Category: Natural Babies & Kids

Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

Children tend to be pretty easy to shop for. There are aisles upon aisles full of toys to choose from and there’s never a shortage. However, toys aren’t everything. There are plenty of gift options to show a child that you care without cluttering up their rooms with one more toy that will likely get lost or forgotten about within a matter of weeks. If you are leaning more towards the non-toy gift side of things and are looking for ideas on what to get the children in your life, here is a list I’ve created to help you...

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Crunchy Cheats: Bubble Bath

    Crunchy Cheats is a ongoing series on The Pistachio Project that will basically supply you with suggestions of better products that you can easily buy. Some of these will be products that you can buy if you are not ready to dive all the way into crunchiness and make everything yourself but some of the Crunchy Cheats will be lists of safer brands to chose from when buying products (that you couldn’t possibly make.)   Today’s Crunchy Cheat is bubble bath! I’ll admit that I’ve pretty much given up bubble baths. It’s not that my kids or...

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Loving Crunchy Kids, Advice for Non-Crunchy Parents – Part 2

This post is a continuation of my first post on how non-crunchy parents can love and support their crunchy kids. In part 1, you’ll find that the idea from this post stemmed out from when I heard from grandparents asking on ways to love their grown children who are now crunchy.  It can be tough when your children grow up, especially if they develop a lifestyle that is so different from yours. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still love and support each other. Often times, it’s those who are “different” that need the most love and support. Not the...

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Loving Crunchy Kids, Advice for Non-Crunchy Parents – Part 1

Two years ago, I addressed the concern of many crunchy parents on what to do when the grandparents do not see eye to eye with them. I’ve had many many parents ask me how to deal with this issue and therefore I felt it needed a blog post. I was not surprised when I heard back from so many of you telling me that it was just what you needed. However, I’ve also been asked to do a post FOR the grandparents. I’ve heard from grandparents wanting to hear suggestions on how to handle things when their children are...

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Natural Christmas Playdough

I’ve posted about making natural playdough before. I’ve explained that while playdough probably isn’t as toxic as some commercial products, it is still full of ingredients like petroleum and artificial fragrances. These ingredients are the reason why I choose to make my own playdough. However there are also a few other reasons why homemade playdough is so great; you can customize it to your heart’s content. Any color any shade you can dream of, you can make! We’ve had lots of fun with our natural playdough and since we are currently in the Christmas season, I decided to make...

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Crunchy Gift Guide – Kids

The holidays can be a hard time of year if you are crunchy. This is especially true if you have kids. You can walk into any store and you will be bombarded with tons of toys but they will all be plastic, battery operated, beeping toys. Sure these would be the easy gift to get or give, grandparents would love the ease and plethora of choices, but those toys are hardly crunchy and really do not help your little one’s brain develop. (Yes some beeping, battery operated toys can be used to help learn things… I have no problem...

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Activity Based Advent Calendar

Growing up, I never did the whole Advent Calendar thing. We did the standard paper chain to count down to Christmas. One year we did a Jesse Tree. But as far as I can remember, we’ve never done an Advent Calendar. Now I love Christmas. It is by far my favorite holiday of the year. Perhaps that is why I like the idea of Advent Calendars so much. The idea of a mini Christmas celebration every day leading up to December 25th is wonderful. Last year, my kids got a chocolate Advent Calendar. Nothing fancy and of course they...

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