Skip the Dryer Pulling warm, freshly laundered clothing from dryer can be a great feeling. But using a dryer uses a great deal of extra energy. You can get dry clothes with only a small amount of effort and almost no energy by hanging them on a clothesline or clothes dryer, either indoors or out. If air drying your clothing does not appeal to you, or if you live in an incredibly humid climate, invest in the most energy efficient dryer you can afford. Launder in Cold Water Heating water to wash your clothing uses a lot of energy. Conserve resources by …

Top iPhone Apps for Tots

Here’s our list of top tot-friendly apps (under $2.99) to help your little ones enjoy reading, singing, learning shapes, solving math problems, or simply just having some quiet fun time! Topple, Iphone App Screenshot Topple;  Free ($1.99 paid version eliminates ads): This is a Tetris-like game where you have to fit colorful shapes together as they fall from the top of the screen. 4 years and up TonePad; Free (.99cents for Pro version): TonePad is a fun way to make music and watch a colorful light show. The Pro version allows you to save your tones as cellphone ringtones. 4 years and up Bubbles:  This application is made for toddlers who need a fun distraction. It brings the simple pleasure of popping bubbles to your phone. Cute Math;  $1.99: Cute Math offers seven simple math games, perfectly animated. 3-6 years and up Curious George Coloring Book: This application includes over 40 unique coloring pages to choose from. You can store your child’s artwork in a gallery to use or e-mail it to friends and family later. Grover’s Number Special; …

How To Pick Apples

Fall is the best time to visit a local farm and pick fresh apples.     HOW TO PICK ‘EM Pick apples that are smooth, firm, and free of bruises and punctures, which speed decay. While shine isn’t the best indicator of ripeness (many supermarket apples are waxed), the apple should look vibrant in color. Check for freshness by flicking the skin close to the stem: A hollow sound means it’s past its prime. Then smell: The fresher the apple, the stronger it’s sweet aroma. HOW TO STORE ‘EM Apples do best in cold storage; at room temperature they quickly become mealy. Keep them in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks. Wash apples when you’re ready to use them. HOW TO EAT ‘EM Try apples in all types of salad: Apple and Fennel Salad with Parmesan: Toss thinly sliced apples and fennel with chopped fresh parsley, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Top with shaved Parmesan.   APPLES   Cortland: Sweet and tender American variety Season: October to January Best for: Applesauce …

Tasty and Allergen-Free Snacks

Here’s our selection of not only super delicious snacks for kids, but also allergen-free!! The classic chocolate cookie will be replaced! Let your kids be the judge!   Orgran Outback Animals Chocolate Cookies, Gluten Free, 6.2 Boxes (Pack of 8) :  Allergen-free wombat, koala, and croc crackers are LOVED by kids!    Plum Organics Tots Fruity Fingerfuls Snack – Strawberry (0.82 oz.): This new snack line, carried at Babies “R” Us nationwide, includes gluten-free toddler-friendly fruit fingers.  Andean Dream Quinoa Cookies Chocolate Chip: These great tasting Chocolate Chip Andean Dream Cookies are made from Organic Royal Quinoa. Quinoa is nutritious, rich in vitamins and minerals, high quality proteins, and all 8 amino acids essential for nutrition. Lucy’s Chocolate Chip, 1.25-Ounce Packages (Pack of 16): Lucy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are made without wheat, gluten, milk, eggs, and well as being peanut and tree nut free. Kids and adults alike love the taste! Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Trail Mix Cookies / 4 BAGS: Of all the dairy-free cookies out there, this cookie has a chunky, homemade texture that makes it absolutely mouth-watering. Ian’s Natural Foods Organic …

The HereO Watch

HereO has made a cool gadget to keep tabs on your kids. This GPS watch device connects with a mobile and web app to allow parents to keep track of where their children are at all times. The watch retails for $149, and is available in June 2015 (sold out at the moment). The GPS tracking service used by the app is paid on subscription basis, $5/month.

Guilt-Free Treats

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC With so many sugar-loaded sweets decorated with brightly colored frosting vying for kids’ attention, finding a treat that appeals to children and still has enough nutritional value to be guilt-free is a tough task. Luckily, Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC is here to help! Fashionista turned baker, Erin McKenna has created the perfect solution. In her vegan bakery in the trendiest part of New York City, we found the most delicious (yet healthy) baked goods that are already a celebrity favorite! These refined sugar-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, casein-free, egg-free, vegan and kosher treats can cure any sweet tooth–the healthy way. Next time you need a cake, a cupcake, or just an excuse to have something sweet, head over to the Lower East Side and pay Erin a visit at 248 Broome Street. Don’t live in New York City? No problem. She has expanded to Los Angeles and Orlando.  If not, her first cookbook, BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery, can do the trick. Now everyone can do their own trial-and-errors at …

Edible Stickers for Your Cupcakes

What’s hot in decorating cupcakes? Try edible stickers. Simple frost, press the decals, and voila!  Check out the Baby Animals ($12 – $16 for 24; ticings.com). If you’re looking to decorate for the Birthday kid, personalize stickers with their name, hairstyle, and look ($24 for 24; hellfrosting.com). If you want to decorate a cake (works for cupcakes too), try decorating products from Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman ( $12; michaels.com )

A Handful of Brain Food

A great way to boost your brain is by incorporating BRAIN FOOD in your everyday diet. Here are a few options: 1-Omega-3 fatty acids (wild salmon, halibut, walnuts, flaxseeds) 2-Monounsaturated Fats (nuts, olive oil, avocados) 3-Antioxidants (berries, beans, apples) 4-Spices & Herbs (cinnamon, oregano, nutmeg)

Restaurant Allergy App

Does you child have food allergies?  Check out Allergy Eats – this site locates nearby restaurants to accommodate your kid’s food allergy. With its established web site at http://www.allergyeats.com, it can surely become your online and mobile guide to allergy-friendly restaurants across the United States. This app provides valuable feedback about how well (or poorly) restaurants accommodate the needs of food-allergic customers. People with food-allergies and gluten-intolerances can quickly and easily find restaurants that will cater to their special dietary requirements. With the AllergyEats app, you can: • Search for allergy-friendly restaurants wherever you are, without the need to be in front of a computer • View restaurant ratings based on their allergy-friendliness • Call restaurants of interest • Receive directions to your desired restaurant • Take valuable restaurant information, like allergen lists, nutrition data, and more, right to your table without having to wait for a server to find it • Rate restaurants immediately