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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Gardening: Three Tips for Growing a Chemical-Free Garden...

As the Garden Section of THE ROCK FATHER is ramping-up again for 2015, we're planning our gardening activities for the new season, and in-turn are thinking about how to be as "green" as possible. In all honesty, "going green" when it comes to lawn and garden chemicals is not easy - and while I've made a mighty effort for the past five years, I've been unable to go 100%. With that in mind, the folks over at Birds & Blooms have offered-up three tips for growing a chemical-free garden that I'm sharing with you today.

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DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD presents the Top Five Tips to Go Green for EARTH DAY!

PBS KIDS VIPDANIEL TIGER's NEIGHBORHOOD brings fun lessons to families every day on PBS KIDS, and with Earth Day fast-approaching (Tuesday, April 22), Daniel Tiger and The Fred Rogers Company have come up with a list of five ways your family can "Go Green" (even if it's just a little bit) each and every day. It's important to teach kids to care for our planet, and here's some great conversation starters...

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National Indoor Plant Week: A Special Giveaway from Costa Farms! #O24U

nationalplantDid you know that it's National Indoor Plant Week? In celebration of the movement for cleaner, fresher indoor air in homes, schools, and on the job (September 15-21, 2013) - The Rock Father and Costa Farms have teamed up for a very special O2 For You: Houseplants with a Purpose Giveaway! Just moments after dropping off my oldest at Pre-K this morning, FedEx arrived here at Rock Father HQ with an assortment of houseplants... and one lucky reader will receive a similar assortment later this week! Read on for details...

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Back to School: An After-School Treat with RUBY's ROCKETS

While it's the unofficial end-of-summer this weekend and the temperatures are still reaching nearly 100 degrees here at Rock Father HQ, both of my girls - at 4 and 14 months - have been loving their icy treats. One new addition to our Ice Box Arsenal (Rock Father slang for "the freezer") has been RUBY'S ROCKETS Frozen Fruit & Vegetable Pops. Since summer is ending and Addie goes Back to School this week, I'm thinking that Ruby's Rockets are a perfect after-school treat, and here's why...

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Gardening: Learning to Compost... Just like CAILLOU

Earlier this week, my little Addie turned four... "just like Caillou," she says. Being the same age as her television and literary hero places her firmly within the same range of curiosity as well, and that's fascinating for me to witness as a parent. When PBS KIDS started running the "new-ish" episodes of CAILLOU this past Spring, one episode really stood out for us... "Caillou Helps Out." In this episode, the lead segment, "Caillou Can Compost," focuses on a day spent with Grandma learning how composting works like a magic trick, transforming garden waste into rich soil that is a welcome addition to any garden. For Addie, it was an greater exploration of something we do right here at home.

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Back to School: Funkins - Reusable Cloth Napkins for Kids

Last week, I got my Back-to-School coverage started here on The Rock Father with a dual-batch of Lunch Box Goodness (here and here). While we've already touched on style and edibles, one area that can often be a:) No fun; and b:) Wasteful, is napkins. Even though some paper napkins can be recycled, we all know that most kids are going to toss those right into the trash and onto the landfill they will go. Making things both fun and environmentally friendly, Funkins are reusable cloth napkins for kids. But they're not only "napkins," we use them as placemats, too. All the time.

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Earth Month: New Data shows Parents want Green Homes...

April is Earth Month, and now the results of the Green Real Estate Survey (conducted by the National Association of Realtors) have been revealed. Among the data are new numbers confirming that parents are showing increased interest in "Green Homes." Of the respondents that currently live in a Eco-Friendly Home, 66% have children. I'd love to turn Rock Father HQ into a full-blown Eco-Friendly establishment, but conversion doesn't come cheap... so we do what we can. Check out some stats via the infographic below...

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Spring Cleaning: Native Organics Plant-based cleaners (Review)

I've officially entered "Spring Cleaning" mode here at Rock Father HQ, and that means that beyond my daily routine, I'm also starting to deep clean the things that don't get regular attention, and I'm trying out some new products. As a work-at-home Dad, my days are largely occupied by the kids. Things can get messy, and since much of the cleaning falls under my direction, I'm always on the lookout for less-toxic options where available. When the folks at New Jersey-based Native Organics asked me to to try out some of their new products, I was certainly interested in giving them a shot.

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gDiapers launches Global Love gPants in time for Earth Day 2013...

Calling all gMoms and gDads, or anyone interested in more eco-friendly diapering options for their little ones. The folks over at gDiapers have just launched their limited-edtion Global Love gPants, "a soft vanilla diaper cover artistically designed with 'fill the world with love' in blues and greens, colors reminiscent of our planet." The gPants from gDiapers are super-cute diaper covers with 100% biodegradable* disposable inserts. Look at the new one below.

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